The word dynasty is being bandied about in connection with the Western Bulldogs following their rise through the ranks to the pinnacle of Australian Rules football that culminated in a Grand Final victory over the punter-favoured Sydney Swans.
Only North Melbourne finished below the Bulldogs in the home and away season, and they were quickly dispatched in the finals.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, played every single final in which they appeared as the underdogs Dogs, produced a finals campaign that will long be remembered to claim just their second premiership of all time and their first in over 60 years.
They had to persevere in the face of adversity when they had to confront the reality of season ending injuries to their skipper Robert Murphy, along with Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis. Five other key players missed considerable periods as well and Stewart Crameri, who was forced to sit out the season for his participation in the 2012 Essendon Bombers doping ban. He would have to win the award for the player who lost the most as a result.
The Bulldogs have yet to declare their best and fairest, but Marcus Bontempelli is a solid contender who should be a major cog for the side for as long as he remains.