AFL Grand Final Review (In a Nutshell)
Melbourne Demons (140) v Western Bulldogs (66)
The Dees Win and Cause Bulldogs Pain!
Facts and Figures: It was 35 scoring shots to 16 in favour of the Demons. Along with that, the Demons had 15 more inside 50s, 17 more hitouts, 11 more clearances as well as eight more centre clearances than the Bulldogs.
Pivotal Moment: Clayton Oliver gave the Demons a four goal lead near 3 quarter time.
Melbourne Demons Game Changers: Bayley Fritsch, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: None
AFL Grand Final Review (Where the Game was won)
- Christian Petracca of the Demons kicked the opening goal of the game, to settle the nerves after the Demons kicked two behinds with their first two shots of the game.
- The team that used the ball more efficiently won, which was the Demons.
- The Demons did the basics right.
- The game was won and lost by the Demons kicking straight in the 2nd half of what turned out to be a one sided game.
AFL Grand Final Review (Nitty Gritty)
- The Bulldogs started the game poorly, while the Demons were exceptional.
- Adam Treloar of the Bulldogs kicked the opening two goals of the 2nd quarter to make the deficit ten points!
- The 1st half was a tale of two quarters as the Bulldogs won the 2nd quarter by 29 points.
- The Bulldogs led by 19 points in the 3rd quarter, but from then on it was one way traffic, with the Demons gaining the ascendancy ruthlessly.
AFL Grand Final (Points of Difference)
- Bailey Fritsch of the Demons kicked his third goal of the game to make the deficit 13 points, just after midway through the 3rd
- The Demons went into the game with two tall forwards and put Luke Jackson into the ruck more than the Bulldogs would have planned for!
- The Bulldogs looked lethargic.
AFL Grand Final (Final Thoughts)
- The Bulldogs seemed too tired physically and mentally.
- On the other hand, the Demons only played one game in 28 days and looked refreshed.
- The Demons had too much polish in the manner in which they used the ball.
- Christian Petracca was remarkable as he played the game like he had his own footy; he was a worthy winner of the Norm Smith Medal.
- It was an 93 point turnaround.
- At the end of the day the best team all year won the Premiership in season 2021.