ONLY a man would have denied Max Gawn on Sunday.
For all the famous heroes of the Gawn rally, the star of Gawn, against the side of the Western Bulldogs, a shorter opponent of 18 cm, Josh Dunkley, was equally good.
Probably even better.
Steven May wins a Sam Lloyd marking attempt. Image: AFL photo
The best day for Dunkley's career at the Marvel Stadium allowed the Bulldogs to cross the line and pushed them into a top eight match with a 10.14 (74) to 9.12 (66) victory over the Demons .
The 22-year-old, who shared the field for the first time with Kyle's brother, listed in Melbourne, won 39 passes and his second goal in the final gave his team the lead forever.
The set followed a nervous period for the Bulldogs, after Bayley Fritsch – playing forward in the absence of Tom McDonald and Sam Weideman – helped the Daemons to move up a point.
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The dogs should never have been in that position after dominating the third quarter, only for a series of simple missiles to be added to an incredible 1.8 return.
Poor goalkicking has ruined Luke Beveridge's team throughout the season, but they fled on this occasion.
Ironically, a brilliant goal at Lachie Hunter's check-in gave Cani some breathing space, and they went 16 points ahead when first-year midfielder Bailey Smith kicked with precision on the run.
Melbourne never stopped trying and scored two points at 27 & # 39; if Fritsch scored the third goal in the fourth.
His decision to play proved the wrong one, and it was the demons' last chance to make up for the Bulldogs.
Hunter had 10 latest-generation assets and 37 for the day to be another standout, such as the ex-Hawk Taylor Duryea and Jack Macrae, who have accumulated 30 touches each.
Last year Gawn won a Melbourne over the Dogs victory with an extraordinary third quarter in particular – and Beveridge still had no solution for him.
Beveridge exiled Tim English in a forward role in preference to Jackson Trengove in the second half after Gawn and Braydon Preuss led the Demons to 37-7 advantage in the interval.
The final bill was 52-20 in favor of Melbourne, with Gawn who was 34, with 19 divisions and six brands.
However, this did not translate into a sort of midfield domain that the Demons could have expected, due to a similar authoritarian performance by Dunkley.
Melbourne failed to fully exploit the absence of Toby McLean (hamstring) after the interval and Marcus Bontempelli (ankle) for most of the second term.
Dunkley had 12 possessions in the first quarter, 22 in the main break, 36 in three quarters and 39 from the finish line (24 contestants).
Making his performance even more exceptional were his complementary numbers, including 15 tackles, nine free spaces and five interiors of the 50's.
It took a controversial decision for anyone to get the better of Dunkley, with his brother getting a second term sign even though the Sherrin clearly hit the ground.
The second player Kyle Dunkley did most of his luck, making his first goal in AFL by about 40m.
The Bulldogs jumped twice in the middle of the opening, kicking three of the first four goals of the match, passing by 14 points in the second quarter thanks to the two great hosts of Sam Lloyd.
In the end they worked hard but improved with eight wins and eight defeats and climbed to tenth position.
The best support of Gawn in red and blue were co-captain Jack Viney (30 dismissals, eight inside the years), defender Christian Salem (25) and l & # 39; improvised striker Harry Petty (three goals).
Defensive recruiter Steven May also kept Cani Aaron Naughton's focus on one behind, while Jake Lever came out unscathed in his senior return.
Western Bulldogs: Toby McLean (left biceps femoris) was made for the day before the fourth of now, while superstar Marcus Bontempelli jumped out most of the second term with a left ankle injury but started the second half to the ground.
Melbourne: Angus Brayshaw (corked buttock), James Harmes (side) and Braydon Preuss (breathless) all briefly left the ground in the first half, but none was a serious setback.
The Bulldogs are just a game in the top eight and will imagine their chances against St Kilda at the Marvel stadium next Sunday. Melbourne remains entrenched in the last four and next week will face the West Coast in charge of Alice Springs last Sunday.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.3 6.5 7.13 10.14 (74)
MELBOURNE 3,2 6,4,7 9,12 (66)
Western Bulldogs: J.Dunkley 2, Lloyd 2, R.Smith 2, Richards, Schache, Hunter, B.Smith
Melbourne: Petty 3, Fritsch 2, Hunt, Lewis, Petracca, K.Dunkley
Western Bulldogs: Dunkley, Hunter, Duryea, Macrae, Lloyd, Bontempelli
Melbourne: Gawn, Viney, Salem, May, Petty, Harmes
Western Bulldogs: McLean (hamstring)
referees: Dalgleish, Williamson, Mitchell
Official audience: 26,781 at the Marvel stadium
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