Blog log from R1 of 2018: West Coast vs Sydney

Melee before the first bounce! No free though.
Shuey bounces a behind from 45m on a slight angle.
Hewett roves a Franklin contest in the pocket and bounces a pass to Lloyd who snaps under pressure from the hotspot for the first goal. (Q1 3:40)
Franklin plays on to advantage for a free on Hurn to Florent on the HFF, baulks clear and goals from 40m. (Q1 4:40)
Hurn shoots wide on the run from 55m on a slight angle. (Q1 5:50)
LeCras is front and centre for a long Masten ball to Waterman at the top of the square, he snaps truly. (Q1 8:57)
Sinclair passes to Franklin leading down the flank 40m out. Buddy’s set shot is uncharacteristically unbendy, but it’s straight. (Q1 13:45)
Darling marks a high Cripps centre clearance on his chest in front of Rampe in a pack 45m out on a slight angle. He hoofs home his first goal of the season. (Q1 14:44)
Hurn puts the Eagles in front with a set shot goal from 20m. (Q1 18:34)
Heeney strips McGovern in a tackle in the pocket, receives back from Newman and shoots off a step from 25m… across the face. (Q1 20:50)
Masten catches Towers high in a tackle 15m out on a slight angle after they both go for a loose ball at full tilt. Towers makes no mistake with the set shot. (Q1 25:09)
Franklin marks just outside 50m on a slight angle and roosts another gun-barrel straight set shot through for his third goal of Q3! (Q1 27:34)
LeCras converts a set shot from 40m on the flank for his second goal. (Q1 31:05)
Hewett gets a set shot 40m out on a slight angle, but doesn’t score with his kick after the QT siren. (Q1 32:36)
Masten breaks free of a pack at the Eagle hotspot and toes home an opportunist goal. (Q2 0:43)
Heeney marks an errant Melican snap near the behind post over Schofield and screws the set shot through. (Q2 2:56)
Hewett leaps and takes a hanger over McGovern at half forward, but he gives off to McVeigh, his kick is a shank… but it falls for Franklin who snaps goal number four! (Q2 5:58)
Franklin shows sensational hands marking at half forward, then passing to Jack 45m out in the corridor. Jack kicks dead straight. (Q2 7:13)
Ryan leaps and juggles a mark in front of a big pack 35m out on the flank, but misses. (Q2 13:17)
Fox runs free through midfield after a turnover on the wing and passes to the lead of Franklin 45m out on a slight angle, nothing Schofield could do about that. Bud kicks a laser! (Q2 16:34)
Papley hits a crumb on the wing at pace and scoots towards the HFF with three bounces, Jetta catches him but pushes in the back. Papley’s free kick from 40m hits the post. (Q2 18:44)
Parker passes to the lead of Franklin 45m out on a slight angle, another one Schofield couldn’t touch him on. This one goes wide right. (Q2 21:04)
Towers picks up a loose ball in a pack on the HFF but screws wide from 40m. (Q2 22:28)
Kennedy snaps on the turn from just inside 50m on a slight angle, but doesn’t get enough angle on it. (Q2 24:57)
Jack roves a Hurn grubber and gives to Hewett who snaps wide from the hotspot. (Q3 0:23)
LeCras volleys wide from a long Lycett ball to a pack at the top of the square. (Q3 3:30)
Light rain in the first half has now turned heavier, making conditions distinctly greasy. (Q3 4:16)
Rampe dumps a kick from defence to half back, Nelson is there to mop up but his snap from 50m on a slight angle off a step is just wide. (Q3 6:30)
LeCras gets another chance for a snap around the corner from 40m on a slight angle after good ground work by Ryan, but the ball shaves the post. (Q3 8:14)
Hewett kicks long to Franklin one out with McGovern, Buddy doesn’t mark but keeps his feet where the Eagle went to ground, and skids through goal number six from 40m. (Q3 8:59)
Duggan is first to the crumb from a Waterman contest to a Naitanui ball near the square, he works the angles to soccer home from 15m off the left boot. (Q3 13:38)
Darling strips Smith in a tackle in the pocket, LeCras volleys from 20m through but the ump reverses it for kicking in danger as Mills had a hand on the footy! (Q3 15:02)
The Swans rebound to Franklin once again, marking 45m out on the flank for another picturesque set shot, goal number six for Bud. (Q3 15:39)
McVeigh burns the ball in the centre straight to LeCras, he gives to Gaff who has Ryan over the back to goal from the hotspot. (Q3 18:01)
Naitanui marks 35m out on the flank but hits the post. (Q3 20:23)
Darlign and Mills chase a loose ball on the HFF, Darling uses his bulk to buffet the Swan off the fall, gather and skid through a nice goal from 40m. (Q3 25:59)
Naitanui follows up his own contest in the pocket by catching Smith HTB 15m out and kicking a stadium-lifting goal! (Q3 29:35)
Naitanui sets up Shuey at the next centre bounce, LeCras marksat CHF just before the 3QT siren and roosts through another one! Eagles fans and players up and about! (Q3 31:05)
Franklin sharks a Hurn give on the HFF and starts a chain of handballs, Jones shoots from 45m and it’s the first goal of Q4. (Q4 1:32)
Parker picks up a loose ball in midfield and chooses a torpedo off a step, good decision because Hewett is over the back and two Eagles clatter into him, free kick from 15m, goal. (Q4 3:30)
Sheppard marks on the HFF, within range but chooses to go to Waterman near the boundary 30m out. The first-gamer kicks the big goal! (Q4 7:45)
Cunningham bursts away from congestion behind the centre and bombs long, over McGovern to Franklin who turns and runs into the open goal! That’s forward efficiency for you. (Q4 9:31)
Masten wobbles a high ball to the flank 30m out but Darling makes it look good with a strong contested mark in front of Rampe. He steers that one through. (Q4 10:40)
Stoppage in the pocket 20m out, Kennedy wins the hard footy as he so often does and checksides a strong goal! (Q4 14:15)
Cripps bombs long from a stoppage on the HFF to the square, four man pack but the crumb falls to the front where Yeo roves and snaps truly. (Q4 16:52)
Duggan laucnhes a torpedo from traffic on the wing, it pitches behind the contest at the hotspot and takes a fabulous bounce, but sits up on the line for Fox to rush. (Q4 22:15)
FLorent gets a free at CHF and hits the top of the square, Sinclair contests, the crumb falls to the front and Parker volleys over his head for a sensational goal! (Q4 24:39)
5:32 left, three kicks in it. (Q4 24:39)
Eagles aren’t making a dent on the scoreboard, this one is slipping away. (Q4 29:27)
Jack snaps from a stoppage on the HFF, it drops on the behind line and is marked by Hayward, who misses. (Q4 30:46)
Hayward roves a Sinclair contest in the pocket and goals from near the square, that is junk time stuff. (Q4 33:01)
Shuey dropped Hayward after kicking so there’s a secondary free in the square for another one, just to rub it in. Crowd don’t like that one, predictably. (Q4 33:31)

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