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Live coverage: Western Bulldogs v Geelong


Will Brodie

None tougher: Bulldog Matthew Boyd battles with Cat Joel Corey.

None tougher: Bulldog Matthew Boyd battles with Cat Joel Corey. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Thanks for your patronage, footy fans. Return to tomorrow for a big Saturday of AFL action, including the season-defining clash between Adelaide and Collingwood at AAMI Stadium.

GEELONG 3.5  6.9  9.9  14.11 (95)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.1  6.2  8.5  11.9 (75)
Goals: Geelong: S Motlop 3 T Hawkins 3 P Chapman 2 A Mackie J Bartel J Podsiadly J Selwood T Hunt T West. Western Bulldogs: D Giansiracusa 3 S Higgins 3 L Jones M Wallis T Dickson T Liberatore Z Skinner.
Best: Geelong: Johnson, Selwood, Chapman, Hawkins, Motlop, Enright, Hunt. Western Bulldogs: Minson, Liberatore, Murphy, Jones, Dahlhaus, Boyd
Official Crowd: 29,118 at Etihad Stadium.

FINAL SCORE Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 14.11 (95)
The Cats appear tired and relived, rather than especially happy after their hard-fought win.
Disposals: WB: 368; Geel: 359
Contested Possessions:
Dogs 148, Cats 130.
Tackles: Dogs 60, Cats 66.
Inside 50s: Dogs 48, Cats 48.
Clearances: WB 45, Geel 29
Geelong took 110 marks to 68.
The Dogs won 16 more clearances and had 37 more handballs.

James Podsiadly (left) and Mark Austin battle for possession. Click for more photos

AFL Round 9 2012: Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Geelong led from start to finish but could never put away the persistent Western Bulldogs, eventually running out 20 point winners 14.11 (95) to 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Pat Scala

FINAL SCORE Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 14.11 (95)
Possessions: Dogs: Boyd 34; Murphy 29; Griffen 25. Cats: Johnson 36; Chapman 27; Corey 26.

FINAL SCORE Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 14.11 (95)
A captivating game throughout, with Geelong's class proving too much for a persistent Bulldogs outfit. Steve Johnson put on a master-class in the midfield, his brilliance putting every other hard-working on-baller in the shade. The Dogs had the Cats at their mercy for periods of the last two quarters, but missed simple opportunities in front of goal.

Q4 2.30 Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 14.11 (95)
Long Griffen kick goes over Jones' head and is marked by Mackie at centre half back. Skill, poise, reward for effort - this is what keeps Geelong alive despite the belting they have received in the contested ball count in games like this.

Who's ducking now? Bulldog's Tory Dickson tackled high by Geelong's Joel Selwood.

Who's ducking now? Bulldog's Tory Dickson tackled high by Geelong's Joel Selwood. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Q4 2.30 Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 14.11 (95)
GOAL. Cats. Podisadly.
Rebound into an open Cats forward line. Lake rolls the dice and attacks the ball, Hawkins holds his ground and shoves the footy out to Podsiadly, who runs in and kicks a curling low sealer. There could not have been a less apt player to deliver the coup de grace.

Q4 3.19 Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 13.11 (89)
Cats doing just enough, and getting the ball forward a little more now. They have found something every time the Dogs got close to the lead, though it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if the Dogs had not missed four or five easy goals.

Q4 6.20 Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) v Geelong 13.10 (88)
Jones hits the post from a tight angle 18 out. Selwood clears stoppage in goalsquare.

Q4 7.04 Western Bulldogs 11.8 (74) v Geelong 13.10 (88)
Skinner snap hits the post.

Q4 7.27 Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) v Geelong 13.10 (88)
GOAL. Cats. Bartel.
Brilliant evasive work ffrom Johnson, a great tap from Hawkins and Bartel snaps truly from 15 out.

Q4 9.07 Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) v Geelong 12.10 (82)
GOAL. Cats.
Second foray forward from Cats for the quarter, second goal. Big pack 15 out, somehow Motlop is by himself at the back in the goal square. The infrequent Cat attacks are more potent because their forward line is left so open.

