FULL TIME - Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54) lost to North Melbourne 12.11 (83)
North Melbourne's fresh legs ran away to a 29-point win at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night to post the Kangaroos' first victory of the season.
The Bulldogs hit the front briefly in the third quarter but slowed to a walk in the final term as Brent Harvey (25 possessions, 3 goals) and Nick Dal Santo (32 possessions) took control of the middle.
Other leading individuals were Sam Gibson (31), Scott Thompson (22 touches, six marks) and Lachlan Hansen (19 touches, 10 marks).
Luke Dahlhaus, Liam Picken and Bob Murphy all led the Bulldogs with 25 possessions each.
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FULL TIME - WB 8.6 (54) NM 12.11 (83)
The siren sounds with the ball in North Melbourne's forward 50m.
Q4 29.30 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 12.11 (83)
Adams kicks a goal from 30m out in the right forward pocket. 40 seconds to go on the count-down clock.
Q4 28.30 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 11.11 (77)
One minute to go and North are kicking it to loose men around their defensive half.
Q4 27.00 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 11.11 (77)
Three minutes to go on the count-down clock. It feels like the sting is out of the game as North controls possession in the middle. There's almost no run left in the Bulldogs.
Q4 21.00 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 11.10 (76)
Black marks after the North centre break and squeezes in a 35m set shot!
Dal Santo got the clearance and Bastinac found Black inside forward 50m.
Q4 19.00 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 10.10 (70)
North sweep end to end with Ziebell unguarded 5m from the top of the goalsquare!
He marks uncontested and converts the set shot. 7.55 to go but with the Bulldogs out on their feet it might be enough!
Kobey Stevens is being assessed on the bench.
Q4 18.00 - WB 8.6 (54) NM 9.10 (64)
Poor set shot miss from Johannisen! He was 30m out in front...a very gettable kick.
Q4 16.00 - WB 8.5 (53) NM 9.10 (64)
Brent Harvey with another set shot outside 50m...this time in the corridor. He loads up but it's always off line.
The Bulldogs turn it over from the kick in straight into the hands of Harvey! He runs in and kicks his second goal of the quarter!
Bob Murphy with the grubber from the kick in that went straight to Dal Santo, who handed off to Harvey in full flight!
Q4 14.00 - WB 8.5 (53) NM 8.9 (57)
Bastinac hacks off the ground under pressure with no time to pick up...he's 15m out and can't get the ball to bounce back from right to left...through for a point.
Q4 11.30 - WB 8.5 (53) NM 8.8 (56)
Crameri reads a high bomb inside 50m best and leads Thompson to the ball!
Crameri lines up the set shot from 35m in front...and goals! Instant reply from the Bulldogs.
Q4 10.00 - WB 7.5 (47) NM 8.8 (56)
A hurried kick out Bulldogs defence is marked by Brent Harvey 45m out on a tight angle.
Harvey decides on the set shot...he wheels out wide to open up the angle in the left pocket and puts through the goal!
A team-lifter for North!
Q4 7.30 - WB 7.5 (47) NM 7.8 (50)
Kobey Stevens marks on the lead...and gets the journey from 50m on a slight angle!
Bulldogs back within three points!
Jake Stringer is handed the red vest and Daniel Giansiracusa is on.
Q4 3.30 - WB 6.5 (41) NM 7.8 (50)
North take it end-to-end with three bounces from Brent Harvey.
The sub Levi Greenwood is loose in forward 50m and marks 40m out!
Greenwood is in front...and puts through the goal!
Instant reply from North Melbourne!
Q4 2.30 - WB 6.5 (41) NM 6.8 (44)
Dahlhaus snaps a point from 35m...he ignored Stringer in the pocket and went himself.
Q4 0.45 - WB 6.4 (40) NM 6.8 (44)
Just like the second quarter, the Bulldogs have goaled in the opening minute!
Quick hands from Stringer 20m out in the corridor found Macrae who turned onto his left foot and snapped a goal.
Back to a one-kick game!
Q4 START - WB 5.4 (34) NM 6.8 (44)
North has handed the red vest to Nathan Grima and Levi Greenwood is on. Daniel Giansiracusa is still waiting for his cue to come on.
3QT - WB 5.4 (34) NM 6.8 (44)
The scoreboard and the game came to life in that quarter as North Melbourne threatened on a couple of occasions to break away with the game.
North still leads clearances 30-25 and tackles 53-48 while the Bulldogs have taken the lead in contested possessions, 100-98 and also lead inside-50s 35-31.
