Blog log from R18 of 2017: Essendon vs North Melbourne

Higgins reads the crumb beautifully and wobbles a dribbler toward goal but hits the post. First score of the day. (Q1 3:46)
Colyer shanks the Sherrin out of defence and it lands with 1st gamer Josh Williams. From 40m out on a slight angle, he kicks truly for his first goal in footy. (Q1 5:11)
Fantasia receives from Mcdonald-Tipungwiti in the pocket. Orazio plays on and snaps the first goal of the day for the Bombers. (Q1 6:45)
After some sloppy kicks from Waite, Garner finishes off the errant play with a classy goal on a tight angle. (Q1 12:01)
Brown is the recipient of a Hartley free kick from 35m. His shot looks on line but drifts into the post for a minor score. (Q1 13:14)
Gibson quickly snaps out of a pack and it falls in the arms of Waite in the pocket. On the outside of the boot he easily puts in through the middle. (Q1 16:42)
Merrett puts it to the hot spot, with Daniher doing the crumbing this time. Joe snaps over his shoulder for a great goal from the boundary line. (Q1 18:31)
Higgins turns it over awfully deep in the Kangaroos’ defence. McDonald-Tipungwuti capitalises on the error and slots the goal from 30 after some good pressure. (Q1 19:59)
Despite Daniher taking the mark, Laverde receives a free for a push. On a slight angle at 35, Jayden misses left. (Q1 23:37)
McDonald-Tipungwuti competes fantastically in the air, bringing the ball to ground deep in the forward 50 amongst a sea of Roos. Hooker crumbs, kicks, and gets the goal. (Q1 25:32)
With strong hands, Waite out-muscles Hurley to mark a high Swallow kick. From 35 on a very tight angle, he goals. (Q1 27:44)
Ben Brown’s pressure act on Hurley running out of defence results in a Waite shot for goal. From 50, with seconds left in Q1, his shot drifts wide for a minor score. (Qtr Time)
An attempted switch in North’s defensive 50 to a 1-on-1 from Declan Nielsen ends with a James Stewart mark. Stewart slots it through the middle from 30 out to make Nielsen pay. (Q2 3:30)
Fantasia kicks his second goal of the afternoon after marking a squaring boundary delivery from Daniher. (Q2 5:13)
Ben Brown strongly clutches a Simpkin pass in the forward pocket. He plays on quickly and snaps the goal for the Kangas. (Q2 7:03)
Zurhaar give a Dustin Martin-like fend off to Baguley in the centre square and hits up Brown on the lead. Ben kicks from 40m for his 43rd goal of the season. (Q2 9:06)
Parish hands off to Heppell who snaps high to the hot-spot. McDonald-Tipungwuti sits underneath it, marks on his chest, and kicks another goal to continue his excellent start. (Q2 12:06)
Waite marks inside 50 and quickly gives to Mullett who finishes off some excellent corridor movement from North. (Q2 21:01)
Goddard drills it from outside 50 to a vacant goalsquare. His shot bounces wide, through for a behind. (Q2 21:50)
Dyson Heppell nails the goal following a well-read intercept mark from Goaddard. Atley was the culprit of the bad switch. (Q2 28:50)
Cunnington finds Gibson floating in behind his defender. Almost on the boundary line, his shot is flawless. Kangas in front. (Q2 30:34)
Bellchambers grabs it out of the ruck at 25m out, hurriedly snaps for goal yet pushes it wide for the first behind of the half. (Q3 2:31)
Jarrad Waite marks a Ben Brown pass on the boundary line. He plays on inside and elects to snap, but it bends too much and cannons into the post. (Q3 3:49)
Clarke is caught holding the ball by a McDonald-Tipungwuti tackle in the pocket. A downfield free-kick sees him kick the easiest of goals from the goal line. Tippa on fire! (Q3 5:56)
In the pocket Ben Brown slots his 3rd of the day. It came after quick, efficent centre clearance work from Swallow and Higgins. (Q3 6:55)
Baguley bombs it out on the full from Essendon’s back pocket. The footy ends with Garner, who’s set-shot is also OOF. (Q3 12:01)
Daw marks strongly in front of Bellchambers. From just outside the 50, his shot falls just short and comes off hands for a behind. (Q3 13:36)
After being bombarded by the Roos, the Bombers rebound out of defence all the way forward, until Fantasia does what he does best and snaps a running goal. (Q3 15:19)
