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    Western Bulldogs vs. GWS Giants

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away August 11, 2017
    Western Bulldogs 57, GWS Giants 105
    Western Bulldogs GWS Giants
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q13119   4529
    Q26743   7547
    Q361248   13886
    Q471557   169105

    Round 21 kicks off with two of the real premiership contenders do battle, as the Western Bulldogs host the GWS Giants at Docklands. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:50pm AEST.

    These two sides played in one of 2016’s most memorable games, with the Bulldogs narrowly getting through to the Grand Final by a single goal.

    Earlier this year the Giants got a small measure of revenge, just barely outlasting the reigning premiers by two points at Manuka Oval.

    With that sort of recent history one would expect to see another close one tonight.

    And while the stakes might not be quite as high as they were in September last year, they’re not that far off.

    The Giants have displaced Geelong in the top two as we near the end of the season, and if they can keep winning they ensure a home final and the best possible run to the season’s last match.

    The Bulldogs appear to have hit form at the right time of the year, but despite winning their last four games they remain only barely inside the top eight.

    Realistically they could still finish anywhere from 5th to 11th, so each of the last three games carries a great deal of consequence.

    GWS for their part may have turned a corner last week, with a convincing win over Melbourne.

    But that was in the familiar environment of Manuka Oval, where the Giants have an excellent record.

    Prior to this season, the AFL’s newest club had a pretty good record at Docklands; winning six of the previous eight games they played there.

    But so far this season they’ve failed to reproduce that form, with disappointing losses to St Kilda and the bottom-four Blues. In fact, this is just their fourth game so far this season in Melbourne, and they’re yet to record a win in the home of footy.

    At selection, the Giants get some fire back in their forward line, with Jonathon Patton and Toby Greene returning. The suspended Shane Mumford and injured Devon Smith make way.

    The Dogs also get some potency back through Jake Stringer and Tory Dickson, while Josh Dunkley returns from injury. Clay Smith, Lukas Webb and Easton Wood are out.

    This is just about too close to call, but at this venue I think the Dogs have a slight advantage.

    Western Bulldogs by 10 points.

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    Quarter 1
    1' BEHIND - Tory Dickson (Western Bulldogs)
    5' GOAL - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    8' BEHIND - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    10' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    13' BEHIND - Jacob Hopper (GWS Giants)
    14' GOAL - Tory Dickson (Western Bulldogs)
    17' GOAL - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    19' GOAL - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    20' GOAL - Matt de Boer (GWS Giants)
    22' GOAL - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
    24' BEHIND - Callan Ward (GWS Giants)
    29' GOAL - Jack Redpath (Western Bulldogs)
    31' BEHIND - Steve Johnson (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 2
    1' BEHIND - Travis Cloke (Western Bulldogs)
    5' GOAL - Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants)
    6' BEHIND - Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs)
    9' GOAL - Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)
    11' BEHIND - Bailey Williams (Western Bulldogs)
    12' GOAL - Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs)
    14' BEHIND - Jack Redpath (Western Bulldogs)
    19' BEHIND - Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs)
    21' GOAL - Toby Greene (GWS Giants)
    23' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    25' GOAL - Callan Ward (GWS Giants)
    26' GOAL - Travis Cloke (Western Bulldogs)
    Quarter 3
    3' BEHIND - Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants)
    6' GOAL - Matt de Boer (GWS Giants)
    7' GOAL - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    8' BEHIND - Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs)
    12' GOAL - Toby Greene (GWS Giants)
    14' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    15' BEHIND - Dylan Shiel (GWS Giants)
    16' BEHIND - Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs)
    17' BEHIND - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    22' BEHIND - Travis Cloke (Western Bulldogs)
    24' BEHIND - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    25' GOAL - Lachie Whitfield (GWS Giants)
    27' GOAL - Rory Lobb (GWS Giants)
    30' GOAL - Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)
    Quarter 4
    7' BEHIND - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    9' GOAL - Jacob Hopper (GWS Giants)
    11' BEHIND - Rushed (GWS Giants)
    13' GOAL - Lachie Whitfield (GWS Giants)
    18' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    25' GOAL - Tory Dickson (Western Bulldogs)
    27' GOAL - Jonathon Patton (GWS Giants)
    28' BEHIND - Matthew Suckling (Western Bulldogs)

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    • 12:45am
      Mighty Richo said | 12:45am | ! Report

      1. The head is sacrosanct.
      2. What on earth is this shameful media ‘get-Toby-off’ campaign doing?
      3. Kids playing AFL need to know they won’t be kung-fu kicked in the face by a thug’s sprigs raised head high.
      4. 4 down to 3 for Toby if he’s lucky. High, reckless, medium impact, plenty of priors.
      5. Eternal shame if the AFL do not send a loud message that this disgraceful act has no place in our game.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 11:11pm | ! Report

      I just got the Martin Pike afterparty joke.


