Jamarra Ugle-Hagan celebrates a goal for the Western Bulldogs against Melbourne in R19, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

A CAREER-HIGH five goals from former No.1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan has steered the Western Bulldogs to a thrilling 10-point win over reigning premier Melbourne.

Exacting some form of revenge for last year's Grand Final loss, the Dogs took the lead through a Riley Garcia goal with four minutes remaining, hanging on to seal the 17.8 (110) to 15.10 (100) victory.

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Ugle-Hagan's composure was outstanding in a four-quarter performance, kicking three clutch conversions in the last, which included the sealer from 50m on the boundary in the dying seconds.


After some early dominance from the Bulldogs, the Demons finished the first term with a rush, piling on four straight goals (and the first of the second quarter), including two from inclusion Sam Weideman.

But the Bulldogs didn't panic, wresting control back in the midfield on multiple occasions to slowly close the gap.

Melbourne's ball movement down the ground was beautiful at times, slicing through the Dogs with pin-point precision, and Bayley Fritsch feasted, kicking four first-half goals.


The Bulldogs looked most damaging when moving the ball with pace with handball and sheer running power, but too often in the first half lapsed into long kicks down the line, much to the enjoyment of Max Gawn and Steven May.

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Momentum swung the Dogs' way in the third term, the Dees unable to clear the footy with any real purpose. The highlight came off the boot of Tim English from 50m on the run, cutting the margin to just seven points.


Aaron Naughton, blanketed by May up until the end of the third, suddenly emerged from a pack to snap truly, and it was on for young and old heading into the final quarter.

Oliver had 28 disposals and 13 clearances on return, complete with a guard on the thumb he broke two weeks ago, while Jack Macrae rebounded from an incredibly slow start by his standards (four in the first quarter) to finish with a team-high 29.

Battle of the big men
It's difficult to pick a winner in the ruck duel, with Tim English performing very well around the ground against Max Gawn and Luke Jackson – the Demon pairing having game-breaking moments of their own. English finished with just 19 hitouts, but 20 disposals and two goals, while Gawn (40 and 25) and Jackson (11 and 11) were strong throughout.

Tim English and Max Gawn compete in R19, 2022's Western Bulldogs v Melbourne clash. picture: AFL Photos

'Weid' takes his chance
Ben Brown's absence (knee) gave Sam Weideman another opportunity to prove he belongs at the top level, and his composure in crucial moments would have had coach Simon Goodwin beaming. He converted after the quarter-time siren and slotted his third just before the final break to take the margin back out to eight points.

Sam Weideman and Kysaiah Pickett celebrate a Melbourne goal against the Western Bulldogs in R19, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

300 of the best
We literally can't have a game without umpires, and field whistleblower Jacob Mollison recorded his 300th AFL match on Saturday night. Starting his career in the Ovens and Murray league in country Victoria, Mollison graduated to the VFL before making his AFL debut in 2008. The No.32's strong form was recognised with a maiden Grand Final berth last year.


WESTERN BULLDOGS     4.0     9.2     12.6     17.8     (110)
6.3    11.5    14.7     15.10    (100)

Western Bulldogs: Ugle-Hagan 5, Weightman 2, English 2, Naughton 2, Garcia 2, Bontempelli, West, Treloar, Macrae
Melbourne: Fritsch 4, Weideman 3, Melksham 2, Pickett 2, Neal-Bullen, Sparrow, Jackson, Harmes

Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Ugle-Hagan, Dale, English, Macrae
Melbourne: Oliver, Gawn, Brayshaw, Petracca, Fritsch, May

Western Bulldogs: Treloar (Calf)
Melbourne: Nil

Western Bulldogs: 
Melbourne: Jake Lever (shoulder), replaced in selected side by Adam Tomlinson

Western Bulldogs: Robbie McComb (replaced Treloar in the fourth quarter)
Melbourne: Toby Bedford (unused)