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2020 Toyota AFL Premiership
Round 1 • Western Bulldogs v Collingwood
34 5.4
Full Time Magpies by 52
86 13.8
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    Match preview: Western Bulldogs v Collingwood

    Who will emerge victorious as the Dogs and Pies chase victory in their season-opener on Friday night?

    The Dogs take on the Pies on Friday night

    Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Friday March 20, 7.50pm AEDT 

    FOLLOW IT LIVE: Dogs v Pies

    Last time they met: Marvel Stadium, round 14, 2019: Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) lost to Collingwood 13.4 (82)

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    What it means for Western Bulldogs: A chance to show the League the Bulldogs are not just 'around the mark' but truly one of the competition's elite teams. 

    What it means for Collingwood: The Pies face the Bulldogs and then Richmond over the first two rounds. Going 2-0 in tough games certainly makes for a better sell than 0-2.

    The stat: 178. That's how many AFL Fantasy points Jack Macrae racked up the last time the Dogs faced the Magpies. Lock him in as your captain. 

    The match-up: Tim English v Brodie Grundy

    Tim English (No.306 in AFL Player Ratings) starts as the rank outsider against Brodie Grundy (No.2), but the young Bulldog has made massive strides over the off-season. Expect this to be a brilliant clash. 

    COMPARE THE PAIR Tim English v Brodie Grundy

    In the spotlight: Josh Bruce

    Could the key forward be the one to take the Bulldogs' ceiling to the next level? Aaron Naughton is in but there are concerns around his fitness, so Bruce will need to crash packs and be at his best  to give the small forwards a chance. 

    Big call: Jordan De Goey lights up Friday night footy with five goals.

    Prediction: Pies by nine points

    MATCH REPORT

    Pies dismantle Dogs to make early statement

    Collingwood makes light work of the Western Bulldogs in their season-opening clash

    Josh Daicos celebrates a goal for the Magpies. Picture: AFL Photos

    PLENTY has changed in the world since September, but for the Western Bulldogs, Friday night's 52-point loss to Collingwood was a haunting reminder of their brutal 2019 finals exit. 

    Under the open Marvel Stadium roof, thanks to COVID-19 indoor event restrictions, the Magpies were as clinical as the Bulldogs bereft in the 13.8 (86) to 5.4 (34) round one clash.

    PIES DISMANTLE DOGS Full match coverage and stats

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    Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Collingwood

    The Bulldogs and Pies clash in round 1

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    The Pies had winners everywhere; Brodie Grundy manhandled Tim English to be best on ground with 37 hitouts, one goal, three behinds and 19 disposals, while Taylor Adams dominated in the middle and Brody Mihocek booted three goals. 

    ANALYSIS Master slaughters apprentice again ... so what should Bevo do now?

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    'Checkers' kicks two in a row

    Brody Mihocek kicks two quick goals to extend the Pies' lead

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    Scott Pendlebury was typically influential in the first quarter as the Pies put on a 26-point lead by quarter-time, while the Dogs struggled to simply get the ball into their forward arc and managed one goal from just two entries. 

    With Jackson Macrae and Bailey Smith getting involved in the second and Matt Suckling giving them some forward drive in the third, the Dogs offered a whimper to get within five goals after the margin blew out to 48 points. 

    'IT WAS JUST A REAL NIGHTMARE' Beveridge left scratching head

    But, with Josh Daicos contributing two of the Pies' three final term goals, the Dogs finished the game as they started it; unable to get a foothold anywhere and scoring just two behinds for the quarter.   

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    Like father, like son: Daicos snaps a beauty

    Josh Daicos snaps a goal just like his dad did for the Pies

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    The Brown brothers
    On any normal night, the crowd's reaction to this moment would have blown Marvel Stadium's roof clean off. As the Pies pressed forward yet again in their dominating first quarter, debutant Tyler Brown found the ball and dished off a quick hand pass to big brother Callum, who slotted their fifth goal. They're Collingwood royalty, and that combination alone – which was celebrated by their family watching on from a corporate box - would have sent the cheer squad into a frenzy.

