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Blog log from R15 of 2023: Fremantle vs Essendon

Blog log for Fremantle vs Essendon, R15 of 2023

Wright marks a Parish pass just outside true CHF in the first minute, his set shot is tugged right and short for no score. (Q1 0:54)
Merrett volleys a loose ball at a stoppage at half forward for Langford to mark in front of Ryan 40m out on a slight angle, and steer through the opening goal of the night. (Q1 2:50)
After a turnover at half forward, Caldwell receives from Parish and snaps from 45m in the corridor for the second goal. (Q1 4:55)
Darcy roves his own contest at the hotspot but blazes wide off the right. (Q1 5:26)
Stringer marks a Martin pass just inside 50m on the flank and misses. (Q1 6:55)
Stringer takes a contested grab on the HFF, Pearce overcommits so he plays on to 40m but misses to the left. (Q1 8:34)
Amiss receives from Jackson in the pocket, Walters is close to goal but Amiss shanks it over his head off the left for a disappointing behind from 25m. (Q1 9:16)
Switkowski gets a free for a sling around the neck by Kelly, he steers through Fremantle’s first goal from 40m on the flank. (Q1 13:45)
Redman catches Clark high just to the right of true CHF after Treacy engineers a centre clearance, his kick is wide right and OOTF. (Q1 14:50)
Phillips marks a long speculator to the pocket in front of Pearce 25m out but misses across the face with a drop punt. (Q1 18:15)
Redman passes to Langford who is well in front of a zoning Ryan to mark 45m out in the corridor. Freo’s chase is very low in Q1. Langford doesn’t score, though. (Q1 21:50)
Switkowski intercepts a Phillips kick on a slow rebound, loose players in purple everywhere, Jackson accepts the Joe the Goose for an opportunist goal. (Q1 24:06)
Despite Fremantle starting like a busted bum in this game, they are only a point behind. Ryan and the Docker defence are keeping them in it. (Q1 24:50)
Brayshaw gets the next centre clearance going beating Parish, Walters goes back with the flight to take a lovely pack mark 40m out on the flank. Sonny punches through the goal! (Q1 26:00)
Despite being in the press during the week talking about tagging, Justin Longmuir has put Merrett head to head with Serong and Brayshaw wide of Parish. Interesting tactics. (Qtr Time)
Henry receives outside a pack and pokes a short pass to Treacy 40m out on the flank, who hoofs it across the face. (Q2 0:59)
Hobbs marks 40m out on a slight angle, his set shot starts right then wobbles to the line, Ryan rises to touch it through… but doesn’t get to it before it crosses! (Q2 2:44)
Amiss gathers a loose pass that goes past Kelly at half forward, gives to Henry, Johnson marks 40m out in the corridor and converts. (Q2 6:29)
Front half turnovers are the main score source at the moment, both sides playing slow on rebounds and making mistakes. (Q2 6:54)
O’Meara bursts away from the next bounce after a Darcy hit out to advantage but his running snap from true CHF curls left for a behind. (Q2 8:19)
Amiss roves a contest he was involved in 20m out and runs towards the corridor to snap the goal off his left. (Q2 9:58)
Martin leaves Johnson flat-footed to fly and mark 35m out on a slight angle for his first goal. (Q2 12:15)
Amiss threads a pressured snap from next to the behind post off the left or at least he thinks he does, goal ump doesn’t agree, it’s reviewed… no spike on Edge, overruled, goal! (Q2 16:29)
Amiss takes a contested grab in the pocket 25m out and misses. (Q2 20:30)
Jackson marks in front of Laverde 40m out on a slight angle and steers through his second goal. Coach Longmuir should be satisfied with the way this game is flowing. (Q2 23:20)
Jackson marks again on the lead 45m out on a slight angle and kicks long and straight… but the ump called the kick touched on the mark by Laverde, confirmed on review. (Q2 25:01)
