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Adam Treloar could give some Collingwood club officials nightmares on Saturday night after a stunning second quarter in the AFL grand final.
After his acrimonious departure from the Magpies ahead of the 2021 season, many felt the Western Bulldogs had a superstar fall into their lap.
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With Collingwood seeking to cut the midfielder, who they had agreed to a contract extension with just a year earlier, the Bulldogs were all too happy to swoop in on the rugged midfielder.
Their investment paid dividends in the second quarter of Saturday night's grand final, with Treloar booting two goals to revive the Dogs' chances after a lacklustre first half.
The Bulldogs trailed 29-8 after Melbourne burst out of the gates in the first quarter.
An early goal for Roarke Smith was the only joy for Bulldogs fans during a fast-paced opening stanza, with concerns the Demons were well placed to blow the score wide open heading into the second quarter.
It was Treloar who proved those calls wrong, with back to back goals to right the Bulldogs' ship.
The rest of the team lifted with him, with captain Marcus Bontempelli kicking two goals of his own as well to help the Bulldogs carry an eight-point lead into the main break.
Fans on social media suggested Treloar could find himself in contention for the Norm Smith medal if he maintained his form through the second half.
Straight out of the middle. Treloar has set them alight!#AFLGF
— Jude Bolton (@Jude_Bolton) September 25, 2021
Treloar and Brown kicking goals in the Grand Final.
A year is a long time in footy! #AFLGF
— Erin Marie (@ErinLMarie) September 25, 2021
Adam Treloar working his way to a Norm Smith medal with this performance 💛 #AFL
— Kristen Alebakis (@krissyalebakis) September 25, 2021
I'm so happy Adam Treloar is having this kind of game on THIS stage. Couldn't happen to a better lad. #AFLGF
— Chris De Silva (@cdesilva23) September 25, 2021
Geez that Treloar guy goes ok. Imagine letting him go
— John Stensholt (@JohnStensholt) September 25, 2021
Treloar kicking goals in grand finals makes me happy. Been through the wringer.
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) September 25, 2021
Treloar has paid his way this year whatever happens from here on in. 18 touches in the second half v Essendon, a great prelim, two goals in the Grand Final. Just what they got him for #AFLGrandFinal
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) September 25, 2021
Too bad Eddie couldn’t see the Treloar story play out in the flesh, hey 🙃 #AFLGF
— Erin Marie (@ErinLMarie) September 25, 2021
WA Premier pulled up over 'controversial' detail in AFL GF pic
Western Australia premier Mark McGowan has been called out after boldly picking his side for Saturday evening's AFL grand final.
The WA premier is relishing the fact that Perth is hosting the AFL decider for the first time in history, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing it outside of Victoria's MCG for the second straight year.
On the eve of the grand final, McGowan faced questions over whether the AFL showpiece should go ahead as planned in Perth after another virus scare emerged in the state.
More than 60,000 fans turned out for the decider between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons, with attendees not required to wear masks or practice physical distancing.
Any questions about who Mr McGowan would be supporting in the all-Victorian grand final were emphatically answered in the build-up to the match.
Incredible vibe on the train to the Stadium. Grand Final fever is well and truly here! pic.twitter.com/2a5Etxivba
— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) September 25, 2021
The WA premier uploaded a selfie to Twitter just hours before the first bounce, which showed him on a packed train with a group of Melbourne Demons supporters.
It was quickly pointed out that hanging across the neck of the premier was a red and blue Melbourne Demons scarf.
“Incredible vibe on the train to the Stadium,” McGowan wrote on Twitter. “Grand Final fever is well and truly here!”
The premier's followers quickly pointed out the telling grand final detail, which members of Channel Seven's grand final coverage described as somewhat "controversial".
“He’s made a statement there, I did not expect that,” James Brayshaw said.
Abbey Holmes added: “That’s controversial.”
Mr McGowan was also spotted outside Optus Stadium posing for selfies with fans proudly wearing the Demons scarf draped across his neck.
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