Round 7, 2010
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs
Friday 8 May
Western Bulldogs win by 4 points
Goalkickers: Matthew Bate 3, Aaron Davey 1, Brad Green 1, Daniel Hughes 1, Jamie Bennell 1, Nathan Jones 1, Tom Scully 1
3 - Tom Scully
Rising Star nominee
With the crowd swelled by 14,000 participants in the Field Of Women breast cancer awareness event, the Demons took to the field against the Dogs in pouring rain and despite having more scoring shots in the first quarter they went in goalless.
Aaron Davey sparked his side with a goal, before Jamie Bennell kicked a contender for Goal of the Year from the boundary and by half-time the match was wide open. The Demons struck early in the third term before the Bulldogs steadied, just when it looked like they'd run away with the game Melbourne kicked two goals late in the term to drag the margin back to single digits.
15 minutes into the last term Melbourne were in front, with Daniel Hughes kicking his first goal in league football to give them the lead and young gun Tom Scully on the way to 18 possessions for the quarter in a total of 39 for the game. With just a few minutes left they were still in front, but two goals to the Dogs gave them back the lead with 90 seconds left. Melbourne were unable to go forward and score again and lost their only Friday night match of the year.
The Demons were the victims of two controversial goal umpiring overrules, in the first quarter to deny Brad Green and then in the last against Lynden Dunn. There was also concern that the umpires were wearing a similiar pink kit to the promotional jumper that Melbourne had on for the night. Several times players were seen to instinctively handball or kick to the umpires, and late in the game Clint Bartram handballed straight to an umpire with no teammates anywhere near him.
Best were Scully, Bate and Warnock.
Demonblog match review
"Dogs in as Dees falter" - The Age 08/05/2010
Jumper image courtesy of footyjumpers.com