Demons end 57-year Australian football title drought

PERTH, Australia (AP) – The Melbourne Demons scored 12 consecutive goals in the third and fourth quarters…

PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Melbourne Demons scored 12 consecutive goals in the third and fourth quarters to beat the Western Bulldogs by 74 points and end a 57-year title drought in Australian football.

The Demons beat the Bulldogs 21.14 (140) – 10.6 (66) in the Australian Football League championship game played in Perth, Western Australia, in front of 61,118 spectators.

The championship match was moved to Perth due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, the traditional home of the grand final. Last year’s grand finale also moved to Brisbane when the pandemic forced a curfew in the state of Victoria.

Melbourne’s last title came in 1964, when it trailed Collingwood by four points. Melbourne lost the grand final to Essendon in 2000 by 60 points.

The Bulldogs won the AFL title in 2016.

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