Q4 9.07 Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) v Geelong 11.10 (76)
Gutsy marks to Hunt and Scarlett save the Cats. The ball is living at the Dogs' end.

Q4 10.07 Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) v Geelong 11.10 (76)
GOAL. Dogs. Skinner.
Another centre clearance and Skinner delivers a high right foot snap which somehow eludes Cat defenders in the goalsquare, bouncing through for the third Dog goal in two minutes. At tthe moment, the Dogs have all the run.

Q4 10.35 Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) v Geelong 11.10 (76)
GOAL. Dogs. Higgins.
Dahlhaus' hard work off the centre bounce ends with Higgins running in from 20 out.

Q4 11.09 Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) v Geelong 11.10 (76)
GOAL. Dogs. Giansiracusa.
Finally, an easy goal for the Dogs, after pressure in the centre square coughs up the footy for Gia to run into an open goal.

Q4 12.10 Western Bulldogs 8.7 (55) v Geelong 11.10 (76)
GOAL. Cats. Motlop.
Ump plucks a holding the ball on the wing, from a huge pack. Bartel's tap-on and Stokes' snap find Motlop running into the goalsquare. Roughead's misses have cruelled his team.

Q4 13.30 Western Bulldogs 8.7 (55) v Geelong 10.10 (70)
Hargraves hammers Chapman's noggin with a clumsy spoil in a marking contestbut the Cat misses the set shot from his free kick.

Q4 14.42 Western Bulldogs 8.7 (55) v Geelong 10.9 (69)
GOAL. Cats. Hawkins.
With almost their first genuine insiide 50 of the quarter, the Cats go long to Hawkins, who recovers after the spoil from Austin and bananas a ripper from 40 metres.

Q4 15.40 Western Bulldogs 8.7 (55) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
Geelong under siege, but defending grandly.

Q4 17.40 Western Bulldogs 8.7 (55) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
Another miss from Roughead from close range, this time on an acute angle. Skinner then drops a simple mark on a lead deep inside 50. Dogs are blowing a winning chance here.

Q4 19.10 Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
Roughead wins a free kick playing in front 25 metres out on a slight angle. Again he misses a simple shot.


THREE QUARTER TIME Western Bulldogs 8.5 (53) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
Liam Jones has been good for the Dogs after a poor first term. His strong attack on the ball up to the wings opened up forward thrusts in that quarter for the underdogs, and he should have capped off with a second goal late in the quarter. Encouraging signs for the long-term for the Doggies.

THREE QUARTER TIME Western Bulldogs 8.5 (53) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
This game is improving by the minute. The tacklefest of the opneing 15 minutes is long gone, with exhausting running from both teams and end-to-end attacks. The Dogs came at the Cats hard that term, growing in confidence as they won more of the ball forward of centre. Geelong's efficiency kept them in front, as Hawkins and Chapman capitalised on the few chances that came the Cats' way in the first half of the quarter. The Bulldogs missed two simple chances from set shots, Roughead and Jones the culprits, but they kept coming. They are playing with great spirit, but have to convert better in front of goal to be a winning chance. By the end of the quarter, the Dogs were halting the Cats at the half-forward line, sharing the ball through more midfielders and reboundingg defenders to set up counter-attacks.

THREE QUARTER TIME Western Bulldogs 8.5 (53) v Geelong 9.9 (63)

Q3 1.15 Western Bulldogs 8.5 (53) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
Mackie fumble in the centre opens the door for the Dogs, but they have no forwards in position and have to backtrack painstakingly until they progress along the opposite flank. They resist a counter-attack, running in waves from half-back and Griffen's long kick is marked strongly by Jones, 35 out. Terrible kick from straight in front ruins a lot of hard work.


Q3 5.21 Western Bulldogs 8.4 (52) v Geelong 9.9 (63)
GOAL. Cats. Hawkins.
Geelong's typically efficient kick-in takes them coast-to-coast, with Enright's long bomb finding Hawkins 25 out. geelong's more occasional forways forward are more dangerous, and their efficiency is keeping them at arm's length from an eager opponent.