The Bombers break the goal-for-goal cycle, as Goddard weaves through traffic, hands to Stewart, who kicks truly from 25. (Q3 17:21)
Out of a boundary throw-in stoppage, Myers gets it to Zaharakis who thinks he kicks the Bombers’ 3rd in a row, only for it to be reviewed touched for a behind. (Q3 19:36)
A crunching tackle from Watson continues to lift Essendon. It ends with Heppell, who’s roving shot off a pack definitely isn’t touched. Another goal to the Bombers. (Q3 21:06)
Fantasia gives away a 50m penalty in the centre square for entering in the protected space. From 45m out directly in front, Dumont nabs one back for the Roos. (Q3 22:21)
A Zurhaar kick flies over Brown’s head and falls to Waite. Jarrad sells some candy to Gleeson, then snaps on the outside of his boot for North’s 2nd in a row. (Q3 24:06)
Hartley gives away the free to Brown who lines up from 30m directly in front. HHe splits the middle and celebrates it. North Melbourne in front! (Q3 25:39)
Zaharakis running toward the 50 has the composure to lower his eyes and find Fantasia short. From 45, right in front, he kicks truly and put Essendon back in the lead! (Q3 29:10)
Hooker elects not to go back for the set-shot after taking the mark 40m out. He plays quickly and sprays a relatively easy kick. (Q3 31:00)
Hooker has the chance to make amends for his last attempt. But this shot looks just as bad as his last, this time missing to the left. (Q3 32:09)
Daniher’s mark on the 50m line is called touched, so he plays on, sells some candy and bombs it goalward. His shot fades right for a behind. (Q4 2:56)
Hartley kicks it to the top of the square and Hooker easily dismisses his opponent. This time, from 25, he boots it right through the middle for a goal. (Q4 4:22)
The young North defenders are beginning to be exposed, as Hooker gets another opportunity. His set-shot from 30m is no trouble at all. Two in two minutes for Cale. (Q4 6:12)
Zurhaar bombs it in the Ben Brown direction, who after a very strong mark over the top of Hurley and Gleeson, splits the middle. Margin back to 14 points. (Q4 8:39)
Bellchambers earns a free kick in a ruck contest outside the 50m arc, roosts it to the advantage of Hooker, who marks well over Nielsen. From 25 out on a slight angle, Cale goals. (Q4 12:10)
Nielsen’s rebound 50 kick is a turnover, landing with Zaharakis. He passes to Stewart who misses the set shot. (Q4 13:01)
Laverde hands the footy off to Zaharakis who shoots from just outside 50. His kick clears the pack but bounces into the post. (Q4 15:10)
Dumont centres the footy to the top of the square, eventually picked up by Waite who sells some candy, sells some more, and kicks the goal! (Q4 16:52)
Hooker marks a quick, high Parish clearance kick. An easy shot then becomes a certainty as a frustrated Nielsen gives away the 50m penalty. Margin out to 22. (Q4 19:20)
The Bombers go back to back with another quick goal through Parish. After receiving the handball from Laverde, Darcy slots it from 45 on the run. (Q4 20:38)
Atley uses his speed to burst down the wing and kick it long to the advantage of Brown, who marks. From 45m on the boundary, his kick goes across the face for a behind. (Q4 24:12)
Laverde turns it over in the middle, the ball is collected by Swallow, who finds Ben Brown inside 50 with another quality contested mark. From 40 on a slight angle, he goals. (Q4 26:54)
Essendon continue to pull away in this last quarter. A Parish clearance gets to Zaharakis who kicks truly on the run from 45m. (Q4 29:18)
To ice the Bombers’ cake, Stewart lines up for his second of the day. He misses left. (Q4 29:43)
Joe Daniher, who’s been relatively quiet, crumbs a pack and snaps from 45. His shot stays low, but goes through the big sticks to extend the margin. (Q4 31:40)
Waite takes the intercept mark on the 50m arc. He pops it up to the hot spot, landing with Andrew Swallow. With minimal angle, he kicks the easy goal. Too little, too late. (Full Time)

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