Another big Saturday has come and gone and the story from today’s four matches is the Western Bulldogs.
Where to from here now for this football club?
It doesn’t get much worse than losing at home to the bottom-of-the-ladder side and the heat is sure to rise on coach Brendan McCartney who now has just 16 wins to his credit from 55 matches.
But don’t let that take anything away from the Lions tonight. They were superb.
They were full of beans after their stirring comeback win against Carlton last week and the Dogs couldn’t cope with their energy.
Brisbane have now won back-to-back matches for the first time under Leppitsch’s reign and the positive signs from their young brigade are starting to show.
At Spotless Stadium, the Giants were gallant again in defeat after their impressive showing against Hawthorn last week.
But they just lacked polish when going forward and the Bombers did what they to do to grab the four premiership points and keep their finals hopes alive.
Earlier in the day, the Power and Hawks had easy wins over St Kilda and West Coast respectively.
Interestingly, the Eagles have now lost their last 16 matches against top-eight sides.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage today, be sure to check in again tomorrow!
GWS GIANTS 2.1, 4.4, 5.9, 9.12 (66)
ESSENDON 3.3, 5.8, 8.11, 11.15 (81)
GWS Giants: Treloar 3, Palmer 2, Lobb, Lamb, Smith, Tomlinson
Essendon: Daniher 3, Dell’Olio 2, Zaharakis 2, Howlett, Ryder, Hocking, Stanton
GWS Giants: Smith 33, Shaw 31, Shiel 30
Essendon: Zaharakis 34, Heppell 30, Watson 28
WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.3, 7.5, 9.5, 13.9 (87)
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3, 11.8, 13.9, 14.11 (95)
Bulldogs: Hrovat 2, Tutt 2, Williams 2, Giansiracusa 2, Griffen, Picken, Crameri, Grant, Cooney
Lions: Redden 2, Brown 2, Green 2, Beams, Patfull, Aish, Bewick, Zorko, Rockliff, Paparone, Hanley
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 35, Cooney 24, Liberatore 22, Griffen 21
Brisbane Lions: Bewick 30, Redden 26, Beams 24, Hanley 23
Q4 28 MIN, WB 87 BL 95
Picken's kick forward is chopped off by Aish!
0:28 to go.
Q4 26 MIN, WB 87 BL 95
Cooney pinpoints Giansiracusa and he kicks the goal from the goal square.
But there's not enough time (surely?)
Q4 25 MIN, WB 81 BL 95
Giansiracusa accepts the pass from Murphy and from 45m out the veteran misses to the right.
The Lions will win this one!
1:18 to go
Q4 29 MIN, GWS 66 ESS 81
Treloar kicks a goal on the siren. The Bombers win by 15 points.
Q4 24 MIN, WB 80 BL 95
Ball up 50m out from Lions' goal
2:40 to go.
Q4 28 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 81
Stanton's shot from outside 50 misses to the left.
0:25 to go
Q4 22 MIN, WB 80 BL 95
Throw in 80m around from Brisbane's goal
3:22 to go.
Q4 27 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 80
Zaharakis boots it forward and Daniher takes a huge pack mark!
But from 50m out in front, he misses to the left
1:48 to go
Q4 25 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 79
Zaharakis dishes it off to Stanton who drills it beautifully from 40m out near the boundary. It's going to be tough for GWS now.
2:40 to go.
Q4 24 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Throw-in 45m around from Essendon's goal
3:04 to go
Q4 23 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Boundary throw-in on centre wing
3:39 to go.
Q4 22 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Throw-in on Giants' 50m line
4:21 to go.
Q4 16 MIN, WB 78 BL 95
Cooney keeps the Dogs in touch
8:06 to go.
Q4 21 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
The Giants have only managed one mark from 16 inside 50s in this quarter. That is hurting them.
5:04 left on the clock.
Q4 14 MIN, WB 72 BL 95
Green kicks his second goal and it's a 23-point ball game again.
Q4 18 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Patton misses an absolute sitter from 15m out directly in front! How costly will that be?
Q4 18 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 73
Hocking pinches Ward's pockets and from 30m out he nails the goal! The Bombers have some breathing space.