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Sport Bontempelli in form for bushfire match

23:00  21 february  2020
23:00  21 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Toby Greene tackles Marcus Bontempelli in round 22, 2019. WESTERN Bulldogs superstar Marcus Bontempelli could find himself lined up next to Greater Western Sydney antagonist and Bulldogs rival Toby Greene if both are selected for the upcoming State of Origin Bushfire Relief Match .

Marcus Bontempelli says the opportunity to train and team up with rival AFL players will outweigh any awkwardness if he ends up on the Victorian team with Toby Greene for the bushfire fundraiser What Bontempelli hasn’t forgotten is how Greene’s Giants smashed the in - form Dogs in last year’s finals.

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Marcus Bontempelli put the All-Stars on notice ahead of next week's bushfire appeal match with a dominant display in the Western Bulldogs' big AFL pre-season win over North Melbourne.

A marquee selection for Victoria in the representative fixture, Bontempelli hit the ground running in his first appearance of 2020 by matching his career-best haul of 37 disposals at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

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Marcus Bontempelli has declared the “past is the past” as he prepares for the possibility of teaming with GWS antagonist Toby Greene for Victoria in the AFL’s bushfire charity match .

Marcus Bontempelli (born 24 November 1995) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL).

The 24-year-old star stuffed the stats sheet with 10 clearances, 11 inside-50s, eight tackles and 17 contested possessions.

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Two goals and a slick one-handed pick-up, followed by a quickfire handpass to a teammate, were the cherries on top in the final quarter.

"Marcus for a long period of time has been an every-time player," Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said after the 44-point win.

"He sets a great physical example out there.

"He's our new captain, he's never needed a formal title to show how good a leader he is, but he obviously really led from the front tonight."

Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs handpasses the ball during the 2020 Marsh Community AFL Series match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on February 21, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. © Daniel Pockett/Getty Images Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs handpasses the ball during the 2020 Marsh Community AFL Series match between the Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on February 21, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Bontempelli had just 13 disposals in his previous match when the Bulldogs were unceremoniously dumped from the finals by Greater Western Sydney last September.

But Beveridge denied that below-par performance under extreme pressure - Bontempelli was targeted for extra physical attention by the Giants - had an effect on the midfielder's mindset leading into the opening pre-season match.

"I don't think he gave it too much of a thought after we started pre-season," Beveridge said.

"He just put his head down and his work on the track has been next level.

"He brings other people along that aspire to be the best that they can be.

"He obviously had a terrific game tonight and he'll put that to bed pretty quickly."

Bontempelli was pleased with the outcome as the Bulldogs registered a 44-point win over North Melbourne.

"In most of these games you're just looking forward to playing again and building that chemistry and ability to play together," he told Fox Footy.

"It felt like we got that right for a little bit tonight, so you take what you can get from it personally and from a team point of view and just try and build on it."

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