In 2016 the Western Bulldogs stunned the AFL world by winning the premiership – the club’s first in 62 years. It was an unprecedented rise to success, capped by a stunning grand final victory that left players and fans alike shedding tears of joy.
Just two years earlier the Dogs had been in chaos, without a captain or a coach. But under the leadership of Luke Beveridge, Robert Murphy and Easton Wood, and boasting a team filled with talented youngsters, the club came together in spectacular fashion, overcoming serious injuries and storming to the flag from seventh on the ladder.
The Mighty West chronicles the Bulldogs’ remarkable journey from cellar-dwellers to champions – a journey their fans shared every step of the way. It’s a story that goes beyond football, a tale of family and belonging, of western-suburbs tribalism, and of the romance of sport.
‘Kerrie Soraghan is the bard of the Bulldogs, the people’s scribe, the voice of those faithful souls who love the red, white and blue.’ —John Harms
‘I wanted to savour every one of Kerrie’s details of how the Bulldogs won the grand-final from seventh place on the ladder. Six months after the grand-final and I still had to be reassured in writing about that miraculous win. Kerrie provided the evidence for myself and the other readers in her own meticulous way.’ —Neil Anderson, Footy Almanac