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AFL history holds no weight for Beveridge

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge doesn't want a bye heading into the finals series.
History holds no weight for Beveridge
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The only weight of history that interests Luke Beveridge is what it would feel like to hold up the AFL premiership cup.

The Western Bulldogs' coach is brimming with confidence and faith ahead of Saturday's grand final against Sydney, certain his team can handle the pressure one more time.

Beveridge said his team had already achieved some milestones in their outstanding finals series and were determined to win the club's second flag.

The Bulldogs' only premiership was in 1954 and they are in their first grand final since 1961.

"(There's) not a weight - it's exciting that we can possibly put the second cup in the cabinet," Beveridge said at Friday's grand final media conference.

"There's a bit of room.

"We're looking forward to that challenge and, if anything, we've got a couple of gorillas off our back.

"Winning our first final together was a great milestone against the Eagles and ... the last two finals have been significant."

So far in this finals series, the Bulldogs have beaten West Coast in Perth, then ended Hawthorn's premiership streak and, last Saturday, they upset the Giants in Sydney.

There were wild scenes in the Bulldogs' rooms after the Giants win, prompting some observers to wonder about their mindset heading into Saturday's decider.

The Bulldogs will be the first AFL grand-final team since St Kilda in 1997 with no prior experience in the big game.

But Beveridge is more interested in the massive reward if they win again.

"This is just, obviously, extremely unique and we have to keep it on an even keel emotionally," he said.

"But there's no doubt, how can you not consider it exciting, the prospect of taking that (the premiership cup) home?"

Thousands of Bulldogs fans watched their training session on Thursday and Beveridge revelled in their passion.

"The hysteria and emotion and our fans and the support is the dimension that we were exposed to yesterday and it was brilliant," he said.

"Our players soaked it up - how could you not have a warm heart?"

Beveridge liked hearing his team described as "undaunted", given their repeated injury problems during the season.

They are also the first team to make the AFL grand final from seventh place.

"We feel like we've come to the last game of the year still with a lot left," he said.

"We're fortunate enough that we have some boys back in recent times from injury and our performances have given us a little bit of a kick.

"We go into the game with some momentum, but understanding that we're up against a formidable outfit in the Swans."

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