When Bob Murphy and Easton Wood held up the AFL premiership cup this year, it was nothing short of miraculous as the Western Bulldogs ended a 62-year premiership drought and created what is arguably one of the most iconic events in the history of the code.
The victory over the Swans was the pinnacle of a Finals season that saw the Bulldogs upset a number of heavyweight clubs. While there has been much conjecture about how a team, who were 15-1 odd favourites to win at the start of the year, have managed to take out some of the most formidable clubs in the game and secure the top spot, there’s no denying that it was nothing short of well deserved.
There are many elements that contribute to a team winning a premiership, but perhaps one aspect that is overlooked by many outside of the AFL, is the role of sport science.
The Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University has had a long-standing partnership with the Western Bulldogs. According to the Bulldogs’ General Manager, Football, Graham Lowe, it is an important one for the club.