Bulldogs tackle Dees into AFL submission

Tom Liberatore tackled Melbourne into submission on Sunday, helping Western Bulldogs record a 32-point AFL win.

Liberatore laid an astonishing 19 tackles at the MCG, equalling Jude Bolton and Jack Ziebell’s VFL/AFL record for most tackles in a match.

The Demons were competitive in patches but ultimately outclassed and outworked by the Bulldogs, who triumphed 17.12 (114) to 12.10 (82).

Melbourne veteran Bernie Vince was reported for a bump on Mitch Wallis, and Demons Neville Jetta and Cameron Pedersen will also be scrutinised by the match review panel.

Jetta struck Marcus Bontempelli’s face late in the second half, prompting one of many scuffles in the contest.

Pedersen cleaned up defender Fletcher Roberts, who underwent a concussion test but played on after the bump, early in the second half.

Bontempelli and Luke Dahlhaus were both dominant in the middle, while Jack Redpath and Jake Stringer booted a combined eight goals.

The Demons won no shortage of admirers in the opening third of the season, especially after trouncing Gold Coast by 73 points in round seven.

Paul Roos’ side even slipped inside the top eight on percentage following Adelaide’s loss to Geelong on Friday night.

But the Bulldogs delivered the much-improved team a reality check.

Jack Viney, who laid 16 tackles and was Melbourne’s best, kicked the opening goal after a frantic start to the contest which was riddled with turnovers.

The Bulldogs settled and eased their way to a 28-point lead early in the second quarter.

Melbourne never managed to make serious inroads from that point on, despite a couple of inspirational efforts from Ben Kennedy.

Kennedy kicked two goals in the second term and he stopped a certain goal and earned a 50m penalty after somehow stopping a steamrolling Redpath.

The Bulldogs increased their lead at every break and responded whenever the Demons managed to generate some momentum.

The Bulldogs, who face Greater Western Sydney in round nine, now boast a 6-2 record alongside GWS, Hawthorn and Sydney.

Young Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan had a serious case of the yips, clutching nine marks but kicking 1.3.


19 – Tom Liberatore v Melbourne (2016), Jack Ziebell v Melbourne (2016), Jude Bolton v West Coast (2011),

18 – Matt Priddis v Richmond (2014).

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