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Essendon vs Collingwood

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Round: 4   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 25-04-2015 2:40 pm   Crowd: 88,395  
Essendon 2.0.124.8.325.10.406.13.49 C:  James Hird
Collingwood 3.2.204.9.337.12.549.15.69 C:  Nathan Buckley
  COLL by 8COLL by 1COLL by 14COLL by 20  
Weather
min temp  11.6°C      max temp  15.0°C
rainfall  3.0mm    humidity  90%    air pressure  1008.7mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  SW
Brownlow Medal 3 Paul Seedsman (COLL)2 Dyson Heppell (ESS)1 Jack Frost (COLL)

Match Report

Against the odds, Collingwood has defeated Essendon in the traditional ANZAC Day clash between the two sides, leading for most of the afternoon in a low-scoring affair at the MCG and recording a 20-point win. The victory was the Magpies eighth in the last 10 ANZAC Day meetings between the two sides, and it propelled them into the top four, with a game against arch rivals Carlton to come next Friday.

The game started on a slightly controversial note. Jamie Elliott kicked a magnificent goal from the boundary to put the Pies ahead, but the replays showed clearly that he and the ball were outside the boundary when he kicked it. The officiating boundary umpire has tripped just before the kick was executed and was unable to call the ball out. Bomber Joe Daniher responded with a major a few minutes later but goals to Travis Cloke and Scott Pendlebury move to a 14-point lead and take control of the game before a late goal to Brent Stanton brought the Dons to within eight points at quarter time.

From Essendon's point of view, the first 20 minutes of the second quarter was the best of the match. The Bombers controlled the match from the five-minute mark until just before time on. However, they wasted their opportunities, goals to Dustin Fletcher and Stanton accompanied by seven behinds. This allowed the Dons to take a nine-point lead, but that could have been quite a bit greater with accurate kicking. The tide turned after that, Elliott adding his second goal and Collingwood taking its turn to kick a string of behinds. By half time, it was the Pies by a point, 4.9 to 4.8.

Dour football continued to be the order of the day in the third quarter. With both defences well on top, only four goals were kicked. Critically, three of those were to Collingwood, via Paul Seedsman, Jack Crisp and Dane Swan. The Bombers' only goal came at the seven-minute mark through David Zaharakis and it was Collingwood by 14 points at the last change of ends.

An early goal was needed by the Dons in the final term but it did not eventuate. The defences dominated again and when the first goal of the quarter finally came at the 12-minute mark it was to Travis Cloke, putting Collingwood 22 points clear. Sam Dwyer made the difference 27 with a major four minutes later, before Essendon got a consolation goal at the 23-minute mark, the second to Daniher, leaving the Magpies victors by 20 points.

Paul Seedsman was outstanding for the winners, taking out the ANZAC Medal for his 31-disposal, 6-mark effort. Swan (21 touches and a goal) and Crisp (also 21 possessions and a goal) were also very good players for the Pies. Best for Essendon included Dyson Heppell (33 possessions, eight tackles), Cale Hooker (21 disposals, 10 marks) and Brent Stanton (30 touches and nine marks). 

Collingwood will look to make it four wins from five and consolidate a top-four place against the Blues on Friday while the Bombers will look to return to the winners list against St Kilda at Docklands on Sunday.

GOALS
Essendon: Stanton, Daniher 2; Fletcher, Zaharakis
Collingwood: Elliott, Cloke 2; Pendlebury, Seedsman, Crisp, Swan, Dwyer

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Essendon: Hooker, Heppell, Stanton, Fletcher
Collingwood: Seedsman, Swan, Adams, Crisp, Brown, Frost, Pendlebury

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Essendon: Heppell, Hooker, Stanton, Hibberd, Baguley, Fletcher
Collingwood: Seedsman, Crisp, Williams, Adams, Brown, Pendlebury, Frost. 

INJURIES
Essendon: Chapman (knee)
Collingwood: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Essendon: Will Hams replaced Paul Chapman in the third quarter
Collingwood: Sam Dwyer replaced Adam Oxley in the third quarter

UMPIRES: Stevic, Hay, Pannell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Leigh Matthews, Wayne Carey, Andrew Welsh, Nick Maxwell

