Blog log from R5 of 2020: Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne

Johannisen sends it inside 50 where Dale slides in to take the mark. From 45 on a slight angle, despite creeping close to the man on the mark, he puts it through! (Q1 2:43)
Dale has the opportunity to make it two in a row after courageously marking back with the flight at 35. But his kick’s a shocker, dropping well short. Play on! (Q1 5:42)
Bruce finds space to launch, clunking a strong contested grab. A very soft 50m is paid against Tarrant for some push and shove, gifting the ex-Saint the easiest of goals. (Q1 8:00)
An immovable Zurhaar shrugs off a Wood tackle then stiff-arms Richards. The end result doesn’t do the act justice, punched over the line for a minor score in underwhelming fashion. (Q1 10:29)
Brown is poised with the best position in the aerial contest, clunking the footy over Keath’s head at 40. His set-shot falls short but Goldstein stands tallest and slots the goal. (Q1 14:29)
Bontempelli finds himself with a metre of space out the back of the back, soccering the footy inaccurately off the ground from the pocket. (Q1 16:59)
Marley Williams’ hasty entry kick is intended for the Brown-Keath contest but sails over the pack and trickles out the back for a minor score. (Qtr Time)
Dale pickpockets Walker and flicks it out the back to Vandermeer, sizzling it home from the pocket to start the second. (Q2 1:48)
Kyron Hayden erroneously allows the ball to sail behind him mid-flight, prompting Bruce to clunk the uncontested mark at 40. His attempt is true! (Q2 9:33)
Cunnington battles in the pocket and handballs to Goldstein in the square who snaps the short-range goal. Meanwhile, Tarryn Thomas lays groggy following an awkward landing at HF… (Q2 14:33)
McLean, Jong, and Macrae link up by hand in the Dogs’ attacking 50 but Jack’s left-foot 35m snap is wide. (Q2 16:05)
Tarrant’s last-line fumble opens the door for McLean but the top-poke is touched in the nick of time. (Q2 17:17)
Schache snaps from 40 but it doesn’t bend back quite enough, through for a minor score. (Q2 19:47)
Higgins manages to get boot to ball while being dragged down in the pocket, sending it bouncing into the post. (Q2 21:09)
Front-on contact is paid against Tarrant on the half-time siren. The benefactor, Josh Bruce shoots from 25 on a slight angle and nails it! (Half Time)
West emerges from traffic and links up with Dale before the dinky Wood pass lands in the lap of a sliding Vandermeer. Laithem’s 40m shot is a wasted OOTF. (Q3 2:21)
Dale bumps off Cunnington before Taylor nails him HTB with the second tackle. From 30m, directly in front, Curtis seizes the opportunity! (Q3 4:10)
Inside the Roos’ forward 50, Polec finds space defensive side of the contest but pushes it wide from 35. (Q3 8:21)
Scahche leads Tarrant in the footrace as they chase down the bouncing Bruce kick, with the ex-Lion eventually toeing it over the line for a major. (Q3 10:51)
Bailey Williams sends it forward with intent from the wing, hitting Wallis in space. The 30m shot caresses the post but slides home! (Q3 13:37)
Ordinary defending allows an unopposed Ed Richards to pick up the loose ball at the forward stoppage and snap truly from 15m out. (Q3 15:34)
Bruce is allowed a free run at the marking contest, clunking it at 25. The kick’s not pretty but it sneaks through for a goal, putting the match into dangerous territory for North. (Q3 18:12)
A clean pickup from Johannisen allows Lipinski to bullet a pass from CHF to the leading Bruce. From 45, Josh kicks his fifth major of the evening! (Q3 21:31)
English launches high above McDonald to take one of the marks of the night! His 35m kick, however, is wide. (Q3 25:11)
No hesitation from Goldstein as he wheels and goes at half-forward, sending it inside 50 where Hall outmarks West with ease. After the 3QT siren, Aaron misses. (3 Qtr Time)
Taylor shows courage as he flies to clunk the skyward Anderson entry kick over an equally high-flying Crozier. From 40m, directly in front, it’s straight through the middle. (Q4 2:37)
Johannisen turns Simpkin before linking up (on his left) with the diving, tumbling Wallis. The 40m shot is nearside and off-target. (Q4 5:14)
A chain of handballs ends with Johannisen on the HFF who puts on the afterburners but misses from 48. (Q4 6:37)
Brown is able to outmark Wood but can’t keep his 40m kick online, fading to the left. (Q4 8:35)
Wallis finds space as he has on multiple occasions throughout the night, juggling the grab in the pocket. His right-foot snap is straight through the middle! (Q4 11:52)
Dale lowers his eyes to hit Schache on the lead, who goes back and slides it home from 40m, directly in front as the margin drifts to 49 points. (Q4 14:10)
A holding free kick is paid off the ball against McDonald, gifting Bruce a look at his sixth. Bang in front, 30 out, Josh nails it! (Q4 17:33)
Zurhaar gets on the end of excellent clearance work from Simpkin, pushing off Johannisen and bulleting the kick through the big sticks for a rare highlight. (Q4 19:36)
Hall has a ping from outside 50 but it’s just wide. (Q4 20:53)
Daniel pops a very short pass to Dale, standing tall with Tarrant heaving on his heels. The shot from 45 is farside. (Q4 22:55)

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