‘Put the Haus on it’
by the Bont
If there is one player that signifies how the Western Bulldogs go about their footy its 24-year old Luke Dahlhaus. A ferocious tackler, incredibly hard at the ball; not polished, not overly classy but consistently gets the job done (and well).
Coming into 2016 off the back of a career high average of 104.5 Dahlhaus had a great start to the season averaging 108 through the first ten rounds looking to have stepped up another gear, until Tom Campbell fell into his legs straining Dahls medial ligament de-railing his season.
When Luke returned in round 19 he finished the season with scores of 71, 84, 113, 74, and 104 (a five round average of 89) before averaging 104 through the finals. Good but expect the little terrier to come out with a bang in 2017.
— MichelleCoulingPhoto (@MCP_pix) October 1, 2016
|Games last season:||17 + 4 finals|
|Average last season:||95.7|
|100+ games last season:||9|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$388K – $584K|
|Missed games last season:||
By now most of us have seen Jocks article on 2017 SC positional changes and the forward line is an absolute shemozzle. No Dusty, No Great Dayne, no Zach Merrett, no Barlow, no fifty shades, no…Well no one.
So what’s left?
Well there’s a young fella by the name of Isaac Heeney who put together some arousing performances through the final series when he was thrown on the ball, but other than that who can we trust?
- Harley Bennell who has all the talent in the word but missed the entire 2016 season with calf issues, and has had off field ‘issues’?
- Josh caddy, the guy who has never lived up to the hype, and will be trying to fit into an already full engine room at Tigerland?
- Touk Miller loved the added responsibility when GAJ went down but will not see a lot of time in the middle in 2017 with the return of the GOAT along with Swallow and their newly drafted young guns.
- The community have already ventured into the world of Jack Steele and decided he is not ready; Seb Ross and Luke Dunstan will get first dibs in the guts with Jack Steven and David Armitage.
- Toby Greene is wildly inconsistent and his new stable mate Brett Deledio is getting a bit long in the tooth although (may) be a good POD.
- Buddy Paddy Ryder and Jack Macrae are viable options but are not capable of ultra premium scores.
All roads lead to Dahlhaus being the number one FWD in 2017.
- As mentioned the Haus suffered a medial ligament strain in 2016 limiting his games played but it was a freak accident and there is no concern or history of soft tissue injuries.
- The emergence of the Bont (not me) and the return of Libba have limited Dahls midfield time somewhat, but this doesn’t seem to affect him a great deal because of his goal sense and tackling.
- You would be picking Luke as a set and forget premium (f1) in your starting team. No need to wait for a drop in price or a bad run of form, he is ultra consistent when fully fit.
- Dahl is incredibly consistent and will always give 100%, he loves a hard ball get, is a fierce tackler and knows where the goals are.
- Dual Position Player
- In my humble opinion will be the number one forward in the competition in 2017
- Arguably under priced
- Even in his return games after his injury racked up 26 and 28 disposals
- Great to watch
- I’m struggling to find one here, although there is a lot of emerging talent around him Luke always finds the pill (averaged 25 disposals in 2016) and finds ways to score
- Premiership hangover?
About as much of a lock as there is at the moment in a forward line that is far from a ‘full haus’.
Great work Bont! Let’s talk Dahlhaus in the comments below
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