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    Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast Suns

    Mars Stadium
    AFL Home and Away May 5, 2018
    Western Bulldogs 81, Gold Coast Suns 72
    Western Bulldogs Gold Coast Suns
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q1128   2618
    Q25535   5939
    Q38755   81058
    Q4111581   101272

    Match result:

    Gun midfielder Jack Macrae has guided an injury-hit Western Bulldogs to a tightly-contested nine-point AFL win over Gold Coast in Ballarat.

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    Final score
    Western Bulldogs 11.15.81
    Gold Coast Suns 10.12.72

    Match preview:

    The Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast Suns will make the trek to Ballarat for Round 7 with both sides desperate for a win. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).

    Memories of a 2016 premiership have faded fast for the Bulldogs. After missing the top eight in 2017, they find themselves sitting in 15th spot with just two wins from their first six games.

    While that’s only a victory away from the North Melbourne Kangaroos, who sit in eighth, their form has been astoundingly bad, with a number of big losses.

    Even if they do bring a victory over a battling Carlton outfit into this game as their last start, it’s memories of their loss to the Swans, or 80 and 50-point losses to the Giants and Eagles which will have them down on confidence.

    This is a chance for them to build confidence though, with the Suns disappearing from the top of the table after what was a positive start to the season.

    While their kicking has been anything but accurate, they beat North and Carlton to start their season, but have since lost three of their last four against better opposition – the Dockers, Eagles and Crows – to slump down the table. Their only bright spot was a victory over the Lions in the Q clash.

    The Gold Coast’s start to the season needs to be taken with a grain of salt, given the club weren’t expected to rise from their 2017 finishing position in the bottom section of the ladder. Their form is showing exactly where they are at development-wise and the chance of pinching an away win seems slim.

    A big crowd – behind the Bulldogs – should be on hand at the 11,000-seat ground, and the atmosphere created will certainly help the ‘Dogs.

    Prediction
    The Bulldogs should get the win here. The Gold Coast haven’t shown a great deal since their first two wins and one would expect it to be fairly comfortable.

    Bulldogs by 21.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    2' GOAL - Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs)
    2' BEHIND - Ben Ainsworth (Gold Coast Suns)
    5' BEHIND - Rushed (Gold Coast Suns)
    13' GOAL - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    16' BEHIND - Ed Richards (Western Bulldogs)
    17' BEHIND - Jarryd Lyons (Gold Coast Suns)
    21' BEHIND - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
    24' BEHIND - Toby McLean (Western Bulldogs)
    26' BEHIND - Brayden Crossley (Gold Coast Suns)
    27' BEHIND - Brad Scheer (Gold Coast Suns)
    28' GOAL - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    Quarter 2
    5' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)
    8' BEHIND - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    9' BEHIND - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    10' BEHIND - Mitch Honeychurch (Western Bulldogs)
    15' GOAL - Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs)
    16' BEHIND - Rushed (Gold Coast Suns)
    16' GOAL - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    18' GOAL - Patrick Lipinski (Western Bulldogs)
    21' GOAL - Patrick Lipinski (Western Bulldogs)
    22' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    23' GOAL - Charlie Ballard (Gold Coast Suns)
    29' BEHIND - Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
    31' GOAL - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    Quarter 3
    1' BEHIND - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    2' GOAL - Brayden Crossley (Gold Coast Suns)
    8' GOAL - Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs)
    12' GOAL - Mitch Honeychurch (Western Bulldogs)
    17' BEHIND - Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
    18' GOAL - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
    20' GOAL - Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
    24' BEHIND - Rushed (Gold Coast Suns)
    25' GOAL - Touk Miller (Gold Coast Suns)
    Quarter 4
    4' BEHIND - Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs)
    4' BEHIND - Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
    10' BEHIND - Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs)
    13' GOAL - Tim English (Western Bulldogs)
    15' GOAL - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    17' BEHIND - Ben Ainsworth (Gold Coast Suns)
    18' BEHIND - Matthew Suckling (Western Bulldogs)
    19' GOAL - Billy Gowers (Western Bulldogs)
    21' GOAL - Bailey Williams (Western Bulldogs)
    22' BEHIND - Matt Rosa (Gold Coast Suns)
    23' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)
    25' BEHIND - Rushed (Western Bulldogs)
    26' BEHIND - Matthew Suckling (Western Bulldogs)
    28' BEHIND - Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
    30' BEHIND - Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)

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    • Roar Guru

      4:25pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:25pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this afternoon on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2018 AFL Season. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      Right now you can either flick over for the end of the Bombers and Hawks with Lachlan Ballingall, or the West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide with AdelaideDocker, which starts in about 10 minutes.

      I’ll be back this evening for some NRL with the Cronulla Sharks playing the Parramatta Eels at 7:30pm (AEST).

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      4:23pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:23pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on that game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      4:19pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:19pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      The Bulldogs with a handball over the boundary. That’s called deliberate and they send it in forward from the free kick, but then there is a stoppage.

      Into the final 15 seconds and Hunter takes a mark. He goes to McLean and they run up the middle before the siren goes.

      The Western Bulldogs win it in Ballarat. It’s a nine-point game that went right down to the wire, but they were the better team, particularly in that fourth quarter. Enthralling contest with more than ten lead changes.

      Bulldogs 11.15 (81)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:18pm
      AdelaideDocker said | 4:18pm | ! Report

      Aw, damn. Was hoping the Suns could pull of a nice win.

    • Roar Guru

      4:17pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:17pm | ! Report

      Q4 0′

      The Suns had it inside 50 there, but a great spoil from Young for the Bulldogs sends it the other way. Into the final 60 seconds and surely now the Bulldogs will be home.

      Bulldogs 11.15 (81)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:17pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:17pm | ! Report

      Q4 1′ – BEHIND BULLDOGS

      Dahlhaus into some space now. He fires on goal, but it’s off to the right. Behind.

      Score correction.

      Bulldogs 11.15 (81)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:16pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:16pm | ! Report

      Q4 2′

      Ball pinballing around now. Crozier sends it forward, English is there and the Suns are taken over the boundary line.

      Bulldogs 11.15 (81)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:15pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:15pm | ! Report

      Q4 3′ – BEHIND BULLDOGS

      Now it’ll be Macrae with a chance. Bulldogs with some great defence at the half forward line to just continually take it away here. Hunter that time found Macrae who will fire on goal, but he misses off to the right.

      Another behind.

      Bulldogs 11.15 (81)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:14pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:14pm | ! Report

      Q4 3′ – BEHIND BULLDOGS

      Johannisen finds some space this time after a turnover. He hits a handball out wide to Williams who shoots for goal, but it’s off to the right.

      Bulldogs 11.14 (80)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:13pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:13pm | ! Report

      Q4 4′ – BEHIND BULLDOGS

      And another! The game is outside of a score now as McLean misses to the left.

      Bulldogs 11.13 (79)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

    • Roar Guru

      4:13pm
      Scott Pryde said | 4:13pm | ! Report

      Q4 4′ – BEHIND BULLDOGS

      The Bulldogs win the bounce here and are inside 50. They could win it here with a goal. Ball up and it’s English winning it, another ball up as the defenders swarm in. A third ball up now as Honeychurch is tackled, before Dahlhaus kicks towards full forward, the ball rushed behind.

      Six-point game with under five minutes on the clock.

      Bulldogs 11.12 (78)
      Suns 10.12 (72)

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