Blog log from R15 of 2016: West Coast vs Essendon

Daniher bombs long from midfield to a pack at the hotspot, Brown and Jamar contest but the ball flips over the back, Cooney fumbles the crumb but Brown volleys home! (Q1 1:49)
Sheppard misses Masten on the HBF and the Dons swarm the fall, Goddard does a one-two with Bird and steers through the second goal from 40m near the boundary! (Q1 3:07)
Two Bombers defenders spoil each other going for a Priddis ball to the HFF with both Eagle opponents outpositioned, the crumb falls for Kennedy to gather and snap truly from 45m. (Q1 5:20)
McGovern marks a centring ball 45m out on a slight angle after Daniher kicks OOTF in the BP. He misses. (Q1 9:05)
Clearances early are going for the Bombers, in the absence of Naitanui. (Q1 9:34)
Darling marks strongly over Dea 45m out in front, despite the protestations of the Don that he had hands on it. Darling misses too. (Q1 11:20)
Masten hits McGinnity running back to the square for an easy mark and play on goal as the Bombers are finally made to pay for consecutive turnovers in midfield on the rebound. (Q1 15:09)
Zach Merrett gives to Dempsey outside a stoppage at half forward, he has a moment to measure a running snap from CHF and strokes it through nicely. (Q1 16:32)
Zach Merrett clears from the centre to 40m out in the corridor where Daniher beats Schofield one on one to mark and goal. (Q1 18:00)
Jetta misses a quick snap from the HFF. (Q1 23:20)
LeCras passes to Gaff at 50m on a slight angle. Gaff runs left looking for distance and kicks right, just a behind. (Q1 25:29)
Leuenberger catches a skewed snap under a tackle by Hams near the hotspot but misses a quick snap just before the QT siren. (Q1 29:07)
At QT, Essendon are clearly winning the stoppage battle with a 15-6 count on clearances led by Zach Merrett, which has fueled their lead. (Qtr Time)
The Eagles have been reduced to scoring from Bomber mistakes, which have been plentiful. (Qtr Time)
Kennedy gets a very soft holding free on Hartley 45m out on a slight angle. JJK sails through his first goal. (Q2 2:06)
Darling gives to Gaff after a LeCras ball to the top of the square for a left foot snap from 20m that just falls inside the left goalpost. (Q2 8:21)
McGinnity misses on the run from 35m near the boundary on the end of a fast break from halfback. (Q2 12:29)
Cripps gives to McGinnity to run to 20m and goal after Priddis roved a contest at half forward. (Q2 17:52)
Kennedy roves a Darling contest to a Jetta centre clearance at the hotspot and gives to Priddis who measures a left foot snap across the body and bounces it through. (Q2 18:58)
Gaff turns the ball over on the HBF to Kelly with a grubber, Kelly hits Daniher near the boundary 30m out in the vortex pocket. Daniher performs a set shot snap and screws it home! (Q2 21:08)
Ashby spoils a chaos ball by Schofield to the hotspot but only to McGinnity who feeds Hutchings to run into the open goal. (Q2 23:23)
Fantasia marks on the lead in front of McGovern 45m out near the boundary, and hits the post. (Q2 24:53)
Masten marks in relief on the last line but kicks to the HBF where Jackson Merrett intercepts 40m out – the man who had kicked it to Masten. But the set shot is wide. (Q2 29:53)
Darling marks in a pack at CHF from a high LeCras speculator from midfield. Darling doesn’t score. (Q3 5:29)
Kennedy gathers his own crumb in a pack at the hotspot and kicks quickly to the pocket where LeCras chases back to mark 25m out. He misses. (Q3 9:32)
Shuey falls into a Daniher tackle at a ball up on the flank 30m out and draws a trademark free kick. He goals. (Q3 13:59)
Bird gives to Kelly who misses from 40m on the flank. (Q3 17:09)
The Eagles go coast to coast with four kicks in a row, Cripps has Kennedy over the back for the simple goal. (Q3 17:09)
Masten passes to the lead of Kennedy in front of Hartley 50m out near the boundary. JJK hits the post. (Q3 19:04)
Brown of the Bombers marks behind McGovern near the behind post on a rebound from the last line. He hits the post as well. (Q3 21:47)
Zaharakis passes to Stokes 40m out on the flank, whose set shot falls on the line and is punched OOB. (Q3 23:15)
LeCras passes to Darling over the back near the hotspot he has to go back for the set shot but makes no mistake. (Q3 24:59)
LeCras marks a high Yeo ball 20m out in front with Darling shepherding Dea off the fall. He kicks off Q4 junk time with his first goal. (Q4 1:30)
Daniher flies across a pack 15m out on a slight angle and clunks an impressive mark for his third goal. (Q4 4:15)
Brown draws a free on Ashby next to the goalsquare but misses from 10m. (Q4 6:59)
A free off the ball against Hartley for scragging McGinnity is paid at the Eagle hotspot, as if things weren’t bad enough. McGinnity goals. (Q4 8:32)
Nelson roves a Kennedy contest on the wing, bursts away and goes long to space near the hotspot for Cripps to rove ahead of Gleeson and checkside a grubbing goal. (Q4 10:40)
Shuey roves a stoppage in the pocket and gives to Cripps who goals from 20m, and looks almost sheepish at the ease of the score. (Q4 16:49)
McGinnity passes to Hutchings just outside the square for his second goal. It’s pretty dire stuff, only of interest to Eagle diehards and fantasy coaches. (Q4 19:30)
McGinnity snaps his fourth goal from a pack at the hotspot after the Eagles boss the next centre bounce. (Q4 20:51)
Two Dons spoil each other at the hotspot, Hutchings roves and kicks goal number three. (Q4 21:53)
Gwilt kicks from the last line but straight to Gaff 40m out on a slight angle. Gaff goals. (Q4 23:30)
Schofield marks at 50m on the HFF from a pressured clearance kick by McDonald-Tipungwuti from the BP. He hits the post. (Q4 26:30)
Lycett intercepts the kick in in front of Gwilt 20m out on the boundary. He misses. (Q4 27:15)
The Eagles go coast to coast started by Gaff with champagne football around the outer wing, Nelson gives to Yeo to stroll into the open goal. (Q4 29:35)
Stokes gives to Kelly who misses from the pocket 20m out in the last minute. (Q4 30:33)
Gleeson passes to Fantasia 35m out on the flank for a shot after the siren, which he steers through for his first and only goal. (Q4 32:04)

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