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Gold Coast vs Essendon

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Round: 22   Venue: Carrara Stadium   Date: Sat, 19-08-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 16,817  
Gold Coast 3.1.196.1.378.1.499.3.57 C:  Dean Solomon
Essendon 4.2.266.8.448.11.5912.18.90 C:  John Worsfold
  ESS by 7ESS by 7ESS by 10ESS by 33  
Weather
min temp  12.9°C      max temp  20.9°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  27%    air pressure  1016.2mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  NW
Brownlow Medal 3 David Zaharakis (ESS)2 Tom Bellchambers (ESS)1 Dyson Heppell (ESS)

Match Report

A trip to the Gold Coast for a win against the Suns has restored Essendon to a place in the eight, with the Bombers' finals fate now back in their own hands, thanks to the results of other matches going their way. The Dons' win was by no means their most impressive of the season, and their lead at the last change was only 10 points, but a four-goal-to-one final quarter saw them home by 33, enough to put them on track for a first finals appliance since 2014.

With caretaker coach Dean Solomon at the helm for his second week, the Suns started strongly, as they had in Solomon's first match, with early goals to Peter Wright and Ben Ainsworth opening up a 13-point lead. But the Bombers, sparked by debutant Josh Begley, turned things around abruptly from there. Begley's first kick in AFL football was Essendon's first goal of the night, and he was everywhere for the rest of the quarter, playing a major role in the three more goals that the Dons added for the quarter, including a second of his own. His second took Essendon out to a 13-point lead, before a late major from Jack Martin had Gold Coast back within seven at quarter time.

Essendon had full control of the first 17 minutes of the second term, holding the Suns scoreless, but the Bombers could not hammer home the advantage, with the net result of their efforts just four behinds. When the tide turned, Gold Coast made them pay with a mark and goal to Josh Schoenfeld followed by an accurate snap from David Swallow giving the Suns the lead. The Bombers levelled the scores with yet another behind before Darcy MacPherson's first major had Gold Coast ahead by six points 22 minutes in, but Essendon finally began to hit the target after that, and goals to Josh Green and Conor McKenna allowed the Dons to take a seven-point lead into the half.

When play resumed in the third quarter the Bombers looked like finally getting on top, with Dyson Heppell and Cale Hooker scoring goals within the first seven minutes to take their lead out to 20 points. But the Suns came again, Ainsworth's second goal cutting the margin back to 14, and Essendon then wasted a couple of opportunities with Begley and Green both missing, and when Ainsworth bobbed up again to kick his third the margin was back to just 10 points. At the final end-change, the score showed Essendon leading 8.11 to 8.1 a clear indication of one side making more of their opportunities than the other.

Bombers fans may have been nervous with their team heading into the final term with a lead of only 10 points, but Essendon allayed any fears with early goals to Cale Hooker and Joe Daniher, extending the margin to 23 points. The Suns failed to respond this time, and the Dons added another three behinds before Darcy Parish kicked a goal to put the result behind doubt. Each side kicked one further goal as Essendon coasted to a comfortable 33-point win to move back into the eight.

David Zaharakis was one of the chief architects of the Bombers' win, picking up 39 possessions and taking five marks, while Brendon Goddard (25 touches) was also a key factor. For the Suns Aaron Hall (31 touches, eight marks) and Sam May (25 disposals) were standouts.

The Bombers will confirm their place in the finals with a win over Fremantle at Docklands next Sunday. With the Dockers having lost their last two matches by more than 100 points, and Essendon victory looks a near certainty. Gold Coast will see out the season with a Saturday night match against Port Adelaide in Adelaide. The Suns, like Fremantle, will start that match at very long odds.

GOALS
Gold Coast: Ainsworth 3; Wright, Martin, Schoenfeld, Swallow, Macpherson, Hallahan
Essendon: Hooker, Stewart, Begley 2; Green, McKenna, Heppell, Daniher, Parish, McDonald-Tipungwuti

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Gold Coast: May, Hanley, Hall, McKenzie, Swallow
Essendon: Zaharakis, Goddard, Baguley, Kelly, McGrath

BEST - THE AGE
Gold Coast: Hall, May, McKenzie, Hanley, Saad, Hallahan
Essendon: Zaharakis, Goddard, Heppell, Baguley, Bellchambers, Hooker

INJURIES
Gold Coast: Nil
Essendon: Green (foot)

UMPIRES: Foot, Stevic, O'Gorman

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Brenton Speed, Jason Dunstall, Alastair Lynch, Brian Lake

