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Bulldogs beat Crows

By Adam Cooper 23/04/2005 10:32:36 PM Comments (0)

Chris Grant finally got one over Adelaide as the Western Bulldogs made his 300th AFL game one to savour at Telstra Dome on Saturday night.

Grant's Bulldogs were on the receiving end of preliminary final defeats from Adelaide in 1997 and 1998, and while Saturday night's win won't erase that heartache, it was some consolation as the Bulldogs won by 31 points, 21.14 (140) to 16.13 (109) before 27,900 fans.

A Nathan Eagleton goal on the siren completed stunning nine-goal third term from the Bulldogs who turned a three-goal halftime deficit into a 29-point lead at the final change.

From there, the Dogs ensured there was no histrionics to dampen the night for Grant, who became just the third player from his club after Ted Whitten and Doug Hawkins to reach the milestone.

The highlights of the Dogs' third-quarter comeback was an amazing 127-53 domination in disposals, four goals to captain Luke Darcy (a career-best six for the game) and a crunching tackle on Simon Goodwin to set up another.

The Bulldogs' second win of the season snapped Adelaide's three-game winning streak and part of their success was based on the Dogs' ability to keep Crows stars Andrew McLeod and Mark Ricciuto to moderate games.

With the duo nullified, the Bulldogs dominated through the middle of the ground, and the skill of Robert Murphy, Adam Cooney, Scott West and Brad Johnson (four goals) frequently won out.

Adelaide had 13 goalkickers but only Ricciuto (three) and Ian Perrie (two) kicked more than one.

As the Crows opportunities dried up in the third quarter, the Bulldogs' dashing defender Jordan McMahon was crucial in turning defence into repeated attack.

Grant was one of the few quiet Bulldogs, with just 12 disposals and two missed set shots, but was chaired off the ground.

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