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AFL Express: Sunday 17 August

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Ronny Lerner

David Mundy handballs while being tackled by Liam Shiels.

David Mundy handballs while being tackled by Liam Shiels. Photo: Getty Images

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The saying ‘a week is a long time in footy’ is very appropriate for Round 20.

Hawthorn headed into the weekend sitting on top of the ladder and seemingly cruising towards a top-two finish and a first-up home final.

But unfortunately for them, they ran into a rampant Fremantle outfit who turned the clock back 12 months as they rediscovered their manic pressure from the 2013 finals series.

Ultimately, the Hawks couldn’t cope with it and they lost to the Dockers by 19 points.

That means Hawthorn have slipped from first to third on the ladder and with a crunch match against second-placed Geelong next week, they are in danger of slipping down to fourth by the end of the home-and-away season.

And that would not be ideal for the Hawks because that could mean they play Sydney first up in the finals at ANZ Stadium.

The Swans benefitted from Hawthorn’s loss today as they regained top spot on the ladder.

Fremantle have now tightened their grip on a top-four spot and an all-important double chance.

And they looked like such a different team with Michael Walters in it.

It was a pretty awesome first-up performance from Walters who hadn’t played a senior game since Round 3 when he suffered a serious ankle injury.

At the other end of the table, it was a contrasting day for Melbourne and GWS.

Just when you thought the Demons couldn’t stoop any lower in recent years, they produced arguably their worst performance in the post-Neale Daniher era.

Melbourne were virtually full strength today and played against a Giants side that headed into the game without Cameron, Coniglio, Hunt, Mohr, Scully and Whitfield.

GWS then lost Davis, Patton and Ward during the match due to injury.

A walk in the park for the Demons surely? Well, surely not as it turns out!

It was Melbourne that looked like they were decimated by injury, not GWS!

Incredibly, the Giants booted 13 of the game’s last 14 goals and careered away to their biggest ever win (64 points) and their first at the MCG in seven attempts.

The Demons could only manage three goals for the day and were restricted to their sixth score of 38 points or less for the season.

It was also the first time GWS had beaten a side three times in a row.

The Paul Roos honeymoon period is well and truly over.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne moved one step closer to a home final with a convincing 50-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

FULL TIME

Fremantle    3.0, 10.3, 15.6, 17.8 (110)
Hawthorn    4.7, 10.9, 11.11, 13.13 (91)

GOALS
Fremantle: Pavlich 5, Hill 3, Fyfe 2, Crozier 2, Sandilands, Walters, D.Pearce, Taberner, Barlow
Hawthorn: Puopolo 4, Breust 2, Hale 2, Burgoyne, Hodge, Shiels, Gunston, Simpkin

DISPOSALS
Fremantle: Mundy 33, Barlow 31, Johnson 29, Neale 27
Hawthorn: Lewis 44, Hodge 28, Langford 24, Mitchell 24

Q4 27 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 91

Lewis' wobbly punt forward is errant and Duffy takes the chest mark

0:42 to go

Q4 26 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 91

Brad Hill takes a bounce, runs to the 50m line, chips it sideways to Simpkin who ignores the free man in the goal square and boots the goal from 30m out

1:08 to go

Q4 25 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 85

Simpkin holds Johnson's arm illegally in the marking contest

1:46 to go

Q4 24 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 85

Lewis passes it to Gibson whose low pass is marked beautifully by Breust in the forward pocket.

From 30m out, he plays on, opens up the angle and kicks it out on the full!

You don't see Breust do that very often. That sums up the day for the Hawks.

2:15 to go

Q4 23 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 85

Fremantle content to maintain possession now. This will be a big win for them.

3:00 to go

Q4 22 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 85

Duffiled and Mayne combine to get it to Johnson who chips it to Pavlich on the wing

3:42 to go

Q4 21 MIN, FRE 110 HAW 85

Mayne takes a courageous chest mark before being cleaned up by Simpkin 65m out from Freo's goal!

Mayne undeterred gets right back up, handballs it to Neale who kicks it to Pavlich and the skipper takes a fantastic overhead mark against Duryea

From 45m out on a 45-degree angle, Pavlich hits the post

It's going to be very tough for Hawthorn now

4:47 to go

Q4 20 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 85

Duryea chips it to Lake in the centre square and the ex-Bulldog roosts it long but Silvagni outmarks Breust

5:59 to go

Q4 19 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 85

Shiels' kick to Stratton under no pressure is wayward and goes out of bounds on centre wing

6:32 to go

Q4 18 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 85

Crozier has been subbed out and Duffy is in the game

7:16 to go

Q4 17 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 85

Burgoyne's pass to Hale is an absolute beauty.

From 30m out on a 35-degree angle, Hale's set shot misses to the left

7:36 to go

Q4 15 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 84

Gunston throws the ball 65m out from Hawthorn's goal and Danyle Pearce takes the advantage

Q4 13 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 84

Mzungu catches Birchall high 30m out from Freo's goal

Q4 13 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 84

Sutcliffe hits Pavlich on the chest and the Freo skipper's pass to Taberner is just as good.

But from 50m out on a very tight angle, Taberner boots it out on the full.

Q4 11 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 84

Breust deft little chip finds Hale.

The ex-Kangaroo's set shot from 35m out on a 45-degree angle is delightful

Q4 8 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 78

Neale is taken high in the middle of the ground

Q4 7 MIN, FRE 109 HAW 78

Pavlich gathers the bouncing ball very well and his snap shot around the body from 20m out directly in front yield him his fifth goal! What a game the skipper has played!

Q4 7 MIN, FRE 103 HAW 78

Fremantle's intensity is almost back to its September 2013 best. Hawthorn just can't seem to cope.

Q4 5 MIN, FRE 103 HAW 78

Clarkson has made the switch and Lake has gone forward with Schoenmakers moving onto Pavlich

Q4 4 MIN, FRE 103 HAW 78

Suckling has been subbed out for Simpkin

Q4 3 MIN, FRE 103 HAW 78

Pavlich handballs it to Taberner whose snap shot from an acute angle in the pocket goes across the face

Q4 2 MIN, FRE 102 HAW 78

Walters roves the pack magnificently, handballs it to Stephen Hill who runs to 15m out and bangs home his third goal!

