Melbourne have returned to the top of the standings and confirmed their Premiership credentials with a 288-point victory over the Western Bulldogs to open the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholas Round.
- Victory came from the Bulldogs, and the Demons reclaimed the top spot
- Clayton Oliver (2) and Christian Petraka (2) are impressed by their respective settlement calculations.
- The game was played without spectator attendance due to the Melbourne lockdown
Playing at an empty Ducklands Arena in Melbourne, the Demons implemented their defense plan as a team and scored goals in the first quarter of the quarter. work round .
Clayton Oliver (disp2 disposal) and Christian Petraka (disp 2 disposal) performed in Demons’ engine room, which expanded the workload and knocked out the Wanted Bulldogs midfield.
Belle Frisch and Tom MacDonald scored three goals, while key defenders Steven May and Jake Lever calmed Aaron Nhton and Jose Bruce by leading the dangerous bulldogs.
The stunning victory was the perfect way for the Demons to bounce back from the trauma to Adelaide the day before and they were sent over the berth der, a win for the Bulldogs.
The blockbuster clash was almost postponed as a result of Victoria’s recent coronavirus outbreak.
The game was played in front of some spectators and only on Friday morning All Melbourne players and staff received negative COVID-19 test results.
Bulldogs caused similar fears earlier in the week.
Both sides had a 1-1 draw in the competition and James Harms scored the opening goal within 20 seconds to exit the Demons block.
Their .5..5 () 1) return was almost double the previous high quarter-score against the Bulldogs, resulting in the home’s first quarter-time loss of 2021.
2 – The point margin came largely from the pressure of the daemon and the front half of the sound came from behind the defensive structure, which led to the raft of bulldog turnover.
The night got worse for the Bulldogs when first player Riley Garcia was replaced from the game due to a head nose.
Bruce and Tim A English cut the margin in the second half with quick goals, but Melbourne could not hold on to their terms and the Bulldogs.
Sam Weidemann was silent for several nights but managed to score two goals in the third quarter and gave the Demons a clear lead.
Bulldog captain Marcus Bontempelli signed a new four-year deal on the bumper this week and managed 300 disposals but lacked the usual impact.
Jack McCrae (disp 36 disposals) was one of the Bulldogs’ best men, and Taylor Duria calmed De Livier Cassia Pickett.
Bruce finished with three goals, the last of those two when the game ended.