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“I still swear that was a goal”: Former Dog reflects on 1997 heartbreak


Former Western Bulldogs forward Paul Hudson still rues the non-goal decision in the 1997 preliminary final against Adelaide.

The Bulldogs were up by four goals early in the last quarter and looked destined for a first Grand Final since 1961.

Tony Liberatore’s snap would have made it an almost unassailable five-goal buffer but the shot on goal was controversially called a behind.

The Crows then booted the next four goals to progress to the Grand Final in an epic two-point thriller and were crowned premiers the following week against St Kilda.

“It was quite emotional sitting in the crowd a couple of years ago watching the Dogs. Everything went right whereas in 1997, everything went wrong to be honest,” Hudson told This Is Your Sporting Life - For Tobin Brothers Funerals, celebrating lives.

“We had Danny Southern get a week for a trip … we had Paul Dimattina sitting in the stands.

“I’m sure if we had a couple of things go our way … I still swear that was a goal.”

Hudson, a Hawthorn premiership player in 1991, kicked 214 goals in 108 games during his five seasons at Whitten Oval.

He retired at the end of 2002 after playing 245 games for the Dogs, Hawks and Richmond, booting 479 majors.

Listen to Paul Hudson's chat on This is Your Sporting Life with Peter Donegan in the player below

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