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Essendon vs Brisbane

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Round: 18   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sun, 24-07-2016 1:10 pm   Crowd: 34,869  
Essendon 3.4.226.9.457.14.5612.19.91 C:  John Worsfold
Brisbane 6.3.399.4.5815.6.9620.8.128 C:  Justin Leppitsch
  BRIS by 17BRIS by 13BRIS by 40BRIS by 37  
Weather
min temp  4.7°C      max temp  11.4°C
rainfall  0.8mm    humidity  62%    air pressure  1007.4mb
wind speed 26km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Tom Rockliff (BRIS)2 Zach Merrett (ESS)1 Mitch Robinson (BRIS)

Match Report

With Essendon and Brisbane having gone having 14 games and 12 games respectively without a win, Sunday's match between the two at Docklands was always going to break a drought one way or another, and it did. The drought broke in Brisbane's favour with the Lions getting away to a fast start and never being threatened by an Essendon team that was hard to reconcile with one that had pushed Richmond, St Kilda and even GWS in recent weeks. In the end, the Lions prevailed by 37 points, easing the huge pressure on coach Justin Leppitsch, for a short while at least.

It became apparent very early in the match that Brisbane was 'on' and that Essendon was anything but. The Lions ran in waves, attacking consistently, leaving the Dons looking shellshocked. After eight minutes Brisbane already had three goals on the board, one each to Tom Cutler, Sam Mayes and Rhys Mathieson, and led 3.1 to nil. The Bombers finally got on the board with a lovely snapped goal from Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and were at least competitive for the remainder of the term but it was Brisbane ahead by 17 points at quarter time.

A seemingly much more committed Essendon came out after the first break and did well to hold the Lions scoreless for the first 10 minutes. Joe Daniher added a goal in that period, cutting the margin to nine points, but Josh Walker's second goal took Brisbane back out to a margin of 15 and when Eric Hipwood kicked truly at the 16-minute mark, it was Brisbane by 21 points. Ryan Bastinac made it 26 points with a major seven minutes later, but goals to Daniher and Kyle Langford had Essendon back with 13 points at half time.

It took nearly eight minutes for the crucial first goal of the third quarter to come, and when it did it went Brisbane's way to Cutler. That appeared to break the Bombers' spirit, and Mathieson Stefan Martin and Daniel Rich all added majors over the next 12 minutes to blow the margin out to 36 points and effectively kill the contest. Daniher's third goal clawed one back for the Dons but further majors to Josh Green and Liam Dawson had the Lions ahead by 40 points and heading towards their first win since round four at the last end-change.

Goals to Pearce Hanley and Rohan Bewick extended the Lions' lead to 52 points within two minutes of the final term, but the Bombers responded with majors to Daniher and Courtenay Dempsey. Brisbane then kicked three in a row - one to Dawson and two to Walker - taking the margin out to 60 points and the Lions looked they were in for the kill. To the Dons' credit, though, they fought out the match as Brisbane eased up, controlling the last 15 minutes to add 3.5 to nil to cut the final margin to 37 points, although the damage had long been done.

Tom Rockliff was a fine contributor for the victors, picking up 38 touches and 12 marks, while Brendon Goddard's 11 marks and 31 disposals put him amongst the Bombers' best.

The Lions will return home to the Gabba next Saturday night to try and make it two in a row against Port Adelaide. Essendon, meanwhile, will travel to the Adelaide Oval to take on the Crows on Sunday, a second win for the season for the Bombers looking as far away as it ever has.

GOALS
Essendon:
Daniher 4; Fantasia 3; Langford, Hams, Dempsey, Brown, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Brisbane: Walker 4; Mathieson, Cutler, Green, Dawson 2; Bewick, Martin, Hipwood, Bastinac, Mayes, Hanley, Rockliff, Rich

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Essendon: Goddard, Parish, Daniher, Merrett
Brisbane: Rockliff, Zorko, Robinson, Hanley, Martin, Walker

BEST - THE AGE
Essendon: Merrett, Daniher, Langford, Goddard, Hartley, Francis, Parish. Leuenberger
Brisbane: Rockliff, Rich, Robinson, Martin, Zorko, Bastinac, Hanley, Walker

INJURIES
Essendon: Daniher (teeth)
Brisbane: Nil

UMPIRES: Donlon, Fisher, O'Gorman

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTAORS: Anthony Hudson, Jason Dunstall, Gerard Healy, Sarah Jones

