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Match Report

Match report: Dogs dust Swans to snap 62-year drought

By Nick Bowen (AFL Media) October 1, 2016 5:25 PM

Match Highlights: 2016 AFL Grand Final Watch the match highlights from the Bulldogs' historic second premiership win.
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs in action during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have broken the AFL's longest existing premiership drought and completed the most unlikely finals run of all time to win their second Grand Final with a 22-point win over the Sydney Swans.

The Bulldogs kicked the final three goals of the game to triumph 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67), a win that broke the club's 62-year premiership drought and ensured coach Luke Beveridge and his side will join Charlie Sutton's 1954 team in Bulldogs immortality.

The Bulldogs took an eight-point lead into the final term at the MCG on Saturday after grabbing ascendancy of the game with a 2.6 to 1.2 third quarter, but struggled to put the Swans away in the final term.

Twice John Longmire's men closed to within one point in a thrilling final quarter, first through a Lance Franklin set shot from 50m at the seven-minute mark and, after an answering Jake Stringer goal, a George Hewett set shot from 45m five minutes later.

Liam Picken kicked a goal on the run at the 17-minute mark that put the Dogs seven points up, but it wasn't until Tom Boyd bounced a goal through from 55m four minutes later that the Bulldogs looked home with a 15-point lead.

Picken added another major five minutes later to add the icing to the Bulldogs' victory.

Jason Johannisen (33 possessions, nine inside 50s and seven rebound 50s) sparked the Bulldogs with his run from half-back, and appeared to seal the game with a goal from 50m at the 18-minute mark of the final term, only for a late score review to determine it had been touched on the line.

The former rookie was a popular choice as the Norm Smith Medal winner for the best player on the ground.

Contesting the Grand Final for just the third time in the club's 91-year VFL/AFL history and for the first time since 1961, Beveridge's men became the first team to win a premiership from seventh on the ladder.

None of the Bulldogs' 22 on Saturday had played in a Grand Final – 13 Swans had, eight of them having won premierships – but the Bulldogs did not let their inexperience halt the irresistible momentum they had built in the first three weeks of the finals.

Tom Boyd (six contested marks and 3.2) completed a coming-of-age finals series with his aerial work highly influential, especially in the second half, while Jack Macrae (32 possessions) was prolific and classy through the midfield.

Marcus Bontempelli helped turn the game the Bulldogs' way after half-time, while Picken (25 possessions and three goals) underlined his status as one of the most improved players in the competition.

The Bulldogs' victory completed a fairytale finals series that included away victories over West Coast in an elimination final at Domain Stadium and Greater Western Sydney in a preliminary final at Spotless Stadium, and in between a comprehensive semi-final win over three-time reigning premier Hawthorn at the MCG.

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The Swans' cause was not helped when star spearhead Franklin suffered a right ankle injury in the opening minutes of the game. Franklin was only off the ground for five minutes for treatment, but did not move with his usual agility when he returned.

Key midfielder Dan Hannebery then suffered a left knee injury in a crunching collision with Bulldogs captain Easton Wood in the opening minute of the final term, and played little further part in the game.

Josh Kennedy was outstanding for the Swans, racking up 34 hard-won possessions and kicking three goals, and helped his team get on top in the second quarter with an outstanding term.

Dane Rampe (24 possessions and nine rebound 50s) was a rock in the Swans' defensive 50, while Kieren Jack (22 possessions) and Tom Mitchell (26 and two goals) provided plenty of midfield drive.

Goals seemed rarer than Tasmanian tigers in the opening minutes of Saturday's game.

Both teams came out with the intensity you expect on Grand Final day, but struggled to control the ball in slippery conditions at the MCG.

Neither team scored in the opening nine minutes before Swans co-captain Jack broke the deadlock with a behind after courageously marking running back with the flight of the ball.

Jack was fairly cleaned up by Bulldogs captain Easton Wood, but recovered to take a set shot from 40m.