Q3 6.18 Western Bulldogs 8.4 (52) v Geelong 8.9 (57)
West's attempted shot at goal from 58 metres is a shank, and rebounds quickly to the opposite forward pocket for the Dogs. Dickson marks on the boundary and his banana kick is just saved on the line by Corey.

Q3 8.57 Western Bulldogs 8.3 (51) v Geelong 8.9 (57)
GOAL. Dogs. Higgins.
Mongrel punt from the wing clean bowls Enright and Bartel at half-back, leaving Giansiracusa to pass to Higgins 35 out directly in front. The Bulldogs are winning more contested ball, and pushing forward more often, but they need to, given how much more work it takes them to find a goal.

Q3 10.45 Western Bulldogs 7.3 (45) v Geelong 8.9 (57)
Dahlhaus and Wallis miss opportunities following the Roughead blunder. The Dogs are not getting reward for their labours, and Chapman's class in kicking those two goals could prove crucial.

Q3 11.50 Western Bulldogs 7.3 (45) v Geelong 8.9 (57)
Minson outmuscles his opponent in a stoppage battle inside 50, then kicks for Roughead to mark directly in front. He hits the post from point blank range.

Q3 13.30 Western Bulldogs 7.2 (44) v Geelong 8.9 (57)
GOAL. Cats. Chapman.
Geelong share the ball in the middle, freeing up T Hunt, whose long bomb is marked in the goal square by Chapman. Possibly Chapman's best game of the year so far - productive in midfield, and now a finisher up forward - 18 possessions, six marks, two goals, three tackles.

Q3 14.11 Western Bulldogs 7.2 (44) v Geelong 7.9 (51)
GOAL. Cats. Chapman.
Hawkins handballs over his head and Chapmman snaps truly with a bouncing kick ffrom 35 metres in an open forward line.

Q3 15.30 Western Bulldogs 7.2 (44) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
Hargrave misses everything after the Dogs win the ball from yet another stoppage inside 50. Dogs on top in the opening exchanges of the third term.

Q3 16.56 Western Bulldogs 7.2 (44) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
GOAL. Dogs. Liberatore.
Stoppage inside 50. Liberatore wins a free kick for holding the ball directly in front 30 metres out and converts without fuss. Four goals from stoppages in their forward line for the Dogs.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
Players who can lift and change the game:
Bulldogs: Ryan Griffen has had 14 touches, but hasn't been a dynamic influence; Liam Jones (6 touches, 1 goal) had an improved second term and needs to keep presenting to his midfielders and half-backs. Geelong: Jimmy Bartel (7 disposals) has been very quiet. James Podsiadly has been where the ball aint (3 disposals).

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
The Channel Seven half-time interview with Robert Murphy concludes with the indie flanker saying "It (footy) is a funny way to make a living!"

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
The Dogs have recorded 35 more handpasses as they sought to clear the stoppages. They have 19 fewer disposals overall and have won eight more clearances.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
Possessions: Dogs: Wallis 17; Boyd 16, Murphy 15. Cats: Johnson 19; Chapman 16; Corey 15.
Contested Possessions:
Dogs 79, Cats 60.
Tackles: Dogs 28, Cats 42.
Inside 50s: Dogs 21, Cats 28.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
Five-goal to three quarter from the Dogs, who got better the more the game opened up. Geelong were unable to maintain the high pressure  they exerted in the packs in the opening term,  their key forwards were well blanketed by Lake and Austin, and their backs did not get the luxury of running out in front of their opponents in order to set up counter-attacks.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
GOAL. Dogs. Giansiracusa.
Jones does get a free kick for being held, on the wing. His kick is marked in a contest by Roughead at half forward. His long kick, with 20 seconds left, is marked bravely by Giansiracusa 20 metres out. He converts the set shot without problem and the Dogs get as close as  they have been since the 6 minute mark of the opening term.

Q2 0.40 Western Bulldogs 5.2 (32) v Geelong 6.9 (45)
Desperately scrambled rushed behind by the Dogs after end-to-end attacks from both teams.

