The Western Bulldogs feared the worst when star forward Bonnie Toogood hurt her knee in Saturday’s AFLW loss to West Coast.
Collingwood's Ash Brazill had on Friday night become the 10th AFLW player to rupture an ACL either in preparation for, or during, this season.
Bonnie Toogood has escaped serious injury,Credit:Getty Images
There's no doubting the Bulldogs missed the 22-year-old once she went off. The change in structure it caused may have been critical in the final result.
"She was looking good and she's been building every week. Her effort is outstanding and if she doesn't mark it, she tackles, pressures and does everything," Burke said.
"It did change a lot. Because of the size and length of the ground, we had a special plan where to play Bonnie and with a taller player behind her. But that's football."
Burke once again couldn't question the endeavour of the Bulldogs against the Eagles, but at times their desire to do too much comes at the expense of sticking the game plan.
That's something he wants to see an improvement in, starting next Sunday against Collingwood.
"We just lost some of our shape and structure a little bit. Once we got under the pump a little bit, we got a bit frantic. We all want to save the day and sometimes we can lose where we want to be," Burke said.
"I don't blame the girls for that because they just want to give more and more effort, but sometimes that effort takes us away from some of our plans.
"We just have to have a bit more composure in those situations."
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