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Australian Rules-Demons scorch Bulldogs in AFL decider, end 57-year drought

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PERTH, Australia :A fast-finishing Melbourne Demons ended a 57-year premiership wait on Saturday, claiming the Australian Football League's top honour with a 74-point Grand Final victory against a shell-shocked Western Bulldogs under lights at Perth Stadium.

Christian Petracca amassed 39 disposals and two goals in a dominant midfield display, helping the Demons to a 21.14 (140) - 10.6 (66) win before a 61,118 strong capacity crowd.

The AFL awarded coronavirus-free Western Australia its first Grand Final because of a prolonged lockdown in the game's traditional home state of Victoria.

The Demons settled early by scoring four of the first five goals, but the Bulldogs fought back in the second quarter with midfielders Adam Treloar and Marcus Bontempelli kicking two majors apiece to set up an eight-point lead at halftime.

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