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Tips and thoughts: AFL Round 18

Another round of AFL, another five out of nine. Let’s see if we can’t break that streak (hopefully in a positive manner) this week. Friday 19th July Adelaide vs Essendon 7:50pm at Adelaide Oval Both Adelaide and Essendon now control their own finals destinies. A win in this game would make a spot in the […]

Tips and thoughts: AFL Round 16

We were kept to a middling five out of nine last week thanks to a few upsets ranging from the unsurprising (hello Port Adelaide) to the truly shocking (Carlton!). Let’s get to thoughts for Round 16. Friday, 5 July Hawthorn vs Collingwood 7.50pm at the MCG Well, I guess Collingwood could play worse. A week […]

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That’s it for The Roar’s coverage of the 2016 NAB Challenge!

Pre-season footy is done and dusted and now we can all look forward to the real thing!

Thanks guys, hope you all join The Roar for our live coverage of the season proper in a couple of weeks time!

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

Essendon Notes:

– Joe Daniher was the Bombers best, finishing with 18 touches, 8 marks (3 contested), and 10 inside 50s. He’ll play a lot further up the ground this year it seems.

– Mark Baguley was typically solid in defence with 20 disposals at 85% with 8 marks, 6 tackles and 6 rebound 50s

– Ex-Cat Matthew Stokes looked good with 28 possessions (10 contested) at 89% efficiency

– Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti continued his nice pre-season with 16 touches at 81% with 8 marks. You’d think he has probably shown enough to line up for Round 1

– Brendon Goddard was disappointing, too often hovering around the back of a player who had just taken a mark looking for cheap kicks. There’s a good chance Goddard’s leadership faces a bit of scrutiny this season

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

West Coast Notes:

– Priddis probably best on ground with his typically sharp handballs creating a lot of play for the Eagles. Final statline looks like this: 33 possessions (18 contested), 7 clearances, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal, 2 assists

– Jack Darling played all over the ground and was impressive with 23 touches at 83%, 8 marks, 5 clearances, 3 goals, 2 assists

– Naitanui dominated the ruck all day with 24 hitouts, many of them to advantage, and provided multiple scintillating moments

– The defence led by Brad Sheppard (26 touches, 12 marks) looked solid, Eric Mackenzie got through another game unscathed as he continues his comeback after missing all of last year

– Jeremy McGovern alternated between defence and attack, looking equally comfortable with both and finishing with 16 touches, 9 marks, and 3 goals. McGovern’s ability to play either end of the ground is a huge weapon for the Eagles this year

– New recruit Jack Redden was relatively quiet but would be happy to get through most of the game after a summer hampered by injuries

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

FULL TIME

Pretty much what you’d expect from this game with the likely wooden-spooners Essendon going down by 105 points to last seasons runners-up West Coast.

WEST COAST 158
ESSENDON 53

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

Shaun Mckernan takes a one-handed mark but sprays the set shot out on the full.

WEST COAST 158
ESSENDON 53

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Eagles have open men everywhere up forward and find Kennedy who kicks another.

WEST COAST 158
ESSENDON 53

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND BOMBERS

McKenna with a nice gather of a tough bouncing ball but can’t finish with a goal.

WEST COAST 152
ESSENDON 53

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL BOMBERS

Daniher marks and receives a 50m penalty after being dragged down, he finally kicks a well deserved goal.

WEST COAST 152
ESSENDON 52

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL BOMBERS

Good steal and assist from McDonald-Tipungwuti with Cooney finishing the job with a goal.

WEST COAST 152
ESSENDON 46

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND BOMBERS

Strong mark from Joe Daniher in the pocket from a Zaharakis kick. The set shot hits the post though.

WEST COAST 152
ESSENDON 40

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Another turnover from the Bombers and Gaff goals.

WEST COAST 152
ESSENDON 39

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND EAGLES

Long kick inside 50 from Priddis drops perfectly for Kennedy who hits the post with the set shot.

WEST COAST 146
ESSENDON 39

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Another clinical build up from the Eagles as they chip it around until space opens up for LeCras to lead into.

WEST COAST 145
ESSENDON 39

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND BOMBERS

McDonald-Tipungwuti misses a snap from the boundary. He’s played up forward a fair bit in the second half and has shown good ball use and decision making for the most part.

WEST COAST 139
ESSENDON 39

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND EAGLES

James Kelly with no awareness as he is run down in the back pocket by Duggan who sprays the set shot wide.

WEST COAST 139
ESSENDON 38

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

3 QUARTER TIME

The margin sits at an even 100 points with the Eagles far too good.

WEST COAST 138
ESSENDON 38

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL BOMBERS

Good passage of play through the middle of the ground started by Zach Merrett’s kick inboard. Jamar completes the scoring chain with a mark and goal.

WEST COAST 138
ESSENDON 38

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND AND GOAL EAGLES

LeCras just misses from the boundary but Goddard turns it over in the back pocket after the kick in and McGovern goals.

WEST COAST 138
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

BEHIND EAGLES
Another lovely hand off from Priddis and Bennell misses from outside 50 as McGovern tries to shepherd it through.

WEST COAST 131
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Floodgates have somehow opened even wider with Priddis delivering a sharp handball to Duggan who goals.

WEST COAST 130
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Inexperience from the Irishman Conor McKenna has he takes a couple of steps after marking and is called to play on. Karpany lays the tackle and kicks the goal from the free kick.

WEST COAST 124
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

SUPERGOAL EAGLES

Contested ball won on the wing quickly ends up with Yeo kicking truly from a step outside 50 for a 9-pointer.

WEST COAST 118
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Another inside 50 entry from Gaff after a strong mark and hand off from Kennedy leads to Josh Hill kicking his 3rd for the day.

WEST COAST 109
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL EAGLES

Another forward half turnover from Essendon and a great kick inboard from McGovern to Gaff who then spots up Darling inside 50 for a goal.

WEST COAST 103
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win

GOAL BOMBERS

Lovely vision and kick from Cooney finds Kyle Langford whoS shot from 35 out is marked on the goal line by Grimley who calmly goes back and snaps a goal.

WEST COAST 97
ESSENDON 32

West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers highlights: Eagles take triple-figure win