Blog log from R15 of 2017: Essendon vs Brisbane

Bastinac passes to Bewick on the boundary 40m out, who centres to a big pack, no score results. (Q1 2:33)
Stewart is in two minds as he runs in a paddock down members wing, he chooses not to pass to Fantasia and goes himself from 55m on the flank… ump pings him for running too far. (Q1 3:30)
McKenna runs across half forward, is stuck on the wrong side so pokes a pass to Green 30m out on the flank, who hits the post. (Q1 4:18)
Zorko turns the ball over by hand on the wing, Daniher marks at CHF, plays on and bangs through the first goal. (Q1 5:30)
Stewart beats Gardiner to mark a Zaharakis ball to 30m on the flank. He goals. (Q1 9:04)
Almost all the play in Essendon’s half so far, it’s looking bad for Brisbane. Then again, it looked this bad for Carlton early yesterday. (Q1 9:34)
Four Don defenders are matched up on Hipwood as they chase a long ball over the back, but Hartley holds Hipwood’s jumper 20m out on a slight angle. Hipwood goals. (Q1 10:19)
Goddard misses a snap from the pocket. (Q1 11:32)
Daniher knees through a behind after a stoppage in the pocket. (Q1 14:24)
Langford marks a stray Stewart snap from near CHF on the behind line, but he shanks OOTF. (Q1 17:03)
McLuggage marks a McStay ball 45m out in front and chooses to give off to Rich who misses from 55m. (Q1 19:20)
Daniher leaps in front of Andrews to clunk a long ball to the flank 30m out, and boots goal number two. He looks on for a big bag. (Q1 21:11)
Heppell misses a snap from the pocket. (Q1 22:30)
Kelly is pinged for diving on a loose footy to take out the feet of Bewick 40m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q1 24:21)
Berry catches a fumbling McKenna HTB on the HFF and goes to the boundary for Rockliff to mark 20m out, but Rocky misses. (Q2 3:06)
Fantasia plays on to advantage after Hooker runs down Witherden on the wing, he gives to Zaharakis who misses from 40m on a slight angle. (Q2 4:20)
Bastinac releases Taylor to run in space down the wing to the HFF, his snap is a wobbler but Zorko had run back to mark in front of Merrett and goal from 10m. (Q2 6:10)
Zorko gets a free on the HFF after the ball ricochets off Daniher’s boot OOTF, but Goddard marks the long ball to the square in relief. (Q2 8:20)
Zaharakis gives to Green who snaps from 45m on a slight angle, but it drops in the square for Andrews to mark and rebound. (Q2 9:05)
McLuggage has space on a fast break rebound to bounce, steady and shoot from 45m on a slight angle…. just wide. (Q2 14:22)
Berry marks behind Gleeson on the boundary 30m out but doesn’t score. (Q2 16:05)
Lester roves a Smith ruck tap on the HFF and kicks quickly to the square where Hipwood marks in front of Hurley and goals. (Q2 16:35)
Smith is pinged for a hold on Daniher just inside 50m on the flank, who misses. (Q2 19:17)
McDonald-Tipungwuti smothers in the FP, Watson eventually marks 40m out on a slight angle and misses. (Q2 20:36)
Watson marks again on the HFF and gives off to Hurley who shoots from 50m… McStay gets to it to touch it on the line. (Q2 21:50)
The Lions again have numbers on a rebound up the guts from half back, Taylor has Zorko over the back to mark 10m out and goal. (Q2 22:54)
Fantasia baulks clear on the HFF and goes quick and low to the top of the square for Daniher to mark and boot goal number three. Dons have the lead back. (Q2 25:11)
Stewart catches Bastinac HTB 40m out in front after a ball up. He runs in crooked and shoots crooked. (Q2 27:46)
Daniher intercepts a short Rockliff kick across halfback and
releases Fantasia to run into the open goal. (Q3 1:55)
Merrett coughs the ball up on the HFF and once again the Lions sprint through midfield on a fast break, Mathieson hits Lester to mark at the hotspot… but miss horribly. (Q3 6:22)
Lester roves a pack on the HFF on a slow play and goes quickly to the square where somehow Bewick is on his own to mark and goal, just. (Q3 7:38)
