Blog log from R8 of 2017: Essendon vs Geelong

Hooker marks and goals from the top of the square from a long Parish ball in the first 30 seconds! (Q1 0:48)
James Stewart passes to Daniher 45m out on a slight angle on the end of a flowing rebound move down members’ wing. Daniher sprays it horribly, as he can often do. (Q1 1:57)
Fantasia grubbers from a stoppage in the pocket to the top of the square, Daniher treats it like a soccer cross and volleys it past Lonergan for an opportunist goal! (Q1 5:18)
Selwood intercepts Goddard in the centre, Stanley eventually marks at the hotspot but misses. (Q1 6:21)
Blicavs marks 40m out on a slight angle and also misses. (Q1 7:11)
Kelly marks, baulks Parsons in the centre and hits McDonald-Tipungwuti leading up the guts to 40m. The goal umpire arches his back to watch the ball sail over his peaked cap. (Q1 10:53)
Duncan marks 45m out wide on the flank and misses everything. (Q1 17:19)
Parsons roves a Dangerfield kick to the hotspot but misses the left foot snap across the body. (Q1 18:32)
Green pokes a short ball from a stoppage on the HFF to the top of the square, off hands but it falls for Hooker who has Fantasia running past for the receive and goal from 15m! (Q1 20:02)
Motlop plays on to advantage after a free for a hold on Menzel, he goals with ease off his left boot from 20m. (Q1 23:45)
Menzel misses a difficult snap over his shoulder from 25m on the flank. (Q1 26:41)
Tom Stewart is behind Blicavs to run onto a long ball to the hotspot and thence into the open goal after a sweeping rebound from the last line after the kick in. (Q1 27:41)
McDonald-Tipungwuti it was with the goal assist kick to space. (Q1 28:19)
McGrath scythes up the middle on another rebound with a bounce, he hits Tom Stewart leading back to 40m on a slight angle just before the QT siren. Stewart rockets it home! (Q1 31:03)
Hawkins keeps the ball alive near the behind line, gets it back from Guthrie and tries a checkside from the boundary 15m out… miss. (Q2 0:45)
Hurley catches Dangerfield HTB in the Cats FP but turns the ball over to Cockatoo, who goes to Guthrie 40m out on the flank. Guthrie doesn’t score. (Q2 2:30)
Hurley passes to Parish to mark unopposed 50m out on a slight angle. Parish goes back for the set shot, but misses. (Q2 5:59)
Watson intercepts a Mackie kick from the HBF to the centre, wheels and has McDonald-Tipungwuti on his own 40m out in the corridor. Tip misses. (Q2 7:11)
Daniher gathers a bouncing McKenna ball at 50m on a slight angle, baulks O’Connor with a left foot step and slams home another one! Essendon is on FIYAH! (Q2 9:56)
Cockatoo clears from the next centre bounce, Hartley holds Hawkins to give away a free 35m out on the flank. The Tomahawk misses, disappointingly. (Q2 12:26)
Horlin-Smith releases Dangerfield to run away from a stoppage behind the wing, he has Menzel running back to the HFF to mark in stride, he goes on to 40m and slams through a goal. (Q2 17:52)
Zaharakis drops a Watson handball in the centre on another fast break, he has time to butter up and go long to the top of the square, Tom Stewart beats Mackie to mark and goal. (Q2 19:15)
Watson is pinged for encroachment after Kelly catches Duncan high on the wing, the 50m penalty puts Duncan 40m out but he misses from not much angle. (Q2 21:12)
Duncan kicks quickly from a big scrum at half forward to Hawkins who gets a free on Hartley who wasn’t looking at the ball while wrestling him, soft goal. (Q2 24:00)
Mackie fumbles on the wing after the next centre bounce straight to Daniher, he gives to Hooker who kicks to space at CHF for Green to run onto and chip through another one! (Q2 25:20)
Watons runs out of defence but burns the ball horribly to Kolodjashnij near CHF. The HT siren sounds as Kolo walks in… falls on the line, Leuenberger stops the score. (Q2 28:45)
Hawkins snaps the first goal of Q3 in the first minute after a feed from Dangerfield at a ball up at the hotspot. (Q3 1:00)
Stanley handpasses into the back of Dangerfield in the centre, the Dons swoop and work the ball to the HFF, Fantasia plays on after a free to set up a McDonald-Tipungwuti goal. (Q3 2:59)
Long centre clearance torpedo by Tuohy to Dangerfield at the hotspot, he draws a holding free on Baguley and makes no mistake with the free from 20m. (Q3 4:14)
