Sixty two years of pain was buried by two hours of football magic to cap the best finals run this game has ever seen. The Western Bulldogs second AFL - Australian Football League / flag was euphorically delivered from seventh on the ladder via two interstate finals, a shocking run of injuries and an immeasurable amount of desire, tenacity and togetherness.
That spirit shone home brighter than ever before in a Grand Final which shocked us with it's brutality and thrilled with it's energy. Roared on by a crowd of close to 100,000 people who created a deafening roar. Teddy Whitten a former Bulldog great would have been proud. Countless long suffering past players and fans are.
The final siren didn't just confirm a final score of Western Bulldogs 13.11 ... 89 points to Sydney Swans 10.7 ... 67 points it unplugged an outpouring of huge emotion for a club that had become around the country as Australia's team.
The Western Bulldogs absorbed everything Josh Kennedy and the battle hardened Sydney Swans could throw at them and then struck with an irresistible last quarter that had you believing in destiny. Luke Beveridge's Bulldogs team of gritty battlers led by four points at quarter time, trailed by six points at half time and led by 10 points at three quarter time before overwhelming the Sydney Swans by twenty two points at the finish.
After sixty two years of hellish wilderness, the Bulldogs were now in heaven and the premiership cup and the celebrations were at last, theirs to begin.
Published by Julian Groom