The Western Bulldogs have posted their 13th win of the season, holding off the brave Gold Coast Suns by 11 points to maintain a top two position on the ladder. And in the middle, in his second game, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan announced himself.
For those who have been waiting (and waiting) for the top draft pick to show what he can do at the senior level, it was worth it. In his second game, he kicked three wonderful goals, displaying impeccable technique, scoring and moving beautifully.
Otherwise, the dogs won by class weight and numbers. Marcus Bontempelli honed his Brownlow Medal credentials with 36 possessions, Bailey Dale was brilliant in the middle with 30, and Bailey Smith replaced Tom Liberatore in the center squad with poise.
The Suns, however, were far from falling out of favor, maintaining their form of the past three weeks. Once again, Touk Miller led the way with 38 possessions, while Jeremy Sharp racked up 30 in his fifth game. The imprecision, lack of composure at critical moments and bad luck cost them.
They shot out the doors to jump the Dogs early, with Miller finding Ben Ainsworth for the game’s first goal, and then Nick Holman getting his first of three for the fourth, at the end of a clever chain of possession from the middle of the game. match. back.
Lachlan McNeil got the visitors going with a free kick, before Ugle-Hagan inserted with the first, and the infinitely creative and intelligent Caleb Daniel brought them within five points with a second left on the clock.
Then the ‘Bont’ show started. His second quarter was compelling, not just statistically (14 possessions, five punts and four innings to attack) but how he dominated the pace of the play and shrugged off tackles with, well, a shrug.
Their efforts led the Dogs to a quarter of five goals, with Daniel and Jack Macrae also hurting, and Bailey Smith and Lachie Hunter collecting possessions at will. But the Suns didn’t fold, they used the ball efficiently when they got their hands on it and held the margin at 11 points.