Ryan misses Walker kicking to the centre on a slow rebound, Dons sweep forward with Weideman eventually feeding Guelfi to snap the goal from 15m. (Q2 28:41)
Serong clears from the next bounce to Frederick 45m out in the corridor to mark in front of McGrath, he steers through the goal in his 50th game. (Q2 30:27)
19 tackles to 18 at half time, Freo’s chase was terrible early but Essendon’s hasn’t been any better and the Dockers are now dominating the ball on the outside. (Half Time)
Walters marks a Serong centre clearance at the start of Q3 in front of Kelly 35m out on a slight angle, he kicks truly. Dockers begin as they left off in Q2. (Q3 0:43)
After another Serong centre clearance causes a stoppage at half forward, Brayshaw snaps a goal from 35m. Fremantle’s inside mids are bossing it. (Q3 2:40)
That goal was set up by a strip tackle by Schultz on Martin. (Q3 2:55)
Guelfi gives wide of a pack in the pocket to Stringer near the boundary, Jake fumbles then throws the left boot at the ball… wobbles through from 20m with pure skill! (Q3 5:25)
Guelfi roves at half forward and gives across to Stringer whose right-foot checkside curls wide from 40m. A left-foot drop punt would have been preferable. (Q3 7:19)
Clark starts a switch on a rebound, Darcy provides a link mark, Treacy marks on the fat side flank 40m out but tugs the set shot wide left and OOTF. (Q3 8:25)
O’Meara passes to Darcy to mark in front of Bryan near the boundary 45m out. Hodor kicks across the face for a throw in. (Q3 9:55)
Ryan’s handball to grass on the HBF turns over, Langford roves the repeat inside 50 kick by McGrath and feeds Parish who snaps off a step from 40m on a slight angle… poster. (Q3 13:55)
Martin catches O’Meara HTB on a fast break at half back to prevent another Docker score. (Q3 14:57)
Essendon just hanging on for dear life here, purple tsunami is rushing downhill. (Q3 15:41)
Jackson bombs very long from a stoppage deep in defence, Frederick roves and is off to the races, he baulks past Zerk-Thatcher on the HFF but misses with Redman closing. (Q3 19:55)
Fyfe roves on the HFF and feeds Switkowski who burns off Laverde and passes to the pocket for Schultz 20m out, he goals. (Q3 21:07)
Maybe one more needed for Fremantle but that’s just about enough, Essendon getting beaten at their own run-and-gun game in this one. (Q3 21:26)
Jackson marks over the much smaller McGrath in the pocket 35m out. This would definitely seal it… Dogga delivers! (Q3 26:08)
Martin snaps across the face and OOTF from a tough spot deep in the pocket from 15m. (Q4 0:20)
Parish marks a Stringer speculator to the hotspot leaving Young flat-footed behind him. He kicks off the scoring in Q4 junk time with a goal. (Q4 3:35)
Henry roves and misses off the right from the hotspot, crowd goes aww. (Q4 6:55)
Menzie marks in a contest with Clark at the top of the square after Ryan flies in front and fails to get a finger on it, the sub gets some junk. (Q4 9:37)
Merrett passes from midfield to Wright 45m out on a slight angle whose first score is a shank to the left, barely a behind. (Q4 17:16)
Menzie volleys a crumb wide from the hotspot. (Q4 18:12)
Merrett kicks a goal from near the hotspot after catching Walker HTB, still four kicks the difference and 5:14 to play. Surely not. (Q4 20:16)
Serong to Brayshaw for the next clearance, Frederick marks over Redman 45m out on a slight angle and eats up time on the set shot, which he sails through. Game iced. (Q4 21:11)
Serong puts an exclamation mark on his BOG performance with a snap goal from a stoppage at the top of the square. (Q4 24:07)
Guelfi marks 40m out on the flank with half a minute to go, he drains the clock and hooks left for no score as the siren goes. (Q4 27:56)

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