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Match Report

Match report: Dogs fall short as Bob and Matty say goodbye

By with Nathan Schmook (AFL Media) August 25, 2017 10:50 PM

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Matthew Boyd (left) and Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs celebrate during the 2017 AFL round 23 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

There was always going to be at least one legend leaving Etihad Stadium unhappy on Friday night, and it turned out to be a sad exit for Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd as the Western Bulldogs went down to Luke Hodge's Hawthorn 15.9 (99) to 13.12 (90).

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The battle of retiring legends kept the crowd of 48,090 in full voice throughout a match played with plenty of passion, if not always at the highest level of skill.

Hodge, Murphy and Boyd all went out as genuine contributors, Boyd in particular having a strong influence on the game with 33 disposals and a rare goal.

But it was Jarryd Roughead's effort in his good mate's last game that was the difference between the two teams, the Hawks skipper finishing the match with five goals.

While they celebrated the past, the future was also on show for the Hawks as Jaeger O'Meara produced a performance the club will hope can be a springboard into a healthy and productive 2018.

He finished with 25 possessions and five clearances in his 50th game, laying a massive 11 tackles and playing in his first win since round 19, 2014.

The other positive for the victors was the form of youngster Harry Morrison, who racked up 21 possessions in an impressive debut.

For Hawthorn the night was all about Hodge, however, and he proved he was finishing with fuel in the tank, playing his customary general role at half-back, barking instructions to the end and putting himself where he was needed most.

As the Bulldogs surged in the final minutes he interjected with a crucial spoil, and was able to finish the match with the crowd of 48,090 chanting his name.

With little on the line, it was a free-wheeling contest that lacked intensity for the first quarter as both teams feasted on uncontested possessions and left spare players behind the ball. 

Coach Luke Beveridge appeared to be in experiment mode, lining up for centre bounces without wingmen and starting two loose players in defence.

A jumper punch from Blake Hardwick on Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli set off a scuffle halfway through the second term, breathing some life into the clash, but it wasn't enough to sustain the disappointing Dogs.

Boyd was the best of the retiring class, finishing with 33 possessions, 12 marks and a goal in his last game.

The Bulldogs were also well served by Jack Macrae (33 and six inside 50s) and Liam Picken (three goals), with Toby McLean (26 and six tackles) also working hard all night. 

HAWTHORN                           5.3   9.5      12.6   15.9   (99)          
WESTERN BULLDOGS            4.2   7.4      10.7   13.12   (90)                   

GOALS
Hawthorn: Roughead 5, Smith 3, Puopolo 3, Burgoyne, Sicily, Schoenmakers, O'Brien
Western Bulldogs: Picken 3, Hunter 2, Dale 2, Campbell, Murphy, Boyd, Dahlhaus, Liberatore, McLean 

BEST 
Hawthorn: Roughead, McEvoy, Sicily, Smith, Puopolo, Mitchell, O'Meara
Western Bulldogs: Macrae, McLean, Boyd, Picken, Bontempelli, Hunter 

INJURIES 
Hawthorn: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Dalgleish, Stevic

Official crowd: 48,090 at Etihad Stadium

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Matthew Boyd
    Matthew Boyd
    33
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jack Macrae
    33
  • Hawthorn
    Tom Mitchell
    32
  • Hawthorn
    James Sicily
    31
  • Hawthorn
    Jack Gunston
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Matthew Boyd
    Matthew Boyd
    133
  • Hawthorn
    Jarryd Roughead
    132
  • Hawthorn
    James Sicily
    124
  • Hawthorn
    Ben McEvoy
    122
  • Hawthorn
    Tom Mitchell
    120
Scoring Leaders
  • Jarryd Roughead
    Jarryd Roughead
    5.2
  • Western Bulldogs
    Liam Picken
    3.2
  • Hawthorn
    Paul Puopolo
    3.0
  • Hawthorn
    Isaac Smith
    3.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Lachie Hunter
    2.1
Hawthorn

Match Stats

Western Bulldogs
  • 429 Disposals 373
  • 82.5 Disposal Eff 75.9
  • 126 Contested Pos 125
  • 115 Marks 90
  • 15 Free Kicks 10
  • 46 Clearances 23
  • 40 Inside 50s 50
  • 37 Rebound 50s 24
  • 73 Tackles 46
  • 33 Hit-outs 54
  • 89 Interchanges 80
Hawthorn

