Blog log from R8 of 2022: Essendon vs Hawthorn

O’Meara marks 45m out on a slight angle and misses to kick off the scoring in this one. (Q1 1:41)
Lynch marks an errant snap by Macdonald near the behind post, plays on and misses. (Q1 4:42)
Maginness intercepts on the wing over Ham, Gunston is all on his own 40m out on the flank to mark and miss. (Q1 5:30)
Parish roves a Perkins contest 30m out and screws through a nice finish on the turn off his right boot for the first goal of the evening. (Q1 10:22)
Wright is playing on front of Frost for a clearance kick by Caldwell from half forward to the hotspot, he goals. (Q1 15:34)
Cutler bombs long to the top of the square, crumb falls nicely for Hobbs to snap his first goal. (Q1 18:43)
Ah but there’s a review and it’s touched off the boot, just a behind. (Q1 19:35)
O’Meara roves a Callow contest in the pocket and misses from 15m. (Q1 21:39)
Ward baulks clear in the pocket and sends a lovely centring ball off the left to Lynch at the hotspot who kicks his first senior goal. (Q1 23:00)
After a Shiel fumble at half back, Morrison marks 45m out on the flank and kicks truly to give Hawthorn a lead. (Q1 25:18)
Gunston takes a contested grab on the wing and plays on quickly, O’Meara roves on the HFF and has Lynch over the back to run into the open goal for his second! (Q1 27:32)
Callow gives to Morrison who snaps wide from the pocket 25m out. (Q1 29:03)
Francis gobs off at the ump after being beaten for a mark by Sicily to bring the mark from wing to 30m on a slight angle. Sicily misses. (Q1 30:00)
Baldwin marks a Parish speculator to the hotspot behind a pack just before the QT siren, but sprays the set shot right. (Q1 32:00)
Impey is tackled by Perkins as soon as he receives a handball from Lynch in defence, Martin thieves the footy off him and snaps the first goal of Q2 from 35m. (Q2 1:29)
Worpel runs away from the next centre bounce after a release handball by Newcombe, but his kick is aimless and bounces for a point. (Q2 2:15)
Bramble intercepts a Merrett kick on the wing, bounces to half forward and passes to Breust on his own at the hotspot, he goals. (Q2 2:50)
Smith passes short to Caldwell 40m out on a slight angle after Caldwell himself had forced a turnover at half back to start an attack up the guts. The set shot is a peach. (Q2 4:29)
Bryan spoils a Moore kick inside 50 but the crumb falls nicely for Gunston who slots the goal from 30m in the pocket. (Q2 6:53)
Wright flies in front of Scrimshaw and Day to clunk a high ball by Shiel to the hotspot, he kicks his second goal. (Q2 8:29)
Worpel kicks skew whiff under a tackle at half back, the ball lands in the arms of McGrath 40m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q2 11:49)
Macdonald marks on the flank 35m out and delivers a lovely set shot for the goal. (Q2 15:55)
Francis rises at the hotspot to mark a bit too easily from a Ham speculator from the HFF, he goals. (Q2 20:29)
Branble kicks from the wing to 40m on a slight angle where Moore marks in the middle of three Bombers, who all bend over on their haunches. Moore converts. (Q2 24:45)
Koschitzke roves a Lynch kick from the centre then gets caught across the chops by Reid 30m out on a slight angle, he steers that one through. (Q2 26:45)
Gunston marks 30m out on a slight angle but hits the post. (Q2 28:26)
Essendon frontal pressure forces a turnover, Baldwin feeds Shiel who blazes OOTF off his left from the hotspot. (Q2 30:15)
Gunston marks a Lynch kick from the centre in front of Heppell 45m out on a slight angle for the first goal of Q3. (Q3 0:40)
Hinds bounces through the centre, encounters traffic at half forward and passes to Smith 45m out on a slight angle to mark in front of Newcombe. Smith’s kick is short and rushed. (Q3 3:25)
Morrison kicks to the pocket where Moore marks 20m out and misses. (Q3 4:12)
Callow clunks a long speculator to a big pack in the pocket by Mitchell, but misses from 30m. (Q3 6:10)
