Round 4 Saturday 17 September

Box Hill City Oval
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    Dogs' day out: Undefeated Bulldogs make short work of Hawks

    THE WESTERN Bulldogs have moved to the top of the ladder after notching a convincing 30-point victory over winless Hawthorn at rain-ravaged Box Hill City Oval.

    The undefeated Bulldogs (4-0) combined toughness with elite finishing on Saturday to prevail 6.1 (37) to 1.1 (7) in trying conditions.

    Kirsty Lamb (25 disposals, seven clearances, one goal) was best-on-ground in her 50th game, combining with captain Ellie Blackburn to feed off the ruck supremacy of Alice Edmonds and dominate the Hawks in the clinches.

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    Hawthorn's 17-year-old sensation Jasmine Fleming (25 disposals, seven clearances) continues to blossom and was easily best for the hosts, who were also well served by the experienced Kaitlyn Ashmore.

    After the first quarter finished in a scrappy, scoreless stalemate, the Bulldogs began to assert their authority in the second term before extending it in the third.

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    The gulf between the expansion Hawks and the experienced Dogs became more and more obvious as the afternoon's slog wore on.

    Blackburn broke the deadlock in the fourth minute of the second period with the first goal of the match, before Hawthorn quickly equalised when Ashmore converted after holding on to a juggling mark.

    It would be the Hawks' only moment to celebrate.

    Ashmore drills Hawks' first

    00:38 Sep 17. 2022. 4:08 PM

    Kaitlyn Ashmore levels the scoreboard with this major

    After Rylee Wilcox and Gabby Newton built on the Bulldogs' advantage before half-time, the visitors continued to dominate in the third, as the relentless rain pelted down.

    Back-to-back snapped goals out of stoppages from teen Heidi Woodley and Lamb made it five without a miss to the Bulldogs, an impressive strike-rate given the conditions.

    Winger Isabelle Pritchard swung around on her left after a nifty hand-off from Eleanor Brown and nailed her maiden AFLW goal to start the fourth.

    Hawthorn refused to wave the white flag and kept charging to the finish line but it was outclassed when it mattered.

    Fiery Pritchard secures first AFLW goal

    00:41 Sep 17. 2022. 4:53 PM

    Isabelle Pritchard joins the scoring list as the Bulldogs continue hot streak

    Fitting match for milestone Dog
    Kirsty Lamb is the definition of a quiet achiever. Selected with pick No.138 in the inaugural AFLW Draft, Lamb has only missed one game in the Bulldogs’ AFLW history, with that miss due to a one-match suspension picked up in her very first game. Lamb’s 25-disposal, five-tackle and one-goal game on Saturday showed why she – along with captain Ellie Blackburn - is the backbone of the Dogs’ setup. Her chemistry with Blackburn is borne from seven seasons playing alongside each other in the Dogs’ engine room, while the club lost star player after star player due to the League’s expansion. While some other players are flashier and command attention, Lamb plays unfussy and committed football and is virtually unstoppable when breaking away from stoppages. Her 50th match, played against the Hawks, was no different.

    Lamb kicks gem to celebrate 50th in style

    00:32 Sep 17. 2022. 4:28 PM

    Kirsty Lamb crumbs a goal to extend the Bulldogs' lead

    Up next
    Both sides will feature in a Friday double-header at the Swinburne Centre next week, with the Bulldogs taking on North Melbourne in the first game before the Hawks face fellow expansion side Sydney a few hours later.

    HAWTHORN                         0.0      1.0      1.0     1.1 (7)
    WESTERN BULLDOGS          0.0      3.0       5.1     6.1  (37) 

    GOALS
    Hawthorn:
     Ashmore
    Western Bulldogs: Blackburn, Wilcox, Newton, Woodley, Lamb, Pritchard 

    BEST 
    Hawthorn:
    Fleming, Ashmore, Gilroy
    Western Bulldogs: Lamb, Blackburn, Fitzgerald, Pritchard, Edmonds 

    INJURIES 
    Hawthorn:
     Nil
    Western Bulldogs: Nil

    LATE CHANGES
    Hawthorn:  Nil
    Western Bulldogs: Nil

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