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GB Bulldogs 2019 Training Squad Named

The Great Britain Bulldogs have named a 53-man training squad for 2019 featuring players from 16 Australian football teams in five leagues across Great Britain, as well as one from the London Gaelic Athletic Association.

The squad was compiled in consultation with coaching group members both here in the UK and in Australia. For the first time, senior players were also consulted for their input as to the squad make-up.

Head Coach Dean Thomas said there were some hard calls to be made in deciding the squad.

“Undoubtedly some players are unlucky to miss out, whilst for some others, the next two years offer perhaps their best opportunity to cement their legacies within the national team.”

“We made some hard calls on some players who we felt it was time to move on from,” said Thomas, “Whilst giving opportunities to a big batch of yet to be capped players, & players with only 1 or 2 caps, who we think can help drive this group forward in a very meaningful way.”

The squad is by no means set in stone, with more players expected to be added during the 2019 season.

“Inevitably someone will respond positively to their omission and stand up during the domestic season to demand inclusion, but for the most part the players named today are going to form the bulk of our tournament sides, certainly next year.”

The squad balances emerging talent with experienced heads full of international experience, and will no doubt have their sights set on defending their title at the 2019 AFL Europe Championship in London and competing at the 2020 AFL International Cup alongside the Bulldogs’ Australian-based representatives.

The AFL International Cup is contested every three years and is the largest international Australian rules football event in the world. In 2017, the GB Bulldogs finished an equal best ever sixth, and selectors hope that this squad will form the basis for one which will challenge the world’s very best teams in 2020.

12 players who competed at the 2017 International Cup are named in the squad, including Great Britain leading goalkicker Andy Walkden who has kicked 30 goals in just 12 appearances for the national side.

University of Birmingham

Four players from Walkden’s former side from the University of Birmingham have been named, something which club president Matti Darowksi says is the reward for the team’s efforts so far in the National University League’s inaugural season.

“It’s fantastic to see all of our hard work this season paying off,” said Darowski. “It’s a real statement from our players ahead of the second half of the NUL season!”

The Bulldogs’ last fixture game back in August when 14 players made their debut in a 36-point win over the Netherlands. All 14 players have made it into the squad, including Hugo Phillips, Adam Kelly, Paddy Lawson and Liam Dolling, all of whom kicked goals in that win.

 

 

 

Rising Star Liam Dolling Preparing for Great Britain Debut

Was Named as One  of 14 Debutants in the Bulldogs Squad to Face the Netherlands

Dolling Plays His Club Football for the Glasgow Sharks

22nd August 2018 – With the Principal Great Britain Bulldog’s friendly against the Netherlands just days away, here we take look at one of the brightest prospects named in the Great Britain Squad by Head Coach Dean Thomas.

Liam Dolling is one of three Scots and 15 debutants in the squad – joined by West Lothian Eagles player Keir Wotherspoon and Glasgow Shark’s Andrew McManus – and Dolling says that he is excited to play his first game for Great Britain after enjoying a standout season for the Glasgow Sharks.

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‘Show Us What You’ve Got’ – GB Head Coach Thomas to Bulldogs Debutants

Bulldogs Prepare to Face the Netherlands for the First Time Since September 2016

Injuries Force Five Changes to Matchday Squad

20th August 2018 – Head Coach Dean Thomas has told his debutants to show established players exactly what they can offer the team as the Principal Great Britain Bulldogs begin their journey to the AFL Europe Championship next year, and the AFL International Cup in 2020.

Thomas has named 14 debutants in the squad to face the Netherlands on Saturday at Motspur Park and says that he hopes the Bulldogs will be able to close out 2018 on a positive note. Continue reading “‘Show Us What You’ve Got’ – GB Head Coach Thomas to Bulldogs Debutants”

GB Bulldogs Team for Netherlands Friendly Clash Named

Head Coach Dean Thomas to Mix Experience with New Faces Ahead of International Friendly

Ten Players in Line to Make Bulldogs Debut

June 25, 2018 – The squad for the Great Britain Bulldog’s fixture against the Netherlands has been named, with ten players in line for their GB debut including Glasgow Sharks star Liam Dolling.

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The AFL Europe Championship 2019 Returns to London!

Europe’s Flagship AFL Competition Returns to England

Great Britain Bulldogs and Swans Looking to Retain Both Titles

June 7, 2018 – AFL Europe have announced that for the second time in a row, the AFL Europe Championship, Europe’s premier Australian rules football event, is to take place in London in October 2019. The event will be hosted by the Wimbledon Hawks Football Club, in conjunction with AFL Europe.

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