GWS blow Bulldogs out of the water


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    Greater Western Sydney have strengthened their grip on a top-two finish with an emphatic 48-point AFL win over the Western Bulldogs.

    The Giants led a see-sawing contest on Friday night by four points at halftime then surged to a 16.9 (105) to 7.15 (57) win at Etihad Stadium on the back of six unanswered goals in the third quarter.

    Controversial GWS forward Toby Greene was reported for a third time this season during the pivotal third term.

    Greene’s right boot caught Luke Dahlhaus in the face in a marking contest, sending the Bulldogs’ forward off with blood steaming from his nose.

    It was a rare lowlight in a strong second-half performance from Leon Cameron’s side.

    Jonathon Patton set the tone early with three first-quarter goals – he finished with four – as the visitors established a 10-point lead at the first break.

    The Bulldogs managed to snatch the momentum back in a blistering opening to the second quarter, but wasted their dominance with wasteful kicking for goal.

    Luke Beveridge’s men led the inside-50 count 18-1 at one stage, but only managed 3.6 for the term to trail by four points at halftime.

    Dylan Shiel (30 possessions), Josh Kelly (25 disposals and two goals) and Stephen Coniglio (25 touches) were important as the Giants made their move in the third.

    Greene, who was loudly booed by most of the 30,672 fans throughout, booted his second goal shortly after his clash with Dahlhaus.

    Kelly added two of his own in the telling quarter as GWS leapt out to a 38-point lead at the last change.

    With the sting out of the game, Tory Dickson scored the Bulldogs’ first goal of the second half, 24 minutes into the final term, but it was too little far too late.

    “It was a terrific win,” Cameron said.

    “I’m really proud of the players because they haven’t experienced much Friday night footy in Melbourne when the spotlight is right on you.”

    Cameron defended Greene, who he said clearly had his eyes on the ball when he made high contact with Dahlhaus.

    The Giants were on the wrong side of a lopsided 65-34 inside-50 count and Beveridge bemoaned his side’s inability to make the most of that dominance.

    “Their strike rate going inside 50 was off the charts and ours was the polar opposite,” he said.

    “We played with reasonable method at times, but (poor) skill and decisions really hurt us.”

    The Bulldogs will look to get their finals campaign back on track when they host Port Adelaide in Ballarat in round 22, while GWS take on West Coast at Spotless Stadium.

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    • August 12th 2017 @ 5:56am
      Roger of Sydney said | August 12th 2017 @ 5:56am | ! Report

      Here they come , GWS are going to be hard to beat, although the Crows look the form team I would give them little to no chance now. Swans at 105% can beat GWS at 95% but if GWS play 100% I cant see any team beating them on the day. Bulldogs still a good team but never were a great team, very lucky to have a flag with some help, will be a long time between drinks now . The result was pretty predictable.

      • August 12th 2017 @ 8:13am
        Sammy said | August 12th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

        Roger..i would suggest that if the giants played the crows or Sydney and shipped 20 to 1 inside 50’s that it would be game over for the giants. The crows could bang on 10 goals with that number of entries…..

        • August 12th 2017 @ 11:30am
          Dier-ba-zor said | August 12th 2017 @ 11:30am | ! Report

          Even if they had they would have still lost.

    • Roar Pro

      August 12th 2017 @ 6:15am
      berrlins said | August 12th 2017 @ 6:15am | ! Report

      That was a pretty disappointing performance, from the dogs, the fight went out after half time, hopefully some good ins next week

    • August 12th 2017 @ 6:54am
      I ate pies said | August 12th 2017 @ 6:54am | ! Report

      The frankenteam has grown up. Well done AFL, you’ve created an unprecedented monster.

      • August 12th 2017 @ 5:13pm
        Mark said | August 12th 2017 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

        That’s your excuse for not kicking a goal in an hour of footy?

        • August 13th 2017 @ 8:14am
          I ate pies said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:14am | ! Report

          Way to misinterpret what I said.

          • August 13th 2017 @ 11:13am
            Mark said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

            No misinterpretation, you’re just deflecting.

            • August 13th 2017 @ 1:48pm
              I ate pies said | August 13th 2017 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

              That the dogs didn’t kick a goal because the AFL gave GWS unprecedented amounts of help to create their team? Good on ya. They didn’t kick a goal because their game plan is stuffed.

    • Roar Guru

      August 12th 2017 @ 9:37am
      Rick Figjam said | August 12th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      Best part of the game was the Kung Fu kick from Greene.

      I’m really starting to like this kid.

      • August 12th 2017 @ 7:00pm
        BigAl said | August 12th 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

        . . . he’s right up there with Cantona.

    • August 12th 2017 @ 9:42am
      Paul W said | August 12th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      “Greene’s right boot caught Luke Dahlhaus in the face in a marking contest”, no it was a handball receive. A deliberate dirty studs up act from an obnoxious piece of pond scum.

      • August 12th 2017 @ 2:06pm
        J.T. Delacroix said | August 12th 2017 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

        Scathing, but accurate. He seems determined to take it up (or down) a notch every match he plays. Fending an opponent off with your boot studs is just the latest. There’s something very wrong with that boy.

    • Roar Guru

      August 12th 2017 @ 10:23am
      DingoGray said | August 12th 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      Giants coming out of their flat spot.

      I have a feeling they are tapering from a heavy training load.

      It’s shaping up to be an absolute slobber knocker of A Prelim Final – The Battle of the Bridge and probably Grand Final winner

      • August 12th 2017 @ 11:36pm
        Mitcher said | August 12th 2017 @ 11:36pm | ! Report

        Agree with what you’re saying fully. And this is probably not desperately required.

        But I’d much prefer if the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ was not perpetuated. I know the swans don’t promote that rubbish and have a feeling even the Giants have realised how ridiculous it is.

        Not everything has to be branded. A ‘derby’ is a pretty well recognised term for a local rivalry. It says it all.

        And if you’re going to brand it, at least take it out of the hands of Victorians who don’t actually know anything (not all, just those involved here) about the make up of this city.

        While I’m on a roll. ‘Q Clash’. Cringeworthy contrived tripe.

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