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Essendon vs Melbourne

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Round: 2   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 02-04-2016 2:10 pm   Crowd: 50,424  
Essendon 2.2.147.7.498.10.5811.14.80 C:  John Worsfold
Melbourne 1.4.106.4.407.7.4910.7.67 C:  Paul Roos
  ESS by 4ESS by 9ESS by 9ESS by 13  
Weather
min temp  16.1°C      max temp  19.5°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  55%    air pressure  1019.8mb
wind speed 13km/h      wind direction  S
Brownlow Medal 3 Zach Merrett (ESS)2 David Zaharakis (ESS)1 Joe Daniher (ESS)

Match Report

At the start of this season there were those who thought that Essendon could go through 2016 without registering a win. Such claims about one club or another, depending on the team's fortunes, are not uncommon at the start of each year but invariably they have proven incorrect in every season since 1964, when Fitzroy completed its season without tasting victory. This year, however, the claims appeared to have a greater veracity. With Essendon's team decimated by the loss of a host of WADA-sanctioned players, the hastily cobbled together side that is the 2016 Bombers would surely do no better than perhaps a lucky late-season win against another also-ran?

Wrong again, 'experts'. It only took until round two blow that theory out of the water, as the Dons took it right up to (and in the end, away from) first-round winners Melbourne to record a resounding 13-point win. This was a game that never reached any great heights as a spectacle but it was one that sent the spirits of Bomber fans soaring. Many of those fans had gathered to the march to the MCG prior to the match as part of the club-organised 'Making a Stand' initiative. The result also delivered the first win to new coach John Worsfold.

A running goal to Zach Merrett after a handball from Joe Daniher got Essendon off to the best possible start at the five-minute mark, but the Demons appeared to get on top after that, dominating the play if not the scoreboard for much of the next 15 minutes. They kicked 2.3 to nil in that period, the goal going to Angus Brayshaw to give Melbourne a one-point lead. Merrett's second at the 23-minute mark gave the Dons a four-point lead at quarter time, and when Mathew Stokes kicked his first in the first minute of the second term, an upset appeared to be brewing.

Seemingly stung into action by the Stokes goal, the Demons slammed on four goals in the next 14 minutes, two of those to ex-Pie Ben Kennedy, and that gave them a 12-point lead. But the Bombers hit back with four of the next five majors and they took a nine-point lead into the long break. The extended that to 15 with an early third-term goal to Mitch Brown before the game turned into a defensive dour affair in which goals proved hard to come by. A third to Ben Kennedy was the only goal for the rest of the quarter and the margin was again nine points Essendon's way at the last change.

Melbourne had come from behind to beat GWS a week earlier, and the feeling was that the Demons would do it again in round two. Goals to second-gamer Clayton Oliver, Jack Watts and Jesse Hogan appeared to confirm those thoughts, as Melbourne led by a goal halfway through the final quarter but the Bombers would not lie down and it was they that finished the stronger, majors to Daniher, Kyle Langford and another second-gamer, Darcy Parish, giving Essendon a momentous 13-point win. 

The result left Bomber fans wondering what might be possible in what was expected to be a kind of 'gap year' for Essendon and Melbourne fans wondering whether the Demons will ever become a consistently good side. The Demons had certainly shown great promise in their round-one win over GWS, which recorded its own impressive win against Geelong in round two but this poor performance against Essendon left many scratching their heads. 

Melbourne will look to get 'back on the horse' and on track in round three but with the undefeated North Melbourne as its opponent at Hobart on Sunday, that will be no easy task. The Bombers will seek to eke out another 'miracle' win against Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night. 

GOALS
Essendon: Z.Merrett, Brown, Daniher 2; Stokes, Hartley, Kommer, Langford, Parish
Melbourne: Kennedy 3; Garlett 2; Brayshaw, Harmes, Oliver, Watts, Hogan

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Essendon: Z.Merrett, Daniher, Zaharakis, Parish, J.Merrett, Goddard, Kelly, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Melbourne: Kennedy, Vince, N. Jones, M. Jones, Tyson

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Essendon:
Daniher, Z Merrett, Zaharakis, Gwilt, Goddard, Parish, Kelly, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Melbourne: N. Jones, Kennedy, Vince, Lumumba, Tyson, Gawn

INJURIES
Essendon: Fantasia (knee), Matt Dea (nose)
Melbourne: Nil

REPORTS: Patrick Ambrose for rough conduct on James Harmes in the second quarter.

