Blog log from R3 of 2019: Melbourne vs Essendon

McKernan boots the first goal of the game from a set shot from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 1:34)
Melksham answers under similar circumstances up the other end. (Q1 4:32)
McDonald-Tipungwuti passes to Fantasia to mark untouched 20m out on a slight angle on the end of a fast break. Fantasia kicks his first goal of the year after seven behinds. (Q1 9:14)
Smith passes to Parish 45m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q1 10:27)
Hibberd fumbles under a McDonald-Tipungwuti tackle at the top of the square, Heppell roves and gives to Stringer who snaps truly over his left shoulder. (Q1 18:34)
Shiel bursts from the next centre bounce and gives to Heppell for a running shot from near CHF, but it drifts wide. (Q1 19:52)
Lockhart roves a Tom McDonald contest in the pocket and snaps his first goal. (Q1 20:50)
Jetta is pinged for some very soft contact on Stringer on the HFF after the ball had moved on, the Package gets up and delivers a birthday present! (Q1 23:05)
Consecutive frees to Melbourne after the next centre bounce, the second against Saad for some more soft contact on Neal-Bullen who converts from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 24:18)
McKernan marks strongly over Hibberd from a Zaharakis kick to the boundary 20m out. Smack goes smack with a nice left foot screwing set shot for the goal. (Q1 26:24)
Heppell gives to Shiel at CHF after the next centre bounce, he baulks past two Demons but hits the post from 40m. (Q1 27:36)
Weideman turns the ball over by hand at half back to Zaharakis who gets a holding free on Salem just inside 50m on a slight angle. Zaka’s set up ball doesn’t work. (Q1 31:05)
McKernan roves a Clarke contest 15m out but rams it wide. (Q1 31:44)
McDonald-Tipungwuti roves a pack in the pocket, has a man or two on him, Tippa baulks for a low-percentage snap from 20m but threads the needle! (Q1 32:35)
Melksham gives to Corey Wagner in heavy traffic at the hotspot after an inside 50 kick by Lockhart, he snaps across the body for the first goal of Q2. (Q2 2:23)
Shiel taps past Gawn to Parish whgo takes three bounces up the guts and has Clarke 30m out on a slight angle, has two ready for a give but goes back and… misses. (Q2 5:11)
McKenna sharks a Lockhart handball in the centre and gives to Shiel who runs to half forward and hits the post. (Q2 6:29)
McKernan shows strong hands in marking a Heppell pass in front of Oscar McDonald 45m out in the corridor, his set shot is also exemplary. (Q2 7:29)
Gawn volleys long and high from the next centre bounce, Weideman contests but it’s Petracca who uses his strength and skill to beat three Bombers to rove and goal. (Q2 8:56)
Fast rebound by Melbourne started by Oliver, Melksham passes to Hunt 40m out on a slight angle, poor set shot but Lockhart marks in the opposite pocket and checksides his second. (Q2 11:29)
Saad dumps a kick from the BP to the HBF but straight to Viney, he wheels and pumps it back inn, crumb in the pocket goes to Hunt who grubbers another one! (Q2 14:30)
Heppell’s inside 50 kick to the pocket is rather aimless, the Dees rebound around members wing at pace, Brayshaw passes to Petracca 45m out on a slight angle… no score. (Q2 17:25)
Petracca beats Francis to mark on the HFF and sets Harmes off on a run to 40m on a slight angle, that’s the go-ahead goal! (Q2 19:45)
Petracca is everywhere, this time he kicks over Francis to Weideman 30m out on the flank, the Weed kicks truly, the Demons are on FIYAH! (Q2 21:15)
Jones gives to Corey Wagner who centres after a stoppage on the HFF, somehow Gawn is matched up on McDonald-Tipungwuti the top of the square, easy mark and goal! (Q2 25:15)
Fantasia zips through the centre on a run from half back, does a one-two with McKernan and passes to McDonald-Tipungwuti 40m out on a slight angle who goals. (Q2 28:45)
Zahrakis roves a Stringer contest and gives back to Stringer for a snap around the corner from 45m in the corridor, that’s the first goal of Q3. (Q3 0:38)
