27/02/2024

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan makes a stance in the Bulldogs win. (Image: Daniel Pockett)

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan shone under the roof of Marvel Stadium, slotting five goals in the Bulldogs first win of their 2023 campaign.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was at the centre of attention last week as a result of the disappointing actions of a spectator in the Bulldogs’ clash against St. Kilda in Round 2.

The former number-one draft pick looked to have turned a corner as a result of the verbal incident, booting five majors without fault in the Bulldogs’ 14-point win over the Brisbane Lions.

Ugle-Hagan and senior coach Luke Beveridge spoke to the media post game highlighting what a significant moment it was in Ugle-Hagan to recreate the infamous Nicky Winmar photo almost three decades ago.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan makes a stance in the Bulldogs’ win. (Image: Daniel Pockett)

“I knew it was coming up to 30 years since Nicky Winmar did that, but it just came in the moment,” Ugle-Hagan said.

“I felt pretty proud, obviously going out with all my mates that have supported me throughout a tough week.

“Then to do that in front of everyone hopefully it makes a stance and a moment and hopefully no one cops what I’ve been through.”

Beveridge then commented about how proud he was of Ugle – Hagan on the back of the young key forward’s most impressive performances in his young career.

“(I’m) Unbelievably proud, we all are,” Beveridge said. “I know how strong he is as he’s only a young fella.

“I think we had no doubt he was going to be himself tonight and do what was best for his team.”

Ugle-Hagan was impressive from the first centre bounce, being on the receiving end of a long pass from Adam Treloar and kicking the first goal of the game inside the opening three minutes.

The first term was also headlined by the masterclass from the Bulldogs’ skipper Marcus Bontempelli, imposing himself on the contest with over 10 possessions in the quarter.

It was a scrappy opening quarter with the Lions having the majority of the ball, dominating the mark count 36-17.

But, they were wasteful when going forward, not scoring from their first 11 inside 50’s.

The visiting Lions took a slender one-point lead into the first change after Charlie Cameron missed after the Quarter Time siren.

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It was a hot start to the second term for the Bulldogs, after conceding an early quarter goal to Cameron, the Bulldogs slammed three quick goals onto the board.

The latter of the three was off the boot of Ugle-Hagan who extended the lead to 10 points mid-way into the second quarter.

Ugle-Hagan added at the post-game press conference that the actions of last week gave him an added element of hunger ahead of the game.

“It definitely made me want to perform better than I have been going,” Ugle-Hagan said.

“The ball just fell into my hands tonight, I worked hard and did what I needed to do.”

Ed Richards was prolific in the first half with six intercept possessions and continuously launching the ball out of the defensive 50.

The Lions midfield didn’t appear to be in sync with ruckman Oscar McInerney in the first half, leading the hitouts count by 10 but trailing clearances by two.

Brisbane was wasteful when going forward, entering the forward 50 on 20 occasions resulting in just two goals as the visitors trailed by eight points at the main break.

Ugle-Hagan slotting one of his five goals against Brisbane. (Image: Daniel Pockett)

Ugle-Hagan picked up where he left off after halftime, taking a strong pack mark and slotting his third with ease to extend the lead to 14 points.

Jack Gunston elevated his game after half time booting three third-quarter goals giving the Lions some life.

Captain Lachie Neale looked to take over the game dominating at the stoppages, having more than double his next best teammate. Finishing the night with 31 disposals, 14 contested possessions, and eight clearances.

The Bulldogs though had more of the footy in the third term but a lapse of concentration allowed Cam Rayner to easily bring the margin back to eight points ahead of three-quarter time.

It was a hard-fought contest in the middle of the ground. (Image: Daniel Pockett)

Things tightened up in the fourth quarter as Brisbane appeared more threatening with their transition play but could not capatilise on their chances.

It took 21 minutes of fourth-quarter action before Eric Hipwood drew a free kick and scored to reduce the margin to just two points.

Bontempelli stepped up in the later stages of the contest, finishing the night with a game-high 16 contested possessions and generating several chances for his side.

But, it was only fitting that the man who kicked the first goal, and after the week he had been through, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan sealed the game after the siren with his fifth.

The 20-year-old told the media post-game about that final goal and the surge of emotion that followed.

“I did get a bit emotional especially when all the boys ran over to me,” Ugle-Hagan said.

“It was a special moment, not because I kicked five and the way I performed, just the week I’ve had and the boys have supported me throughout that whole game and the whole week.

“That moment out there was probably a bit emotional because they love me, we are not just a football club, we are a big family”

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