Eerie scenes in AFL blockbuster

The ladder-leading Bulldogs met the Demons in a clash of premiership heavyweights on Friday night, but it was the action — or lack thereof — off the field that had punters talking.

On Thursday afternoon, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed games held in Victoria during round 11 would proceed without crowds as Melburnians endure a seven-day lockdown.

The Dees/Dogs blockbuster was the first of three crowdless clashes for the weekend and AFL fans were left lamenting that a game so richly deserving of a large live audience had to go ahead without one.

Forgot how less enjoyable it is to watch a game without a crowd #AFLDogsDees

You can mute the commentary tonight without missing out on the crowd noise. Rare lockdown win!#AFLDogsDees

Seriously people, stay at home so we don’t have to endure this crowdless, soulless footy for any longer than a week#AFLDogsDees

Docklands has copped a bit of flak recently, but it would’ve been rocking tonight. Top of the table bummer.

Melbourne have taken the crowd out of the game.#AFLDogsDees

This feels depressing. This game deserves a big crowd. #AFLDogsDees

Both sides welcomed back stars for Friday night’s mouth-watering clash. Defender Christian Salem re-entered Melbourne’s ranks while injured Dogs Patrick Lipinski and Tim English also made their returns.

The Demons chalked up the first two goals to take an early lead in the first quarter but the Dogs quickly bit back and reduced the margin midway through the term.

Before Luke Beveridge’s side could bounce on the lead, though, the Demons helped themselves to three consecutive goals and went into quarter time on the right end of a 6.5 (41) – 2.2 (14) scoreline.

The Dees maintained their lead early in the second term. Two late Bulldogs goals reduced a game-high five-goal margin to 19 points heading into the main break.

Fans were forced to watch the game from home.Source:FOX SPORTS

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