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Live AFL: Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions


Scott Spits

BRISBANE LIONS 6.1  8.5  12.5  18.6 (114)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.3  5.6  5.10  7.14 (56)
Goals: Brisbane: A McGrath 5 D Merrett 4 D Rich 2 R Bewick 2 T Rockliff 2 A Raines J Redden P Hanley. Western Bulldogs: D Giansiracusa 2 D Cross J Roughead R Murphy S Higgins T Dickson.
Umpires: Stuart Wenn, Scott Jeffery, Andrew Mitchell
Official Crowd: 20,146 at Etihad Stadium

THE WRAP: An eyebrow-raising win by the Brisbane Lions. True, the Bulldogs squandered chances but the Lions were impressive throughout. Rockliff grew in stature with 40 possessions, along with two goals. Redden, Hanley and Zorko were other big contributors. Raines was terrific with his stopping role on Griffen. Stop Griffen = Stop Bulldogs. Sounds simple, but there's some truth in that statement. There's bound to be speculation about Cooney's value to the Doggies after he contributed just 12 disposals.

Q4 - 30.34: SIREN.
A mighty win by the Brisbane Lions .... Garry Lyon says it was one of their best wins since their premiership days. Can't argue with that.

Q4 - 27.43: GOAL.
Bulldogs with their second for the term. Cross from 30 metres out. Merely consolation.

'Lions, Lions' chant reverberates around Etihad Stadium. That rubs salt into the wounds for Bulldogs fans. Great win for Old Fitzroy today with the Lions set to unveil their Hall of Fame inductees in Melbourne today.

Q4 - 19.37: GOAL!!!
McGrath's fifth! That's bound to be a personal best. We will check. Lions by 64 points!

Q4 - 15.37: GOAL. Bulldogs!
They stop the streak. Roughead takes a contested mark close to goal and ends their string of behinds. Regardless of the final result, that goal mattered. Their first since the second quarter. Western Bulldogs 6.13 (49) Brisbane Lions 17.5 (107)

Q4 - 13.41: GOAL!!!
Guess which team. Brisbane with their fifth for the quarter. Bewick snags a second. This margin could really blow out .... currently 65 points

Q4 - 9.45:
Miss. Cooney drags a shot across the goal-face. Just seven disposals for the Brownlow Medallist. Dog of a day for the Bulldogs. Liberatore their top possession winner with 25. Haven't heard that reference for perhaps 15 years!?

Q4 - 7.35: GOAL.
This is becoming repetitive. McGrath picks up his fourth for the day. Lions lead by 10 goals. Bulldogs have just 0.5 since half-time.

Q4 - 5.12: GOAL!!
Three goals in five minutes for Brisbane. Hanley coverts from a tough angle. This is a disturbing day for the Doggies. They've gone missing.

Q4 - 2.31: GOAL.
Rich on the run for the Lions! A great goal from beyond 50 metres. Lions with the last six goals and lead by nearly 50 points!

Q4 - 1.23: GOAL!!
Redden with the first of the final term. The sealer. A nice snap. A shocking day for the Bulldogs really.

The Bulldogs will require an almighty comeback to somehow get over the line. Brisbane has done the hard work and a 37-point lead at the final break will be enough. Surely. But modern footy being what it is does give some hope for the Dogs. Rockliff having a blinder. Lock him in for three Brownlow votes. Western Bulldogs 5.10 (40) Brisbane Lions 12.5 (77)

Q3 - 27.57: GOAL.
Rockliff again. Two goals in a matter of minutes. He out-marked his opponent. Lions are on today.

Q3 - 25.57: GOAL.
Brisbane's third for the quarter. Likely B-O-G Rockliff kicks truly with his 30th possession. Margin is out beyond five goals.

It has been a forgettable quarter for the Bulldogs with just four behinds closing on three-quarter-time. And Boyd is having an a strangely quiet game with only 11 possessions. He's currently on the bench.

Q3 - 14.32: GOAL!
Lions with another one. They are taking their chances. Bewick from 45 metres with the goal assist from Brown

Q3 - 10.31: GOAL!! Merrett with his fourth. The burly forward (for today at least) slotted an excellent goal from a tricky angle in the forward pocket. Pressure rises on the Bulldogs as they face a 20-point deficity. About 10 minutes of game time left in this quarter.

Scoring has completely dried up in opening stages of the third quarter. Brian Lake forced off with an injury. Rockliff still going on his merry way with 25 touches by the 10-minute mark. Two behinds to the Bulldogs so far.

This match illustrates how the Lions are making gradual improvements in this competition. Their emerging midfielders are having an impact, most noticeably Rockliff (22 possessions), Hanley (19), Redden (16) and the soon-to-be cult figure Zorko (16). Importantly they are not super-reliant on Black, even though the veteran has 12 touches at 92% efficiency. For the Bulldogs, they need more from Boyd, the ball-magnet only has eight disposals to his name. Western Bulldogs 5.6 (36) Brisbane Lions 8.5 (53)

Q2 - 27.59: Siren.
That's the half-time break. A lower-scoring quarter than what it appeared it would be early on. Bulldogs reduce the deficit narrowly.

Q2 - 26.40: BEHIND.
Let-off for the Lions. Bulldogs force a turnover from the kick-in. Cooney pounces on the loose ball but can only manage a behind. Margin is 17 points.

Q2 - 22.29: GOAL.
Murphy after a 50m penalty. Bulldogs within striking distance with a couple of minutes left until the main break. Brian Lake having an effective game with 13 possessions and 10 marks already.

Lions have come to play. They pushed Hawthorn last week (for a portion at least!) following on from their big upset over West Coast two weeks earlier. Hanley (17 touches), Rockliff (16), Redden and Zorko (continuing a recent run of good form) are doing damage in the midfield. Brisbane has had a stack more uncontested possessions.

Q2 - 9.09: GOAL.
McGrath snags his third. Lions clear to a 23-point lead. They are responding to each challenge from the Bulldogs.

Q2 - 5.15: GOAL.
McGrath with a settling goal for the Lions. This is shaping as a shootout in genteel conditions at the Docklands.

Q2 - 3.19: GOAL!!
Giansiracusa hot early in the second term. Snap goal puts pressure on the Lions. Goal assist goes to Dickson.

Body blow for the Lions. They are forced into an early substitution. Maguire goes off, creating the prospect that Merrett may have to go back. Green comes on for the visitors at the break.

Q2 -0.22: GOAL. Higgins gets one. Crucially the Bulldogs make a mark early in the second quarter, cutting the margin to 16 points. Giansiracusa with the goal assist. Western Bulldogs 2.3 (15) Brisbane Lions 6.1 (37)

Lions set the tone early when Merrett snagged the first of his three goals after less than 90 seconds. Brisbane leading the way on disposal efficiency with other stats categories relatively even. Interestingly, the Bulldogs have had two more Inside 50s.

Q1 - 30.20: GOAL!!
What a quarter for the Lions. Raines gets in on the action, snagging a late goal to give Brisbane six for the term.

Q1 - 29.14: GOAL.
Dickson gets one back for the Doggies. Good accurate kick from the pocket.

Q1 - 26.47: GOAL.
Brisbane notches their fifth. Daniel Rich from directly in front. Lions out to a 22-point lead.

Q1 - 21.22: GOAL:
Already Daniel Merrett has three goals. The burly footballer slots another one from 30 metres out. Lions out to a great start, similar to their effort against Hawthorn last week.

1.35pm: No late changes for either team. Clay Smith the sub for the Bullies with Joshua Green wearing the vest for Brisbane.

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MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
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STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
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HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
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WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
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RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
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GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
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Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
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HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
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
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BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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