Dogs wrap it up
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:51PM

Andrew Groves provides the wrap of today's Bulldog triumph at the Junction Oval today.

Footscray Edgewater wrapped up a comprehensive 360-run victory over Essendon on day three of the 2013-14 Bartercard Premier Final.

Fittingly it was Jake Haberfield who ended proceedings skittling Matt Doric to finish with figures of 6-58.

The quick took his finals wicket tally to 17, and backed up his 7-25 against Carlton in the quarters and 4-81 v the Cats in the semis. It also took him out to 59 wickets for the season at 14.83 - nine ahead of Geelong's Jake Reed.

The victory was the third biggest win by runs in a Premier final.

Doggies coach Steve Chapman, who tasted Grand Final success with Dandenong back in 2010-11, couldn’t have been prouder of his lads.

“The early wicket of Barton on the first day frightened me a bit,” he said.

“But Trav Dean came in and played nicely. I think he’s coming to a stage now were he’s going to make an impression on Premier Cricket.

“There’s talk about him getting a rookie contract, I’m not too sure if that will happen, but he’s certainly matured and is not just an also ran in Premier Cricket, he’ll be a bigger player in the competition now.

“I went to have a look at the wicket at the start of the game and said to the two umpires that 250 from either side might be enough to get them over the line. How we’ve gone with the ball and in the field I thought 250 is a lot, there’s no body this year who’s looked at getting that when we’ve been on.

“It was nice to get 500, it’s not meant to work like that, it was just one of those random days where you look back and think wow, you’re not going to chase 500.”

Haberfield got the early morning breakthrough on day three when he trapped McMinn lbw for 22 to leave the Bombers teetering on 6-99, still a mammoth 427 runs behind.

Fletcher Stewart held up an end as Clint McKay took on the responsibility of scoring the bulk of Essendon’s runs.

The Australian international played well under intense Doggies pressure to hit 35 before he was caught down the leg side by Kight, again off Haberfield, who grabbed his five-for in the process.

Dogs' captain Dean Russ switched his bowlers around pre-drinks and was rewarded with the wicket of Perera, who feathered Hamish Winter-Irving behind to Kight for five.

Louis Cameron managed to flick away a couple of boundaries before he was well caught behind by Kight, his third snare of the innings, off the bowling of spinner Michael Kelly.

Doric was the last man to go when he was castled by Haberfield, the first ball back in his spell, to cue wild celebrations on the Junction Oval pitch.

Looking back, Essendon will pick out a few key moments when the game could have swung in their favour.

When Anthony Barton was caught for a golden duck on the fourth ball of the morning they had the early initiative.

They would have been on top in the game had they not have dropped Travis Dean in consecutive overs with the batsman on just 35.

However, they were made to pay for the mistake with Dean going on to make a superb 138 and help set up the huge first innings score.

A 158-partnership between Dean and Dylan Kight (59) set the groundwork. Little did they know late on day two how big the total was going to become.

The Dogs entered tea on day one at 2-182.

Essendon needed a breakthrough and they got it courtesy of quick Cameron who nicked off Kight to second slip breaking the 294-ball partnership.

The Bombers finally woke up. A fiery battle between Matt Doric and John Hastings lit up the Junction late in the day. Doric fought hard over the next over-and-a-half and won the mini battle when the all-rounder fended straight to Aaron Shellie at gully for 11.

When Dean eventually perished for an excellent 138, caught behind off Mire, Essendon had a sniff.

But Shanuka Dissanayaka (39) and Guy Walker (11) continued to torment their opponents to take their side through to the close on 5-286.

Day two saw records tumble everywhere.

Ben MacRae’s side simply had to take early wickets. However, a strong start by the Sri Lankan and exciting youngster Walker took the game away.

Walker was run out for 37 with a hundred there for the taking. His partner carried on undeterred, taking the score from 6-339 up and beyond.

New batter Hamish Winter-Irving looked composed in the middle. The pair took their side to lunch on 6-369, Dissanayaka not out on 87.

After the break he went from strength to strength. His hundred was brought up with a slash through point for four

The boundary also surpassed Footscray’s previous highest team score.

A cracking pull shot for four by the Sri Lankan brought up the 100 partnership. The two continued to make hay both pre and post drinks, skipping past the 400 and 450 mark before Essendon finally took the wicket of Winter-Irving for 43. Perera the bowler, McMinn the catcher.

By now the score had crept up to 7-458, with Dissanayaka closing in on 150. He went past the milestone in typically positive fashion.

The Dogs cruised past the 500 mark, it was only the sixth time in a final a side had moved clear of the landmark. The last time it happened was way back in 1999-2000 when Richmond made 568 v Melbourne up the road at the Albert.

Haberfield was caught on the boundary to end his little cameo. Lucas Dredge came in and thumped a six before Russ called time on the Doggies’ club record score.

Footscray’s individual total of 8-526 declared was the fourth highest ever in a Final, only St Kilda (557 in 1926-27), Richmond (568 in 1999-2000) and Prahran’s mammoth 688 in 1921-22 can boast greater returns.

Dissanayaka walked off to a standing ovation. His 175 not out was the sixth best in the all-time list of individual scores in a Grand Final eclipsing the likes of Matty Elliott, George Eaton and Keith Rigg. It was also the highest score by a Footscray player against Essendon.

His previous best for the club came earlier in the season when he hit 61 against Melbourne University.

It was an innings that would later see him awarded the John Scholes Medal at the end of the match.

After a day of chasing leather in the outfield, Essendon’s woes were compounded late in the afternoon when five quick wickets saw them staring at a heavy defeat.

Fresh from their semi-final exploits, opening pair Haberfield and Hastings ripped the top order apart.

Haberfield (3-39) was the chief destroyer taking the wickets of Shellie, Mire and the big wicket of Aaron Ayre for 28.

Ayre’s little cameo was one of the only bright moments for the Bombers. A textbook drive down the ground saw the wicketkeeper become Essendon’s highest run scorer in a season, going past Ben Fletcher’s 904-run effort in 2001-02.

State star Hastings also proved a thorn in the side. He trapped Bombers’ skipper Ben MacRae LBW before skittling Shane McNamara a few overs later to finish with 2-39.

Victory on the third day was more a formality.

Despite being outplayed in the match, the Bombers can take great pride in the way they have performed all season.

With young players like Aaron Ayre and Doric only going to get better in seasons to come, they will continue to cause upsets in the 2014-15 campaign.

This season, however, belongs to the Dogs.

For an in depth look into Footscray’s Premier victory, including an interview with John Scholes Medal winner Shanuka Dissanayaka and coach Steve Chapman, check the Premier website later in the week.

All pics Arj Gies

From top left:

Doggies celebrate the final wicket of Doric.

Jake Haberfield traps McMinn lbw.

An ecstatic Jake Haberfield after having Clint McKay caught.

Haberfield bowls Doric and the flag is Footscray Edgewater's.

John Scholes Medallist Shanuka Dissanayaka (left) with Bartercard's Shaz

Dogs' skipper Dean Russ accepting the Pennant, Cup, Medallion and $12,000 winners' cheque. (right)

Bill Smyth Medallists, Geoff Joshua (left) and Tony Ward. (below)

The Bulldogs post-match celebrations. (bottom)

Last updated: Thursday June 12, 2014 11:05AM