Blog log from R4 of 2022: Essendon vs Adelaide

Martin passes to the lead of Durham 40m out on a slight angle who kicks the first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 0:58)
Gollant beats Ridley in the air to juggle a mark from a Dawson high ball to the pocket 20m out. His run up is typically laborious, and he hits the post. (Q1 6:23)
Frampton is in the hole in front of Wright but fails to stop him marking 50m out on the flank, Wright converts in trademark quality style. (Q1 8:25)
Kelly is pinged for a hold playing behind Gollant in a marking contest 25m out on the flank. Gollant misses again. (Q1 10:13)
Draper catches Rowe high in a tackle 25m out on the flank, a clash between two rough-looking men with no sideburns at all. Rowe kicks his first goal. (Q1 13:48)
Walker sprays a set shot from the HFF, the Bomber crowd cheers lustily as it wobbles OOTF. (Q1 17:30)
Dawson kicks from the HFF to the hotspot where Walker has been given way too much leg rope by Laverde, Walker plays on and goals. (Q1 19:09)
Redman roves a Walker contest at half back and goes to the middle for Guelfi who passes to Waterman 40m out on the flank for a quick replying goal. (Q1 20:44)
Martin roves on the HFF and gives outside to Shiel who snaps across the face from 40m. (Q1 22:58)
Caldwell passes short to Wright in the pocket 20m out after Shiel starts a running attack around outer wing from a stoppage. Wright flushes the right goalpost. (Q1 24:04)
Rachele is one out with Zerk-Thatcher for a long Murphy kick near the hotspot, ball pitches and Rachele keeps his feet to rove and run into the open goal. (Q1 26:49)
Perkins forces Dawson to cough up the ball with a tackle, Martin spins out of a Sholl challenge and passes to Wright for his second goal from 25m on a slight angle. (Q1 28:14)
Shiel gives to Perkins who snaps off a step around the corner from 40m on the flank, that’s another one for the Bombers! (Q1 29:17)
Frampton rises to spoil in the pocket but the crumb falls for his man Waterman, Shiel is on in the square but Waterman’s handball is a floater and Jones rushes it. (Q1 30:30)
Sholl bounces off a Snelling challenge at a stoppage at the Crows hotspot and wobbles through a right-foot snap. (Q1 31:18)
Rachele is over the back in the square for a quick kick by Laird, he plays on and goals. (Q2 5:12)
Waterman roves on the HFF and gives inside to Durham who feeds Redman for a snap goal from the hotspot. (Q2 8:28)
Laird gets a free on Caldwell in the centre and goes long to the flank, ball pitches behind Gollant’s fly and bounces nicely for Walker who goals from 25m. (Q2 10:23)
Waterman leads in front of Frampton to mark a Heppell pass 40m out near the boundary, but misses. (Q2 12:06)
Hinge gets back in time to rush a Redman snap from near the boundary 45m out. (Q2 13:12)
Guelfi keeps a ground ball alive on the HFF for Wanganeen to hit the square, four man pack goes up and it’s Wright who marks and goals, four for him! (Q2 14:45)
Shiel releases Caldwell to run to CHF after the next centre bounce, snap lands on the goal line and bounces through with a Wright shepherd! (Q2 15:49)
Rowe drops the knees in possession to draw a high contact free on Ridley at the hotspot, plus 50m for gobbing off to ensure the goal. (Q2 19:22)
Frampton passes to the lead of Gollant 45m out in the corridor, trots in and hoofs it to the goal line where it’s off hands for a behind. (Q2 24:54)
Rowe marks at half forward in between two Dons and hits the ground running for a pass to Himmelberg 25m out on a slight angle. Himmelberg makes no mistake. (Q2 25:46)
Murphy roves a Himmelberg contest at the hotspot and snaps across the body off the left, pitches near the square where Keays tries to touch it… goes through for a point. (Q2 28:44)
