Bull­dogs win first cham­pi­onship

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE Western Bull­dogs won their first Aus­tralian Foot­ball League premier­ship in 62 years with a com­mit­ted 22-point vic­tory over the Syd­ney Swans in Mel­bourne on Oc­to­ber 1.

Play­ing in their first grand fi­nal since 1961, the Bull­dogs fin­ished strongly in the fi­nal quar­ter to beat the Swans 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67) in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground.

It was a fairy­tale vic­tory for the Bull­dogs, to come from seventh place and win suc­ces­sive sud­den-death fi­nals against West Coast, Hawthorn and Greater Western Syd­ney be­fore top­pling the Swans in the sea­son de­cider.

The club – based in Mel­bourne’s West – went into re­ceiver­ship in 1989 and were days away from be­ing wound up be­fore sup­port­ers’ fundrais­ing kept the fi­nan­cially crip­pled team afloat and avoided a loom­ing merger with the Fitzroy Lions.

The Bull­dogs trailed Syd­ney by two points at half-time but dom­i­nated the last two quar­ters, pulling away in the fi­nal stages to win con­vinc­ingly.

The Bull­dogs’ Ja­son Jo­han­nisen won the Norm Smith Medal as the best player in the Grand Fi­nal.

Liam Picken, Tom Boyd and Tory Dick­son all kicked three goals for the win­ners.

The Swans, who were chas­ing their sixth AFL ti­tle af­ter last win­ning in 2012, were favourites af­ter fin­ish­ing on top of the reg­u­lar sea­son standings.

But the club, play­ing in their fifth premier­ship de­cider in 11 years, had no an­swer to the swarm­ing Bull­dogs, who dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory in the fi­nal quar­ter to clinch an emo­tional tri­umph. – EM­BAT­TLED world heavy­weight cham­pion Tyson Fury ap­peared to make light of re­ports he has tested pos­i­tive for co­caine in a Twit­ter post on Oc­to­ber 1.

Fury’s camp are yet to com­ment on the re­port by ESPN, but the Bri­ton tweeted a pic­ture of Tony Mon­tana, played by Al Pa­cino in the film Scar­face, sit­ting at a table with a pile of co­caine in front of him.

Fury im­posed his own face onto the pic­ture, which he cap­tioned “#Tyson­mon­tana”, and changed his Twit­ter name to “TONYMONTANA”.

Amer­i­can me­dia out­let ESPN re­ported that Fury tested pos­i­tive af­ter pro­vid­ing a urine sam­ple to Las Ve­gas­based Vol­un­tary Anti-Dop­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (VADA) in Lan­caster, Eng­land, on Septem­ber 22.

Fury had been pre­par­ing for a re­match with Wladimir Kl­itschko, which has now been can­celled.

Co­caine, while an il­le­gal drug, is not banned in box­ing if taken out of com­pe­ti­tion.

Fury was due to fight Kl­itschko in Manch­ester on Oc­to­ber 29, al­most a year af­ter win­ning the WBA and WBO belts against the Ukrainian last Novem­ber.

Fury, the self-styled “Gypsy King”, also won the IBF belt in that fight, but had to for­feit it af­ter fail­ing to ful­fil a manda­tory bout.

Amer­i­can me­dia out­let ESPN re­ported that Fury tested pos­i­tive af­ter pro­vid­ing a urine sam­ple ... on Septem­ber 22.

A pre­vi­ously sched­uled re­match, set for July 9, was scrapped af­ter Fury sus­tained an an­kle in­jury.

Re­ports sug­gest Fury could be stripped of his belts due to his lack of ac­tiv­ity.

Fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the July 9 fight, it emerged that UK An­ti­Dop­ing (UKAD) had charged Fury and his cousin, Hughie, with a dop­ing of­fence. They deny wrong­do­ing.

The sam­ple, taken nine months prior to Fury’s sen­sa­tional vic­tory over Kl­itschko, con­tained traces of the banned sub­stance nan­drolone.

Fury was pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended, but his ban has since been lifted and his le­gal team have threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against UKAD. He is due to face a hear­ing in Novem­ber. –

Photo:EPA

Luke Dahlhaus (left) and Bull­dogs play­ers re­act af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralia Foot­ball League (AFL) Grand Fi­nal be­tween the Syd­ney Swans and the Western Bull­dogs at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia, on Oc­to­ber 1.

Photo: Face­book/ The Kon­crete Jun­gle

Boxer Tyson Fury tweeted this meme over the week­end in an ap­par­ent re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions of co­caine use.

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