The old 11-point turnaround after Shiels missed his set shot moments earlier.

Walters adds a whole new dimension to this Freo side.

Q4 1 MIN, FRE 96 HAW 78

Hodge chips it to Shiels.

From 40m out on a tough angle, Shiels sprays his set shot.

THREE-QUARTER TIME

Fremantle    3.0, 10.3, 15.6 (96)
Hawthorn     4.7, 10.9, 11.11 (77)

GOALS
Fremantle: Pavlich 4, Fyfe 2, Hill 2, Crozier 2, Sandilands, Walters, D.Pearce, Taberner, Barlow
Hawthorn: Puopolo 4, Breust 2, Hale, Burgoyne, Hodge, Shiels, Gunston

DISPOSALS
Fremantle: Mundy 26, Barlow 24, Johnson 23
Hawthorn: Lewis 33, Hodge 19, Langford 19

Q3 29 MIN, FRE 96 HAW 77

Sutcliffe sends a long ball forward and Pavlich takes a HUGE pack mark 55m out from goal next to the boundary!

Pavlich sizees them up, but opts to send it to the top of the goal square instead of having a shot.

The end result is a rushed behind.

Q3 28 MIN, FRE 95 HAW 77

Sutcliffe pings Mitchell magnificently 75m out from Freo's goal!

Q3 26 MIN, FRE 95 HAW 77

McEvoy has left the ground with blood streaming from his face after copping an accidental fist from Sandilands during a ruck contest

Q3 24 MIN, FRE 95 HAW 77

Walters' centring ball is a beauty and Crozier takes the mark overhead at the top of the goal square.

From point-blank range, Crozier bangs home his second major.

Q3 23 MIN, FRE 89 HAW 77

Burgoyne passes it to Gunston who loads up from 48m out on a 40-degree angle but boots it out on the full while being tackled

Q3 21 MIN, FRE 89 HAW 77

Brad Hill handballs it to Lewis on the 50m line, Lewis' kick forward is beautifully-weighted and Breust takes the mark on his chest in the pocket.

From a very tight angle 20m out, Breust's snap set shot yields him his 51st goal of the season and ends Freo's run of five goals in a row

Q3 20 MIN, FRE 89 HAW 71

Leading disposals: Lewis 29, Barlow 24, Mundy 22, Johnson 22, S.Hill 18, Hodge 18

Q3 19 MIN, FRE 89 HAW 71

Freo have had 44 more disposals than Hawthorn this quarter. They lead the overall count 284-225.

Q3 19 MIN, FRE 89 HAW 71

Sutcliffe spears it into the forward line and Barlow takes a nice overhead mark.

From 35m out directly in front, Barlow splits the big ones!

That's five goals on the trot for Freo!

Q3 17 MIN, FRE 83 HAW 71

Mayne takes the mark and dishes it off to Walters who kicks it forward to Barlow and he takes a strong mark against Shiels.

From 35m out on a tricky angle, Barlow's set shot misses to the left.

Q3 15 MIN, FRE 82 HAW 71

Puopolo's snap shot from a very tight angle in the pocket brushes the post

Q3 14 MIN, FRE 82 HAW 70

Fremantle have enjoyed 15 of the last 17 inside 50s and the ball has been in the Dockers' forward half for 72% of the time this quarter

Q3 13 MIN, FRE 82 HAW 70

Burgoyne sidesteps on and his snap shot for goal from 25m out is off line

Q3 12 MIN, FRE 82 HAW 69

Barlow takes the mark in front of Hale 65m out from goal and dishes it off to Stephen Hill who takes bounce, runs to 40m out and slots it home!

Q3 10 MIN, FRE 76 HAW 69

Pavlich's curling shot on goal from the forward pocket 35m out is on target! What a kick! He now has four goals!

Q3 9 MIN, FRE 70 HAW 69

Danyle Pearce's set shot from 45m out on an extremenly tough angle goes across the face and fails to score

Q3 8 MIN, FRE 70 HAW 69

Taberner takes another strong contested mark on Freo's half-forward flank.

Then a chain of handballs involving Taberner, Neale and Danyle Pearce ends up with Walters whose flying shot on goal from 40m out goes out on the full.

Freo leading inside 50s 6-0 this quarter

Q3 8 MIN, FRE 70 HAW 69

Freo have dominated disposals (233-191), contested possesions (93-76) and inside 50s (33-25)

Q3 5 MIN, FRE 70 HAW 69

Fyfe handballs it to Crowley whose kick into Freo's forward line is terrible and goes straight to Gibson

Q3 4 MIN, FRE 70 HAW 69

Crozier roves the pack but his snap shot from 15m out misses to the left!

Q3 3 MIN, FRE 69 HAW 69

Shiels is wrapped up by Danyle Pearce and pinged for holding the ball 50m out from Freo's goal next to the boundary.

Pearce centres it and Taberner takes a strong overhead mark.

From 15m out directly in front, Taberner makes no mistake.

HALF-TIME

Fremantle    3.0, 10.3 (63)
Hawthorn     4.7, 10.9 (69)

GOALS
Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Fyfe 2, Sandilands, Walters, D.Pearce, Hill
Hawthorn: Puopolo 4, Hale, Burgoyne, Hodge, Shiels, Breust, Gunston

DISPOSALS
Fremantle: Barlow 17, Mundy 16, Neale 13
Hawthorn: Lewis 23, Hodge 16, Langford 16

Q2 35 MIN, FRE 63 HAW 69

Fyfe's hurried shot on goal is rushed through for a behind

Q2 31 MIN, FRE 62 HAW 69

Mayne dishes it off to Neale who streams to 35m out but misses everything!

