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Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane

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Round: 5   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 22-04-2017 1:45 pm   Crowd: 31,822  
Western Bulldogs 3.7.255.13.439.18.7217.20.122 C:  Luke Beveridge
Brisbane 5.0.3012.3.7512.5.7714.6.90 C:  Chris Fagan
  BRIS by 5BRIS by 32BRIS by 5WBULL by 32  
Weather
min temp  16.9°C      max temp  22.5°C
rainfall  4.6mm    humidity  66%    air pressure  1021.5mb
wind speed 19km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Dayne Zorko (BRIS)2 Dayne Beams (BRIS)1 Toby McLean (WBULL)

Match Report

The Western Bulldogs appear to be playing football's equivalent of the game 'chicken' in the 2017, and they did it again on Saturday afternoon at Docklands, coming from 38 points behind to defeat Brisbane by 32. It was the fourth match in a row that the Dogs have given up a significant lead and then reeled it in. While it doesn't appear to be the sort of football that will win another premiership, the Bulldogs are nevertheless well placed to defend their title, at least in terms of wins and losses, with four victories from five rounds so far. 

In a rather bizarre first quarter, the Bulldogs dominated the game in terms of general play, keeping the ball on their forward line for much of the term. They generated 10 scoring shots at goal, but some woeful kicking in front of goal, saw those shots return just 3.7. Meanwhile, almost every time the ball travelled into Brisbane's forward line, the Lions converted for an easy 'out the back' goal, and they consequently led 5.0 to 3.7 at the first break.

The Lions continued the trend early in the second term, a goal to Dayne Zorko extending their lead to 11 points within 50 seconds. A beautiful snap from the boundary by Tom Boyd cut the margin back to five points, but another easy 'back of the pack' goal to Ryan Lester had Brisbane ahead by 11 again. With their confidence high, the Lions added another goal through Ben Keays before the Bulldogs, almost comedically, added five behinds in a row, unable to find the big sticks no matter how easy the shot at goal.

Brisbane, on the other hand, could barely miss, and goals to Mitch Robinson, Lewis Taylor, Claye Beams saw them out to 12.2 and a lead of 38 points. The Bulldogs had had four more scoring shots at this stage (plus several shots that went out on the full) but their return was a pitiful 4.12. A late goal to Josh Dunkley cut the margin to 32 points at the long break, giving the Dogs some hope.

As good sides do, the Bulldogs rallied after half time and, after yet another miss - this time by Tom Boyd - finally started kicking accurately. Majors to Toby McLean, Jake Stringer, Liam Picken and skipper Bob Murphy (playing his 300th game of AFL football) cut the margin to seven points after just 13 minutes. The Dogs continued to dominate the remainder of the quarter, but their inaccuracy returned, and they added four further behinds to Brisbane's two, and it was the Lions by five points at the final turn.

There was an expectation that the Dogs would go on with the job against the young Brisbane side in the final term, but the Lions had other ideas. Tom Rockliff goaled within the first minute to put them 11 points clear, and although Dunkley responded for the Dogs soon after, another goal to Zorko had Brisbane 11 points clear after seven minutes. The Bulldogs kept coming though, and goals to Marcus Bontempelli and Luke Dahlhaus saw them finally hot the lead at the 16-minute mark. The Lions wilted and the floodgates opened, the Dogs adding a further five goals to eventually win by 32 points, a very unfair reflection of just how well Brisbane had played.

Jack Macrae (29 possessions, one goal) and Dahlhaus (28 touches and eight tackles) were stand-outs for the victors, while Brisbane's Zorko (32 disposals, eight tackles) and Taylor (22 possessions and a goal) played great games. 

The Bulldogs will need to put together a four-quarter performance next Friday night at Manuka Oval if it is to have any chance against the rampaging GWS. Both sides have 4-1 records, but the Giants are playing far the better football at the moment. Brisbane is 1-4 but showing definite signs of improvement, and will be hoping to break through for a second win against Port Adelaide at the Gabba on Saturday.

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Stringer, Dunkley 3; McLean 2; Adams, T Boyd, Picken, Murphy, Macrae, Johannisen, Bontempelli, Dahlhaus, Smith
Brisbane: Hipwood 3; Lester, Keays, Zorko 2; Taylor, C Beams, Robinson, McCluggage, Rockliff

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Macrae, Johannisen, Picken, Dahlhaus, Dunkley, Stringer, Bontempelli
Brisbane: Taylor, Zorko, D Beams, Robinson, McStay, Martin

BEST - THE AGE
Western Bulldogs: Johannisen, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Picken, Adams, Stringer, Murphy
Brisbane: Zorko, Robinson, D Beams, Taylor, Martin, McStay

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: M Boyd (head), Dunkley (hip)
Brisbane: Zorko (eye)

