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Blog log from R7 of 2023: Essendon vs Geelong

Blog log for Essendon vs Geelong, R7 of 2023

Close passes to Smith 35m out on the flank who misses to kick off the scoring in this one. (Q1 2:53)
Martin turns the ball over by foot in defence to O’Connor who goes short to Close near the boundary 40m out, he navigates a fluky breeze to boot the first goal of the day. (Q1 4:38)
De Koning feeds Holmes for the next centre clearance, long ball to the square where Hawkins is too strong for Zerk-Thatcher, chest mark and easy goal. (Q1 6:18)
Merrett passes over Bowes to Stringer on the boundary 20m out, whose screwing set shot barely curls and goes across the face OOTF. (Q1 11:02)
Hawkins gives to Cameron who snaps off a step from 55m on the flank… starts right and skews wickedly left and across the face. Wind is definitely a factor at the G today. (Q1 12:11)
After the Dons apply good pressure on outer wing but fail to win a HTB free, Close passes to the lead of Cameron 40m out on a slight angle who converts with no problem. (Q1 13:31)
Hawkins again beats Zerk-Thatcher to mark 40m out on the flank and boots his second goal. Big bags on offer for the big Cats today on current evidence. (Q1 16:28)
Dangerfield kicks long and high after the next bounce, Zerk-Thatcher is left sprawling to leave Hawkins to mark on his chest 30m out on a slight angle, three for the Tomahawk. (Q1 17:56)
Hawkins beats Durham to mark again on his chest in the pocket 25m out and screws through goal number four. (Q1 19:54)
Contact frees to Stringer in the centre and Draper at the hotspot gift Essendon a score to get them off the schneid… he chips the goal. (Q1 19:54)
The Dons get a fast break going on a turnover forced by Merrett on Zach Guthrie, Caldwell has Stringer over the back to mark and goal from 20m. (Q1 27:37)
McGrath turns the ball over on the wing, Hawkins marks a Dangerfield pass 40m out in front but hoofs it wide. (Q1 32:07)
Hawkins marks on the HFF, turns and goes down the line for Cameron 30m out, Jezza screws through the set shot off the left. (Q2 1:05)
On the end of a rare repeat inside 50 for Essendon, Stringer bounces through a snap off the right from the hotspot, his second. (Q2 3:33)
Henry converts a set shot from 45m in the corridor. (Q2 7:43)
Weideman receives from Shiel after a gather and give from 15m following a throw in, he kicks his first goal. (Q2 11:08)
Blicavs bombs from the next centre bounce, Rohan leads out the square in front of Kelly to mark at the hotspot. Rohan looks even more ginger than normal after a hit, but converts. (Q2 12:08)
McDonald-Tipungwuti roves the next centre clearance after a Langford tap, he passes to Wiedeman 15m out for his second goal. (Q2 13:53)
Redman roves in the back pocket but his attempted switch kick hits grass, Simpson gathers and baulks past D’Ambrosio for the goal from 30m on a slight angle. (Q2 18:09)
Perkins goes long from the wing to the hotspot, half a dozen blokes all look at each other, the ball pitches and favours Shiel to gather and goal. (Q2 21:09)
The Cats attack up members wing and handball through traffic on the HFF, ending with a Hawkins give inside to Simpson who pops through the goal from the hotspot. (Q2 23:22)
Rohan passes to Hawkins 35m out on a slight angle who boots his fifth goal. Bit too easy, that. (Q2 25:47)
McGrath scrubs a kick to the HBF that turns over, Cameron gives inside to Bruhn who baulks and snaps off his left from 35m for the goal. (Q2 27:25)
Stringer beats Duncan to mark a Shiel pass in the pocket 35m out for his third goal. (Q2 30:24)
Setterfield gives to Stringer trotting up the wing to the HFF, he misses. (Q2 31:55)
Close kicks to Hawkins who rag-dolls Zerk-Thatcher one out to mark 40m out on the flank. The Tomahawk boots his sixth goal. (Q2 33:09)
Weideman marks a Parish pass on the lead 45m out in front just before the HT siren, but misses. (Q2 34:17)
Caldwell marks a McDonald-Tipungwuti pass near the behind post and kicks his third goal. (Q3 1:04)
Setterfield snaps wide from 45m on the flank just before two Cats converge. (Q3 2:36)
Phillips drops a sitter of a mark at half back, Kolodashnij roves and misses from 45m. (Q3 3:43)
Merrett passes from the HFF to McDonald-Tipungwuti 40m out on a slight angle. Walla kicks wide to the right. (Q3 4:45)
Martin chases a loose handball by McGrath on the HFF, jinks and goes inside to Shiel 45m out. Shiel kicks truly. (Q3 6:45)
Durham marks a Martin pass 40m out in the corridor on a repeat inside 50 following a big Stewart spoil, he hits the post. (Q3 8:55)
Bruhn dribbles a goal from a stoppage at the top of the goalsquare after a hardball get by Cameron and give over the top by Close. (Q3 10:45)
McDonald-Tipungwuti passes to the pocket for Weideman 20m out with Ratugolea on hands and knees in the square. The Weed goals again, three for him. (Q3 12:50)
Kolodjashnij chips in front of Stringer to rush a Martin snap from the HFF. (Q3 15:08)
Duncan shanks a pressured kick from the back pocket, too many Dons around and Phillips feeds Stringer for the goal from 20m, his fourth! (Q3 17:36)
Martin runs from half back but for some reason handball blind over his shoulder straight to Dangerfield who hits up Hawkins 40m out on a slight angle. This for seven… it’s good. (Q3 19:31)
Hobbs catches Duncan high in the pocket 25m out who sprays it OOTF. (Q3 25:16)
Dangerfield roves on the HFF and tumbles a quick repeat inside 50 kick to Simpson 25m out on a slight angle who also misses. (Q3 26:11)
Zerk-Thatcher runs back to the square to try to touch through a Cameron snap from 55m on a slight angle after a stoppage, but he loses the ball in flight, goal Jezza. (Q3 28:21)
Cameron hits the top of the square from the HFF, big spoil down to Langford who scrubs a kick nowhere, plenty of Cats at the fall, Henry snaps the goal from 20m. (Q4 4:05)
Close snaps wide from 40m on a slight angle after a Hawkins contest. (Q4 4:44)
Hawkins marks on the lead 50m out on a slight angle, his set shot is tugged left and short for an eventual rushed behind. (Q4 7:40)
Duncan hits the post on the run from 30m on a slight angle. (Q4 8:32)
Perkins has McDonald-Tipungwuti all on his own over the back to stroll into the open goal, that was a break down of the Geelong defensive line. (Q4 9:28)
Holmes marks a Henry pass in front of Merrett 20m out on the flank for some junk. (Q4 14:40)
Caldwell marks at CHF and gives to Hobbs who somehow has a paddock to run into, he pops through the goal from 35m. (Q4 16:23)
Dangerfield hits up Hawkins 45m out on the flank. This for a personal best eighth… swerves through left to right. (Q4 18:03)
Two big Cats deep in defence on Weideman but it’s a chaos ball by Shiel that sits up for the Weed to gather and goal. (Q4 21:36)
Parish feeds Redman on the end of a long rebound for a garbage time special from 35m. (Q4 23:31)
Hind picks off Atkins’ dump kick to 45m out in front but misses. (Q4 26:34)
Miers passes to Dangerfield on the boundary 30m out whose set shot is wide and rushed. (Q4 30:11)
Weideman can’t mark a Perkins pass over Ratugolea 20m out but the crumb sits up for him to gather and goal, four for him. (Q4 32:30)

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