Sam Gibson and Nick Dal Santo lead individuals with 22 possessions each, while Luke Dahlhaus has 21 for the Bulldogs.
3QT - WB 5.4 (34) NM 6.8 (44)
The siren sounds with the ball on the wing.
Q3 28.30 - WB 5.4 (34) NM 6.8 (44)
Desperation in the North forward line ends with Brent Harvey kicking a goal!
Goldstein picked up the ball at ground level and sent a handball to Harvey in the pocket...Harvey was running at goal and had to banana from a tight angle off to the right...but he converted!
1.15 to go in the quarter.
Q3 24.30 - WB 5.4 (34) NM 5.8 (38)
Dahlhaus kicks a roving goal!
A pack of six went up with no clean hands and Dahlhaus was first to the spill before snapping truly on his right from 45m!
Back to a one-kick game with 4.04 to go in the quarter.
Q3 22.00 - WB 4.4 (28) NM 5.8 (38)
Ball into the North forward 50m...Wood scrags Black!
Aaron Black shoots from 40m in front...it drifts off the boot wide right!
Q3 16.45 - WB 4.4 (28) NM 5.7 (37)
Wells marks in the forward 50m but his 45m set shot from in front drifts left and through for a point.
Q3 15.30 - WB 4.4 (28) NM 5.6 (36)
Dal Santo hits up Black on the lead but the set shot from Black is a shocker.
More bad news for North as Hansen leaves the ground with a cork. It was friendly fire after McKenzie jumped into him in a marking contest.
Q3 14.15 - WB 4.4 (28) NM 5.5 (35)
Morris sends a ball into the forward 50m but Jones can't hold the mark...off hands Stringer reads it best, turns and tumbles through a goal!
A quick response from the Bulldogs to the three quick goals from North.
Q3 12.00 - WB 3.4 (22) NM 5.5 (35)
Petrie marks on the lead. Lining up 50m out on a 45-degree angle.
Petrie sets sail...and puts it through!
Just like that North has broken the game open!
Q3 9.45 - WB 3.4 (22) NM 4.5 (29)
Game opening up perhaps...Wells goals on the run!
He was front-and-centre for the quick hands at ground level from Brent Harvey.
Q3 8.00 - WB 3.4 (22) NM 3.5 (23)
Currie is pushed in the back by Roughead 50m out on the boundary. He passes short to Aaron Black in the pocket.
Black puts his kick across the face and Currie marks in the opposite (left) pocket!
He's put on a difficult angle.
Currie runs around and kicks the snap goal!
North back in front!
Q3 5.30 - WB 3.4 (22) NM 2.5 (17)
Ryan Griffen marks in a pack 45m out on a 45-degree angle...and kicks the set shot!
Bulldogs hit the front.
Q3 2.30 - WB 2.4 (16) NM 2.5 (17)
Dahlhaus marks on the lead!
He shoots from 35m out in front...and puts it to the left for a point!
Q3 START - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
It can't be this low scoring for four quarters...surely...
Neither team has used its sub with Greenwood and Giansiracusa still waiting in the green vest.
Ziebell has his left shoulder strapped now but should be able to continue playing.
All over at the MCG with West Coast winning 18.15 (123) to Melbourne 4.6 (30).
HALF TIME - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
It's been a low-scoring first half with poor shooting for goal, a lack of forward structure and some poor delivery affecting both teams.
The Bulldogs lead inside-50s 23-20 while North leads contested possessions 70-67, tackles 37-36 and clearances 20-17.
Kobey Stevens, Sam Gibson and Nick Dal Santo lead the individual count with 15 possessions each.
Scott Thompson has 14 possessions and five marks.
HALF TIME - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
Players push and shove and maybe a little more if the MRP looks closely after the half-tiome siren!
Stringer and Currie two of the main combatants.
Q2 29.00 - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
Currie takes a juggled mark on the lead after a pass from Dal Santo.
Thomas turns the kick over for high contact in his ongoing off-the-ball clash with Liam Picken!
Q2 27.30 - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
Ziebell is off hurt again after being met front-on in a two-man tackle. It may be a neck problem but we'll wait for an update.
Q2 27.00 - WB 2.3 (15) NM 2.5 (17)
Free kick directly in front for Jones!
The ball looked out of bounds 25m out in the pocket but Stringer and Dahlhaus didn't give up on the ball and kept it in.
A kick into the corridor to Jones ended with the Bulldog being grabbed in the marking contest by Grima!
Jones goals from 30m out in front! 1.46 to go on the count-down clock.
