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Blog log from R12 of 2023: Essendon vs North Melbourne

Blog log for Essendon vs North Melbourne, R12 of 2023

Durham roves a long Redman ball to the top of the square, spins out of a Tucker tackle and gives outside to Menzie who snaps wide from 15m off the left. (Q1 1:34)
Hobbs releases Martin to speed away from a stoppage on outer wing, he goes over Logue to Langford at the hotspot for the first goal of the evening. (Q1 3:57)
Martin’s kick to half forward bounces into the head of Menzie but then sits up for Menzie to gather and pass to Perkins at the hotspot, he goals. Long day for North ahead. (Q1 6:38)
Hind receives from Merrett and passes to the lead of Langford 45m out on the flank, he misses. (Q1 8:38)
McGrath spoils a long Tucker ball to Larkey at the top of the square, the Roos arrive in numbers, Zurhaar roves, Scott jinks on his right for a nice finish from 30m on the flank. (Q1 11:05)
Logue spoils in the pocket, Langford roves and gives to Martin who is pushed in the back by Will Phillips, he converts from 20m on a slight angle. (Q1 14:37)
Another easy centre clearance to Essendon, Snelling marks 40m out and centres for Merrett at the hotspot, he goals. Roos are just getting rolled over. (Q1 16:03)
Clearances 10 to two already to the Bombers, they are doing what they like out of stoppage. (Q1 18:33)
Wardlaw’s dump rebound kick comes straight back in, Durham marks in the pocket 35m out but tries a pass that doesn’t work. (Q1 19:24)
North gets a rebound going up the guts, Will Phillips provides the line-breaking run, Thomas kicks to the square where Larkey drops the mark but goals anyway. (Q1 20:34)
Stephenson passes to Ford 50m out on the flank, his kick lands in the square for no score. (Q1 22:04)
Draper is pinged for contact on Goldstein in ruck 30m out on a slight angle, bit of a nudge in the back. Goldie converts. (Q1 25:14)
Tucker roves at a stoppage in defence but tries to baulk past Merrett and gets caught HTB. Merrett’s 14th disposal is a goal from 35m on a slight angle. (Q1 28:19)
Caldwell breaks a Sheezel tackle running around the boundary and kicks to the square for Langford to mark and goal. (Q1 31:34)
Scott gathers a loose ball on the wing, baulks away from Martin and spots up Coleman-Jones leading to 45m on the flank. Zombie misses left. (Q2 1:08)
Larkey marks 40m out on a slight angle but misses, disappointingly. (Q2 2:04)
Ridley misses a running snap from half forward. (Q2 3:09)
Weideman marks a Ridley pass on the lead 35m out on the flank but his set shot is well wide for no score. (Q2 4:04)
Coleman-Jones marks over Ridley 40m out on a slight angle as Larkey ran a decoy lead. This time Zombie kicks straight. (Q2 5:59)
Larkey has a chance to run down the flank in some space, but he misses from 35m. (Q2 9:12)
Spicer gives to Shiels who snaps from near the hotspot off the left but it falls in the square for Heppell to rush over Zurhaar. (Q2 11:33)
Wardlaw’s stoppage work on members wing sets up Will Phillips to pass to Larkey at the hotspot, he converts. (Q2 18:05)
Essendon got the jump but North have rolled their sleeves up and worked their way back into it, helped by a tag on Merrett. (Q2 18:24)
Free against Coleman-Jones to Draper at the next bounce, long ball to half forward, Guelfi gives to Stringer who sprays a running shot from 20m on the flank. (Q2 19:45)
Draper marks a long speculator to the flank by Merrett 35m out in front of Coleman-Jones, but also misses a gettable chance. (Q2 22:08)
Scott is involved twice in a buildup switching from wing to the corridor, McDonald bombs long from 55m out, Larkey watches it sail over his head for a big goal! (Q2 22:56)
Hobbs tumbles a snap wide from the pocket 15m out after umpire Ray Chamberlain fell over and almost got involved in a scrum. (Q2 26:50)
Larkey links up on the wing and sends a long speculator to a pack at the hotspot, the ball wobbles over the back where Zurhaar gathers and rolls through the go-ahead goal! (Q3 1:04)
Stephenson beats two Dons to link up on the wing and sends a long ball to the advantage of Larkey to mark in the pocket 25m out… who misses to the left. (Q3 2:35)
