AFL season comes to a close but positive signs for the Dogs’ future.
The Western Bulldogs have ended the season to forget for the Melbourne Demons after they downed their cross-town AFL rivals by 20 points at Etihad Stadium.
The Dogs dominated all of the aspects of the game that matter to cruise to victory with a nine-goal second term setting up the 16.11 (107) to 13.9 (87) win.
Melbourne will have plenty of work to do before next season to even just be competitive against almost all sides, with their inability to compete for the football for four quarters again holding them back.
While the final margin was only 20 points the Dogs dominated all of the key areas of the match.
The contested ball count told a sorry story for the Demons, thrashed 148-103 by these hungrier Doggies in a final scoreline that didn’t truly reflect their dominance.
The contested possessions discrepancy was a whooping 40 by half-time.
When an after-the-siren clash before the long break between Will Minson and Jordie McKenzie on the city wing inevitably snowballed into an ugly, brawling mass, several Melbourne players displayed far more commitment to that futile fight than the task of winning the hard ball in the previous half hour.