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Match Report

Match Report: Dees win dogfight

By with Nick Bowen (AFL Media) June 18, 2017 6:09 PM

Bont brings crowd to its feet (Rd13)
Bont brings crowd to its feet (Rd13) Bulldogs superstar Marcus Bontempelli slots a classy goal during the second term

Melbourne has mauled the Western Bulldogs by 57 points on Sunday in a dominant performance under the roof at Etihad Stadium.

The Demons hit the Bulldogs between the eyes from the opening bounce with fanatical defensive pressure, speed and slick ball movement on the outside.

After holding the Dogs to a solitary behind in the opening quarter, the Demons built an unassailable 50-point lead by three-quarter time before cruising to a 17.11 (113) to 8.8 (56) victory.

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Michael Hibberd (27 possessions and 11 marks) was outstanding for the Demons across half-back, while Clayton Oliver (29 disposals, five clearances and eight tackles) and Jordan Lewis (31 possessions) applied a one-two midfield punch powered by youthful enthusiasm and crafty experience. 

Jack Watts (three goals) followed up his Queen's Birthday heroics with another strong performance, Oscar McDonald (23 disposals, 12 marks and nine one-percenters) and Sam Frost (eight rebound 50s) were impassable in defence and Tom McDonald and Cameron Pedersen capably manned Melbourne's ruck division.

Melbourne's win was its seventh for the season and saw it leapfrog West Coast and Richmond for fifth spot on the ladder.

The Bulldogs, however, remain outside the eight in ninth, with Sunday's loss their fourth from their past five games. 

The Dogs looked in good shape when they sat fifth after round five with a 4-1 record, but they have won just two games since, against Richmond and St Kilda, and now face a challenge just to make the finals.

 

Tom Liberatore (29 disposals and one goal), Caleb Daniel (28 and one)  and Marcus Bontempelli (24) were among the few Dogs who could walk off Etihad Stadium with their heads held high.  

The Dogs also drew first blood with Mitch Honeychurch kicking the game's opening score – a behind – inside the first minute. 

But Melbourne soon silenced the Bulldogs' bark and then started to apply its own bite with a manic defensive intent that was typified by a series of desperate smothers.

Dom Tyson kicked the game's opening goal at the seven-minute mark, but it took the Demons until late in the term to translate their control of general play on to the scoreboard.

For Melbourne fans, though, the wait was worth it as their team piled on three goals from the 21-minute mark, with Bugg having a hand in the final two, first finding Jeff Garlett close to goal with a well-weighted lob pass and then pinging Matt Suckling in a strong tackle that led to a Watts major.

At the end of the term, the Demons led by 25 points, having held the Dogs scoreless since Honeychurch's first-minute behind – this despite the fact Luke Beveridge's men led the inside 50 count for the quarter 15-11. 

The Bulldogs did not kick their first goal until the 19-minute mark of the second term, when Daniel finally opened their account with a nice conversion in general play from 40m.

However, Melbourne, who had kicked the term's opening goal through James Harmes, stretched its lead to 40 points, when Mitch Hannan goaled at the 24-minute mark and Bugg added another seconds later.

Consecutive goals by Luke Dahlhaus and Bontempelli late in the quarter helped cut the Dees' lead to 27 points, but a nerveless after-the-siren conversion from Watts sent Melbourne into the main break with a comfortable 33-point buffer.

 

NEXT UP
Both teams face six-day breaks before playing next Saturday night, the Bulldogs taking on North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium and Melbourne travelling to Domain Stadium to play West Coast. The Demons have not won at the Perth venue since 2004; their losing streak (including defeats by Fremantle) stands at 17 games.

More to come

WESTERN BULLDOGS   0.1   3.3    6.5      8.8     (56)
MELBOURNE                   4.2   8.6   14.7   17.11   (113)
 

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

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

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Rosebury, Hosking, Findlay

Official crowd: 33,667 at Etihad Stadium

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Jordan Lewis
    Jordan Lewis
    31
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tom Liberatore
    29
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    29
  • Western Bulldogs
    Caleb Daniel
    28
  • Melbourne
    Michael Hibberd
    27
Fantasy Leaders
  • Jordan Roughead
    Jordan Roughead
    116
  • Melbourne
    Christian Salem
    110
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tom Liberatore
    109
  • Melbourne
    Tom McDonald
    108
  • Melbourne
    Oscar McDonald
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Jack Watts
    Jack Watts
    3.0
  • Melbourne
    Jeff Garlett
    2.4
  • Melbourne
    Tomas Bugg
    2.1
  • Melbourne
    Mitch Hannan
    2.0
  • Melbourne
    Tom McDonald
    2.0
Western Bulldogs

