Western Bulldogs season guide: All you need to know

Club: Western Bulldogs

Coach: Nathan Burke

2020 captains: Ellie Blackburn

2020 best and fairest: Izzy Huntington

2020 in a nutshell: A season of transition that turned out to be a real battle for the Bulldogs. Following a first-up win over newcomers St Kilda, it was five straight losses, many by heavy margins. The Bulldogs conceded the third-most points in the competition, but in playing a raft of teenagers, it was always going to be a development year.

New players: Katie Lynch (Collingwood), Jess Fitzgerald, Sarah Hartwig, Isabelle Pritchard

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Notable departures: Aisling McCarthy (West Coast), Hannah Munyard (Adelaide), Nicole Callinan (retired)

Inactive players: Katy Herron

2021 opponents: St Kilda (a), Carlton (h), Adelaide (a), Richmond (h), GWS (a), North Melbourne (h), West Coast (a), Melbourne (a), Geelong (h) 

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Circle it: Round four against Richmond at Whitten Oval should be a belter – it's the first time the Bulldogs will face Katie Brennan and Monique Conti since the pair left the club in 2019.

Player to watch: It's hard to take your eyes off Izzy Huntington. After such a great season in 2020 coming off an ACL, it's not inconceivable the strong-marking key-position player will be even better in 2021.

Best Rising Star chance: Jess Fitzgerald

2021 prediction: With such a young team still building, it's hard to expect too many wins from the Dogs. Although it's unlikely they'll play finals, there's still enough talent and development on the list to be more competitive than 2020.