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    Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions



    A determined second-half fightback almost saw the Western Bulldogs reel in the Brisbane Lions in a Saturday afternoon scratch match.

    The Lions led all day – at one stage by 26 points early in the third term – before the Bulldogs finished strongly to fall just one point short.

    Rhylee West impressed around the contest, as did big man Jordon Sweet, while forwards Ben Cavarra and Tory Dickson both kicked three goals.

    “In terms of the actual contest, we got a nice even game – a few stoppages, some finishing and some good moments from most of our players,” Bulldogs’ development manager, Jamie Maddocks, said.

    “We know that Brisbane’s got great depth and their NEAFL team went through last year undefeated.

    “It was good for ‘Gia’ to bring that up at the last break just to say, ‘let’s give this a nudge and see what happens’.

    “We fell just short, but the effort and adventure was there for us to do it, which was pleasing.”

    In a fluctuating final term, the Bulldogs twice found themselves within a kick.

    Goals to Billy Gowers and Cavarra brought the Bulldogs within one point, before the Lions responded with two goals of their own.

    A courageous back-with-the-flight mark from Buku Khamis helped inspire a frantic finish, with Cavarra and Dickson each kicking their third goals, as the Bulldogs controlled the final minutes but couldn’t find the match-winning major.

    Jamie Maddocks on the midfield…

    “Rhylee West was good, he had an impressive second half. He had some really good moments helping us to win the ball to the outside. Jordon Sweet gave our mids first use around the contest, which was nice.

    We needed Sweety to play that big man’s game – he helps players like Rhylee West and Billy Gowers get their hands on the ball. He was dominant and around the ground was there to compete which was good to see.”

    On the forwards…

    “It was good to see Ben Cavarra finish in front of goal and Tory Dickson hit the scoreboard as well.

    Ben has had his opportunities the past few weeks but hasn’t quite nailed the shots. He’s been working really hard on it and it was great to see him get reward for effort and finish some tight ones. It was nice to see Dicko get out into some really good spots and do what he does with his finishing.”

    On the backs…

    “Buku Khamis has been working really hard and has taken so many strides in his game, both defensively and offensively. He’s running up the ground now and trying to help out on offense. It was a great mark from him and to see him go forward and have no hesitation shows where he’s at with his game, he’s high on confidence.

    All our key backs, the way they communicated and helped to keep the ball in our half was really impressive.”

    WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.2 3.6 7.11 11.13 (79)
    BRISBANE LIONS 3.0 7.1 10.5 12.8 (80)

    Goals: Cavarra 3, Dickson 3, Weightman, Sweet, La. Young, R. Smith, Gowers

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Hope Cavarra gets a decent run at it, can't understand how he's only been given one crack.
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    That’s awesome to hear about Buku.
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    Sweet dominating around the ground and giving our mids first use.
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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    This is what we should be hearing about our senior back men

    On the backs…

    “Buku Khamis has been working really hard and has taken so many strides in his game, both defensively and offensively. He’s running up the ground now and trying to help out on offense. It was a great mark from him and to see him go forward and have no hesitation shows where he’s at with his game, he’s high on confidence.

    In most instances it's not just a case of nullifying an opponent
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    Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.
    And what started here will indeed have changed the world — for the better.

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by 1eyedog View Post
    Sweet dominating around the ground and giving our mids first use.
    Yep, time to give him a go. English is 100% cooked at the moment.
    Our 1954 premiership players are our heroes, and it has to be said that Charlie was their hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1eyedog View Post
    Sweet dominating around the ground and giving our mids first use.
    To be fair Brisbane have no fit ruckmen left so he probably wasn't up against much. Good to that he did well around the ground though which is obviously his biggest drawback as compared to English.

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Wonder if we'll give Buku a shot at AFL level?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bulldogs Bite View Post
    Wonder if we'll give Buku a shot at AFL level?
    Who does he come in for? Gardner? Wood? He could play the Crozier role but he's too small to play on the bigs.

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bulldogs Bite View Post
    Wonder if we'll give Buku a shot at AFL level?
    The wrap has a Bevo "lets give him a game" vibe about it.

    Unfortunately there is no independent view of how they are actually going.

    Looks like Dickson might be ready to go and West could come in as well.
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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Got a feeling Buku might get a look
    It’s so difficult to pick a side I’d think

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Joe View Post
    The wrap has a Bevo "lets give him a game" vibe about it.

    Unfortunately there is no independent view of how they are actually going.

    Looks like Dickson might be ready to go and West could come in as well.
    At least if we play Khamis it will provide a chance to say 'how young and inexperienced we are'

    There was an email to Whateley this morning asking the question of how much longer can the Bulldogs hide behind the young and inexperienced excuses. Whateley read it a couple of times
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    Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.
    And what started here will indeed have changed the world — for the better.

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    At least if we play Khamis it will provide a chance to say 'how young and inexperienced we are'

    There was an email to Whateley this morning asking the question of how much longer can the Bulldogs hide behind the young and inexperienced excuses. Whateley read it a couple of times
    Whateley would have read that with glee. He has mentioned a couple of times over the past 1-2 months the bulldogs are young by choice.

    Kane Cornes also gave us a serve about the gap between our best and worst and our poor win / loss record since 2017.

    I hope the heat is continued to be applied in the media.
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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    M.Lloyd said we had a soft underbelly and we turn our toes up when the going gets tough.
    There are plenty of talented people in the world. As you already know, talent is not enough. Some of the athletes with the most potential never pan out. What separates the good from the great is determination and work ethic.

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    Re: Scratch match wrap | Dogs v Lions

    Quote Originally Posted by azabob View Post
    I hope the heat is continued to be applied in the media.
    Why?
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