Hooker marks 50m out on a slight angle and kicks in his ungainly style… but long and straight enough. (Q3 11:33)
The Dons boss the next centre bounce, Green gets a chance for a snap from the HFF to an empty square, he bounces it through! (Q3 12:52)
More frontal pressure and repeat entries for the Dons, Hooker marks in front of Walker 15m out on a slight angle and goals. (Q3 15:52)
Rich sends a long ball from midfield to Hipwood who stands in front of Hurley and takes a contested grab 40m out on a slight angle. Hipwood goals to stop the rot. (Q3 19:39)
Goddard passes to McDonald-Tipungwuti to mark in front of Robertson deep in the pocket 20m out for his first goal. (Q3 21:48)
Daniher misses a quick snap from half forward. (Q3 23:17)
Cutler marks unopposed 20m out in front after a rebound from deep in defence started by Witherden. He goals, barely. (Q3 23:55)
Zaharakis passes to Fantasia near the boundary 30m out, who shoots across the face. (Q3 28:22)
Parish snaps a goal to start Q3 from the HFF to kick off junk time. (Q4 0:14)
Zaharakis receives from Parish and just misses from the HFF. (Q4 1:54)
Daniher hits the post with a set shot from the pocket. (Q4 4:13)
Bewick almost falls over chasing a ground ball over the back on yet another fast break, but manages to keep his feet and run into the open goal. (Q4 5:11)
Zorko’s snap from the HFF after a stoppage bounces into the base of the goalpost. (Q4 6:30)
A tortured build up by Brisbane for half back leads eventually to Barrett giving a Joe the Goose special for Bewick. Brisbane still technically in touch. (Q4 9:53)
Baguley takes out the legs of Hipwood chasing a ground ball 45m out near the boundary, who doesn’t score. (Q4 11:48)
Martin beats Bellchambers in ruck 20m out on a slight angle and gets a snap off, it bounces through but it’s touched off the boot by Parish, not overturned on video review. (Q4 12:45)
Fantasia roves and misses a flying snap from 30m on the flank. (Q4 14:46)
Gleeson turns the ball over by foot to Taylor on the HFF who plays on but misses from 40m. (Q4 16:37)
Walker intercepts on the wing, Hooker is pinged for encroachment, 50m penalty brings him to 40m out on a slight angle where he bangs through a big goal! Lions in it now! (Q4 17:57)
Hipwood has a chance for a snap from the HFF, it bounces behind Baguley and through! Video review shows Baguley didn’t get a fingernail on it. (Q4 19:58)
This run of four goals in a row by Brisbane has bucked the trend of the game. Can Essendon respond, dropping games like this does not befit a finalist. (Q4 20:33)
McCluggage centres from the HFF, the crumb drops down for Bastinac who gets tackled and snaps while slung, the ball takes a lovely off break for the go ahead goal! (Q4 23:13)
Bastinac roves a long Martin ball to the square, gets tackled and slung but this time misses from 10m. (Q4 26:31)
McDonald-Tipungwuti plays on to advantage after a high contact free to Watson in the pocket, bit pressured is the snap from 20m on the flank but it’s home! Scores level! (Q4 27:34)
Zorko clears from the next centre bounce but Gleeson marks and rebounds. (Q4 28:15)
Cutler roves a Smith contest at the hotspot and snaps wide. (Q4 28:58)
Martin marks the kick in in the centre and pumps it back in, Lester rises above a pack 20m out in front to clunk the mark! The clock ticks under 2:00 as he lines up… it’s good! (Q4 29:49)
Two kicks in it now, 1:40 to go. (Q4 29:49)
Secondary stoppage in the centre circle, 1:33. (Q4 30:44)
Watson catches Rockliff HTB and goes long to CHF, Mathieson roves and rebounds, Kelly is pinged for contact on McCluggage in the centre and starts tempo. (Q4 31:49)
McCluggage roves a Hurley fumble in the pocket and misses, 32 seconds left. (Q4 32:18)
Stoppage at half back for Essendon, 19 seconds, Lions will win. (Q4 32:32)

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