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Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne

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Round: 20   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 06-08-2016 7:25 pm   Crowd: 30,740  
Western Bulldogs 1.4.104.5.297.7.499.7.61 C:  Luke Beveridge
North Melbourne 2.2.142.4.164.5.297.5.47 C:  Brad Scott
  NTH by 4WBULL by 13WBULL by 20WBULL by 14  
Weather
min temp  6.2°C      max temp  14.4°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  57%    air pressure  1026.9mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  NNE
Brownlow Medal 3 Marcus Bontempelli (WBULL)2 Jason Johannisen (WBULL)1 Daniel Wells (NTH)

Match Report

Two injury-ravaged sides battled it out at Docklands on Saturday night, with the Western Bulldogs, missing seven of its best 22 players, eking out a highly meritorious win against North Melbourne in a high-intensity, bruising and low-scoring affair. The Kangaroos opened the match by kicking two goals to nil in the first 15 minutes, and closed it out by doing the same in the last 15 minutes, but in between those two periods the Bulldogs were much the better side, kicking nine goals to three to ultimately run out winners by 14 points. The match was a virtual mirror image of the two sides' round six class, which saw North win 9.7 to 6.9, with the final score this time around being 9.7 to 7.5 in favour of the Dogs. 

North got off to a perfect start with a mark and goal to Ben Brown after just two minutes. The Dogs settled after that but couldn't find the goals as the Kangaroos defended grimly, then took their next chance in front of the big sticks when Brent Harvey marked and goaled at the 10-minute mark, opening up an 11-point lead. The two sides traded minor scores after that as the Bulldogs began to look better, and they finally broke through when Tory Dickson marked and kicked truly to cut the margin to four points at quarter time. 

The Bulldogs' renowned defence came to the fore in the second term, with North struggling to find any avenues to goal. At the other end of the ground the Dog's forward line began to look as dangerous as it had in some weeks, and goals to Caleb Daniel, Marcus Bontempelli and Nathan Hrovat, playing his first AFL match of 2016, saw the Tricolours jump to a 13-point lead early in time on. Each side added a behind before the half-time siren, the margin 13 points at the long break. 

Goals continue to be hard to come by early in the third quarter, neither side registering a major in the first eight minutes. Majak Daw broke the drought with a strong mark and goal but the Bulldogs responded who Jason Johannisen ran off half back, took a handball from Luke Dahlhaus and heat running to kick a 60-metre drop-punt from inside the centre square the register the goal of the match. A goal to Lindsay Thomas brought the Roos back within eight points but great forward pressure from the Dogs saw Lachie Hunter and then Zaine Cordy kick goals to give the Bulldogs a 20-point advantage at the last change. 

A good marks and goal extended the margin to 26 points early in the final term but a lovely roving goal by Daniel Wells cut the margin back to 20 after 11 minutes. Jake Stringer marked and goaled to extend the margin to 26 points again midway through the term, and the Dogs looked safe. However, two quick goals to North via Jack Ziebell and Todd Goldstein had the Roos back within 14 points at the 20-minute mark and Bulldogs' fans nervous. But the Dogs defence held firm as it had all night and there was no further score as sneaked home for a win that makes it all but certain that they will compete in the finals for a second year running.

After a quiet first term, Bontempelli played an influential role in the Bulldogs' win, with nine tackles and eight marks. For North, Jamie Macmillan (22 disposals, six marks) played a fine game.

All but certain of playing finals footy, the Bulldogs are still an outside chance of making the top four, but they will need to win all three of their matches before the finals, against Collingwood and Essendon at home, and against Fremantle at Subiaco in round 23. North, despite being two games clear inside the eight, is vulnerable with games against Hawthorn, Sydney and GWS - all top four sides - to come. 

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Dickson, Daniel, Bontempelli, Hrovat, Johannisen, Hunter, Cordy, Roughead, Stringer
North Melbourne: Brown, Harvey, Daw, Thomas, Wells, Ziebell, Goldstein

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Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, M. Boyd, Daniel, Johannisen, Dahlhaus, Morris, Hunter
North Melbourne: Macmillan, Wells, Goldstein, Cunnington, Dal Santo, Thompson

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Western Bulldogs: M Boyd, Johannisen, Dahlhaus, Webb, Bontempelli, Hamling
North Melbourne: Macmillan, Wells, Dal Santo, Cunnington, Ziebell

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Smith (concussion)
North Melbourne: Brown (knee), Clarke (shoulder), Thompson (groin)

REPORTS: Jed Anderson (North Melbourne) reported for rough conduct on Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs) in the second quarter.

