AFL

Western Bulldogs
8.6.54
North Melbourne
12.11.83
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Match Tracker

Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne
Q1
0.3.3
2.2.14

    Western Bulldogs Events

  • 4 mins - Behind, J.Stringer
  • 17 mins - Behind, J.Stringer
  • 23 mins - Behind, L.Dahlhaus

    Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Events

  • 6 mins - Behind, D.Petrie
  • 10 mins - Goal, B.McKenzie
  • 12 mins - Behind, R.Bastinac
  • 13 mins - Goal, D.Petrie
Q2
2.3.15
2.5.17

    Western Bulldogs Events

  • 1 mins - Goal, A.Cooney
  • 27 mins - Goal, L.Jones

    Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Events

  • 21 mins - Behind, N.Dal Santo
  • 22 mins - Behind, A.Mullett
  • 23 mins - Behind, B.Cunnington
Q3
5.4.34
6.8.44

    Western Bulldogs Events

  • 3 mins - Behind, L.Dahlhaus
  • 5 mins - Goal, R.Griffen
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Stringer
  • 24 mins - Goal, L.Dahlhaus

    Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Events

  • 8 mins - Goal, D.Currie
  • 10 mins - Goal, D.Wells
  • 12 mins - Goal, D.Petrie
  • 15 mins - Behind, A.Black
  • 17 mins - Behind, D.Wells
  • 22 mins - Behind, A.Black
  • 28 mins - Goal, B.Harvey
Q4
8.6.54
12.11.83

    Western Bulldogs Events

  • 1 mins - Goal, J.Macrae
  • 3 mins - Behind, L.Dahlhaus
  • 8 mins - Goal, K.Stevens
  • 11 mins - Goal, S.Crameri
  • 18 mins - Behind, J.Johannisen

    Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, L.Greenwood
  • 10 mins - Goal, B.Harvey
  • 14 mins - Behind, R.Bastinac
  • 15 mins - Behind, B.Harvey
  • 16 mins - Goal, B.Harvey
  • 19 mins - Goal, J.Ziebell
  • 21 mins - Goal, A.Black
  • 23 mins - Behind, A.Black
  • 29 mins - Goal, L.Adams

Scorers

Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne
Goal Scorers Western Bulldogs North Melbourne
Goals and Behinds Dahlhaus (1.3), Stringer (1.2), Cooney (1.0), Crameri (1.0), Griffen (1.0), Jones (1.0), Macrae (1.0), Stevens (1.0), Johannisen (0.1) Harvey (3.1), Petrie (2.1), Black (1.3), Wells (1.1), Adams (1.0), Currie (1.0), Greenwood (1.0), McKenzie (1.0), Ziebell (1.0), Bastinac (0.2), Cunnington (0.1), Dal Santo (0.1), Mullett (0.1)

Team Statistics

Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne

Statistics

Western Bulldogs North Melbourne
Goals 8 12
Behinds 6 11
Scoring shots 18 25
Goals/scoring shots 44 48
Disposals 346 364
Western BulldogsGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
M.Boyd 18 13 3 5 5 7 1 0 0 2
A.Cooney 23 14 6 9 6 8 0 0 0 2
S.Crameri 10 7 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 1
L.Dahlhaus 25 15 3 10 13 3 1 1 0 1
D.Giansiracusa 7 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
R.Griffen 11 4 1 7 6 2 2 0 0 2
S.Higgins 12 6 3 6 4 5 0 0 0 1
L.Hunter 18 11 4 7 8 2 1 0 0 2
J.Johannisen 11 7 2 4 4 2 0 1 0 1
L.Jones 7 5 4 2 5 2 2 2 2 1
L.Jong 12 7 2 5 4 5 0 0 0 1
T.Liberatore 21 8 3 13 10 9 0 2 1 4
J.Macrae 22 14 7 8 2 0 0 1 0 1
W.Minson 11 6 2 5 9 5 2 0 42 7
D.Morris 19 5 8 14 4 0 0 0 0 0
R.Murphy 25 15 3 10 6 1 0 0 0 1
L.Picken 25 10 4 15 5 1 1 0 0 1
J.Roughead 12 6 7 6 3 2 0 1 0 1
K.Stevens 24 13 7 11 8 2 0 0 0 2
J.Stringer 7 5 3 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
M.Wallis 8 3 1 5 3 2 1 1 0 0
E.Wood 18 8 6 10 8 0 2 2 0 0
North MelbourneGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
L.Adams 19 10 3 9 9 5 1 0 0 6
S.Atley 20 11 7 9 7 2 0 0 0 1
R.Bastinac 20 12 6 8 7 5 0 0 0 1
A.Black 12 9 7 3 5 2 2 1 0 0
B.Cunnington 18 8 2 10 9 4 0 0 0 6
D.Currie 6 4 3 2 4 2 1 0 9 1
N.Dal Santo 32 19 5 13 11 1 0 0 2 2
S.Gibson 31 18 7 13 6 4 0 0 0 1
T.Goldstein 6 1 1 5 4 5 1 1 29 1
L.Greenwood 13 9 5 4 4 0 1 1 0 3
N.Grima 10 9 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 0
L.Hansen 20 14 10 6 5 4 0 1 0 0
B.Harvey 25 17 8 8 4 2 0 0 0 0
J.Macmillan 14 7 2 7 3 4 0 1 0 1
L.McDonald 19 11 3 8 4 4 0 0 0 1
B.McKenzie 21 11 5 10 9 0 1 0 0 5
A.Mullett 15 9 3 6 5 2 0 1 0 1
D.Petrie 11 7 6 4 7 2 0 1 1 0
L.Thomas 4 2 1 2 3 4 0 1 0 0
S.Thompson 22 12 6 10 6 3 2 2 0 1
D.Wells 12 7 1 5 5 3 1 0 0 3
J.Ziebell 14 6 4 8 7 5 0 2 1 4

