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Third term condemns Bombers again in AFL

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Essendon’s third-quarter malaise has doomed them again in their 23-point AFL loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

    After a week of debate about the state of the game, the Hawks’ 13-12 (90) to 10.7 (67) win at the MCG was Exhibit A for concerns about congestion and low scoring.

    Only nine goals were scored in the first half, despite ideal autumn conditions.

    The Hawks then cut loose in the third quarter with 6.3 to a solitary rushed behind.

    That turned the Bombers’ seven-point halftime lead into a decisive 31-point advantage for the Hawks at the last change.

    Essendon’s are the only team not to win any third terms after seven rounds this season.

    Essendon have lost their third quarters by a combined 136 points.

    More importantly, they have also lost their last three matches.

    With key players such as Joe Daniher and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti noticeably out of form, they are well off the top-eight pace.

    Returning from his second suspension this season , fiery Hawks centre half back James Sicily was best afield with 14 marks and 29 possessions..

    Midway through the third quarter, Essendon were 11 points down and struggling when Daniher gave away a 50m penalty off Sicily.

    Sicily then kicked a booming 50m-plus goal that confirmed the Hawks had control of the match.

    Essendon did not kick a goal from 18 minutes into the second quarter until seven minutes into the last.

    Daniher’s first goal in his 100th match sparked a mini-surge for the Bombers, who kicked three in a row and reduced the margin to a gettable 22 points with plenty of time left.

    But two quick Hawthorn goals killed off the unlikely challenge.

    After two matches without any goals, Hawks captain Jarryd Roughead kicked three to be high among their best.

    After losing Ricky Henderson as a late withdrawal with illness, Hawthorn also had to rule out Will Langford in the warm up because of back spasms.

    Ruckman Tom Bellchambers and defender Cale Hooker were best for Essendon.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • May 5th 2018 @ 7:24pm
      Whole Truth Harry said | May 5th 2018 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

      Fair dinkum crickey these blokes are doing my head in. They may as well stay in the rooms after half time until the last quarter. I don’t know what this bloke Woosha does in the coaching box but it is certainly not making moves. I’ve got more oomph in my budgies than some of these blokes have got.

      It’s all Bolton and the umpires fault. Bugga this blokes I’m going fishin.

    • May 5th 2018 @ 7:55pm
      Rissole said | May 5th 2018 @ 7:55pm | ! Report

      Worsfold showing symptoms of insanity now. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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        May 6th 2018 @ 12:54pm
        Cat said | May 6th 2018 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

        Think it shows the game has passed Whoosha by. This looks very similar to the no game plan and poor efforts that marked his final year at WCE.

        • May 6th 2018 @ 2:37pm
          Rissole said | May 6th 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

          Completely agree. He was widely criticized for having no “Plan B” back then. If the game isn’t played on his terms he seems happy to sit back and wait rather than rectify why it’s not on his terms and adapt.

    • May 5th 2018 @ 7:59pm
      Birdman said | May 5th 2018 @ 7:59pm | ! Report

      3 games in 13 odd days is a tough ask but if the Dons couldn’t get themselves up for a better effort than that after the rev up they had in the media last week (thanks Slobbo) they either have no pride or no clue.

      The Blues may be a chance to get their first win against them next week.

    • May 6th 2018 @ 7:42am
      I ate pies said | May 6th 2018 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      The Bombers are even more ordinary than I expected them to be.

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