Adam Treloar was unceremoniously jeered by Collingwood fans but exacted revenge on the club that dumped him during the off-season, as the Western Bulldogs posted a 16-point win at the MCG.
- Treloar was forced out of the Magpies during last November’s trade period
- He posted 19 disposals in the Bulldogs’ victory
- Bailey Smith, Aaron Naughton and Laitham Vandermeer kicked three goals each for the Bulldogs
The star midfielder had 18 disposals and five clearances, helping his new side snap a four-match losing streak against the Magpies.
Bailey Smith and Jack Macrae were outstanding as the Bulldogs registered a 10.9 (69) to 7.11 (53) triumph in front of 46,051 spectators.
Darcy Moore and Jeremy Howe fought hard in a Collingwood backline that tried to limit the damage from a deluge of Bulldogs forward entries.
But the weight of numbers was too great as the Bulldogs’ strong midfield generated a 61-41 advantage in inside 50s.
Smith, Macrae and Lachie Hunter racked up more than 100 disposals between them.
Smith also kicked two goals, as did key forward Aaron Naughton and Laitham Vandermeer.
Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy had tormented the Bulldogs in recent seasons but had his influence around the ground blunted by new ruck pairing Stefan Martin and Tim English.
Martin, recruited from Brisbane to assist emerging star English, did plenty of the grunt work in the ruck and allowed his younger teammate to push forward to good effect.
Collingwood forced out Treloar during last November’s trade period and the emotional midfielder publicly addressed the saga again during the build-up to his first outing with the Bulldogs, ensuring a keen focus on the round-one grudge match.
Treloar started on a wing and copped boos from Magpies supporters in the opening minutes but showed composure in response with his first touch of the ball.
Taking possession 80 metres from goal, he took two bounces and delivered a perfect pass to set up Naughton for the Bulldogs’ second major in a sizzling start.
They had three unanswered goals on the board inside six minutes and dominated both possession and territory during the opening term, generating a 20-7 advantage in inside-50s and a 12-point lead at quarter-time.
Both sides kicked goals from controversial 50-metre penalties during the second term and the Bulldogs created a scoreboard buffer by three-quarter time.
Magpies gun Jordan De Goey spent long periods through the midfield and finished with 0.3 in front of goal on a tough night.
Taylor Adams was solid for Collingwood, while Jamie Elliott and Brody Mihocek kicked two goals each.