Blog log from R1 of 2016: Gold Coast vs Essendon

The Bombers move it fluidly to the fat side of the ground through Baguley. Simpkin receives the pass, flicks over the top to Zaharkis who bounces it home from 50! (Q1 2:49)
Touk Miller brilliantly roves the contest after Martin flew. He handed it off to Rischitelli, received it back and made no mistake from 40! (Q1 3:49)
Simpkin gets caught in the tackle just metres out from goal after some relentless pressure by the Suns via Davis. The ball is quickly soccered through from point blank by Martin! (Q1 6:04)
Day receives the free kick in the one on one against his direct opponent in Brown. Sam floats a delivery to Malceski who marks just inside 50. He hooks the kick for a minor. (Q1 7:15)
Rischitelli to May who finds Ablett on the short lead as the Suns stream through the middle of the ground. From the paint of 50, Gary misses to the right hand side. (Q1 11:31)
The Suns go forward once more through Harbrow. Nicholls taps it on to Day who hands it off to Lonergan. Jesse slots it on the snap from 40 with a fantastic finish! (Q1 15:00)
Day goes long and strong to the hot spot and Lynch again is the one to hall it in for a quality contested grab. 35 out on the slight angle, Tom makes no mistake! (Q1 16:58)
Again the Suns speed through the centre of the ground unopposed. It lands in the hands of Malceski, but Nick’s spinning effort from a step inside 50 misses to the far left. (Q1 20:04)
Zaharakis hacks it out of defence but straight into the hands of McKenize. He goes wide to May, who darts in an incredible delivery to the leading Ablett… (Q1 22:01)
From 30 on the sharp angle, the dual Brownlow medallist misses to the near side. (Q1 22:32)
Sexton drives it to the leading Lynch who takes a fantastic grab over the top of Ambrose. From 35 on the flank, Tom nails his second! (Q1 25:03)
Bird roves the spillage on the Bombers half forward flank and wastes little time in handballing it out the back to McKernan. Shaun spins towards goal and nails it from 40! (Q2 1:07)
Simpkin distributes and receives throughout the middle and darts in a pass to the leading Daniher. Nothing was ahead of him, and thus Joe bounced it through for a minor. (Q2 3:02)
Baguley finds Crowley with a central delivery, and the former Docker marks unopposed, a step inside the paint of 50. Ryan goes back and slams it through! (Q2 3:48)
ABLETT! Hard not to get excited. Ablett receives 65 out from goal, runs his full measure and slams it through post high as Brown trails in dismay. (Q2 5:07)
Hall grabs it deep in the pocket after following up from his inside 50. Tipungwuti’s stray handball finds Aaron, and he goals from 20! (Q2 7:42)
Davis forces the Goddard turnover with tackling pressure. The pill goes wide to Malceski who finds Martin unopposed centrally. Jack slots it from 30! (Q2 11:42)
Nicholls with a classy hit out to his captain, who snaps untruly. The ball falls short and Lynch hits the post with a soccer effort from the pocket. (Q2 14:08)
Rischitelli to Harbrow who continues his rampagin run through the corridor, but he misses to the right hand side. (Q2 15:06)
Rischitelli to Harbrow who continues his rampaging run through the corridor, but he misses to the right hand side. (Q2 15:06)
Ah Chee kicks his first in senior AFL footy! Callum waits front and centre of Martin’s attempted mark, and grabs it clean at the first chance. He slots it from 40! (Q2 17:08)
Miller flicks it off to Ablett after the Suns work it forward once more. Gary has a snap from 35 under pressure and misses to the right hand side. (Q2 17:38)
The Suns speed through the centre once more, ending with Miller feeding it off to Lonergan who finds Prestia in acres of space. Dion trots in and goals from 40! (Q2 22:43)
McKernan keeps it alive with a tap away from the boundary and away from McKenzie. Langford is the recipient and makes no mistake on the snap from 30! (Q2 25:57)
Miller to Rosa to Lynch as the Suns again make a mockery of the Bombers defensive systems. Thomas lines up for his third from 30, and he nabs it! (Q2 27:39)
Daniher sends it straight through the middle from well outside the arc! He took the mark at optimum height ahead of May, and then gave the play the justice it deserved! (Q2 30:09)
Hall has the first shot of the quarter with an open play effort. From 40 on the flank, his hooking effort goes just wide of the post. (Q3 3:46)
The Bombers work it forward in a rather uncontested fashion and it ends with Daniher feeding it into Stokes, who pretty well has to goal from 5 metres out.Instead he hits the post! (Q3 5:26)
Questionable call there opens up the corridor for Essendon. Two down with the blood rule, the umpires let it play on and Zaharakis had no issue strolling in and finishing from 40! (Q3 7:12)
Long bomb from Martin into the Day/Gleeson matchup and Sam takes the mark against his undersized opponent. From 45 on the slight angle, he slots it! (Q3 11:43)
Day takes a strong mark through the middle of the ground and flicks it off to a speeding Hall. Aaron barely assesses the options before nailing it from 55! (Q3 11:43)
Davis finds it deep in the pocket and has a flying snap at goal, but hits the post! (Q3 11:43)
Simpkin with a horrible turnover out of defence and it ends with Sexton strolling into an open goal just 35 metres out with minimal angle. Surprisingly he misses. (Q3 18:10)
Cameron takes the intercept mark from the defensive kick in and flicks it off to Malceski. Nick steadies and nails it from 45! (Q3 18:42)
The Bombers move it forward through the former Cat in Stokes, who chips it inside 50 to the hard running Zaharakis. David marks, but misses to the far side from 35 on the flank. (Q3 20:52)
Lynch takes a strong contested mark deep in the forward 50. From the resulting kick, 40 metres out from goal on the flank, he makes no mistake! (Q3 25:27)
Cooney receives a free for high contact and the advantage is allowed. Stokes takes full advantage, running in unopposed and finishing from 30! (Q3 27:00)
McKernan to Zakarakis who finds Stokes with a perfectly weighted, out the back effort. Matthew goes back and slams it through from 30 on the slight angle! (Q4 0:35)
Stokes receives the free kick after having his legs taken out from under him via a diving Sexton. Resultantly, the former Cat slots his second of the quarter from 35 on the slight! (Q4 5:05)
Day takes a strong mark contending against both Gwilt and Gleeson. Sam lines up the set shot from 40 on the flank and sends through his second! (Q4 9:03)
Miller crumbs the Hall forward 50 entry. Touk heads home for goal with immediacy, but the attempt misses to the right hand side under frontal pressure. (Q4 13:04)
Martin receives from Hall and finds Ah Chee with a pinpoint delivery, as the first gamer found himself free once more. From the pocket, Callum misses to the near side. (Q4 14:01)
McKenzie measures it off to a speeding Saad, who runs his full measure and kicks from the paint of 50. It flies through post high before a late swing sends it onto the post. (Q4 17:02)
Tipungwuti bursts out of congestion and speeds through to goal, but his effort misses to the right hand side from 35. (Q4 17:49)
Sexton grabs it out of the stoppage and snaps it on the left peg after the ball spilled his way. Alex had little trouble with that difficult opportunity from 25! (Q4 22:57)

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