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Crozier, Naughton pick up injuries as Western Bulldogs down Demons

Naughton could be seen in the rooms during the third quarter in a sling. The 21-year-old missed a series of games in 2020 courtesy of an ankle injury.

“He has already had an X-ray and it’s all clear,” Beveridge said.

Crozier came from the field with an AC injury to his shoulder and returned, but Beveridge said the injury was “serious”.

“He is the more serious one … quite a significant AC joint injury,” Beveridge said.

Laitham Vandermeer (hip corkie) also left the field injured.

Dogs dominate, Demons’ defensive stars shine

Josh Dunkley responded to his Beveridge, who last week said he wasn’t in good form and may not currently be in the club’s best 22.

Dunkley, who flirted with a move to Essendon in the off-season, had 30 disposals and was one of many Dogs midfielders who did as they pleased against an undermanned Demons’ engine room.

The Western Bulldogs dominated in every aspect for the majority of the afternoon. Without Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver and Jack Viney they smashed Melbourne in the midfield, and across half-back Caleb Daniel did as he pleased.

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates after booting a goal in the Bulldogs’ win over Melbourne.

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates after booting a goal in the Bulldogs’ win over Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images

Marcus Bontempelli was superb too, and if that was only the pre-season version of the Bulldogs captain then teams will have a tough time containing him when sides begin playing for premiership points.

While the Dogs dominated and had a clear territorial advantage, they kicked poorly inside 50 at times and their forward targets took a bit of time to find their way to contests.

But this attacking problem for the Bulldogs was also because of how well Jake Lever and May played.

The Demons gave up a lot in draft picks and salary cap space to get this pair into their footy club, and it’s hard to remember a game where both have been simultaneously so impressive.

May was solid as the last defender and it seems he will back up his fantastic 2020 – where he was somehow left out of the All Australian squad – well in 2021.

Lever looked like he was back to his old Adelaide self, coming off his man smartly to repel the Bulldogs’ attacks.

Adam Treloar, Majak Daw play VFL

Adam Treloar isn’t yet ruled out for round one despite a calf complaint earlier in pre-season. He played two-and-a-half quarters in the VFL practice match between Footscray and Casey Demons at Whitten Oval on Monday morning.

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He spent most time in the midfield but also floated across half-forward and half-back. The former Collingwood player had 19 touches and six clearances.

Treloar has been running now for two weeks and indicated he could have played more after the game.

“It was great to actually get a hit-out,” Treloar said after the game. “Physically feel great.

“It is exciting to play a different variety of positions.

“I am glad I could tick this box and get out there, better than doing a glorified scratch match or a rehab session.

“Looking forward to see what the plan is going forward … physically you want to be right and you want to go into those games [round one], especially the start of the season, make sure you’re in good nick. Fingers crossed I get the call-up [for round one].”

Jason Johannisen also played in the VFL practice match, as did Majak Daw, who kicked one goal playing mostly forward.

Daw is fighting for a list spot at the Demons after being de-listed by North Melbourne last season.

WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.6 5.8 11.11 15.16 (106)
MELBOURNE 2.2 5.5 6.6 10.7 (67)
GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 3, Lipinski 3, Dale 2, Bruce 2, Scott 2, Smith, English, McNeil
Melbourne: Fritsch 3, Neal-Bullen 2, Jones, Gawn, Petracca, Sparrow, Chandler
BEST
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Dunkley, Macrae, Liberatore
Melbourne: May, Lever, Gawn, Neal-Bullen
UMPIRES
Deboy, Stephens, Gavine, Chamberlain
VENUE Marvel Stadium

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