Jack then set up the Swans' opening goal three minutes later when he hit Luke Parker 45m out on from goal.

The Bulldogs finally opened their account at the 20-minute mark when Zaine Cordy caught Callum Mills in a tackle, and from the resultant free kick converted with a brilliant shot around his body from 35m on the boundary line.

Little more than two minutes later, Tory Dickson added another goal for the Bulldogs after converting a set shot from 50m, which sent them into quarter-time with a four-point lead.

Beveridge's men got out to a handy 16-point lead at the 11-minute mark of the second quarter when they kicked three of the first four goals of the term, the last coming from a brilliant around-the-body snap from Picken that was set up by an equally inspired handball over the head from Lachie Hunter.

The Swans then wrested control of the game in the midfield to hit back with the next four goals, the first a 50m set shot from Mitchell and the last two clever snaps from midfield bull Kennedy.

The Swans led by eight points and looked set to take that lead into half-time after Mitchell answered a Tom Boyd goal with a snap from a forward 50 stoppage.

However, with just 11 seconds remaining before the main break, Toby McLean pounced on a loose ball 25m from goal and snapped truly around his body to cut the Swans' lead to two points.

Since the introduction of the final eight in 1994, the previous lowest-placed team to win the premiership was Adelaide, who won from fifth in 1998.

Of the teams to win a premiership – Fremantle, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney have yet to do so – Melbourne now has gone longest since its last Grand Final win, which came in 1964.

The Bulldogs' victory also leaves St Kilda as lone team from the competition's VFL days stuck on one premiership.

The Dogs celebrate the club's first flag in 62 years. Picture: AFL Photos

SYDNEY SWANS            1.2   7.3   8.5   10.7 (67)
WESTERN BULLDOGS  2.0   7.1   9.7   13.11 (89)

GOALS
Sydney Swans: Kennedy 3, Mitchell 2, Parker, N. Smith, Rohan, Franklin, Hewett
Western Bulldogs: T. Boyd 3, Dickson 3, Picken 3, Cordy, McLean, C. Smith, Stringer

BEST 
Sydney Swans: Kennedy, Mitchell, Rampe, Heeney, Jones, Hannebery
Western Bulldogs: Johannisen, Picken, T. Boyd, Macrae, M. Boyd, Dahlhaus

INJURIES 
Sydney Swans: Franklin (right ankle), Hannebery (left knee)
Western Bulldogs: Johannisen (calf)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Meredith, Jeffery

Official crowd: 99,981 at the MCG

Norm Smith Medal votes
10 Jason Johannisen (3-3-2-2)
8 Josh Kennedy (3-2-1-1-1)
7 Tom Boyd (3-1-3)
5 Liam Picken (2-2-1)

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Josh P. Kennedy
    Josh P. Kennedy
    34
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jason Johannisen
    33
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jack Macrae
    33
  • Western Bulldogs
    Matthew Boyd
    27
  • Sydney Swans
    Tom Mitchell
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Tom Mitchell
    Tom Mitchell
    141
  • Sydney Swans
    Josh P. Kennedy
    139
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jason Johannisen
    115
  • Sydney Swans
    Dane Rampe
    108
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jack Macrae
    107
Scoring Leaders
  • Tom Boyd
    Tom Boyd
    3.2
  • Sydney Swans
    Josh P. Kennedy
    3.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tory Dickson
    3.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Liam Picken
    3.0
  • Sydney Swans
    Tom Mitchell
    2.0
Sydney Swans

Match Stats

Western Bulldogs
  • 372 Disposals 382
  • 72.3 Disposal Eff 68.1
  • 149 Contested Pos 172
  • 91 Marks 73
  • 8 Free Kicks 20
  • 31 Clearances 36
  • 41 Inside 50s 59
  • 45 Rebound 50s 30
  • 101 Tackles 92
  • 42 Hit-outs 40
  • 86 Interchanges 82
Sydney Swans