Caldwell passes coolly off the left behind a scrimmage to Waterman on the boundary 20m out. Waterman checksides the goal as the HT siren sounds. (Q2 31:14)
Martin snaps a fine goal from a stoppage 25m out in the pocket. (Q3 2:52)
Big credit for Devon Smith who roved and rode a double tackle to reef out the goal assist handball. (Q3 3:30)
Rachele sets up Sloane for a snap from near CHF that flies wide right. (Q3 4:30)
Keays snaps his first goal from the pocket 20m out after gathering a bounce handpass from Himmelberg and baulking clear with a left-foot step. (Q3 8:45)
Frampton gobs off at the umpire after Phillips marks in front of him just inside 50m on the flank, ump takes Phillips to the goal line for an easy conversion. (Q3 12:30)
McHenry is over the back for a Walker soccer to grass from half forward, he runs into the open goal. (Q3 14:30)
Rachele marks on a lead to 45m on a slight angle and boots his third goal to level the scores. (Q3 17:22)
Hinge bursts through a stoppage on the wing and passes to Walker 50m out on the flank, Tex wheels and booms through a goal in classic style, Crows hit the lead! (Q3 20:05)
Guelfi’s smother on Brown starts a fast break through midfield, Waterman marks a Wright pass 50m out on a slight angle but his kick is short and rushed. (Q3 21:45)
Waterman roves, dodges and snaps off his left from deep in the pocket 25m out but it’s narrow. (Q3 22:49)
Hind passes to Perkins 35m out on the flank who misses. (Q3 25:45)
Rachele coughs the ball up under a Hind tackle in midfield, Caldwell roves and flips it out to Guelfi who scoots to 45m on a slight angle and rams through the go-ahead goal! (Q3 27:30)
Devon Smith misses a long snap. (Q3 28:32)
Martin curls a snap across the body on the run from 35m on the flank but not enough, hangs right. (Q3 30:06)
Wright marks a Redman pass from the wing to 45m out on the flank in front of Butts, but misses left. (Q4 1:28)
Durham misses a set shot from 45m on the flank. (Q4 4:21)
Laird passes short to Himmelberg 40m out on the flank after Crouch clears by hand from a stoppage on the wing. Himmelberg kicks truly, lead back to a point. (Q4 7:56)
It has been a classic Docklands shoot out this game, end to end stuff with space everywhere on a lot of attacks. Forward efficiency has been important this week, as with Adelaide. (Q4 8:57)
Ridley roves at half back and starts an attack up the guts, Hind kicks to the pocket for Devon Smith who is one out with Brown, Smith keeps his feet to rove and goal! (Q4 12:36)
Schoenberg roves next to the behind post and can’t make the impossible possible, his pressured snap is well wide. (Q4 14:38)
Himmelberg draws two defenders to contest a Rowe kick near the hotspot, the crumb falls to the pocket for Rachele who misses off the left. (Q4 15:37)
Phillips puts Dawson off a ground kick on the wing and there are Bombers everywhere inside for a switch play, Perkins shoots from 50m and it bounces through for a huge goal! (Q4 18:21)
Himmelberg provides a contest to a very high Laird ball to 40m on the flank, the crumb falls nicely for Walker who screws through the goal off the left! (Q4 23:18)
Ball in to the Essendon FP, Draper monsters O’Brien off the fall, catches it out of ruck and boots the massive goal! (Q4 26:17)
3:29 to go and the Crows are two kick behind, that’s probably the sealer. (Q4 26:37)
Martin passes to a hard lead of Gollant 30m out on the flank in front of Ridley. The set shot is a peach, Crows back within a kick, 2:22 to go! (Q4 28:37)
Walker marks a Laird pass 50m out on a slight angle, this is his range, he shoots… short, McHenry roves and snaps OOTF from 5m out! 0:59 to go. (Q4 30:57)
Dawson starts a rebound, this is the last chance… Redman intercepts the inside 50 to ice the game! (Q4 32:18)

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