    • Roar Guru

      hairy fat man said | 11:08pm | ! Report

      Green gets four. Comes back for GF, kicks six, is presented with Norm Smith Medal by James Hird. Hilarity ensues.

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:54pm | ! Report

      Thanks for the blog, Tom. And thanks to all the others for making it a fun blog to stay on!

      Have a good weekend everybody! 🙂

    • 10:42pm
      Pumping Dougie said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      Well done Giants, way too good.

      Is it time to prohibit karate kicking?

      The Giants executed the strategy quite deliberately twice in the PF last year (no outcry in the media) and then tonight a pantomime villain (and great player) did it again. Forget the individuals who did it – it’s a very nasty, deliberate ploy that needs to be eradicated from the game.

      People might argue its defensive, jumping and kicking your foot out head-high at an oncoming opponent as you receive the footy.. It’s not. It’s dangerous, reckless, a low-act and needs to be punished to stamp it out of the game.

      • Roar Guru

        TomC said | 10:45pm | ! Report

        I think Greene definitely has a case to answer, but I think it’s a little unfair to tar the whole team with that brush.

      • 10:53pm
        Micko said | 10:53pm | ! Report

        fair suck. taking out hanneberys legs in the GF last year and not even a free kick. could have ended his career. Majak Daw couple of weeks ago..marks with knee up and takes out someone. Fair mark as it should be.

        • 11:51pm
          Mattyb said | 11:51pm | ! Report

          Micko,comment properly and stop sooking.
          I guess a comparison could be how Cordy kneed Ward to the head in the prelim,there’s going to be lots of talk about this kick to the face. Personally I have no idea,I don’t really like Greene but I’m thinking he gets off.
          Really strange and unique incident.
          Did Fev kick someone in the face once going for a mark which is slightly different?

          • 12:45am
            Micko said | 12:45am | ! Report

            Not sooking mate. Happy to see doghies win last year even tho im swans fan.. Don’t follow giants. Not sure how you judge a comment is proper or not. A comment is a comment. Greene is a marked man.

      • 12:42am
        dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | 12:42am | ! Report

        amazed that the commentators (or at least one of them) was trying to suggest there was nothing in it. Even at careless, high contact, medium impact, it’s two weeks (down to one with early plea), and the careless grading is being very generous.

    • Roar Guru

      XI said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      I had an imagin in my head what Roaming Brian would be like; it’s so much worse…

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:43pm | ! Report

        It’s a breath of fresh air compared to the other stringent media stuff. It’s an insight into the rooms after the games that the AFL most definitely nerds more of.

        And I’m pretty sure he’s entirely self-aware. It’s pretty much ironic now, ya know?

        • Roar Guru

          TomC said | 10:45pm | ! Report

          Don’t you find it a bit hard to watch though? To me he comes across as an invasive, unwelcome guest. The players have to put up with it, but I don’t think anyone wants him there.

          • Roar Guru

            AdelaideDocker said | 10:48pm | ! Report

            Well, yeah, I find it invasive as all hell whenever he interrupts radio interviews and the like, but for the most part the humour comes from the awkwardness.

            This is an argument I’m never going to win, though. I don’t have a hatred for him like you guys, and to me that’s entirely okay. Whatever, it’s 5 minutes every Friday night. Not the end of the world?

        • Roar Guru

          XI said | 10:49pm | ! Report

          Ironically terrible is still terrible.

          And I’m fine with interviews in the room. It’s just that when BT interrupts conversations with family members to ask asinine questions it makes it feel really awkward. I can tell a few players want to tell him where to stick it but they never will because they can’t.

          • Roar Guru

            AdelaideDocker said | 10:52pm | ! Report

            Meh, I much prefer it to the game finishing, a huge amount of ads playing and then listening to the commentary team dissect the game, usually poorly.

      • Roar Guru

        TomC said | 10:43pm | ! Report

        It’s better on mute.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:34pm | ! Report

      Match report

      The GWS Giants have had a decisive victory over the reigning premiers on Friday night at the Docklands.

      The Giants began the game more strongly, with Jonathon Patton booting three goals – and inspiring three thousand military puns – but the Dogs did enough to keep the contest even, trailing by just ten points at quarter time.

      Western went on the offensive in the second term, lifting their intensity and getting well on top in general play. Despite their dominance of territory and possession during this period, they couldn’t find the cutting edge in front of goal, while GWS made their chances count.

      At half time the game was evenly poised with the visitors leading by four points.

      After the detente of the main break the contest exploded in the third term, after a controversial incident involving Toby Greene.

      The Giants’ small forward leapt in the air on the wing to take the ball, extending his foot into the path of Luke Dahlhaus, who was caught high and had to leave the ground after bleeding from the head.

