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    Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast

    Etihad Stadium
    2012 AFL Premiership Season April 1, 2012
    West Coast won by 49 points
    Western Bulldogs  West Coast
    Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
    481012Goal 6101621
    351115Behinds 26910
    27537187Points 3866105136

    The Western Bulldogs host the West Coast Eagles as we enter the home stretch of what must be the longest opening round in Australian sporting history. Join us at 1.10pm AEST for live scores and minute-by-minute commentary.

    The Bulldogs employed new coach Brendan McCartney at the start of the season and his focus early on will  be to improve their stats in relation to contested footy: to use his words, he wants the Bulldogs to get “nasty”.

    They come up against a team that finished top four last season and who was only a whisker away from a grand final berth.

    Last year John Worsfold was able to resurrect the Eagle’s tight game plan, conceding the fewest inside 50s of any team.

    After three consecutive preliminary finals, the Bulldogs were the big slider last season and there is not a lot of evidence that they will be making up that ground in a hurry.

    They are stuck in a bit of a ‘no man’s land’: the premiership window is well and truly shut for the moment but they are yet to undertake a major overhaul of their list.

    From last season the Bulldogs have lost two big men in Ben Hudson and Barry Hall, and also lost tough nut Callan Ward to GWS.

    The return from injury of Brian Lake and Adam Cooney partially offsets those losses, while the Bulldogs will also be hoping for ongoing improvement from second year father-son selections Tom Liberatore and Mitch Wallis.

    New draftee, Clay Smith, debuts tonight in the midfield and the Bulldogs will be hoping that he can replicate Ward’s attack on the footy at an early age.

    While the Bulldogs will have Jordan Roughead and Will Minson swapping between ruck and the forward line, the Eagles will have the best duo in the business: Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.

    It’s a huge mismatch. Expect the likes of Daniel Kerr, Matt Rosa and Andrew Embley to feast off their ruckwork and ability to bring the ball to ground to the advantage of the Eagles’ crumbers.

    Creative forward, Mark Le Cras, who is out for the season, will be missed, but the Eagles have plenty of potential goal kickers in Andrew Gaff, Jack Darling, Luke Shuey and Quinten Lynch.

    The Eagles look good enough to overcome the Bulldogs’ home ground advantage and the enthusiasm they will carry into their first game for their new coach, but it’s the Eagles by 15 points.

    Will Brendan McCartney’s reign get underway with a win? Find out this afternoon as we cover all of the action coming out of Etihad Stadium with live scores and commentary from the first bounce at 1.10pm AEDT.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    0' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    2' BEHIND - Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
    4' GOAL - Dean Cox (West Coast)
    7' BEHIND - Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs)
    8' BEHIND - Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs)
    10' GOAL - Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs)
    12' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    14' GOAL - Adam Cooney (Western Bulldogs)
    16' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    19' BEHIND - Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs)
    20' GOAL - Shaun Higgins (Western Bulldogs)
    25' GOAL - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
    27' GOAL - Ashton Hams (West Coast)
    29' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    30' BEHIND - Jack Darling (West Coast)
    Quarter 2
    4' GOAL - Clay Smith (Western Bulldogs)
    6' GOAL - Clay Smith (Western Bulldogs)
    9' BEHIND - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
    10' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    12' BEHIND - Rushed (West Coast)
    14' GOAL - Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
    16' GOAL - Josh Hill (West Coast)
    21' BEHIND - Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs)
    22' GOAL - Clay Smith (Western Bulldogs)
    24' BEHIND - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    25' GOAL - Liam Picken (Western Bulldogs)
    28' BEHIND - Luke Shuey (West Coast)
    30' BEHIND - Rushed (West Coast)
    31' GOAL - Josh Hill (West Coast)
    Quarter 3
    3' BEHIND - Shaun Higgins (Western Bulldogs)
    4' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    4' BEHIND - Quinten Lynch (West Coast)
    5' BEHIND - Liam Jones (Western Bulldogs)
    6' GOAL - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
    8' GOAL - Ashton Hams (West Coast)
    9' BEHIND - Rushed (West Coast)
    10' GOAL - Clay Smith (Western Bulldogs)
    12' BEHIND - Liam Jones (Western Bulldogs)
    13' BEHIND - Jack Darling (West Coast)
    14' GOAL - Jack Darling (West Coast)
    17' BEHIND - Liam Jones (Western Bulldogs)
    19' GOAL - Will Schofield (West Coast)
    20' GOAL - Nicholas Naitanui (West Coast)
    25' BEHIND - Tory Dickson (Western Bulldogs)
    26' GOAL - Chris Masten (West Coast)
    28' GOAL - Josh Hill (West Coast)
    Quarter 4
    0' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    2' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    6' GOAL - Dean Cox (West Coast)
    8' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    12' GOAL - Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)
    15' GOAL - Quinten Lynch (West Coast)
    18' BEHIND - Jarrad Grant (Western Bulldogs)
    19' BEHIND - Rushed (West Coast)
    20' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    21' GOAL - Shaun Higgins (Western Bulldogs)
    22' GOAL - Andrew Embley (West Coast)
    25' GOAL - Liam Jones (Western Bulldogs)

