Adam Treloar Media Opportunity
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: Adam Treloar poses during a Western Bulldogs AFL media opportunity at Whitten Oval on November 13, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Bulldogs star Adam Treloar has opened up on how the criticism of his semi final performance motivated him to return to his best in the club's dominant preliminary final win over Port Adelaide.

Treloar was one of the best afield for the Dogs on Saturday night as the team cruised to a 71-point win at the Adelaide Oval. The 28-year-old kicked a goal to join his 23 disposals and 13 score involvements, a game high.

The performance was a contrast to the week before, which some commentators criticised. In the Bulldogs' semi final win over Brisbane Treloar was limited to just 10 touches and struggled to have an influence on the game.

Speaking to the Western Bulldogs' website, Treloar conceded that he did hear some of the external commentary in the lead up to the game against the Power.

“Yeah, you always hold that with you. You’d be lying to say that as an athlete you wouldn’t be extra motivated,” Treloar said.

“But to be honest I didn’t really read anything about it … I kind of know what was getting spoken about early on and kind of just left it. I only worried about what I could control.

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“It was, obviously, a really challenging week for me personally. It was quite challenging, to be honest"

Treloar, who joined the Bulldogs from Collingwood last year in a highly publicised move, has been open about his struggles with anxiety, stemming from the pressure of being an elite athlete.

The star revealed in 2019 that he was close to quitting the game before suffering a season ending hamstring injury, but credits his support system for helping him perform at his best.

“But the one thing I do love about the footy club and being a part of a footy club is the backing that you get from, not just the coaches, but the players and supporters. The love and care I got from so many people in my circle, and supporting me – and all they care about is me the person, not the footy player. Those people know who they are, I’m truly grateful for that," Treloar said.

“It really put me in a good headspace going into the game … For me, it was just getting back to the basics and getting back out there and really enjoying being out there. It’s been sometimes, as I said before, a challenge being away from family and your loved ones.”

Following a Grand Final loss with Collingwood in 2018, Treloar is keen to be part of the winning side next weekend as the Bulldogs take on Melbourne at Optus Stadium.

Despite the distance the team has covered to make it to the final game of the year, Treloar believes that there is nothing standing in their way of claiming the flag.

“None of the other teams have had to travel like we’ve had to,” he said.

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“We pride ourselves on being able to travel and perform really well when we’re playing away.

“There’s no limit on what we feel we can achieve.”