FULL TIME

Melbourne     2.4, 2.9, 2.11, 3.16 (34)
GWS Giants    2.1, 6.4, 10.7, 15.8 (98)

GOALS
Melbourne: Kent, Watts, Garland
GWS Giants: Palmer 4, Hoskin-Elliott 3, Smith 2, Kelly 2, Boyd, Mumford, Treloar, Shiel

DISPOSALS
Melbourne: N.Jones 30, Vince 28, Tyson 22, Michie 22
GWS Giants: Bugg 33, Smith 30, Greene 29, Kelly 27

Game notes:

*This is Greater Western Sydney's biggest ever win

*This is the Giants' first win at the MCG from seven attempts

*This is Melbourne's sixth score of 38 points or less for the season

*GWS scored 13 of the last 14 goals today

*This is the first time GWS have beaten another side three times in a row

Q2 29 MIN, FRE 62 HAW 69

Walters leaps into the air and takes a lovely chest mark on Freo's 50m line.

While on the ground he dishes off a handball to the solitary Fyfe who runs to 40m out and boots his second major

Q4 28 MIN, MELB 34 GWS 98

Kelly kicks his second goal from outside 50m directly in front. What a kick that was and that is icing on a very sweet cake for the Giants.

Coach Leon Cameron shows his appreciation in the coaches' box with a lot of clapping.

Q2 27 MIN, FRE 56 HAW 68

O'Brien wins the in congestion in Hawthorn's forward pocket and handballs it to Gunston who kicks the easy goal from the goal square.

Q2 26 MIN, FRE 56 HAW 62

Brad Hill cleverly kicks the ball in front of Breust.

Breust runs onto the loose ball in the forward 50, takes a bounce and loses control of the ball!!

He quickly gathers before it trickles over for a rushed behind.

Johnson catches up to Breust but Breust gets a quick handball to Puopolo in the goal square and he kicks his fourth goal!

Q2 24 MIN, FRE 56 HAW 56

O'Brien kicks it forward and Breust marks strongly overhead in front of the much taller Johnson.

From 30m out on a slight angle, Breust makes light work of the set shot.

Q2 22 MIN, FRE 56 HAW 50

Fyfe runs onto the loose ball with Langford hot on his hammer, taps it in front of himself along the boundary line, gathers it, burns Langford, runs to 30m out and kicks a sensational goal! What a champion! What a game this is!

Q2 21 MIN, FRE 50 HAW 50

Birchall's shot on goal from 40m out on a slight angle misses to the left

Q2 21 MIN, FRE 50 HAW 49

Leading disposals: Lewis 17, Barlow 14, Mundy 13, Langford 13, Hodge 12

Q2 20 MIN, FRE 50 HAW 49

Crozier wraps up Burgoyne deep in Freo's forward pocket and earns the free kick for holding the ball.

From a very tight angle, Crozier's checkside punts goes straight through the high diddle diddles and Freo hit the front for the first time!

Q4 19 MIN, MELB 32 GWS 91

Hoskin-Elliott snaps his third goal from the pocket and gives a little round of applause to the small crowd!

What a famous win this will be for GWS!

Q2 19 MIN, FRE 44 HAW 49

Johnson's short pass finds Stepehn Hill but his set shot is off line

Q2 17 MIN, FRE 43 HAW 49

McEvoy dishes of the handball to Puopolo who gets a kick away from 20m out in front as he is tackled by Silvagni and manages to boot his third major

Q4 17 MIN, MELB 32 GWS 85

Palmer boots his fourth goal and this day cannot end quick enough for Melbourne!

It is party time at the MCG for the Giants!

Q2 16 MIN, FRE 43 HAW 43

Stephen Hill is pinged by Burgoyne on centre wing

Q4 16 MIN, MELB 32 GWS 79

Leading disposals: Smith 27, Bugg 26, Greene 26, Vince 26, N.Jones 26, Shiel 25

Q2 14 MIN, FRE 43 HAW 43

Pavlich assumes the role of rover, collects the crumbs from the pack and snaps truly from 20m out in front. He now has three goals.

Q4 14 MIN, MELB 32 GWS 79

Hoskin-Elliott rubs more salt into Melbourne's festering wound!

This a very dark day for the Dees - even by their standards.

Q2 13 MIN, FRE 37 HAW 43

Breust handballs it to Puopolo whose snap shot from tight in the pocket curls around magnificently!

What a game this is!

Q2 11 MIN, FRE 37 HAW 37

Barlow is awarded the free kick for being pushed in the back as he handballs it to Stephen Hill.

Hill accepts the advantage and from 45m out on a severe angle, he splits the big sticks! What a kick!

Freo now leading inside 50s 16-15 after trailing 2-14!

Q2 9 MIN, FRE 31 HAW 37

Lewis handballs it to Shiels who has a pot shot from 40m out in heavy traffic and nails it!

Hawks needed that one against the run of play

Q2 8 MIN, FRE 31 HAW 31

Fyfe concedes another free kick, this time he holds Langford illegally in the marking contest 25m out from the Dockers' goal.

Fyfe having a dirty day so far!

Q2 7 MIN, FRE 31 HAW 31

Mzungu tackles Shiels strongly and the ball goes out for a throw-in 80m around from Freo's goal

Q2 6 MIN, FRE 31 HAW 31

Freo have come out all guns blazing after quarter-time! They lead inside 50s this quarter 6-0!

Q2 5 MIN, FRE 31 HAW 31

Dawson passes it to Barlow who runs to 55m out but his shot on goal goes out on the full

Q4 4 MIN, MELB 30 GWS 73

Garland finally breaks Melbourne's drought and ends the Giants' run of nine goals in a row.

That is the Dees' first goal since the first quarter!

Q4 2 MIN, MELB 24 GWS 73

Boyd handballs it to Palmer whose checkside dribbler from the pocket trickles through!

That's nine unanswered goals for the Giants! And, more importantly, that's game over (if wasn't already)!

Q2 3 MIN, FRE 30 HAW 31

Danyle Pearce lobs the ball up to the hot spot and Pavlich takes a fantastic pack mark!

From 20m out on a slight angle, Pavlich bangs home his second major.

Q2 1 MIN, FRE 24 HAW 31

Taberner handballs it to Danyle Pearce who snaps truly from 35m out on a slight angle

Q2 0 MIN, FRE 18 HAW 31

Duryea almost rips Walters' head off on centre wing!

