The Bulldogs had the experience to go with their class. Skilful skipper Marcus Bontempelli – who was best on ground – led the way, hitting up makeshift forward Lewis Young with his trusty left foot to start the game.
Young was impressive but having good ball users in Jack Macrae, Patrick Lipinski, Bailey Smith targeting Lachie Hunter up forward helped, with the Bulldogs only needing him to make a contest for scoring opportunities to be created.
North Melbourne have plenty of class in Jed Anderson, Jy Simpkin and Tarryn Thomas – but they don’t yet have the experience on field, particularly with Shaun Higgins missing as he readies himself for state of origin representation.
Simpkin won the first two centre clearances of the match and Anderson and Thomas each kicked brilliant goals in the first quarter, but struggled to provide supply in the same manner as their opponents. The Bulldogs should be hunting for a top four spot this season, with any luck on the injury front, after running home to a 44-point win.
WILL MARLEY WILLIAMS ATTRACT THE MRO’S ATTENTION?
The North Melbourne defender appeared to make front on contact with Ed Richards as the Bulldogs left-footer tried to gather a loose ball at the top of the square in the second quarter. Richards was stunned and wobbly on his feet as he left the field before being ruled out with concussion.
POSITIVE SIGNS FROM KANGAROOS’ YOUTH
Curtis Taylor took the mark of the night and kicked a goal in the third quarter which will build his confidence after two games last season.
First year forward Jack Mahony showed his class early when he curled a smart kick from the boundary to leading forward Nick Larkey who spilt the ball as it arrived with perfect timing. Thomas is a future star.
4.4 7.7 11.10 15.11 (101)
4.0 5.1 7.2 9.3 (57)
Western Bulldogs: Young 3, Lloyd 3, Schache 2, Bontempelli 2, Dale, Dickson, Wallis, Hunter, McLean
North Melbourne: Larkey 2, Xerri 2, Goldstein, Thomas, Anderson, Taylor, Garner
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Hunter, Young, Macrae, Crozier
North Melbourne: Simpkin, Anderson, Walker Cunnington, Thomas
Western Bulldogs: Richards (concussion) Cordy (corked thigh)
North Melbourne: Nil