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Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne

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Round: 13   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sun, 18-06-2017 3:20 pm   Crowd: 33,667  
Western Bulldogs 0.1.13.3.216.5.418.8.56 C:  Luke Beveridge
Melbourne 4.2.268.6.5414.7.9117.11.113 C:  Simon Goodwin
  MELB by 25MELB by 33MELB by 50MELB by 57  
Weather
min temp  5.4°C      max temp  16.3°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  72%    air pressure  1028.9mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  SSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Michael Hibberd (MELB)2 Tom McDonald (MELB)1 Oscar McDonald (MELB)

Match Report

Such is the evenness of the 2017 competition that almost every match could be viewed as season-defining, but the Western Bulldogs v Melbourne game played at Docklands on Sunday may well stand out more than others come season's end. It saw Melbourne reduce the reigning premiers to a side that looked more like wooden spooners, crushing the Bulldogs by 57 points in a result that saw the Demons climb to fifth and the Dogs crashing out of the top eight.

As the two sides butted heads defensively early, scores were at a premium, the only one registered being a behind to Mitch Honeychurch, playing his first game of 2017. The Bulldogs probably held sway during that period but, as has been a problem for them all season, couldn't find an avenue to goal. When the first goal finally came, it went to Melbourne's Dom Tyson after a mark, and the Demons then had a period control which saw them add further goals through Christian Petracca, Jeff Garlett and Jack Watts. They took a 25-point lead into the first break, the Bulldogs being held to their second goalless quarter in a row, having failed to score a major in the final term against Sydney.

The first half of the second quarter was very much a dour defensive affair, reminiscent of two heavyweights struggling to land a telling blow. No telling blow came until the 17-minute mark when James Harmes snapped a goal to extend Melbourne's lead to 33 points. The possibility of another Bulldogs quarter without a goal was finally laid to rest when Caleb Daniel snapped truly at the 19-minute mark but the Demons then added two more majors through Mitch Hannan and Tomas Bugg, the second after a free kick paid as soon as Hannan had goaled.

The free kick and 40-point margin finally seemed too spark the Dogs, who added late goals through Luke Dahlhaus and Marcus Bontempelli to cut the margin to 27 points. However, a post-siren goal from Watts had the Demons' lead back out to 33 at the long break. 

Any thought of a second-half Bulldogs revival was quickly quelled when Watts marked and converted in the first 90 seconds of the third term. The Dogs responded with a goal to Tom Boyd but Melbourne kicked the next two through Christian Salem and Jeff Garlett and it was clear that this was not going to be the Western Bulldogs' afternoon. Tom Liberatore pulled one back early in time on Melbourne added another three goals to one late in the term as the Dogs' defence began to look as ragged as it has in Beveridge's time as coach. The margin was an even 50 points at 'orange' time.

With the result beyond doubt, only formalities remained in the final term. The Bulldogs showed some semblance of fight, adding goals through Liam Picken and Tory Dickson but they were still outscored for the quarter, with Mitch Hannan,Tom McDonald and Alex Neal-Bullen kicking majors for Melbourne, making it four wins in four quarters to run away to a 57-point win.

The Demons had winners all over the ground, but Michael Hibberd was a crucial big body in their defence, while Oscar McDonald (12 marks, 23 disposals) and Christian Salem (23 possessions, six tackles) were also outstanding. By contrast the Dogs had few winners, but Tom Liberatore showed a return to form, while Jordan Roughead, Bontempelli and Mitch Wallis were good across the four quarters of the match.

For both sides, what happens next could be the true test of where they are at. Melbourne is showing as much promise as it has in a decade. The challenge is to keep building on that, starting with a win against West Coast at Subiaco, no easy task. For the Bulldogs, and in particular their coach Luke Beveridge, the challenge is different. The side is having its first real form trough since he took over as coach, and his task is to rebuild his team's game plan and his players' confidence. He has done little wrong so far, so it might be a bit premature to write the Dogs off just yet.

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Roughead, Bontempelli, Dickson, T.Boyd, Dahlhaus, Daniel, Picken, Liberatore
Melbourne: Watts 3; Bugg, Garlett, Hannan, T.McDonald 2; Melksham, Petracca, Tyson, Salem, Harmes, Neal-Bullen

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Hunter, Wallis, Liberatore, Daniel
Melbourne: Hibberd, Oliver, Watts, T. McDonald, O. McDonald, Petracca, Garlett

BEST - THE AGE
Western Bulldogs: Wallis, Suckling, Picken, Liberatore, Roughead, Daniel
Melbourne: O. McDonald, T. McDonald, Watts, Salem, Garlett, Bugg, Oliver, Lewis

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Jong (right knee)
Melbourne: Jones (quad), Watts (hamstring)