Match Stats

Melbourne
  • 412 Disposals 429
  • 68.9 Disposal Eff 74.4
  • 160 Contested Pos 173
  • 62 Marks 108
  • 24 Free Kicks 25
  • 34 Clearances 40
  • 50 Inside 50s 54
  • 37 Rebound 50s 42
  • 85 Tackles 85
  • 61 Hit-outs 19
  • 88 Interchanges 88
Western Bulldogs

Breakdown

Western Bulldogs
  • 0.1 (1)
    4.2 (26)
  • 3.3 (21)
    8.6 (54)
  • 6.5 (41)
    14.7 (91)
  • 8.8 (56)
    17.11 (113)

Player Stats

Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jordan Roughead 8 11 19 3 24 1 2 9 1 0 116
2Tom Liberatore 10 19 29 1 0 1 2 9 1 1 109
3Zaine Cordy 14 8 22 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 100
4Matthew Suckling 16 9 25 6 0 1 1 4 0 1 99
5Mitch Wallis 8 15 23 3 0 1 1 9 0 0 97
6Marcus Bontempelli 11 13 24 1 1 0 1 7 1 0 94
7Caleb Daniel 9 19 28 4 0 2 0 2 1 0 93
8Liam Picken 8 15 23 3 0 3 2 6 1 0 90
9Jack Macrae 10 13 23 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 84
10Lachie Hunter 11 15 26 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 84
11Tom Boyd 4 7 11 1 36 0 3 4 1 0 78
12Mitch Honeychurch 9 11 20 3 0 4 1 4 0 3 78
13Bailey Dale 11 9 20 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 70
14Luke Dahlhaus 6 20 26 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 66
15Shane Biggs 13 2 15 4 0 1 2 3 0 0 62
16Toby McLean 6 8 14 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 55
17Easton Wood 11 5 16 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 52
18Jason Johannisen 7 8 15 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 51
19Jake Stringer 7 6 13 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 48
20Tory Dickson 6 5 11 1 0 3 1 2 1 0 45
21Dale Morris 3 3 6 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 23
22Lin Jong 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Melbourne

Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Christian Salem 15 8 23 5 0 4 0 6 1 0 110
2Tom McDonald 11 8 19 7 11 2 1 4 2 0 108
3Oscar McDonald 17 6 23 12 0 2 1 2 0 0 106
4Jeff Garlett 10 5 15 4 0 1 1 9 2 4 102
5Jordan Lewis 10 21 31 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 101
6Michael Hibberd 17 10 27 11 0 1 3 1 0 0 100
7Jack Watts 9 7 16 6 2 1 1 5 3 0 97
8Cameron Pedersen 11 13 24 6 6 1 0 3 0 0 96
9Clayton Oliver 6 23 29 1 0 1 2 8 0 0 94
10James Harmes 8 10 18 4 0 2 0 6 1 4 92
11Tomas Bugg 8 8 16 5 0 3 3 5 2 1 82
12Dom Tyson 14 7 21 5 0 1 2 2 1 1 81
13Mitch Hannan 9 6 15 3 0 0 0 4 2 0 76
14Jack Viney 4 12 16 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 74
15Alex Neal-Bullen 11 9 20 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 74
16Nathan Jones 13 4 17 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 72
17Bernie Vince 13 8 21 3 0 1 2 2 0 0 67
18Christian Petracca 8 11 19 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 65
19Sam Frost 11 3 14 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 63
20Jayden Hunt 11 6 17 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 63
21Jake Melksham 8 7 15 4 0 1 2 2 1 0 59
22Neville Jetta 7 6 13 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 55

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Oscar McDonald,
  • Tom McDonald,
  • Neville Jetta

HB

  • Michael Hibberd,
  • Sam Frost,
  • Bernie Vince

C

  • Christian Salem,
  • Jordan Lewis,
  • Nathan Jones

HF

  • Jake Melksham,
  • Jack Watts,
  • Mitch Hannan

F

  • Tomas Bugg,
  • Christian Petracca,
  • Jeff Garlett

Fol

  • Cameron Pedersen,
  • Dom Tyson,
  • Jack Viney

I/C

  • Clayton Oliver,
  • Jayden Hunt,
  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • James Harmes

No Late Change

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