Bombers bounce back, beat Brisbane

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    The Essendon Bombers have defeated the Brisbane Lions by 22 points at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon.

    After a poor loss to Richmond last Saturday night, Essendon bounced back on a warm day in Brisbane, running out 4 goal winners in the end.

    Kept a tight contest by some inaccurate goal kicking, the Bombers looked the better team on transition and threatened to kick away in the third quarter.

    In the second term, Dyson Heppell ran into a brick wall in Luke Hodge and came off second best, leaving the ground with the blood-rule and not returning due to concussion.

    Before this collision Heppell had kicked two goals from nine disposals, and got his team going early in the contest.

    The game was marred by a total 26 behinds kicked between the two teams, many of these fairly simple set-shot opportunities.

    Both teams made the easy look difficult, but the difficult look easy; a dribble shot from the boundary by Mitch Brown the best goal for the day.

    Mason Redman played his first AFL game since his debut in 2016 and relished the opportunity, gathering 24 disposals and notching up his first win from four games in the red and black.

    Jake Stringer (22 disposals, 3 goals, 9 tackles) and Zach Merrett (29 disposals, 8 tackles) stepped up in the absence of their skipper.

    Harris Andrews was brilliant down back for the Lions, picking up 24 disposals, 12 marks and 20 spoils.

    Dayne Zorko (20 disposals, 2 goals, 8 tackles) and Stefan Martin (22 disposals, 25 hitouts, 1 goal) battled all day for the Lions, but couldn’t get their team across the line.

    Alex Witherden went down, clutching at his knee, but returned to the ground and finished with 29 disposals.

    Dyson Heppell (concussion) and Devon Smith (right calf) are the concerns for Essendon coming out of this win, but should be okay off the ten day break.

    Both teams have the bye next weekend, before Brisbane host the GWS Giants at the Gabba and Essendon travel to Perth for a clash with West Coast in round 14.

    Final score
    Brisbane Lions 8.14.62
    Essendon Bombers 12.12.84

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • Roar Guru

      June 10th 2018 @ 8:59pm
      Paul D said | June 10th 2018 @ 8:59pm | ! Report

      Really scrappy ugly contest. No excuses for either side as the conditions were perfect for footy – not much breeze, warm sunshine that got a bit cooler towards the end, but no rain or moisture anywhere.

      I thought Essendon played badly and we played worse. I thought the umpiring was dreadful at some points. No consistency, a lot of 50/50 calls going against us and I think most of the umpiring decisions could have been called play on and no-one would have noticed or cared. Not blaming them for the loss, but it was really poor. Two umpires with 29 and 11 games between them, and then McInerney with 422.

      The difference was goalkicking – Mitch Brown kicked some difficult shots on the run, we missed some really straight forward shots. It’s becoming inexcusable that the Lions can be this poor with their kicking. My friend who I go to the games with is a specialist doctor – she turned to me in the 4th quarter after Tom Cutler had basically decided he’d had enough and dropped his bundle rather than make a second effort and said if she went into work with the same attitude these guys do she’d be in front of the coroner in short order.

      I cannot understand how skills like set shots, kicking, marking – can continue to be so dreadful, year after year after year after year. This cannot be all just down to talent, the application and attitude is not there and judging from the vitriol coming from around me in the crowd I’m not the only one who’s getting fed up. It was really ugly at times today, people saying the worst performance at home in a long time, lot of abuse and catcalls and dismissals from around me in the crowd. I know it’s not the most reliable straw poll by a long shot but there seem to be an awful lot of fed up spectators at the Lions.

      Just over 20,000 people and I’d say about 8000 were Bombers fans.

      Regarding the Lions side, the players for me who I think should not continue to remain on the list after this coming season are Nick Robertson, Ryan Lester, Sam Mayes and Tom Cutler. Darcy Gardiner would be next in line after getting rid of those 4.

      Robertson is just a slow stupid thug who will never have the nous, ability or spark to succeed at this level and that is clearly evident in his play. He has no vision beyond bombing long, does not have a short kicking game and repeatedly gives away idiotic free kicks.

      Mayes is more gutless than a post-coffee crap and Lester is just not very good. A worse pair of 100 gamers you would be hard to find. Cutler has a terrible defeatist attitude on the field and should be axed immediately simply for dropping his bundle while out there. Not acceptable at professional level.

      We are going to be in so much trouble when Stef Martin leaves or hangs up the boots. No sign of any ruckman coming through who will do anything, Oscar McInerney is tall but that’s about it, and lacks all of Stef’s physical presence not to mention his speed around the ground.

