Blog log from R2 of 2022: Essendon vs Brisbane

Wright leaps over Adams to mark a Stringer ball from the HFF to the hotspot for the first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 1:30)
Wright gathers a ground ball on the HFF after Stringer engineers a Parish centre clearance, he goes inside to McGrath who misses from 45m on a slight angle. (Q1 2:58)
Lyons scoots away from congestion at half back, McCarthy can’t mark but McCluggage runs through to receive and snap the goal from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 10:14)
Essendon started like a house on fire but the Lions have weathered it and are almost level. (Q1 10:57)
Stringer gets a rather soft free for contact by Zorko 50m out on a slight angle, Zorko smothers on the mark but he butters up to pass to Durham 40m out in front for a miss. (Q1 12:47)
Smith gets a holding free on Gardiner in the pocket 20m out after a quick rebound up the guts, he converts. (Q1 18:44)
Francis gather 40m out, runs around onto his right but Neale’s diving pressure forces the snap wide. (Q1 20:12)
Merrett passes to Wright leading in front of Andrews to the hotspot for his second goal. (Q1 21:08)
Cutler marks a short Ham pass on the HFF, goes long but it clears Wright and bounces for a behind. (Q1 22:24)
Wright marks over a slipping Adams in a pack 45m out on the flank, but he doesn’t score. (Q1 24:22)
Caldwell snaps wide from the resultant stoppage in the pocket. (Q1 24:49)
Francis gathers a smothered inside 50 kick in the pocket and gives inside to Perkins who curls the snap from 25m on the flank just inside the goalpost for another one! (Q1 27:13)
Merrett passes very short to Cox 40m out in front on the end of a quick rebound up the guts by the Bombers. Cox misses to the right. (Q2 2:33)
Brisbane rebounds up members wing from the kick in, Lyons goes to Cameron in the pocket 25m out who screws it too much for a behind. (Q2 3:33)
McStay intercepts Ridley’s rebound kick on the wing and goes back to the flank, Bailey roves and runs centrally towards the corridor to goal from 35m. (Q2 6:05)
Rich catches Cox HTB on the wing and goes long to the HFF, crumb falls for McCarthy who spins and shoots from 45m for another one for Brisbane. (Q2 7:45)
Adams gets in the back of Guelfi to give away a free 35m out on the boundary. Guelfi sits it up but Andrews clears. (Q2 9:20)
Guelfi uses good vision to kick across half forward for Francis to mark 45m out on a slight angle, but the set shot is short and well wide for no score. (Q2 10:46)
Cutler misses an OOTF free against Neale from 25m. (Q2 12:31)
Brisbane rebound around members wing, Cameron gets a holding free on Laverde 45m out on a slight angle and steers through his first goal. (Q2 13:31)
Daniher marks 25m out on the flank, plays on and snaps his first goal. Brisbane levels it up, after the Dons had got the jump early. (Q2 14:55)
Daniher passes short to Cockatoo 40m out on a slight angle on a fast break after a turnover in midfield. This for the lead… another major. (Q2 16:45)
Redman it was with a clanger handball on the wing to cause that goal. (Q2 17:15)
Rayner marks an Adams kick from the HFF to 20m on a slight angle. He pops through the goal, Lions moving away. (Q2 21:03)
Wright marks while falling over in front of Andrews 45m out near the boundary. His set shot is a peach for his third goal. (Q2 23:56)
Draper wins a hard footy at half forward, Perkins baulks clear for a snap off a step at the hotspot but it’s just wide left. (Q2 27:22)
Stringer set Draper up to run from the first centre bounce of Q3 and let fly from 55m, but it’s off hands for a behind. (Q3 0:42)
Cox centres from the pocket and finds Perkins at the hotspot for a goal. (Q3 2:15)
McCarthy passes from the pocket to McCluggage at the hotspot. This set shot is perfectly fine, Clug has his kicking boots on today. (Q3 8:36)
Draper runs to CHF after the next centre bounce, gets tackled but gives off to Merrett who slams through the goal. (Q3 9:52)
Cameron wins a wrestle with Kelly to mark a high Rayner ball to 25m out on a slight angle, he goals and the Lions lead again. (Q3 12:28)
Bailey smothers Stringer in the centre, receives back from McStay and runs to 40m on a slight angle but misses. (Q3 14:06)
McCarthy roves deep in the pocket and tries a low percentage snap across the body from 20m that isn’t close. (Q3 14:51)
Neale roves a stoppage in the pocket 20m out, jinks and shoots off a step… across the face. (Q3 17:17)
Parish holds Neale after disposal in the centre and that’s a free plus automatic 50m penalty, Neale lines up from 20m in front for an easy goal. (Q3 18:58)
Francis marks a centre clearance kick by Parish 45m out in the corridor but misses. (Q3 20:23)
McInerney snaps across his body from a stoppage near the hotspot for a fine goal! (Q3 23:23)
That throw in was actually won by Draper but it bounced back up for McInerney. (Q3 23:53)
Stringer hasn’t done much today but he bobs up with a snap for a nice goal from the pocket 20m out after receiving from Caldwell. (Q3 25:23)
Bailey snaps from congestion 45m out, the ball bounces up in the square, Stewart is somewhat lackadaisical with his attempt to rush, did he get a finger to it? No, goal! (Q3 27:08)
Neale marks a rebound kick over Stringer and pumps it back in quickly, Daniher storms through a pack to mark 25m out on a slight angle for his second goal. (Q3 29:03)
Parish misses a mid-range snap. (Q3 32:38)
Durham feeds Ham who porks it into the right goalpost from near CHF. (Q3 33:00)
Neale passes to Daniher 45m out on a slight angle, the Don fans cheer as he misses left. (Q4 1:08)
Wright marks over Ah Chee 45m out on the flank. He just misses. (Q4 5:20)
Cameron chases a loose footy at half forward ahead of Redman, toes it towards the pocket, gathers and shoots from 25m… just narrow. (Q4 15:12)
Neale passes to Cameron 45m out on the flank who misses everything. (Q4 15:52)
After Guelfi strips Zorko of the footy in the centre, Francis gives to Cutler who can settle over a running snap from 25m on the flank, he steers that one through. (Q4 19:17)
Merrett measure a lovely long pass from the wing across CHF to the fat side for Parish to mark 40m out on a slight angle. Parish just misses to the right. (Q4 21:02)
5:04 to go and three kicks in it, that one would have been useful. (Q4 21:02)
Neale caps off a scintillating second half with the sealing goal from a throw in to the flank 30m out, credit to Berry for stripping the footy off Merrett in a tackle. (Q4 26:32)
Daniher leaps over a big pack 40m out on the flank to catch a Neale kick, reaching out to his right in ungainly but skilful fashion. His set shot is a shank for no score. (Q4 27:52)
From the resultant ball in it’s Neale again to snap some garbage with three Dons around him from 25m in the pocket, he deserves all six votes! (Q4 28:52)
Ah but a review shows it was touched off the boot, party pooper. (Q4 29:53)
Rayner passes to McCluggage 40m out on the flank. Shooting for a rare goal haul of three… it’s good! (Q4 30:38)
Perkins roves a Wright contest and grubbers a goal from 20m in the pocket. (Q4 32:18)

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