Blog log from R16 of 2015: North Melbourne vs Essendon

Harvey roves a tap from a stoppage at the hotspot and snaps across the body on the left from 25m, but it’s narrow. (Q1 1:20)
Daniher marks on the wing, Thompson arrives late and barrels into him, 50m penalty results. Daniher lines up from 45m on the flank, and misses. (Q1 2:24)
O’Brien spoils a long ball to Ziebell 20m out, three Dons nearby but the ball bounces back to Jay-Z who snaps… straight, but ruled touched off the boot. (Q1 4:50)
Heppell passes to Hooker five paces in front of Tarrant 25m out on the flank. He misses. (Q1 6:10)
This is like Mayweather v Pacquiao. Maybe at some point someone will throw a punch. (Q1 12:16)
Hooker marks at the top of the square and gives a Joe the Goose to Daniher, but Tarrant is too nearby, his pressure forces Daniher to bounce a sitter into the goalpost! (Q1 12:39)
The Roos go coast to coast in a sensational move down members wing, ending with Garner kicking long to the square for Turner to mark behind Baguley and goal! (Q1 13:54)
Hooker marks on the lead in front of Tarrant at 50m on the flank, wheels around and shoots… off hands on the line for a behind. (Q1 16:00)
Laverde pressure leads to a Roo turnover on the wing, McKernan passes to Howlett on the lead at 45m on a slight angle. Howlett’s shot is marked by Goldstein on the line. (Q1 17:59)
Again the Roos go coast to coast with a flowing move down the wing, Swallow hits Brown on the lead at 40m on a slight angle. Brown kicks truly. (Q1 18:59)
Higgins roves a stoppage at the hotspot but misses under pressure. (Q1 22:29)
Long, high ball to the North pocket, Brown puts his knee on the head of Ashby and takes a massive screamer! But he misses. (Q1 24:00)
Stanton kicks to wide open space just inside CHF, Edwards gets there first but Mullett pressures him just enough for the snap to not even score. (Q1 25:14)
Zaharakis passes to a short lead by Ambrose to the hotspot, in between a mob of Roos. He goals. (Q1 26:04)
Harvey pokes a very short pass after a stoppage on the HFF to Dal Santo at 45m. Nicky Dal gives it back to Boomer, who is pressured on the snap, no score. (Q2 0:50)
Mullett tries a kick across halfback but it’s too low, Hooker cuts it off and snaps immediately from 40m on a slight angle… this time he makes no mistake. (Q2 3:39)
Jackson Merrett beats Goldstein in a ground battle on the wing, turns and finds Daniher on the boundary 35m out. Daniher sails the set shot over the gaol umpire’s cap! (Q2 9:20)
Edwards is front and centre for a Daniher contest 30m out on a slight angle. he snaps across the body… it sneaks inside the goalpost! (Q2 11:31)
High ball to the Roo goalsquare, huge pack, Ashby tries to take a step but Waite strips him in a tackle, the spillage goes to Bastinac who snaps truly from 15m. (Q2 13:09)
Goddard receives at CHF and bullets a low pass to McKernan on the lead in front of Brown at 35m next to the corridor. Smack misses, disappointingly. (Q2 15:59)
Hooker kicks over the head of Harvey down the wing to Baguley, running up from defence to 45m on a slight angle. Baguley slices it… but a Daniher free in the square, goal! (Q2 17:49)
Very soft free on Thompson for a shepherd was the ruling for that goal. (Q2 18:10)
High centre clearance to CHF for North, Brown contests, Turner roves and tries a quick checkside off a step from 40m in front… it sails through! (Q2 19:31)
Ziebell it was with the goal assist kick from the centre. (Q2 19:55)
Goldstein wears a high one from McKernan and gets a free 40m out on a slight angle. Goldie sprays it. (Q2 21:31)
Stanton snaps to an empty square from the HFF, it bounces through but is ruled touched off the boot. (Q2 24:01)
Zaharakis has space to run through the centre with two bounces, then hit Laverde to mark over Thompson at 40m in the corridor. Laverde delivers a lovely set shot for a goal. (Q2 27:06)
Black, who has been quiet all game, receives from Waite after a centre clearance to CHF, his snap wobbles at head height… but it somehow swerves past Hibberd and rolls through! (Q2 29:06)
Hooker bounces through a behind with two Roos pressuring him 25m out on the flank, after roving his own crumb. (Q3 3:14)
Jacobs catches Heppell HTB on the wing, his pass sails into the pocket for Brown to mark 20m out. Brown thinks he kicks the goal, but umpires confer… confirmed goal! (Q3 5:57)
Goldstein gets a ruck free on the hapless McKernan for a hand to the face 15m out. He goals. (Q3 10:26)
Higgins marks at half forward and kicks across CHF to the fat side where Bastinac marks 35m out on a slight angle. But he misses, disappointingly. (Q3 12:59)
Waite puts his bootstuds in the back of Hurley and takes a contested mark 25m out on the flank. He goals. (Q3 14:23)
Long ball from outside CHF to the top of the Don square, Edwards flies to provide an extremely easy crumb for the hardworking Howlett to run into the open goal. (Q3 16:28)
Dal Santo was supposed to be marking Howlett at that contest, but he completely whiffed it. (Q3 16:53)
Zach Merrett collects Ziebell after kicking to concede a downfield free to Brown 20m out on a slight angle. Brown goals. (Q3 18:01)
Goldstein gets a set shot from 40m on a slight angle after a free against Goddard, but he misses. (Q3 23:48)
Bastinac wobbles through a set shot from 40m on a slight angle to extend the North lead a couple of minutes before 3QT. (Q3 28:19)
Higgins misses from a stoppage in the pocket. (Q4 0:35)
Hooker catches Thompson HTB at 35m on the flank after Thompson had dragged it back in. Hooker misses. (Q4 3:05)
Goldstein beats McKernan in a ground battle on the wing and bombs long, Brown marks in an acre of space at the hotspot, plays on and goals. (Q4 4:49)
Ziebell takes a contested grab in front of Ashby from a Gibson ball at 40m on a slight angle. This would just about seal it… and it’s good. (Q4 11:20)
Hooker leaps in front of Tarrant and clunks a Zach Merrett ball to 40m on a slight angle. He misses again. (Q4 13:05)
Howlett goals on the run from 35m on the flank, but the sting has gone out of this game with 6:36 to go. (Q4 18:12)
Howlett shoots on the run from 55m on a slight angle, he misses but Wright pushes him late so he gets another chance. He gives off to Hurley who roosts a massive goal! (Q4 20:36)
4:38 left, time enough if good enough. Surely the Bombers couldn’t pinch this? (Q4 21:06)
Goldstein feeds Cunnington at the next centre bounce but the inside 50 by Dal Santo is spoiled out for a throw in in the pocket. (Q4 21:51)
Cunnington kicks to the square, Brown contests, it flips over the back for Ziebell to collect and checkside the goal from 10m! (Q4 22:01)
4:03 left and four kicks in it, no chance. (Q4 22:36)
Steinberg it was who left Ziebell alone on the ground while he flew and didn’t make contact. (Q4 23:01)
Ziebell goals from the square to put some icing on the cake. (Q4 26:22)

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