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Lin Jong leads Footscray to grand final win over Casey

Footscray have won their second VFL flag in three seasons after a comfortable 31-point win to upstage flag fancy the Casey Scorpions in Sunday's VFL grand final at Etihad Stadium.
While a win in Saturday's AFL grand final against Sydney is be the drought-breaking flag that success-starved Bulldogs fans most want to savour, Sunday's victory – in front of a crowd of 17,348 - was just their second silverware of any type since 1954.

Hopefully this is the first of two cups this week," Bulldogs VFL coach Ash Hansen said.
Lin Jong, who was awarded the Norm Goss Medal for the best player on the ground, along with Footscray teammates Koby Stevens and Will Minson, will be hopeful of an AFL recall for Saturday's grand final against Sydney.

It was good to get the Norm Goss Medal, but the premiership is the key…whatever happens, happens (for next week), the boys are playing really well," Jong said.
Stevens and Jong, on a remarkable return from a broken collarbone just 17 days ago, finished with 29 touches, while Minson was pivotal in the ruck with 32 hit-outs.

The momentum of Saturday night's epic preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney had a flow-on effect with players, coaches and fans alike flowing into their fortress at Etihad Stadium in droves.

Perhaps their fate is in the stars or their cheer squad, which cleverly wrote on the banner: "Horoscope for today – Scorpio you will lose your grand final".

The atmosphere at the ground wasn't a lot different to the previous night in western Sydney. A vocal pro-Bulldogs crowd saw their side conquer and slay another giant – as underdogs.
Casey had finished as the minor premier, after winning 14 of 18 matches. They – along with Collingwood – were the flag favourites in the second half of the season, and had thrashed the Bulldogs by 70-points in a qualifying final three weeks earlier.


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