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Perfect 10 coaches votes for Pingelly product Tim English after superb AFL return for Western Bulldogs

Calvin SimsNarrogin Observer
Bulldogs’ Tim English celebrates a goal.
Camera IconBulldogs’ Tim English celebrates a goal. Credit: Paul Kane/AFL Photos

Pingelly-raised Tim English has made a spectacular return from a stint on the sidelines to guide the Western Bulldogs to a 101-point thrashing of West Coast at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

English was initially sidelined with a hamstring injury and then had a serious case of the flu, missing the Bulldogs last five matches.

AFL - West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium, Perth. Pictured - Bulldog Tim English flies for a mark
Camera IconBulldog’s Tim English flies for a mark. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

The rising ruckman bounced back in wonderful fashion, collecting 25 disposals to go with 28 hit-outs, seven clearances, four tackles, 405m gained and a goal in a best-afield display as the the Bulldogs thumped the home side 25.11 (161) to 9.6 (60).

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English was awarded a perfect 10 for coaches votes from Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge and Eagles coach Adam Simpson for his captivating performance.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Tim English of the Bulldogs lines up a kick on goal during the 2022 AFL Round 11 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on May 28, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconBulldogs’ Tim English lines up a kick on goal against West Coast. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Beveridge was delighted with the 24-year-old’s return to the side.

“He had a tremendous return, he was really influential,” he said. “He’s a great example of a ruckman in the competition who plays the game very well outside of the stoppage.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Callum Jamieson of the Eagles contests a ruck with Tim English of the Bulldogs during the 2022 AFL Round 11 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on May 28, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconBulldogs’ Tim English contests the ruck against Eagles’ Callum Jamieson. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

“He’s a very good turnover ruckman, he doesn’t just get behind the ball, he’ll spread forward and link up in chains.

“It’s one thing we’ve definitely made sure we don’t coach out of Tim’s game, it’s him playing to his strengths.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Callum Jamieson of the Eagles contests a ruck with Tim English of the Bulldogs during the 2022 AFL Round 11 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on May 28, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconBulldogs’ Tim English jostles with Eagles’ Callum Jamieson Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

“He’s adjusted the balance of his defensive mindset and his want to spread forward a little bit this year, and I think it’s paying dividends for us.”

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