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    • Roar Guru

      12:37pm
      The Cattery said | 12:37pm | ! Report

      Not much joy for the dogs yesterday, could only stay with the Eagles for about 75 minutes and then were absolutely blown away.

      One positive was the debut of 18 year old Clay Smith, from Gippsland (an old recruiting zone of Footscray, where they found blokes like Kelvin Templeton, Bernie Quinlan and Brian Royal). On draft night they described Smith as a tough nut, and his nick name is “Cement” which is a beauty.

      During the live call, I love this goal he kicked, his 4th, that had the dogs within 5 pts of the Eagles before they went on to score the next seven goals:
      http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/132009/default.aspx

      I think it’s Glass chasing down Smith, he absolutely buries him from behind, sort of does a bit of a roll while Glass is still hanging on to him, bounces straight up and keeps running, hardly losing any momentum, and just gets his foot to the ball to dribble it over the line from about 20 metres out. Persistence, determination, grit, never-say-die, the rest of the dogs could learn a thing or too off this 18 year old kid.

      NicNat is watching the ball, hardly sweating it, thinking it’s not going to make it, and then: oh hell – it’s going to make it!

      • 12:42pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 12:42pm | ! Report

        A) Very impressive to bounce back after getting Glassed.
        B) Was very irked at Nic Nat when that happen, gave the TV a spray at the time.

        • Roar Guru

          12:53pm
          The Cattery said | 12:53pm | ! Report

          NicNat can only raise a gallop when he is about to do something to add to his highlights reel!

          But chasing down a dribbling ball a couple of metres in front of him – naah!

    • 10:15pm
      Enron said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      Wow, what a result, Doggies were hard as nails for 2 and a bit quarters… then the relentless pressure of the WCE just began to take its toll… Forward line of Kennedy, Darling, Lynch and either Cox or Nicnat is going to cause opposition teams a lot of headaches… the new guy Hill looks like he fit like an old glove..and my tip for “rookie of the year” Ashton Hams created all sorts of problems as well… most defenses are going to struggle against that line up…

      WCE midfield.. solid without being spectacular.. which is strange, usually WCE have a blue chip midfield.. average forward line and great defense… but Priddis and Rosa got plenty of the ball… actually, Rosa looks like he finally “gets it”.. his disposal today was really good…. the little champ Shuey began to work his way into the game… if you tag Kerr.. it leaves Shuey free… not a bad set of guys in the middle…Embly played a nice cameo at the end.. what about playing Kerr as the sub?? bring him on in the second half when the opposition taggers are already tired??? Nearly forgot to mention Scott Selwood.. this kid showed another side today.. ran free, got plenty of the ball, did some really nice stuff in close.. has a touch of class about him.. he is no longer just a tagger, and just quietly, might be the most talented out of all the Selwood brothers.. big call I know.. but watch out for him in the coming months.

      And the menswear department, backline… After Scarlett, Glass must be the best bookend in the comp.. add Shanon Hurn… Burly Bash man Beau Waters… and the improving Mackenzie and Schfield.. Other Selwood playing well down back as well…this back 6 is probably as good as any in the comp.. seriously.. your not going to get too many easy goals against WCE this year…

      Add all that together… well.. a pretty big sized… tough outfit.. not saying they have the X factor of the Hawks.. (Rioli and Franklin) or the speed of the Crows (they look quick to me) but they are somewhere between the Cats and the Pies… play nice hard disciplined footy.. and they are going to be at it for the full 100 mins…

      Only weakness they have is a lack of midfield leg speed.. no Judd type player who can bust open the pack.. race into the open , draw a couple of defenders and lay it off… but if thats their only weakness.. well most coaches would probably take that…

      Hams and Hill…. could be hearing a lot about those 2 guys this year… Butler.. didnt make the side.. and he is a very good player.. depth at the Eagles might be better than people think…

      AS for the Dogs.. brave, courageous.. but superlatives don’t win you games of football… pretty good midfield, shared the honours with the WCE midfield methinks… defense looks a bit wobbly.. dont have enough big guys go go around.. Lake seems to have the occasional brain snap which limits his effectiveness.. forward line… oooh… hate to say it… not really a threat… None of their forwards really made the WCE defense nervous.. Dogs will really struggle.. I think they will be lucky to finish above 12th…

      Only sour note for the weekend was Fremantle’s stunning win over the Cats… those purple coated people eaters might surprise a few pundits this year as well… at their best, they are irresistible.. at their worse.. lamentable.. Ross Lyon has them doing a bit more of the former… 🙂 .. no prizes for guessing Im a mad keen WCE fan eh??

