Blog log from R19 of 2018: Essendon vs Sydney

Jones is reported for a hit on Merrett before the first centre bounce near CHF, the free results in a snap by Myers that sails wide. (Q1 0:00)
After Grundy is given a lot of time to dispose under a tackle up the ground, Parker marks 25m out on the flank and steers through the first goal to a chorus of boos from Don fans. (Q1 1:45)
After McCartin intercepts Saad on the wing, Kennedy goes long from the centre but the ball pitches behind Franklin and rolls wide. (Q1 3:32)
Sinclair catches Zaharakis on the jaw with a clumsy challenge in a pack at the hotspot, Zaka boots the first goal of the evening for Essendon. (Q1 6:26)
Hayward and Dea chase a loose ball on the HFF, the crazy bounce favours the Swan who turns and hits the post from 30m. (Q1 8:45)
Fantasia brings a centring ball to ground at the hotspot, Goddard has a snap smothered but butters up and gives to Francis for a pass to McDonald-Tipungwuti, goal from the hotspot. (Q1 12:31)
Franklin marks on the HFF, his set shot falls near the behind post where Fox takes a pack screamer but misses. (Q1 15:01)
Devon Smith roves an Aliir drop on the boundary 20m out and tries a low percentage snap off a step that goes across the face. (Q1 17:31)
Papley marks just outside the hotspot and converts as Dea is about to stretchered off. (Q1 18:01)
Sinclair snaps a big red time goal from a stoppage in the pocket. (Q1 28:32)
Fantasia baulks clear at half forward and kicks over the Sydney defence, Zaharakis is first back but Jones tackles him over the behind line for a rushed behind. (Q1 29:46)
Parish marks a short pass 45m out in the corridor and gets his set shot on line for his first goal. (Q2 4:30)
Dawson receives from McCartin for a snap off a step from 50m on a slight angle, just wide. (Q2 6:13)
Stringer gives to Baguley for a snap goal from the hotspot after the small Don forwards swarm the crumb to a long ball by Merrett. (Q2 9:12)
Bellchambers marks over a pack 45m out on the flank but misses. (Q2 11:44)
Parish is pinged for timewasting after a mark to take Heeney from wing to near the hotspot, the Swan makes him pay with the classy finish. (Q2 14:26)
Brown catches a slipping Aliir HTB 30m out on the flank but misses. (Q2 15:35)
Franklin roves a pack on the HFF while falling and reefs a handball out to Newman who baulks clear and pops through a nice finish from 35m. (Q2 19:42)
Papley gives to Dawson streaming down the wing, plenty of options present but he goes himself from 55m on a slight angle to an empty square… bounces through! (Q2 25:12)
Devon Smith misses an unlikely snap from deep on the pocket. (Q2 27:40)
Goddard gives to the outside run of McKenna, he lets fly from 45m on a slight angle, it’s a mongrel of a kick but it bounces over Rampe near the square for a lucky goal! (Q2 29:37)
Ten seconds left at the next centre bounce, Grundy is pinged for a push on Brown who lines up from 50m on a slight angle and puts Essendon in front after the HT siren! (Half Time)
Brown leaps in front of Lloyd to mark at the hotspot for the first goal of Q3. (Q3 1:49)
Baguley marks 40m out near the boundary but misses. (Q3 4:04)
The kick in doesn’t clear half back and Merrett sails it back over the heads of the Sydney defenders for another one for the suddenly rampaging Bombers! (Q3 4:54)
Hurley is pinged for contact on Franklin 45m out near the boundary. The Swans need a Buddy special… and the million-dollar man delivers! (Q3 7:44)
Sydney attacks up the guts for once, McCartin marks outside CHF and hits the lead of Franklin 40m out on the flank. Buddy shoots left. (Q3 13:44)
Franklin tries a pressured snap off a step from the HFF with two blokes on him but that’s OOTF. (Q3 14:47)
Grundy marks at the hotspot and steers through his first goal for a long time. (Q3 17:57)
Brown marks on the lead in front of Rampe 40m out in the corridor but shoots wide left. (Q3 19:00)
Stringer runs free to CHF on a fast break up the guts and kicks the Dons back out to a double-digit lead with his first goal. (Q3 20:29)
McDonald-Tipungwuti is favoured by a chaos ball from a stoppage on the HFF, he throws the ball on the boot 20m out on the flank and it’s a fabulous finish by Walla! (Q3 22:59)
Franklin stands up in a tackle at half forward and gives to Ronke who snaps quickly from near the hotspot, the ball swerves and falls on the line, Hooker can’t prevent the goal! (Q3 25:24)
Hewett clears from the next centre bounce to the HFF, Hurley goes to ground allowing Franklin to gather, turn and shoot from 35m for another huge goal! (Q3 26:11)
McDonald-Tipungwuti marks on the HFF and picks out an imaginary rubbish bin where Fantasia is standing 35m on a slight angle between a nest of Swans and hits it, goal! (Q3 27:59)
Fantasia roves and shoots from a very tough angle deep in the pocket 20m out, the ball just shaves the post on the way through. (Q3 30:33)
Langford passes to Fantasia 35m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q4 1:19)
Stringer passes to Baguley 45m out on a slight angle, who plays on and kicks to an empty square… just inside the left goalpost! (Q4 3:16)
Francis passes from the wing over Dawson to the lead of Myers in front of Aliir 45m out on a slight angle, who just misses. (Q4 6:12)
Grundy goes to McCartin in the pocket, drops the mark but has just enough time to butter up and try a Daicos special… shank, barely a behind. (Q4 7:28)
Rampe and Devon Smith wrestle 35m out on the flank, Rampe tries to mark one-handed but fluffs it, Smith roves and snaps a screwing ball for a big goal! Just about the sealer. (Q4 11:10)
Baguley marks 50m out on a slight angle and gives off to Myers who loads up for bear from 55m, that is the sealer! (Q4 14:14)
Stringer gets a set shot on the HFF but tries a pass that Jones cuts off. (Q4 15:34)
Myers misses from a pack near the hotspot, Swans are lolling on the ropes and the Bombers are taking free swings. (Q4 16:50)
Heppell sets up Merrett to bounce down the wing and pass to Fantasia 40m out on the flank, who misses. (Q4 18:05)
Devon Smith roves a ball up and misses from the pocket. (Q4 19:48)
Saad misses what would have been a very popular goal with a snap from the HFF. (Q4 23:22)
Devon Smith gets some junk with a snap from 50m on a slight angle. (Q4 26:07)

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