Blog log from R18 of 2020: Essendon vs Melbourne

Fritsch gets a high contact free on Merrett under a pack 20m out on the flank and misses. (Q1 3:14)
McDonald-Tipungwuti cuts through traffic in the midfield with a baulk and bounce then goes long over Smith to Laverde 25m out on a slight angle for the first goal. (Q1 7:54)
Hunt receives from Neal-Bullen after the next centre bounce, runs to half forward and rams through the first goal for Melbourne from 45m on a slight angle (Q1 10:04)
Fritsch flies to mark in a pack 35m out on the flank on the end of a very slow play by Melbourne, but he misses. (Q1 14:09)
Zerk-Thatcher is pinged for a hold on Spargo after disposal 45m out in the corridor, who misses. (Q1 17:25)
Oliver turns the ball over by hand in midfield and the Bombers surge, Shiel has Stringer over the back of Gawn to mark just before the QT siren 20m out in the pocket and goal. (Q1 21:40)
Petracca passes to Neal-Bullen on the boundary 30m out, he has a blow as he’s done a lot of running, and then screws through a lovely set shot. (Q2 2:44)
Gawn sets Oliver up for the next centre clearance kick which lands in the arms of Fritsch 30m out on the flank, he converts as well. (Q2 4:08)
Spargo is over the back on a fast break for a Petracca pass, the Demons play some Harlem Globetrotter stuff with SPargo giving to Weideman who gives to Hunt for the goal. (Q2 10:53)
Another clean centre clearance to Melbourne with Gawn setting up Viney, Brown marks 35m out on the flank over Redman but misses. (Q2 12:23)
Neal-Bullen chases a forward handball that hits grass at half forward, Gleeson goes to bump but misses ball and man, ANB roves and goals with ease from the hotspot. (Q2 15:03)
Neal-Bullen gives to Fritsch who misses from 35m on a slight angle after yet another Demon centre clearance. (Q2 15:41)
Stewart marks in the pocket 25m out and hits the near goalpost. (Q2 18:09)
Melbourne rebounds around the outer wing at pace with no much pressure, Petracca marks 40m out on the flank and roosts a fine finish. (Q2 19:46)
McDonald-Tipungwuti waits after marking at half forward on a fast break, the Dons stream into forward 50 and he picks out a pass to Stringer 45m in front who misses. (Q3 4:28)
Hibberd fumbles then get pinged for taking the legs of Stringer out 45m on the flank. Stringer gets up and tries a pass that doesn’t work. (Q3 6:19)
Hunt marks near true CHF and sails through a nice set shot. (Q3 16:28)
Stewart marks 30m out on a slight angle before the 3QT siren and goals. (Q3 20:45)
Daniher marks at half forward, wheels and kicks to the square, it falls short but Stewart was the man to anticipate and mark 15m out for back to back goals. (Q4 1:47)
Baker is pinged for a late push on Devon Smith on the boundary 25m out, Smith misses. (Q4 4:14)
Cutler roves and snaps off a step from 20m on a slight angle, the breeze floats it about but it falls just the wrong side of the goalpost. (Q4 6:32)
Hunt gathers a Fritsch ball to the HFF, runs to 30m and pops through the goal under not much pressure. (Q4 10:42)
Devon Smith snaps a quick replying goal from the pocket after roving a Stringer contest. (Q4 11:48)
Ham runs to half forward in a convoy and goes long to Stewart who flies over May to mark 15m out on a slight angle and goal. Dons still in it, 5:29 to go and three kicks in it. (Q4 16:10)
May and then Lever win the ball back to cut off successive Essendon attacks, eventually Shiel has a go from 45m on a slight angle after Petracca coughs it up and sneaks it in! (Q4 19:59)
3:15 to go and Melbourne has stopped to a walk, Essendon playing surge footy and have a massive chance to knock the Demons out of finals. (Q4 20:33)
Petracca wins the next centre clearance, Rivers goes sideways, Langdon goes to a contest on the wing, broken play… Melksham sets up Fritsch to goal from 20m in the pocket! (Q4 22:18)
A Rivers tackle in that play set up the sealing goal. (Q4 22:48)
Fritsch baulks and hits the post from half forward after the next centre bounce. (Q4 23:34)
Brown’s set shot from the HFF is spoiled down by Saad but Fritsch crumbs and goals. (Q4 24:03)
Zerk-Thatcher roves and snaps wide from the hotspot just before the final siren. (Q4 27:33)

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