AFL round 12: Western Bulldogs defeat Collingwood 100-82

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The Magpies got off to a brilliant start, scoring four of the first five goals to take a 22-point lead. From then on, however, the Dogs completely dominated the field, scoring 63 of the last 95 goals in the 50 seconds to overwhelm the Magpies.

The Bulldogs broke Collingwood’s resistance in the final period with a score of 5-0.

After braving their massive injury list for weeks, the valiant Magpies finally collapsed in this round, reaching critical mass as their eight-game unbeaten streak came to an end.

The Magpies went into the game with a battered midfield missing Scott Pendlebury (arm), Jordan De Goey (abdomen) and Tom Mitchell (foot), and a weakened attack line without Brody Mihocek (hamstring injury), Jamie Elliott (vascular injury), Mason Cox (concussion/knee), Will Hoskin-Elliott (hamstring injury), Joe Richards (foot), Reef McInnes (concussion) and Dan McStay (knee).

But when you have a guy called Nick Daicos in your team, anything is possible and the Magpies superstar almost single-handedly made up for the losses by producing another masterpiece in midfield, finishing with 32 possessions, two goals and personal bests in contested possessions (27) and clearances (16), including six clearances in the middle of the pitch in the first period.

However, the task was too much even for Daicos. The Dogs had a pretty skilful player on their side in Marcus Bontempelli, who shone with 38 possessions, a career high. He also added 16 contested touches, 10 clearances, nine tackles and two goals, guaranteeing an epic duel for the ages.

The Bulldogs also struggled with significant injuries and, without Tom Liberatore (concussion), Aaron Naughton (knee), Cody Weightman (elbow), Ed Richards (concussion), Jason Johannisen (hamstring) and Bailey Smith (knee), they were thrilled with their ability to defeat Collingwood 54-38 in the clearances.

Halfway through the year, the Dogs are just one game behind the top eight, having now won three of their last four games.

Busy weekend for MRO

But the hard-fought victory could cost the Bulldogs dearly, with rising star Sam Darcy potentially facing a holiday after unsettling Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard with a late strike from the back of midfield in the first five minutes after the premiership star had scored.

The incident sparked a huge brawl as a flock of magpies headed straight for young Darcy, who was one of the Dogs’ best players with seven marks (five contested) and three goals, including the superb strike from the boundary.

Darcy’s punishment could be mitigated by Maynard passing a concussion test and finishing the game.

And Darcy isn’t the only Bulldog in trouble. Taylor Duryea also faces charges after being accused of hitting Daicos in the face with a back elbow in the first quarter.

Collingwood star Josh Daicos may also attract the MRO’s attention for punching Lachie McNeil in the stomach in the third over, resulting in a no-ball free kick for the Bulldogs.

The Dogs’ victory was made even more impressive by the fact that they lost James Harmes to a thigh injury in the first 15 minutes and had to play with a man less in the second half as Laitham Vandermeer also sustained a thigh injury.

Lavish cakes

The Magpies could have decided the game before the first quarter when they had the upper hand, but their shooting technique let them down badly.

Lachie Schultz (two), Jack Crisp (two), Bobby Hill, Billy Frampton and Beau McCreery all missed chances to score and saved the Dogs from a heavy defeat.

OH NO, NOBLE

Collingwood defender John Noble endured a shocking first half in which he committed four horrific turnovers, two of which led directly to Bulldogs goals.

Midway through the first period, his shot from the defence was blocked by Darcy and the ball went straight to Jack Macrae, who scored perfectly from 30 metres out.

In the second half, Noble made life very difficult for Darcy Moore with a risky kick on the Dogs’ 50-meter line.

Instead of attacking his captain under minimal pressure, Noble forced Moore to lunge after a Wormburner, which the captain dropped.

Rhylee West pounced on the opportunity and passed the ball to Vandermeer, who equalized for the Dogs.

SCOREBOARD

COLLINGWOOD 5.7, 8.8, 12.9, 12.10 (82)

W.BULLDOGS 3.2, 8.5, 10.9, 15.10 (100)

RONNY LERNERS BEST

Magpies: N. Daicos, J. Daicos, Crisp, Schultz, Cameron, Moore, McCreery.

Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Treloar, Dale, Darcy, English, Bramble, Sanders.

GOALS

Magpies: Schultz 3, J. Daicos 2, N. Daicos 2, Maynard, Crisp, Markov, Hill, Lipinski.

Bulldogs: Darcy 3, Macrae 2, Ugle-Hagan 2, Bontempelli 2, McNeil 2, Treloar, Vandermeer, Lobb, West.

INJURIES Magpies: None. Bulldogs: Harmes (thigh), Vandermeer (thigh).

REPORTS Taylor Duryea (Bulldogs) for his hit on Nick Daicos (Collingwood) in the first quarter.

REFEREE Power, Hosking, Howorth, Findlay

43,298 at Marvel Stadium

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RONNY LERNERS VOICES

3 Marcus Bontempelli (WB)

2 Nick Daicos (COLL)

1 Adam Treloar (WB)

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