UMPIRES: Schmitt, Hay, Williamson 

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Dermott Brereton, Ben Dixon

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
25 Adams, Marcus 12 10 4 16 1 1 0 2 0 0 23y 296d 15 1
24 Biggs, Shane 9 4 9 18 0 0 0 1 2 0 25y 260d 46 7
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 12 6 10 22 1 1 0 7 2 2 21y 149d 68 65
5 Boyd, Matthew 14 5 9 23 0 0 0 2 1 1 34y 238d 287 85
17 Boyd, Tom 3 2 6 9 1 1 13 2 2 1 21y 243d 43 40
15 Campbell, Tom 3 2 6 9 0 0 26 3 1 1 25y 171d 39 21
12 Cordy, Zaine 9 7 4 13 0 0 0 4 2 0 20y 177d 16 8
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 10 8 18 28 1 1 0 8 1 0 24y 244d 120 98
20 Dunkley, Josh 8 4 7 15 3 0 0 4 1 0 20y 103d 19 13
7 Hunter, Lachie 11 2 7 18 0 1 0 3 1 0 22y 130d 67 33
39 Johannisen, Jason 18 2 10 28 1 0 0 2 0 3 24y 165d 69 22
46 Jong, Lin 7 2 13 20 0 2 0 3 1 0 23y 322d 44 26
21 Liberatore, Tom 3 1 17 20 0 0 0 3 0 2 24y 341d 103 34
11 Macrae, Jack 13 3 16 29 1 0 0 3 0 1 22y 262d 82 21
16 McLean, Toby 13 5 11 24 2 1 0 6 1 1 21y 81d 23 20
2 Murphy, Bob 12 6 8 20 1 1 0 3 0 0 34y 317d 300 178
42 Picken, Liam 13 4 13 26 1 1 0 4 0 0 30y 264d 181 68
18 Roberts, Fletcher 8 4 5 13 0 0 0 0 2 0 23y 323d 42 0
14 Smith, Clay 12 4 4 16 1 1 0 3 1 1 23y 346d 49 36
9 Stringer, Jake 12 5 4 16 3 3 0 2 1 0 22y 362d 78 146
1 Suckling, Matt 11 5 11 22 0 2 0 2 1 1 28y 271d 124 61
10 Wood, Easton 10 9 4 14 0 2 0 2 0 0 27y 230d 112 15
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 223 100 196 419 17 20 39 69 20 14 25y 8d 1927 998
Brisbane Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
31 Andrews, Harris 10 6 5 15 0 0 0 0 0 3 20y 132d 41 7
4 Bastinac, Ryan 7 3 9 16 0 0 0 7 0 3 25y 304d 146 75
17 Beams, Claye 11 6 4 15 1 0 0 3 0 0 25y 233d 47 24
9 Beams, Dayne 21 5 15 36 0 0 0 5 1 1 27y 69d 133 134
13 Berry, Jarrod 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 0 2 19y 76d 3 1
20 Cox, Cedric 4 2 5 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 19y 246d 2 0
24 Dawson, Liam 7 2 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 21y 89d 18 6
2 Harwood, Ryan 6 3 7 13 0 0 0 7 0 0 25y 258d 75 6
30 Hipwood, Eric 8 5 4 12 3 2 0 4 0 0 19y 221d 15 20
1 Keays, Ben 6 1 6 12 2 0 0 5 0 2 20y 58d 18 6
35 Lester, Ryan 9 5 3 12 2 0 0 2 2 0 24y 239d 85 35
12 Martin, Stefan 5 6 13 18 0 0 49 4 0 1 30y 156d 119 38
32 Mayes, Sam 13 7 10 23 0 0 0 6 1 0 22y 337d 79 26
6 McCluggage, Hugh 7 2 8 15 1 1 0 2 1 0 19y 50d 3 1
25 McStay, Daniel 5 5 7 12 0 0 0 4 1 0 21y 302d 46 30
10 Rich, Daniel 19 4 1 20 0 0 0 0 1 0 26y 319d 148 96
18 Robertson, Nick 6 1 1 7 0 0 0 4 1 2 21y 323d 31 6
5 Robinson, Mitch 7 3 14 21 1 0 0 8 2 3 27y 319d 147 78
38 Rockliff, Tom 15 10 15 30 1 0 0 4 0 1 27y 59d 139 72
23 Schache, Josh 5 4 1 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 19y 244d 20 19
28 Taylor, Lewis 11 6 11 22 1 0 0 3 0 1 22y 64d 68 52
15 Zorko, Dayne 26 6 6 32 2 2 0 8 3 0 28y 72d 106 109
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 210 94 150 360 14 6 50 81 14 20 23y 190d 1489 841

Footnotes

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