Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

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    Essendon vs. Melbourne

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away April 29, 2018
    Essendon 72, Melbourne 108
    Essendon Melbourne
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q12315   139
    Q25737   4731
    Q36945   111076
    Q4101272   1612108

    Match result:

    The battle of the contenders has gone the way of the Demons on points. While it looked at times as if Melbourne would land a knock out blow on Essendon, the Bombers finished the match strong to improve the scoreline, and finish with some respectability.

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    Final score
    Essendon Bombers 10.12.72
    Melbourne Demons 16.12.108

    Match preview:

    Round 6 carries on this Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium, as the Essendon Bombers play host to the Melbourne Demons, with both sides eager and desperate to get back into the winners’ circle. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match starting from 1:10pm AEST.

    Preseason must seem like a lifetime ago for these two sides. Leading into Round 1 of season 2018, Essendon and Melbourne were the up and coming teams to watch out for.

    They were the big improvers, with Essendon having recruited for quality, and Melbourne having learned the lessons of last season’s heartbreak in missing finals.

    Yet here we are in Round 6, and suddenly, each team is desperate for a win. How on earth did that come about?

    The Bombers have had a short, but intense, turnaround from their match on Anzac day, a lot of air-time given to Brendan Goddard’s in-game blow ups. There is an argument though that the way they’ve been playing lately, who can blame him?

    Joe Daniher will have been happy with the distraction from his poor kicking at goal.

    And as for Melbourne, granted, a skewed Max Gawn kick against Geelong and their record would look better, but suddenly, that kick was detracting from a fair few deficiencies.

    Now really is the time for the likes of Christian Petracca, Michael Hibberd, Jayden Hunt, Jesse Hogan, Dom Tyson, and countless other Demons players with all the potential in the world to start clicking, and there is no better opportunity than today, against a fellow top-8 aspirant.

    Prediction
    It will be a case of Bombers pace versus Demons quality, and I’m backing the Demons cream to rise to the top. Bombers won’t be easy, but the quality across the park for Melbourne should be enough to thwart the pace and attack of a misfiring Dons outfit.

    Melbourne by 26

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    2' BEHIND - Jayden Laverde (Essendon)
    8' BEHIND - James Stewart (Essendon)
    10' BEHIND - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    12' GOAL - Devon Smith (Essendon)
    15' BEHIND - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    19' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    23' GOAL - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    26' BEHIND - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
    27' BEHIND - Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
    Quarter 2
    3' BEHIND - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    4' GOAL - Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
    6' GOAL - Jayden Laverde (Essendon)
    7' GOAL - James Stewart (Essendon)
    10' BEHIND - Devon Smith (Essendon)
    13' BEHIND - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    14' BEHIND - Rushed (Melbourne)
    16' GOAL - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    18' GOAL - Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
    20' BEHIND - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    24' BEHIND - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    26' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    29' BEHIND - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    30' BEHIND - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    Quarter 3
    2' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    4' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    8' GOAL - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    10' GOAL - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
    13' BEHIND - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    14' BEHIND - Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
    19' GOAL - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
    21' BEHIND - Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
    21' GOAL - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    25' GOAL - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    29' GOAL - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    30' BEHIND - James Harmes (Melbourne)
    31' BEHIND - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    Quarter 4
    7' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    10' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    12' BEHIND - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    13' BEHIND - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    14' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    16' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    17' GOAL - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    20' GOAL - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    23' BEHIND - Dom Tyson (Melbourne)
    24' GOAL - Devon Smith (Essendon)
    26' BEHIND - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    27' GOAL - Jake Stringer (Essendon)
    29' GOAL - David Zaharakis (Essendon)
    30' GOAL - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
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    • Roar Guru

      3:50pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:50pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      The battle of the contenders has gone the way of the Demons on points. While it looked at times as if Melbourne would land a knock out blow on Essendon, the bombers finished the match strong to improve the scoreline, and finish with some respectability.

      The match saw two pre-season contenders touted as teams to watch coming in with less than attractive 2 and 3 records, the loser of today’s match with all the work to do for a finals spot.

      It was Essendon who started the stronger, however they simply could not land the killer blow on the score board to put the game out of the reach of the hard playing Demons. Some early yips in front of goal for Max Gawn gave a scare to Melbourne fans of the portents to come, however Essendon’s own inaccuracy only had them 6 points ahead at half time.

      The second half was all Melbourne, as Bayley Fritsch helped himself to 3 goals for the match, ably assisted by Mitch Hannan and Jake Melksham, who himself had 2 goals to his name.

      For the bombers, they just never really clicked, and once Melbourne got their act together, the bombers just could not keep up. Jake Stringer, with only 9 disposals, had 3 goals for a good output. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti played well also, but aside from those two players, the bombers did not have enough contributors to mount an attack to take the game.

      So Melbourne will enjoy a 50-50 record going into the next round, with winnable games before them. As for Essendon, a tough contest awaits up next against Hawthorn, an occasion that is always a hard affair, and no doubt the bombers will lift for that one.

      Meanwhile, Charlie Spargo, continuing a long line of family to play for the Dees, had a good day out, with 18 disposals and 2 goals.

      Essendon: 72
      Melbourne: 108

    • 3:44pm
      Mark Toner said | 3:44pm | ! Report

      A forward who can’t kick goals isn’t a forward. Why does the Essendon coach persist with Joe Daniher as a forward? He should play as a back in the VFL for a while. Meanwhile Essendon keeps losing…

      • 5:41pm
        Joe said | 5:41pm | ! Report

        Probably the same reason the coach continues to play a game plan that clearly is not working and is not suited to his players

    • Roar Guru

      3:42pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:42pm | ! Report

      4th Q – Goal
      30‘ – Into the last minute, and Dees take a mark at the half forward.

      25 seconds left, this should be the last kick of the game for Fritsch.

      Nails it.

      Essendon: 72
      Melbourne: 108

    • Roar Guru

      3:41pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:41pm | ! Report

      4th Q – Goal
      28‘ – And now Goddard lines up, but lays it off to Zaharakis.

      he goes back for the set shot. And from a tighter angle.

      No problem, works back for the goal. That’s three in a row for the bombers. Finishing strong.

      Essendon: 72
      Melbourne: 102

    • Roar Guru

      3:39pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:39pm | ! Report

      4th Q – Goal
      27‘ – Now Stringer gets in on the show, some nice lead up play for Essendon there getting the ball to the front man.

      He shoots straight as an arrow.

      Dees have switched off to be honest.

      Essendon: 66
      Melbourne: 102

    • Roar Guru

      3:38pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:38pm | ! Report

      4th Q – Goal
      25‘ – McDonald-Tipungwuti races through, shoots, and hits the goal post.

      Another point to the total, but he should have shot straighter there.

      Just cannot believe the inaccuracy on show.

      Essendon: 60
      Melbourne: 102

    • Roar Guru

      3:36pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 3:36pm | ! Report

      4th Q – Goal
      24‘ – Bombers get a consolation through Smith.

      Nice pressure, good kick.

      Shame they waited until 3 minutes to go to put that on.

      Essendon: 59
      Melbourne: 102

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