      • 10:23pm
        Enron said | 10:23pm | ! Report

        ooH.. forgot to mention Gaff.. another “little champion” .. gets lots of the pill.. and his left footy is deadly… really like this guy as well.. he’s another “snuck under the radar” player at the Eagles.. 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      3:55pm
      The Cattery said | 3:55pm | ! Report

      FT
      WB 12.15 (87) WCE 21.10 (136)

      For two and a half quarters it was a tight game, the Eagles always managed to keep a two goal bugger, but the dogs stayed in the contest with really good work from their little men, Clay Smith wiith 4 crumbing goals on debut.

      In the air it was all Eagles, Kennedy with 7 goals, Cox with a few, Nic Nat won most of the tap outs.

      Half way through the 3rd quarter, dogs were really pressing, winning the contested possession count, but missed four very gettable shots on goal, and then the Eagles finished the quarter with five straight goals, which was enough to snuff out the dogs, once they got that lead, dogs just didn’t have the commitment to stay with the Eagles.

      For the Eagles, they were deadly in front of goal, and in the last 40 minutes of play kicked 11.3 and that included some good finishing.

      In the end, Eagles with too much class around the ground, quality tall timber, quality finishing.

      • 4:08pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 4:08pm | ! Report

        Great to see the young mildfield players, Shuey and Gaff, having such a great day at the office. “Nic Nat tap to Shuey, Shuey’s away!” will increasingly be a new catch phrase of the code!

        Priddis solid as well, a bedrock of the team. Throughout the game the spread from the contest was crucial, Eagles were able to acquire space and make their way forward. Josh Hill very good day at the office, Kennedy probably would have had an even greater impact if he had gotten a couple pre-season games in, because I think he trailed off as the lack of match fitness kicked in. Great relief for Bulldogs given the damage he did anyway. The short kicking options had a bad run early on but cleaned up as play went on.

        And mark my words, the Eagles can perform much stronger than this!

        • 6:14pm
          Bob said | 6:14pm | ! Report

          What if Kennedy, Shuey, Lynch and Embley had all had proper pre-seasons.

          As a dogs supporter though I’m very happy with the way Libba, Smith, Dalhaus and Tutt are a shaping after a handful of games. We just need some more big guys (Cordy, Talia and Tom Hill come to mind) and Griffen, Morris and Williams to get fit.

          • Roar Guru

            6:41pm
            The Cattery said | 6:41pm | ! Report

            Bob – frightening to think what Kennedy would hve done to the dogs with a proper pre-season! Smith, Libba and Dalhaus very good for dogs.

            • 10:43pm
              Nathan of Perth said | 10:43pm | ! Report

              We know what Kennedy does to the Dogs when fully match fit! Double digit goal hauls!

    • Roar Guru

      3:51pm
      The Cattery said | 3:51pm | ! Report

      WB 12.15 WCE 21.10
      1 min to go

      finals minute of play, a few tired bodies out here, horrible pass from Wood, puts it way over Grant’s head,

    • Roar Guru

      3:49pm
      The Cattery said | 3:49pm | ! Report

      WB 12.15 WCE 21.10
      2 min to go

      Libba has to go off for blood rule, blood flowing from his mouth, no, it’s actually his nose, must have copped one at the bottom of the pack, as we count down now

    • Roar Guru

      3:47pm
      The Cattery said | 3:47pm | ! Report

      WB 12.15 WCE 21.10
      2 min to go

      ABout 25k in attendance today

    • Roar Guru

      3:46pm
      The Cattery said | 3:46pm | ! Report

      WB 12.15 WCE 21.10
      2 min to go

      Jones with a strong mark at the top of the goal square, chance for his first, has already missed 3, finally gets one, but far too late

    • Roar Guru

      3:45pm
      The Cattery said | 3:45pm | ! Report

      WB 11.15 WCE 21.10
      3 min to go

      Embley with clearance, Wood takes defensive mark, goes back to Markovic, Hargrave, plays on, Grant with good mark in front, plays on, one bounce, hugs the boundary

    • Roar Guru

      3:43pm
      The Cattery said | 3:43pm | ! Report

      WB 11.15 WCE 21.10
      4 min to go

      Embley loads up from 50m himself, gets it

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