The Western Bulldogs have produced a stunning come-from-behind win over Melbourne in a Saturday night thriller at Marvel Stadium.
Trailing at every break and 13 points down at three-quarter-time, the Bulldogs never gave up – slotting five of the final six goals to secure the 17.8 (110) to 15.10 (100) victory.
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan sealed the deal with his fifth of the night, to go with 10 disposals and six marks in a career-best outing.
The match started as an arm wrestle, with both sides exchanging goals early before the Bulldogs conceded four late opening-term goals to find themselves 15 points down at the first break.
It was a much-improved start to the second quarter, with the Dogs closing the gap to just three points midway through.
But the Dees were relentless – kicking four goals in quick succession.
The Bulldogs started the second half well, managing repeat inside 50s despite little reward on the scoreboard.
Their efforts paid off eventually, as the Dogs slowly pegged the margin back to single digits through Adam Treloar, Tim English and Aaron Naughton.
But the opposition again had an answer, keeping the Bulldogs at bay before a remarkable final-quarter fightback.
Riley Garcia gave his side the lead with just over seven minutes to play, and while Melbourne had its chances to equalise, it was the Bulldogs who willed themselves over the line.
Vice-captain Jack Macrae finished with 29 disposals, while Adam Treloar (28 disposals, six marks, one goal) was impactful before being subbed off with calf tightness.
Bailey Smith (28, five tackles) Bailey Dale (27, five rebound 50s) and Marcus Bontempelli (26, nine tackles, one goal) were among the leading disposal-getters in a well-rounded team performance.
Buku Khamis was solid in defence, while Ed Richards provided flair and speed off half-back.
Josh Dunkley and Tom Liberatore were important contributors too.
The win moves the Bulldogs back into the top eight, with a trip to GMHBA Stadium next Saturday night to face Geelong their next challenge.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 4.0 9.2 12.6 17.8 (110)
MELBOURNE 6.3 11.5 14.7 15.10 (100)
Western Bulldogs: Ugle-Hagan 5, Weightman 2, English 2, Naughton 2, Garcia 2, Bontempelli, West, Treloar, Macrae
Melbourne: Fritsch 4, Weideman 3, Melksham 2, Pickett 2, Neal-Bullen, Sparrow, Jackson, Harmes
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Ugle-Hagan, Dale, English, Macrae
Melbourne: Oliver, Gawn, Brayshaw, Petracca, Fritsch, May
Western Bulldogs: Treloar (Calf)
Western Bulldogs: Nil
Melbourne: Jake Lever (shoulder), replaced in selected side by Adam Tomlinson
Western Bulldogs: Robbie McComb (replaced Treloar in the fourth quarter)
Melbourne: Toby Bedford (unused)