Game Chat – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Written by Thommo on April 29 2016

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Friday 7:50pm AEST

Last 5 times:

R22, 2015, Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) d North Melbourne 10.13 (73) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2014, North Melbourne 17.9 (111) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2014, North Melbourne 12.11 (83) d Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2013, North Melbourne 22.19 (151) d Western Bulldogs 15.7 (97) at Etihad Stadium
R19, 2012, North Melbourne 18.7 (115) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium

Top SC Scorers from last match:

  • North Melbourne: Tarrant 127, Goldstein 102, Higgins 101, Waite 98
  • Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 153, Hunter 121, Wallis 117, Dahlhaus 114

INs/OUTs

North Melbourne

  • No change

Western Bulldogs

  • In: Fletcher Roberts
  • Out: Suckling (Ankle/Knee)

Game Notes: Woo hoo! Two good Friday night games in a row!

The Kangaroos and Bulldogs are arguably the form sides of the competition yet lingering doubts remain about both sides. The Kangaroos defeated Adelaide in Round 1 but since then they haven’t taken any big scalps and likewise the Bulldogs are yet to defeat any current top 8 teams after falling agonizingly short against the Hawks (Fremantle no longer count!).

So tonight is their chance to make a statement… and only 15 years after their last Friday night match-up! Can the Bulldogs’ under-sized and under-manned back-line hold up against the dominant Kangaroos’ talls? Can the slower Kangaroos’ midfield keep up with the blistering pace of the Bulldogs’ midfield at Etihad Stadium?

This has all the hallmarks of a Friday night special! So who wins, speed or size?

The 6 Points

1. The Western Bulldogs lead the AFL in disposals, averaging 454.2 per game. The Kangaroos are a lot further down the list, ranked 12th with 363.8 per game.

2. Nothing separates these teams with 76 wins each and three draws from 155 contests. Since 2009, it’s six wins to five in the Bulldogs’ favour.

3. North Melbourne is the highest scoring side after five games, averaging 122 points per game. The Roos have registered more than 100 points in all five matches.

4. Another win for the Kangaroos and it will be the first time since 1979 the club has won their first six games of the season.

5. It’s a rare Friday night blockbuster between these two teams. The most recent was in round 10, 2001, while the Bulldogs haven’t played any Friday night games at all since early in 2012.

6. Revitalised Roo Jarrad Waite has climbed 55 places up the Schick AFL Player Ratings to 74th overall after a stellar five rounds, including 18 majors.

Thommo’s Tip: Bulldogs by 18 points.

While we do our best to update posts with end of quarter scores, we aren’t always online so if you have access to the scores and see they haven’t gone into the Comments section of this post, the Community would love it if you could help us out.

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  1. Doing Z Smith > Goldy & Fyfe > someone, but with a little over 300k in the bank I am left with two choices:
    TU: Polec – BE of 8 and back in to a weak PA team, surely he can generate cash and get decent scores?
    TD: Gresham – already traded him out of my side earlier after not impressing and being dropped. Is it worth bringing him in when he may get dropped again?

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  2. To quote the late Big Kev … “I’m Excited!”

    Already at Etihad and there’s people everywhere. Great buzz in the air.

    Massive game for both clubs. Probably more on the line for North who are all in for a tilt at the premiership with our ageing champs compared to the Doggies youngsters who will have more chances in the years ahead.

    My tip is North by 8 in an all time classic.

    Goldy will be wearing the VC tonight as well so I hope he leads us to victory.

    Go North!!!!!

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  3. I’ve brought in Swallow this week on the back of one decent game. No goals this year, but am sure the captain of North will get going sooner…

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  4. Nice write up Thommo!

    Fudgsicle!! Just realised my entire squad named to play … no loophole options this week for me!! Damn, captain choice now becomes huge …

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  5. One week 15 metres is 18 metres, the next its 10 metres. Even Waite looked surprised they paid the mark.

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      1. I would have thought ‘if’ the umps have rule of the week, they would let the clubs know !