      The incident incensed the Bulldogs fans and some players, with a brief melee breaking out before play continued.

      This seemed to sap the life out of the Dogs, and the Giants got well on top from this point, bombarding the goals and pushing out to a decisive 38 point lead by three quarter time.

      GWS’ powerful midfield repeatedly broke through the Western lines, with Coniglio, Kelly and Shiel particularly damaging.

      The retreat was sounded for the tired Bulldogs, who could never really muster a counterattack in the last quarter. They managed just the one goal for the entire second half.

      While the final stats might say the home side spent more time in enemy territory – and certainly they had the better of the inside 50s, 65 to 34 – the reality was that they were outplayed by GWS for three of the four quarters, and their forward entries – while numerous – were generally damp squibs.

      After four consecutive wins, this was a real setback for Western’s campaign for back to back premierships. They’ll need to rally in the final two games of the year to ensure a spot in the final eight, which they might well slip out of by round’s end.

      The imperious Giants go from strength to strength, as they continue their march to the finals. With a strong percentage boost they appear to be very firm favourites for a top two spot.

      They’d be especially happy with the form of Jon Patton, who led his men in the scoring with four goals, as well as eight marks.

      There’ll be a nervous wait for Leon Cameron and his team, to find out the verdict of yet another explosive incident involving Toby Greene.

      But after tonight’s 48 point win over another contender the Giants appear to be a very real chance of making the last Saturday in September their V day.

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:39pm | ! Report

        Sixteen puns.

        That’s sensational work.

        • Roar Guru

          TomC said | 10:42pm | ! Report

          I was trying to figure out how to work ‘Western front’ in there, but had to settle for ‘broke through the Western lines’

          • Roar Guru

            AdelaideDocker said | 10:44pm | ! Report

            “The forward entries were dominated by the “western front” (lines)”
            “The Western front advancing, inaccurately, during the second quarter”

            I’m blogging the Queensland derby tomorrow. Any themes for puns I can include? 😉

            • Roar Guru

              TomC said | 10:46pm | ! Report

              Zorko the Magician would be the obvious one.

              Let’s see if Dean Solomon can pull a rabbit out of the hat in his first game in charge.

              You probably won’t see much of me, though. I try to stay off social media during Lions games.

              • Roar Guru

                AdelaideDocker said | 10:50pm | ! Report

                Haha, I’ll keep those ideas noted.

                Well, you guys are favourite tomorrow. Which is good? Or possibly a worrying sign.

            • Roar Rookie

              Chancho said | 10:52pm | ! Report

              It’s going to be like the Somme up there!

              PS don’t forget to use MMM for creative inspiration

      • Roar Rookie

        Chancho said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        Seems the Giants are the Dog’s Waterloo on this occasion!

        Thanks for blogging the game TomC, it wasn’t the greatest game so thanks for sticking with it… and thanks to all others for the golden commentary… I think we covered a good deal of ground on all fronts and left no man behind.

        I’m off to watch Saving Private Ryan, Top Gun, Platoon, Black Hawk Down, Apocalypse Now, and The Little Mermaid

        • Roar Guru

          TomC said | 10:51pm | ! Report

          Love your work, Chancho.

          I’ll just watch the first fifteen minutes of Full Metal Jacket thirty times.

    • Roar Guru

      TomC said | 10:29pm | ! Report

      Thankfully, no Brian Taylor in the rooms just yet.

      Although it might mean we have to listen to more Cameron Ling, so it’s a mixed blessing at best.

      • Roar Guru

        XI said | 10:34pm | ! Report

        You just had to summon him didn’t you?

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:36pm | ! Report

        The AFL live feed I was using just cut off the broadcast … before Roaming Brian began.

        I feel personally hurt happy.

        So totally happy.

        Because I unequivocally, definitely don’t like BT.


    • 10:24pm
      peter chrisp said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      A 9 goal half to GWS & 1 to Bulldogs sums it up

    • Roar Rookie

      Chancho said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      Oh my… this is the first time I’ve heard the GWS song… that’s a dead-set schocker!

      • Roar Guru

        XI said | 10:29pm | ! Report

        Clearly someone can’t handle the big, big sound.

      • Roar Guru

        TomC said | 10:29pm | ! Report

        I really love it! My second favourite after Richmond.

        • Roar Rookie

          Chancho said | 10:35pm | ! Report

          In any weather you will see us with a grin
          Risking head and shin

          Poor form after the Dalhaus incident TomC

          • Roar Guru

            TomC said | 10:36pm | ! Report

            I’m pretty sure his eye was yellow and black.

            • Roar Rookie

              Chancho said | 10:42pm | ! Report

              boom-tish… he’s here all week ladies and gentlemen!

              Champagne comedy!

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