THREE-QUARTER TIME

Melbourne     2.4, 2.9, 2.11 (23)
GWS Giants    2.1, 6.4, 10.7 (67)

GOALS
Melbourne: Kent, Watts
GWS Giants: Palmer 2, Smith 2, Boyd, Mumford, Treloar, Hoskin-Elliott, Kelly, Shiel

DISPOSALS
Melbourne: N.Jones 23, Vince 22, Tyson 21
GWS Giants: Smith 24, Greene 23, Shiel 22, Bugg 22

QUARTER-TIME

Fremantle    3.0 (18)
Hawthorn     4.7 (31)

GOALS
Fremantle: Sandilands, Pavlich, Walters
Hawthorn: Hale, Burgoyne, Hodge, Puopolo

Q3 28 MIN, MELB 23 GWS 67

Dunn's set shot from 50m out on the boundary is punched through for a rushed behind.

That's 2.11 now for the Dees

Q1 30 MIN, FRE 18 HAW 31

Fyfe concedes an off-the-ball free kick and from the top of the goal square, Puopolo boots an easy goal.

Really bad discipline from the Dockers so far - and from senior players no less!

Q1 25 MIN, FRE 18 HAW 24

Pavlich pops it to Walters deep in the forward pocket.

The returning Docker improves the angle by playing on and snaps truly from 20m out!

And the crowd erupts! Great to see him out there after such a long time on the sidelines.

Q3 23 MIN, MELB 22 GWS 66

And Melbourne's embarrassment appears complete!

Devon Smith boots the Giants' eighth goal in a row from 40m out in front!

As bad as Melbourne have been, GWS have been absolutely outstanding! This is character-building stuff!

Q3 22 MIN, MELB 22 GWS 60

Kent's snap shot from the goal square is touched.

The Dees have kicked 2.10 in nearly three quarters of football against a decimated GWS outfit.

The mind boggles.

Q1 23 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 24

Smith lines up from 50m out on a 35-degree angle but his set shot misses to the right.

Hawthorn lead inside 50s 14-2!

Q1 22 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 23

Crowley paddles it through for another Hawthorn rushed behind.

Q1 21 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 22

Hodge is forced to leave the ground with a blood nose

Q1 20 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 22

Hodge marks it on Freo's half-back line and is awarded another 50m penalty after Mundy crashed into him late.

Q3 17 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 60

Leading disposals: N.Jones 20, Shiel 20, Greene 19, Tyson 19, Smith 18, Kelly 17, Vince 17

Q1 18 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 22

Schoenmakers' centring handball is picked up by Breust whose quick snap for goal from 30m out in front misses to the left.

Hawks letting Freo off the hook here.

Q1 18 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 21

Hawthorn smashing Freo for inside 50s 9-2

Q1 17 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 21

Gunston's set shot from 50m out on a tight angle misses to the left

Q1 16 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 20

Leading disposals: Johnson 6, Lewis 6, Hodge 4, Langford 4, Sandilands 4

Q1 15 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 20

Langford's scrambled shot on goal from the pocket hits the post.

Meanwhile, Puopolo is off the ground having his right ring finger attended to.

Q3 10 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 60

And Devon Smith makes it seven goals in a row for the injury-ravaged Giants from the goal square!

The Demons are raising the bar in ineptitude! This is unbelievable.

Q1 13 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 19

Hodge marks the ball on the wing and Fyfe concedes the 50m penalty for dragging the Hawk to ground.

Hodge's set shot from 50m out on a 40-degree angle goes straight through the middle!

Brilliant kick from the inspirational skipper.

Q3 8 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 53

Shiel makes it six goals in a row for the Giants!

He busts through the congestion with brute force and snaps truly from 30m out!

Just a reminder, Melbourne are virtually full strength and the Giants are missing Cameron, Coniglio, Hunt, Mohr, Scully and Whitfield as well as Davis, Patton and Ward who have all injured themselves today.

This could go down as one of the Dees' worst ever losses.

Q1 10 MIN, FRE 12 HAW 13

Sandilands handballs it to Pavlich whose snap shot for goal from 20m out while being tackled by Gibson sails through!

Q1 9 MIN, FRE 6 HAW 13

Sandilands dishes it off to Stepehn Hill who drills a lovely pass to Neale.

From 50m out on a 35-degree angle, Neale's set shot is off target and falls short in the pocket.

Q1 8 MIN, FRE 6 HAW 13

Walters gets his first touch of the game and the crowd erupts!

Q1 8 MIN, FRE 6 HAW 13

Shiels passes it to Gunston deep in the forward pocket.

Gunston's snap set shot from a tough angle 30m out goes across the face

Q3 3 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 46

Kelly lines up his set shot from 50m out on a tight angle and he threads the eye of the needle! That's five goals in a row for the depleted Giants. This continues to get more embarrassing for the Demons.

Q1 5 MIN, FRE 6 HAW 12

Sandilands takes a big pack mark and from 15m out directly in front he nails the set shot

Q1 3 MIN, FRE 0 HAW 12

Burgoyne loads up from 50m out on a 45-degree angle and rams it home!

Meanwhile, Lewis has left the ground after copping a whack to the head from Fyfe off the ball.

Maybe Fyfe wants to make a certainty of not winning the Brownlow?

Q1 2 MIN, FRE 0 HAW 6

Mayne wraps up Suckling and is unlucky not to win the free kick after the Hawk looked like he threw the ball away!

Q1 2 MIN, FRE 0 HAW 6

Breust's centring kick to Hale is a precision-guided missile. Outstanding skill on show.

From 45m out on a slight angle, Hale's set shot is a thing of beauty!

HALF-TIME

Melbourne     2.4, 2.9 (21)
GWS Giants    2.1, 6.4 (40)

GOALS
Melbourne: Kent, Watts
GWS Giants: Palmer 2, Boyd, Mumford, Treloar, Hoskin-Elliott

DISPOSALS
Melbourne: N.Jones 16, Tyson 16, Vince 15
GWS Giants: Shiel 15, Greene 14, Bugg 14

Q2 27 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 40

Treloar shrugs off the Dawes tackle on the wing and drills a lovely pass to Hoskin-Elliott who takes a fantastic overhead mark against Nathan Jones.