McGrath runs up the wing and goes long to Daniher who is allowed to mark uncontested despite Smith being only two steps away. Daniher goals from the hotspot. (Q3 6:29)
The Bombers work the ball by hand around the HFF, Dainher baulks Bews and centres to Parish, off hands to Parish but he misses from close range with a needlessly hurried snap. (Q3 9:42)
Daniher has the sit and takes a screamer with his knee on the shoulder of Kolodjashnij 20m out on the flank. The set shot is at the sort of spot he struggles with… he misses. (Q3 11:00)
Hawkins picks up a loose ball in the centre and gives to Tom Stewart who lets fly from 55m on a slight angle to an empty square… swerves and bounces on the line, through! (Q3 15:15)
Menzel misses a snap from a ball in in the pocket 20m out. (Q3 16:27)
McDonald-Tipungwuti speeds away from a ball up on the wing and feeds Tom Stewart who passes to Green near the boundary 35m out. Green threads the needle, Dons in control! (Q3 19:12)
McGrath snaps a bouncing ball from 40m on a slight angle, it wobbles and bounces into the goalpost. (Q3 23:27)
Dangerfield snaps his second goal off a step from 40m on a slight angle. (Q3 24:00)
McDonald-Tipungwuti plays on to advantage for his third goal from the HFF, the Cats just can not string together consecutive goals. (Q3 25:20)
Daniher marks 45m out on the flank just before the 3QT siren. He starts it a bit left but it holds the line just inside the goalpost, that’s a 40 point lead at the last change. (Q3 30:08)
Hartley is out of position on a fast break and gives away another obvious free kick as the Tomahawk sits under a Stanley high ball 30m out on the flank. He goals. (Q4 4:26)
Motlop catches Myers HTB on the wing and gets the ball moving quickly, Mackie goes long to the square where Hawkins beats Hartley to mark and goal again. (Q4 6:21)
Horlin-Smith goes long to the square from 55m on a slight angle, the pack falls back towards the line where the ball drops, did it cross before being touched? Video says yes, goal. (Q4 8:09)
Guthrie starts a rebound from half back, Mackie centres from the pocket for Menzel 25m out on the flank with a shepherd by Hawkins. Menzel plays on and goals, Cats back in it! (Q4 11:09)
Myers runs up the wing and passes to Fantasia 40m out on a slight angle. This one to steady the wavering Dons… it’s good. (Q4 12:26)
McDonald-Tipungwuti mows down Selwood dithering after a stoppage on the HFF 40m out. He gives to Goddard whose long kick drops in the square and doesn’t score. (Q4 14:55)
Parsons screws through a nice snap from 40m in front after roving McGrath’s spoil in a one on one. (Q4 16:44)
Half way through Q4, Geelong has dragged back four of the seven goals it needed at 3QT to win. (Q4 17:24)
Leuenberger is pinged for a hold on Smith in a ruck contest 45m out on the flank. Smith’s set shot is high and long… anbd sneaks inside the left goalpost! Cats two kicks down! (Q4 19:12)
The Dons run in a wave from congestion on the wing, Fantasia gives wide to Daniher who has time to lope to 50m on the flank and put his shoelaces through a left foot bomb… goal! (Q4 20:52)
Hawkins marks 50m out on a slight angle but hits the post. (Q4 22:50)
Dangerfield storms through midfield, reaches CHF but decides on a short pass to Horlin-Smith 45m out in front. GHS misses. (Q4 24:40)
Guthrie marks a Lonergan ball to the pocket over Myers and centres to Motlop 35m out on a slight angle. Motlop’s set shot is an ugly sack, rushed behind. (Q4 25:54)
Clock under 4:00 now. (Q4 25:54)
Cockatoo misses from a big pack at the hotspot, 2:54 at the next kick in with the margin two straight kicks. (Q4 26:26)
Selwood gets a free on the HFF on Daniher, he hits the pack 20m out, Motlop is front and centre but misses under less pressure than he was feeling. (Q4 27:03)
Clock at 2:30 as Stanley limps off. (Q4 27:55)
Long kick in to CHB for Essendon, crumb from a Tuohy fumble falls for Green who has Fantasia streaming forward to shoot from near CHF for the sealing goal! (Q4 29:10)
Dangerfield intercepts on the HFF and lets fly from 50m near the boundary… across the face, and too late anyway. (Q4 31:10)

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