Breakdown

Sydney Swans
  • 2.2 (14)
    4.4 (28)
  • 3.4 (22)
    6.10 (46)
  • 9.5 (59)
    11.11 (77)
  • 10.7 (67)
    13.11 (89)

Player Stats

Sydney Swans

Sydney Swans

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tom Mitchell 13 13 26 4 0 0 0 13 2 0 141
2Josh P. Kennedy 14 20 34 5 0 0 0 6 3 0 139
3Dane Rampe 17 7 24 11 0 0 2 4 0 0 108
4Lance Franklin 12 4 16 8 0 1 1 7 1 1 101
5Heath Grundy 15 6 21 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 100
6Isaac Heeney 13 9 22 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 89
7Luke Parker 9 10 19 1 4 1 3 9 1 0 88
8Kieren Jack 10 12 22 5 0 1 1 3 0 2 81
9Dan Hannebery 7 15 22 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 78
10Jake Lloyd 12 9 21 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 74
11Zak Jones 11 10 21 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 68
12Tom Papley 8 7 15 2 0 1 0 5 0 1 66
13Sam Naismith 5 8 13 3 21 1 2 2 0 0 64
14Callum Mills 6 9 15 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 62
15Nick Smith 10 3 13 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 62
16Ben McGlynn 7 2 9 5 0 0 0 5 0 1 61
17Kurt Tippett 4 6 10 3 17 0 0 2 0 1 59
18Jeremy Laidler 4 5 9 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 55
19George Hewett 7 4 11 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 53
20Jarrad McVeigh 8 6 14 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 51
21Gary Rohan 3 2 5 2 0 0 3 6 1 0 40
22Xavier Richards 6 4 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 38
Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jason Johannisen 25 8 33 7 0 1 1 1 0 1 115
2Jack Macrae 13 20 33 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 107
3Liam Picken 12 13 25 3 0 1 0 4 3 0 106
4Luke Dahlhaus 10 13 23 3 0 3 0 8 0 0 100
5Marcus Bontempelli 14 8 22 1 9 1 0 7 0 0 99
6Tom Boyd 10 4 14 8 14 0 0 0 3 2 96
7Matthew Boyd 16 11 27 4 0 2 2 4 0 0 94
8Tom Liberatore 8 14 22 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 90
9Clay Smith 8 5 13 1 0 1 1 11 1 0 85
10Jordan Roughead 8 5 13 5 17 0 0 4 0 0 82
11Toby McLean 8 10 18 2 0 4 0 5 1 1 81
12Tory Dickson 7 4 11 3 0 0 0 5 3 0 76
13Josh Dunkley 9 6 15 3 0 1 1 7 0 0 74
14Caleb Daniel 11 3 14 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 69
15Lachie Hunter 8 11 19 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 67
16Shane Biggs 12 3 15 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 66
17Easton Wood 7 6 13 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 60
18Dale Morris 2 13 15 3 0 2 1 4 0 0 56
19Zaine Cordy 7 4 11 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 55
20Jake Stringer 8 4 12 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 50
21Joel Hamling 5 4 9 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 40
22Fletcher Roberts 2 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 15

Team Lineups

Sydney Swans

B

  • Jake Lloyd,
  • Heath Grundy,
  • Nick Smith

HB

  • Zak Jones,
  • Jeremy Laidler,
  • Dane Rampe

C

  • Kieren Jack,
  • Josh P. Kennedy,
  • Jarrad McVeigh

HF

  • Gary Rohan,
  • Lance Franklin,
  • Luke Parker

F

  • Tom Papley,
  • Kurt Tippett,
  • Ben McGlynn

Fol

  • Sam Naismith,
  • Dan Hannebery,
  • Isaac Heeney

I/C

  • Tom Mitchell,
  • Callum Mills,
  • George Hewett,
  • Xavier Richards

No Late Change

In

  • Jarrad McVeigh,
  • Callum Mills

Out

  • Harrison Marsh (Omitted),
  • Aliir Aliir (Knee)

Last updated: 7:39AM Saturday, October 1, 2016