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Aussie Rules: Bevo ready to go again

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says everyone has moved on from last season's Grand final defeat and they have taken the positives out of 2021.

The Bulldogs are priced at 6/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and will be keen to make up for last season's 74-point defeat against Melbourne at Perth's Optus Stadium.

Shock to the system

The manner of the defeat against the Demons left the Bulldogs shell-shocked. They were actually leading by 19 points midway through the third quarter before a dramatic turnaround.

Melbourne booted 16 of the last 17 goals in the game to win the flag and Beveridge has struggled to put his finger on why that happened.

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One theory is the players could have been dreaming of glory and switched off.

"I delved into the reasons why the season ended so dramatically, and probably traumatically, a little bit," Beveridge told SEN.

"I think you can dream a little bit, and think you're on the dais when you're up by 19 points in a grand final, I don't know whether that happened (to the players)."

Keen to move on

Beveridge quickly picked the bones out of the defeat after watching the replays before turning attention to bouncing back in 2022.

The same would have happened even if they had won.

"In triumphs, or in defeat, you need to move on and re-establish yourself all over again," he added. "We've taken a pretty simplistic approach, there's lots to be gained on how we got there (to the grand final) and how we might be able to build on that, more than why it fell apart late in the game.

"If you spend too much time processing what's happened in the past, you're only going to do yourself (harm). For my health and wellbeing and benefit, all I've done is pushed ahead."

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