Blog log from R18 of 2016: Essendon vs Brisbane

Cutler marks a Hipwood long ball to the hotspot in front of Dea for the first goal. (Q1 1:02)
Gardiner marks on a fast break outside CHF, runs to 50m and snaps just before McDonald-Tipungwuti claims him… bounces wide. (Q1 2:50)
Martin gives outside congestion near the hotspot for Mayes to have a ping off a step from 40m on the flank, he steers it through. (Q1 4:17)
Mathieson roves a ball in with ease on the HFF and weaves through traffic as if it isn’t there, then shoots from 45m for another one for Brisbane! They have the jump. (Q1 6:57)
Like the supporters at Docklands, Essendon just haven’t turned up yet. (Q1 7:27)
McDonald-Tipungwuti gets the first Essendon score on the board, a snap for a goal from 20m after roving a big pack somewhat luckily. (Q1 9:17)
Daniel Merrett gives a hospital handball under pressure at the hotspot to the kid Hammelmann, who is claimed for a HTB free by Brown. But Brown misses, disappointingly. (Q1 11:45)
Neither Kelly nor Dea fly for a long, high ball to the hotspot, leaving Walker to mark unopposed and goal. (Q1 13:03)
Ambrose mops up a ground ball 40m out but gives straight to Zorko, who has Green for the easy goal from near the hotspot. (Q1 15:48)
Brown roves a pack on the HFF and just squeezes the long snap inside the left goalpost for his first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 18:01)
Laverde marks a Goddard pass on the HFF, plays on, turns Hammelman with a step and shoots from 40m… across the face. (Q1 19:48)
Daniher beats Daniel Merrett in a ground battle on the HFF but snaps OOTF when off balance from 35m. (Q1 21:02)
Rockliff screws through a goal from 10m on the flank after Dea goes to ground to build the Lion lead. (Q1 22:23)
Hammelmann catches Hams high in a pack at the hotspot, Hams makes no mistake. (Q1 24:59)
Green misses a quick snap from a pack at the top of the square. (Q1 27:56)
McDonald-Tipungwuti marks behind William at 35m on the flank, running back with the flight with courage. But he misses. (Q1 29:46)
Zach Merrett centres from the boundary to Cooney 45m out on the flank. The Coondog sprays it OOTF. (Q2 2:45)
Cooney marks again from a Hams pass near the boundary 45m out in front of Hanley. Barely a behind this time. (Q2 4:48)
Daniher is one on one with Daniel Merrett, he leaps high and juggles the mark 20m out on the flank, plays on and goals. (Q2 6:03)
Danhier marks again at much the same spot, but hooks the set shot way right for a disappointing behind. (Q2 7:44)
Walker converts a set shot from 20m on a slight angle after receiving a fairly soft free for a jumper hold by Hartley in a marking contest. (Q2 10:49)
Zaharakis marks unopposed 40m out on a slight angle but hits the post. (Q2 13:28)
Hipwood juggles and marks a careful Rockliff ball to 40m wide on the flank. He also hits the post. (Q2 15:09)
Hipwood sharks a Dea handball after pressure from Walker on the boundary 45m out, snaps off a step around the corner off the left boot and screws home a quality finish! (Q2 17:09)
William is out of position for a long Cooney ball up the guts near the hotspot and is pinged for a rather soft hold on McDonald-Tipungwuti. The set shot is wide. (Q2 19:25)
Bastinac roves a McKenna dropped mark at the hotspot, bounces off a rather weak challenge by Kelly and rolls through a goal. (Q2 23:35)
Daniher marks at half forward and gets a 50m penalty for a late challenge by Daniel Merrett to ensure the goal. (Q2 24:57)
Laverde roves a pack at the hotspot and misses on the turn. (Q2 26:05)
Langford converts a set shot from 30m on the flank just after the HT siren to keep the margin within reach. (Q2 28:35)
McKenna misses a running snap from 35m on the flank. (Q3 6:24)
Zorko marks on the HFF and centres to Cutler 45m out on a slight angle. Cutler sails through a lovely set shot for his second. (Q3 7:24)
Mathieson draws a 50m penalty on Dempsey for a high tackle, who argues the toss with the ump to concede 50m and turns a shot from 30m on the flank into another charity goal. (Q3 11:37)
McKenna misses a set shot from the hotspot. (Q3 13:30)
McKernan plays on to advantage on the HFF and passes to Brown 20m out on the flank. Brown misses. (Q3 14:43)
Martin marks over Gleeson 40m out in the corridor and steers through a goal. (Q3 16:11)
Rich strokes through a trademark goal with a snap from outside CHF, Brisbane well in control of this game now. (Q3 20:52)
Laverde gives to Daniher for a goal from near the hotspot, on the end of a chain of handballs through half forward on a fast break. (Q3 26:31)
Green roves a long Robinson centre clearance to a pack at the hotspot, has Gleeson hanging off him but grubbers through the goal from 10m anyway. (Q3 28:27)
Dawson converts a set shot from the top of the square after the 3QT siren. (Q3 29:27)
Hanley sprints away from the first centre clearance of Q4 and bounces a snap over the pack at the top of the square and through for a goal! (Q4 0:13)
Mayes is the next Lion to join the junk time jam, after receiving outside a pack at the hotspot and snapping truly. (Q4 1:55)
Daniher beats Daniel Merrett one on one again to mark near the hotspot. He goals. (Q4 3:23)
McDonald-Tipungwuti runs and swerves down the wing, eventually the chasing Hammelmann claims him 40m out but he gets the handball off to Dempsey who goals. (Q4 5:59)
Bastinac passes to Dawson 40m out in front, who boots his second goal. (Q4 7:06)
Walker marks a centre clearance near the hotspot and goals. (Q4 9:25)
Schache marks over two Dons on the flank 30m out, and misses. (Q4 11:15)
Walker marks near the hotspot on another fast break, and boots goal number four. Bruise free garbage at this point. (Q4 15:05)
McDonald-Tipungwuti misses a snap from the pocket after a stoppage. (Q4 16:07)
Fantasia roves and snaps truly from the HFF to give the remaining Don fans something to applaud gently like it’s the second set at Wimbledon. (Q4 16:49)
Francis marks in the pocket 20m out and misses. (Q4 21:55)
Cooney misses a mid-range snap. (Q4 22:45)
Francis marks on the lead on the HFF and goes short to Dempsey 40m out, he goes to Fantasia in the pocket 20m out. Orazio goals. (Q4 25:40)
Dempsey feeds Leuenberger for a gallop and snap from 50m on a slight angle, but it’s wide. (Q4 28:21)
Fantasia baulks William on the wing and takes off, bounces his way to 45m on a slight angle and shoots, it’s a wobbler but it takes a nice off break past the post for a goal. (Q4 29:58)

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