Q2 1.54 Western Bulldogs 5.2 (32) v Geelong 6.8 (44)
GOAL. Dogs. Wallis.
Inside-50 stoppage. Dahlhaus first possession, handpass to Wallis, whose snap bounces and rolls straight from 30 metres. Jones unlucky to miss a holding free in marking duel, not being afforded  the asssistance Hawkins received at the other end.

Q2 3.49 Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26) v Geelong 6.8 (44)
The work ethic is there for the Dogs, but not the finishing - after three great tackles insidde 50, they give the ball to Minson, who picks out a Cat defender. Liam Picken has a spectacular shiner on his cheekbone after his early accidental clash on head with shoulder blade.

Q2 4.36 Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26) v Geelong 6.7 (43)
GOAL. Cats. Hawkins.
Contentious free kick against Lake at centre half forward is called by an umpire 50 metres from the contest. Good straight kick from 40 metres.

Q2 6.05 Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26) v Geelong 5.7 (37)
Patched-up Picken just misses from 45 on a 45 degree angle after good contested work from teammates on 50. For a team determined to define themselves by contested, congested footy, the Dogs have looked a lot better when the game opened up.

Q2 7.54 Western Bulldogs 4.1 (25) v Geelong 5.7 (37)
GOAL. Dogs. Jones.
Jones marks with the help of Will Minson's pack work, and converts the set shot with conviction from 40 metres on an angle. Liam Picken is offf with what might be a heavy facial injury. That was the Bulldogs' best movement of the ball from defence. Pressure levels on possessions have dropped away considerably after a hot start.

Q2 9.29 Western Bulldogs 3.1 (19) v Geelong 5.7 (37)
Johnson misses a set shot after marking from a  perfect Pods passs 45 metres out. Johnson was  resting forward - he can't help but find the ball this term (17 possessions this half so far).

Q2 10.35 Western Bulldogs 3.1 (19) v Geelong 5.6 (36)
Good ball use by foot from the Dogs after they wina crucial contest on the wing. Griffen kicks out on the full from 50 metres. There is already more room in the game, as the pack dissipates under slicker ball use and player fatigue.

Q2 12.14 Western Bulldogs 3.1 (19) v Geelong 5.6 (36)
GOAL. Dogs, Dickson.
Slick work from the centre bounce gives the leading Dickson a marking chance 40 out. His kick is impressively straight from the set shot.

Q2 13.05 Western Bulldogs 2.1 (13) v Geelong 5.6 (36)
GOAL. Cats. T Hunt.
Johnson sets up possession for the Cats and Selwood spots up Taylor Hunt on his own 50 out in front. He plays on and delivers the simple drop punt.

Q2 14.01 Western Bulldogs 2.1 (13) v Geelong 4.6 (30)
Stevie Johnson (14 possessions) is wreaking havoc for the Cats, pushing deep into the midfield, perhaps to help cover for the missing James Kelly.

Q2 15.04 Western Bulldogs 2.1 (13) v Geelong 4.5 (29)
Giansiracusa weaves through traffic in his forward line to snare an unexpected major. From the next centre bounce, Geelong responds, with brilliant teamwork setting up Motlop's goal from 50.

Q2 18.33 Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
Minson wins a stoppage tap on 60 to Cooney, who circles at the top of the 50 and passes to the pocket. Higgins and Giansiracusa both leave the ball for each other. That tells the story of the Dogs forward line.

QUARTER TIME Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
Possessions: Dogs: Murphy, Wallis 9; Higgins 8. Cats: Enright 10; Corey 9; Chapman 8.
Contested Possessions: Dogs 40, Cats 33.
Tackles: Dogs 16, Cats 28.
Inside 50 Dogs 8, Cats 14.
Matthew Scarlett, playing on Adam Cooney, had five touches and two marks compared to Cooney's five disposals (no score).

QUARTER TIME Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
Geelong's class, and work ethic in the packs and on the spread, gave them a three-goal kick-start before the persistent Dogs ground their way back into the contest in the last eight minutes. The Dogs forward line, small and tall, lacks a threat, and their ball use going forward, under extreme pressure, is not good enough. Their only hope is to hang in and hope that pressure drops so they can get some better chances inside 50. Geelong's defence was superb that quarter, each individual beating his man and setting up incisive rebounds. Selwood was more productive than his dogged midfield rivals and Duncan and Johnson were creative at half-forward. Brian Lake had a marvellous quarter on Tom Hawkins, continually spoiling and setting up the Dogs with clever choices.