From 50m out directly in front, Hoskin-Elliott makes no mistake!

That is four goals in a row now for the Giants!

Q2 26 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 34

Another massive injury blow for GWS! Inspirational co-captain Ward leaves the field heavily limping with a left ankle injury.

Patton (knee) and Davis (concussion) are already out of the game.

Q2 25 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 34

GWS have had 16 more marks than Melbourne (66-50)

Q2 24 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 34

Nathan Jones pushes Treloar under the ball and concedes the free kick.

From 50m out next to the boundary, Treloar's set shot sails through! What a kick!

Q2 22 MIN, MELB 21 GWS 28

Kent runs to the 50m arc, unloads and hits the post! The Dees have now scored 2.9 today.

Q2 21 MIN, MELB 20 GWS 28

This is embarrassing for Melbourne.

They are virtually full strength, yet they are struggling against a GWS outfit that is without Cameron, Coniglio, Hunt, Mohr, Scully, Whitfield and now Davis and Patton

Q2 19 MIN, MELB 20 GWS 28

Mumford outmuscles Dunn in the Giants' forward pocket, collects the ball, runs to 20m out and bangs it home!

Q2 18 MIN, MELB 20 GWS 22

Tyson's hurried kick forward bounces through for a behind.

Q2 14 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 22

Leading disposals: N.Jones 13, McDonald 13, Vince 12, Tyson 12, Shiel 12, Bugg 11

Q2 12 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 22

Wilson runs to 55m out on a 45-degree angle but he too misses to the left

Q2 12 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 21

Palmer's tackle on the behind line and his kick goes through for a behind

Q2 11 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 20

Stewart runs to 40m out but his shot on goal from a 45-degree angle is off line

Q2 11 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 19

Davis has been subbed out with concussion, Stewart is in the game

Q2 10 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 19

GWS leading the disposals this quarter 50-21

Q2 8 MIN, MELB 19 GWS 19

Shiel rushes through a behind for the Dees

Q2 6 MIN, MELB 18 GWS 19

Frawley dishes it off to Salem whose snap shot under pressure from 30m out misses to the left

Q2 5 MIN, MELB 17 GWS 19

Boyd throws the ball on the outside of his right boot as he's being tackled to ground and from 15m out it sails through! What a goal!

Q2 4 MIN, MELB 17 GWS 13

Patton is leaving the ground after suffering what appears to be a knee injury. Let's hope he is okay.

Q2 2 MIN, MELB 17 GWS 13

Dawes dishes it off to Watts who runs to 48m out on a 45-degree angle and misses to the left

Q2 1 MIN, MELB 16 GWS 13

Kennedy kicks it long into the direction of Patton who gives away the free kick for infringing McDonald in the marking contest

FULL TIME

North Melbourne     5.2, 8.2, 12.5, 17.9 (111)
Western Bulldogs    1.0, 5.6, 7.11, 8.13 (61)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Cunnington 4, Black 2, Petrie 2, Brown 2, Thomas, Bastinac, Greenwood, Dal Santo, Gibson, Harvey, Goldstein
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 2, Crameri 2, Boyd, Stevens, Dahlhaus, Cooney

DISPOSALS
North Melbourne: Gibson 30, Swallow 29, Wright 23, Harvey 23, Thompson 22
Western Bulldogs: Griffen 30, Bontempelli 23, Higgins 23, Cooney 23, Liberatore 23

Q4 30 MIN, NM 111 WB 61

Cunnington lines up from 35m out on a slight angle and after the siren he kicks his fourth goal - all of which have come in this final term! What an unlikely leading goalscorer for the game!

Q4 28 MIN, NM 105 WB 61

Cunnington lines up from 20m out in front and boots his third goal - all of which have come in this quarter.

He is now the game's leading goal scorer.

QUARTER-TIME

Melbourne      2.4 (16)
GWS Giants    2.1 (13)

GOALS
Melbourne: Kent, Watts
GWS Giants: Palmer 2

DISPOSALS
Melbourne: Vince 12, N.Jones 10, Tyson 10
GWS Giants: Kelly 8, Bugg 7

Q4 26 MIN, NM 99 WB 61

Giansiracusa's quick snap from the goal square is touched by Firrito

Q1 24 MIN, MELB 16 GWS 13

Watts shrugs off the Patton tackle and from 30m out snaps a super goal!

One former number one draft pick showing another one how it's done!

Q4 23 MIN, NM 99 WB 59

Giubosn and Thomas combine to get it to Cunnington who slams home his second goal from 20m out on the run

Q1 22 MIN, MELB 10 GWS 13

An unmanned Palmer collects the ball in the goal square and the ex-Docker boots his second major with minimum fuss

Q4 21 MIN, NM 93 WB 59

Petrie outmarks Roughead but from 40m out on a 40-degree angle, his set shot misses to the left.

Q4 18 MIN, NM 92 WB 59

Higgins has been absolutey flattened by Wells and the Bulldog is in all sorts!

Higgins is leaving the ground after looking like he suffered a concussion.

Q4 18 MIN, NM 92 WB 59

Wells wraps up Higgins on centre wing

Q1 16 MIN, MELB 9 GWS 7

Vince's snap shot from a tight angle misses to the right

Q4 16 MIN, NM 92 WB 59

Leading disposals: Swallow 29, Gibson 24, Griffen 24, Higgins 22, Bontempelli 22

Q4 15 MIN, NM 92 WB 59

Petrie's set shot from 50m out on a 45-degree angle misses slightly to the left

Q4 14 MIN, NM 91 WB 59

Ziebell has been subbed out for Adams.

Ziebell's right knee is being heavily iced on the bench.