Q2 23.45 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.5 (17)
Cunnington runs onto a handball from Bastinac and is 30m out in front...with no players between him and the goal he inexplicably goes for a dribble kick along the ground and hits the post!
Q2 22.00 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.4 (16)
Mullett tumbles through a behind with a kick under pressure after the Bulldogs made a meal of kicking out. Higgins over-stepped, causing a ball-up. Dahlhaus then scrambled a kick away from the ball up.
Q2 21.00 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.3 (15)
Dal Santo with the 50m set shot on a slight angle...in going for distance he pulls it to the near (right) side for a point. But in this game even a behind is handy!
Q2 20.00 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
A bit of push and shove as Lindsay Thomas shapes up to Liam Picken!
Nothing reportable though. North break away and Dal Santo marks 45m out.
Q2 17.30 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
The Bulldogs are on top in general play but North's backline is holding firm. Eight minutes to go on the count-down clock.
At the MCG, Jay Kennedy-Harris has kicked Melbourne's third goal to make the score 15.10 (100) to 3.4 (22). Only early in the last but it might be enough to stave off a three-figure defeat.
Q2 13.45 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
Still a scrappy game with both backlines on top whenever the ball goes inside 50m.
Boyd tries to soccer a goal in a forward line scramble but it rolls across the face and North escape.
Q2 8.30 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
Bulldogs hug the wing to set up Liam Jones wide in the forward pocket.
He shoots from 45m and sprays it out of bounds on the full!
Q2 6.00 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
Bulldogs free kick on the last line of defence to relieve some pressure.
North are enjoying a territorial advantage but there's very little clean possession.
Q2 3.00 - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
Big hanger from Hansen! A saving mark 15m out from the goal he's defending.
It launches a counter-attack but Murphy and Morris combine to deny Petrie as the Roos go inside forward 50m.
Q2 START - WB 1.3 (9) NM 2.2 (14)
14 seconds! Adam Cooney receives a handball on the run to goal from 50m!
Minson's tap found Jong who got the clearance.
At the MCG, Shannon Byrnes kicks his and Melbourne's second goal of the day in third-quarter time-on. West Coast leads 14.8 (92) to 2.3 (15).
QTR TIME - WB 0.3 (3) NM 2.2 (14)
A brisk first quarter that reached no great heights. Poor kicking from the Bulldogs leaves them goalless at the break.
North leads clearances 11-6 and contested possessions 36-32, while the Bulldogs lead inside-50s 12-9 and tackles 17-12.
Leading individuals are Scott Thompson and Sam Gibson with 10 touches each for North, while Dahlhaus has eight for the Bulldogs.
QTR TIME - WB 0.3 (3) NM 2.2 (14)
Liberatore with an up-and-under snap from 30m out that doesn't make the distance...the siren sounds as the ball comes down.
Q1 25.45 - WB 0.3 (3) NM 2.2 (14)
Wells with a cool head in traffic breaks the ball free of congestion...Ziebell gets crunched by Hunter and wins a free...sends it long inside attacking 50m but the Bulldogs read it better in the air and rebound out through Dahlhaus.
One minute to go on the count-down clock.
Q1 22.30 - WB 0.3 (3) NM 2.2 (14)
Hansen is chased down by Dahlhaus and pinged for holding the ball!
To be fair to Hansen, many decisions like that are called "knocked free, play on".
And Dahlhaus can't capitalise with the set shot as he sprays it wide to the right!
Q1 21.00 - WB 0.2 (2) NM 2.2 (14)
Daring play from North deep in defence as Cunnington tries to break a tackle 25m out...and does just as the crowd started to shout for holding the ball!
His handball is fumbled out for a boundary throw-in.
Q1 19.00 - WB 0.2 (2) NM 2.2 (14)
Confusing umpiring decision as Thompson punches the ball into the behind post...but the blind-sided boundary umpire calls it out on the full!
Replays show the ball may have crossed the line for a point.
Q1 16.45 - WB 0.2 (2) NM 2.2 (14)
Dahlhaus wins the ball at ground level, gets up and then finds Stringer with his kick inside forward 50m!
Stringer sends it wide right for a point from 45m out in front.
At the MCG, West Coast kick the first goal of the second half through Callum Sinclair to lead 11.7.73 to 1.3.9.
Q1 13.00 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 2.2 (14)
Bulldogs kick-in is bought to ground...Dal Santo picks up the ball and sends it high inside 50m to the advantage of Petrie who soars to mark!
Petrie kicks the goal from 15m out in front. North with an early break.
Q1 11.45 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 1.2 (8)
More poor delivery into the Dogs' forward 50m...MacRae picking out Scott Thompson again.
