Ugle-Hagan stars as Bulldogs overcome Suns


Jamarra Ugle-Hagan has proven precisely why he was the primary participant picked in final yr’s nationwide draft, kicking three objectives in his second match because the Western Bulldogs bought again on the winners’ record.

After a considerably quiet debut final week in opposition to Sydney, Ugle-Hagan bought began early, kicking a objective in every of the primary three quarters because the Bulldogs ran out 14. 6. (90) to 11. 13. (79) winners over the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium.

Ugle-Hagan’s quiet first match coupled with the return of star ahead Aaron Naughton from a concussion meant that there have been doubts over whether or not the 19-year-old would get a second recreation this week, however coach Luke Beveridge’s religion within the teen was in the end vindicated.

Following his starring effort, Ugle-Hagan admitted that his first objective within the opening time period “woke [him] up”.

“I used to be like, ‘Wow, I simply kicked a objective within the AFL’, but it surely was unreal,” he advised Fox Footy. “I’ll keep in mind that perpetually. [I still pinch myself] slightly bit.”

“It is solely my second recreation, however I nonetheless get nervous and it does not really feel actual at first. Even rooming with the boys, it is simply unbelievable. It nonetheless does not really feel actual.”

Ugle-Hagan paid tribute to his coach for persevering with to think about him and touched on the message the 2 shared after his quiet debut final week.

“He clearly needs me to play my recreation and exit and have enjoyable,” he stated.

“Final week was a studying level and he believed in me, which I’m grateful for to return out and play like this.”

Together with Ugle-Hagan’s starring function, the Bulldogs will even be buoyed by the profitable return from harm for Josh Dunkley, who completed with 21 possessions and 6 tackles.

The win places the Bulldogs again on high of the ladder pending the results of Melbourne’s conflict in opposition to Hawthorn in a while Saturday night time.

The Bulldogs are at present scheduled to face Adelaide at Mars Stadium in Ballarat subsequent weekend, whereas the Suns are scheduled to face Melbourne at TIO Stadium in Darwin, though each matches could possibly be altered by COVID-19 outbreaks round Australia.

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