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Western Bulldogs vs Richmond

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Round: 7   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 06-05-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 46,387  
Western Bulldogs 1.1.74.6.308.11.5911.14.80 C:  Luke Beveridge
Richmond 5.3.337.6.489.7.6111.9.75 C:  Damien Hardwick
  RICH by 26RICH by 18RICH by 2WBULL by 5  
Weather
min temp  9.6°C      max temp  20.0°C
rainfall  0.2mm    humidity  67%    air pressure  1022.7mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  NW
Brownlow Medal 3 Marcus Bontempelli (WBULL)2 Luke Dahlhaus (WBULL)1 Dustin Martin (RICH)

Match Report

Coming from behind to snatch a thrilling win is getting to be a habit for the Western Bulldogs and they did it again at Docklands on Saturday night, conceding a 32-point deficit to Richmond before clawing their way back into the match, grabbing the lead midway through the final quarter and then holding on to record a thrilling five-point win over the unlucky Tigers. Not for the first time this season the Dogs were hampered by poor kicking for goal, and one wonders just how long they can continue to 'pull games out of the fire'. Despite the loss, Richmond's effort to bounce back from a thrashing against Adelaide was impressive, as was its ability to push the reigning premiers to the brink.

It took only a minute for the Tigers to bring up their first goal, with Riewoldt combining with Dustin Martin to give them an early lead but the Dogs levelled the scores soon after when Jake Stringer soccered through a loose ball after a long shot from Matt Suckling. Thereafter Richmond took control of the match and, after misses from Riewoldt and Todd Elton, hit the scoreboard with majors to Kane Lambert and Jack Riewoldt. The Dogs stemmed the tide briefly but the Tigers closed the quarter strongly with late goals to Riewoldt and Dan Butler and they were 26 points to the good at the first change of ends.

The Tigers started the second term as they had the first, with an early goal, this time to Riewoldt after a mark. That put Richmond 32 points clear and set the alarm bells ringing in the Bulldogs' coaches box. From there the Dogs faced the now familiar task of having to claw their way back into the match, and they began with a snapped goal from Liam Picken at the seven-minute mark. Marcus Adams followed up with his first from an acute angle, and when Clay Smith kicked a classic rover's goal on the cusp of time on, the Bulldogs were back within 13 points. The Tigers concerns were then further compounded by Nick Vlaustin coming of with a shoulder injury at the 22-minute mark. A late goal to Martin extended the margin back out to an even three goals at the long break, but there was a sense that the Dogs were back in the match as both teams headed for the change rooms.

Shaun Grigg gave Richmond some breathing space when he marked and kicked truly at the five-minute mark of the third term, but the Bulldogs responded almost immediately via Clay Smith and when Marcus Bontempelli kicked his first from the goal square five minutes later the Dogs were back within 11 points and looking threatening. Josh Caddy goaled at the 11-minute mark to take the Tigers' lead back out to 17 and things were beginning to look bad for the Bulldogs when Stringer fell awkwardly and had to be helped from the field with an injured knee. But they kept coming, and dominated the last half of the term, kicking 2.3 to nil to be within just two points of Richmond at 'orange time'.

Richmond began the final quarter as it had the other three, kicking the opening goal, this time through Anthony Miles after he was taken high. That gave the Tigers a seven-point buffer but the Bulldogs reduced that to just one point midway through the term when Clay Smith gathered a loose ball to kick his third. Three minutes later he marked and slotted his fourth goal and the Dogs were in front for the first time in the match. Smith was involved again at the 19-minute mark when he squared a beautiful pass to Lachie Hunter, whose straight kick gave the Bulldogs an 11-point lead.

A great handball intercept from Martin finished with a goal to Riewoldt at the 23-minute mark and the Tigers were back in the match. Richmond attacked again and had the ball very close to goal when a controversial free kick was paid against Jayden Short for deliberately putting the ball out of bounds. Marcus Adams then marked the clearing kick and the siren sounded soon after, the Bulldogs victorious by five points in a thriller.

Lachie Hunter (28 possessions, eight tackles) and Luke Dahlhaus (31 disposals, five tackles) were instrumental in the Bulldogs' win, while Shaun Grigg (29 touches and five marks) and Dustin Martin (28 disposals, two goals) played great games for the Tigers.

Both sides now have 5-2 records, with the Bulldogs in fifth place on the ladder, just ahead of Richmond on percentage. The Bulldogs will return to the scene of their epic elimination final win next Friday night when they take on West Coast at Subiaco, while Richmond will look to return to the winners list against Fremantle at the MCG on Sunday. 

