Blog log from P2 of 2022: Essendon vs St Kilda

Higgins roves a long ball to the pocket and has Butler running ahead for the open goal, the first of the evening. (Q1 1:02)
Perkins bounces out of a stoppage in the pocket but misses across the body from 30m. (Q1 4:03)
Butler dives to mark 30m out on the flank after Howard spoils and butters up on the wing, two from two for the ex-Tiger. (Q1 5:52)
McKenzie is pinged for early contact on Draper 20m out in front as they fly, Draper shanks it wide left. (Q1 8:55)
Wright kicks backwards from the pocket to Merrett on the 50m line, he gives off to Redman who bangs through a nice finish from the HFF. (Q1 11:26)
Hind misses a wide-open Parish with a kick from the BP to half back, Gresham makes him pay with the goal from 40m. (Q1 13:37)
Byrnes passes to the diving Higgins on the boundary 25m out, nothing Ridley could do about that. The set shot is a shank for no score. (Q1 15:02)
Langford’s rebound goes nowhere and it’s Membrey who roves the repeat inside 50 kick by Sinclair and snaps truly from the hotspot. (Q1 15:32)
Ross dithers at half forward, is called to play on and passes to Steele in a phonebox to juggle a mark 40m out on a slight angle. Steele misses. (Q1 19:12)
Baldwin’s chase forces Battle to kick OOTF 20m out, Jones takes the free and misses. (Q1 22:03)
King drifts across to mark a Battle ball 40m out on the flank in what is becoming trademark fashion. His set shot is fine, goal umpire arches the back. (Q1 23:28)
McGrath sends a long, hopeful ball to a big pack at the hotspot on a slow play, Wright launches majestically and clunks a fabulous mark for his first goal! (Q1 27:28)
Wright marks a Ridley pass down the flank to 20m, another goal to Essendon. (Q2 1:37)
Hayes dives to mark a Crouch kick playing on to advantage from a free at a stoppage on the wing. He lines up from 35m on the flank, but misses. (Q2 6:51)
Membrey misses a set shot from 50m on a slight angle. (Q2 13:51)
Ham roves in the pocket and centres for Baldwin to mark in front of Battle at the hotspot, his set shot flirts with the right goalpost but falls in. (Q2 18:30)
Clark tries a checkside from a pack 30m out on the flank but it doesn’t bend enough and flies wide. (Q2 19:49)
Wood gathers a bouncing footy running away from goal, has a man right on his ginger but uses fantastic skill to snap over his shoulder off his right boot for a goal from 30m. (Q2 21:36)
Speculator to a big pack 30m out on the flank from the Saints goal, the crumb falls over the back where Wood is Johnny on the spot for another one. (Q2 25:01)
Brad Crouch runs from the next centre bounce and goes long, the ball pitches at the top of the square over the back and takes a nice leg break for the goal! Thanks Warnie! (Q2 26:16)
Guelfi mows down a lumbering Hayes on the wing, Dons work the ball quickly to Wright at true CHF who roosts another quality finish! (Q2 28:01)
Smith roves at half forward and gets a free for a push by Ross in a tackle. He lines up from 40m in front but shanks right. (Q2 29:42)
Ridley intercepts on the wing and goes to Guelfi on the HFF, who misses. (Q2 31:06)
Cox marks in the pocket 25m out but misses. (Q3 0:49)
Cox has another go from a pack 30m out on the flank under heavy pressure but kicks OOTF. (Q3 2:28)
Cox roves a speculator to the square but misses from point blank range under very heavy pressure from two Saints. (Q3 7:34)
Essendon pile on the repeat inside 50s, eventually Langford roves a big pack at the hotspot and snaps high for his first goal. (Q3 8:44)
Hill spoils at defensive hotspot then sprints away to get involved twice on the rebound up the guts, King goes long to Membrey to mark on the behind line and goal. (Q3 10:07)
Membrey gets a 50m penalty on Hind for timewasting to put him 30m out on a slight angle, he makes no mistake. (Q3 15:14)
Smith is front and square for a Baldwin contest 40m out on a slight angle but he bounces the left-foot snap wide. (Q3 18:22)
Hind tumbles over Higgins from behind to give away a free 30m out on the flank. Higgins misses. (Q3 19:44)
Draper marks easily a Wright pass over Crouch 35m out on the flank, he steers through that set shot. (Q3 26:30)
Hayes catches Laverde HTB 20m out on a slight angle, plus a 50m penalty for timewasting to ensure the plus-fourteen. (Q3 29:47)
Ham also misses with a snap from half forward. (Q4 4:44)
McGrath gets a contact free in a pack 40m out on a slight angle but he doesn’t score, kick short. (Q4 6:22)
Perkins snaps truly from 40m after a poor kick in goes to ground. (Q4 10:27)
Perkins goals again from close range, Bombers in this! (Q4 17:22)
Caldwell tries an outrageous snap from the boundary and almost makes it work, hits the post. (Q4 17:35)
Martin intercepts the kick in in the pocket 30m out and misses. (Q4 17:55)
Wanganeen-Milera gets a set shot at the hotspot but misses, disappointingly. (Q4 23:30)
King draws a holding free on Stewart going for an Owens clearance to the pocket 20m out. He ices the game with a goal. (Q4 26:30)
Higgins misses a set shot on the final siren. (Q4 28:25)

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