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Western Bulldogs vs Carlton

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Round: 14   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 04-07-2015 7:30 pm   Crowd: 31,445  
Western Bulldogs 3.3.214.4.287.8.509.10.64 C:  Luke Beveridge
Carlton 1.1.74.7.314.11.357.11.53 C:  John Barker
  WBULL by 14CARL by 3WBULL by 15WBULL by 11  
Weather
min temp  8.6°C      max temp  9.8°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  82%    air pressure  1022.0mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  NNE
Brownlow Medal 3 Matthew Boyd (WBULL)2 Jack Macrae (WBULL)1 Liam Picken (WBULL)

Match Report

For the second week running, the Western Bulldogs have ground out an 'ugly win' at Docklands Stadium. The Dogs overcame a tenacious Carlton on Saturday night, winning with just nine goals their credit, as they had done a week earlier against St Kilda. In both matches they trailed by three points at half-time and this week, just as they had in round 13, the Bulldogs broke free temporarily in the third quarter before withstanding a last-quarter comeback to hold on for a gritty victory. The Blues were by no means disgraced, but fell just short of recording third win in a row under caretaker coach John Barker. 

The match went according to the expectations of most in the early stages, with the Dogs on top. Luke Dahlhaus, Jarrad Grant and Tory Dickson all had majors on the board within the first ten minutes and a big Bulldog win looked to be on the cards. But the Blues knuckled down and tightened up defensively after that, restricting the Dogs to just two further behinds for the quarter, while Levi Casboult got them on the board with a goal at the 14-minute mark. At the first break, the Dogs led by 14 points. 

Carlton dominated virtually all aspects of the game in the first 25 minutes of the second quarter. Dylan Buckley set the Blues rolling with a brilliant goal from the boundary line in the first minute and they were all over the Dogs for virtually the remainder of the term. Sadly, they could not convert that control to scoreboard pressure. They added a further two goals in that period through Andrejs Everitt and Dennis Armfield but also kicked six behinds. This took their lead to nine points, but it could have been much greater. A late goal to Bulldog Jake Stringer cut the margin to just three points at the long break.

Stringer made his presence felt again soon after the second half began. He goaled within the first three minutes of the the term to give the Bulldogs the lead, one they would not relinquish again. The two sides traded behinds for the next 13 minutes before first-gamer Caleb Daniel - who had been everywhere after coming on as a sub early the quarter - kicked his first AFL goal to put the Dogs eight points clear. Matthew Boyd, in his 250th match, followed up with another goal a minute later to give the Dogs breathing space and they went into the last break with a 15-point lead.

The Bulldogs carried that momentum into the early stages of the last quarter, and majors to Mitch Wallis and Stringer saw them out to a 27-point lead after just three minutes. The Blues tightened up after that and mounted a comeback, but despite majors to Armfield, Jason Tutt and Lachie Henderson, the goals came too few and far between and the Dogs held on to win by 11 points and claim seventh place on the ladder. 

Matthew Boyd was brilliant in his 250th match, with 14 marks and 31 possessions off half-back, while Liam Picken (33 disposals, seven tackles) and Jack Macrae (31 touches, six marks) also played fine games. For the Blues, Marc Murphy (25 possessions, seven tackles), Zach Tuohy (14 marks, 25 touches) and Armfield (17 disposals and two goals) were among the best. 

The Bulldogs (seventh, 8-5) will try and make it four wins a row when they 'host' Gold Coast in Cairns next Saturday, while the Blues will look to reverse their round one loss when they take on Richmond at the MCG on Friday night. 

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Stringer 3; Dahlhaus, Grant, Dickson, Daniel, Boyd, Wallis
Carlton: Armfield 2; Casboult, Buckley, Everitt, Tutt, Henderson

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Western Bulldogs:
Boyd, Picken, Daniel, Macrae, Wood, Minson
Carlton: Graham, Tuohy, Murphy, White, Armfield.

