The Dogs swung two late changes — and both players rewarded their coach’s decision with crucial games.
Plus Tom Liberatore roars back to form.
We rate all 22 Western Bulldogs players for their performances against Essendon in the First Elimination Final.
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1. Adam Treloar
Started on a half-forward flank before being constantly thrown on the ball. His upper body strength to shrug off opponents was crucial throughout the day. Had eight touches in the third term when the Dogs got the game on their terms. 7
2. Lewis Young
Took the first centre bounce contest and the overall ruck duties for most of the game. Sam Draper probably took the points, but Young never stopped providing a contest and the Dogs won the clearance contest. 6
4. Marcus Bontempelli