        How does this serve as an advantage for the competition by keeping it secrete ?

        Don’t get ahead of yourselves umpires !

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  6. QUARTER TIME
    North Melbourne 4.1 (25)
    Western Bulldogs 2.1 (13)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    8 Daniel Wells 45
    9 Andrew Swallow 31
    30 Jarrad Waite 31
    50 Ben Brown 26
    10 Ben Cunnington 22
    16 Scott D. Thompson 22
    7 Jack Ziebell 20
    5 Ben Jacobs 19
    29 Brent Harvey 18
    15 Nick Dal Santo 18
    25 Robbie Tarrant 18
    18 Shaun Atley 17
    19 Sam Wright 16
    34 Jamie Macmillan 15
    4 Shaun Higgins 15
    43 Sam Gibson 12
    11 Michael Firrito 11
    20 Drew Petrie 9
    40 Kayne Turner 9
    12 Lindsay Thomas 7
    22 Todd Goldstein 7
    21 Luke McDonald 4

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    46 Lin Jong 35
    25 Koby Stevens 28
    7 Lachie Hunter 28
    11 Jack Macrae 25
    38 Dale Morris 24
    5 Matthew Boyd 24
    42 Liam Picken 22
    3 Mitch Wallis 21
    44 Jed Adcock 20
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 20
    33 Marcus Adams 20
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 19
    16 Toby McLean 19
    15 Tom Campbell 16
    18 Fletcher Roberts 14
    9 Jake Stringer 14
    24 Shane Biggs 13
    21 Tom Liberatore 13
    31 Bailey Dale 12
    10 Easton Wood 11
    29 Tory Dickson 9
    23 Jordan Roughead 5

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  7. Did not like Goldy going down and appearing hurt like he did. Got up and won the next ruck contest, but only on 6 points at QT time. Got VC on the big fella, but just hope he stays fit, tons up and does not have an injury / stinking score so that everyone can afford to pick him up.

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    1. Goldy got stiffed in his points. I had game day points & he was getting a tap that was getting to a Norf player, yet his points were not going up accordingly. Stiffed by at least 15 / 20 points IMO.
      Over the moon with my POD Lachie Hunter and also Wells who most would have had.
      Injury concerns to Adams & Libba hopefully nothing major & they should be right for next week.

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      1. To be honest, there were a few shockers against the Doggies even though they had more free kicks (the shepherding in a marking contest call was odd). The Roos copped a couple of bad ones against them late.

        The umpires need to go back to the old “only pay it if its obvious” rule of thumb.

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  8. HALF TIME
    North Melbourne 5.4 (34)
    Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    8 Daniel Wells 64
    16 Scott D. Thompson 61
    25 Robbie Tarrant 55
    30 Jarrad Waite 51
    9 Andrew Swallow 50
    10 Ben Cunnington 47
    34 Jamie Macmillan 46
    50 Ben Brown 44
    7 Jack Ziebell 44
    4 Shaun Higgins 42
    29 Brent Harvey 35
    19 Sam Wright 32
    18 Shaun Atley 31
    5 Ben Jacobs 29
    21 Luke McDonald 28
    20 Drew Petrie 27
    15 Nick Dal Santo 27
    43 Sam Gibson 27
    11 Michael Firrito 26
    22 Todd Goldstein 17
    12 Lindsay Thomas 14
    40 Kayne Turner 12

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    7 Lachie Hunter 79
    11 Jack Macrae 60
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 49
    5 Matthew Boyd 49
    42 Liam Picken 47
    3 Mitch Wallis 47
    9 Jake Stringer 39
    38 Dale Morris 38
    16 Toby McLean 38
    46 Lin Jong 36
    33 Marcus Adams 36
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 35
    29 Tory Dickson 34
    15 Tom Campbell 33
    21 Tom Liberatore 33
    25 Koby Stevens 30
    18 Fletcher Roberts 27
    44 Jed Adcock 27
    31 Bailey Dale 18
    10 Easton Wood 18
    24 Shane Biggs 18
    23 Jordan Roughead 15

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    1. Thanks Chonks. You’re a gentleman!

