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Blog log from R1 of 2023: Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs

Blog log for Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs, R1 of 2023

Petracca gathers from a stoppage and snaps at goal, but misses to the near side
Chandler screws a ball into the pocket where Pickett is waiting all by himself. He marks and plays on quickly to kick the first of the night!
Liberatore catches Brayshaw HTB 55m out, and after advantage is called back, gets a set shot. He makes the distance, but it flies right (Q1 9:04)
Chandler gets on the end of a scrappy Pickett ball and spears it to the pocket once more, finding big Maxy Gawn. Gawn makes short work of the kick and the Demons have two! (Q1 11:07)
Melbourne get out the back and stream forward with Brown marking on the flank. He spies Pickett in space and floats a kick down to him, but Kozzy can’t convert the set shot (Q1 13:37)
Darcy tries to invent a magical goal from the pocket, but it flashes across the face for a point (Q1 15:01)
Scott makes a smother in the pocket which allows the ball to spill to Bontempelli who squeezes through a goal! (Q1 20:49)
Duryea pumps a high ball into the pocket, it stays in and finds its way to Ugle-Hagan who snaps from 7m out, but hits it to the right (Q1 23:37)
Macrae collects after a Bulldogs surge and scans inside 50 to find Ugle-Hagan who marks well 45m out on an angle. He flushes the kick to perfection! (Q1 25:19)
Grundy and Pickett share it between them before it gets to Petracca on the run, he takes his shot from 45 out, but misses left (Q1 26:19)
The Bulldogs give it away in defence which allows Rivers the opportunity to pop a ball up for Sparrow who marks. He kicks straight from 35 out for a goal! (Q1 27:19)
Liberatore sharks a hitout and dumps it forward quickly, Naughton clunking the mark strongly. His kick shades left for a behind though (Q1 29:03)
Williams works the ball back and forth with Treloar before putting on the jets and firing from 55m out, slamming through a great goal! (Q2 1:53)
English hoists a ball inside 50 and Naughton runs in to mark on the chest 35 out. He makes no mistake as the Dogs surge ahead early! (Q2 4:43)
Bontempelli shovels the ball to Ugle-Hagan who stops and props from 25 out, but his kick fans right (Q2 5:57)
The Dess work it along the wing before Spargo kicks to Brown in the pocket. He opts for the checkside and slides it through! (Q2 8:29)
Chandler tackles Jones over the line for a point (Q2 10:31)
Scott and Johannisen combine at ground level, Johannisen doing a 360 and falling over before kicking but the ball sails through for a goal! (Q2 12:13)
Smith is absolutely cleaned up by Pickett late which results in a downfield free to Bontempelli 35 out. The Bont can’t convert though (Q2 14:13)
Petty turns it over to Richards who quickly hits up Ugle-Hagan 30 out on an angle, but he kicks across the face for a minor score (Q2 17:09)
Smith throws it on the boot out of a stoppage but it flies high and wide for a point (Q2 19:57)
Gawn interferes with an Ugle-Hagan mark and punches it through for another behind (Q2 20:27)
Spargo collects and runs inside 50, he ignores Brown and Chandler to go himself, and converts with confidence! (Q2 21:29)
The umpire spots a free kick for Pickett and he lines up from 30 out to the tune of aggrieved Dogs fans. He wobbles it through and lets them know about it! (Q2 24:24)
Langdon tears away down the flank but centres the ball to Spargo who marks along the ground. Spargo splits the middle to extend the lead (Q2 26:29)
Brown blocks the ball inside 50 and rushes through a kick, the bounce is favourable and it rolls through! (Q2 28:29)
Petracca bursts from the centre and finds Gawn who takes two bites at the mark before bringing it down! He kicks the goal as it suddenly feels like 2021! (Q2 30:29)
Spargo kicks to Gawn but it’s Grundy out the back who gets a handle on it, he tries to dribble it in, but misses (Q3 2:49)
The Demons suddenly rush out of defence and work it down to Pickett in the pocket. He runs into space and slots his third goal! (Q3 8:05)
Liberatore intercepts in the middle and kicks short to Baker on the 50. He opens the arc quickly and slams through his first goal for the Dogs! (Q3 9:22)
Langdon snaffles up a wild toe-poke from Baker and kicks low to Chandler in the pocket, but his kick slides past the wrong side of the post (Q3 11:19)
Naughton gets airborne and takes an absolute screamer! He opts for the snap but it flies high and just wide according to the umpire (Q3 17:05)
Treloar catches McVee HTB in a standing tackle and is rewarded with a set shot 30m out on the 45. His kick is true and he kicks the goal to cut back the margin! (Q3 19:06)
Oliver smashes a chaos ball forward which gets past everyone, it ends up in the hands of Ben Brown who has to take two attempts from the square, but kicks the goal! (Q3 20:23)
Bowey finds the chest of Langdon on the flank, his kick from 35 out drifts left and hits the post (Q3 22:50)
After Darcy puts on a show in the square a forward stoppage is called. Liberatore shovels it out to Macrae who throws it on the boot. It’s high, it’s very high, it’s a goal! (Q3 26:05)
The Demons sell some candy along the wing to Gawn at half forward. He switches to Spargo who flicks it over to Chandler. He swings out wide in the pocket to kick his first goal! (Q3 28:44)
Brown flashes a handball over the top to Pickett who runs a very long 15m to snap through a goal from the top of the square under Bontempelli pressure (Q3 30:47)
Petracca wins the ball in the middle and Laurie takes the advantage to Chandler in the pocket. The clock winds down and the siren sounds, as Chandler misses to the near side (3 Qtr Time)
The Demons counter attack through the middle through Pickett, Melksham gets his hands on it 60m out and kicks low and hard to a vacant square. It tumbles through for a goal! (3 Qtr Time)
Chandler and Petracca combine through the middle and the ball finds the chest of Brown 35 out. The airstrip is deployed, but the kick is offline for a point (3 Qtr Time)
Bruce taps the ball over after a forward stoppage (3 Qtr Time)
Lobb makes the contest and Liberatore does the roving as he puts through a goal from 45 out to keep the game barely alive (3 Qtr Time)
Spargo catches Dale HTB 50m out and finds Melksham free in the pocket. It’s a tough kick, and Melksham misses (3 Qtr Time)
Liberatore coughs up a silly 50m penalty that allows Petty to find McVee and then Brown 50m out at the other end. His kick is offline, but Grundy is then held and he slots the goal (3 Qtr Time)
Pickett marks on the flank 50m out, he decides to work it back infield, and the ball finds its way to Ben Brown who marks and instantly plays on to kick his fourth! (3 Qtr Time)
Scott marks 50m out and gives it a fair go as the Dogs look to get some consolation, but Gawn taps it over on the line (Q4 22:22)
Harmes and Petracca fumble around in the square and the ball is rushed over – a sign that we’re truly in junk time now (Q4 24:26)
The seas part in the pocket and Neal-Bullen is able to mongrel through some junk (Q4 25:54)
With seconds remaining on the clock, Melbourne thrust forward once more, Brown’s kick finding the chest of McDonald, who marks on the siren. His kick misses right. (Full Time)

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