Player news from R12 of 2016: Essendon vs Hawthorn

Zach Merrett (115/96): Playing inside midfield
Merrett contributed with 31 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles and 0.1.
David Zaharakis (108/89): Looking to bounce back after down week
Zaharakis contributed with 33 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles.
Matt Dea (105/91): Starting in defence
Dea contributed with 22 touches, 10 marks and 5 tackles.
Orazio Fantasia (93/75): Starting forward
Fantasia contributed with 27 touches, 5 grabs and 2 tackles.
James Kelly (91/71): Lurking at halfback
Kelly contributed with 27 touches, 6 marks and 2 tackles.
Adam Cooney (91/77): Starting in the guts
Cooney added 27 disposals and 7 grabs.
Joe Daniher (88/87): First goal… 2.2 from 16 disposals and 10 marks with 2 tackles… not helped by 3 FA. Starting at FF on Frawley.

Brendon Goddard (85/58): Nose broken at the first centre bounce contest in Q1 from a random Leuenberger elbow… 25 possessions and 7 marks. Roaming everywhere as usual.

Darcy Parish (84/74): 27 disposals including 19 handballs… also 3 marks
Parish also had 3 tackles.
Matthew Leuenberger (77/85): First ruck… 29 hit outs… also 15 disposals and 4 tackles
Leuenberger added 2 marks and 3 free kicks given away.
Martin Gleeson (74/69): Rotating on talls in defence
Gleeson contributed with 23 possessions, 5 marks and 2 tackles.
Mitch W. Brown (72/62): Starting forward on Stratton
Brown contributed with 16 disposals, 8 grabs and booted 1.1.
Kyle Langford (72/66): 1.0 from 14 touches and 2 marks plus 7 tackles

James Gwilt (70/86): At CHB on O’Brien
Gwilt contributed with 21 possessions, 4 grabs and 3 tackles.
Jackson Merrett (70/59): Starting in a FP
Merrett contributed with 20 touches, 4 grabs and 1.0.
Will Hams (67/57): Playing in a FP
Hams contributed with 14 disposals, 4 grabs and 5 tackles.
Patrick Ambrose (59/56): Playing in defence on Gunston
Ambrose contributed with 14 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles.
Craig Bird (57/63): Doing jobs in midfield
Bird contributed with 16 disposals, 5 tackles and managed 1.0.
Mathew Stokes (48/37): 11 touches and 5 marks

Shaun Edwards (48/34): Loose at halfback
Edwards contributed with 14 possessions, 2 grabs and 3 ruck taps.
Mark Jamar (46/42): Starting forward on Gibson
Jamar contributed with 9 possessions, 5 grabs, 12 hit outs and managed 0.2.
Courtenay Dempsey (33/37): Made a lot of mistakes… 11 possessions. Starting in defence on Rioli.

Jordan Lewis (128/113): Poked in the right eye by Jackson Merrett in Q3… 36 disposals and 9 marks with 3 tackles. Leading the inside midfield group.

Liam Shiels (116/96): Freed up from jobs in the inside midfield
Shiels contributed with 25 touches, 7 marks, 6 tackles and kicked 1.1.
Grant Birchall (112/89): Playing a HBF role
Birchall added 30 touches and 10 marks.
Jack Gunston (110/111): Filled his boots in Q4 junk time… 4.1 from 21 disposals and 9 marks with 2 tackles… helped out by 3FF… conceded 3 FA. Playing tall forward on Ambrose.

Cyril Rioli (108/99): Starting on a HFF
Rioli contributed with 20 possessions, 9 grabs, 2 tackles and 3.2 on the scoreboard.
Josh Gibson (100/117): Dominated in defence with plenty of intercept marks… 12 marks and 25 possessions. Responsible for Jamar.

Luke Breust (100/91): Starting deep forward
Breust contributed with 14 disposals, 4 grabs, 7 tackles and managed 4.1.
Daniel Howe (96/66): Playing a HBF
Howe contributed with 26 possessions, 4 grabs, 4 tackles and booted 0.1.
Isaac Smith (92/73): Starting on a HFF
Smith contributed with 23 touches, 8 marks and 1.1 on the scoreboard.
Bradley Hill (91/84): Coming off a wing
Hill contributed with 24 touches, 5 grabs and 3 tackles.
James Frawley (88/69): At FB on Daniher
Frawley contributed with 15 possessions, 8 marks and 5 tackles.
Billy Hartung (87/64): Playing outside midfield
Hartung added 21 touches and 10 marks.
Will Langford (85/76): Playing inside midfield
Langford contributed with 20 disposals, 4 grabs, 3 tackles and managed 1.1.
James Sicily (83/59): Starting forward
Sicily added 25 disposals and 6 grabs.
Paul Puopolo (81/105): Playing a FP role
Puopolo contributed with 14 touches, 5 tackles and booted 4.1.
Shaun Burgoyne (78/85): Starting at halfback… switched forward in Q4
Burgoyne contributed with 17 touches, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 1.1.
Kade Stewart (64/70): Second game… 13 touches and 6 marks plus 2.0

Tim O’Brien (63/77): Starting forward on Gwilt
O’Brien contributed with 11 touches, 4 grabs, 3 tackles and 2.1.
Marc Pittonet (56/62): Second game… #1 ruck… 11 hit outs… also 6 disposals and 7 tackles

Ben Stratton (54/45): At CHB on Brown
Stratton added 13 touches and 7 grabs.
Angus Litherland (54/58): Starting in defence
Litherland added 16 possessions and 5 marks.
Ben McEvoy (42/55): Starting deep forward with stints in ruck
McEvoy contributed with 10 touches, 2 grabs and 14 hit outs.

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