Neal-Bullen drops a mark in midfield, Heppell roves and passes short to Baguley just inside 50m on a slight angle, he misses everything. (Q3 2:53)
McKenna mows down Harmes at half forward to prevent a score from a fast break around the outer side. (Q3 3:55)
Parish’s lightning hands on the wing set McDonald-Tipungwuti off on a run through half forward, his third bounce comes after baulking around Oscar McDonald, goal from the hotspot! (Q3 6:09)
Smith snaps from near the hotspot after a stoppage in the pocket, it’s short but Baguley beats Frost one out to mark and goal! (Q3 8:00)
Baguley roves a Stringer contest and pokes a kick from the pocket to the opposite side, McDonald-Tipungwuti gets to the fall before Neal-Bullen and snaps over his shoulder, goal! (Q3 11:54)
Fritsch beats McDonald-Tipungwuti to a ground ball on the HBF to start an attack, Hunt marks a short Viney pass 40m out on a slight angle but misses badly. (Q3 13:43)
Zaharakis roves a fumble on the HBF by a couple of Demon defenders, he tries his luck from 55m and bounces it home! (Q3 18:24)
Jetta falls over chasing a ground ball in the BP, Stringer mops up and centres for Smith who plays on to snap another one from 20m! (Q3 19:27)
Saad spoils Petracca on the HFF for Melbourne, Trac fights on and gives to Harmes whose snap is lame but he gets a free for Guelfi pushing him in the back, he misses badly. (Q3 21:07)
Hurley kicks a very high speculator to a pack on the boundary 30m out, Smith hits the crumb at high speed and leads Salem into the open goal! (Q3 23:09)
McKernan dumps a kick from defence outside CHB but straight to Fritsch who passes to Hunt 20m out on a slight angle, he stops the rot with his second goal. (Q3 24:49)
Repeat inside 50s for Melbourne as the Dons can’t get flow on the rebound, Ambrose chops the arm of Weideman 40m out on the flank who kicks truly. (Q3 27:54)
Harmes gets the first score of Q4, a drifting snap from 40m on a slight angle that goes wide. (Q4 2:04)
Parish misses a snap from a similar range up the other end. (Q4 3:32)
Melbourne goes coast to coast from the kick in, Weideman passes to Kolodjashnij 35m out on a slight angle who boots the first goal of the quarter. (Q4 4:59)
Parish kicks to the pocket where Frost is pinged for some very soft contact on McKernan 20m out, he boots goal number four. (Q4 6:17)
Fantasia bursts from the next centre bounce and lets fly from just outside CHF, the ball sits up in the square for Jetta to rush. (Q4 8:02)
Kolodjashnij gives Hunt a Joe the Goose special after McKenna almost marks in relief at the hotspot but instead provides a crucial crumb. (Q4 11:47)
After a pulsating bit of end to end play where both sets of fans bayed for free kicks, Fantasia passes to Stringer in front of Frost 40m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q4 17:02)
Stringer marks within range on the HFF but goes inboard to Parish 45m out on a slight angle. This for the game, just about… poster. (Q4 19:19)
After Oliver gets caught HTB at CHB, Bellchambers gives wide to McGrath in the pocket, he kicks the sealer from 20m! (Q4 21:18)
Lockhart kicks OOTF from 45m on a slight angle under not much pressure. (Q4 23:03)
Harmes snaps a goal from 20m in front after roving a ricochet from a pack at the hotspot. (Q4 23:45)
McDonald-Tipungwuti passes to Parish 25m out on the flank, that really is the sealer if there was any doubt left. (Q4 25:23)
Melksham converts a set shot from the hotspot after catching Smith HTB. (Q4 27:30)
Gawn is pinged for kicking in danger on the Dons HFF, Zaharakis takes the free and uses all the time available… free to Stringer against Hibberd in the square, junk. (Q4 29:48)
Harmes receives from Viney and goals on the run from 45m on a slight angle after the next centre bounce. (Q4 31:03)
Hunt centres to Brayshaw 30m out on a slight angle, he rushes back to his mark and kicks truly, but there are only 24 seconds left with two kicks in it. (Q4 31:03)
Fantasia marks 40m out on the flank and shoots after the FT siren, beautiful finish. (Q4 35:00)

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