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GAME DAY: Dogs chase Eagles out of Finals

The Western Bulldogs have chased the Eagles out of the finals with a 47-point win over West Coast at Domain Stadium on Thursday night. 

The Bulldogs controlled a majority of the game with their defence working well and their attacking pressure winning the ball and the goals for the visitors to give them a 14.15 (99) to 7.10 (52) victory. 

The Bulldogs had a shaky start with three straight behinds and when their attacking game slipped the Eagles took advantage with Coleman Medallist, Josh Kennedy, marking the ball from a Dogs turnover and kicking the first goal of the game. Jack Darling quickly followed suit to kick the Eagles second goal. 
But the Bulldogs replied and ran in front with four unanswered goals before quarter time. 

The Eagles could barely get boot to ball for most of the second term, until Mitch Brown used his first touch of the game to kick a major. But the Bulldogs entered the big break with a 24-point lead. 

The Bulldogs continued their domination in the third quarter with Liam Picken playing tall with his handy marks and goal kicking. Josh Hill saved his Eagles from total embarrassment with a great mark in the goal square and went on to kick the Eagles first goal in the term, while Darling added another goal in the final minutes before the final break. 

 

The Bulldogs will now go on to play the winner of the Geelong V Hawthorn game on Friday night while the Eagles 2016 season is over. 

Listen to the game highlights here… 

‘We got some stars back and our balance around the contest was vital in getting the win. We went in with plans and we executed them pretty well.’ Tory Dickson tells us after the game. 

‘Their uncontested footy was way too good for us. Their ability to slice through us was far too good and we couldn’t stop it.’ Luke Shuey tells us after the game. 

‘Broken his [Jong’s] collarbone, I think. The medicos just said that, so I think that Ling’s probably done for the year,’ Luke Beveridge said at his press conference…

 

‘We probably regressed to relying on too few,’ Adam Simpson says in his press conference 

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