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Media articles and Stats: Bulldogs run away from Tigers
« on: May 15, 2011, 05:48:41 PM »
Bulldogs run away from Tigers
4:52 PM Sun 15 May, 2011

Western Bulldogs  7.2   12.4    18.11    23.15 (153)
Richmond             1.4     6.8    11.8     18.10 (118)


Bulldogs: Gilbee 6, Minson 4, Grant 3, Jones 2, Liberatore 2, Hargrave, Ward, Murphy, Moles, Giansiracusa, Cooney
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Miller 3, Vickery 2, Martin 2, Foley 2, Jackson, Helbig, Graham, King, Nason.

Bulldogs: Ward, Boyd, Murphy, Cross, Hargrave, Hudson, Griffen, Grant, Morris
Richmond: Nahas, Conca, Jackson, Riewoldt, Vickery

Richmond: Shane Edwards (fractured cheekbone)

Bulldogs: Josh Hill replaced by Brodie Moles at three-quarter time.
Richmond: Shane Edwards (fractured cheekbone) replaced by Ben Nason during the first quarter.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Findlay, Jennings, McInerney


THE WESTERN Bulldogs have continued their recent domination of Richmond by scoring a 35-point win over the Tigers in a free-flowing contest at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Rodney Eade's men set up their eighth defeat of Richmond in the past nine meetings between the clubs by piling on 11 goals in the first 40 minutes of the game.

Up by 52 points at that stage, the Bulldogs were challenged strongly during the third term when the Tigers narrowed the margin to just 12.

But the Dogs again surged clear, reigniting their finals hopes with a 23.15 (153) to 18.10 (118) victory; their third win of the year.

Callan Ward (27 possessions) was outstanding in the midfield for the Bulldogs, while key defender Dale Morris held the competition's leading scorer, Jack Riewoldt, to four goals.

Usual backman Lindsay Gilbee, who went into the match having kicked only two goals for the season, was the hero of the early onslaught.

Having lined up deep in attack, Gilbee had the better of four different opponents - Chris Newman, Reece Conca, Bachar Houli and Dylan Grimes - in the first half as he booted five goals.

He finished his 194th game with a career-best haul of six (his previous best effort was four).

Despite being without Shane Edwards, who was subbed off early in the first quarter after a head-clash with Bulldogs captain Matthew Boyd, Richmond charged back into the contest.

The Tigers kicked eight goals to one either side of the half-time break, with Brad Miller and Tyrone Vickery picking up the slack as the Dogs' defenders concentrated on Riewoldt.

However, the Bulldogs grabbed the ascendancy again during the latter part of the third quarter.

They booted six of the next seven goals to lead by 45 points at the final change.

The Tigers never gave up, but their drought against the Dogs goes on. They haven't beaten them since 2005.

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Stats: Tigers vs Bulldogs
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011, 08:20:07 PM »
Team Stats

Disposals            369 - 382
Efficiency%           77 - 70
Kicks                  195 - 203
Handballs            174 - 179
Con. Marks              7 - 11
Uncon. Marks         90 - 57
Tackles                  56 - 71
Clearances             37 - 45
Clangers                39 - 41
Frees                     15 - 19   
Hitouts                   36 - 34 ....... ( Graham 29, Vickery 6 // Hudson 22, Minson 7 )
Con. Possies         126 - 160
Uncon.Possies       239 - 220 
Inside 50s              57 - 63
Assists                   13 - 26

Individual Stats

                      Disp.   K     H    G    B    SC   SCA    CM   UM   T   C   Clg   FF   FA   CP   UP   In50   A   Eff

