Blog log from R23 of 2015: Melbourne vs Western Sydney

Hogan leaps over a pack in the pocket 25m out and juggles a mark from a long Nathan Jones kick. He stabs it, Downie marks it on the behind line. (Q1 5:21)
Howe passes to the lead of Brayshaw in front of Shaw at 35m on the flank, but Brayshaw sprays it OOTF. (Q1 7:09)
Mad scramble at the Giant hotspot after a throw-in from the pocket, Williams wins the hard footy and bounces through the first goal! (Q1 8:59)
Townsend clears from the next centre bounce, Cameron draws a free for an arm chop by Tom McDonald 40m out on a slight angle but he misses. (Q1 10:41)
Kennedy passes to Townsend in front of a pack 35m out on a slight angle as two Demons go to Cameron and leave him free. Again it’s marked on the behind line for no score. (Q1 11:35)
McCarthy centres from the HFF to Townsend who gives to Palmer to goal from 10m in the pocket. (Q1 13:35)
Garlett draws a holding free on Bugg sitting under a high ball to 25m on the flank. Jeffie goals. (Q1 15:02)
Harmes flies in between two Giants and clunks a long Brayshaw ball from the centre to 20m on a slight angle. He goals. (Q1 16:45)
Garlett roves a pack on the HFF at full pace, runs down the flank to 25m, hits traffic and centres to Hogan 15m on the other flank. Hogan goals. (Q1 18:20)
Viney mops up an extremely ambitious Tomlinson kick from the HBF to no one in the centre, he gives to Nathan Jones who hits Howe at 30m on the flank. Howe kicks OOTF. (Q1 20:20)
Garlett marks over Bugg on a fast break 20m out and runs into the open goal for his first. Demons kick away! (Q1 22:43)
Whitfield marks in the centre, White is pinged for encroachment to bring him 20m out on in front for an easy conversion. (Q1 24:21)
Grimes turns the ball over with a handball on the wing, the Giants surge, Grimes then drops the kick to the hotspot, Palmer roves and gives to Cameron to snap truly! (Q1 27:14)
Hogan marks a Kennedy-Harris ball from CHF to the pocket 20m out. He stabs at it again, never looked anywhere near straight, behind results. (Q1 30:10)
Smith turns the ball over at halfback, eventually Garlett picks up a bouncing ball and snaps off a step from 30m on the flank, but it’s just narrow. (Q2 1:26)
Ward marks at half forward and pokes a short pass to McCarthy 25m out on a slight angle. McCarthy shanks it well wide left. (Q2 1:36)
Harmes beats Bugg to a ground ball in the pocket and gives to Dunn who checksides off a step from 30m… into the post. (Q2 3:26)
Cameron gathers a loose ball in the pocket and snaps under heavy pressure from 15m, but it’s wide. (Q2 4:52)
Kennedy-Harris passes to the lead of Hogan on the boundary 30m out. Hogan checksides rather lackadaisically for a behind. (Q2 6:33)
Townsend roves a stoppage 15m out in front, rides a tackle and snaps truly, the first of a hardfought and not unentertaining Q2. (Q2 10:38)
Howe marks a Brayshaw ball near the boundary 35m out, and threads the needle to bring a rare touch of quality to the finishing in this, his 100th game! (Q2 13:13)
Harmes misses a running snap under heavy pressure from the boundary 30m out. (Q2 14:43)
Dunn gets an arm chop sitting under a long ball to the hotspot, no free but the ball flips over the back for Newton to volley home anyway. (Q2 16:45)
Williams bursts away from halfback with a bounce and goes long for Stewart to mark over Oscar McDonald at 35m on a slight angle. Stewart misses badly. (Q2 18:24)
Ward gets a free for a push by Vince behind a marking contest 25m out on a slight angle. The crowd boos after seeing the replay showing the free was very soft, Ward goals anyway. (Q2 19:41)
Kennedy-Harris bombs high and long from the HFF to the hotspot, Hogan drifts across in front of the pack to mark, run on and goal from the square! (Q2 23:10)
Tom McDonald chases a long ball to the flank 35m out but it bounces unluckily over his head for Stewart to gather and goal ahead of Oscar McDonald. (Q2 26:48)
Newton roves a long ball to the square but misses under pressure. (Q2 27:39)
Stretch gives to Nathan Jones who shanks a snap right off a step from 40m on the flank… but it swerves left and through for the first goal of Q3! (Q3 3:40)
Newton roves a Hogan contest at the hotspot but his left foot snap is under pressure and wide. (Q3 6:54)
Grimes plays for a free and gets it for a hold by Kelly near the boundary 35m out. He threads the needle for a nice goal! (Q3 7:51)
Nathan Jones runs away from a pack on the HFF but misses from 40m. (Q3 9:34)
Smith catches Viney HTB at a pack 20m out and kicks his first goal of the afternoon. (Q3 16:15)
Dunn marks just inside 50m wide on the flank and delivers a lovely set shot for his first goal. (Q3 18:07)
Tomlinson marks a Treloar ball at 40m wide on the flank, he misses. (Q3 20:07)
Howe takes a screamer on the HBF but immediately turns the ball over, he can’t prevent the handball out to Williams for a snap goal from 40m on a slight angle. (Q3 21:06)
Smith misses from a throw-in in the pocket. (Q3 23:08)
Dunn marks a Grimes ball at much the same spot as his last shot, but this time kicks OOTF. (Q3 25:52)
Hogan gets a lucky bounce at CHF in a ground battle with Corr, and gives to Newton who sails through a snap for a goal from 35m in the corridor. (Q3 27:52)
Howe runs free down the wing, decides on a pass instead of going himself from the HFF and it works because Newton marks 30m out on the flank and goals. (Q3 29:01)
Jones gets a free on Townsend on the wing, and goes long to Hogan who clunks a grab in between two Giants at 30m on a slight angle. Hogan shoots after the 3QT siren… it’s good! (Q3 32:01)
The Demons have busted this game open with a flurry of goals in Q3 red time. Makes a change from them usually being on the end of that during the year. (3 Qtr Time)
Vince catches Greene high 20m out in front for the first goal of Q4. (Q4 1:10)
McCarthy runs around the boundary and snaps from 15m, not a hard snap but he misses. (Q4 2:41)
Kennedy-Harris converts a set shot from 35m on the flank to restore Melbourne’s 3QT margin. (Q4 4:11)
Stewart roves a Cross crop on the HFF and gives to Greene for a grubbing snap from 30m on the flank… it sits up for Cameron to volley home from the square. (Q4 9:05)
A lull as Cross is stretchered off. (Q4 10:41)
Jones clears from a stoppage on the wing to Garlett 50m out on a slight angle, he wheels around and shoots to an empty square… wide. (Q4 15:11)
Treloar bounces twice on a sprint up the guts, he crosses CHF and shoots from 40m… and drops his shoulders as it’s well wide. (Q4 17:48)
Harmes puts a full stop on an excellent day for him with a big grab 20m out in front and his second goal. (Q4 24:43)
That was the sealer, albeit the Giants didn’t look like they were particularly interested in a comeback in any case. (Q4 25:08)
Salem snaps wide from near the hotspot after Hogan contests. (Q4 26:41)
A long Vince snap bounces on the behind line sideways into the post. (Q4 27:33)
Ward passes to Bugg at 40m on the flank, he kicks like the backman he is, barely a behind. (Q4 30:08)

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