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Aussie Rules: Bevo says Bulldogs will move on

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says his side will move on from last season's grand final heartbreak and subtle changes will be made to the way they go about their business.

The Bulldogs suffered defeat against the Melbourne Demons in the 2021 grand final and are priced at 6/1 to go and make amends by winning in it 2022.

Early re-match

The AFL fixture bosses have thrown the two sides together for round one of the 2022 competition and Beveridge has said it will be a different side that takes to the park for the re-match.

Beveridge has kept a low profile since the 74-point defeat at Perth's Optus Stadium but he has been working away in the background making sure his players have moved on and are ready to go again.

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"I haven’t spoken too much post the grand final, but in victory or defeat, you have to move on," he told reporters.

"There is change taking place all the time. It’s a new season, new opportunity and it will be a different team, subtly, when we bowl out onto the MCG on that Wednesday night.

"That freshness at this time of year is important, because that can really mean you can play some of your most creative and fluent football, so we’re looking forward to seeing what that looks like."

Bombers defeat

The Bulldogs continued preparations for the new season with a narrow pre-season defeat against Essendon and Beveridge was far from impressed with the way his side let the game slip away.

"We expected to win the game. We were three goals up and got beaten by a goal," Beveridge added. "What I said to the players was we got some things out of it we liked, but ultimately, whether it’s a practice match or not, it’s a winning culture (we are after).

"We want to win every game, and that was the disappointment coming out of it. It was a very turnover-heavy game, we just need to do a little more right."

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