Melbourne won the AFL Premiership for the first time in 57 years in an extraordinary second half onslaught of 74 points ahead of the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium in Perth.
The Demon’s were challenged in the second quarter, scoring 19 points in the third quarter and then kicking 15 of the next 16 goals to record the biggest Grand Final victory in history.
Christian Petracca was the dominant player on the ground with incredible performance, 40 possessions, 2 goals and 9 clearances.
In the Demon’s attack, Bayleaf Rich kicked six goals, Ben Brown chipped in with three majors, and Tom MacDonald scored two goals.
For the bulldog, skipper Marcus Bontemperi was the best player on his team with three goals and 25 belongings, but Adam Treloir also took three majors.
In Melbourne, Christian Petracca kicked the first goal of the game with a spectacular finish from 50 steps, starting the better of the two teams.
When Bailey Fritsch marked the goal line and converted from close range, it was clear that the demon was on at the opening stage of the game.
Thanks to Roarke Smith’s great efforts, after a contest in the air, he scored the first Bulldogs goal in the middle of the semester before collecting the ball behind for a simple goal.
However, the bulldog’s resistance was short-lived, and two errors from defender Bailey Williams sacrificed the team’s goal in the second half of the first semester.
Williams turned the ball over under pressure from Kissiah Pickett, and Charlie Spargo ran in to kick a simple goal.
Shortly thereafter, Williams dropped a brief mark, and Frich collected the ball to score the demon’s fourth goal, scoring a 21-point lead in quartertime.
However, the bulldog was reorganized during the first break and, led by Treloir and Bontemperi, launched a vigorous counterattack throughout the second quarter.
Treloir scored two goals in the first five minutes of the period to get the bulldog up and running when the bulldog finally began to challenge the devil.
Former Collingwood midfielder then gained center clearance to advance the Bulldogs, and Aaron Norton collected the ball, scoring the team’s third straight goal and reducing the margin to four points.
Ben Brown’s stable marks and goals left the demon breathtaking again, but Bontemperi stepped up after the match began quietly.
The Bulldogs skipper kicked two goals after making big marks on both sides of the Ratchie Hunter Major, who brought the team forward for the first time. Underdogs held an eight-point lead in half-time.
Melbourne was the best third-quarter team in AFL this season, but it was the bulldog who kept pedaling.
Jason Johannisen took a spectacular puck on the back line to kick the first goal of the Bulldogs quarter, and when Bontemperi kicked his third for the game through a snap, they Leads 19 points early in the semester.
However, the demon showed incredible resilience to launch a counterattack and kick the next 12 majors with absolutely extraordinary performance.
Angus Brayshaw brought Melbourne back again with a great mark and finish, after Petracca and Clayton Oliver led the call face and Ben Brown reduced the margin from Mark to one point in the majors.
The match seemed to have squared in the tight last quarter until Melbourne kicked three goals in the last two minutes of the third semester to hit the bulldog devastatingly.
Goals to Petracca, Tom Sparrow and Oliver struck a dagger into the bulldog’s mind, establishing a 24-point lead in three-quarters of the time.
It was the devil’s procession last quarter as Ben Brown and Bailey Fritsch kicked the first two goals early to effectively seal the Premiership.
The Melbourne Avalanche continued seven of the following eight goals when the Devil celebrated its first AFL Premiership since 1964.
AFL Grand Final: Melbourne wins first AFL Premiership in 57 years with bulldog thrashing
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