I’ve always thought two things about wet weather footy.
1 – It makes good players look ordinary.
2 – It makes great players seem even better.
In the second quarter of the game pitting the Western Bulldogs against their bitter rivals, the GWS Giants, it was a great player coming to the fore when the rain tumbled down. His name is Marcus Bontempelli and he made the slippery ball look dry with the way he played.
Though the Giants would come hard late in the game, led by a young contested maestro of their own, it was the work of Bont, who finished the first half with the unbelievable stat-line of 19 disposals, 15 contested possessions, and ten clearances that will secure three Brownlow votes from this contest.
The game looked all over at three-quarter time, with the Dogs sitting pretty, a 33-point lead looking like plenty to defend, but a rush from the Giants sent a scare through the kennel and breathed life into a game that was all but gone.
Let’s jump into this one and see what we can uncover about what went on. Here are The Big Questions.
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