Updated: Aug 27, 2020
The Western Bulldogs have beaten Melbourne by 28 points, 12.8 (80) to 7.10 (52), to jump them in the AFL ladder and claim a place in the last eight.
Both teams came into the match in promising form, but after first-half wrestling, the Dogs kicked off six goals in a row in what would prove to be a match-winning third season.
Luke Beveridge's dog will now prepare for Friday night's clash with Geelong, while Melbourne will enter next Saturday's game against St Kilda as an underdog.
The Demons took a crushing blow just seconds before the first bounce, with former captain Nathan Jones teetering with a quad injury. Mitch Hannan stepped aside. Footy Melbourne boss Josh Mahoney told Fox Footy that his illness was keeping Jones out of action, with the midfielder likely to replace him for the next round. The swirling strong winds made it extremely difficult for both sides to execute on foot, resulting in several missed opportunities in front of goal at both ends. The Dogs took a narrow lead in the first quarter, before Melbourne regained control of the game in the second. After undergoing a difficult opening season, the two teams seemed to have to adjust to the conditions, only two kicks and six goals behind. Melbourne enters the break of the first half with a seven point advantage. Dogs seem to find other equipment after half-time, with heavy handball playing well in windy conditions. On several occasions they found space up front and scored six goals in a row to take a 26-point lead and put Melbourne on the back foot, eliminating their own chances of reducing the buffer. To make things worse for Melbourne, Tom Sparrow suffered what appeared to be a collarbone injury and left the ground. Thankfully for the Dees fans, they got their first goal last season to reduce the margin to 20 points and give themselves a chance. However, Dog refused to give up the reins, with some of Marcus Bontempelli's brilliance setting up Mitch Wallis, who started his fourth goal and all made it past Melbourne's chances. Melbourne kicked themselves out of comeback hopes with some costly turnovers, with Dogs youngster Ben Cavarra putting the final nail in the coffin.