AFLW Nickname Watch  – Part 1: Bulldogs edition

Respectful Suggestions to the Western Bulldogs on the Serious Matter of Nicknames


Dear Doggies,


On Sunday up against the poor old Fremantle MUA Here To Stay Dockers, you looked like a trillion dollars of whatever crypto-currency is doing well during this millisecond. The sky was clear, the day was bright, KB kicked three, Ellie was on fire and gee whiz how’s about those Pups? Brilliant, heart-lifting, song-whistling, finger-snapping, toe-tapping stuff.


But we need to talk about something very close to my heart: the dearth of nicknames available to barrackers in the outer.


I assume you have a bunch of nom de guerres, a symphony of sobriquets, a multitude of monikers, for use amongst yourselves. Fantastical, secretive code names, referring to the thing that happened at the place that time. In-jokes. But apart from KB – who really deserves a whole series of nicknames based on her goal kicking ability alone – and the inevitable Libba for Libby Birch, these are not very well known. Or at least, I don’t know them. I assume you call Kirsty Lamb Choppy, otherwise why are any of you even playing football?


Nature abhors a vacuum, so here we go, a series of nicknames for the Western Bulldogs Women’s Team based loosely on the following theme: The 1980s.


Why? Why not?


Bonnie Toogood –  Toogood is already such a great name for anybody, let alone a packbusting footballer. But the theme is set, so let’s do this.

Bonnie Toogood > Bonnie Tyler > Total Eclipse of the Heart > All so we can yell out “Turn Around Bright Eyes every time she gets near the play. For short sharp calls, her nickname should definitely be Just


Emma Kearney > Kearnsy > Kim Carnes > Bette Davis Eyes > Bette


Brooke Lochland – Shields, obviously.


Aasta O’Connor – Theatre


Katie Brennan – > KB > Kate Bush > Running Up That Hill (Deal With God) > God > Goddess


Monique Conti > Contiki > Tour (works because she covers so much ground)


Deanna Berry > Deanna Troi from Star Trek The Next Generation > Troi

                          > Berry>  Strawberry Shortcake> Cake or Straw


Naomi Ferres – Ferrous > Iron > Iron Lady > Maggie Nope, nope, nope. Scratch that. No one deserves that. What’s the opposite of Maggie Thatcher?


Tiarna Ernst > Is a doctor > Doctor Beat > Miami Sound Machine > Gloria Estefan > Gloria

                            Is a doctor>  Doctor, Doctor > Thompson Twins > Thommo

                            Is a doctor> Doctor, Doctor Gimme The News > News

                            Is a doctor > General Hospital (soap opera) > General

                            Is a doctor > The Young Doctors (soap opera) > Soapy


And there we have it. An in no way forced or convoluted bunch of brand new nicknames for the Bulldogs. Simple.


I love you, Bulldogs. See you soon.


Jackie > Lynchy > Jacksta > Lynch High Private Eye


About Jackie Lynch

North Melbourne fan by birth, but Bulldogs for the AFLW and Darebin Falcons for the VFLW. I am a high school teacher in the Mighty West and a parent of two kids. Other interests include history, reading, running slowly and the Facebook Page Shit Brick Fences of Melbourne.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Very Cool. Love your logic. How about one for every team member of every Club! We could reference it at the back of the next WFA!

  2. Kasey Symons says

    Loved these Jackie! I am definitely down for calling Katie Brennan ‘Goddess’!

  3. Jackie Lynch says

    Will definitely be going through the Clubs!

  4. Jackie Lynch says

    Thanks Yvette and Kasey! I’m back at work next week, so I’d better get to writing these up while I still have the time

  5. Hi Jackie,

    It’s a good stuff!

    Goddess is so great for the skipper. Can you talk to the Bulldogs cheer squad when you go to the game? I wish I could but cannot as I live in Kyoto, Japan…

    Goddess kicked goals brilliantly!



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