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Essendon vs Hawthorn

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Round: 12   Venue: Docklands   Date: Fri, 10-06-2016 7:50 pm   Crowd: 27,567  
Essendon 2.1.134.3.275.5.356.7.43 C:  John Worsfold
Hawthorn 6.7.4313.7.8517.9.11123.13.151 C:  Alastair Clarkson
  HAW by 30HAW by 58HAW by 76HAW by 108  
Weather
min temp  10.4°C      max temp  15.8°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  90%    air pressure  1019.0mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  WNW
Brownlow Medal 3 Jordan Lewis (HAW)2 Grant Birchall (HAW)1 Jack Gunston (HAW)

Match Report

In hindsight, the AFL must be ruing the scheduling of this game as a feature Friday night match, with the suspension-ridden Essendon taking on the might of reigning premiers Hawthorn. A horribly one-sided affair saw the Hawks overcome a very brief bright to win all four quarters easily and thump the Dons by 108 points, in front of a small crowd of 27,567. Of course, when the fixtures were released, Essendon players had not yet been banned, but the AFL must have had least considered the possibility. In any case, Hawthorn's win enable it to boost its previously relatively poor percentage and stay very much in touch with the top four.

Bomber fans would have been hopeful that their team was in for a highly competitive performance when Joe Daniher broke through a tackle and snap a goal that saw the Dons lead by a goal after two minutes. And, after Isaac Smith opened Hawthorn's account with a goal at the five-minute mark, when Daniher marked and goaled again at the six-minute mark to put the Bombers seven points clear, it seemed those hopes were well-founded. But the Dons fell away quickly after that as the Hawks clicked into gear. Goals to Cyril Rioli and Paul Puopolo had Hawthorn ahead by the 14-minute mark and further majors to Kade Stewart, Puopolo and Jack Gunston, along with a raft of behinds, saw the Hawks ahead five goals at quarter time.

There was no let-up from the Hawks in the second term, although Essendon did manage to prevent them from scoring until the seven-minute mark. Rioli broke the drought with his second, and with follow-up goals from Gunston and Stewart, Hawthorn's lead was out to eight goals midway through the term. There Bombers made slight inroads with two of the next three majors via Jackson Merrett and Kyle Langford, but the Hawks closed out the half with goals to Tim O'Brien, Rioli and Puopolo to lead by 58 at the long break.

Any thought of a second-half Essendon revival was quickly dispelled when play restarted, with Luke Breust goaling twice and Shaun Burgoyne once as the Hawks powered to a 76-point lead. The Bombers' only major of the third term came via Mitch Brown at the 17-minute mark but Breust's third of his own for the Hawks had the margin back out to 76 when the siren sounded for three-quarter time.

The Bombers actually had the better of the early stages of the final term, with Craig Bird goaling and Mark Jamar missing from close range as they held the Hawks scoreless until the eight-minute mark. However, Breust's fourth major sparked another Hawthorn goal avalanche and they added another five to Essendon's one after that to record a crushing 108-point victory, one which saw a rise in percentage from 108.9 to 119.0. 

Jordan Lewis played yet another outstanding game for the Hawks, taking nine marks and gathering 35 touches. For Essendon, Zach Merrett (31 possessions, six tackles) and David Zaharakis (33 touches, five tackles) were fine players.

With a 9-3 record and within percentage of the top four, Hawthorn could draw level with top side North Melbourne on Friday night if they can sneak a win against the Kangaroos. A win of roughly four goals or more could actually see the Hawks overtake the Roos on the ladder. For Essendon, things won't get any easier, with the Bombers to take on the powerful Giants at Docklands next Sunday.

GOALS
Essendon: Daniher 2; Brown, J. Merrett, Langford, Bird
Hawthorn: Breust, Puopolo, Gunston 4; Rioli 3; O'Brien, Stewart 2; Smith, Burgoyne, Shiels, Langford

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Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Parish, Daniher, Fantasia
Hawthorn: Lewis, Birchall, Rioli, Gibson, Puopolo, Shiels, Howe

BEST - THE SATURDAY AGE
Essendon: Merrett, Brown, Zaharakis, Parish
Hawthorn: Lewis, Gibson, Burgoyne, Puopolo, Birchall, Smith, Gunston

