Some unwanted visitors caused chaos in the match between the Bulldogs and North Melbourne, leaving a TV presenter worse for wear.
A rogue pack of seagulls wreaked havoc on the clash between the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.
Marvel Stadium’s roof was left open for the final match of round 16, leaving players and TV presenters vulnerable to the swooping birds.
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Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones, reporting from the sideline of the match, came off second best when a seagull decided to relieve itself on her late in the third quarter.
“Yes, I have copped it from a seagull,” she said with a laugh. “This is seagull poop on my favourite jacket.
“I think they’re enjoying the roof being open, obviously quite unusual at Marvel Stadium. It’s supposed to good luck, isn’t it?”
Players had to negotiate the difficult conditions as well. Bulldogs small forward Cody Weightman plucked a mark among a huge throng of seagulls in the forward pocket earlier in the third term.
He went back and slotted his fourth goal for the match — a career high.
The Bulldogs closed out the game and have surged to the top of the AFL ladder after outclassing a spirited Kangaroos outfit by 29 points.
After Melbourne’s surprise loss to Greater Western Sydney on Saturday, the Bulldogs needed to win to regain top spot, and they withstood a Kangaroos fight back early in the final term.
North Melbourne again showed its improved form from recent weeks that saw the side beat Gold Coast and draw with GWS, but was unable to convert several quality chances in the last quarter.
The Roos had 12 scoring shots in the final term but could only manage four goals and eight behinds and couldn’t close the margin on a classy Dogs outfit.
The Bulldogs were more clinical with their forward 50 entries, highlighted by livewire forward Weightman who starred with his four-goal haul, while North Melbourne also squandered several opportunities in front of goal in the third quarter.
The win propelled the Dogs to 12-3, their best record at this point of the season since 2008, as they continue to charge towards September.
Bulldogs fans will be sweating on the fitness of high flying forward Aaron Naughton who will miss at least the next week with concussion after landing heavily in a marking contest.
With NCA NewsWire