Breakdown

Hawthorn
  • 5.3 (33)
    4.2 (26)
  • 9.5 (59)
    7.4 (46)
  • 12.6 (78)
    10.7 (67)
  • 15.9 (99)
    13.12 (90)

Player Stats

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jarryd Roughead 11 8 19 10 0 0 1 6 5 2 132
2James Sicily 20 11 31 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 124
3Ben McEvoy 7 10 17 5 29 4 1 9 0 0 122
4Tom Mitchell 13 19 32 7 0 1 1 6 0 0 120
5Jack Gunston 18 8 26 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 106
6Liam Shiels 12 10 22 5 0 1 0 8 0 1 105
7Paul Puopolo 11 8 19 3 0 2 0 6 3 0 102
8Isaac Smith 14 7 21 5 0 0 1 4 3 0 102
9Jaeger O'Meara 7 18 25 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 101
10Tim O'Brien 14 4 18 10 2 2 0 0 1 0 90
11Shaun Burgoyne 6 15 21 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 75
12Harry Morrison 10 11 21 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 75
13Taylor Duryea 9 8 17 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 73
14Kaiden Brand 9 7 16 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 72
15Blake Hardwick 12 8 20 4 0 1 2 3 0 0 71
16Billy Hartung 11 12 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 67
17Will Langford 9 6 15 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 57
18Daniel Howe 6 6 12 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 55
19Ryan Schoenmakers 7 4 11 5 2 1 0 0 1 0 53
20Luke Hodge 9 5 14 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 47
21Luke Breust 6 9 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 46
22Conor Glass 8 6 14 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 43
Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Matthew Boyd 21 12 33 12 0 0 0 1 1 0 133
2Jack Macrae 12 21 33 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 116
3Toby McLean 10 16 26 4 0 1 0 6 1 1 106
4Liam Picken 8 8 16 4 0 1 1 4 3 2 86
5Marcus Bontempelli 12 9 21 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 86
6Tom Liberatore 10 13 23 5 0 0 1 2 1 0 82
7Josh Dunkley 8 8 16 4 0 0 1 5 0 0 69
8Luke Dahlhaus 7 12 19 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 66
9Matthew Suckling 13 4 17 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 63
10Robert Murphy 10 5 15 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 63
11Lachie Hunter 10 5 15 3 0 0 1 1 2 1 63
12Bailey Dale 7 7 14 3 0 1 1 2 2 0 62
13Patrick Lipinski 6 12 18 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 61
14Bailey Williams 7 7 14 3 0 0 1 4 0 1 58
15Jason Johannisen 9 6 15 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 55
16Zaine Cordy 7 6 13 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 55
17Shane Biggs 8 8 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 55
18Jordan Roughead 5 5 10 3 29 2 4 0 0 0 53
19Tom Campbell 1 2 3 2 25 0 2 3 1 0 50
20Caleb Daniel 5 12 17 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 42
21Dale Morris 1 10 11 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 39
22Lewis Young 3 5 8 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 23

Team Lineups

Hawthorn

B

  • Shaun Burgoyne,
  • Kaiden Brand,
  • Blake Hardwick

HB

  • Luke Hodge,
  • James Sicily,
  • Jack Gunston

C

  • Isaac Smith,
  • Tom Mitchell,
  • Billy Hartung

HF

  • Ryan Schoenmakers,
  • Tim O'Brien,
  • Paul Puopolo

F

  • Luke Breust,
  • Jarryd Roughead,
  • Jaeger O'Meara

Fol

  • Ben McEvoy,
  • Will Langford,
  • Liam Shiels

I/C

  • Taylor Duryea,
  • Daniel Howe,
  • Harry Morrison,
  • Conor Glass

No Late Change

In

  • Liam Shiels,
  • Harry Morrison

Out

  • Ryan Burton (Foot),
  • Ricky Henderson (Back)

New

  • Harry Morrison

Milestones:

  • Jaeger O'Meara  - Played 50th game,
  • Harry Morrison  - Played 1st game

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