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    Brown brothers show their class

    Tyler Brown combines with big brother Callum to kick the Pies' fifth goal

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    Getting the hang of social distancing
    There seemed to be some controlled measures taken after Thursday night's display of physical contact between the Richmond and Carlton players with Marcus Bontempelli and Pendlebury giving each other a nod rather than a handshake at the coin toss, and the players engaging in forearm "bumps" at the quarter breaks. However, there was still plenty of high-fiving going on during play, which goes to show that some habits will simply be impossible to break.  

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    'Billy' Elliott displays dance moves after perfect start

    Jamie Elliott snags an early goal for Collingwood

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    Cavarra cuddle
    On the social distancing thing, there was nowhere to hide for Bulldogs debutant Ben Cavarra in the second quarter when the mature-age recruit nailed his first goal. The 24-year-old won a free kick inside 50 when he was double-teamed into the ground by Brayden Maynard and Jack Crisp, went back and used his first kick in AFL football to boot a major. The Bulldogs, in desperate need of a spark, swamped the former VFL forward to commemorate a moment he won't forget – and later, did the same with Josh Bruce when he bagged his first goal as a Bulldog.     

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    Old Dog has a grand start

    Mature-age debutant Ben Cavarra slots a goal with his first kick in the AFL

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    Sing it loud
    The Pies declared before the game that, along with stricter water bottle use, they would not sing the theme song afterwards in the rooms should they win. However, they couldn't resist belting it out once they left the field, although it was an odd sight to see the usually jubilant celebration take place with the players standing on their own and Grundy dancing by himself.   

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    Pies sing it loud and proud ... with a difference

    Collingwood players change their mind and sing their song after defeating the Bulldogs

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    Happier times ahead
    If you're into symbols, the light dusting of pre-match rain that led to a rainbow stretching across the stadium could be seen as significant. It's fair to say we've still got a bit of the metaphorical storm to come, but that brief colourful vision was a reminder there are better days ahead.

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    Star Pie opens his account

    Jordan De Goey kicks his first goal of the year

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    MEDICAL ROOM
    Western Bulldogs:
    The Bulldogs appear to have come through unscathed although Jackson Macrae suffered a poke in the eye in the third quarter and appeared troubled by it as the game wore on.
    Collingwood: Mason Cox sent a scare through the Magpies' camp when he limped off with a sore knee after landing awkwardly in the second quarter. He was treated in the rooms and had a fitness test on the boundary before returning eight minutes later. He finished the game, as did a tender Brody Mihocek despite a bruising bump to his right hip early in the fourth quarter.

    NEXT UP
    The Bulldogs are back at Marvel to face Carlton on Saturday in a twilight game, while the Magpies will host Richmond at the MCG on Thursday night.

    FULL FIXTURE Every round, every game

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    Dogs recruit kicks his first in new colours

    Josh Bruce kicks his first goal for the Bulldogs

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    WESTERN BULLDOGS     1.0     4.0     5.2     5.4     (34)
    COLLINGWOOD               5.2     8.6     10.7     13.8     (86)                    

    GOALS
    Western Bulldogs:
     Wallis, Williams, Cavarra, Suckling, Bruce
    Collingwood: Mihocek 3, Cox 2, Daicos 2, Elliott, Hoskin-Elliott, Grundy, C. Brown, De Goey, Adams

    BEST
    Western Bulldogs:
     Macrae, Smith, Keath, Suckling, Hunter
    Collingwood: Grundy, Mihocek, Adams, Mayne, Pendlebury, Howe 

    INJURIES
    Western Bulldogs:
    Macrae (face/eye) 
    Collingwood: Nil

    Reports: Nil

    Umpires: Donlon, Hosking, Whetton

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