Posted: 25 September, 2016

Lin Jong Trolled Casey With A Sneaky Trick Today

Cheeky!

Just 17 days ago, Lin Jong was in tears on the Western Bulldogs bench in tears at the realisation his season was over.

He’d broken his right collarbone in the win over West Coast at Subiaco, but in a Herculean effort he got fit for Footscray’s VFL Grand Final against Casey Scorpions today.

Knowing that Jong’s injured shoulder would be targeted by Casey players, the Footscray medical staff pulled a cheeky one by taping up his LEFT shoulder — the one that was completely fine.

Sure enough, Casey went after the non-injured shoulder, with Lynden Dunn starting a melee when he targeted Jong at quarter time.

 

Jong not only got through unscathed in Footscray’s 13.19 (97) to 10.6 (66) win, he won the Norm Goss Medal for best afield with his 29 touch, six inside 50 and 0.1 display.

In fact he might even get a chance to taste yet more premiership success next week if he can force his way in to the Dogs side.

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Tags: Lin Jong, Western Bulldogs

Posted: 25 September, 2016

Sturt Win The SANFL Grand Final

Congrats to the Double Blues!

Sturt has won the SANFL Grand Final day, beating Woodville West-Torrens 12.4 (76) to 7.7 (49).

The game was an arm wrestle for the first half before the Double Blues managed to wriggle away in the third term, booting 4.0 to 2.1 to lead by 14 at three quarter time.

Sturt defender Jack Stephens was awarded the Jack Oatey Medal for best afield; he racked up 22 touches, eight marks, five tackles, two inside 50s, a clearance and this crucial goal late in the second quarter:

 

Magarey Medallist Zane Kirkwood was also influential for the Double Blues, racking up 27 touches, nine tackles, six inside 50s, four clearances and this sealing goal, complete with classy baulking move:

 

Former Crow Jared Petrenko was best on for the Eagles, picking up 23 disposals, 10 tackles, seven clearances, five inside 50s and a goal.

The victory, in front of 30,213 at Adelaide Oval, was Sturt’s first flag since 2002 and their 14th overall.

There were scenes of wild celebration at the final siren:

 

Congratulations Double Blues!

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Tags: SANFL, Sturt FC

Posted: 25 September, 2016

The Triple M Team Is Now On The AFL Players Moji App

"Get around it!"

Members of the Triple M team are now available on the AFL Players Moji app.

Some of your favourites, including Brian Taylor and James Brayshaw, join a huge collection of AFL players on the app.

They've got those hilarious quotes on there too.

It's definitely worth picking up.

The AFL Players Moji app can be found on the App Store.

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Tags: AFL Players Moji

Posted: 25 September, 2016

Lin Jong's Remarkable Surge Into Grand Final Contention

Who would have picked this?

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17 days ago Lin Jong was in tears, surely believing his AFL season was over.

The Western Bulldogs were about to defeat the in-form West Coast and progress even further into the finals, but with a broken collarbone, it looked like Jong would play no part.

Who would have picked he'd now be a very real chance to play in the Bulldogs' first grand final in 55 years?

Jong was outstanding in leading Footscray to a VFL premiership, racking up 29 disposals and six inside 50s.

He was named best on ground - and resoundingly so - and took home the Norm Goss Medal for his efforts.

He even pulled a swift one on Casey, taping his opposite shoulder to confuse them when he was targeted.

It was a stellar game.

He was modest in his acceptance speech, making sure all the Footscray players, trainers, coaches and fans were praised. 

But nonetheless it was a game that would see him stiff to miss an AFL grand final next week.

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Tags: AFL, VFL, Western Bulldogs

Posted: 25 September, 2016

Footscray Has Won The VFL Grand Final

What a weekend!

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Footscray have doubled up, winning the VFL grand final by 31 points.

17,348 witnessed the Bulldogs defeated the Casey Scorpions 13.19 (97) to 10.6 (66) at Etihad Stadium in an emphatic performance, especially in the second half.

Despite trailing at three quarter time, the Bulldogs piled on 8.4 (52) to 0.0 (0) in the third quarter to put the result beyond doubt.

Lin Jong starred for the Bulldogs, winning the Norm Goss Medal as best on ground with 29 disposals and nine marks.

Jong was on his return from a broken collarbone in a bid to make an AFL return for next week's grand final.

Fellow Bulldog Koby Stevens was also prolific with 29 disposals and nine tackles, as was captain Jordan Russell (24 disposals).

Clayton Oliver (31 disposals, six tackles) was Casey's best.

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Tags: AFL, VFL, Western Bulldogs

Posted: 25 September, 2016

Scans Reveal The Extent Of Aliir Aliir’s Injury

Just in

Sydney defender Aliir Aliir may be able to play in next week’s grand final against the Western Bulldogs.