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Boyd, Picken, Macrae, Stringer, Stevens, Murphy
Carlton: Murphy, Cripps, Tuohy, Armfield, Simpson, Bell

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Jordan Roughead (Shoulder), Toby McLean (left shoulder)
Carlton: Sam Rowe (general soreness) replaced in the selected side by Jason Tutt, Andrejs Everitt (TBC), Patrick Cripps (ankle)

SUBSTITUTES
Western Bulldogs: Caleb Daniel replaced Jordan Roughead at half-time
Carlton: Mark Whiley replaced Andrejs Everitt in the third quarter

UMPIRES: Kamolins, Findlay, Wallace

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brain Taylor, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling, Andrew Welsh

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 10 5 8 18 0 1 5 1 0 0 19y 222d 27 22
5 Boyd, Matthew 21 14 10 31 1 0 0 3 0 0 32y 311d 250 83
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 10 1 7 17 1 1 0 1 1 1 22y 317d 84 79
35 Daniel, Caleb 5 5 9 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 18y 362d 1 1
29 Dickson, Tory 9 6 5 14 1 0 0 3 0 0 27y 281d 47 70
1 Grant, Jarrad 9 4 9 18 1 0 0 1 2 0 25y 363d 71 77
30 Hamling, Joel 7 5 2 9 0 0 0 1 1 0 22y 86d 5 0
22 Honeychurch, Mitch 9 2 6 15 0 3 0 3 1 0 20y 124d 11 7
39 Johannisen, Jason 17 7 6 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 238d 40 9
11 Macrae, Jack 19 6 12 31 0 0 0 3 1 1 20y 335d 45 13
16 McLean, Toby 12 6 9 21 0 0 0 3 4 1 19y 154d 4 2
27 Minson, Will 4 2 6 10 0 0 35 6 1 2 30y 84d 187 80
38 Morris, Dale 8 5 3 11 0 0 0 3 0 0 32y 187d 198 3
2 Murphy, Bob 16 5 4 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 33y 25d 284 172
42 Picken, Liam 15 5 18 33 0 1 0 7 2 0 28y 337d 141 43
43 Redpath, Jack 8 7 1 9 0 1 1 3 0 0 24y 203d 5 3
18 Roberts, Fletcher 5 4 10 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 31d 16 0
23 Roughead, Jordan 1 2 2 3 0 0 8 3 0 1 24y 243d 85 14
25 Stevens, Koby 10 5 18 28 0 0 0 7 0 1 24y 16d 61 29
9 Stringer, Jake 6 2 4 10 3 0 0 5 0 1 21y 70d 40 66
3 Wallis, Mitch 10 2 9 19 1 2 0 7 1 0 22y 253d 66 22
10 Wood, Easton 13 8 6 19 0 0 0 2 1 0 25y 303d 77 12
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 224 108 164 388 9 10 49 65 15 8 24y 256d 1745 807
Carlton Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
27 Armfield, Dennis 12 2 5 17 2 4 0 3 0 0 28y 194d 124 57
28 Bell, Tom 13 3 6 19 0 1 3 5 0 2 24y 21d 42 31
12 Boekhorst, Blaine 4 2 7 11 0 0 0 1 0 1 21y 305d 4 0
7 Buckley, Dylan 10 4 6 16 1 0 0 4 0 0 22y 110d 18 5
41 Casboult, Levi 6 6 2 8 1 1 0 2 0 1 25y 111d 47 47
9 Cripps, Patrick 6 5 10 16 0 0 1 6 1 0 20y 108d 14 4
35 Curnow, Ed 15 3 13 28 0 1 0 3 0 2 25y 239d 79 11
33 Everitt, Andrejs 5 5 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 26y 113d 109 61
32 Graham, Nick 11 3 15 26 0 0 0 5 2 3 21y 22d 16 5
23 Henderson, Lachie 8 7 2 10 1 1 0 2 0 0 25y 202d 111 103
20 Holman, Nick 5 0 6 11 0 0 0 7 0 0 20y 36d 3 0
40 Jamison, Michael 6 8 11 17 0 0 1 0 0 1 29y 23d 136 2
45 Johnson, Blaine 4 3 6 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 19y 341d 6 1
8 Kreuzer, Matthew 3 2 4 7 0 0 29 9 0 0 26y 52d 110 58
3 Murphy, Marc 13 6 12 25 0 0 0 7 2 1 27y 350d 197 147
6 Simpson, Kade 16 8 12 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 31y 60d 233 123
42 Tuohy, Zach 17 14 8 25 0 0 0 2 0 0 25y 206d 89 32
22 Tutt, Jason 11 4 6 17 1 1 0 5 0 1 24y 50d 32 24
24 Whiley, Mark 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 22y 215d 15 2
43 White, Simon 9 5 1 10 0 0 0 3 2 0 27y 17d 54 9
36 Wood, Cameron 8 3 2 10 0 1 13 0 1 1 28y 122d 83 28
13 Yarran, Chris 17 4 2 19 0 0 0 2 0 1 24y 197d 114 90
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 200 98 141 341 7 11 47 71 8 15 24y 323d 1636 840

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.