North go end-to-end but Bastinac's snap to end the passage of play is wide right for a point.
Q1 9.45 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 1.1 (7)
Harvey picks out McKenzie with a short kick to 35m out.
Brad McKenzie kicks the set shot accurately for the first goal of the game!
Q1 8.00 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 0.1 (1)
The good news for North is Ziebell is back on after a quick assessment on the bench. He certainly looked sore lying on the ground but that may have been because he was winded rather than the shoulder concern.
Q1 6.30 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 0.1 (1)
Major injury worry for North as Jack Ziebell injures his left shoulder trying to spoil.
North recovered to keep possession but Petrie's set shot at the end of the passage of play is wide to the right for a point.
Q1 4.00 - WB 0.1 (1) NM 0.0 (0)
Stringer with an early attempt for goal of the week but it goes through for a point. He took possession in the forward pocket 30m out and tried a right-foot dribble snap. The ball went across the face.
Q1 2.30 - WB 0.0 (0) NM 0.0 (0)
North can't hit a target on their first two ventures inside forward 50m...the Bulldogs counter attack but Dahlhaus kicks it straight to Thompson! North clear easily.
Q1 START - WB 0.0 (0) NM 0.0 (0)
Leigh Adams gets a free at the opening centre bounce but his clearing kick is wide and off hands for a throw-in.
Final huddles breaking up and players walking to position. Not long until this one gets started.
Sam Wright is a late out for North Melbourne with Daniel Currie in to make his AFL deubt.
Daniel Giansiracusa will start in the green vest for the Bulldogs while Levi Greenwood is the sub for North Melbourne.
Welcome to today's Sunday evening live blog of AFL Round 2, Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne from Etihad Stadium.
Two round one losers will be desperate to kick-start their season when the action starts at 4.40pm Melbourne time.
At the MCG, West Coast leads 10.7.67 to Melbourne 1.3.9 at half time. And Dees fans, unfortuantely that is not a typo.
Thanks for joining us... it's been a pretty grim start for Melbourne against the Eagles. Stick around for live scores of that match, and later, coverage of the Bulldogs v North Melbourne with Teo Pellizerri.
Brown taking his time here on this kick. He looks absolutely beat. Can't quite find the target either. The Cats song about to get cranked up around the Gabba. About 20k here today in the wet. Geelong leading 93-68.
Clock moves to 23 minutes of the final term. If it was dry, you might give the Lions a chance. But it's been hard work getting it up the park today and they are currently at the wrong end. And Murdoch could spear their hopes right now... and he does. Curls it home and this will be Geelong's day. The Cats leading 93-67 with about five minutes to go in the match.
Hawkins cops the push in the back and will have a crack here... this might be the one that breaks Brisbane's heart if he can convert... and it goes to the left. Cats lead 87-67.
Well, well, well... I won't say too much. But Brown makes it 86-67 in favour of Geelong. The clock in their favour... we've had 20 minutes of the final quarter.
Fourth goal for Sam Mayes.... he's been the standout for the Lions. Clinical conversion off the set shot and the margin is now four goals. Cats leading 85-61.
Mayes finds one for the Lions. He's been pretty good in a tough day for Brisbane. That ticks the score over to 85-55, so the deficit 30 with 20 minutes or so left in the contest.
Bewick with the HUGE fly but he drops it! Did everything but take the mark and it bounced right off the chest. And to rub it in, Bartel goals up the other end for Geelong. That's how it's largely gone today - Brisbane mistakes being punished. Cats right in control here - it's 85-49.
Geelong clear by six goals now and the Lions would need another miracle to gun them down from here. No Ash McGrath today and the ball is like a piece of Imperial Leather. You'd back them out. Just haven't been classy enough today in what was always going to be a bit of a slog.
And down the other end, Horlin-Smith has no worries at all. The Cats race clear.... it's 78-49.
Brown with a good early chance for the Lions but he can't make it count... that would have been handy for Brisbane. Cats lead 72-49 going into the final quarter.
Ouch.... Daniel Rich and Taylor Hunt with a nasty head clash to end the quarter. Hunt has come out the better there and some blood coming from the head of rRich. They'll sort that out during the break.
Brown! Finally gets his big mitts on one. Catch is it's on an impossible angle.... but he manages to find a way home. Brisbane starting to get the crowd interested again. It's Geelong leading 65-48.
Bewick comes on for Close, first touch is a goal off the free kick. Lions needed that in a huge way. Harry Taylor smothering Brown - tough day for the big fellas - so Bewick chips in nicely it's 65-41 in favour of Geelong as Brown is beaten out of the contest there.