      Poor Goldy looks to be struggling with the knock to his hip. Hate to see the big fella struggling even though I don’t own him.

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  9. For those that have been waiting for Goldy to drop in price, looks like he’ll be coming down over the next 2-3 weeks……

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  10. Is anyone else shouting at the TV screen.

    I was expecting a game like Adelaide v Hawthorn but instead we’re getting Collingwood v Richmond.

    Ug-ly!

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  11. THREE QUARTER TIME
    North Melbourne 8.6 (54)
    Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    8 Daniel Wells 88
    30 Jarrad Waite 79
    16 Scott D. Thompson 77
    9 Andrew Swallow 74
    7 Jack Ziebell 70
    25 Robbie Tarrant 67
    4 Shaun Higgins 61
    29 Brent Harvey 60
    20 Drew Petrie 59
    34 Jamie Macmillan 58
    10 Ben Cunnington 53
    19 Sam Wright 51
    12 Lindsay Thomas 50
    5 Ben Jacobs 46
    50 Ben Brown 45
    22 Todd Goldstein 41
    21 Luke McDonald 39
    15 Nick Dal Santo 38
    18 Shaun Atley 38
    43 Sam Gibson 36
    11 Michael Firrito 32
    40 Kayne Turner 11

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    7 Lachie Hunter 118
    5 Matthew Boyd 88
    11 Jack Macrae 86
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 80
    3 Mitch Wallis 74
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 68
    25 Koby Stevens 66
    42 Liam Picken 63
    15 Tom Campbell 61
    16 Toby McLean 60
    38 Dale Morris 59
    24 Shane Biggs 55
    29 Tory Dickson 51
    9 Jake Stringer 47
    46 Lin Jong 45
    33 Marcus Adams 45
    21 Tom Liberatore 44
    10 Easton Wood 34
    44 Jed Adcock 34
    18 Fletcher Roberts 33
    31 Bailey Dale 23
    23 Jordan Roughead 17

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  12. FULL TIME
    North Melbourne 9.7 (61)
    Western Bulldogs 6.9 (45)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    16 Scott D. Thompson 123
    8 Daniel Wells 119
    9 Andrew Swallow 109
    30 Jarrad Waite 105
    10 Ben Cunnington 101
    34 Jamie Macmillan 83
    25 Robbie Tarrant 81
    29 Brent Harvey 80
    19 Sam Wright 80
    20 Drew Petrie 79
    7 Jack Ziebell 76
    21 Luke McDonald 72
    4 Shaun Higgins 70
    5 Ben Jacobs 64
    12 Lindsay Thomas 60
    43 Sam Gibson 56
    18 Shaun Atley 56
    22 Todd Goldstein 52
    15 Nick Dal Santo 51
    50 Ben Brown 50
    11 Michael Firrito 41
    40 Kayne Turner 11

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    7 Lachie Hunter 150
    5 Matthew Boyd 120
    11 Jack Macrae 111
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 110
    25 Koby Stevens 94
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 83
    3 Mitch Wallis 79
    42 Liam Picken 77
    15 Tom Campbell 77
    29 Tory Dickson 74
    16 Toby McLean 72
    38 Dale Morris 67
    24 Shane Biggs 67
    33 Marcus Adams 64
    21 Tom Liberatore 64
    9 Jake Stringer 57
    46 Lin Jong 57
    10 Easton Wood 49
    18 Fletcher Roberts 45
    44 Jed Adcock 35
    31 Bailey Dale 31
    23 Jordan Roughead 30

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  13. It’s easy to criticise the skills but it was a high pressure game over four qtrs. No easy touches tonight, ball-carrier was always under enormous pressure. That’s reflected in the scores, wasn’t a free-flowing shootout like we all thought. I thought the better team won.
    If I have one gripe, it’s the ‘deliberate’ rule out of bounds. They pay it for pretty much everything these days, just not in the spirit of the game………

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    1. Disagree with you Schwarz on that one, so many missed kicks, shots at goals, bad decisions. There was pressure, but not always. A game more akin to the melb v ess game.

