Macrae top Dog as Lions tamed
JACK Macrae just plays football.
There’s no controversy, no quirky back story or even a strange off-field pursuit.
Whenever the name Jack Macrae is written or spoken, the word “unassuming” is never far away.
Indeed, former captain Bob Murphy calls him “the most confident shy person I’ve ever met”.
And there’s nothing wrong with any of that, particularly when you just might be the most in-form midfielder in the competition.
Macrae finished with a personal-best 47 disposals — 26 coming in the first half — in the Western Bulldogs’ 14point win over the Brisbane Lions last night.
A week after having 40 touches against Gold Coast, the wiry left-footer torched the Lions with an equal gamehigh 18 contested possessions, a game-high 10 clearances and an equal game-high eight inside 50s. Macrae also had 10 score involvements — six more than the next-most.
Macrae was the headline act in a Bulldogs side with an average age of just 22 who made the Lions their third straight scalp.
Yet while they could never rest easy against this fighting Brisbane side.
A side who notoriously struggles to turn entries into scores, kicked 16.11 from 64 inside 50s. It was only the third time in eight games the Dogs have kicked more goals than behinds.
It was just as well, given their 24-point three-quarter time lead had shrunk to seven with nine minutes left. But the Lions’ charge had the stuffing knocked out of it when Lewis Taylor inexplicably handballed straight to Bailey Dale when the Lions were on the attack and Bontempelli kicked his fourth goal.
The Lions survived — and threatened — on the back of fierce tackling pressure, but their turnovers were mercilessly punished by the Bulldogs, who kicked 11 of their 15 goals off the back of Brisbane blunders.