Bull­dogs down Swans in AFL grand fi­nal

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Mel­bourne: The Bull­dogs did the un­think­able, com­ing from be­hind to top­ple the Syd­ney Swans 89-67. The Western Bull­dogs ended 62 years of hurt with a 22-point vic­tory over the Syd­ney Swans in a pul­sat­ing Aus­tralian Foot­ball League grand fi­nal played out in front of a crowd of 99,989 at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground yes­ter­day.

The first team to reach the fi­nal hav­ing fin­ished seventh in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the team from Mel­bourne’s western sub­urbs be­lied their un­der­dog sta­tus with a huge team ef­fort to be­come pre­miers for the sec­ond time since their 1954 win as Footscray. Two late goals from Liam Picken, whose fa­ther Billy played and lost in four grand fi­nals, and a long-range ef­fort from the out­stand­ing Tom Boyd set­tled an epic bat­tle in which the lead had changed hands with reg­u­lar­ity. “It’s just an amaz­ing per­for­mance from our boys,” Bull­dogs coach Luke Bev­eridge said as his play­ers shed tears and hugged each other on the field af­ter the fi­nal siren.

“Some of those ef­forts in the last quar­ter were just sen­sa­tional.” The Syd­ney Swans were look­ing for their third ti­tle in 11 years but were ham­pered from the fifth minute when their star for­ward Lance “Buddy” Franklin turned his an­kle in the fre­netic early ex­changes. The pace of the con­test never waned but, fired by in­spired in­side for­ward Josh Kennedy, the Swans were al­ways in it un­til the three late goals en­sured the Bull­dog’s 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67) vic­tory.

“Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to the Bull­dogs, it’s been a re­ally even year but you guys play footy

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