Blog log from R6 of 2018: Essendon vs Melbourne

Laverde marks a Heppell pass to 40m on a slight angle and kicks us off with a behind. (Q1 1:17)
Stewart is sandwiched in a marking contest 40m out on a slight angle but gets a holding free on Lever from behind. He misses badly. (Q1 7:17)
Harmes receives from Spargo, runs down the wing and goes long over Ambrose to Hogan on the boundary 20m out, who hits the post. (Q1 9:10)
Oliver gets caught HTB by McNiece after roving on the wing, the Dons play on to advantage with Smith marking the long Zaharakis ball to the hotspot and running into the open goal. (Q1 11:32)
Smith runs down the wing after another Demon turnover in midfield, and passes to the lead of Stringer 30m out on the flank who misses. (Q1 14:32)
Neal-Bullen roves in the pocket and gives to Hannan for the first goal from 10m out. (Q1 18:16)
McDonald-Tipungwuti marks a very short kick from Zaharakis from a pack on the HFF to 35m out, he kicks truly. (Q1 22:04)
Saad intercepts on the wing and it’s another fast break for Essendon, Guelfi juggles the mark 40m out on a slight angle from a wobbler by Parish. Guelfi misses the lot. (Q1 23:48)
Fritsch leaps over Hurley to mark on a rare quick rebound by Melbourne at 30m on a slight angle. He hits the post. (Q1 24:48)
Tom McDonald gets a contact free on Stewart on the kick in to the Melbourne HFF and goes inboard to Brayshaw 45m out on a slight angle, who also misses. (Q1 26:01)
Gawn gets a holding free in ruck on Leuenberger 30m out on the flank, he runs in right and shoots straight into the left goalpost. (Q2 2:50)
Spargo is front and centre for a Lewis inside 50 ball to Fritsch, he screws through his first goal in senior footy with a fine finish! (Q2 4:03)
Mutch passes short to Laverde at half forward, too short and he’s called to play on so has to snap off a step from true CHF… just avoids the right goalpost and through! (Q2 4:49)
The Bombers run in a wave from half back, Saad burns off Jetta, Jackson Merrett drops the mark but gives to Stewart for a snap from 45m on a slight angle that floats through. (Q2 7:18)
Zaharakis runs from half back on another fast break, puts the ball in space ahead of Smith who gathers and shoots from 55m on a slight angle… just wide. (Q2 9:19)
Gawn marks a Brayshaw ball to 40m on a slight angle after a frenetic passage of end-to-end play, but misses. (Q2 11:34)
Another fast break from defence by Essendon, Stringer is one out with Jetta to mark a long Laverde pass from midfield to 25m wide on the flank, he kicks straight. (Q2 15:15)
Spargo is over the back for a long Melksham ball to 35m out on a slight angle after Daniher is swamped on the wing and coughs it up by hand. The first-gamer boots his second goal. (Q2 17:35)
McDonald-Tipungwuti hits the post from 45m after Jones is pinged for punching the ball OOB deliberately. (Q2 19:35)
Daniher chases a loose ball in the pocket 15m out, Oscar McDonald corrals him, Daniher jinks and jinks again then snaps just wide. (Q2 23:03)
Melksham marks on the HFF, gets back quickly and passes low and hard to Hannan to mark between two Bombers at the hotspot. Hannan makes no mistake. (Q2 25:34)
Jones gives to Neal-Bullen at a stoppage for a snap across the body from 40m on a slight angle, just wide. (Q2 28:29)
Leuenberger beats Gawn on the wing and bombs to the HFF where Stringer beats Salem and has an open goal to run at, but he chooses to pass to Daniher at the hotspot who misses. (Q2 29:46)
Hogan marks in the centre and gets a 50m penalty for encroachment by Ambrose to bring him to the hotspot for the first score of Q3, which is a goal to even up the scoreboard. (Q3 1:37)
Melksham passes to Tom McDonald 25m out on the flank after Saad drops a mark at half back. TMac kicks truly, Demons ahead by that goal. (Q3 3:45)
Gawn marks a Fritsch ball next to the behind post and checksides carefully through the big sticks. (Q3 7:04)
Oliver storms through the centre and goes long to Fritsch 25m out on a slight angle, he pops through another one for Melbourne. (Q3 9:17)
Smith passes to Stringer 40m out wide on the flank, he misses. (Q3 11:53)
Fritsch gets a free on Mutch for getting in his back in a tackle 40m out on a slight angle, he goals again to extend the Demon lead. (Q3 18:23)
Salem waits too long to kick in after a Goddard miss, the ump tells him to play on and he chips to no one, Stringer mops up and goals from 20m on a slight angle. (Q3 20:40)
Jones roves at half forward, his wobbler goes high near the behind post where Gawn draws a free against either of two Bombers for front-on contact, he goals again! (Q3 24:23)
Hannan goes long after a stoppage on the wing, Melksham performs a party trick to mark falling backwards while wrestling McNiece 45m out on a slight angle. He kicks truly. (Q3 28:08)
Harmes marks a long Vince ball just inside 50m on the flank but misses. (Q3 29:38)
Hannan roves a big pack 20m out on the flank going for a long Jones ball, but he misses off the left. (Q3 30:20)
Zach Merrett passes to McGrath 45m out on a slight angle, he plays on but the 3QT siren sounds so no score. (3 Qtr Time)
Hogan marks a Lewis pass on the boundary and centres to the hotspot, Daniher flies back to spoil but the ball sits up in the square for Hannan to gather and goal with ease. (Q4 6:05)
Jetta starts a rebound around members wing that ends with Neal-Bullen going short to Hogan at the hotspot for another one. It’s a procession by now. (Q4 8:36)
Guelif kicks high to the pocket, the ball pitches in front of Daniher, he gathers and breaks a tackle but misses around the corner from 20m. (Q4 11:17)
Laverde passes to the lead of Stringer ahead of Salem near the boundary 30m out. The Package misses another tough set shot. (Q4 12:21)
Tom McDonald stays down while two Dons fly to spoil Hogan, the crumb falls perfectly for him to screw through another one from 20m in the pocket. (Q4 13:49)
Hunt pushes Smith after kicking to gift McDonald-Tipungwuti a downfield free and goal from the top of the square. (Q4 16:44)
Fritsch passes to Melksham on the boundary 25m out, who tries a screwing set shot that goes through. (Q4 19:29)
Hannan marks well within range in a pack on the HFF, turns and has Tyson at the hotspot all on his own who shanks a terrible set shot for a behind. (Q4 21:44)
Smith roves a long Daniher ball that spills to the hotspot for a garbage time goal. (Q4 24:01)
McDonald-Tipungwuti roves a Daniher contest at the hotspot but Hibberd chases and gets a touch on his shoulder to force the snap into the post. (Q4 25:08)
Stringer is one out and beats Hibberd to mark a long Saad ball down the flank to 30m, he boots goal number three. (Q4 26:02)
Smith plays on to advantage after Vince flattens Parish on the wing, eventually Goddard passes to Zaharakis who goals from 35m on the flank. (Q4 27:51)
Fritsch marks 35m out on the flank for his third goal. (Q4 29:32)

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