INJURIES
Essendon: Goddard (broken nose)
Hawthorn: Nil

UMPIRES: Kamolins, Fleer, Mollison

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Tim Watson

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 6 2 8 14 0 0 0 4 3 0 24y 283d 41 20
24 Bird, Craig 4 0 12 16 1 0 0 5 1 2 27y 141d 146 58
28 Brown, Mitch 10 8 6 16 1 1 0 1 2 1 25y 287d 27 23
17 Cooney, Adam 12 7 15 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 30y 254d 242 199
6 Daniher, Joe 12 10 4 16 2 2 0 2 1 3 22y 98d 60 82
49 Dea, Matt 14 10 8 22 0 0 0 5 0 1 24y 241d 43 1
15 Dempsey, Courtenay 7 0 4 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 28y 287d 125 31
19 Edwards, Shaun 11 2 4 15 0 0 3 0 0 0 22y 180d 24 10
13 Fantasia, Orazio 15 5 12 27 0 0 0 2 1 0 20y 270d 19 12
8 Gleeson, Martin 10 5 13 23 0 0 0 2 1 2 21y 290d 41 4
9 Goddard, Brendon 9 7 16 25 0 0 1 2 0 1 31y 21d 281 151
42 Gwilt, James 7 4 14 21 0 0 0 3 0 1 29y 304d 148 25
41 Hams, Will 6 4 8 14 0 0 0 6 1 0 21y 332d 7 1
53 Jamar, Mark 4 5 5 9 0 2 12 0 1 2 32y 306d 157 57
47 Kelly, James 14 6 13 27 0 0 0 2 0 1 32y 164d 284 89
30 Langford, Kyle 3 2 11 14 1 0 0 7 1 0 19y 192d 19 10
22 Leuenberger, Matthew 5 2 10 15 0 0 29 4 0 3 28y 3d 119 27
20 Merrett, Jackson 8 4 12 20 1 0 0 1 0 0 23y 104d 48 21
7 Merrett, Zach 16 5 15 31 0 1 0 6 0 1 20y 251d 49 19
3 Parish, Darcy 8 3 19 27 0 0 0 3 1 0 18y 321d 11 5
48 Stokes, Mathew 7 5 4 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 31y 201d 196 209
11 Zaharakis, David 15 3 18 33 0 0 0 5 1 1 26y 110d 138 101
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 203 99 231 434 6 7 45 63 14 19 25y 260d 2225 1155
Hawthorn Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
14 Birchall, Grant 18 10 12 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 28y 134d 228 32
22 Breust, Luke 10 4 4 14 4 1 0 7 0 1 25y 212d 128 253
9 Burgoyne, Shaun 11 3 6 17 1 1 0 5 0 1 33y 233d 307 247
17 Dewar, Angus 6 5 10 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 242d 24 1
12 Frawley, James 13 8 2 15 0 0 0 5 1 1 27y 264d 168 24
6 Gibson, Josh 17 12 8 25 0 0 0 0 0 1 32y 89d 201 4
19 Gunston, Jack 14 9 7 21 4 1 0 2 3 3 24y 238d 115 252
4 Hartung, Billy 15 10 6 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 21y 138d 38 16
10 Hill, Bradley 16 5 8 24 0 0 0 3 0 0 22y 337d 83 52
41 Howe, Daniel 16 4 10 26 0 1 0 4 2 1 20y 189d 11 1
29 Langford, Will 13 4 6 19 1 1 0 3 0 0 23y 343d 43 16
3 Lewis, Jordan 16 9 19 35 0 0 0 3 1 0 30y 47d 252 138
7 McEvoy, Ben 3 2 7 10 0 0 14 0 2 0 26y 335d 135 54
23 O'Brien, Tim 6 4 5 11 2 1 0 3 1 1 22y 74d 13 12
43 Pittonet, Marc 0 1 6 6 0 0 11 7 2 0 20y 7d 2 0
28 Puopolo, Paul 6 0 8 14 4 1 0 5 2 0 28y 191d 123 122
33 Rioli, Cyril 15 9 5 20 3 2 0 2 1 1 26y 332d 168 245
26 Shiels, Liam 13 7 12 25 1 1 0 6 1 0 25y 42d 134 45
21 Sicily, James 12 6 13 25 0 0 0 1 2 1 21y 156d 15 18
16 Smith, Isaac 14 8 9 23 1 1 0 1 0 1 27y 163d 123 108
40 Stewart, Kade 8 6 5 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 19y 146d 2 3
24 Stratton, Ben 9 7 4 13 0 0 0 0 1 1 27y 101d 129 1
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 251 133 172 423 23 13 25 59 19 14 25y 165d 2442 1644

Footnotes

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