The Western Bulldogs AFL Women’s team is raring to get out onto the park for its first practice match of the season.
Bulldogs player Bailey Hunt told The Courier Saturday’s practice match against Collingwood at Mars Stadium was a great opportunity to put its work over the summer to the test.
“Pre-season has been good, it’s been good having the new additions, they’ve slotted in nicely, now we can’t wait for the practice match this week,” Hunt told The Courier.
“No one really cares about winning or losing, it’s more about how we perform on the day, how our game plan stacks up.”
Hunt said she was looking forward to implementing the “tweaks” which had been made in the game plan across the summer.
Although there will be little need for too many alterations given the Bulldogs are the reigning AFLW premiers.
“Our game plan from last year was great,m but we just want to make it even better.
“There’s been a few little tweaks over the summer, so it will be good to see how they come together on game day.
“It’s just about teaching the new girls...they’ve accustomed to it really well.”
Hunt said playing in Ballarat was always something the group looked forward to.
Not only does it continue to establish its brand in the region, but it allows people from country areas to get to the football.
“Ballarat’s a really beautiful ground.
“It gives the people who live out in more rural areas (a chance to come to the game).”
Hunt said Collingwood always provided a strong contest.
She said the two teams play similar styles of football and was looking forward to meeting the Magpies in the pre-season hit-out, just as they did 12 months ago.
“You don’t really know how a team is going to come on game day.
“It’s such an unknown...but Collingwood played a really brand last year, in my opinion.”
The Western Bulldogs will have a close to full strength squad to choose from.
Isabel Huntington, Nicole Callinan and Monique Conti the only players unavailable.
Next Saturday’s game is set to kick off from 5pm, with gates open at Mars Stadium from 4pm.
Entry to the match is free.
The AFL Women’s season starts on February 2 with the Bulldogs travelling to Adelaide for their season-opener on a Friday night.