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Young Bulldogs lifting team: Giansiracusa

Sam Lienert 14/07/2011 02:11:09 PM Comments (0)

Experienced Western Bulldogs forward Daniel Giansiracusa says the AFL team's older players have been revitalised by the impact of some youngsters in recent weeks.

The Bulldogs have revived their finals hopes with four straight wins, including victory over fourth-placed Carlton last round, after winning only three of their first 11 games.

The team's improvement has coincided with the elevation of energetic small forward Luke Dahlhaus from the rookie list and into the senior team.

Fellow small forward Andrew Hooper, who made his AFL debut in last year's finals series, has also played his first two games of the season over the past two rounds.

Giansiracusa said the pair's impact extended beyond their personal performances.

"The energy that the young guys are bringing has probably revitalised the older guys a little bit," he told reporters on Thursday.

"To see Dahlhaus and Hooper, and Liam Jones is starting to get a bit more comfortable out there, it's quite exciting.

"We've won four games in a row and hopefully we can keep the momentum going."

The return of key forward Barry Hall and Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney from injury in recent weeks has also had a big impact, with midfield star Cooney best afield against the Blues and Hall kicking four goals.

Giansiracusa said the team, which is likely to remain unchanged for Sunday's clash with North Melbourne, felt much more settled than earlier in the season.

"To have a Brownlow Medallist come in and play the way he is obviously gives everyone a boost," he said.

"The forward line that we've had over the last five or six weeks has been the most settled it's been the whole year.

"We're starting to figure out how we play with each other, in terms of the way we move and stuff like that.

"I think that's all over the ground, the backline's really settled and you see when teams are winning, they don't tend to change their side too much."

Hall left the training track early on Thursday, but coach Rodney Eade said that was a pre-planned move, with the club monitoring his workload after he was troubled by ankle injuries earlier in the season.

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