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Blog log from R22 of 2023: North Melbourne vs Essendon

Blog log for North Melbourne vs Essendon, R22 of 2023

Stephenson kicks the first goal of the day from a mid-range set shot. (Q1 4:31)
Cunnington in his last game snaps the second, the Docklands crowd loved that one! (Q1 4:31)
Martin and then Langford give the Dons a lead as Q1 goes on. (Q1 21:12)
Davies-Uniacke runs free to half forward and passes to the dive of Larkey 20m out in front for his first goal. (Q1 21:12)
Langford leaps in front of Ziebell for a contested grab on the boundary 25m out and kicks across the face and OOTF. (Q1 21:12)
Goater’s rebound kicks are intercepted twice in a minute, he recovered the first from Cox but the second is to Merrett who centres for Menzie 20m out for the goal. (Q2 1:47)
Essendon keep turning the ball over in the back half, Ziebell gives to Sheezel who passes to Larkey 40m out on a slight angle for his second goal. (Q2 5:28)
Credit to old man Cunnington for a hard ball get and contested handball to get that play on the outside. (Q2 6:28)
Merrett clears from a stoppage on the HFF inside to Martin who places the pass on the left nipple of Langford leading to 35m on the fat side, pretty play. The kick is reviewed… (Q2 10:44)
Langford looked dubious, review shows no nick on the inside of the post, called a goal. (Q2 10:44)
Simpkin completes a set play sharking Bryan’s tap running forward from a ball up 40m out, he screws through the goal off the left from the hotspot. (Q2 18:08)
Larkey marks on the lead 45m out on the flank on the end of a rebound around outer wing started by Sheezel. He converts for goal number three. (Q2 21:43)
Martin kicks his second goal after Phillips provides a crumb for Langford to rove and bounce a handball to the top of the square. (Q2 24:08)
Davies-Uniacke drops a fairly simple Turner pass near the hotspot, crumb falls for Curtis who snaps wide off the left across the body. (Q2 26:26)
Larkey beats two to take a contested grab from a high Thomas speculator to the hotspot, but he misses to the right with a lackadaisical set shot. (Q3 5:21)
Martin gets a holding free on McDonald and converts a drop punt from a set shot from 35m near the boundary, lovely technique. (Q3 7:46)
Larkey has the sit for a long Davies-Uniacke ball from60m to the teeth of goal, but chooses to let it bounce behind him and roll all the way through! (Q3 11:47)
Curtis bullets a pass to the lead of Larkey 40m out on a slight angle for goal number four. (Q3 14:02)
McGrath runs through midfield on a rebound and goes long to Wright, who had a poor first half but clunks this one over McKay 45m out on a slight angle for his first goal. (Q3 16:14)
Guelfi leaps over Corr for a mark and sails through a set shot from the HFF 40m out with another nice finish, good kicking under the roof today at Docklands. (Q3 20:17)
Wright hits the near right goalpost from a set shot on the boundary 15m out, using a drop punt. (Q3 22:52)
Cox roves a McKay drop near the hotspot but grubbers wide off the right. (Q3 27:04)
Baldwin goes long up the guts to Wright who beats Corr one out to mark 15m out for his second goal. (Q3 28:08)
Curtis feeds Stephenson a Joe the Goose special to break that run of Essendon goals just on the stroke of Q3, playing on to advantage for a contact free to Larkey on Zerk-Thatcher. (Q3 30:40)
Thomas gets a soccer kick off from a stoppage 30m out, the ball spins backwards from the goal line towards the pocket, three Dons there but Larkey beats them all to rove and goal! (Q4 2:14)
Martin runs up the wing and delivers a tracer bullet of a pass to the chest of Langford leading in front of Corr to 40m on the flank. Langford misses near side right. (Q4 4:04)
Phillips rams a set shot narrow left from the pocket 25m out after a ruck free. (Q4 10:43)
Menzie marks on the lead in the pocket 25m out but leaves the set shot narrow to the right. (Q4 11:54)
North defenders manage to spoil a long ball to the square but there are too many Dons at the drop, Parish gives outside to Tsatas who snaps his first senior goal from the hotspot. (Q4 14:19)
Ford flies in front of Heppell and marks a Sheezel speculator to 35m on the flank, but just misses near side right. (Q4 16:34)
ZIebell is monstered by two tacklers after roving at the top of the Dons square, crumb falls for Langford who does the rest off the left from 20m. (Q4 18:33)
Simpkin receives from Curtis and has a moment to measure a left-foot snap from wide on the flank 30m out but bounces it narrow. (Q4 20:33)
Curtis gives outside of a stoppage at the hotspot to Cunnington who snaps across the body off the right from 20m… fine finish from Cunners for his second! (Q4 22:45)
4:31 to go and two kicks in it, who wants this one more? (Q4 23:30)
Thomas to Sheezel for the next centre clearance, it goes up the guts for Ford to mark untouched 35m out, he kicks truly! (Q4 24:11)
A kick in it now with 3:45 to play. (Q4 24:11)
Cunnington gets the next centre clearance but Redman saves the day with a crunching tackle on Lazzarro on the HBF to prevent a score. (Q4 26:32)
Ziebell shanks a rebound kick off the left from the last line, straight to Heppell 45m out on the flank. Heppell hooks it OOTF to the right. (Q4 27:15)
2:05 to go, North still in it with Ziebell clearing. (Q4 27:15)
Heppell intercepts Ziebell’s kick in on the wing and starts some tempo… (Q4 28:05)
Heppell eventually kicks inside 50 to the pocket where Perkins rises in front of Sheezel to clunk the mark 20m out. This would be the sealer… (Q4 28:05)
Perkins runs in straight as an arrow and kicks just as straight. Dons are winning this one, 47 seconds left. (Q4 28:40)

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