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2021 Toyota AFL Premiership
Round 4 • Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions
Mars Stadium Ballarat
73 10.13
Full Time Bulldogs by 19
54 8.6
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    AFL TEAM | Round 4

    Western Bulldogs have named their side to face the Brisbane Lions in Ballarat.

    The Western Bulldogs will be looking to start the season with four consecutive wins for the first time since 2008, when they host the Brisbane Lions at Mars Stadium in Ballarat on Saturday afternoon.

    Wins against Collingwood, West Coast and North Melbourne propelled the Bulldogs to top spot on the ladder ahead of round four.

    A stiff challenge awaits against the Lions – one of last year’s preliminary finalists – this week.

    The Bulldogs have retained the 22 players who finished last week’s win against North Melbourne.

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    Luke Beveridge | 'Got to be on edge for their best'

    Head Coach Luke Beveridge spoke to the media at VU Whitten Oval ahead of the Round 4 clash with Brisbane.

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    Midfielder Pat Lipinski – who was called upon as the medical sub in the opening minutes – holds his place in the team after replacing emerging defender Ryan Gardner.

    Gardner will miss the next six-to-eight weeks after having surgery to repair an AC joint injury.

    Lin Jong and Ben Cavarra have been named as emergencies on the back of consistent performances in VFL practice matches, alongside key position pair Zaine Cordy and Lewis Young.

    Off season addition Stefan Martin will line-up against his former side in his fourth match in red, white and blue.

    The match will be broadcast live on Fox Footy, with radio coverage on ABC Grandstand and AFL Nation.

    ROUND 4 TEAM

    Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 10 April, 1.35pm AEST
    Mars Stadium, Ballarat

    B: Bailey Williams, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
    HB: Taylor Duryea, Easton Wood, Bailey Dale
    C: Laitham Vandermeer, Bailey Smith, Lachie Hunter
    HF: Adam Treloar, Aaron Naughton, Josh Dunkley
    F: Tim English, Josh Bruce, Marcus Bontempelli
    R: Stefan Martin, Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore
    Int: Anthony Scott, Jason Johannisen, Lachie McNeil, Pat Lipinski
    Emer: Zaine Cordy, Ben Cavarra, Lewis Young, Lin Jong

    AFL REPORT | Undefeated Dogs hold off Lions in Ballarat

    The Western Bulldogs have continued their perfect start to the 2021 season with a 19-point win over Brisbane at Mars Stadium.

    The Western Bulldogs have continued their perfect start to the 2021 season with a 19-point win over Brisbane at Mars Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

    The 10.13 (73) to 8.6 (54) triumph propels the undefeated Bulldogs back into top spot on the AFL ladder, while also recording a 4-0 start for the first time since 2008.

    A strong breeze and patches of rain proved tricky conditions at times, but the Bulldogs didn’t seem too phased – slotting a seven-goal to three opening half and ultimately setting up the victory.

    A two-goal opening quarter from Tim English, backed up by a two-goal second quarter from Aaron Naughton saw the Dogs take a 26-point buffer into the main break.

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    English exhibition on full display

    Tim English is putting on a show in the first quarter, with a couple marks and goals to give the Dogs a handy early lead

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    The Lions threatened the hosts with a late charge after half-time, but the margin proved too big a gap to close.

    A Tom Liberatore goal off one-step sealed the win, as the clock entered the final 15 seconds of play.

    English (17 disposals, nine marks, three goals) was a standout, while Jack Macrae (32, eight tackles) and Adam Treloar (29, 10 tackles) dominated in the middle.

    Josh Dunkley (27, eight tackles) was also impactful, breaking the record for the most smothers recorded in the first four rounds of a season with 10.

    Late inclusion Lewis Young (17, five marks) fought hard in defence.

    The Bulldogs will now look to go 5-0 when they host the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium in a weeks’ time.

    All The Highlights & Interviews

    All The Highlights & Interviews

    WESTERN BULLDOGS     3.3       7.6      9.10     10.13 (73)
    BRISBANE                      2.1        3.4      6.6        8.6 (54)

    GOALS
    Western Bulldogs: English 3, Naughton 2, Hunter, Bruce, Macrae, Smith, Liberatore
    Brisbane: Hipwood 2, Andrews, Fullarton, Lyons, Bailey, McCluggage, Daniher

    BEST
    Western Bulldogs: English, Treloar, Macrae, Dunkley, Naughton, Dale
    Brisbane: McCluggage, Lyons, Andrews, Rich, Neale

     

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