UMPIRES: Nicholls, Ryan, Mollison

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, 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
24 Biggs, Shane 14 4 6 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 25y 1d 35 7
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 15 8 4 19 1 0 0 9 2 1 20y 256d 56 52
5 Boyd, Matthew 13 6 9 22 0 0 0 3 0 0 33y 345d 275 83
17 Boyd, Tom 2 1 2 4 0 0 5 4 0 1 20y 350d 31 33
12 Cordy, Zaine 5 2 2 7 1 1 0 2 0 1 19y 284d 4 2
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 13 1 15 28 0 0 0 2 1 2 23y 351d 108 93
35 Daniel, Caleb 9 4 8 17 1 0 0 6 0 0 20y 30d 27 12
29 Dickson, Tory 13 7 5 18 1 0 0 2 0 3 28y 315d 72 120
20 Dunkley, Josh 9 4 10 19 0 1 1 4 1 2 19y 210d 10 5
30 Hamling, Joel 7 7 2 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 23y 119d 16 0
13 Hrovat, Nathan 7 5 7 14 1 0 0 4 0 0 22y 60d 27 12
7 Hunter, Lachie 11 5 10 21 1 1 0 1 2 2 21y 237d 55 23
39 Johannisen, Jason 15 6 7 22 1 0 0 2 2 0 23y 272d 57 18
46 Jong, Lin 7 4 11 18 0 0 1 3 1 0 23y 63d 35 22
38 Morris, Dale 7 6 2 9 0 0 0 2 1 1 33y 221d 225 3
42 Picken, Liam 10 1 8 18 0 0 0 7 2 2 30y 5d 169 54
18 Roberts, Fletcher 7 2 3 10 0 0 0 2 1 1 23y 64d 32 0
23 Roughead, Jordan 9 3 4 13 1 1 11 2 1 1 25y 277d 107 21
14 Smith, Clay 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 87d 40 23
9 Stringer, Jake 7 6 5 12 1 1 0 1 0 1 22y 103d 68 130
19 Webb, Lukas 8 3 7 15 0 1 0 3 1 1 20y 155d 13 1
10 Wood, Easton 10 10 10 20 0 0 0 0 2 0 26y 337d 101 13
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 199 95 138 337 9 7 18 61 18 19 24y 72d 1563 727
North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Anderson, Jed 7 5 9 16 0 1 0 3 0 2 22y 186d 16 6
18 Atley, Shaun 11 7 10 21 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 328d 128 16
50 Brown, Ben 5 3 1 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 23y 260d 52 86
13 Clarke, Ryan 7 3 10 17 0 1 0 6 2 0 19y 50d 5 0
10 Cunnington, Ben 10 5 17 27 0 0 0 5 1 2 25y 37d 141 57
15 Dal Santo, Nick 13 6 16 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 32y 166d 318 154
38 Daw, Majak 5 3 5 10 1 0 6 1 0 1 25y 148d 21 21
14 Dumont, Trent 9 7 10 19 0 0 0 8 1 2 21y 37d 16 7
11 Firrito, Michael 4 6 10 14 0 0 0 1 1 0 32y 253d 271 29
43 Gibson, Sam 15 5 13 28 0 0 0 0 1 0 30y 71d 104 44
22 Goldstein, Todd 8 5 11 19 1 0 35 3 3 1 28y 36d 167 86
29 Harvey, Brent 12 5 8 20 1 0 0 3 0 0 38y 84d 428 513
34 Macmillan, Jamie 16 8 14 30 0 0 0 0 1 0 24y 318d 100 41
2 McKenzie, Brad 15 6 4 19 0 0 0 4 1 0 23y 69d 35 5
17 Mullett, Aaron 12 7 5 17 0 1 0 1 1 0 24y 165d 63 26
20 Petrie, Drew 6 2 4 10 0 2 1 2 1 0 33y 296d 312 424
9 Swallow, Andrew 9 3 16 25 0 0 0 5 1 2 29y 65d 204 76
25 Tarrant, Robbie 12 7 6 18 0 0 0 3 1 1 27y 103d 80 41
12 Thomas, Lindsay 7 5 4 11 1 0 0 3 0 3 28y 159d 192 316
16 Thompson, Scott 12 5 5 17 0 0 0 1 0 2 30y 89d 178 6
8 Wells, Daniel 15 5 11 26 1 0 0 3 0 0 31y 185d 239 150
7 Ziebell, Jack 15 3 7 22 1 0 1 3 2 1 25y 160d 143 88
  Totals 225 111 196 421 7 5 44 58 19 18 27y 116d 3213 2192

Match highlights

Jamie Macmillan played his 100th V/AFL game: North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs (AFL, Premiership Season, R20)

Footnotes

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