      Christensen really needs to work on his short kicking, for a guy of his experience it is absolutely terrible. Cam Rayner has great vision and should be persisted with, hopefully he manages to develop in spite of being at one of the worst finishing schools in the country. McStay is such a frustrating player! Beams barely saw the ball today not sure who was tagging him but they did a fantastic job. Witherden, Rich, Zorko, Taylor, Berry all worked hard.

      Hodge looks more and more past it with each week. Cannot be best 22 much longer barring injuries.

      It’s going to be a long second half of the season. We might beat Carlton and we might beat the Suns, cannot see where we are going to win games from otherwise, the side is once again deep into the funk of “our season is over” and now they’re just trying to get through it. As are all the fans.

      Another terrible weekend for Queensland footy. There’s a reason I laugh at the “it will all sort itself in time” crowd.

      No, it really is not going to. I don’t see this side getting any better than maybe 1-2 years making a first week exit from finals in about 3-4 years time. Then sliding away again. And that’s optimistic, I feel.

      • June 11th 2018 @ 8:44am
        Rissole said | June 11th 2018 @ 8:44am | ! Report

        Speaking of gutless, I can see why you are so happy to see the back of Josh Green. I’m always happy to back a player who dons the sash but I can’t get into him. Another “Rance-like” dive yesterday and his efforts are generally poor. Given that, you are right that Hodge should hang up the boots, if you are beaten in a one-on-one by Josh Green, it’s time to go.

        • Roar Guru

          June 11th 2018 @ 11:45am
          Paul D said | June 11th 2018 @ 11:45am | ! Report

          Yeah he was copping plenty every time he got near the footy – and all the sledging had a common theme, lack of effort. He used to annoy the hell out of me at the Lions. he’d get on the end of an unchallenged kick chain deep into junk time, make the margin -68 instead of -74 and run around like he was Lionel Messi

          Compared to those around him his effort is noticeably less and yes, that’s why I was so glad when he left. Cannot understand how he gets a game down there. Another Colin Sylvia

      • June 11th 2018 @ 1:52pm
        RoytheBombers said | June 11th 2018 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

        I was at the game yesterday supporting the Bombers and I totally agree with your comment re: Nick Robertson. He was so bad I actually asked the person next to me who he was so I could take a look after at how he accidentally got onto the ground.
        It sure was one ugly, low skill affair. I kept ducking out to watch the Horn fight in one of the bars. It wasn’t much better. Some encouraging points from the Bombers perspective were the games of Redman and Guelfi and the emergence of Stringer as a potential impact midfielder. He will need a season or two to run into the role but he is a Jobe Watson big bodied type ( dont yell and scream I didn’t say he was ANOTHER Jobe Watson – he’s not). Just what we need. Merrett was brilliant stepping in for Dyson who got hoovered by Hodge in a very hard but fair head on collision. Green continues to run around in circles occasionally stopping to execute a dive or two. He just isn’t an impact player. More often than not gets the easy goal from a soft option when we are 50 points down or up. Not the clutch goal when we are 5pts behind.
        All in all it’s a very frustrating season for Bombers fans. then again we could be Carlton supporters…

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 8:52am
        DingoGray said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:52am | ! Report

        Totally agree on Nick Robertson and Ryan Lester.

        Sam Mayes and Cutler are two very frustrating players to watch. When on, are absolutely brilliant but it’s not seen anywhere near as much as what we need.

        Disagree on Dizzy Gardiner, he’s punches above his weight every week. Not the most skilful player but reminds me a lot of Lyndon Dunn. Has a role and generally get’s it done.

        McInerny has a long, long, long way to go. I have my doubts about him…..

        As for Hodge, I understand his best footy is behind him, however he’s still clearly best 22 when players like Robertson and Lester continue to get picked. His hardness at the ball is unquestioned, and he gives a 100% each and every time. Yeah he’s slow now, and is struggling with one on one contests, but I’d much rather see him out there then a few of those you mentioned as not up to it.

      • June 12th 2018 @ 11:26am
        James Robinson said | June 12th 2018 @ 11:26am | ! Report

        Plenty of bad calls went against Essendon too. The only good thing I can saybis that none of the bad calls felt like it would have changed the outcome. No massive momentum killing howlers. It was a poor game all round (For both sides and the umpires)

    • Roar Guru

      June 11th 2018 @ 8:07am
      JamesH said | June 11th 2018 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      Ugly game or not, there are a few people with egg on their face after their comments about Stringer. Career best form over the last month and having a huge impact at the coal face.

      • June 11th 2018 @ 8:42am
        Rissole said | June 11th 2018 @ 8:42am | ! Report

        He has been very good. Goals and centre clearances. 9 tackles on the weekend too. I’d love to see what he could do alongside a fit Joe Daniher.

    • Roar Guru

      June 12th 2018 @ 8:48am
      DingoGray said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      This has to be the worst game of football this year, skills were non existent at times.

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