Sport Western Bulldogs clinch AFL finals berth with win over Fremantle as Melbourne misses out

22:06  20 september  2020
22:06  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Western Bulldogs are finalists once again after booking their spot with a win over Fremantle on Sunday night. The Dogs ’ win means Collingwood must beat Port Adelaide on Monday night in the last game of the regular season to avoid an elimination final trip to Perth to play West Coast in the

The Bulldogs controlled the critical third quarter and finally got the scoreboard ticking over . They were clean when going forward and got the ball out the back and managed to score." Conti, who won the medal for best on the ground, reflected the Dogs ' turnaround after being lost in wet weather

The Western Bulldogs have made sure they will be playing in the AFL finals instead of Melbourne following a 30-point win over Fremantle in Cairns.

The Bulldogs' 11.8 (74) to 6.8 (44) victory on Sunday night saw Luke Beveridge's side snap up the last remaining finals berth at the expense of the Demons.

The Demons had given themselves hope of making the finals when they beat the Bombers on the Gold Coast on Saturday to provisionally move into the top eight prior to the Bulldogs-Dockers clash.

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The Bulldogs finished the home-and-away season on 36 points, four ahead of the Demons.

The win over the Dockers means the Bulldogs will finish either seventh or eighth, with their final position depending on Collingwood's encounter with Port Adelaide on Monday.

But the victory could come at a major cost, with forwards Aaron Naughton (face) and Mitch Wallis (shoulder) sustaining injuries.

The Bulldogs slipped to ninth following the Demons' win on Saturday, meaning they needed a draw or a win against the Dockers to claw their way back into the top eight.

The Demons were hoping for a Fremantle upset, and the Bulldogs seemed in danger after star forward Naughton went to hospital at half-time for scans on his face.

Naughton immediately clutched his face after a clash of heads with Sean Darcy during a clumsy shepherd from the Fremantle ruckman in the second quarter.

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Melbourne 15.10 (100) defeated Western Bulldogs 7.9 (51) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, June 2. Jesse Hogan kicked five goals as the Demons won its sixth

If Naughton has suffered a facial fracture and is ruled out of the start of the finals, it would be a huge blow to the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are also sweating on the fitness of Wallis, who went off late in the match with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Midfielder Lachie Hunter was prolific for the Bulldogs with 34 disposals and a goal, while ruckman Tim English booted two goals and handed off another.

Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe battled hard to finish with 23 disposals, six clearances and two goals in a losing effort.

The first term was a scrappy affair as both sides committed inexplicable turnovers.

Fyfe added some polish in the second quarter with two goals, including a 60-metre bomb.

But the Bulldogs took control despite kicking against the breeze, booting five goals in the second term to take a 12-point lead into half-time.

The stutter-step run-up of Rory Lobb came to the fore again, with the Dockers big man missing a 20-metre set shot from straight in front.

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The Western Bulldogs had to win to make the finals . It was win or go home. Fremantle were under pressure to not end their season on a poor note and they responded with the next two goals, but He received a down field free kick after Michael Frederick knocked over Hayden Crozier and Wallis had a

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The Bulldogs dominated field position in the second half, but it was not until the final term when they got true reward for their efforts.


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One question mark for each finalist ahead of Week 1 .
We’ve had 18 gruelling rounds of home-and-away action. We’ve had a totally pointless bye week. Now it’s time for finals to finally get underway. With a wide-open top four and some teams in the lower bracket who fancy themselves, we’ve got a finals series to salivate over. I know I can’t pick a winner just yet, but I can come up with something for each top-eight side to worry about beforehand. Port Adelaide What did those heavy losses to the big guns mean? Port Adelaide made a dramatic return to the finals as minor premiers in a year many thought Ken Hinkley would be struggling to retain his job.

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