|Brownlow Medal||3 Tom Liberatore (WBULL)||2 Bob Murphy (WBULL)||1 Brett Goodes (WBULL)|
The Western Bulldogs caused the first major boil-over of the season at Docklands on Saturday, thrashing pre-season premiers Brisbane by 68 points. The Dogs had entered 2013 as popular picks to finish in the bottom four, with some pundits even suggesting that they would finish below Gold Coast or GWS - or both - this year. But the Bulldogs burst out of the blocks with a six-goal-to-zero first term and were hardly threatened from that point. The Lions made things worse for themselves by missing some easy shots in that quarter but the blow-out was largely due to the Dogs superior clearance work in the centre of the ground.
Brisbane looked like briefly getting back in the game early in the second quarter, kicking the first two goals. But the Bulldogs settled again to kick four of the next five, and they went into the major break with a 37-point buffer. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Bulldogs' game was their crisp use of the ball, particularly by foot. The 2012 Bulldogs had been panned for their lamentable foot-skills, but the 2013 version showed vast improvement in that area. That aspect was epitomised particularly by Brett Goodes, making his debut at age 29. Goodes played largely as a loose man in defence and his pinpoint passing enabled the Dogs to launch many counterattacks. Goodes could not have dreamed of a better first game.
The third quarter saw the Dogs stamp their authority on the match even more firmly, with season players Giansiracusa and Shaun Higgins excellent in attack and stand-in captain (in the absence of Matthew Boyd) slotting a miracle goal from the boundary line.
The intensity eased in the final term but the Dogs still came out in front for the quarter and they ended the match more than 11 goals ahead. A 19-goal return was a huge boost for the Dogs, given that they had struggled to kick even a competitive score on the second half of 2012.
Another remarkable aspect of the result was that these two sides had met in the final round of 2012, with winning by 67 points. In what was essentially the next official match for both sides, the result was turned on its head.
Western Bulldogs: Giansiracusa, Higgins 3; Cordy, Dahlhaus, Murphy, Dickson, Griffen 2; Jones, Johannisen, Cooney
Brisbane: Brown, Rich, Beams, Martin, Cornelius, Redden, Moloney
BEST - THE AGE
Western Bulldogs: Goodes, Dickson, Lower, Minson, Johannisen, Higgins, Murphy, Roughead
Brisbane: Rockliff, Moloney.
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Western Bulldogs: Goodes, Griffen, Minson, Murphy, Liberatore, Higgins, Lower, Roughead, Stevens
Brisbane: Rockliff, Moloney, Karnezis
Brendan McCartney (WB): It was a really good performance and our footy club are very proud of our supporters today. I'm sure our supporters, our fans, enjoyed what they saw. We may play like that at other times this year but we mightn't be able to get the job done because you might run into clubs that are a lot more mature.
Michael Voss (Bris): You've got to give complete credit to the way the Dogs went about it. They kept us under pressure the whole night. We couldn't win at the contest. Our centre square bounce was a major issue for us the whole night.
Western Bulldogs: Stevens (hamstring)
Brisbane: Maguire (leg)
Western Bulldogs: Koby Stevens (hamstring) replaced by Clay Smith at three-quarter time
Brisbane: Matt Maguire (leg) replaced by Claye Beams in the third quarter
Pearce Hanley (Brisbane) reported in the 2nd quarter for rough conduct
UMPIRES: Margetts, Dalgleish, Findlay
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.