Q1 1.41  Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
High pressure packs with plenty of short handballs from both teams as they search for the way clear to an outside runner who can break the lines with a kick.

Q1 3.42  Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
Lake is holding up the Cats brilliantly; Scarlett was the architect in the opneing minutes for Geelong, before he had a rest.

Q1 5.26  Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.5 (23)
Podsiadly just misses on the run from the pocket after a fluent, effortless transition of the ball through the corridor by the silky Cats.

Q1 5.26  Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.4 (22)
Chapman set shot from 55 touched on the line.

Q1 6.35  Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Geelong 3.3 (21)
GOAL. Dogs. Higgins.
The Bulldogs' first sustained pressure, and repeat stoppages inside 50, leads to a chance for Higgins 35 out on his right. The snap tumbles through perfectly.

Q1 8.26  Western Bulldogs 0.1 (1) v Geelong 3.3 (21)
Veszpremi's shot from 55 drifts wide. The Dogs are yet to penetrate deep into attack, their skills under pressure not good enough to hit up leading forwards.

Q1 9.22 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 3.3 (21)
GOAL. Cats. West.
The Bulldogs struggle forward, but the Cats rebound into open space is lethal, Stringer and Johnson combining before Johnson's kick ahead of West enables him to run into an open goal.

Q1 11.15 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 2.3 (15)
Hawkins misses a simple set shot after being set up by Scarlett and Duncan. The Dogs backline is holding up well under the weight of possession, but Cats defenders Scarlett, Hunt, Enright and Mackie are rebounding the ball twice as fast as it comes into the Bulldogs forward line.

Q1 13.27 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 2.2 (14)
The rolling maul surrounding the stoppages may suit the Dogs, but Geelong's pressure in close is good enough that no Dog is gaining a clear possession to enable them to escape the pack cleanly.

Q1 15.40 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 2.2 (14)
GOAL. Cats. Selwood.
Sherman's long shot on the run drops short and is marked by Corey Enright, whose clever long kick sets up a potent rebound. Selwood takes a contested mark from a poor clearing kick, and converts from 40 metres directly in front.

Q1 16.41 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 1.1 (7)
Hawkins hits the post with a kick off the ground out of a stoppage close to goal. Bad start for reprieved key forward Liam Jones, whose dropped mark let the Cats in.

Q1 17.50 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Cats. Mackie.
Brilliant kick from Johnson in the middle of a scrimmage sets up Stokes, who handpasses to the running Mackie for a long bomb from 50 metres.

Q1 19.24 Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Geelong 0.0 (0)
Dogs win the first clearance and force the ball forward under extreme pressure, the Cats eventtually forcing another stoppage after a frenzied series of handpasses and tackles.

7.49: Cats adopt a loose circle for the final words from their skipper; Dogs go for the conventional clumped huddle, arms on shoulders.

7.47pm: Never have so many fans been so glad for the existence of Etihad  Stadium. It is still raining in Melbourne after a day-long torrential downpour. It is windy and cold. Undoubtedly the inclemency will affect the eventual crowd, because travelling to the game in such conditions is a chore. But those who have made it will get to watch under the roof in comparative comfort.

7.45pm: Bulldogs coach Brendon McCartney says the Cats will be fired up and a good start is very important for his team. He expects plenty of mistakes from two inexperienced a line-ups, but a terriffic game of footy. Of his problematic forward line, he said "We have to win the ball and get it in there... then we can worry about what to do once it's there." Can't argue with that sequencing!

7.41pm: Current odds: Dogs $5.00, Geelong $1.19. Line: Geelong -29.5

7.35pm: Each team has a key playmaker in the backline. Bulldog Brian Lake is back to his best, blanketing stars and creating dangerous rebounds. Geelong's Matthew Scarlett is less flashy, but no less effective as an architect of Cat attacks from defnce. However Scarlett has played only three times this year due to injury and suspension and this is his first game since round six. Lake might have the tougher task, with less support and James Podsiadly or Tom Hawkins to subdue. Scarlett may get the third tall Bulldogs forward with Tom Lonergan and Harry Taylor backing him up.

