Western Bulldogs vs Essendon Bombers: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

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    Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away April 8, 2018
    Western Bulldogs 104, Essendon 83
    Western Bulldogs Essendon
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q13927   3220
    Q281058   6642
    Q3111682   9761
    Q41420104   121183

    Match result:

    The Western Bulldogs have hit back at their critics with a 21-point win on Sunday.

    Final score
    Western Bulldogs 14.20 (104)
    Essendon 12.11 (83)

    Match preview:

    The Western Bulldogs and the Essendon Bombers do battle at Etihad Stadium in a home game for Dogs. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:20pm (AEST).

    While the Bulldogs were improved last week against West Coast, that wasn’t saying much after their effort, or lack of it, in Round 1 against the Giants.

    The have injuries, out of form players and a huge gap to make up if they dare even dream of playing finals football in 2018.

    Essendon started well against Adelaide in week one yet did have chances against Fremantle last week before going down by sixteen points.

    They will look to move to two wins and one loss today which would be an acceptable start for a Club who are still a little bit of an unknown in terms of where they are in the rebuild that John Worsfold has overseen.

    Essendon will play their attacking, running game and back their style while the Bulldogs must do one simple thing. That being; effort.

    They must show their fans that there are still traces of the manic pressure and defence they produced in 2016 and that despite their poor form, they will improve week by week.

    The match will see Jake Stringer line up against the club he won a premiership with in 2016 for the first time since being dramatically traded to Essendon at the end of last year.

    Stringer is yet to kick a goal for his new club, though that could in part be put down to the fact he has been trialed as a midfielder for large periods of both games so far.

    Prediction
    Turning around poor performances takes time and I cannot see the Dogs getting it right in one short week. The Bombers are a dangerous team if the fornt third pressure isn’t there and that spells problems for the Bulldogs today.

    Western Bulldogs 62, Essendon 94

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    3' BEHIND - Mitch Wallis (Western Bulldogs)
    4' GOAL - Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs)
    6' GOAL - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    7' BEHIND - Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
    8' BEHIND - Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)
    9' BEHIND - Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs)
    10' BEHIND - Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
    12' BEHIND - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    14' BEHIND - Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
    16' BEHIND - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    18' GOAL - Darcy Parish (Essendon)
    19' BEHIND - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    22' GOAL - Josh Green (Essendon)
    24' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    25' GOAL - Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)
    27' BEHIND - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    28' GOAL - Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs)
    Quarter 2
    1' GOAL - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    6' GOAL - Mitch Wallis (Western Bulldogs)
    8' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    10' BEHIND - Conor McKenna (Essendon)
    11' GOAL - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    14' BEHIND - Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
    14' GOAL - Cale Hooker (Essendon)
    18' BEHIND - Matthew Suckling (Western Bulldogs)
    21' GOAL - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    22' BEHIND - Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
    24' GOAL - James Stewart (Essendon)
    26' GOAL - Devon Smith (Essendon)
    31' GOAL - Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs)
    Quarter 3
    2' BEHIND - Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)
    4' BEHIND - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
    4' BEHIND - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    10' BEHIND - Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs)
    11' GOAL - Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs)
    13' GOAL - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
    14' BEHIND - Cale Hooker (Essendon)
    17' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    19' GOAL - Zach Merrett (Essendon)
    20' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    23' GOAL - Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
    25' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    27' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    Quarter 4
    2' BEHIND - Zach Merrett (Essendon)
    5' GOAL - Bailey Williams (Western Bulldogs)
    6' BEHIND - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    7' GOAL - Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)
    9' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    13' GOAL - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    16' BEHIND - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    17' BEHIND - Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
    18' GOAL - Josh Green (Essendon)
    21' GOAL - James Stewart (Essendon)
    22' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    23' GOAL - Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs)
    27' BEHIND - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    29' BEHIND - Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)

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    • 12:12am
      Don Freo said | 12:12am | ! Report

      I wonder where Hard Times Harry has got to?

    • Columnist

      5:53pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:53pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      Goodness me, what an appalling final term from Essendon when they had a chance. Joe Daniher should shout the bar tonight. Thanks for being on board for the call and jump over to the Geelong vs West Coast clash, the Commonwealth Games or the NRL action. It is a feast of sport here on the Roar.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.20 (104)
      Essendon: 12.11 (83)

    • Columnist

      5:51pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:51pm | ! Report

      28 – Another awful passage from the Dons upon which I don’t know what to say.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.20 (104)
      Essendon: 12.11 (83)

    • Columnist

      5:49pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:49pm | ! Report

      26 – Looks like the Dogs are back folks……well, sort of.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.19 (103)
      Essendon: 12.11 (83)

    • Columnist

      5:48pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:48pm | ! Report

      Behind
      26 – Daniher marks thirty out…………..poor kick.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.19 (103)
      Essendon: 12.11 (83)

    • Columnist

      5:47pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:47pm | ! Report

      25 – There will be some copy written about that moment through the week.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.19 (103)
      Essendon: 12.10 (82)

    • Columnist

      5:46pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:46pm | ! Report

      Goal
      22 – From the kick out the Dogs go the full length and McLean scores at the other end. All the while Daniher chuckles at the other end? Goose.


      Western Bulldogs: 14.19 (103)
      Essendon: 12.10 (82)

    • Columnist

      5:45pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 5:45pm | ! Report

      22 – Ok Joe Daniher, sit down and have a good think. He marks ten out and hand off and the Dogs rush the behind? Watch the highlights people, you won’t believe it.


      Western Bulldogs: 13.19 (97)
      Essendon: 12.10 (82)

      • 5:49pm
        Joe said | 5:49pm | ! Report

        He is a seriously dumb player but as a dog supporter I like it

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