Western Bulldogs v Melbourne Demons results, scores, times, teams, how to watch, odds,
What an incredible first half. Bontempelli, just four touches in the first quarter, underscored his stature as the best player of the game.
How many midfielders can score like that – including at the front of a field – and then convert under such critical circumstances.
Simon Goodwin has to consider how the Demons treat Daniel – yes, he gets discretionary hands from his teammates – but his ability to set up and read the play was instrumental in the Dogs’ unexpected retaliation.
Melbourne doesn’t deserve to be behind, according to the playing patterns, yet they are. It’s clear that the Bulldogs’ plan is to land the ball in their 50 yards forward, by whatever means necessary, then apply pressure and create goals – a tactic that worked for the Demons in the first quarter.
Melbourne 4.5, 5.9 (39)
W. Bulldogs 1.2, 7.5 (47)
Melbourne: Fritsch 2, Petracca, Spargo, B. Brown
W. Bulldogs: Treloar 2, Bontempelli 2, R. Smith, Naughton, Hunter
Melbourne: Oliver 18, Petracca 18, Gawn 14
W. Bulldogs: Daniel 26, Macrae 18, Dunkley 15, Liberatore 14
Melbourne: Petracca 5, Gawn 4, Hibberd 4, Lever 4, Neal-Bullen 4, Salem 4
W. Bulldogs: Daniel 7, Liberator 5
The Bulldogs drastically changed things in the second quarter and they now lead the 211-186 surrenders, 19-17 clearances, 31-29 notes and 92-78 contested possessions.
The Demons still have the advantage in 28-27 tackles, 33-27 in 50s, scoring 14-12 shots, 10-7 free kicks and 22-13 strikes.