R.Nahas            31    13    18    0    0      99    88    0      8    5    3    2    0    0      8    23    6    2      71%
B.Deledio          30    12    18    0    1    101    108    0      4    3    6    1    2    0    12    17    5    0      73%
S.Grigg             26    18      8     0    0      99      84    0    10    1    1    0    0    0      6    20    5    2      85%
D.Martin            26    11    15    2    0      97    104    0      6    3    4    1    0    1    10    16    1    0      77%
R.Conca            22    10    12    0    0      72      64    0      6    2    1    2    3    1      6    17    2    0      68%
T.Cotchin           22    18      4    0    2      84    101    0      3    2    7    2    1    1    11      9    5    0      77%
D.Jackson          22    12    10    1    0    105      98    0      2    6    5    3    1    2    10    14    6    0      86%
A.Rance            18      8    10    0    0      60      79    0      4    2    0    4    0    2      3    14    0    0      83%
N.Foley             17    12      5    2    0      95      86    0      2    6    5    2    2    1      8      8    5    1      82%
C.Newman        17    13      4    0    0      67      98    0      3    5    0    4    0    3      1    15    2    0      82%
B.Houli             16      3    13    0    0      58      75    0      1    4    1    3    0    1      8      8    1    0      63%
L.McGuane        16      3    13    0    0      57      56    1      4    1    0    1    0    0      9      7    0    0      88%
J.Riewoldt         14    11      3    4    2      75      83    1      3    0    0    2    1    0      7      5    1    1      57%
B.Helbig            13      8      5    1    0      50      32    1      3    2    0    1    1    0      3    10    3    1      69%
B.Miller             13      7      6    3    0      66      58    2      4    0    0    1    0    1      4      9    4    1      77%
T.Vickery           13      6      7    2    1      82      59    2      6    1    2    1    1    1      5      7    1    2      77%
D.Grimes           12      4      8    0    0      49      58    0      7    1    0    1    0    1      1    12    0    0    100%
J.Batchelor         11    10      1    0    0      45      55    0      3    4    1    4    1    2      3      7    2    1      82%
A.Graham          11      3      8    1    0      64      81    0      3    4    1    2    0    1      4      7    3    0      64%
B.Nason             10      6      4    1    1      48      40    0      4     1    0    0    1    0      3      7    1    0      80%
J.King                  9      7      2    1    0      57      66    0      4    3    0    2    0    1      3      7    4    0      89%
S.Edwards           0      0      0    0    0        3      57    0      0    0    0    0    1    0      1      0    0    0        0% 

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Western Bulldogs breathe new life into season with win over Richmond

    Scott Gullan
    From: Herald Sun
    May 15, 2011

THE plan was for Lindsay Gilbee to start forward but drift back to his normal position of half-back once the game had settled into its rhythm.

That plan lasted three minutes.

In that time the Dogs veteran kicked the opening two goals of the game which was enough to have the runner out for a chat.

It was an inspired move from Rodney Eade as by the five-minute mark of the second quarter Gilbee had kicked five goals.

When Will Minson, who like Gilbee has endured a tough start to the year, kicked his third goal two minutes later the Dogs lead was 52 and the floodgates were wide open.

But the 2011 version of Richmond has a bit more spine than previous editions and from nowhere they started to find the ball in the middle of the ground, kicking four of the last five goals to drag themselves back into the contest at half-time.

Four goals in the opening 10 minutes of the third quarter had the Tiger army dancing in the aisles and back within 12 points.

A classic end-to-end play from a kick-out had resulted in the Jake King goal - he received a handball over the top in the goalsquare - which brought his team back within two kicks.

Suddenly, all the great work of Gilbee and Minson had been forgotten. It was left to a piece of magic from Robert Murphy on the boudary line to get the Dogs a much-needed goal and the chance to take stock.

Gilbee chimed in with sixth goal five minutes later and the ship had been steadied. Two late goals before three-quarter time by impressive youngster Liam Jones blew the margin out to 45 points.

In keeping with the strange manner of this shoot-out, naturally the Dustin Martin inspired Tigers came again.

They kicked the first three goals of the last quarter but unfortunately this comeback never gained the same momentum of the first one and the match then fizzled out with a time-on goal feast.

After a frustrating start to the year, Eade wound back the clock yesterday and unleashed the free-flowing Dogs to re-ignited the season which effectively would have been shot had they rolled over against the improving Tigers.

"It was such an important game for us," Gilbee said. "If we drop that we are 2-5 and really struggling to get back into the season. I think we played into our shells in the first five or six rounds and it was just great to get a win and get the mood up around the place."

Minson, out-of-favour at the start of the seaon and playing just his third game for the year yesterday, said it was obvious to him when he returned that the Dogs had lost their nerve.

"We have failed to really play our free-flowing aggressive, take the game on at all costs style of football," he said.

"We haven't kicked enough goals and just taken the game on.