7.20pm: Substitutes: Geelong: Jonathan Simpkin. Western Bulldogs: Zephaniah Skinner.
Simpkin is on debut for the Cats after being raised off the rookie list. A nuggety 24-yo midfielder, he has shown good NAB Cup form for the Cats in the past two seasons. He is the fifth Cat to play his first senior game this season, and the tenth of Chris Scott's two year reign as coach.

7.12pm: Carlton has named all three frontline ruckmen for their game with Melbourne on Sunday - click here.

6.58pm - Geelong assistant coach Blake Caracella says there's no doubt the Cats are getting older, and have lost players from last year, but the footy world thought the same last year and "hopefully our season's just started". He says Geelong will miss James Kelly tonight, with the Bulldogs placing so much emphasis on winning the contested ball-winner.

6.43pm. A late change for the Dogs: Ayce Cordy out, Liam Jones in. Zeph Skinner is the Bulldogs substitute. Cordy has looked more threatening up forward of late, but neither has made a big impression on the scoresheet. Running defender Daniel Pearce is making his debut for the Dogs. He was talen with pick 49 in the national draft and hails from ther Oakleigh Chargers (and the Bulleen Boomers basketball powerhouse.)

- Scotch College have defeated old foes Melbourne Grammar by 25 points on Friday in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, recognised as the world’s oldest football competition.

- Here are the round nine teams, updated with Sunday's interchange bench changes - click here.

6.24pm - Here's a new term for the footy vernacular. Adelaide is calling itself 'barbaric' - click here

6.05pm - West Australian teenager Elliot Yeo will become the fourth Brisbane Lions player to make his senior AFL debut in 2012, after being named in the final team for this Sunday afternoon’s match against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. Yeo (whose surname is pronounced "YO") was drafted to the Lions with their end-of-first-round Compensation Selection (Pick No.30 overall) at last year’s AFL National Draft.

- See what you think about the Top 50 most powerful people in footy list compiled by The Age's Melbourne Magazine - click here.

- Gold Coast has ended months of speculation by re-signing coach Guy McKenna for a further two years - click here.

- It has been revealed that the AFL's newest stadium was trod by farm animals only 36 days ago - click here.

Dogs v Cats:

The improving Bulldogs will prove a tough test for the Cats, who badly need a win to stay in touch with the top four.

There is no doubt the Cats are not playing at the level of their previous, stellar recent seasons, but they showed with their fightback against Collingwood last week that they are far from a spent force. Robert Walls feels they will struggle to win this year's premiership, but he concedes "they will win more games than they lose, so once again they will see finals action."

If that is to be the case, Geelong, 4-4, must win matches like this one.

The Bulldogs are winning praise for their low-key competitiveness, but the fact remains that their biggest scalp so far has been the disappointing Kangaroos, and they were hammered by West Coast and St Kilda at this venue. They have lost three of their past four, and six of their past eight matches against Geelong, and were barely competitive in the last outing against the Cats in round 11 last season at Simonds Stadium.

For all that, the Dogs have not been disgraced this year, and their effort has never been wanting. With stalwarts Ryan Hargrave and Brian Lake helping out playmaker Robert Murphy in defence, and a hard-nosed midfield, the Dogs have won their share of ball, and restricted their opponents reasonably well. The real problem for the Dogs has been a lack of viable forward targets. Key forward prospect Liam Jones has been dropped, and tonight their main targets are Ayce Cordy and Jordan Roughead, two talls who are more ruckman than key forwards.

If these undoubted talents can compete well enough against star defenders such as Mathew Scarlett, Harry Taylor and Tom Lonergan, the Bulldogs might get the reward for effort they need to trouble Geelong.


  • Shame that we never see articles written about teams who do not bottom out, who have never had a salary cap concession, who are not underhand in their administrative dealings, who do not win premierships as a result of a cheque book, who continue to contest without the media hype afforded to a few "special' ones. if we ever do, they will write about the extraordinary Geelong Football Club.

