Game Chat – Western Bulldogs v North

Written by Motts on May 25 2019

Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Saturday May 25, 2:10pm AEST

Last time they met: Marvel Stadium, round 21, 2018: North Melbourne 12.13 (85) defeated by Western Bulldogs 13.14 (92)

A half-time lead of 28 points and finals hopes both evaporated for North Melbourne as the Western Bulldogs piled on eight goals in the third quarter. Lachie Hunter, Jack Macrae and Caleb Daniel all had 40-plus possessions in Dale Morris’ 250th game, while Ben Brown kicked four goals.

What it means for the Western Bulldogs: The Dogs are one of five sides sitting a game outside the top eight and with a trip to face reigning premiers West Coast before the bye, taking care of business against the 17th-placed Roos is a must.

What it means for North Melbourne: Three of the Kangaroos’ last four games have been competitive losses, with a win against Carlton. They did beat Adelaide earlier in the season, but they’d want another scalp to generate belief.

How the Western Bulldogs win: Linking via handball and getting supply inside 50 has served the Dogs reasonably well. The Roos are one of the few sides that handball more frequently, but the Dogs have been more effective.

How North Melbourne wins: Ben Brown has kicked 15 goals in the last four games against the Dogs’ well-documented smaller defence. The key forward is the focal point.

The stat: These teams like taking games down to the wire. The previous six clashes have been decided by 16 points or fewer with the Bulldogs holding a 4-2 ascendency.

The match-up: Jared Polec v Jason Johannisen

Line-breaker and quality ball-user is a combination in the X-factor category and both Polec (89th in the Official AFL Player Ratings) and Johannisen (132nd) have those skills. The stars have averaged 22 disposals apiece this season and could play a defining part.

It’s a big week for: Bailey Smith

Named the NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in round nine, Smith has fitted in seamlessly and provided an exciting dynamic to a gritty Dogs midfield group. Pick No.7 in last season’s draft accumulated 28 possessions against Geelong and is an increasingly prominent influence on games.

Big call: Both sides hit the ton in a free-flowing shootout.

Prediction: Western Bulldogs by 25 points


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20 thoughts on “Game Chat – Western Bulldogs v North”

      1. Feel like a fool for mixing up Chris/Brad, had planned to post this joke since yesterday!


        1. Ha ha ..

          Maybe Brad will take an assistants role at the Cats next year.

          He could take the presser after a bad loss.

          He has had way more experience 😉



    Western Bulldogs: Bailey Smith, Toby McLean, Patrick Lipinski, Bailey Williams
    North Melbourne: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Luke McDonald, Nick Larkey, Cameron Zurhaar


  2. Also, why on Earth did it not occur to me to put the VC on Goldstein!? Competent ruckman vs Bulldogs usually equals a big score…


    1. Same here…so obvious in hindsight. Ah well…the cost of goldy to grundy after r13 not getting higher.


  3. SC relevant scores at HT:

    Dunkley: 77
    Daniel: 63
    Libba: 59
    Macrae: 52

    Goldy: 79
    Cunnington: 57
    Macmillan: 37
    Ziebell: 23


  4. 1/2 Time
    Western Bulldogs 6.6.42
    Josh Dunkley 77
    M. Bontempelli 66
    Caleb Daniel 63
    Tom Liberatore 59
    Hayden Crozier 53
    Jack Macrae 52
    Bailey Smith 49
    Jason Johannisen 47
    Lachie Hunter 42
    Mitch Wallis* 42
    Sam Lloyd 40
    Patrick Lipinski 39
    Bailey Williams 33
    Matt Suckling 29
    Toby McLean 26
    Tim English 25
    Jackson Trengove 23
    Aaron Naughton 21
    Easton Wood 17
    Ed Richards 16
    Bailey Dale 14
    Zaine Cordy 12

    Nth Melb 10.4.64
    Todd Goldstein 79
    Jed Anderson 63
    Robbie Tarrant 59
    Ben Cunnington 57
    Cameron Zurhaar 52
    Mason Wood 51
    Tarryn Thomas 45
    Ben Brown 42
    Luke McDonald 40
    Jamie Macmillan 37
    Jared Polec 35
    Kayne Turner 33
    Scott D. Thompson 31
    Marley Williams 30
    Jasper Pittard 29
    Trent Dumont 28
    L. Davies-Uniacke 27
    Jy Simpkin 26
    Jack Ziebell 23
    Shaun Higgins 22
    Shaun Atley 22
    Nick Larkey 19


    1. For non-owners, Macrae should rise about $6.8k and have a BE of approx 125 next week. Very doable, but at least he won’t be as expensive as I feared after his bye.


    Bulldogs 13.12.90
    North Melb 18.7.115

    Josh Dunkley 130
    M. Bontempelli 118
    Tom Liberatore 110
    Sam Lloyd 108
    Caleb Daniel 106
    Jack Macrae 105
    Jason Johannisen 104
    Bailey Smith 88
    Hayden Crozier 87
    Lachie Hunter 84
    Matt Suckling 76
    Mitch Wallis* 74
    Tim English 73
    Patrick Lipinski 67
    Toby McLean 61
    Bailey Williams 53
    Easton Wood 48
    Bailey Dale 37
    Aaron Naughton 34
    Ed Richards 33
    Zaine Cordy 31
    Jackson Trengove 27

    Todd Goldstein 140
    Shaun Higgins 108
    Ben Cunnington 99
    Jed Anderson 96
    Jared Polec 93
    Mason Wood 91
    Robbie Tarrant 80
    Ben Brown 79
    Nick Larkey 77
    Scott D. Thompson 75
    Jasper Pittard 72
    Trent Dumont 71
    Cameron Zurhaar 68
    Luke McDonald 66
    Shaun Atley 65
    Jy Simpkin 63
    Marley Williams 57
    Tarryn Thomas 56
    Kayne Turner 52
    Jack Ziebell 50
    Jamie Macmillan 45
    L. Davies-Uniacke 44



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