UMPIRES: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Dwayne Russell, Gerard Healy, David King, Ben Dixon

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 5 3 8 13 0 0 3 5 1 1 24y 214d 34 19
12 Baguley, Mark 10 9 11 21 0 0 0 5 1 0 28y 317d 74 2
28 Brown, Mitch 9 3 4 13 2 0 0 1 1 0 25y 218d 17 11
17 Cooney, Adam 14 5 6 20 0 1 0 4 3 1 30y 185d 232 196
51 Crowley, Ryan 10 8 4 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 32y 28d 190 117
6 Daniher, Joe 14 15 7 21 2 4 0 0 2 1 22y 29d 50 68
49 Dea, Matt 12 4 6 18 0 1 0 2 3 1 24y 172d 33 1
13 Fantasia, Orazio 9 3 14 23 0 0 0 3 1 2 20y 201d 9 2
8 Gleeson, Martin 15 12 5 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 221d 33 4
9 Goddard, Brendon 15 10 12 27 0 1 2 3 2 2 30y 318d 271 149
42 Gwilt, James 13 9 11 24 0 0 0 1 0 0 29y 235d 139 25
36 Hartley, Michael 9 6 5 14 1 0 0 5 2 3 22y 300d 1 1
47 Kelly, James 12 6 16 28 0 0 0 2 0 1 32y 95d 275 88
38 Kommer, Nick 5 2 4 9 1 0 0 1 4 6 25y 187d 20 11
30 Langford, Kyle 7 7 8 15 1 1 0 2 2 1 19y 123d 10 5
22 Leuenberger, Matthew 4 1 8 12 0 0 16 2 2 0 27y 300d 110 27
43 McDonald-Tipungwuti, Anthony 13 8 7 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 346d 2 0
20 Merrett, Jackson 13 10 15 28 0 1 0 3 0 0 23y 35d 45 19
7 Merrett, Zach 19 3 13 32 2 0 0 8 0 0 20y 182d 39 17
3 Parish, Darcy 10 3 11 21 1 0 0 8 3 0 18y 252d 2 1
48 Stokes, Mathew 5 5 12 17 1 0 0 4 0 1 31y 132d 191 207
11 Zaharakis, David 20 7 14 34 0 0 0 5 0 1 26y 41d 128 98
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 243 139 201 444 11 14 21 66 27 22 25y 187d 1905 1068
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
10 Brayshaw, Angus 7 1 2 9 1 1 0 1 0 1 20y 84d 22 6
32 Bugg, Tomas 9 4 7 16 0 0 0 4 2 2 22y 363d 67 16
20 Garland, Colin 4 1 3 7 0 0 0 3 1 0 27y 340d 137 16
36 Garlett, Jeff 6 2 0 6 2 1 0 3 0 0 26y 243d 131 227
11 Gawn, Max 3 3 7 10 0 0 31 0 1 1 24y 94d 41 18
43 Harmes, James 8 1 7 15 1 0 0 3 2 0 20y 180d 10 5
1 Hogan, Jesse 5 4 3 8 1 1 0 1 0 1 21y 50d 22 48
39 Jetta, Neville 5 2 7 12 0 0 0 3 1 1 26y 50d 75 21
45 Jones, Matt 13 5 6 19 0 0 0 3 2 1 28y 167d 53 10
2 Jones, Nathan 17 6 12 29 0 0 0 3 1 3 28y 73d 203 95
35 Kennedy, Ben 13 1 8 21 3 0 0 3 2 0 22y 30d 27 19
16 Kent, Dean 2 1 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 3 22y 38d 34 25
8 Lumumba, Heritier 8 2 10 18 0 0 1 0 1 2 29y 139d 219 30
25 McDonald, Tom 8 6 4 12 0 0 0 1 1 2 23y 197d 84 7
13 Oliver, Clayton 4 2 10 14 1 0 0 2 0 1 18y 255d 2 1
21 Pedersen, Cameron 7 5 3 10 0 0 7 2 3 3 29y 16d 54 45
3 Salem, Christian 7 3 6 13 0 0 0 3 1 2 20y 262d 24 7
12 Tyson, Dom 12 5 11 23 0 3 0 4 1 0 22y 299d 52 26
37 vandenBerg, Aaron 5 2 10 15 0 0 0 1 2 1 24y 30d 16 7
23 Vince, Bernie 20 7 8 28 0 0 2 4 1 2 30y 183d 174 105
7 Viney, Jack 7 1 10 17 0 0 0 5 0 0 21y 355d 51 11
4 Watts, Jack 4 4 5 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 25y 7d 117 85
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 174 68 142 316 10 7 41 50 22 27 24y 140d 1615 830

Match highlights

Joe Daniher took 15 marks for Essendon vs. Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, R2)
50,424 attended Essendon vs. Melbourne at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, R2)

Footnotes

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