The AFL greats have blasted the Western Bulldogs’ performance against Cornish Geelong, marking their poor first-quarter performance as a “look beverage problem”.
Analyzing the team’s starting period from their 13-point defeat to the Cats for Nine Sunday footy showCornes draws attention to the dog’s retreat from the grand finalists in 2021, with a 6-6 win-loss record in the middle of this season.
Citing the small examples to illustrate how “dirty” the dogs were on Friday night, Cornes also looked to Coach Beveridge’s leadership.
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“The number of times Western Bulldogs have been closed this first quarter is a look beverage issue,” he said.
“He had a really bad year as the coach of this football club.”
Cornes highlights the Bulldogs’ inability to lock the ball in their forward 50 meters, exemplifying their lack of pressure during kick-outs.
“The team scores one out of every 13 kicks out, that’s a (single) score,” he said.
“Geelong Footy Club scored two goals from a kick-out in the first quarter, and it’s very easy to play against it.”
With Geelong main forward Jeremy Cameron scoring 18 deals, 11 scoring and the final difference with six majors to cross the 500 career target, Cornes wondered why his influence was not curbed.
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“No one put gloves on him from the kick-out, he got into the competition and then he just came back to pick up the unrivaled mark in the 50’s,” he said.
Also in Geelong an unrivaled center bounce clearance and a conceivable wrapper around the handball that, as a result of a goal, has underlined the inconsistency of the Cornes dog play.
“That’s the beginning of the game, that’s how it started (Western Bulldogs), that’s why they conceded seven goals in the first quarter,” he said.
“That’s why (Geelong’s) forwards had so much work to do and that’s why the game ended in quarter time – don’t worry about the fight – it’s a Western Bulldogs team you can’t trust.”
Adding to the Bulldogs’ woes, young talent Bailey Smith has been offered a two-match suspension for the headbutt of Geelong defender Zach Tuohi.
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