Match Details

Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne
START TIME
4:40PM
WEATHER
Scattered Clouds. Warm
VENUE
Etihad Stadium
Umpires
Brendan Hosking, Dean Margetts, Mathew Nicholls

North Melbourne off the mark with a round two win over the Western Bulldogs

NORTH MELBOURNE 2.2 2.5 6.8 12.11 (83) WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.3 2.3 5.4 8.6 (54)
Goals: North Melbourne: B Harvey 3 D Petrie 2 A Black B McKenzie D Currie D Wells J Ziebell L Adams L Greenwood. Western Bulldogs: A Cooney J Macrae J Stringer K Stevens L Dahlhaus L Jones R Griffen S Crameri.
BEST North Melbourne: Harvey Thompson, Gibson. Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Cooney.
Umpires: Mathew Nicholls, Dean Margetts, Brendan Hosking.
Official Crowd: 28,512 at Etihad Stadium.

For a moment it looked like the Western Bulldogs would rush the ball through the half-back line, run it forward and kick goals. For a second it looked like North Melbourne’s tall forwards would be a touch too tough to contain.

Actually, no, it didn’t. By half-time on Sunday night the Bulldogs had kicked two goals, and so had the Kangaroos. This game was so tight and so tough that when someone did manage to get the ball out, and when someone did start to run off with it, there was no-one to kick to but players wearing the other colours.

Things were started, then stopped. Then started and stopped all over again, often by the side with the ball. The Bulldogs found it hard to take any of their dashes past their own half-forward line. North seemed to get a little further, but struggled to locate the holes in its own, very crowded forward      line.

It should probably not have surprised anyone that simply getting their hands to the ball was a priority for both sides. They both had something to make up for, to do better, and it just happened to be the same thing.

It’s what North Melbourne loves to do, what it can usually rely on, and what it couldn’t do against the Essendon midfield last week. It’s the first thing Brendan McCartney began teaching his Bulldogs, and one of the areas in which they struggled against West Coast in their own round-one game.

It explains the logjam, the rolling ball of players desperate to get to the ball first: North’s 187 first-half possessions to the Dogs’ 183. North’s 70 handball receives to the Bulldogs’ similarly stagnant 61, a contested possession count just three in North Melbourne’s way and a scoreline of 17 points to 15. 

Something had to give. Something needed to happen, someone needed to find space, and the second half did start to open up. Through Drew Petrie and Daniel Currie, North did start to make the Bulldogs’ backline think. The half-chances that the Dogs didn’t quite take in the first half were finished off, or at least more of them were: Ryan Griffen’s strong mark ended with a goal. Jake Stringer’s kick bounced the right way through the open goal square. Brent Harvey wriggled his way close to goal at the other end, and squeezed his kick through. Goals being kicked meant goals had to be responded     to. It meant things had to be done, as well as be shut down.

Big kick: Luke Dahlhaus snaps at goal.
Big kick: Luke Dahlhaus snaps at goal. Photo: Justin McManus

Harvey’s game was important: he was able to get things moving. Dal Santo found room to move. The Bulldogs are almost at the point where they need two versions of Luke Dahlhaus: one to do anything he can think of to win the ball in the middle and another to finish things in ways just as creative and determined. Ben Cunnington, Brad McKenzie and a battered Jack Ziebell kept flinging themselves at the ball, and Tom Liberatore kept tacking       them.

In the end, North created the tiniest bit more room in which to move. There was never much in the possession count, and never much in the contested tally. But the ball seemed a little easier for their forwards to make. They seemed better able to get it to players in time for that player to do something unrushed with it.

They had Dal Santo and Wells kicking the ball inside 50. They had Levi Greenwood, and his 11-possession, one-goal last quarter that made a big difference, Most of all they had Harvey. Both teams worked hard, and didn’t really stop. North was just that little bit better at finding ways to finish things off.