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      1. There was a patch during the last inside the north fifty where the Bulldogs fumbled a heap and ended up turning it over because they were too scared to go near the boundary. Terrible over-umpiring ruined what could have been a very fast and skilled game of footy

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      2. True, although I don’t agree with the Melb/Ess call.
        I’m just saying there’s a huge difference between playing Brisbane (where the Dogs waltzed around doing as they liked) and a potential Top4 side in North. 1 vs 2 doesn’t necessarily mean a high quality of possessions, more a high quality of pressure and even ‘perceived’ pressure.
        (Definitely agree with the set shots on goal…….they never get better, do they?)

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Game Chat – North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Written by Thommo on August 29 2015

If you can only watch one game today, do yourself a favour and watch this one! The Kangas are roaring down the home straight with seven straight victories including a comeback win over Fremantle last week, while the Doggies were the hype team of the AFL prior to a reality check in the West last week. Not to mention that few teams play better football at Etihad than these two teams.

With the Geelong’s loss, neither North nor the Bulldogs can drop from the top 8, but considering the two teams may meet again in a fortnight, they will be desperate to take bragging rights today.

Congratulations to Michael Firrito on game 250 and Shaun Higgins on game 150

Thommo’s tip: Western Bulldogs by 9 points.

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  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    North Melbourne: Ryan Bastinac, Brent Harvey, Ben Brown
    Substitute: Sam Gibson

    Western Bulldogs: Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch, Shane Biggs
    Substitute: Zaine Cordy

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  2. QUARTER TIME
    North Melbourne 1.5 (11)
    Western Bulldogs 1.3 (9)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    25 Robbie Tarrant 48
    22 Todd Goldstein 36
    11 Michael Firrito 34
    9 Andrew Swallow 30
    20 Drew Petrie 27
    28 Robin Nahas 25
    34 Jamie Macmillan 24
    15 Nick Dal Santo 23
    4 Shaun Higgins 23
    3 Ryan Bastinac 20
    6 Lachlan Hansen 18
    19 Sam Wright 17
    16 Scott D. Thompson 17
    50 Ben Brown 16
    7 Jack Ziebell 15
    30 Jarrad Waite 13
    27 Taylor Garner 11
    10 Ben Cunnington 9
    5 Ben Jacobs 9
    18 Shaun Atley 7
    29 Brent Harvey 6
    43 Sam Gibson 0 (SUB)

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    7 Lachie Hunter 45
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 38
    11 Jack Macrae 31
    42 Liam Picken 31
    2 Robert Murphy 28
    1 Jarrad Grant 24
    23 Jordan Roughead 24
    9 Jake Stringer 21
    22 Mitch Honeychurch 20
    5 Matthew Boyd 19
    8 Stewart Crameri 17
    38 Dale Morris 16
    10 Easton Wood 14
    39 Jason Johannisen 11
    30 Joel Hamling 11
    19 Lukas Webb 10
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 9
    43 Jack Redpath 5
    3 Mitch Wallis 5
    24 Shane Biggs 5
    29 Tory Dickson 0
    12 Zaine Cordy 0 (SUB)

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  3. HALF TIME
    North Melbourne 3.8 (26)
    Western Bulldogs 5.5 (35)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    25 Robbie Tarrant 91
    34 Jamie Macmillan 57
    22 Todd Goldstein 55
    16 Scott D. Thompson 51
    5 Ben Jacobs 46
    20 Drew Petrie 45
    9 Andrew Swallow 44
    28 Robin Nahas 44
    19 Sam Wright 43
    3 Ryan Bastinac 42
    7 Jack Ziebell 40
    4 Shaun Higgins 38
    29 Brent Harvey 37
    11 Michael Firrito 35
    6 Lachlan Hansen 32
    27 Taylor Garner 29
    10 Ben Cunnington 23
    15 Nick Dal Santo 21
    30 Jarrad Waite 17
    18 Shaun Atley 16
    50 Ben Brown 15
    43 Sam Gibson 0 (SUB)

