“Who knows what we can achieve?” Bontempelli said.
“The more football we keep playing that is similar to the style we did today will be better for us.”
The Bulldogs won the inside-50 count but it was only in the final quarter when they decided to play with six forwards that their effort was rewarded on the scoreboard, kicking five goals to Geelong’s one to overrun the ladder leader.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge was as heartened as Bontempelli, saying the Bulldogs were “not a bad side” and that even their early season losses to Gold Coast and Carlton were not as bad as many perceived them to be because.
“They are all hard to win especially for us [but] we’re coming again, we’re emerging again,” Beveridge said.
“I try not to look back because the ones that got away have got away and all I look at now is what is up ahead of us and the possibilities of what might be and if we keep driving like we have been then there is no reason why we can’t win most of them.”
Aaron Naughton was again outstanding as a forward, tilting the game the Bulldogs’ way with four goals. Bontempelli said the impressive 19-year-old’s marking ability was only seen “once in a generation”.
“We have to keep hoping he can shoot for the stars and not put too many limits on what he can achieve,” Bontempelli said.
The hunger that seems to have been missing from the Bulldogs since the 2016 flag appears to be on the way back.