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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Valiant victory finally reveals the softer side of sport

There were many reasons the Western Bulldogs’ recent Grand Finalvictory was a beautiful win to witness.
Nanjing Night Net

Apart from the way the Doggies’ season played out, with a narrative arc reminiscent of a classic fairy tale’s, the behaviour exhibited by the team was inspiring.

In a leaguedogged by sex scandals with crowds that occasionally resort to appalling racist behaviour, the display of humility and happiness exhibited after the Grand Final was a joy to behold.

Footy games are often interspersed with male aggression in the form of bumps and thumps and ended with unconvincing, obligatory handshakes between players from opposing teams.

But the Western Bulldogs exhibited behaviour antithetical to some of the aggressive and dominant attitudeswe see in AFL culture.

The Bulldogs were freely and publicly declaring their love for one another and expressing their jubilation, often to the point of tears, after their win.

The reckless abandon the Western Bulldogs, and their supporters, showed after the victory was a beautiful signal of a time, where football culture is no longer defined by a stoic and blokey mentality.

Club veteran and injured captain Bob Murphy openly embraced the club’s coachLuke Beveridge the day after the victory at the club’s Footscrayhome, known as ‘The Kennel’.

Immediately after the club’s momentous win the previous day, the coach tugged at heart strings around the nation when he offered his premiership medal to Murphy.

The gesture almost defined the match, and touched the hearts of AFL supporters around Australia –whether theybarrackfor the Doggiesor not.

May thisgenerous spirit and touching sentiment continue into the next season.

– TAMARA McDONALD

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