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Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne

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Round: 14   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 24-06-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 28,263  
Western Bulldogs 6.4.4010.8.6813.14.9215.17.107 C:  Luke Beveridge
North Melbourne 3.4.227.5.4712.7.7916.10.106 C:  Brad Scott
  WBULL by 18WBULL by 21WBULL by 13WBULL by 1  
Weather
min temp  8.3°C      max temp  12.3°C
rainfall  1.4mm    humidity  58%    air pressure  1018.2mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  WSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Marcus Bontempelli (WBULL)2 Jack Macrae (WBULL)1 Ben Cunnington (NTH)

Match Report

The Western Bulldogs' season is back on track - but only just - after they defeated North Melbourne by the narrowest of margins at Docklands on Saturday night. The Bulldogs set up the win with a strong first quarter, after which they kept the Kangaroos at arm's length until the last 15 minutes of the match. In that last 15 minutes, North turned the game on its head, kicking 4.2 to nil to run down a 26-point deficit to level the scores with about a minute to go. The Roos levelled the score with a behind, and the Bulldogs went coast-to-coast from the kick in, with the ball being marked by Jake Stringer, whose set shot scored a behind, just enough to give the Dogs a one-point win.

It took only 14 seconds for the Bulldogs to register a score, Liam Picken scoring a behind after the Dogs got an immediate centre clearance. The first major of the match went North's way, though, with Taylor Garner marking and kicking truly at the two-minute mark. The Bulldogs levelled the scores with a beautiful roving goal to Bailey Dale but a major to Todd Goldstein had North back in front after 10 minutes. From there, though, the Bulldogs hit their stride and goals to Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Campbell, Easton Wood, Dale and Lachie Hunter right on the siren saw them take a three-goal lead into the first break.

North bounced back as soon as the second term began, with ex-Bulldog Nathan Hrovat snapping a goal in the first minute to cut the margin to 12 points, and Jarrad Waite reducing the margin to an even goal with another major not long after. The two sides each added another goal before the Bulldogs broke away once more in the latter half of the quarter, with goals to Mitch Wallis, Jake Stringer and Jack Redpath seeing them out to a game-high 27-point lead before Waite's second pulled it back to 21 at the half.

Ben Brown gave the Kangaroos a good start to the third quarter with a strong mark and goal but Picken's not long after had the Bulldogs' lead back out to 21 points. A brace of goals to Brown  and Jamie Macmillan had North back within 10 points but the Bulldogs kept responding and the Roos could not narrow it to single figures. Just before three-quarter time, they had a chance to do just that but ex-Dog Shaun Higgins, who was having a set shot for goal, did not hear the umpire's call to play on, and he was run down by Stringer, preventing a kick that could have cut the margin to seven. As it was, the Dogs led by 13 at the final change.

Both sides missed chances in the first five minutes of the final term, but when Redpath and Matt Suckling kicked goals at six and 10-minute marks, the Bulldogs' lead was back out to 26 points and they looked the winners. But a goal from Ben Cunnington at the 14-minute sparked a stunning Kangaroo revival, and when Waite, Majak Daw and Cunnington again added further majors, North was back within a point.

Incredibly, the Roos appeared to take the lead soon after that when Brown looked to have marked. He played on and kicked what would have been a goal, but he had not heard the umpires call of a free kick for a block on Bulldog Easton Wood by Mason Wood. The Dogs took the kick with the aid of a 50-metre penalty and cleared the ball out of defence. It came back soon after, though, and a high snap from Higgins went through for a behind and levelled the score. The Dogs rolled the dice from the kick out and a beautiful pass from Lachie Hunter landed in the arms of Stringer, whose subsequent behind was enough to give the Dogs a thrilling one-point win, one which could prove very valuable come season's end.

Marcus Bontempelli was back to his best for the Bulldogs, with 10 tackles and 28 important touches, while Jack Macrae was as good as ever, also laying 10 tackles to go with his 32 possessions. For North, Cunnington (28 disposals, two goals) was magnificent, and played a huge part in the Kangas' last-quarter revival.

The Bulldogs are still just outside the eight, but they have a positive 7-6 record and a win over sixth-placed West Coast (also 7-6) at Docklands next Saturday will see them back inside. North sits second-last on the ladder with a 4-9 record, but its percentage of 93.4 is indicative of just how competitive throughout the season. The Roos will face Gold Coast (14th, 5-8) at Carrara on Saturday night. 

GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Picken 3; Redpath, Dale 2; Hunter, Wallis, Suckling, Dahlhaus, Stringer, Wood, Campbell, Bontempelli
North Melbourne: Waite 3; Wood, Daw, Brown, Cunnington 2; Macmillan, Goldstein, Hrovat, Garner, Clarke

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Macrae, Picken, Campbell, Wood, Dahlhaus
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Brown, Waite, Hrovat, Higgins

BEST - THE AGE
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Stringer, Picken, Campbell, Macrae, Hunter, Wood
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Waite, Brown, Higgins, Swallow

INJURIES
Western Bulldogs: Nil
North Melbourne: Nil

UMPIRES: Donlon, O'Gorman, Findlay 

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Paul Roos, Mark Ricciuto, Brian Lake

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 15 2 4 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 25y 323d 50 7
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 21 3 7 28 1 0 0 10 2 0 21y 212d 76 72
15 Campbell, Tom 8 4 4 12 1 2 49 6 3 1 25y 234d 40 22
12 Cordy, Zaine 2 2 6 8 0 0 0 5 1 1 20y 240d 21 8
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 7 3 19 26 1 0 0 4 1 0 24y 307d 128 101
31 Dale, Bailey 12 4 6 18 2 0 0 2 1 1 20y 337d 21 12
35 Daniel, Caleb 8 2 8 16 0 0 0 5 0 0 20y 352d 45 21
29 Dickson, Tory 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 29y 271d 84 143
22 Honeychurch, Mitch 12 5 4 16 0 3 0 3 2 1 22y 114d 18 11
7 Hunter, Lachie 18 9 4 22 1 1 0 3 1 0 22y 193d 75 35
39 Johannisen, Jason 11 1 8 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 24y 228d 77 23
21 Liberatore, Tom 6 2 7 13 0 0 0 4 1 1 25y 39d 108 35
11 Macrae, Jack 14 7 18 32 0 0 0 10 1 1 22y 325d 90 21
16 McLean, Toby 11 3 15 26 0 1 0 7 2 1 21y 144d 29 23
38 Morris, Dale 4 1 4 8 0 0 0 3 2 2 34y 177d 235 3
42 Picken, Liam 7 4 10 17 3 1 0 0 0 1 30y 327d 189 74
43 Redpath, Jack 9 7 0 9 2 1 0 1 1 1 26y 193d 28 48
23 Roughead, Jordan 1 1 6 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 26y 233d 117 25
9 Stringer, Jake 13 6 5 18 1 4 0 4 0 0 23y 60d 84 157
1 Suckling, Matt 15 6 6 21 1 1 0 0 1 0 28y 334d 132 64
3 Wallis, Mitch 11 6 8 19 1 0 0 3 3 0 24y 243d 98 44
10 Wood, Easton 12 7 9 21 1 0 0 3 3 2 27y 293d 120 18
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 219 87 162 381 15 17 49 83 26 14 25y 36d 1865 967
North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
18 Atley, Shaun 8 3 6 14 0 0 0 4 0 1 24y 284d 145 22
50 Brown, Ben 9 6 7 16 2 1 2 2 0 0 24y 216d 68 122
13 Clarke, Ryan 2 0 7 9 1 0 0 4 0 1 20y 7d 14 5
10 Cunnington, Ben 12 2 16 28 2 1 0 4 1 4 25y 359d 157 65
38 Daw, Majak 5 3 1 6 2 1 9 3 1 1 26y 105d 27 29
14 Dumont, Trent 8 2 3 11 0 0 0 4 0 2 21y 359d 32 13
27 Garner, Taylor 4 2 4 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 23y 167d 26 17
43 Gibson, Sam 7 3 8 15 0 0 0 0 1 1 31y 28d 121 49
22 Goldstein, Todd 6 3 11 17 1 0 25 2 2 1 28y 358d 183 100
4 Higgins, Shaun 11 4 8 19 0 2 0 9 1 3 29y 112d 174 189
8 Hrovat, Nathan 8 4 9 17 1 1 0 6 0 1 23y 17d 43 23
34 Macmillan, Jamie 8 2 9 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 25y 274d 116 43
11 McDonald, Luke 8 4 8 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 22y 135d 65 8
42 Mountford, Declan 4 0 9 13 0 2 0 3 0 0 20y 131d 3 0
17 Mullett, Aaron 12 2 5 17 0 0 0 2 1 1 25y 121d 77 27
9 Swallow, Andrew 8 0 10 18 0 1 0 11 3 1 30y 22d 215 77
25 Tarrant, Robbie 7 8 5 12 0 0 0 1 0 2 28y 60d 97 42
16 Thompson, Scott 5 4 3 8 0 0 0 2 1 1 31y 46d 191 6
30 Waite, Jarrad 9 9 4 13 3 0 0 2 0 0 34y 140d 228 336
2 Williams, Marley 8 2 4 12 0 0 0 2 1 0 23y 337d 81 9
32 Wood, Mason 6 2 1 7 2 0 0 4 1 4 23y 284d 25 29
7 Ziebell, Jack 11 3 7 18 0 0 0 9 1 1 26y 116d 160 96
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 166 68 145 311 16 10 36 79 14 26 25y 350d 2248 1307

Footnotes

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