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 4 1 9 13 0 0 0 3 0 0 24y 327d 45 20
28 Brown, Mitch 6 3 6 12 1 2 0 1 1 1 25y 331d 32 28
17 Cooney, Adam 11 4 8 19 0 2 0 4 1 0 30y 298d 246 199
6 Daniher, Joe 8 5 2 10 4 1 0 1 1 0 22y 142d 65 95
49 Dea, Matt 13 6 3 16 0 0 0 3 2 1 24y 285d 47 1
15 Dempsey, Courtenay 11 3 4 15 1 0 0 1 0 3 28y 331d 130 34
13 Fantasia, Orazio 8 4 2 10 3 1 0 9 2 1 20y 314d 24 26
10 Francis, Aaron 9 7 7 16 0 1 0 2 1 0 18y 349d 1 0
8 Gleeson, Martin 12 4 5 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 21y 334d 46 4
9 Goddard, Brendon 18 11 13 31 0 0 2 6 4 1 31y 65d 286 152
41 Hams, Will 6 3 9 15 1 1 0 1 1 0 22y 10d 12 4
36 Hartley, Michael 2 0 5 7 0 0 0 5 0 1 23y 47d 14 1
47 Kelly, James 8 3 8 16 0 0 0 5 1 0 32y 208d 289 90
30 Langford, Kyle 11 7 8 19 1 0 2 3 1 1 19y 236d 22 11
33 Laverde, Jayden 11 6 3 14 0 2 0 5 1 0 20y 103d 13 10
22 Leuenberger, Matthew 13 2 5 18 0 1 36 3 0 1 28y 47d 123 29
43 McDonald-Tipungwuti, Anthony 8 4 5 13 1 3 0 3 1 0 23y 93d 16 4
45 McKenna, Conor 7 2 7 14 0 2 0 2 1 0 20y 118d 9 2
44 McKernan, Shaun 6 3 4 10 0 0 5 2 0 0 25y 327d 48 30
7 Merrett, Zach 15 6 19 34 0 0 0 8 3 2 20y 295d 54 21
3 Parish, Darcy 8 5 13 21 0 0 0 4 1 0 18y 365d 16 6
11 Zaharakis, David 7 2 6 13 0 1 0 7 1 0 26y 154d 142 101
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 202 91 151 353 12 19 45 78 24 12 24y 67d 1680 868
Brisbane Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
31 Andrews, Harris 3 3 2 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 19y 226d 31 6
4 Bastinac, Ryan 19 6 11 30 1 0 0 3 1 2 25y 32d 138 72
8 Bewick, Rohan 9 3 4 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 26y 288d 92 64
26 Cutler, Tom 12 6 4 16 2 1 0 2 0 0 21y 155d 29 10
24 Dawson, Liam 9 6 4 13 2 0 0 0 1 2 20y 183d 14 3
27 Gardiner, Darcy 4 4 7 11 0 1 0 3 0 0 20y 306d 39 3
6 Green, Josh 10 2 5 15 2 2 0 1 0 0 23y 335d 79 106
40 Hammelmann, Matthew 2 1 4 6 0 0 0 5 0 2 20y 138d 4 0
11 Hanley, Pearce 20 4 11 31 1 0 1 6 0 5 27y 252d 124 56
30 Hipwood, Eric 6 4 6 12 1 1 0 1 0 0 18y 315d 5 10
1 Keays, Ben 1 1 7 8 0 0 0 4 2 0 19y 152d 11 3
12 Martin, Stefan 11 4 14 25 1 1 29 5 1 0 29y 250d 111 38
36 Mathieson, Rhys 9 2 8 17 2 0 0 4 2 3 19y 196d 6 3
32 Mayes, Sam 12 0 11 23 1 0 0 1 1 2 22y 65d 69 26
21 Merrett, Daniel 1 2 9 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 31y 225d 195 69
10 Rich, Daniel 22 5 5 27 1 0 0 2 1 0 26y 47d 138 88
5 Robinson, Mitch 7 0 10 17 0 0 0 1 0 1 27y 47d 137 69
38 Rockliff, Tom 24 12 14 38 1 0 0 9 1 0 26y 153d 129 64
23 Schache, Josh 3 5 5 8 0 1 0 6 0 0 18y 338d 16 16
14 Walker, Josh 6 4 2 8 4 0 4 2 1 2 23y 255d 44 51
47 William, Reuben 6 2 5 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 18y 206d 3 0
15 Zorko, Dayne 15 4 13 28 0 0 0 6 1 2 27y 166d 96 95
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 211 80 161 372 20 8 35 65 12 24 23y 164d 1510 852

Match highlights

Aaron Francis debuted for Essendon (AFL, Premiership Season, R18)

Footnotes

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