Blog log from R12 of 2016: Essendon vs Hawthorn

Daniher wins a ground footy at 20m on the flank and holds off a tackler long enough to get the ball on his left boot for a fine screwing snap for the first goal! (Q1 2:17)
O’Brien marks on the HFF and centres to Smith 50m out. Isaac delivers a beautiful left foot set shot for the first Hawk goal of the evening. (Q1 4:30)
Leuenberger marks at half forward, dithers until the Hawks get back, and has to go long to a big pack in the square… Daniher marks over McEvoy and goals again! (Q1 6:19)
Daniher marks in the centre square, wheels and goes long up the guts where Gibson is out of position allowing Jamar to mark at the hotspot. But Jamar shanks it horribly, OOTF. (Q1 7:30)
Cooney gives Gleeson a hospital handball on the boundary 30m out, Gunston claims him HTB. Gunston shanks a checkside but it works, Rioli marks luckily 20m out and goals. (Q1 10:25)
Breust’s pressured handball goes to ground 20m out on the flank but Bird gets into the back of Puopolo, free and goal. (Q1 13:18)
Kelly kicks OOTF 25m out trying to get to Gwilt. Puopolo misses with the free. (Q1 16:00)
Kelly takes the next kick in and goes short to the hotspot, but Stewart is paid a juggled mark that replays show was clearly touched first by Zach Merrett. Goal, Don fans boo. (Q1 16:48)
Howe roves a Rioli contest 25m out on the flank and misses off the left across the body. (Q1 18:48)
Puopolo fumbles in the goalsquare but is pushed in the back by Gleeson for an obvious free and goal. That one was there. (Q1 20:25)
Hill gives to Rioli who is immediately tackled by Dea who falls into his back. Cyril misses from the hotspot. (Q1 24:16)
Breust ducks a tackle and shoots of a step or two from 40m on a slight angle, but just wide. (Q1 26:19)
O’Brien juggles a mark in front of Gwilt and Ambrose near the hotspot, but also misses. (Q1 27:48)
Sicily goes long from the wing, four man pack, Puopolo roves and gives a Joe the Goose special for Gunston’s first. (Q1 29:16)
Stewart passes to Rioli on a rebound from half back up the guts. Cyril shoots from 40m on a slight angle, and kicks truly. (Q2 6:23)
Gunston clunks a long McEvoy ball over Dea 20m out on a slight angle. He kicks his second goal. (Q2 10:19)
Stewart chases a loose ball and goals from 15m on the flank. (Q2 12:59)
Hams picks up a panicked grubber from the BP by Howe but misses from 40m on the flank. (Q2 13:59)
Gibson holds Daniher off the fall of a Jackson Merrett ball to 35m on the flank. Daniher misses. (Q2 16:54)
Hams roves a Daniher contest at the hotspot, rides a tackle and gives to Jackson Merrett who snaps truly around the corner. (Q2 19:06)
As you might expect, Hawthorn get the quick reply, with O’Brien roving a pack at the hotspot and kicking the goal on the snap. (Q2 20:08)
Breust it was with the easy centre clearance to set that up. (Q2 20:39)
Kyle Langford gets a free on Burgoyne in a ground battle at the hotspot for holding on too long in a tackle. He makes no mistake. (Q2 21:39)
O’Brien leaps high across a pack and marks a Shiels ball to the hotspot. He kicks his second major. (Q2 23:24)
Zach Merrett pilfers the ball from Gibson in the pocket with pressure by Daniher to assist, but grubbers wide from 15m. (Q2 25:23)
The Hawk kick in to CHB goes over the back and it’s off to the races, Lewis has time and space to hit Rioli running back near the hotspot. Cyril goals again. (Q2 26:24)
Jamar marks in relief at defensive hotspot but his handball goes nowhere, Puopolo roves and snaps truly just before the HT siren to run it in. (Half Time)
O’Brien drops a screamer over Dea 20m out but taps it for Breust who fumbles but volleys home from the square anyway, Gleeson not touching it. (Q3 1:21)
Gibson gives to Burgoyne on the end of a chain of handballs through midfield, Junior turns and shoot from 40m in front… goal Hawthorn. (Q3 5:12)
Breust goals from the line after an assist from Smith. Not much of a contest here, as was always going to be the case. (Q3 7:57)
Daniher runs back on a lead and marks 40m out near the boundary. He misses. (Q3 9:27)
Fantasia goes long from outside CHF, Brown draws a free on the behind line for front-on contact by Stratton and goals. (Q3 16:52)
Breust crumbs a McEvoy contest at 25m on the flank and runs into the open goal for his third. (Q3 21:19)
Smith bounces a long snap into the post from near CHF. (Q3 24:44)
Brown marks over Stratton at the hotspot just before the 3QT siren, and hits the post to loud AAHs. (Q3 25:51)
Bird catches Litherland HTB 45m out on the flank, and just clears the pack on the line for the first goal of Q4 garbage time. (Q4 0:40)
Dempsey smothers Hill on the wing to cause a turnover, Daniher passes to Jamar who marks over Litherland at the hotspot. Jamar hits the post. (Q4 5:57)
Breust kicks goal number four after Puopolo is tackled 20m out and taps the ball on his boot up to Breust like it was a handball. (Q4 8:22)
Gunston dives and marks a Smith clearance from a ball in on the wing to 35m on the flank, in front of Gwilt. Gunstall slots his third goal. (Q4 12:12)
Gunston gets a free before a ball in 40m out on the flank for a very soft tummy punch by Zach Merrett. He hits the post, fittingly. (Q4 14:18)
Burgoyne intercepts a Dea kick from the BP to the HFF, quick and long ball to the square, Shiels roves and goals. (Q4 14:43)
Burgoyne dribbles a snap from the pocket across the face for a behind from 20m. (Q4 16:24)
Howe centres to the top of the square, McEvoy flies in a big pack, the crumb falls nicely for Puopolo to gather and goal. (Q4 17:44)
Burgoyne tackles at the hotspot to force a loose ball, Puopolo gives Gunston another Joe the Goose special for his fourth. (Q4 19:02)
Rioli misses off the left from near the hotspot after yet another turnover by Essendon, this time by Parish. (Q4 21:29)
Zach Merrett gives to Daniher on the boundary 40m out, he kicks OOTF to the jeers of the Hawk fans. (Q4 23:25)
Hill kicks long from the HFF to the square, the crumb from the O’Brien contest falls for Langford to goal from the line, another extremely easy roving goal for the Hawks. (Q4 24:24)
Jamar gets a ruck free on Frawley at the hotspot and misses again, disappointingly. (Q4 26:16)
Lewis gets a free for a hold at a stoppage at CHF, but he tries a pass that doesn’t work. (Q4 28:46)

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