"To me that's how it has felt in my three games back. Today we got back to taking it on and backing teammates to win a contest."

Midfielder Callum Ward, who was easily best-on-ground yesterday with 27 possessions which included nine inside 50s, said the impact of Gilbee and Minson, who finished with 10 goals between them, helped kick-start the rest of the team.

"I think it gives them confidence and also gives all of their mates confidence," he said.

Captain Matthew Boyd set the tone for the day, crashing in at the opening bounce and instigating a clash of heads which resulted in young Tiger Shane Edwards being subbed out of the game.

His partner in crime, Daniel Cross, copped his own heavy knock and played out the game with a huge cut above his eye, still managing 28 possessions.

In defence Dale Morris had the better of Jack Riewoldt even though the Tigers spearhead finished with four goals while Lukas Markovic again showed he is doing a more than capable job of filling in for the absent Brian Lake at full-back.

Ryan Hargrave, in his first game for the year, was superb while Ben Hudson was clearly the most influential big man on the ground.

All of the Tigers guns had good patches but no-one went the distance.

Brett Deledio didn't touch the ball in the opening 20 minutes thanks to a Dylan Addison tag but finished the day with 30 possessions while Martin was quiet in the first half before storming late.

Robin Nahas was able to shrug off a Liam Picken tag for 31 touches while Trent Cotchin, Nathan Foley and Reece Conca all had spurts.

Unfortunately, it was the the inability to execute the fundamentals of the game which let the Tigers down.

The best example of this was Alex Rance who - not once but twice - failed to touch the ball on the goal line (anyone else on the ground would have) which resulted in crucial Bulldogs goals.
Full-time Scores:

WESTERN BULLDOGS 7.2 12.4 18.11 23.15 (153)
RICHMOND                1.4   6.8 11.8  18.10 (118)

Goals: Western Bulldogs: L Gilbee 6 W Minson 4 J Grant 3 L Jones 2 T Liberatore 2 A Cooney B Moles C Ward D Giansiracusa R Hargrave R Murphy. Richmond: J Riewoldt 4 B Miller 3 D Martin 2 N Foley 2 T Vickery 2 A Graham B Helbig B Nason D Jackson J King.

Best: Western Bulldogs: Ward, Gilbee, Minson, Hudson, Boyd, Hargrave, Murphy, Morris. Richmond: Nahas, Martin, Conca, Deledio, Foley, Cotchin.

Umpires: Robert Findlay, Michael Jennings, Shane McInerney.
Official Crowd: 39,141 at Etihad Stadium.

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Hard-running Dogs win it their way (Age)
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 04:39:02 AM »
Hard-running Dogs win it their way
Peter Hanlon
May 16, 2011

WESTERN BULLDOGS 7.2 12.4 18.11 23.15 (153)
RICHMOND 1.4 6.8 11.8 18.10 (118)

GOALS Western Bulldogs: Gilbee 6, Minson 4, Grant 3, Jones 2, Liberatore 2, Cooney, Moles, Ward, Giansiracusa, Hargrave, Murphy.
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Miller 3, Martin 2, Foley 2, Vickery 2, Graham, Helbig, Nason, Jackson, King.

Western Bulldogs: Ward, Gilbee, Hudson, Minson, Boyd, Cross.
Richmond: Nahas, Martin, Jackson, Cotchin, Deledio, Conca.

INJURIES Richmond: Edwards (cheek), White (shoulder) replaced in selected side by Helbig.
UMPIRES Findlay, Jennings, McInerney.
CROWD 39,141 at Etihad Stadium.

TEN minutes into the third quarter, a smell hung in the trapped Docklands air as heavy as the endless drone of the ground announcer. A contender's season was being cooked, the flame dangerously close to turning on its coach.

Having led by 52 points just a quarter earlier, when its spluttering campaign had finally found some zing, the Western Bulldogs were just two goals to the good of Richmond and seemingly in serious bother. That they saw off a challenge by staying true to their free-flowing instincts provided a reassurance that their customary way is the way forward.

''It's just great to have a win and get the mood up around the place,'' said Lindsay Gilbee, his cliche for once summing up perfectly the Bulldogs' desperate need for a happy ending.

Gilbee started up forward with an early return to half-back on the agenda, but had a career-high five goals just seven minutes into the second quarter, stayed put, and finished with six.