Will Phillips wobbles a quick kick from a stoppage 40m out on the flank, Coleman-Jones shepherds Zerk-Thatcher off the fall and it bounces through for another one for the Kangas! (Q3 4:19)
Repeat inside 50s for North, Hall kicks to the hotspot, Spicer roves and gives to Thomas who curls in another one off the right! (Q3 6:36)
Martin passes to the lead of Perkins just inside true CHF, he stops the rot with his second goal. (Q3 10:37)
Weideman marks 50m out on the flank and passes to the pocket for Stringer to mark 25m out, McDonald just too far off him. The Package screws in the goal. (Q3 13:27)
Snelling rides a Sheezel high tackle to feed Guelfi who snaps the go-ahead goal from 15m. (Q3 15:35)
Scott snaps wide from the pocket 20m out after North bosses the next bounce. (Q3 16:03)
Langford marks a Caldwell kick to the top of the square over Ziebell after establishing early body contact, he converts as well. (Q3 17:31)
Stringer misses off the left from a stoppage 15m out. (Q3 20:06)
McGrath misses Draper rebounding to the centre, Powell starts the counter, Tucker lopes up the flank to 35m and slot the goal. (Q3 21:36)
Larkey feeds Zurhaar in the pocket who has a moment to balance himself for a checkside from 15m but misses, disappointingly. (Q3 23:38)
Ridley fumbles in the pocket, Coleman-Jones roves and gives to Stephenson who tries a Daicos special that doesn’t curl and rolls into the far goalpost. (Q3 24:25)
Ford marks on the HBF but it’s reversed for contact by Larkey off the ball upfield, Weideman passes inboard to Menzie 35m out on the flank who kicks straight. (Q3 27:05)
Phillips thinks he’s a Daicos and tries a baulk and shoots from the HFF, horrid shank but luckily falls for Martin 30m out on a slight angle, he goals. (Q3 31:01)
Zurhaar tries to run from the pocket into an open goal but gets caught in a tackle by Zerk-Thatcher… the ump sees it as legging, the Bull takes the charity goal. (Q4 1:43)
The free was technical but there. (Q4 2:29)
Sheezel roves a Thomas kick at half forward and goes to Coleman-Jones who beats Zerk-Thatcher in the battle of the Two-Dads 40m out in front. He converts, Roos lead again! (Q4 6:48)
Snelling plays for a free in the pocket after roving a Stringer contest, no dice so he gives inside to Phillips, he feeds Guelfi who wobbles through the goal from 15m. (Q4 12:44)
Sheezel and Wardlaw combine for the next centre clearance, Ford gives over the top to Zurhaar who baulks inside with a left-foot step and goals from 20m! (Q4 13:44)
Durham speeds up the guts on a rebound started by Hind, he has Snelling one out with Hall, they run back with the flight but the ball rolls through for a point. (Q4 15:44)
Phillips scrubs a clearance from the HFF up the line, Zurhaar hits it at pace and cops some obvious high contact from Redman 35m out. His free kick sails through. (Q4 17:46)
Three North defenders thereabouts to try to defend a long Martin kick to Phillips but he’s just too tall, he marks 30m out on a slight angle… but misses to the left. (Q4 22:14)
Ziebell kicks OOTF from the kick in, repeat inside 50 kick to the pocket, Phillips provides the crumb for Draper of all people, he shins through the goal from 20m! (Q4 23:24)
Wardlaw engineers the next centre clearance, Larkey marks 35m out and tries to give Sheezel a Joe the Goose but his checkside is poor for a point to level the scores. (Q4 24:41)
Martin is having some sort of day, he wears a high tackle by McKay and gives to Langford to restore Essendon’s lead from 20m. (Q4 26:15)
McKay intercepts a Snelling dump kick and sets up Ziebell’s repeat inside 50 kick to the top of the square, ten-man pack but the crumb falls to the pocket for Stephenson who goals! (Q4 28:15)
Stringer smothers McDonald in the pocket and the Dons swarm the fall, Phillips gives outside to D’Ambrosio who screws through the go-ahead goal from 25m off the left! (Q4 30:30)
2:08 to go and this game probably has a twist to come. (Q4 30:45)
Laverde sits under a McDonald kick to the HFF to prevent a North score in the final minute. (Q4 33:13)
Stoppage on outer wing, 23 seconds left. (Q4 33:13)
Blind kick across the centre, Stephenson retrieves and pumps it to half forward, Ford roves and is tackled, siren sounds, Bombers hold on! (Q4 33:43)

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