UMPIRES: Foot, Rosebury, Hosking, Findlay

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

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
24 Biggs, Shane 13 4 2 15 0 0 0 3 1 2 25y 317d 49 7
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 11 1 13 24 1 0 1 7 0 1 21y 206d 75 71
17 Boyd, Tom 4 1 7 11 1 0 36 4 0 3 21y 300d 49 44
12 Cordy, Zaine 14 7 8 22 0 0 0 5 1 0 20y 234d 20 8
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 6 0 20 26 1 1 0 1 0 1 24y 301d 127 100
31 Dale, Bailey 11 3 9 20 0 0 0 3 1 1 20y 331d 20 10
35 Daniel, Caleb 9 4 19 28 1 0 0 2 2 0 20y 346d 44 21
29 Dickson, Tory 6 1 5 11 1 0 0 2 3 1 29y 265d 83 143
22 Honeychurch, Mitch 9 3 11 20 0 3 0 4 4 1 22y 108d 17 11
7 Hunter, Lachie 11 5 15 26 0 0 0 2 1 1 22y 187d 74 34
39 Johannisen, Jason 7 3 8 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 24y 222d 76 23
46 Jong, Lin 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 14d 51 26
21 Liberatore, Tom 10 1 19 29 1 1 0 9 1 2 25y 33d 107 35
11 Macrae, Jack 10 2 13 23 0 0 0 5 2 0 22y 319d 89 21
16 McLean, Toby 6 4 8 14 0 0 0 3 0 1 21y 138d 28 23
38 Morris, Dale 3 2 3 6 0 0 0 2 0 2 34y 171d 234 3
42 Picken, Liam 8 3 15 23 1 0 0 6 3 2 30y 321d 188 71
23 Roughead, Jordan 8 3 11 19 1 0 24 9 1 2 26y 227d 116 25
9 Stringer, Jake 7 3 6 13 0 1 0 1 1 0 23y 54d 83 156
1 Suckling, Matt 16 6 9 25 0 1 0 4 1 1 28y 328d 131 63
3 Wallis, Mitch 8 3 15 23 0 0 0 9 1 1 24y 237d 97 43
10 Wood, Easton 11 2 5 16 0 0 0 2 1 2 27y 287d 119 17
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 189 62 223 412 8 8 61 85 24 25 24y 291d 1877 955
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
32 Bugg, Tomas 8 5 8 16 2 1 0 5 3 3 24y 74d 91 29
17 Frost, Sam 11 6 3 14 0 0 0 2 1 1 23y 294d 49 8
36 Garlett, Jeff 10 4 5 15 2 4 0 9 1 1 27y 319d 158 281
19 Hannan, Mitch 9 3 6 15 2 0 0 4 0 0 23y 101d 11 16
43 Harmes, James 8 4 10 18 1 4 0 6 2 0 21y 256d 34 23
14 Hibberd, Michael 17 11 10 27 0 0 0 1 1 3 27y 166d 92 12
29 Hunt, Jayden 11 4 6 17 0 0 0 2 1 1 22y 76d 31 7
39 Jetta, Neville 7 5 6 13 0 0 0 4 0 3 27y 126d 106 24
2 Jones, Nathan 13 3 4 17 0 0 0 4 0 0 29y 149d 235 115
6 Lewis, Jordan 10 7 21 31 0 0 0 2 0 0 31y 55d 273 149
28 McDonald, Oscar 17 12 6 23 0 0 0 2 2 1 21y 92d 27 0
25 McDonald, Tom 11 7 8 19 2 0 11 4 2 1 24y 273d 116 15
18 Melksham, Jake 8 4 7 15 1 0 0 2 1 2 25y 293d 123 59
30 Neal-Bullen, Alex 11 3 9 20 1 0 0 2 0 0 21y 160d 24 13
13 Oliver, Clayton 6 1 23 29 0 0 0 8 1 2 19y 331d 25 8
21 Pedersen, Cameron 11 6 13 24 0 0 6 3 1 0 30y 93d 68 59
5 Petracca, Christian 8 2 11 19 1 0 0 2 2 1 21y 165d 29 29
3 Salem, Christian 15 5 8 23 1 0 0 6 4 0 21y 338d 41 13
12 Tyson, Dom 14 5 7 21 1 1 0 2 1 2 24y 10d 82 40
23 Vince, Bernie 13 3 8 21 0 0 0 2 1 2 31y 259d 204 111
7 Viney, Jack 4 2 12 16 0 0 0 8 0 0 23y 66d 82 23
4 Watts, Jack 9 6 7 16 3 0 2 5 1 1 26y 84d 149 141
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 231 108 198 429 17 11 19 85 25 24 25y 6d 2050 1175

Footnotes

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