    Date and time
    May 26, 2012, 12:18AM
    • Another wonderfully biased commentary by Cwoamonetti during the telecast. Swuper!

      Date and time
      May 26, 2012, 12:58AM
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      STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
      ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
      GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
      PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
      FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
      Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
      BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
      GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
      WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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      Round 5
      Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
      Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
      RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
      SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
      GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
      NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
      WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
      Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
      MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
      STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
      ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
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      Round 6
      Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
      COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
      Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
      NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
      WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
      GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
      GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
      MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
      FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
      Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
      CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
      PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
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      Round 7
      Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
      ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
      Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
      ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
      HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
      CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
      SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
      WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
      Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
      WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
      RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
      BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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      Round 8
      Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
      GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
      Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
      STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
      GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
      GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
      HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
      FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
      Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
      ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
      MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
      PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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      Round 9
      Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
      SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
      Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
      HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
      MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
      WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
      RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
      ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
      Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
      BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
      COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
      WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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      Round 10
      Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
      FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
      Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
      GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
      ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
      PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
      Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
      GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
      NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
      STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
      Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
      MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
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      Round 11
      Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
      PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
      Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
      GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
      WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
      NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
      Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
      COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
      STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
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      Round 12
      Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
      ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
      Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
      RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
      Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
      GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
      WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
      Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
      GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
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      Round 13
      Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
      FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
      Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
      SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
      Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
      HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
      BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
      STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
      Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
      CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
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      Round 14
      Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
      SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
      Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
      COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
      Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
      RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
      GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
      WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
      MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
      Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
      ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
      ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
      FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
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      Round 15
      Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
      PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
      Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
      RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
      Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
      ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
      WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
      NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
      WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
      Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
      GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
      HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
      BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
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      Round 16
      Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
      NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
      Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
      GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
      GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
      COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
      SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
      FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
      Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
      MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
      PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
      STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
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      Round 17
      Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
      CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
      Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
      GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
      ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
      RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
      ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
      BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
      Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
      WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
      MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
      WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
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      Round 18
      Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
      HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
      Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
      GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
      COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
      SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
      CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
      GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
      Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
      PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
      ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
      FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
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      Round 19
      Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
      ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
      Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
      COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
      WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
      BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
      GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
      WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
      Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
      MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
      GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
      STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
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      Round 20
      Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
      SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
      Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
      ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
      NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
      PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
      GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
      BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
      Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
      RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
      WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
      FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
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      Round 21
      Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
      HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
      Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
      COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
      GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
      GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
      STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
      ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
      Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
      NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
      CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
      WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
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      Round 22
      Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
      GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
      Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
      GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
      HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
      NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
      ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
      GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
      Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
      ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
      STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
      FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
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      Round 23
      Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
      RIC 108vs NTH 67 Report Stats
      Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
      GEE 119vs ADE 80 Report Stats
      BRI 130vs WBU 122 Report Stats
      PTA 122vs FRE 53 Report Stats
      HAW 113vs CAR 56 Report Stats
      SYD 127vs GCF 64 Report Stats
      WCE 125vs STK 30 Report Stats
      Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
      MEL 103vs GWS 77 Report Stats
      COL 92vs ESS 95 Report Stats
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      Round 24
      Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
      WCE 96vs HAW 64 Report Stats
      Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
      FRE 69vs SYD 60 Report Stats
      WBU 102vs ADE 109 Report Stats
      Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
      RIC 88vs NTH 105 Report Stats
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      Round 25
      Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
      HAW 135vs ADE 61 Report Stats
      Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
      SYD 51vs NTH 77 Report Report Stats
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      Round 26
      Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
      FRE 67vs HAW 94 Report Stats
      Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
      WCE 80vs NTH 55 Report Stats
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      Round 27
      Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
      HAW 107vs WCE 61 Report Stats
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      AFL 2015
      Overall standings
      Team P W L D % Pts
      Fremantle 22 17 5 0 118.73 68
      West Coast Eagles 22 16 5 1 148.22 66
      Hawthorn 22 16 6 0 158.40 64
      Sydney Swans 22 16 6 0 127.12 64
      Richmond 22 15 7 0 123.09 60
      Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 115.12 56
      Adelaide Crows 21 13 8 0 115.71 54
      North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 106.45 52
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