Cutler pokes a short kick to Martin 45m out on the flank, who shaves the outside of the left goalpost with the kick. (Q3 7:55)
The Dons attack the corridor and despite a lot of Hawks making attempts to break them up they bust through, ending with a Francis pass to Parish 45m out in front, who misses. (Q3 10:25)
Sicily spoils Francis at half forward, Francis butters up and gives to Caldwell who misses from 40m under pressure. (Q3 12:00)
Breust fumbles and gives to Macdonald who snaps wide from 20m on the flank. (Q3 12:41)
Shiel passes to Wright to mark 45m out on a slight angle after the Bombers work the footy by hand out of a stoppage behind the wing. This is the easy bit for Wright, goal. (Q3 14:38)
Bryan passes to Hobbs 40m out on the flank after beating Scrimshaw to mark at half forward. Hobbs’ set shot is good, now the team gets around him for his first senior goal. (Q3 18:00)
Laverde sends a repeat inside 50 kick to Hobbs to mark 40m out on a slight angle, can he kick his second? No. (Q3 19:55)
Baldwin passes to Bryan 40m out on the flank on the end of another rebound through the centre. Bryan misses. (Q3 22:25)
Wright drops a mark at half forward and Frost roves to start a counter-attack up the corridor, Maginness runs through CHF and goals from 45m! (Q3 23:58)
Caldwell runs from the next centre bounce and gives to Martin who runs to 45m on a slight angle and shoots… wide left on review. (Q3 25:35)
Mitchell roves Impey’s kick in to the wing and releases O’Meara to run and go long over Zerk-Thatcher to Gunston 25m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q3 26:36)
Maginness roves a Koschitzke contest and snaps wide under a tackle from the pocket 25m out off the left. (Q4 1:30)
Baldwin marks a Perkins pass over Grainger-Barras 40m out on the flank. The Dons were missing these length of shots in Q3… this one is on target! (Q4 2:26)
Koschitzke is over the back for a Gunston pass 40m out on a fast break, a 50m penalty for encroachment ensures the goal. (Q4 7:48)
Laverde it was who strolled straight through the protected zone. (Q4 8:06)
Gunston receives from Koschitzke 40m out and grubbers wide under pressure. (Q4 9:14)
Morrison gets tunnelled on the HBF by Caldwell but play on, Smith passes to Martin in the pocket 20m out who screws through the goal. (Q4 11:22)
After the next centre bounce, Martin passes to Wright who marks in front of Frost 20m out on a slight angle and goals. (Q4 13:11)
Shiel gets a holding free after the next centre bounce, and an encroachment penalty against Mitchell brings him to the hotspot… where he sprays it to the right. (Q4 15:31)
Redman runs to 55m in front and launches a howitzer but Wright is pinged for dumping Frost on the goal line to negate the score, big play! (Q4 17:51)
Francis kicks to the top of the square from the HFF, Wright provides the crumb, Merrett is there and the ball comes off his shin for an accidental goal from 10m! (Q4 21:31)
That mythical beast called momentum is with Essendon, they are running downhill on a wave of emotion stoked by a raucous home crowd. (Q4 22:51)
Smith roves in the pocket but snaps wide from 20m. (Q4 23:46)
Wright gets a contact free on Frost at half forward and keeps his feet to play on to advantage, he launches from 50m on a slight angle to an empty square, it bounces through! (Q4 25:27)
Again the Dons boss the centre bounce, Smith kicks to the flank 25m out where Francis takes a skilful contested mark and kicks his second goal. (Q4 27:25)
Hind bursts up the guts from defence with three bounces, Merrett’s kick inside 50 is touched but it falls nicely for Perkins who snaps the goal from 40m, Dons are on FIYAH! (Q4 29:42)
Martin passes to Ham 45m out on the flank, the set shot lands near the behind line where Wright draws a holding free on Frost and boots his sixth goal. (Q4 34:07)

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