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 7 2 10 17 0 0 3 3 0 1 23y 236d 20 13
12 Baguley, Mark 14 9 8 22 0 0 0 4 2 0 27y 339d 54 2
2 Bellchambers, Tom 8 6 7 15 0 0 24 4 0 4 25y 290d 73 52
22 Carlisle, Jake 3 4 3 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 23y 206d 72 43
3 Chapman, Paul 6 2 5 11 0 0 0 5 0 0 33y 171d 275 362
32 Colyer, Travis 9 2 5 14 0 1 0 4 1 0 23y 244d 50 33
6 Daniher, Joe 9 6 3 12 2 2 3 2 0 2 21y 52d 30 40
15 Dempsey, Courtenay 14 5 8 22 0 2 0 3 1 1 27y 240d 107 26
31 Fletcher, Dustin 15 7 6 21 1 0 0 2 0 0 39y 353d 396 71
35 Gleeson, Martin 7 3 13 20 0 0 0 3 1 1 20y 243d 13 2
9 Goddard, Brendon 15 9 13 28 0 0 0 4 2 1 29y 340d 251 141
41 Hams, Will 2 0 2 4 0 1 0 3 2 0 20y 285d 3 0
21 Heppell, Dyson 21 6 12 33 0 0 1 8 0 0 22y 346d 88 22
1 Hibberd, Michael 13 11 14 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 112d 67 8
26 Hooker, Cale 15 10 6 21 0 0 0 4 1 0 26y 194d 115 8
40 Howlett, Ben 9 2 9 18 0 0 0 5 4 0 26y 186d 101 50
18 Hurley, Michael 17 7 4 21 0 1 0 1 2 0 24y 328d 104 103
17 Melksham, Jake 10 4 7 17 0 1 0 5 1 4 23y 239d 100 51
7 Merrett, Zach 8 5 12 20 0 0 0 6 2 1 19y 204d 24 12
5 Stanton, Brent 19 9 11 30 2 0 0 3 0 0 28y 359d 230 149
4 Watson, Jobe 10 3 13 23 0 0 1 5 1 3 30y 76d 192 107
11 Zaharakis, David 8 4 10 18 1 0 0 5 2 2 25y 63d 114 91
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 239 116 181 420 6 13 32 83 22 20 26y 0d 2479 1386
Collingwood Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
13 Adams, Taylor 19 10 10 29 0 2 0 4 2 0 21y 217d 46 14
11 Blair, Jarryd 9 2 7 16 0 0 0 5 2 2 25y 11d 106 82
29 Broomhead, Tim 8 1 2 10 0 2 0 4 0 1 21y 34d 11 11
16 Brown, Nathan 6 1 4 10 0 0 0 4 1 1 26y 129d 97 7
32 Cloke, Travis 9 7 4 13 2 0 0 1 0 1 28y 51d 220 400
25 Crisp, Jack 13 4 8 21 1 0 0 4 2 3 21y 205d 22 13
2 Dwyer, Sam 5 0 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 28y 239d 36 21
5 Elliott, Jamie 9 6 3 12 2 0 0 6 0 2 22y 247d 56 76
45 Frost, Jack 4 1 4 8 0 0 0 2 1 1 23y 59d 28 0
44 Gault, Corey 4 0 5 9 0 1 2 0 0 1 22y 179d 3 3
6 Goldsack, Tyson 7 5 4 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 27y 338d 128 47
4 Grundy, Brodie 14 6 3 17 0 0 26 1 4 1 21y 10d 26 5
8 Langdon, Tom 11 6 5 16 0 1 0 3 2 1 20y 320d 23 0
43 Oxley, Adam 3 0 5 8 0 0 0 4 1 0 22y 175d 6 1
10 Pendlebury, Scott 17 5 13 30 1 0 0 5 0 0 27y 108d 196 127
31 Ramsay, Jackson 4 0 8 12 0 0 0 4 0 1 20y 156d 6 0
40 Seedsman, Paul 25 6 6 31 1 1 0 4 3 1 23y 93d 40 14
36 Swan, Dane 15 4 6 21 1 0 0 2 1 0 31y 59d 240 193
34 Toovey, Alan 3 1 4 7 0 0 0 7 1 2 28y 33d 135 9
18 Varcoe, Travis 7 4 14 21 0 2 0 5 0 1 27y 15d 142 132
9 White, Jesse 7 2 2 9 0 0 3 2 0 2 27y 106d 93 98
26 Williams, Marley 11 2 11 22 0 0 0 3 0 1 21y 277d 41 4
  Rushed   6  
  Totals 210 73 128 338 9 15 31 74 20 22 24y 188d 1701 1257

Match highlights

Paul Seedsman had 25 kicks for Collingwood vs. Essendon (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)
Jake Melksham played his 100th V/AFL game: Essendon vs. Collingwood (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)
88,395 attended Essendon vs. Collingwood at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)
Travis Cloke kicked his 400th career V/AFL goal: Collingwood vs. Essendon (AFL, Premiership Season, R4)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.