Player news from R8 of 2017: Essendon vs Geelong

Zach Merrett (150/136): Playing inside midfield
Merrett contributed with 33 disposals, 5 grabs and 12 tackles.
David Zaharakis (120/112): Running on the outside
Zaharakis contributed with 31 touches, 7 grabs and 5 tackles.
Brendon Goddard (108/95): Playing inside midfield
Goddard contributed with 28 possessions, 6 grabs and 6 tackles.
Jobe Watson (103/96): Rotating midfield and forward
Watson contributed with 21 possessions, 8 marks and 6 tackles.
Joe Daniher (103/111): Up forward on Lonergan
Daniher contributed with 16 disposals, 6 marks, 7 hit outs and managed 5.2.
Michael Hurley (100/127): Standing the resting ruck which is mostly Stanley
Hurley added 27 disposals and 8 marks.
Dyson Heppell (100/103): Playing inside midfield
Heppell contributed with 30 possessions, 4 marks and 5 tackles.
James Kelly (99/86): Racked it up in Q1 like it was his his 30th rather than 300th game… 23 touches with 16 by foot… also 10 marks and 3 tackles. Lurking at half back.

Orazio Fantasia (94/111): Starting on a HFF on Bews
Fantasia contributed with 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 3.0.
Darcy Parish (93/93): Playing in the midfield
Parish contributed with 23 possessions, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 0.2.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (89/113): Playing a FP role
McDonald-Tipungwuti contributed with 17 possessions, 3 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 3.1.
James Stewart (72/90): Third tall forward on Tom Stewart
Stewart contributed with 10 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and 3.0.
Cale Hooker (70/68): First goal… 12 touches and 6 marks plus 4 tackles… 1.0 as well. Starting forward on Taylor.

Matthew Leuenberger (65/57): First ruck
Leuenberger contributed with 10 possessions, 3 tackles and 32 hit outs.
Matt Dea (64/87): Playing in defence on Menzel
Dea added 17 touches and 5 marks.
David Myers (63/58): Playing an outside game
Myers added 18 possessions and 5 grabs.
Andrew McGrath (54/67): Coming off a HBF
McGrath contributed with 12 touches, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 0.1.
Josh Green (53/56): Playing a FP role
Green contributed with 9 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 2.0 on the scoreboard.
Conor McKenna (46/48): Starting at half back
McKenna added 13 possessions and 3 marks.
Travis Colyer (41/41): Playing outside midfield
Colyer added 11 touches and 3 tackles.
Michael Hartley (33/47): The big job on Hawkins
Hartley contributed with 6 possessions, 3 grabs, 5 tackles and 4 frees against.
Mark Baguley (21/25): Playing small defender
Baguley contributed with 5 touches, 2 grabs and 2 tackles.
Mitch Duncan (91/68): Coming off a wing
Duncan contributed with 20 disposals, 11 grabs and kicked 0.1.
Sam Menegola (91/96): Playing central midfield
Menegola contributed with 25 possessions, 4 marks and 5 tackles.
Patrick Dangerfield (88/110): Rotating midfield and forward
Dangerfield contributed with 30 disposals, 2 marks, booted 2.1 and 4 free kicks given away.
Tom Hawkins (84/91): Up forward on Hartley
Hawkins contributed with 12 possessions, 4 marks, 2 tackles and managed 4.3.
Zac Smith (77/81): First ruck with support from Stanley
Smith contributed with 13 disposals, 4 tackles, 30 ruck taps, 1.0 on the scoreboard and 5 free kicks given away.
Steven Motlop (72/85): Starting deep forward
Motlop contributed with 20 possessions, 4 tackles and managed 1.1.
Joel Selwood (70/75): Leading the inside mids
Selwood added 24 possessions and 4 grabs.
Cameron Guthrie (67/84): Coming off half back
Guthrie contributed with 22 touches, 5 marks and kicked 0.1.
Zach Tuohy (67/66): Running from defence
Tuohy added 20 touches and 6 marks.
George Horlin-Smith (64/52): Playing midfield
Horlin-Smith contributed with 15 touches, 2 grabs, 3 tackles and managed 1.1.
Rhys Stanley (61/84): Got his right foot twisted under himself in a marking contest late in Q4… 15 hit outs… also 10 possessions and 5 marks… and booted 0.1. Playing a ruck/forward role on Hurley.

Daniel Menzel (57/53): Up forward on Dea
Menzel contributed with 9 possessions, 4 marks and kicked 2.2.
Andrew Mackie (53/61): Lurking at half back
Mackie added 14 disposals and 4 marks.
Nakia Cockatoo (51/64): Starting on a HFF
Cockatoo contributed with 11 touches, 6 tackles and 0.1.
Tom Lonergan (48/54): The big job on Daniher
Lonergan added 13 possessions and 4 marks.
Tom Stewart (48/46): In defence on James Stewart
Stewart contributed with 14 possessions, 4 grabs and kicked 1.0.
Harry Taylor (45/82): In defence on Hooker
Taylor added 15 disposals and 4 grabs.
Jed Bews (44/45): Minding Fantasia
Bews contributed with 11 touches, 3 marks, 4 tackles and 3 free kicks given away.
James Parsons (41/36): Starting deep forward
Parsons contributed with 10 touches, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 1.1 on the scoreboard.
Jake Kolodjashnij (35/32): Playing tween defender
Kolodjashnij added 10 touches and 3 grabs.
Mark Blicavs (33/46): Looks a bit lost since third man up was banned… 11 disposals and 2 marks plus 0.1. Doing jobs in midfield.

Mark O’Connor (20/26): First game… 9 touches including 8 handballs. Playing an outside game.

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