In a blistering assault, the Bulldogs scored the first 12 goals of the AFL match before the Demons managed a drought-breaking major in the 16th minute of the second quarter.
Paul Roos' side did well to
fight back with a five-goals-to-nil third quarter but that resistance
proved short-lived as the Dogs rolled to a percentage-boosting 24.9
(153) to 8.7 (55) win that could prove vital in their bid for a top-four finish.
Bulldogs had winners all over the ground with Luke Dahlhaus, Lachie
Hunter and Mitch Wallis impressive on the ball, while Jake Stringer led
the way with four goals in an attack that had 12 different goal-kickers.
Jarrad Grant did the damage early with three first-quarter goals as the rampant Dogs ran rings around Melbourne.
Demons were as deplorable as the Bulldogs were impressive with missed
tackles, skill errors and a lack of run allowing the opposition to do
largely as they pleased.
A 49-point lead at the first break blew
out to 74 when Stringer slotted his first goal in the ninth minute of
the second term but with a record demolition in the offing Melbourne
found first gear.
Successive goals stemmed the bleeding and set up a stunning reversal in the third quarter.
by Nathan Jones and Bernie Vince, the Demons lifted their work rate and
applied greater pressure on the Dogs, who did not handle the slower
Melbourne booted five goals while the Bulldogs
reorganised themselves to slash the margin to 42 points but normal
transmission resumed in the final term.
Luke Beveridge's side
slipped back into top gear and piled on 10 goals to the fading Demons'
one to put an exclamation point on an impressive display.