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Blog log from EF of 2022: Melbourne vs Sydney

Blog log for Melbourne vs Sydney, EF of 2022

Pickett screws in a behind from deep in the pocket 30m out after a stoppage to kick off the scoring. (Q1 1:48)
Lever is swamped by four swarming Swans in the pocket 25m out, Stephens roves the loose footy and gives to Hayward who snaps the first goal of the evening. (Q1 9:11)
Melbourne gets a convoy running around outer wing after the enxt bounce started by Viney, it’s Langdon who passes to Fritsch 35m out on the flank, he converts. (Q1 11:26)
Melksham roves a Brown contest in the pocket and feeds Spargo to run into the open goal, but there’s a review as it flashed near the post… confirmed goal. (Q1 14:59)
Rowbottom kicks quickly after roving 40m out towards Franklin in the square… the ball pitches and rolls for a goal! (Q1 17:24)
Franklin taps to Heeney who blazes wide from 55m on a slight angle. (Q1 23:03)
Brown stands tall to mark a long Harmes kick to the pocket 25m out, he plays on and screws through the goal. (Q1 24:59)
Stephens receives from Papley and baulks away from Harmes for a pass to Reid 30m out on a slight angle, who hits the post. (Q1 27:00)
Melbourne’s frontal pressure is forcing many repeat inside 50s, Spargo passes to Fritsch 40m out on a slight angle just before the QT siren, he kicks his second goal. (Q1 30:15)
Pickett beats Lloyd in a battle of strength to mark a Neal-Bullen kick 35m out on the flank, he kicks truly. (Q2 1:33)
Consecutive frees for contact off the ball by May against Franklin take the ball from the Swans HBF to the hotspot, Hayward accepts the gift goal. (Q2 5:39)
Hickey spoils a Gawn kick across half back to Langdon, butters up and feeds Warner who passes to Papley 30m out on the flank who splits the middle. (Q2 7:44)
Sydney was looking a bit mudded a few minutes ago with Melbourne’s zone strangling them, but a May brainfade has turned the tables all of a sudden. (Q2 8:05)
Petty drops an intercept mark on the wing, Papley surges forward and after a one-two with Buddy kicks long… Heeney marks next to the behind post and hits the goal post. (Q2 10:59)
Mills roves a stoppage 40m out in front and snaps the go-ahead goal across his body off the right! (Q2 13:44)
Neal-Bullen catches Florent HTB 50m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q2 17:48)
Viney gives to Neal-Bullen for a snap off a step from 35m on a slight angle, that also goes wide. (Q2 18:31)
Stephens has had more than his usual share of the footy in this game and he gets an OOF free 45m out, he plays on to cut the angle and roosts a big goal in red time! (Q2 26:29)
Fritsch marks a Langdon speculator to a pack in the pocket, Rampe behind and Hickey in front but he beat them both. He shoots from 30m… across the face. (Q2 27:59)
Parker is pinged for HTB under an Oliver tackle 25m out on a slight angle, Clarry levels the scores with his first goal. (Q3 2:40)
Fritsch roves at pace running to the left pocket 20m out, he’s not favoured by the angle but he curls in a sensational finish off his left! (Q3 5:48)
After the next centre bounce, Sparrow runs to 45m in front and rams through another one for the Dees! Echoes of Q3 in Melbourne’s last finals game already… (Q3 7:03)
Papley tackles Hunt to force a stoppage at the Swan hotspot and snaps the goal from that ball up to keep Sydney in touch! (Q3 12:27)
Frontal pressure by Robwottom on Harmes forces a clanger kick to the flank where Lloyd is on his own, he gathers and tries his luck from 45m… big goal! (Q3 15:33)
Melkshams kicks into the man on the mark near CHF, Gulden catches the ricochet but Oliver catches him HTB 40m out and restores Melbourne’s lead with his second goal. (Q3 17:33)
Stephens snaps from half forward but just misses. (Q3 20:07)
Florent intercepts at half forward and passes over two Demons into a phonebox where Parker was waiting 25m out on a slight angle, he goals, Swans lead again. (Q3 21:49)
Reid picks off a May diagonal kick to the centre, Pickett is pinged for encroachment to give away 50, Reid is brought to the top of the square for a big goal! (Q3 24:13)
Reid marks over Lever just inside 50m on a slight angle and bangs through a sensational set shot for back to back goals! (Q3 27:08)
Hickey is pinged for an arm chop on Gawn sitting under a long speculator by Oliver to 40m in the corridor. Big Maxy hoofs it straight as a die! (Q3 29:04)
Warner feeds Mills to run to half forward and kick over Gawn to Hickey 20m out, he converts. (Q3 31:49)
Oliver roves at half forward and feeds Neal-Bullen who passes to Melksham 30m out on the flank, he misses. (Q3 33:49)
Harmes lays out Lloyd with a clothesline after Lloyd had marked on the HFF, 50m penalty brings Lloyd to the square for a big goal to start Q4! (Q4 2:34)
Sydney’s forward press is extreme early in Q4, and it forces a turnover with Hayward catching Harmes HTB on the boundary 40m out, his kick lands on the goal line… touched, point. (Q4 7:19)
Oliver roves at half forward and pokes a pressured kick to the flank 30m out where Melksham marks… but shanks badly for another behind. (Q4 9:24)
Brown kicks to the HFF on a fast break, Melbourne has the loose man but Melksham and then Spargo dither and are swamped by the cavalry arriving in red and white! (Q4 13:42)
Petracca roves a stoppage on the HFF, breaks a tackle and shoots from 40m… wide left. (Q4 14:24)
Gulden is involved twice on an attack up members wing, Fox spills his inside 50 kick but the crumb falls for Rowbottom who has Heeney over the back for another goal! (Q4 15:31)
Melbourne not showing a whole heap of urgency to drag in this four-kick margin with six minutes left. (Q4 22:58)
Gawn gets a set shot 45m out on the flank but shanks it horribly for no score. Not Melbourne’s night. (Q4 24:41)
Sparrow hits the post from 45m in front, too late anyway by now. (Q4 27:44)

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