Blog log from R14 of 2017: Sydney vs Essendon

Merrett gets back to rush a Smith snap from 40m for the first score, a behind. (Q1 2:35)
Parker intercepts the short Merrett kick from the last line in the pocket 20m out. He goals. (Q1 2:58)
Rampe burns the ball from CHB straight to Zaharakis, Daniher receives the handball and tries his luck off a step from 60m in front… it bounces through! (Q1 8:43)
After Langford gets the next centre clearance, Colyer pokes a pass over Smith to Stewart near the boundary 30m out. Stewart threads the needle! (Q1 10:02)
Franklin gets his jumper tugged by Hartley as they wait for a Naismith ball 40m out on the flank. Buddy misses. (Q1 14:32)
Kennedy stands in a tackle after a stoppage 20m out and gives back to his ruckman but Naismith snaps wide. (Q1 17:04)
Green sharks a very short Hannebery kick on the wing, McKernan passes to Fantasia 45m out near the boundary who just misses. (Q1 18:18)
Stewart’s handball under a tackle is tapped down on the flank 40m out, the crumb falls for Fantasia who snaps just wide. (Q1 20:05)
The Swans can’t clear half back on the kick in, Goddard passes to Langford 40m out on a slight angle, who also misses. (Q1 20:57)
Towers rolls a snap just wide from 40m on the flank. (Q1 21:54)
Parker intercepts a short Goddard kick on the HFF and sends it straight back to Papley 20m out on the flank, who makes no mistake with the set shot. (Q1 23:35)
Another turnover causes a score, this time a mark to Fantasia 35m out on the flank, but he misses very badly, barely a behind. (Q1 26:03)
Franklin gathers an errant Hayward centring ball on a fast break and bounces a behind from 35m on the flank, bit of a wasted chance that one just before QT. (Qtr Time)
Heeney clears high from a stoppage on the wing, Baguley pushes Parker in the back to give away an obvious free 40m out on the flank. Parker misses. (Q2 2:03)
Watson sends a hopeful ball to the hotspot on a slow play, Rampe spoils Daniher but is pinged for holding his arm. Daniher hooks it way right. (Q2 3:37)
Hewett passes to Reid in front of Hurley 35m out on the flank, who misses. (Q2 5:14)
Essendon reboud straight up the guts after a kick in, Daniher can’t gather the long Zaharakis ball to the hotspot but the cavalry arrives, Fantasia feeds Stewart to goal from 20m. (Q2 8:33)
Reid roves the long Parker centre clearance to the hotspot and rolls through the instant replying goal. (Q2 9:18)
Reid marks on the boundary 30m out and shoots OOTF on the opposite side. (Q2 13:18)
Parker squirts the ball out from a stoppage on the HFF to space for Newman to run onto and goal from 20m. (Q2 14:08)
Parker gives to Newman after the next centre bounce who tries his luck from 55m in front to an empty square… well wide. (Q2 15:35)
Heeney runs back behind Hurley to mark an errant Franklin snap from half forward near the behind line. Isaac screws through the goal off his left boot. (Q2 16:44)
Watson passes to Colyer who plays on and shoots from 50m on a slight angle, but it’s wide. (Q2 19:49)
Franklin marks on a short lead 45m out on the flank after Gleeson catches Jack high in the centre. He misses. (Q2 22:30)
Kelly passes to Green on a fast break after a turnover in midfield. Green lines up from 40m in front, and shoots way left. (Q2 24:04)
Zaharakis converts a set shot from 40m on the flank after intercepting Mills, to make good on some Essendon repeat inside 50s. (Q2 25:59)
Smith is pinged for deliberate OOB in the pocket, bit red hot with two blokes on him, Green goes back to Watson 40m out on the flank for a kick after the HT siren… no score. (Q2 29:33)
Baguley takes out the legs of Florent on the HFF, Hayward picks up and plays on around the boundary to shoot from 30m, but wide. (Q3 2:56)
The Dons rebound up the guts from that kick in, Howlett hits McKernan just inside 50m on a slight angle. Smack’s set shot falls short, Bellchambers marks and goals! (Q3 3:38)
Fantasia throws the boot at a ground ball on the boundary 20m out, highly unlikely and just misses. (Q3 4:59)
Newman intercepts on the HBF and starts a rebound around the outer wing, Franklin hits Reid 30m out on the flank, who misses. (Q3 6:46)
