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AFL glory for Western Bulldogs

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Western Bulldogs were crowned AFL champions after they beat the Sydney Swans 89-67 in this season’s final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It’s been a fairytale year for the Dogs as despite finishing in seventh place on the table they have gone to on to lift the coveted title.

This is their first AFL victory in 62 years and they did it by scoring 13 goals and 11 behinds in front of 99,981 supporters at the venue.

It has been a long wait since 1954 for the Bulldogs to get another Premiership win but no one will deny them this as they have beaten West Coast Eagles, Hawthorn, Greater Western Sydney Giants and now the Swans in a superb run from Luke Beveridge’s outfit in the finals series.

They led 12-8 at the end of a low-scoring first quarter but it was the Swans who went in at half-time in front as the action increased in tempo. Sydney’s cushion at the break was just two points though as they were 45-43 up in a final that was seemed destined to be tight throughout.

Western Bulldogs would then discover another gear as they pushed themselves back in front at 61-53 going into the final quarter, with the prospect of getting their hands on the trophy now within touching distance. In contrast Sydney needed to respond or risk final heartbreak.

But it was to be the Dogs’ day as they managed to keep the Swans at arm’s length until the hooter, running out winners by 22 points as the celebrations began for their players and fans. And how they will soak up this underdog story, which few expected after their table finish.

GOALS

Sydney Swans: Kennedy 3, Mitchell 2, Parker, Smith, Rohan, Franklin, Hewett
Western Bulldogs: Dickson 3, T. Boyd 3, Picken 3, Cordy, McLean, Smith, Stringer

TEAMS

Sydney Swans: Jake Lloyd, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith, Zak Jones, Jeremy Laidler, Dane Rampe, Kieren Jack, Josh P. Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh, Gary Rohan, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker, Tom Papley, Kurt Tippett, Ben McGlynn, Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Isaac Heeney, Tom Mitchell, Callum Mills, George Hewett, Xavier Richards

Western Bulldogs: Jason Johannisen, Joel Hamling, Matthew Boyd, Fletcher Roberts, Dale Morris, Easton Wood, Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli, Liam Picken, Josh Dunkley, Zaine Cordy, Jake Stringer, Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Clay Smith, Jordan Roughead, Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Liberatore, Jack Macrae, Toby McLean, Shane Biggs, Caleb Daniel

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