Blog log from R9 of 2019: Essendon vs Fremantle

Blakely intercepts a Parish rebound kick at half forward and goes quick and low to Langdon at the hotspot for the first goal of the evening, finally. (Q1 8:26)
Zaharakis passes to the lead of Daniher to mark in front of Pearce 40m out on a slight angle and miss. (Q1 12:23)
Zaharakis torpedoes a goal from a pack on the HFF, a rare bit of finishing quality in a dour affair so far. (Q1 14:36)
Bellchambers marks a Merrett pass running up the guts to 35m, but misses. (Q1 15:42)
Baguley receives ahead of a pack and misses on the lope from 45m on the flank. (Q1 21:00)
Tucker has time and space after a feed from Fyfe who had beaten two at half forward, he chooses to pass to Matera at the hotspot and the ex-Sun kicks truly. (Q1 22:07)
Hogan takes a speccy 45m out in front but misses. (Q1 23:42)
Bellchambers feeds Hurley for a running snap from 50m on the flank, but it drops and comes off hands for a behind. (Q2 1:56)
Shiel passes to the lead of Daniher 45m out on a slight angle, who hooks it right. (Q2 5:05)
Cox marks in space on the HFF but plays on to Tucker for a low-percentage attempt from the pocket 25m out, but Tucker makes it look good with a nice screwing snap. (Q2 6:57)
Hogan wobbles a snap wide from a pack near the hotspot. (Q2 8:52)
Francis handballs over traffic to space in the pocket for McDonald-Tipungwuti to run onto, Hamling challenges but Walla screws through a fine goal from 20m. (Q2 11:55)
Stringer dominates Hamling at half forward on a fast break and passes to Begley 40m out in the corridor, but Begley’s set shot shaves the outside of the goalpost. (Q2 15:21)
McDonald-Tipungwuti marks in front of Ryan next to the behind post and goals again to give Essendon the lead. (Q2 15:54)
McDonald-Tipungwuti marks on the HFF and sets up Daniher for a snap on the lope from 50m, but it drifts across the face. (Q2 22:40)
Hill centres to Cerra 40m out on a slight angle just before the HT siren, the Bomber fans boo then cheer as he misses badly. (Q2 26:46)
Cerra passes over Heppell to Hill 25m out on a slight angle, Hill decides to play on but misses under some pressure. (Q3 3:11)
Essendon rebounds up the guts, Daniher roves his own contest in a four-man pack at the hotspot and gives to Stringer who runs into the open goal. (Q3 6:27)
Cox centres to Matera 25m out on a slight angle who misses, disappointingly. (Q3 8:28)
Saad bounces through midfield in trademark fashion and kicks long, Stringer marks over Hamling 25m out on the flank but hits the post. (Q3 10:04)
Lobb is pinged for clattering into Begley as the Don goes for a Stringer pass to 40m on the flank. Begley runs in right and shoots right. (Q3 12:40)
Matera bounces a pass to Hogan near the hotspot, who misses a snap across the body. (Q3 14:51)
Guelfi hits the crumb from a Stringer contest at CHF at full pace and gives McDonald-Tipungwuti a Joe the Goose special. (Q3 15:13)
Mundy snaps truly from a stoppage 40m out on a slight angle. (Q3 21:46)
Baguley gives to Begley for an awkward snap off his left boot from 20m in the pocket that barely scores a behind. (Q3 24:09)
Daniher gets a free for a push by Pearce in the pocket 20m out, his set shot kicking has been execrable and this is no improvement, barely a behind. (Q4 1:05)
Pearce turns the ball over by foot on the HBF, Francis gives to Shiel who makes the Dockers pay with a snap from 45m on a slight angle. (Q4 4:38)
After Cox turns the ball over at half forward, Heppell storms down the wing and passes to Stringer 35m out near the boundary who kicks OOTF. (Q4 9:53)
Begley taps down Blakely’s handball at the Bomber hotspot, Shiel gathers and shoots under a tackle for the sealing goal! (Q4 13:38)
Francis kicks off junk time with a set shot goal from half forward. (Q4 16:23)
Walters gets a controversial free and goal from the top of the square against Redman for about nothing at all. (Q4 18:29)
Hooker is pinged for a block on Hogan in the goalsquare, that one isn’t popular either at Docklands, another charity goal to Fremantle. (Q4 21:10)
Matera wins a HTB free on Langford at a stoppage 40m out on the flank and converts, suddenly Freo is within two kicks with 3:36 to play! (Q4 25:23)
Hogan misses from half forward, still two kicks in it with 1:30 to go. (Q4 29:08)
The Dons play some tempo on the outer wing, then Wilson starts a rebound from the last line… intercepted by McNiece, that’s the ball game. (Q4 30:40)

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