Q4 14 MIN, NM 91 WB 59

Minson has been subbed out for Giansiracusa

Q4 13 MIN, NM 91 WB 59

Brown's running shot on goal from 35m out misses to the left

Q1 13 MIN, MELB 8 GWS 6

Leading disposals: Tyson 6, N.Jones 5, McDonald 5

Q1 12 MIN, MELB 8 GWS 6

GWS leading the tackle count 6-0.

Melbourne have not laid a tackle so far! Very unusual for a Paul Roos-coached team.

Q4 11 MIN, NM 90 WB 59

Thomas chips it to Cunnington who takes a very strong overhead mark against Johannisen.

From deep in the pocket, Cunnington's checkside punt off one step goes straight through!

That takes 'laconic' to a new level!

Q4 10 MIN, NM 84 WB 59

Griffen is pinged for disposing of the ball incorrectly 15m out from the Dogs' goal

Q1 7 MIN, MELB 8 GWS 6

Kent's set shot from 45m out on a tight angle is fantastic! Dees hit the front.

They've started well, they lead the inside 50s 6-2

Q4 7 MIN, NM 84 WB 59

Ziebell gets the centre clearance, takes a bounce and drills a lovely pass to Cunnington.

But from 35m out on a slight angle, Cunnington's set shot is off line

Q4 6 MIN, NM 83 WB 59

Cooney is front and square, roves the pack beautifully and snaps truly from 25m out

Q4 5 MIN, NM 83 WB 53

Goldstein plucks the ball out of the ball up in the goal square, slaps it on his boot with strength and scores a clever goal!

Q1 5 MIN, MELB 2 GWS 6

Vince goes for a gallop up the centre corridor and Jamar takes a strong mark in front of Davis.

From 45m out on a 45-degree angle, Jamar misses to the left.

Q4 2 MIN, NM 77 WB 53

Darley tackles Thomas high and the Roo earns the free kick despite ducking his head

Q1 0 MIN, MELB 0 GWS 6

Boyd shrugs off the Howe tackle and handballs it to Palmer who snaps truly from 30m out on a slight angle

THREE-QUARTER TIME

North Melbourne     5.2, 8.2, 12.5 (77)
Western Bulldogs    1.0, 5.6, 7.11 (53)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Black 2, Petrie 2, Brown 2, Thomas, Bastinac, Greenwood, Dal Santo, Gibson, Harvey
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 2, Crameri 2, Boyd, Stevens, Dahlhaus

DISPOSALS
North Melbourne: Swallow 24, Gibson 20, Bastinac 19, Thompson 19
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 22, Higgins 21, Griffen 21, Dahlhaus 17

Q3 32 MIN, NM 77 WB 53

Boyd's checkside punt under huge pressure misses to the right

Big news out of Perth!

 

Q3 29 MIN, NM 77 WB 52

Giansiracusa has been temporarily subbed on as Roughead undergoes a concussion test

Q3 28 MIN, NM 77 WB 52

Thompson's rushed clearing kick goes straight to Bontempelli who handballs it to Liberatore and his quick snap for goal is off line but Stringer takes a magnificent diving one-handed mark on the behind line!

From an extremely difficult angle, Stringer's set shot hits the post

Q3 26 MIN, NM 77 WB 51

Stevens burst clear of the traffic in the centre square and boots it long to the Crameri direction.

The ball drops to ground, Dahlhaus swoops on it, runs to the goal square and slams home another one

Q3 24 MIN, NM 77 WB 45

Crameri marks strongly in front of Thompson and his set shot from 45m out on a 45-degree angle is good.

That is the Dogs' first goal of the quarter and ends North's run of five in a row.

Q3 23 MIN, NM 77 WB 39

Ziebell chips it to Brown on the wing and the latter kicks it further afield to Petrie 55m out from goal.

Petrie then kicks the ball into the path of Thomas who runs onto the bouncing pill but gathers it deep in the pocket and under pressure snaps it into the post

Q3 21 MIN, NM 76 WB 39

Leading disposals: Swallow 22, Griffen 20, Gibson 19, Bastinac 18, Bontempelli 18, Higgins 17

Q3 19 MIN, NM 76 WB 39

Johannisen's centring ball from the boundary line is marked strongly by Hunter.

From 25m out on a slight angle, Hunter opts to utilise the snap set shot instead of a regulation drop punt and he misses to the left!

Why on earth wouldn't he kick it properly from there?

Q3 18 MIN, NM 76 WB 38

Petrie's set shot from 40m out on a severe angle misses to the right

Q3 15 MIN, NM 75 WB 37

Harvey carrals the loose ball and soccers it through from the top of the goal square before Murphy makes contact with him.

North Melbourne have now kicked five goals in a row.

Meanwhile, Wells might find himself under scrutinty from the MRP after hitting Higgins in the stomach off the ball.

Higgins stayed on the ground in pain for some time as a result.

Q3 12 MIN, NM 69 WB 37

Atley evades two Bulldogs in defence, takes a bounce and chips it to Harvey.

Harvey kicks it to Gibson who kicks it further afield to Petrie but the Kangaroos forward drops a fairly easy chest mark 35m out from goal.

Q3 11 MIN, NM 69 WB 37

Grima gives away the free kick for holding Minson's jumper.

From 25m out directly in front, Minson's set shot misses to the left! Shocking miss!

Q3 10 MIN, NM 69 WB 36

North leading disposals this quarter 28-13

Q3 8 MIN, NM 69 WB 36

Wells dishes it off to McDonald who kicks it forward to Brown and he earns the free kick for copping high contact from Austin in the marking contest.

From 50m out on a 45-degree angle, Brown's set shot is beautiful.

He joins Petrie and Black as North's third multiple goalkicker and the Roos have booted the last four majors.

North lead inside 50s this quarter 5-0.

Q3 6 MIN, NM 63 WB 36

Austin overruns the ball, Brown picks it up and handballs it to Gibson who strolls into the open goal from 15m out

Q3 4 MIN, NM 57 WB 36

Black's long ball forward finds Petrie all by himself 15m out from goal and the big Roo kicks an easy major.

