The result means St Kilda claimed the Bulldogs’ spot in the eighth, but the Saints have the pleasure of playing in Geelong next week with their record at the venue as disspiriting as it is for the Bulldogs.
Selwood did not have to do much but reflect on his record as he played his 300th game alongside Hawkins and enjoyed the 254th win in his career and the 96th of his 110 games at GMHBA Stadium. He has now been on the winning team in each of the seven 50-game milestones in his career after losing on debut ironically to the Bulldogs way back in 2007.
The Bulldogs did not kick their first goal in the second half until the 14-minute mark of the final quarter when Ceglar arrived late to spoil Cody Weightman and conceded a 50-meter penalty.
By then the result was decided with the only disappointment for the Cats being that Gary Rohan was subbed off with concussion while the Bulldogs took Bontempelli off the ground for the final six minutes after he limped around in the last quarter.
Selwood has captained Geelong to 160 wins – a new record.
Gelong: 1.2 4.6 12.8 14.10 (94)
Western Bulldogs: 4.3 6.5 6.8 9.12 (66)
goals: Gelong: Rohan 2, Hawkins 2, Stengle 2, Cameron 2, Guthrie 2, Dangerfield, Smith, Close, Miers. Western Bulldogs: Weightman 3, Ugle-Hagan 2, Dunkley 2, Johannisen, English
Gelong: Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie, Smith, Close, Stengle, Stewart, Miers
Western Bulldogs: Richards, Dunkley, Dale, Liberatore, Ugle-Hagan