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Blog log from R8 of 2019: Gold Coast vs Melbourne

Melksham is the man with the first shot of the game, with a quick ground-ball kick from congestion that flies through for a behind. (Q1 2:03)
Melksham centres from the flank to a hot-spot contest. Off hands, Hunt roves the pack and dishes to Petracca whose right-foot snap hits the post. (Q1 3:26)
Hanley’s pass hits Wright lace-out, directly in front, 45m out. The big man has no trouble kicking the first goal of the day! (Q1 3:58)
Jones works it out of a contest to link up with the second-gamer Keilty. Declan’s set-play attempt from 40 misses everything. (Q1 7:19)
Salem flicks a pass inside the Demons’ attacking 50 to Melksham who marks in plenty of space. Jake goals with ease from 45, directly in front. (Q1 15:30)
Harmes bursts through the corridor, hitting Melksham on the chest. Harmes continues running, collects the handball from his teammate and kicks an impressive goal from 50. (Q1 21:32)
Sexton feeds it out of congestion to Miles whose deep-in-the-pocket snap cannons into the post. (Q1 22:57)
The Dees go coast to coast, with Petracca sending it inside 50. Tom McDonald pounces on the loose ball and kicks the goal from 30 with Collins hot on his heels. (Q1 23:30)
Ainsworth lowers his eyes to find Lemmens within scoring range. Sean’s set shot from right on 50 is flawless (Q1 24:46)
At true CHF, Lukosius knocks the ball forward to the advantage of Sexton. He collects but his running shot from 50 bounces into the post. (Q2 3:04)
Oliver turns it over by hand to MacPherson who scrambles a kick inside 50. A diving Ainsworth marks at full stretch and kicks the goal from 45m on a 45-degree angle. (Q2 4:33)
Ainsworth strongly marks the Wright pass in exactly the same spot as a minute ago. This time, his shot results in a minor score. (Q2 7:35)
Lockhart chops off a Gold Coast pass but can’t fully make them pay, with his long shot missing to the near side. (Q2 11:06)
Call it a shot or call it a pass to a contest. Either way, Salem’s kick is knocked over for a minor score. (Q2 11:51)
The Suns hit targets through the middle, finishing with Miller lowering the eyes to link up with Lemmens. Sean’s set shot from 47 drifts OOTF. (Q2 12:49)
A 50m is paid against MacPherson for crossing over the mark. Oliver capitalises by sending it inside 50 to Melksham on the lead. Jake’s set shot is offline. (Q2 22:36)
Lockhart sends the footy in the direction of a leading Tom McDonald who marks within range. His accuracy from 40m is deadly, kicking the first of the second half. (Q3 2:53)
Salem, Lockhart and Petracca combine, with the latter pushing his 50m shot to the far side. (Q3 4:23)
A costly Brayshaw fumble allows Holman to pounce on the loose ball and feed it out to MacPherson. Darcy snaps on his right, and without anyone on the goalline, it bounces through! (Q3 9:36)
Sexton flies but can’t hold the mark, bringing the ball to ground. Holman is involved again, releasing outside to Ainsworth who squeezes it in for a goal. Suns take the lead! (Q3 11:36)
Weller drags the ball in, resulting in a Jack Viney HTB free kick. His long-range attempt from 55 has the distance but not the accuracy. (Q3 15:07)
Tom McDonald catches Collins HTB on the flank. He sets it up to the direction of Gawn before it flies over his head into the lap of Hunt. Jayden goals easily from 25. (Q3 21:09)
While under pressure, Hore coughs it up to Swallow at the Suns’ CHF position. Swallow’s hasty attempt on goal from 45 is wayward. (Q3 23:24)
Lewis catapults a shot from the pocket that appears on target but it’s knuckled over the line for a minor score. (Q3 25:06)
Sexton is looking dangerous in attack. However, he hasn’t been able to convert his last two chances. The first was punched over the line and the second dribbler went wide. (3 Qtr Time)
Lewis’ handball is clever, unleashing a galloping Frost through the middle of Metricon. Petracca is on the end of the chain and kicks truly from outside 50 to start the 4th term. (Q4 1:50)
The advantage is paid in favour of the Demons, allowing Stretch to chip it over the top of Harbrow into the arms of Hunt. From the pocket, the speedster misses to the near side. (Q4 6:19)
Harbrow runs his full measure out of defence before kicking straight to Sam Frost. The defender’s 55m set shot sails through for a behind. (Q4 8:57)
Lukosius provides the contest to bring the ball to ground in the hot spot. MacPherson roves and passes by hand to Holman who wheels around on his left. Goal! (Q4 11:03)
Jones clears the footy from the stoppage, centering from the flank to the corridor. Tom McDonald is able to get rid of Collins to take the mark, kicking his third of the day. (Q4 12:47)
Will Powell provides the quick response thanks to a clinical handball from Ainsworth to force the footy to a dangerous area. 5 points the margin. (Q4 14:21)
Oliver hacks it out of a stoppage, forward of the wing. Tom McDonald protects the dropzone and snags the contested mark in front of Collins. His 40m shot hits the behind post. (Q4 15:51)
A poor Melbourne handball allows the Suns to counter-attack from half back. Corbett marks the Swallow kick and has no problem slotting the goal from 30m. Suns hit the front! (Q4 22:13)
Garlett provides pressure on the flank before centering the footy to the hot spot. Hunt crumbs and gives to Harmes but his quick snap is offline. (Q4 25:30)
Nick Holman kicks what looks to be the matchwinner with less than a minute to go! The Suns go 6 points ahead with 47 seconds left. (Q4 30:19)
Scores are level again! Hunt swoops and shows true composure to set up Marty Hore from 50m. Will we have a draw? (Q4 31:49)
Melbourne win it by a point! With seconds on the clock, Tom McDonald almost squanders his chance but manages to soccer the footy into the post. It wasn’t pretty, but what a finish. (Full Time)

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