Matthew Boyd kicks the Dogs forward. Source: GWS

Giant win for young Dogs

The Bulldogs have snapped their three game losing streak with an impressive 45 point win over Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

The Dogs were sensational from start to finish, stunning the Giants with a blistering eight goal to two opening term.

The Giants tried to fight their way back into the game in the second, kicking three goals to the Dogs’ two, to head into half-time with a 35 point deficit. However, Luke Beveridge’s men could have been even further in-front, if not for their wasteful kicking at goal, kicking 1.4 in the second quarter and then 3.7 in the third.

However, their outstanding pressure around the ground strangled the Giants and gave their forwards few chances to score, keeping GWS to 7.0 42 at three quarter time, to the Bulldogs, 13.12 90.

Defender Eastern Wood was sensational for the Doggies, taking eight marks in defence, including several intercept marks.

Will Minson was also brilliant for the home side, comprehensively beating Shane Mumford in the ruck, with two goals and 12 disposals.

The Giants’ midfield stars were kept unusually quiet, with Ward, Smith, Griffen, Treloar and Shiel all having quiet games.

The Western Bulldogs dominated in all facets of the game, recording 63 inside 50s to 41 and creating 33 scoring shots to a mere 13.

Amazingly, GWS kicked eight goals straight before scoring a behind midway through the last quarter.

The Bulldogs led by as much as 61 points in the last term, before the Giants kicked three late consolation goals to cut the margin to 45 points.

Tory Dickson kicked four for the winning side, while Jeremy Cameron kicked three for the Giants.

Former captain Matthew Boyd led the way for the Dogs with 32 disposals, while young star Mitch Wallis had 36. Captain Rob Murphy was also impressive with 25 disposals and a goal off half back.

Scoreboard:

Western Bulldogs  8.1  10.5  13.12  16.17 (113)

GWS Giants          2.0  5.0  7.0  11.2 (68)

Goals: WB: Dickson 4, Dahlhaus 2, Minson 2, Picken 2, Grant, Wallis, Boyd, Johannisen, Murphy, Stevens. GWS: Cameron 3, Greene 2, Stewart 2, Scully, Treloar, Griffen, McCarthy.

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