Q3 2 MIN, NM 51 WB 36

Liberatore pings Cunnington 35m out from the Roos' goal

Q3 2 MIN, NM 51 WB 36

Grant's kick forward goes straight to Thompson on the Dogs' half-forward line and the Roos defender is also awarded the 50m penalty for good measure

Q3 1 MIN, NM 51 WB 36

Minson clips Dal Santo high and gives away the free kick.

From 45m out on a slight angle, Dal Santo's set shot misses to the right.

HALF-TIME

North Melbourne     5.2, 8.2 (50)
Western Bulldogs    1.0, 5.6 (36)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Black 2, Brown, Thomas, Bastinac, Greenwood, Dal Santo, Petrie
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 2, Crameri, Boyd, Stevens

DISPOSALS
North Melbourne: Swallow 16, Gibson 14, Bastinac 14
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 17, Griffen 15, Boyd 14, Stevens 14

Q2 33 MIN, NM 50 WB 36

Brown and Black combine to get it to Petrie whose checkside shot on goal from 30m out in the pocket under serious pressure sails out of bounds on the full as the siren sounds

Q2 31 MIN, NM 50 WB 36

A huge melee erupts in North Melbourne's forward line!

Amidst the chaos, Petrie is awarded a free kick for a huge jumper punch from Roughead and from 30m out directly in front Petrie bangs it home!

That undoes all of the Dogs' good work, that gift will really hurt them.

Q2 30 MIN, NM 44 WB 36

Dahlhaus collects the loose ball, his up-and-under kick lands in the goal square, it falls to ground from the contest, Bontempelli gathers it and bangs it home from a few metres out!

Q2 28 MIN, NM 44 WB 30

Hunter is harshly pinged for kicking the ball deliberately out of bounds on the wing.

Thompson takes the free kick and drills a beautiful pass onto Dal Santo's chest.

From 45m out next to the boundary line, the ex-Saint guides it through with ease! That was a brilliant kick.

Maybe that will kickstart his game, he has only had 5 disposals so far.

Q2 26 MIN, NM 38 WB 30

The Bulldogs are leading the disposals this quarter 93-54

Q2 25 MIN, NM 38 WB 30

Thompson tackles Higgins magnificently in the Dogs' forward pocket and ensures a ball up

Q2 24 MIN, NM 38 WB 30

Stevens earns the free kick in the marking contest after being infringed by Firrito.

It looked like a pretty soft free kick.

From 20m out with hardly any angle to speak of, the ex-Eagle rams it home!

And the Dogs have now kicked the last three goals.

Q2 23 MIN, NM 38 WB 24

The Dogs have led the inside 50s this quarter 14-8 and have had the last eight scoring shots of the game, but unfortunately for them only two of those have been goals.

However, they've done well to reduce the deficit from 32 points earlier this term.

Q2 22 MIN, NM 38 WB 24

Crameri's kick to Stringer falls short and it goes out for a throw-in 15m around from the Dogs' goal

Q2 21 MIN, NM 38 WB 24

Swallow rushes another behind for the Dogs - they've now scored 2.6 this quarter.

Q2 21 MIN, NM 38 WB 23

Leading disposals: Bontempelli 16, Gibson 14, Swallow 14, Boyd 13, Higgins 13, Griffen 13

Q2 20 MIN, NM 38 WB 23

Dahlhaus lines up from 48m out on a 45-degree angle but his set shot falls short and there'll be a ball up 15m out from the Dogs' goal.

Q2 19 MIN, NM 38 WB 23

The Dogs are all over the Roos this quarter, they lead it 2.5 to 1.0.

They need a few more goals to get real reward for their effort, though.

Q2 19 MIN, NM 38 WB 23

Ziebell bashes it over for a rushed behind

Q2 18 MIN, NM 38 WB 22

Cooney's set shot from 30m out on a 60-degree angle started left and stayed left

It's been a much-improved showing from the Dogs this quarter

Q2 17 MIN, NM 38 WB 21

Hunter chips it laterally to Stevens who takes the mark at the top of the 50m arc but his shot on goal is horrible and falls about 20m short.

Q2 15 MIN, NM 38 WB 21

Hunter and Stevens combine to get it to Cooney who chips it to Boyd.

From 45m out on a 45-degree angle, the former skipper's set shot is right on the money!

Q2 14 MIN, NM 38 WB 15

Dahlhaus' checkside punt from deep in the pocket as he is tackled is off target

Q2 13 MIN, NM 38 WB 14

North Melbourne now hammering the Dogs in clearances 18-9

Q2 12 MIN, NM 38 WB 14

Johannisen chips it to Bontempelli who is paid the mark despite the kick appearing to travel less than 10m!

From 40m out on a 45-degree angle, Bontempelli splits the big sticks with ease.

And boy, did the Dogs need that!

Q2 10 MIN, NM 38 WB 8

Stringer dishes it off to Bontempelli who runs into an open goal from 30m out but misses to the left!

Q2 9 MIN, NM 38 WB 7

Grima spoils Campbell successfully on centre wing and it goes out for a throw-in

Meanwhile, at the MCG there are no late changes.

Aidan Riley (Melbourne) and James Stewart (GWS) are the subs

Q2 7 MIN, NM 38 WB 7

Crameri roosts a long ball forward, Campbell drops the pack mark, Stringer collects the crumbs and his quick snap from the pocket misses everything.

Q2 6 MIN, NM 38 WB 7

Swallow lays a bone-crunching tackle on Dahlhaus and there'll be a ball up 20m out from the Dogs' goal

Q2 6 MIN, NM 38 WB 7

Griffen is awarded a 50m penalty after the ball wasn't given back to him properly by Goldstein.

From 30m out directly in front, Griffen's set shot hits the post.

Q2 4 MIN, NM 38 WB 6

Thomas shrugs the tackle, loops a handball over the top to Greenwood who runs to 10m out and bangs home the first major of the quarter

Q2 3 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

Goldstein wraps up Stevens on North's half-forward flank

Q2 3 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

Petrie runs down Darley in the middle of the ground and THIS time he is rewarded!

Q2 2 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

Petrie catches Murphy stone dead on the wing but for some reason is not awarded the free kick for holding the ball! That was blatant.