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Gold Coast Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
13 Ah Chee, Callum 9 4 5 14 0 0 0 3 0 1 19y 314d 29 21
27 Ainsworth, Ben 7 6 3 10 3 0 0 1 0 2 19y 190d 12 14
31 Brooksby, Keegan 6 2 6 12 0 0 19 4 3 1 27y 114d 13 3
8 Fiorini, Brayden 10 6 8 18 0 0 0 3 0 0 19y 362d 14 7
33 Hall, Aaron 17 8 14 31 0 0 0 3 1 2 26y 283d 96 75
14 Hallahan, Mitch 13 5 10 23 1 0 0 4 1 1 24y 361d 25 7
1 Hanley, Pearce 15 5 8 23 0 0 0 6 1 0 28y 277d 141 59
5 Harbrow, Jarrod 7 3 5 12 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 32d 201 53
38 Joyce, Jesse 7 5 9 16 0 0 0 1 2 0 20y 2d 28 1
21 Leslie, Jack 6 4 6 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 22y 114d 19 0
7 Lonergan, Jesse 2 1 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 3 22y 278d 55 6
44 Macpherson, Darcy 2 2 3 5 1 0 0 3 0 0 19y 294d 11 5
4 Martin, Jack 17 7 1 18 1 1 0 1 3 1 22y 202d 65 59
17 May, Steven 15 8 10 25 0 1 0 3 0 1 25y 221d 105 18
18 McKenzie, Trent 21 9 3 24 0 0 0 3 1 0 25y 138d 105 22
11 Miller, Touk 6 1 10 16 0 0 0 4 2 0 21y 178d 59 18
3 Rosa, Matt 9 5 12 21 0 0 0 2 2 2 30y 269d 201 44
42 Saad, Adam 5 1 4 9 0 0 0 3 0 3 23y 27d 47 3
36 Schoenfeld, Josh 3 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 20y 47d 8 3
43 Spencer, Max 7 3 4 11 0 0 0 1 1 1 19y 319d 4 0
24 Swallow, David 13 3 7 20 1 1 0 4 2 0 24y 273d 96 50
30 Wright, Peter 5 5 3 8 1 0 8 0 0 0 20y 345d 41 57
  Totals 202 95 144 346 9 3 27 52 20 18 23y 162d 1375 525
Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 7 4 6 13 0 0 0 3 0 1 25y 352d 58 20
12 Baguley, Mark 14 9 11 25 0 0 0 1 0 1 30y 90d 102 3
16 Begley, Josh 10 7 3 13 2 1 0 2 0 2 19y 47d 1 2
2 Bellchambers, Tom 16 6 4 20 0 2 34 2 1 1 28y 41d 91 61
24 Bird, Craig 12 2 11 23 0 0 0 4 0 0 28y 210d 157 59
6 Daniher, Joe 6 4 4 10 1 0 3 1 1 2 23y 168d 91 168
8 Gleeson, Martin 12 6 4 16 0 0 0 4 3 1 22y 359d 67 5
9 Goddard, Brendon 13 14 12 25 0 0 0 2 0 1 32y 91d 310 157
15 Green, Josh 9 1 3 12 1 2 0 4 2 1 24y 360d 98 124
36 Hartley, Michael 12 6 6 18 0 0 0 4 2 1 24y 73d 35 1
21 Heppell, Dyson 15 8 9 24 1 0 0 4 2 0 25y 97d 127 44
26 Hooker, Cale 8 9 11 19 2 2 0 2 0 2 28y 310d 153 69
47 Kelly, James 11 9 11 22 0 0 0 5 0 4 33y 233d 311 90
33 Laverde, Jayden 10 5 6 16 0 3 0 6 1 1 21y 129d 22 13
43 McDonald-Tipungwuti, Anthony 8 5 7 15 1 0 0 4 1 0 24y 119d 42 41
1 McGrath, Andrew 13 6 12 25 0 0 0 2 1 1 19y 78d 19 1
45 McKenna, Conor 7 3 7 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 21y 144d 31 10
7 Merrett, Zach 12 3 11 23 0 0 0 5 4 0 21y 320d 79 27
23 Myers, David 11 6 6 17 0 1 0 5 0 0 28y 50d 98 28
3 Parish, Darcy 8 4 13 21 1 0 0 2 0 0 20y 25d 38 13
17 Stewart, James 6 5 3 9 2 1 1 1 0 1 23y 168d 32 36
11 Zaharakis, David 23 5 15 38 0 0 0 4 0 0 27y 179d 168 112
  Rushed   6  
  Totals 243 127 175 418 12 18 38 67 18 20 25y 83d 2130 1084

Footnotes

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