Bulldogs lick wounds, head to Perth early | Ralph-Lauren

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The Western Bulldogs will spend seven days in a Perth bubble in preparation for their AFL clash with Fremantle next weekend.

Fresh off their 28-point loss to Melbourne in a top-of-the-table clash on Friday night, the Bulldogs were told they will be sent to Western Australia on Sunday.

The travelling party will undertake COVID-19 tests, as per state government rules, and stay in a hotel while training in a bubble environment.

They are scheduled to take on the Dockers at Optus Stadium on June 5.

It comes with much of the round 12 schedule still up in the air as the AFL navigates its way around Victoria’s latest coronavirus outbreak.

“We’ve got a bit in front of us,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said.

“We’ve got to process (the loss to Melbourne) really quickly and move on.”

The Bulldogs will take a playing group of up to 30 players to Perth as they balance AFL and VFL requirements on opposite sides of the country.

Ruckman Stefan Martin has overcome an Achilles injury and will travel west as he eyes a comeback against the Dockers.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re not caught short and if something was to go wrong, we won’t be allowed to fly more players over,” Beveridge said.

The Bulldogs went into the Melbourne clash on top of the ladder but were blown away in the first quarter and never recovered.

Beveridge conceded the 13.9 (87) to 8.11 (59) scoreline flattered his side, which gave up far too many turnovers in an error-riddled display.

The result saw the Dogs (9-2) concede top spot to the Demons (10-1).

“You lick your wounds and no doubt you get some kind of perspective, but I’m sure when we play Melbourne later on in the year both teams will be marginally different again,” Beveridge said.

“We’ll just take it week by week and understand that by the end of this round we’ll probably only be a game clear in second spot.

“It can be pretty quickly taken from you if you don’t substantiate your earlier work.”

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