Western Bulldogs midfielder Luke Dahlhaus can still remember the moment he feared he might not make it as an AFL footballer.It was March 2011 and the Western Bulldogs had travelled to suburban Bunbury, about two hours south of Perth, for a pre-season game against Fremantle.Then-coach Rodney Eade used the game as an opportunity to give the teams rookies a chance - all except Dahlhaus and tall forward Tom Hill, who would eventually be delisted without playing a senior game.I was shattered because everyone had played a NAB Cup game except me, Dahlhaus told AAP.I remember just going to Rocket and asking him what I didnt do. We went through a few things and from there I was just really head down, bum up.I got a game finally, and tried to just work my arse off and havent looked back. Ive been pretty lucky so far to be at this club and look where we are now.One of several inspired rookie picks on the Bulldogs list, Dahlhaus has since emerged as a key part of the sides midfield heading into Saturdays AFL grand final against Sydney.Originally used as a forward, the 24-year-old has come into his own as a tenacious onballer alongside partner-in-crime Tom Liberatore.Dahlhaus says he modelled his game as an inside-midfielder partly on Liberatore, and it shows in the remarkable synergy between the fast-handballing pair.I dont know what it is. We seem to be in the right place at the right time with each other, he said.We tend to start in there together and we tend to hear each others voices. I think that comes from working with each other pretty hard and when youve come in at the same time as someone.But Id like to think the whole midfield are working pretty well together at the minute.Dahlhaus has averaged 26 disposals, five tackles and four inside-50s per game this season but missed six weeks with a strained medial ligament sustained in round 12.The injuy looked potentially season-ending but Dahlhaus says he was always confident of returning and working back towards his best form.The physio gave it two little wiggles and he said thats a medial mate, youll be four-to-six (weeks) and he was exactly right from the scans and everything, Dahlhaus said.Ive come back and I sort of need to work on the tank a little bit but I feel like Im getting back into the groove of things now. Jordan Mailata Jersey . -- Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover. Eagles Jerseys Store . 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However, Purdue is getting balanced scoring and solid defense from its eight healthy scholarship players.The Boilermakers (8-2) finished the first half on a 12-0 run to lead 41-20 and never were threatened thereafter, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half.That run to close the first half was huge, especially since they had started to make shots right before that and had a little momentum going, Mathias said. Coming out of that last media timeout, we had to close out the first half strong, so we did. We were aggressive and got into the passing lanes.It was a 5:15 stretch Cleveland State would like to forget.The run to close the first half was big for (Purdue) after we cut it to nine, Cleveland State coach Gary Waters said. We made some errors, they started hitting some shots and they picked up their defense. They are a great team, and thats what great teams do.Bobby Word had 14 points to lead Cleveland State (3-6), which shot only 26.7 percent (8 of 30) during the pivotal first half. Vikings leading scorers Word, Rob Edwards and Demonte Flannigan scored only 24 combined points on 9-of-35 shooting from the field.Vince Edwards added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Boilermakers, who have won each of their past three games by at least 24 points. Mathias finished with six rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers to go with his 12 points in 26 minutes.Vince Edwards had a lot to do with that 12-0 run to close the first half, and right now, having the balancee that we have is a really good thing, Purdue coach Matt Painter said.dddddddddddd Our guys were ready to play today, including Dakota, who really did a nice defensive job on Edwards. We relaxed a little bit once we got a 20-point lead, but sometimes that happens.Edwards liked the way Purdue limited the Vikings to 31.3 percent shooting (20 of 64).Guys did a really good job on defense and with help defense, Edwards said. We were really helping each other out by scrambling on the floor. I think that made a big difference. We were active, and we also were getting on the glass.The Boilermakers outrebounded the Vikings, 44-34.BIG PICTURECleveland State: The Vikings, who came to Purdue having won two in a row, stayed close for a while by making seven 3-pointers in the first 24:04 but had no answer for Purdues 7-2 Haas and 6-8 Swanigan.Purdue: The Boilermakers once again featured a solid blend of interior and perimeter scoring to win for the seventh time in the past eight games. Purdue entered this game shooting 44.8 percent from 3-point range -- second best nationally -- and shot 43.8 percent from beyond the arc in the first half Saturday.POLL IMPLICATIONSHaving won three in a row by 34, 33 and now 24 points, Purdue likely has positioned itself to move up from No. 18 in the next AP Top 25. Purdue has been a Top 25 team in 24 consecutive polls.UP AND DOWN DAYSwanigan added another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds but was not happy after making eight of the Boilermakers 15 turnovers.Its not on the team, its on me and Vince Edwards because the last game we had a lot of turnovers, but Vince cut his down to two, and I have to try to do that, Swanigan said.UP NEXTCleveland State: The Vikings play on Dec. 17, at Ohio University.Purdue: The Boilermakers will play No. 23 Notre Dame on Dec. 17 in Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 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