QUARTER-TIME

North Melbourne      5.2 (32)
Western Bulldogs    1.0 (6)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Black 2, Brown, Thomas, Bastinac
Western Bulldogs: Crameri

DISPOSALS
North Melbourne: Harvey 11, Swallow 9, Thompson 9, Gibson 9
Western Bulldogs: Higgins 10, Murphy 7, Cooney 7

It was all too easy for North during the first quarter and for the most part, the Dogs looked shambolic.

The Kangas’ pressure has been fantastic, especially in their forward half. And it’s been down there enough - they lead the inside 50s by a whopping 18-9.

The Bulldogs’ skills have been atrocious and they are constantly putting themselves under pressure as a result.

The Roos have come to Etihad Stadium with a real intent to play and the Dogs’ overuse of handballs is also playing into their hands.

North are also well on top in disposals (120-95) and despite having the ball 25 more times, they have also laid more tackles (24-19) – that’s just not good enough from the Bulldogs.

Q1 29 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

The umpire was about to ping Thomas for holding the ball by Cooney in the Bulldogs' forward pocket but the siren sounds and instead of paying the free kick, the umpire blows time!

Minson is ropeable about it and lets the umpire know!

Q1 27 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

Boyd's chip kick to Liberatore under no pressure is horrible.

It misses Libber by a mile and trickles out of bounds.

Q1 25 MIN, NM 32 WB 6

Black lines up from 35m out on the boundary line and threads the eye of the needle!

That was a magnificent kick! There was hardly any daylight between the goal posts from where he kicked it from!

Q1 24 MIN, NM 26 WB 6

Thomas sharks the pack, has a snap shot from 30m out on an awkward angle and misses to the left.

Good to see him back on the ground after hurting his right knee

Q1 24 MIN, NM 25 WB 6

Jacobs chips it to Bastinac who goes longer down the ground to Brown and he takes a strong overhead mark.

From 45m out on a severe angle, he cannot emulate the heroics of his first shot on goal from a similar spot and boots it out of bounds on the full.

Q1 22 MIN, NM 25 WB 6

Thomas is up and about on the boundary and might return to the field of play which is good news for North

Q1 19 MIN, NM 25 WB 6

Crameri does brilliantly well to score the Dogs' first goal!

He picks up the loose ball, rides the Harvey tackle, allows himself to be slung in the forward pocket and kicks the ball as he is falling to the ground from 25m out!

Super stuff.

Q1 18 MIN, NM 25 WB 0

Bad news for North, Thomas is leaving the ground in the hands of trainers with a knee injury

Q1 18 MIN, NM 25 WB 0

North have come with a real intent to play, the Bulldogs' overuse of handballs is playing into North’s hands

Q1 16 MIN, NM 25 WB 0

Higgins wraps up Ziebell in the middle and there'll be a ball up

Q1 15 MIN, NM 25 WB 0

Leading disposals: Swallow 8, Harvey 7, Thompson 6, Bastinac 6, Higgins 6

Q1 15 MIN, NM 25 WB 0

Harvey's quick snap from 20m out goes across the face

Q1 14 MIN, NM 24 WB 0

The Bulldogs' skills have been atrocious, they are constantly putting themselves under pressure

Q1 13 MIN, NM 24 WB 0

Some early match-ups
Roughead v Petrie
Griffen v Greenwood
Austin v Brown
Goldstein v Minson
Morris v Thomas
Black v Murphy
Picken v Harvey
Firrito v Stringer
Grima v Dahlhaus

Q1 12 MIN, NM 24 WB 0

Griffen is pushed in the back at the ball up on the wing

Q1 9 MIN, NM 24 WB 0

It's all too easy for North at the moment, the Dogs look like a shambles

Q1 9 MIN, NM 24 WB 0

Wells turns on a dime in the forward pocket and his centring kick to Bastinac is an absolute ripper.

Bastinac lines up from 40m directly in front and slams it home.

Welcome back Daniel Wells!

Q1 7 MIN, NM 18 WB 0

Bastinac's tackle on Cooney in North's forward line is a beauty and forces the turnover.

Thomas swoops on the crumbs and snaps truly from 30m out.

North's pressure has been fantastic, especially in their forward half.

They lead the inside 50s 7-2 as well.

Q1 6 MIN, NM 12 WB 0

Thompson takes five bounces down the wing, but his kick inside 50 is a shocker! Undid all his good work, back to the back line Thommo!

Q1 4 MIN, NM 12 WB 0

Black is rammed in the back by Picken and earns the free kick.

From 35m out on a tight angle, Black slots the set shot.

Q1 1 MIN, NM 6 WB 0

A chain of kicks involving Gibson, Harvey and Dal Santo ends up with Brown.

From 50m out on a severe angle, Brown's set shot is an absolute pearler!! What a kick! What a start for the Roos!

Q1 0 MIN, NM 0 WB 0

Swallow throws it away and is immediately penalised after the first centre bounce

Daniel Giansiracusa gives some words of advice to his young team-mate Tom Liberatore

 

Is the lid starting to pop off at Punt Road... ?

 

Congratulations to Ryan Griffen who plays his 200th game today! He leads his players out onto the Etihad Stadium turf for a pre-game warm-up...

 

After winning its last three games against the Bulldogs by an average of 46 points, North Melbourne is gunning for four consecutive wins over the Dogs for the first time since 2008.

North Melbourne is playing to keep its very faint top-four hopes alive while the plucky Dogs will move up to 13th on the ladder with a win.

There's one late change at Etihad Stadium and it affects the Bulldogs.

Jackson Macrae has pulled out and he has been replaced by Jarrad Grant.

Leigh Adams (North Melbourne) and Daniel Giansiracusa (Bulldogs) are the subs.

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of AFL Express!

We kick things off with what promises to be an entertaining encounter between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

Then at 3.20pm (AEST), it's a battle of the cellar dwellers as Melbourne (16th) hosts GWS (17th) at the MCG.

And at 4.40pm (AEST) we cross to Patersons Stadium for the most anticipated match of the round between top-four heavyweights Fremantle and Hawthorn.

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