Footscray have put a severe dent in the finals aspirations of the Northern Blues following their come-from-behind win in round sixteen of the VFL at Ikon Park. The Bulldogs trailed by 26 points at the final change but booted six goals to nil in the final quarter to win 12.8.80 to 10.7.67.
After a fine start to the season the Blues have now lost seven of their last eight games and face top eight teams in their final three matches of the season. Former Blue, Billy Gowers, kicked three goals for Footscray, two of them in the first quarter, and provided headaches all day for the Blues defenders. Fletcher Roberts, normally found in defence, was pivotal in the Bulldogs win booting two last quarter goals from strong pack marks.