Kennedy smothers a Heppell handball at a stoppage near the hotspot, gathers and gives to Hannebery who does the rest with a screwing snap off the left boot. (Q3 10:17)
Jack beats a tackle to get a handball off on the wing, Hannebery passes to the lead of Franklin 40m out on the flank. Buddy misses again. (Q3 14:05)
Parker gets caught HTB in the centre, Zaharakis plays on, Stewart marks 50m out on the flank and goes for home… off hands for a behind. (Q3 16:21)
Papley roves a Franklin contest outside CHF and gives to Jack who shoots wide from 55m. (Q3 17:12)
Grundy intercepts a rebound kick to the wing and goes to Papley on the HFF. Papley gives off to Franklin who snaps wide from 55m. (Q3 17:57)
Finally the Swans get a long snap on line, this time it’s Heeney from CHF after the Dons again can’t clear half back from the kick in. (Q3 18:50)
Hannebery gives to Rampe outside a stoppage on the HFF, but his quick left foot snap is wide. (Q3 21:01)
Hayward beats Baguley one on one to mark a Sinclair ball to the hotspot after the Swans boss a stoppage behind the wing. Hayward goals, Sydney gaining control now. (Q3 22:39)
Zaharakis passes to McKernan 35m out on the flank with Grundy well out of position after slipping. Smack kicks a much-needed goal for Essendon. (Q3 24:09)
Zaharakis gives to McKenna on the wing, he baulks and loads up for bear Derek Kickett style for a snap on the run from 55m on the flank… sails over the contest in the square! (Q3 26:25)
Grundy is pinged for hands in the back of McKernan 30m out on a slight angle, he kicks another pressure goal to put the Dons back within a kic. (Q4 2:32)
Franklin leaps with Hartley all over him to mark a Mills ball on the HFF, and passes short to Jack 45m out on a slight angle. Jack’s set shot drops near the goalpost, review… (Q4 5:58)
Ruled a behind, off the fingertips of Hurley. (Q4 6:43)
McKenna starts a rebound from the HBF and takes a risk, it comes off as Goddard has Fantasia to mark over the back 20m out on a slight angle and goal. A point in it! (Q4 9:43)
Merrett and Green catch Newman HTB on the wing, Merrett takes the free and hits McDonald-Tipungwuti 40m out on a slight angle. Tippa kicks truly, Essendon in front! (Q4 13:58)
McDonald-Tipungwuti gives to Howlett who shapes to shoot from half forward but Newman mows him down to prevent the score. (Q4 17:00)
The Bombers win a hard footy on the wing, Zaharakis kicks very high to the hotspot, McKenna contests and the crumb falls to the front where Colyer roves and goals! (Q4 17:30)
Green rolls a snap wide from the boundary 20m out to make the difference two kicks. (Q4 19:15)
Daniher stages for a free and the ump pays it against Rampe 45m out on the boundary. The clock ticks under 6:00 as he walks in… just a miss. (Q4 21:44)
The Swans again can’t clear half way as the Dons keep intercepting, Hurley gets a set shot 45m out in front and shoots with 5:00 to go… it’s good! (Q4 22:58)
Franklin snaps from a stoppage at the hotspot, Rohan contests at the top of the square, Florent volleys it towards the goalpost from 15m, score review… ruled a goal. (Q4 24:58)
4:32 left, three kicks in it. Technically possible. (Q4 25:28)
Franklin catches Hurley HTB on the wing and passes to Mills on the HFF, he gives back to Buddy who lets fly from 50m… falls on the line, video review, touched by Hurley, point! (Q4 28:18)
2:32 left, still two kicks the difference. (Q4 29:02)
Rampe kicks OOTF from the HFF, 2:17 left. (Q4 29:30)
Hurley intercepts again at defensive hotspot to stop another Sydney attack. (Q4 30:13)
Kennedy roves on the HFF and bombs long to the square, Newman can’t mark but the crumb sits up for him to gather and goal! 1:16 left, a goal in it! (Q4 30:50)
Merrett clears, Gurndy marks at CHB and starts the rebound, but Daniher takes a massive pack grab at CHB for Essendon. (Q4 31:58)
Franklin marks a Naismith ball 60m out in front and wheels to shoot… wide, 30 seconds left. (Q4 32:29)
Papley smothers the play on from the kick in, ball in in the FP for Sydney. (Q4 32:44)
Rampe kicks from the stoppage, Rohan marks in the square and wins the game for the Swans after the siren! (Q4 33:15)

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