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Western Bulldogs player ratings vs Fremantle Dockers, First Elimination Final, highlights, stats, best and worst players

Marcus Bontempelli set the tone for his side with an impressive debut.

But the Western Bulldogs didn’t have many allies after a quarter of an hour as they limped to a disappointing end to their 2022 campaign.

We rate all 23 Western Bulldogs players for their performance in the first elimination final against Fremantle.

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1. Adam Treloar

He started off strong with eight touchdowns in the first quarter and finished with 26 for the game. He won most of his touches from center back. 6

2. Gemara Ugl-Hagan

Unable to log into the game. Scoreless from seven litters. 3

4. Marcus Bontempelli

Earlier, he could not do much for his team. He led from the front with two first quarter goals to get on the scoreboard with seven goals, four points and four assists. Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson told Fox Footy: “It’s the first phase of the centre-back’s career as we know the Bulldogs are playing their best football. He is clean in the competition and around and sets them up out of the back-half. He finished with 30 strikeouts for the game and walked 72 percent. 8

5. Josh Dunkley

He had 16 tackles, eight tackles and a goal in the first half. He finished with 14 tackles, 23 tackles, 15 contested possessions and seven clearances for the night. 7

6. Bailey Smith

Blast blocks with nine eliminations in the first term. In the last three quarters, however, it had little impact. 6

7. To that hunter

In the second half, the left-backs continued to work hard on the wings, although the touch was ineffective with his feet. 6

10. Sam Darcy

Return of Alex Keys Darcy is sent forward. He started strongly with an early goal but was rarely seen after a quarter of an hour. 4

11. Jack McCrae

A typical McRae game putting the foot down in a true four-quarter performance. He had 34 touchdowns and 10 inside 50s. 7

12. Zayn Cordy

He had work to do on Dockers young gun Jye Amiss, who had some crucial moments as the game progressed. Ten touchdowns and five tackles for Cordy. 5

16. Toby McLean

Welcome! It was his first full game since last year’s round of 16 — and you wouldn’t have guessed that he had nine starts in his first start. He finished with 21 touches and nine tackles for the night. 6

19. Cody Weightman

He failed to repeat his elimination final heroics of 12 months ago. He scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but was generally held well by Brandon Walker. He didn’t dock all night. 3

20. Ed Richards

Horrible mistake late in the game, when they tried to turn the ball over and give Michael Walters a run. He finished with 13 touchdowns and walked 57 percent. 3

23. Lytham Vandermer

Not his best night. Only 11 of them touched it and did not hit the target on foot. 3

27. Robbie McComb

He entered the game in the final minutes. N/A

31. Bailey Del

He used the ball well through half-back but couldn’t make the run. He won most of his possessions against interceptions, but gained fewer yards. 5

33. Aaron Naughton

Well beaten by Alex Pearce. He finished without a goal in 11 balls. 4

34. Bailey Williams

He spun through the Fremantle half-forwards. Just 13 of those touchdowns, but they walked 88 percent of them. 5

35. Caleb Daniel

A big first half as the Dogs set him free and looked to exploit his hurting right boot. He finished with 29 touchdowns and walked 70 percent of the time. 6

37. Roark Smith

He took a high mark in the final quarter and converted his set to keep the Bulldogs in the game at that point. He had 13 touchdowns and 10 contested possessions. 5

39. Jason Johannisen

At the beginning of the third era, he launched forward and provided the first goal in the first word before connecting the other with the grain. At the end of the last quarter, he was taken out of the game. 5

42. Alex Kate

One of his better attacking performances in months, but he still looked vulnerable in defense at times. Played mainly on Griffin Logue. He had 17 touchdowns and a game-high nine interceptions. 5

43. Ryan Gardner

He had work to do on Rory Lobb, who was brought down from the penalty spot in the second half. Gardner had 12 touchdowns and seven points for the game. 5

44. Tim English

Over 20 matches, half went in his team-mate’s favour, but 20 per cent on foot and were generally beaten well by the Darcy-Lobb combination. 5

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