|Western Bulldogs||Match Stats||Career|
|17||Cooney, Adam||16||8||5||21||1||0||0||3||1||1||27y 181d||183||155|
|49||Cordy, Ayce||6||2||2||8||2||0||4||3||1||2||22y 236d||15||10|
|4||Cross, Daniel||14||7||9||23||0||0||0||4||2||0||30y 0d||198||29|
|6||Dahlhaus, Luke||11||4||5||16||2||0||0||3||1||1||20y 221d||29||26|
|29||Dickson, Tory||12||6||6||18||2||0||0||8||3||2||25y 185d||18||25|
|13||Giansiracusa, Daniel||13||9||5||18||3||0||0||1||3||0||31y 19d||231||283|
|44||Goodes, Brett||14||7||10||24||0||0||0||2||0||0||29y 41d||1||0|
|16||Griffen, Ryan||18||7||9||27||2||1||0||6||2||2||26y 246d||164||108|
|7||Higgins, Shaun||18||8||4||22||3||3||0||3||2||2||25y 26d||107||119|
|39||Johannisen, Jason||11||3||3||14||1||1||0||4||0||1||20y 142d||4||2|
|19||Jones, Liam||3||2||4||7||1||2||0||3||2||1||22y 34d||38||35|
|21||Liberatore, Tom||15||5||13||28||0||0||0||9||1||1||20y 318d||34||8|
|33||Lower, Nick||11||2||2||13||0||1||0||3||0||2||25y 280d||43||9|
|27||Minson, Will||9||5||9||18||0||0||34||2||2||4||27y 353d||137||66|
|38||Morris, Dale||9||7||3||12||0||0||0||4||1||1||30y 91d||152||3|
|2||Murphy, Bob||13||6||3||16||2||1||0||2||0||0||30y 294d||231||156|
|42||Picken, Liam||15||10||3||18||0||0||0||1||1||1||26y 241d||88||29|
|23||Roughead, Jordan||8||7||3||11||0||0||0||1||0||3||22y 147d||36||10|
|14||Smith, Clay||2||0||6||8||0||0||1||3||0||1||19y 323d||17||6|
|25||Stevens, Koby||7||3||10||17||0||0||0||1||2||0||21y 285d||12||2|
|3||Wallis, Mitch||9||1||15||24||0||0||0||4||1||1||20y 157d||26||7|
|31||Young, Tom||11||7||6||17||0||0||0||1||0||0||20y 338d||10||2|
|7||Adcock, Jed||8||2||4||12||0||0||0||5||2||1||27y 135d||142||37|
|17||Beams, Claye||6||3||3||9||1||0||0||2||0||0||21y 210d||14||12|
|8||Bewick, Rohan||10||0||2||12||0||1||2||3||1||2||23y 171d||29||23|
|16||Brown, Jonathan||6||3||5||11||1||1||0||1||2||4||31y 152d||231||546|
|44||Cornelius, Aaron||6||4||4||10||1||3||0||1||1||1||22y 305d||23||33|
|41||Golby, Mitchell||9||4||13||22||0||0||0||2||1||1||21y 178d||22||0|
|6||Green, Josh||9||0||6||15||0||1||0||6||0||0||20y 218d||18||15|
|11||Hanley, Pearce||14||3||8||22||0||0||0||5||0||0||24y 135d||57||13|
|28||Karnezis, Patrick||7||5||12||19||0||1||0||2||0||1||20y 341d||19||24|
|5||Longer, Billy||2||1||5||7||0||0||21||3||2||3||19y 322d||6||0|
|36||Maguire, Matt||3||2||2||5||0||0||0||2||1||1||28y 304d||145||19|
|12||Martin, Stefan||5||2||4||9||1||1||9||1||1||1||26y 133d||58||24|
|9||McGrath, Ashley||4||2||4||8||0||1||0||3||1||0||29y 314d||189||146|
|21||Merrett, Daniel||12||6||6||18||0||0||0||2||2||1||28y 108d||136||43|
|3||Moloney, Brent||13||5||10||23||1||0||0||5||2||2||29y 61d||146||38|
|24||Patfull, Joel||6||3||6||12||0||0||0||4||2||2||28y 113d||140||21|
|31||Polkinghorne, James||4||1||2||6||0||1||1||1||0||0||24y 68d||82||48|
|30||Redden, Jack||5||1||10||15||1||1||0||10||1||2||22y 111d||77||36|
|10||Rich, Daniel||5||1||3||8||1||1||0||3||3||0||22y 296d||83||55|
|38||Rockliff, Tom||15||4||18||33||0||0||1||5||0||0||23y 36d||63||34|
|26||Yeo, Elliot||9||1||7||16||0||0||0||3||1||1||19y 180d||9||0|
|15||Zorko, Dayne||10||1||2||12||0||2||0||4||3||2||24y 49d||17||16|