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    7 Lachie Hunter 83
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 83
    11 Jack Macrae 54
    2 Robert Murphy 53
    42 Liam Picken 49
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 48
    23 Jordan Roughead 43
    9 Jake Stringer 36
    5 Matthew Boyd 35
    22 Mitch Honeychurch 35
    8 Stewart Crameri 35
    1 Jarrad Grant 30
    10 Easton Wood 29
    19 Lukas Webb 28
    3 Mitch Wallis 27
    39 Jason Johannisen 26
    29 Tory Dickson 25
    30 Joel Hamling 23
    38 Dale Morris 20
    24 Shane Biggs 20
    43 Jack Redpath 5
    12 Zaine Cordy 0 (SUB)

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  4. THREE QUARTER TIME
    North Melbourne 5.11 (41)
    Western Bulldogs 7.10 (52)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    25 Robbie Tarrant 115
    34 Jamie Macmillan 82
    22 Todd Goldstein 74
    20 Drew Petrie 73
    16 Scott D. Thompson 73
    5 Ben Jacobs 72
    9 Andrew Swallow 64
    3 Ryan Bastinac 61
    4 Shaun Higgins 60
    29 Brent Harvey 56
    28 Robin Nahas 56
    19 Sam Wright 55
    27 Taylor Garner 51
    30 Jarrad Waite 50
    7 Jack Ziebell 47
    11 Michael Firrito 47
    15 Nick Dal Santo 45
    10 Ben Cunnington 40
    6 Lachlan Hansen 36 (SUBBED OFF)
    18 Shaun Atley 24
    50 Ben Brown 20
    43 Sam Gibson 6 (SUBBED ON)

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 99
    7 Lachie Hunter 94
    11 Jack Macrae 80
    23 Jordan Roughead 80
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 80
    9 Jake Stringer 67
    3 Mitch Wallis 66
    2 Robert Murphy 64
    5 Matthew Boyd 62
    8 Stewart Crameri 60
    42 Liam Picken 56
    1 Jarrad Grant 54
    39 Jason Johannisen 53
    22 Mitch Honeychurch 50
    19 Lukas Webb 48
    24 Shane Biggs 47
    10 Easton Wood 38
    30 Joel Hamling 32
    38 Dale Morris 31
    29 Tory Dickson 29
    43 Jack Redpath 11
    12 Zaine Cordy 0 (SUB)

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  5. FULL TIME
    North Melbourne 10.13 (73)
    Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96)

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    25 Robbie Tarrant 121
    22 Todd Goldstein 103
    30 Jarrad Waite 94
    4 Shaun Higgins 94
    34 Jamie Macmillan 90
    20 Drew Petrie 87
    16 Scott D. Thompson 87
    5 Ben Jacobs 78
    29 Brent Harvey 76
    9 Andrew Swallow 75
    3 Ryan Bastinac 72
    27 Taylor Garner 71
    11 Michael Firrito 69
    15 Nick Dal Santo 61
    28 Robin Nahas 60
    19 Sam Wright 56
    7 Jack Ziebell 52
    10 Ben Cunnington 46
    18 Shaun Atley 46
    50 Ben Brown 38
    6 Lachlan Hansen 34
    43 Sam Gibson 21

    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 147
    7 Lachie Hunter 116
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 112
    3 Mitch Wallis 109
    11 Jack Macrae 102
    42 Liam Picken 96
    9 Jake Stringer 94
    5 Matthew Boyd 93
    23 Jordan Roughead 90
    39 Jason Johannisen 79
    24 Shane Biggs 78
    22 Mitch Honeychurch 76
    2 Robert Murphy 76
    8 Stewart Crameri 72
    10 Easton Wood 60
    19 Lukas Webb 56
    1 Jarrad Grant 55
    29 Tory Dickson 50
    38 Dale Morris 43
    30 Joel Hamling 41
    43 Jack Redpath 22
    12 Zaine Cordy 7

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