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Smith 4; Adams 2; Stringer, Picken, McLean, Bontempelli, Hunter
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Martin 2, Butler, Miles, Lambert, Caddy, Grigg

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Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Bontempelli, Hunter, Smith, Macrae, T.Boyd
Richmond: Martin, Riewoldt, Rance, Grigg, Caddy, Houli

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Stringer (knee), Dunkley (shoulder)
Richmond: Vlastuin (shoulder)

UMPIRES: Deboy, Meredith, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Luke Darcy, Basil Zempilas, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling 

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 6 6 6 12 2 2 0 3 0 0 23y 310d 17 3
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 12 4 15 27 1 1 0 9 1 3 21y 163d 70 69
5 Boyd, Matthew 11 4 12 23 0 0 0 0 1 0 34y 252d 288 85
17 Boyd, Tom 7 5 12 19 0 0 25 3 1 1 21y 257d 45 40
12 Cordy, Zaine 7 4 6 13 0 0 0 2 1 1 20y 191d 18 8
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 14 5 17 31 0 1 0 5 3 0 24y 258d 122 98
35 Daniel, Caleb 11 4 9 20 0 1 0 2 2 0 20y 303d 39 19
20 Dunkley, Josh 5 2 1 6 0 0 1 4 1 1 20y 117d 21 13
7 Hunter, Lachie 13 8 15 28 1 0 0 8 0 0 22y 144d 69 34
39 Johannisen, Jason 17 3 7 24 0 2 0 3 1 1 24y 179d 71 22
46 Jong, Lin 6 3 15 21 0 0 0 2 1 0 23y 336d 46 26
21 Liberatore, Tom 3 0 19 22 0 0 0 7 0 0 24y 355d 105 34
11 Macrae, Jack 13 1 17 30 0 1 0 4 3 0 22y 276d 84 21
16 McLean, Toby 4 2 16 20 1 1 0 3 0 0 21y 95d 25 21
2 Murphy, Bob 17 9 6 23 0 0 0 2 2 0 34y 331d 302 178
42 Picken, Liam 13 5 5 18 1 1 0 3 0 0 30y 278d 183 69
18 Roberts, Fletcher 6 3 4 10 0 0 1 1 2 0 23y 337d 44 0
14 Smith, Clay 8 4 7 15 4 0 0 4 0 3 23y 360d 51 40
9 Stringer, Jake 5 0 2 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 23y 11d 80 150
1 Suckling, Matt 16 7 4 20 0 2 0 4 2 0 28y 285d 126 62
34 Williams, Bailey 11 4 12 23 0 1 0 4 3 1 19y 208d 8 0
10 Wood, Easton 7 5 9 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 27y 244d 114 15
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 212 88 216 428 11 14 27 74 25 13 24y 207d 1928 1007
Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 9 10 10 19 0 0 0 1 0 1 26y 69d 67 8
40 Butler, Dan 6 0 7 13 1 1 0 4 1 2 20y 337d 7 9
22 Caddy, Josh 10 5 10 20 1 0 0 4 1 0 24y 220d 102 81
46 Castagna, Jason 4 3 7 11 0 1 0 4 0 1 20y 298d 12 10
9 Cotchin, Trent 8 5 12 20 0 0 0 8 0 1 27y 29d 180 105
5 Ellis, Brandon 18 8 2 20 0 0 0 3 2 0 23y 276d 117 40
32 Ellis, Corey 2 0 4 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 209d 18 4
43 Elton, Todd 8 6 2 10 0 1 7 2 0 0 24y 7d 8 1
6 Grigg, Shaun 16 5 13 29 1 0 0 4 0 1 29y 17d 174 84
2 Grimes, Dylan 3 2 4 7 0 0 0 1 1 1 25y 294d 86 3
14 Houli, Bachar 16 7 10 26 0 0 0 3 1 1 28y 359d 156 35
23 Lambert, Kane 9 2 14 23 1 2 0 2 0 1 25y 161d 34 18
31 Markov, Oleg 5 5 5 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 20y 363d 11 3
4 Martin, Dustin 15 3 13 28 2 0 0 4 0 3 25y 314d 160 162
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 10 3 5 15 0 1 0 3 0 1 23y 33d 35 8
26 Miles, Anthony 9 3 10 19 1 0 0 4 2 1 25y 67d 66 24
18 Rance, Alex 12 8 4 16 0 0 0 3 2 0 27y 209d 157 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 9 8 6 15 4 1 1 4 1 5 28y 187d 209 503
17 Rioli, Daniel 4 1 5 9 0 1 0 4 1 1 20y 20d 25 23
15 Short, Jayden 17 2 2 19 0 0 0 2 1 2 21y 102d 22 7
47 Soldo, Ivan 4 3 5 9 0 0 42 2 0 2 21y 22d 1 0
1 Vlastuin, Nick 6 2 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 23y 17d 86 19
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 200 91 151 351 11 9 50 67 13 25 24y 97d 1733 1155

Match highlights

Jack Riewoldt kicked his 500th career V/AFL goal: Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs (AFL, Premiership Season, R7)

Footnotes

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