Wandin will be looking to prove they can match it with the best in 2023 after having somewhat of a dominant season in 2022.
They finished third and had a commanding 12-4 record.
However, they were unable to record victories against the top two sides. They lost their four games against the top two Narre Warren and Woori Yallock.
However, it is quite impressive that they didn’t lose to any teams below them on the ladder.
They were a highscoring team, averaging a tick under 100 points per game, thanks to Clinton Johnson booting 75 goals, and will be looking to jump into the same category Narre and Woori in 2023.
The recruitment of ex-Pies (AFL) player Caleb Poulter certainly doesn’t do their chances any harm, as he should bring some extra class to Wandin outfit.
The Bulldogs were ranked third for inside 50s (52 per game) and third for clearances (39.6). There weren’t too many stats where they were ranked highly, or lowly, showing a strong balance across most facets.
Expect Wandin to have another strong season and take it right up to Narre Warren and Woori Yallock, as they look to be flag contenders in 2023.
2023 presents as an exciting year for Wandin after a strong finish to the 2022 season which saw them push the eventual Premiers (Olinda Ferny Creek) right until the end in a Preliminary Final which saw them go down by a solitary goal (34-35).
This was fantastic effort, especially given they finished fifth in the H&A season resulting from 11 wins and 7 losses.
They took care of Monbulk and ROC quite easily in the first two weeks of finals leading up to this and they knew they were a sniff against OFC, due to beating them by 11 points in Round 9.
Beating the Premiers in the H&A season and convincingly defeating two other finalists during the final’s series, Wandin know they are up to their eye-balls in the Premiership race in 2023.
For a start, they know that if they bring their finals form, then they will be finishing higher than 5th.
Another thing going for the Bulldogs is that they have a nice spread of talent across the court. Abby Gedge slotted 466 goals from just the 14 games whilst Kali Dolphin had a phenomenally consistent season and was named Wing Defence in Team of the Year. Maddy George (GD) and Ruby Tidd (GK) also had strong seasons, just to name a few.
Wandin will be brimming with excitement to get their 2023 campaign underway, and they will be one of the teams to watch as they look to be a big Premiership contender.
Written by Jordan Peeler