Will Minson also bagged a personal best, dragging in bladder-bursting marks and spearing through four goals. Married to Ben Hudson's precision hit-outs and second efforts at many of the day's 42 centre bounces - which Tigers coach Damien Hardwick thought outstanding - it defied doubts that the two big Dogs can be a joint force.

''Sometimes you can be so close all the time and come away with nothing,'' Minson said. He meant his efforts as a target a week earlier, but might have been reviewing the three losses that had put the Dogs in the cross-hairs.

Callan Ward, icing the bruises that come with the exuberance of youth, said coach Rodney Eade had asked his players simply to play the game they like to play - take risks, run the ball through the corridor, shrug off the shackles and attack. ''Our focus was to solely play our way,'' said Ward, perhaps the best of many good Dogs.

The Bulldogs had scored five goals before a Richmond team that had prepared for a more cautious opponent shook itself to life. They hunted the ball and ball-carrier, ending Shane Edwards' afternoon within minutes, kept Brett Deledio touchless for 21 minutes, and scooted clear with their best quarter of the year.

Fears that Ryan Hargrave was returning prematurely were allayed by his 10 possessions for the term, and when Minson took a second contested mark on Alex Rance it was 11 goals to two and bordering on party time. Cue the sort of afternoon nap that has cost them dearly recently.

Suddenly, Richmond had Deledio, the hitherto quiet Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin winning the stoppages, and Robin Nahas playing delivery boy to a forward line where Brad Miller and Ty Vickery offered alternatives as Dale Morris kept a tight leash on Jack Riewoldt. The Tigers, as fast-scoring as any when the mood takes them, kicked eight of the next nine goals.

''I don't think we hit the panic button,'' said Ward. ''As long as we have that confidence and belief, we can go back to the way we play.'' Minson noted that the Dogs were guilty of a defensive mindset, when attack was the cure; Gilbee thought their season had been lived in their shells.

So attack they did, Eade sending Bob Murphy forward briefly, but long enough to keep the ball alive on the ground when outnumbered deep in the pocket to almost overshadow the resultant goal - some effort given that it was bounced through from the cheap seats.

Liam Jones, whom Gilbee praised for getting reward for his toil of recent weeks, jumped up for two in two minutes, including the killer blow from long range just before the three-quarter-time siren, when Minson took care of Angus Graham on the goal-line, and Rance flailed at and missed the ball for the second time in five minutes.

The shootout continued to the final siren, but the Dogs were never going to give up an eight-goal lead twice.

Gilbee feared he might be banished when Barry Hall and Shaun Higgins return next week, but was pleased with a spread of goalkickers that included three for Jarrad Grant that could easily have matched his half-dozen. ''I'm pretty sure his spot's safe in the goal square,'' he said of Hall.

A single statistic captured the game for Hardwick - the Dogs' pressure earned them eight turnovers inside their forward 50, where Richmond could conjure none. In praising Ward's ''super courage'', and the foundation he, Matthew Boyd, Daniel Cross and Liam Picken provide, Eade summed up the zeal that gave the victors a launching pad.

Ward said he didn't have to look far for inspiration. Last night, the Bulldogs had a team meeting and drifted off to the showers without Cross. At length, he emerged from an ante-room, eyebrow freshly stitched. Hardly a rarity, but this time well worth it.


Peter Gordon's place in Bulldogs' history is secure thanks to his role in keeping the club alive in its own right in 1989, and it seems the former president is still inspiring the Scraggers, this time musically. The respected lawyer is a producer of Rock Of Ages, a tribute to the rock anthems of the 1980s, which made a big-haired pre-game appearance yesterday on a stage in the Etihad Stadium stands.


Having made the front page of the Sunday papers for flagging his interest in marrying his prime ministerial partner Julia Gillard, the word was doing the rounds yesterday that a pact had been struck by Richmond-supporting Tim Mathieson and his Bulldog-loving better half. If the Tigers got up, they would wed; a Dogs win, and it was de facto status quo.


The Bulldogs' win maintained a dominant recent record against the Tigers, who last beat them at the start of the 2005 season. Yesterday was the Dogs' eighth win since, a streak broken by a draw in 2008, the one famously celebrated by former Bulldog Nathan Brown, who thought his Tigers had won.