WESTERN Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge watched last year's "traumatic" Grand Final loss defeat once before quickly focusing his attention on the 2022 season.

In one of the most dramatic turnarounds in AFL history, the Bulldogs were up by 19 points midway through the third quarter before Melbourne produced a stunning surge to break their premiership drought by 74 points.

The Bulldogs conceded 16 of the last 17 goals in the decider, with many questioning how the obliteration will mentally affect the talented group.

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But Beveridge remains proud of how the team won three cut-throat finals to reach the Toyota AFL Grand Final and is focusing on that rather than the last quarter-and-a-half against the Demons.

"I delved into the reasons why the season ended so dramatically, and probably traumatically, a little bit," Beveridge told Melbourne radio station SEN.

"I think you can dream a little bit, and think you're on the dais when you're up by 19 points in a Grand Final, I don't know whether that happened (to the players).

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"In triumphs, or in defeat, you need to move on and re-establish yourself all over again.

Luke Beveridge and Marcus Bontempelli leave the field after the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

"We've taken a pretty simplistic approach ... there's lots to be gained on how we got there (to the grand final) and how we might be able to build on that, more than why it fell apart late in the game.

"If you spend too much time processing what's happened in the past, you're only going to do yourself (harm).

"For my health and wellbeing and benefit, all I've done is pushed ahead.


"I reviewed the game, I watched it once, I pulled everything out of it that I usually do and left it there. It hasn't been shown and hasn't been looked at since.

Luke Beveridge is consoled by AFL chief Gillon McLachlan following the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium. Picture: Picture: AFL Photos

"I'd rather look at the possibilities are now into the future."

The Bulldogs will get an immediate opportunity at seeking some sort of redemption as they tackle Melbourne in the season-opener at the MCG on March 16.

Key defender Alex Keath is in some doubt to face the Demons after hurting his leg during the Bulldogs' pre-season loss to the Brisbane Lions last Friday night.