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Western Bulldogs premiership star Tom Boyd comes of age in AFL triumph | Craig Little

He started the AFL season as a maligned figure, but the Western Bulldogs’ big-money forward Tom Boyd finally delivered on the grand final stage

The Western Bulldogs are five-and-a-half minutes away from the greatest story in football. But just as the story has built over the course of two hours there remains the sense there is time enough for the joy to evaporate. Too many times have we associated the Western Bulldogs with tragedy, and a nine-point margin is not under any definition “comfortable”.

Lance Franklin has the ball between wing and halfback for Sydney. In a split second he comes across as a slow study: football, which normally comes so naturally, now seems brutally hard. As does Dale Morris.

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