The Lions losing touch badly here. Joel Selwood gets the free and makes no mistake. This is looking nastier than the weather.... Cats racing clear 63-35.
Bartel now for the Cats. It's 57-35 after that goal and Geeling starting to really skip clear. The Lions spending a lot of time defending in their 50m zone. They need to string a few together to snap this momentum.
Enright hobbling off for the Cats... doesn't look promising. May just be a cork... wait... replay looks like it's an ankle. Not sure he'll be back by the looks of that.
Another one for the Cats... Jordan Murdoch slides it through. That's a good show of skill in the wet. So Geelong just showing a bit of class here against the Lions. They lead 50-35.
Maloney! Big goal for Brisbane just as they needed to stop the rot. He doesn't kick too many but threaded the needle very well indeed there on the tight angle. It's 43-35 in favour of the Cats. Drizzly rain still around but the heavy stuff hasn't arrived thankfully.
Lovely inside 50 from Josh Caddy, who finds Travis Varcoe lurking in a handy spot. Lines it up and that's four in a row now for the Cats. Brisbane need something here.... Geelong up 43-29.
Umpires returning to the field here at the Gabba. Not long from a start here in the second half.
HALFTIME The Cats are back in business in Brisbane, with three quickfire goals in the second quarter helping them to a 5-7-37 to 4-4-28 lead at the long break. Absolutely dire conditions here at the Gabba so it's slow progress. We'll be back after sampling some pastry products.
Lewy Taylor with a shocking kick and hands it back to Geelong. Slices off the boot and floats out on the full. The Lions clean up though and do their best to advance the Sherrin up the park in a more methodical manner. It's not an easy task today.... rain bucketing down and the weather showing no signs of clearing up. Cats leading 37-28.
Varcoe now! Three in about a minute for the Cats. Snaps from 40m and salutes. Sixth disposal for Travis Varcoe and it ends in a goal... Cats up 36-28 all of a sudden.
Taylor Hunt for the Cats... terrific long-range goal. Sends it home from 50m and it slides through to bring Geelong back with four points. Lions lead 28-24 as we get to the 24th minute mark of the second quarter. Make that a Cats lead! Hawkins with number two... here come Geelong. It's 30-28. Hawkins has two.
Green! He gets this one... it's 28-18 to Brisbane. Just crumbed that out of the pack, picks it up and fires from close range.
And just as a write that, Mitch Duncan snaps one of the ridiculous angle. What a kick under these conditions. It's back to 22-18 - Lions with a four-point lead 15 minutes into the second quarter.
Geelong all over the shop here. Guthrie's shot misses the lot. Bit of work to do here the Cats.
Another one for Sam Mayes. This kid's got a bit. The Lions making a move here in the second quarter and move to a 22-12 lead.
Nice run of play here for the Lions. Green butchered a great chance a few minutes ago and the Cats just get a touch to that shot from Brown to restrict the Lions to a behind. it's 16-11 in favour of Brisbane. Very wet but the storm warning has been downgraded for this region.
We're back for the second quarter with Geelong leading 10-3. Just one goal in the match so far, that going to Tom Hawkins. Let's hope they can find another one this quarter. And there's the Lions on the board... Sam Mayes with a lovely snap in traffic! Make it's 1-4-10 playing 1-3-9.
Not to much of this game likely to make the highlight reel at the moment. One for the purists. Cats up 9-3 after 20 minutes and yes, it's as painful as it sounds.
Johnson fires and misses for Geelong... they lead by a goal in Brisbane but are starting to press forward and get the better of the chances. Just a very tough contest out there in these trying conditions.
Tom Hawkins lining one up for Geelong... it's on the way and it's through. There's the first goal of the match and the Cats go up 6-3 after 14 minutes of play at the Gabba.
Brisbane extend the lead - it's 3-1 at the Gabba. More updates on this frantic scoring pace as they come to hand. In the meantime, there's rain falling after showers all morning and a fairly nasty storm tucked in behind.
Brisbane really hard at the ball here but not efficient enough with their use of the ball. It's bouncing around like a bit of soap as the rain starts to tumble down at the Gabba. Could be a long, low-scoring afternoon.
Pretty fair start from the Lions here. They're laying siege to the Cats goal and find the post again. Twice in two shots. Brisbane up 2-1 in the first quarter, Geelong have barely had a touch.
We're up and running at the Gabba. It's going to be a muddy old scrap today and the Lions have a chance to nab the first goal through Aish. Lovely set up from rich... and he hits the upright. One-each.