Western Bulldogs premiership captain and Camperdown product Easton Wood will get the chance to play for a second flag after his side secured a spot in the AFL Grand Final on Saturday night.
Wood was part of the Bulldogs' side that defeated Port Adelaide, which was coached by fellow south-west export Ken Hinkley and included Koroit's Willem Drew, 17.14 (116) to 6.9 (45) in the preliminary final at Adelaide Oval.
Luke Beveridge's side, which won a fairytale premiership back in 2016, will face Melbourne in the grand final in a fortnight's time after the Demons thumped Geelong in the first preliminary final on Friday night.
The Cats' humbling 19.11 (125) to 6.6 (42) defeat on Friday meant Dartmoor's Jeremy Cameron and Cobden export Gary Rohan's season would finish short of a grand final berth.
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Cameron's last game in 2021 saw him kick two goals from four disposals and one mark. He was well held by Melbourne's impressive defence, led by Jake Lever.
Rohan finished the game on the bench after he was subbed off in the third term with a hamstring injury. He had just one touch, mark and tackle in his 76 minutes on the field before that point.
Wood finished with 16 disposals and four marks playing a role in the Dogs' stringent defence that kept the Power to just 15 scoring shots.
Drew spent most of the encounter on influential Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore, who was key to his side's blistering seven-goal opening term.
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Liberatore had five touches in eight minutes as the Dogs landed three early blows before finishing with nine for the first quarter.
Drew was sent to the premiership Bulldog in the second quarter and restricted him to three touches in that term and just seven for the second half.
Coach Ken Hinkley said, after the loss he labelled a "disaster ", he was overwhelmed by the "total disappointment" of losing a preliminary final for the second straight year.
The Power lost to Richmond by six points in 2020.
Western Bulldogs number one draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is part of the club's travelling squad but is unlikely to feature in the Dogs' grand final side.
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