Aliir landed awkwardly in the first quarter of the Swans’ preliminary final win against Geelong on Friday night and had to limp off in serious pain with an apparent knee injury.

However scans have shown that the injury is only a minor medial strain, and Aliir remains a chance to play.

Jarred McVeigh (calf) and Callum Mills (hamstring) will have their fitness tested ahead of the game.

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Posted: 25 September, 2016

Nick Dal Santo Says He Can Go On Next Year

Who would take him?

Delisted Kangaroo Nick Dal Santo says that he feels like he could “physically and mentally” play on next year.

However speaking to Triple M ahead of today’s VFL Grand Final, Dal Santo said that he was unsure about a decision on his future.

“I feel like I could (play on) physically and mentally. I still have the desire to play,” Dal Santo said.

“I’ve been retired now — or delisted now — for two weeks, and the first two weeks after the season are a bit of a blur anyway.

“You’re socialising, you eat what you want… I haven’t been for a run.”

Dal Santo expects that he will make a decision within the next month or so.

“I think the next four to six weeks will really make me know internally if I wanna do it or not.”

Listen to Nick Dal Santo on the The Rub here:

 

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Posted: 25 September, 2016

MASSIVE Melee Breaks Out At VFL Grand Final

Huge brawl!

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A massive melee has broken out at quarter time of the VFL grand final between Footscray and the Casey Scorpions.

Footscray's Lin Jong, returning from a broken collarbone, was lining up for a shot after the siren to give the Bulldogs a healthy advantage.

But his kick faded for a behind.

It prompted plenty of aggression from Melbourne-listed Lynden Dunn, who started a scuffle with Jong and brought him to ground.

The brawl broke out with most players on the ground involved.

Full on.

Footscray led Casey 2.7 (19) to 2.1 (13) at the main break.

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Tags: VFL

Posted: 25 September, 2016

The Bulldogs Have Pulled Out Another CLASSIC Banner For The VFL Grand Final

THEY'RE UNSTOPPABLE.

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Even Footscray has pulled out an absolutely classic banner for the VFL grand final.

We thought the famous Western Bulldogs banners was just an AFL thing - but they're going all out.

It's a wonderful little dig at the Casey Scorpions.

They can't be stopped!

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Tags: VFL

Posted: 25 September, 2016

Melbourne Young Gun Withdraws From VFL Grand Final

He won't line up.

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Melbourne young gun Christian Salem won't line up for the Casey Scorpions for their VFL grand final against Footscray today.

Salem was concussed after a tackle in last week's preliminary final, in which his head hit the turf.

He was concussed and played no further part in the game.

Salem was originally named in the Scorpions' team but has failed to prove his fitness.

The 21-year-old has played six games for Casey this season after battling injury, averaging 21 disposals on a wing.

Footscray will line up as named, not withdrawing any senior players in preparation for their AFL grand final next Saturday.

The 2016 VFL grand final will be broadcast live on Triple M from 2:30pm.

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Tags: VFL, Casey Scorpions

Posted: 25 September, 2016

The Bulldogs/Giants Preliminary Final Pulled In Some Astonishing TV Ratings

WHOPPING NUMBERS.

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The historic preliminary final between the Bulldogs and Giants yesterday was an absolute ratings bonanza.

In fact, excluding grand finals, it was the second most watched game of football in history.

As tweeted by the AFL, on average 2.39 million people were tuned into the match, just short of the record of 2.47 million held by Geelong and Collingwood back in 2007.

The peak audience was a whopping 3.65 million people.

Outstanding figures!

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Tags: AFL, Western Bulldogs, GWS Giants

Posted: 25 September, 2016

What The World Was Like The Last Time The Bulldogs Made A Grand Final

Winding back the clock.

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It's been a long time since the Western Bulldogs made a grand final.

A long bloody time.

Their 55-year drought from the big stage will end this week with their clash against Sydney.

We were curious - what was the world like back then?

In 1961, when the Bulldogs played their last grand final...

  • Australia's population was just 10.48 million - less than half our current size.
  • Melbourne's population was less than two million.
  • John F. Kennedy was still alive.
  • The United States officially entered the Vietnam War.
  • Steve Irwin, Craig Bradley, John Platten and Greg Williams hadn't yet been born, and Merv Hughes was less than a year old.
  • Richmond failed to score a goal in a match for the first time in 39 years.
  • The pound was Australia's official currency, replaced by the dollar five years later.
  • Australia still used imperial measurements.
  • Australians were on average paid 14 pounds and seven shillings a week - roughly equivalent to $400 today.
  • One quart of milk cost around 18 pence.
  • Hawthorn was yet to win a premiership - their first of 13 flags came in that very grand final.

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Tags: AFL, Western Bulldogs