Bulldogs 62 Years Football Drought Is Finally Over

Bulldogs 62 Years Football Drought Is Finally Over

Season 2016 Toyota AFL Finals Series

Bulldogs Win First Grand Final Since 1954

Victor P Taffa

Television first went to air in Australia in 1956 and for the first time in the history of Television in Australia the Western Bulldogs Footscray Football Club has won the AFL/VFL Grand Final.

In only their second ever Premiership and third Grand Final appearance the Western Bulldogs have triumphed over the Sydney Swans to claim what in the end was a comprehensive victory of grit and determination.

During the Season 2016 Finals Series, Western Bulldogs had the edge over the Sydney Swans having defeated West Coast in Western Australia then Hawthorn who were Premiers for the last 3 years and then came to Sydney and knocked off Greater Western Sydney.

Now there is no doubt just who are Champions.

Results of Western Bulldogs victories enroute to their historic Grand Final win are as follows:

 

Sydney Swans V Western Bulldogs

Grand Final

2.30 PM AEST Saturday 1 October 2016

At MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)

                                     G B P

Sydney Swans

1st Quarter                   1.2.8

2nd Quarter                  7.3.45

3rd Quarter                 8.5.53

4th Quarter                  10.7.67

Western Bulldogs

1st Quarter                   2.0.12

2nd Quarter                  7.1.43

3rd Quarter                 9.7.61

4th Quarter                  13.11.89

GOALS

Sydney Swans: Kennedy 3, Mitchell 2, Parker, N. Smith, Rohan, Franklin, Hewett

Western Bulldogs: T. Boyd 3, Dickson 3, Picken 3, Cordy, McLean, C. Smith, Stringer

The official crowd of 99, 981 is the largest ever to watch a Bulldogs win.

 

Greater Western Sydney Giants V Western Bulldogs

Preliminary Final

7.15 PM AEST Saturday 24 September 2016

At Spotless Stadium

                                    G B P

GWS Giants

1st Quarter                   2.1.13

2nd Quarter                  5.2.32

3rd Quarter                 9.7.61

4th Quarter                  12.11.83

Western Bulldogs

1st Quarter                   2.3.15

2nd Quarter                  6.5.41

3rd Quarter                 9.6.60

4th Quarter                  13.11.89

GOALS

Greater Western Sydney Giants: Patton 4, Greene 3, Lobb 3, D. Smith, Shaw

Western Bulldogs: C. Smith 4, Dickson 4, Cordy 2, Daniel, Bontempelli, Macrae

 

Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

2nd Elimination Semi-Final

16 September 2016

At MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), 7.50 PM AEST

                                    G B P

Hawthorn

1st Quarter                   3.4.22

2nd Quarter                  7.5.47

3rd Quarter                 8.9.57

4th Quarter                  12.12.84

Western Bulldogs

1st Quarter                   1.5.11

2nd Quarter                  6.10.46

3rd Quarter                 12.11.83

4th Quarter                  16.11.107

GOALS

Hawthorn: Shiels 2, Hodge 2, Sicily, Gunston, Puopolo, Rioli, Hill, Breust, Fitzpatrick, Burgoyne

Western Bulldogs: Stringer 3, Picken 3, Smith 2, Bontempelli 2, Wood, McLean, Dunkley, Roughead, Dickson, Daniel

 The official crowd of 87, 823 is the largest ever to watch a Bulldogs win.

 

West Coast v Western Bulldogs

Second Elimination Final

Thursday, 8 September 2016

At Domain Stadium, 6.10 pm (8.10 pm EST)

                                    G B P

West Coast

1st Quarter                   2.3 15

2nd Quarter                  3.6 24

3rd Quarter                 5.9 39

4th Quarter                  7.10 52

Western Bulldogs

1st Quarter                   4.4 28

2nd Quarter                  7.6 48

3rd Quarter                 11.10 76

4th Quarter                  14.15 99

GOALS

West Coast: Darling 2, Kennedy 2, Hill, Brown, LeCras

Western Bulldogs: Picken 2, Dickson 2, Dunkley 2, Dahlhaus, Hunter, Daniel, Liberatore, Smith, Roughead, Bontempelli, Stringer

 

(G) Goals        worth 6 Points

(B) Behinds     worth 1 Point

(P) Points        Total Points

(VFL) Victorian Football League competition preceded the (AFL) Australian Football League competition.

 

Sydney Swans South Melbourne Football Club Grand Final Record

Premierships:

1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012,

Runners-Up:

1899, 1907, 1912, 1914, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996, 2006, 2014, 2016,

Western Bulldogs Footscray Football Club Grand Final Record

Premierships:

1954, 2016,

Runners-Up:

1961,

 

Season 2016 Home And Away Final Round Placing

Position           Club            Played          Win     Loss    Points

1          Sydney                        22                    17        5          68

2          Geelong                      22                    17        5          68

3          Hawthorn                   22                    17        5          68

4          GWS                           22                    16        6          64

5          Adelaide                     22                    16        6          64

6          West Coast                 22                    16        6          64

7          Western Bulldogs      22                    15        7          60

8          North Melbourne      22                    12        10        48

9          St. Kilda                             22                    12        10        48

10        Port Adelaide                   22                    10        12        40

11        Melbourne                       22                    10        12        40

12        Collingwood                  22                    9          13        36

13        Richmond                     22                    8          14        32

14        Carlton                        22                    7          15        28

15        Gold Coast                  22                    6          16        24

16        Fremantle                    22                    4          18        16

17        Brisbane                      22                    3          19        12

18        Essendon                     22                    3          19        12