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Essendon
12.14.86
Hawthorn
13.12.90
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Essendon
Hawthorn
Q1
1.5.11
4.1.25

    Essendon Events

  • 13 mins - Behind, D.Myers
  • 14 mins - Behind, B.Howlett
  • 18 mins - Goal, K.Hardingham
  • 20 mins - Behind, J.Carlisle
  • 22 mins - Behind, J.Carlisle
  • 27 mins - Behind, H.Hocking

    Essendon and Hawthorn Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, L.Breust
  • 8 mins - Goal, B.Hill
  • 16 mins - Goal, J.Roughead
  • 23 mins - Behind, L.Shiels
  • 25 mins - Goal, J.Gunston
Q2
3.7.25
9.3.57

    Essendon Events

  • 12 mins - Behind, D.Zaharakis
  • 15 mins - Goal, K.Hardingham
  • 17 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 21 mins - Goal, J.Carlisle

    Essendon and Hawthorn Events

  • 2 mins - Behind, L.Breust
  • 5 mins - Goal, D.Hale
  • 8 mins - Goal, C.Rioli
  • 18 mins - Goal, M.Suckling
  • 24 mins - Goal, J.Lewis
  • 27 mins - Goal, M.Suckling
  • 29 mins - Behind, D.Hale
Q3
9.10.64
9.7.61

    Essendon Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, D.Zaharakis
  • 6 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 7 mins - Goal, J.Carlisle
  • 14 mins - Behind, M.Hibberd
  • 16 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 16 mins - Goal, P.Ambrose
  • 18 mins - Goal, P.Ambrose
  • 21 mins - Goal, B.Stanton
  • 24 mins - Goal, H.Hocking

    Essendon and Hawthorn Events

  • 1 mins - Behind, L.Shiels
  • 9 mins - Behind, W.Langford
  • 13 mins - Behind, J.Gunston
  • 29 mins - Behind, C.Rioli
Q4
12.14.86
13.12.90

    Essendon Events

  • 1 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 6 mins - Goal, J.Merrett
  • 13 mins - Behind, B.Howlett
  • 14 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 18 mins - Goal, P.Ambrose
  • 22 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 25 mins - Goal, P.Chapman

    Essendon and Hawthorn Events

  • 11 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 15 mins - Goal, P.Puopolo
  • 17 mins - Behind, C.Rioli
  • 20 mins - Goal, J.Simpkin
  • 22 mins - Behind, J.Gunston
  • 24 mins - Behind, C.Rioli
  • 26 mins - Goal, L.Breust
  • 29 mins - Goal, C.Rioli
  • 31 mins - Behind, B.Hill

Scorers

Essendon
Hawthorn
Goal Scorers Essendon Hawthorn
Goals and Behinds Ambrose (3.0), Carlisle (2.2), Hardingham (2.0), Hocking (1.1), Zaharakis (1.1), Chapman (1.0), Merrett (1.0), Stanton (1.0), Howlett (0.2), Daniher (0.1), Hibberd (0.1), Myers (0.1) Rioli (2.3), Breust (2.1), Suckling (2.0), Gunston (1.2), Hale (1.1), Hill (1.1), Lewis (1.0), Puopolo (1.0), Roughead (1.0), Simpkin (1.0), Shiels (0.2), Langford (0.1)

Team Statistics

Essendon
Hawthorn

Statistics

Essendon Hawthorn
Goals 12 13
Behinds 14 12
Scoring shots 26 24
Goals/scoring shots 46 54
Disposals 411 314
EssendonGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
P.Ambrose 12 7 4 5 4 4 0 0 0 0
M.Baguley 13 8 6 5 2 1 1 0 0 0
J.Carlisle 16 14 10 2 5 2 3 0 10 2
P.Chapman 20 18 6 2 3 7 0 0 0 2
J.Daniher 13 10 6 3 4 3 1 4 7 0
D.Fletcher 23 19 11 4 3 0 1 1 0 1
M.Gleeson 17 11 8 6 3 1 0 0 0 1
B.Goddard 28 13 5 15 8 2 1 0 2 2
K.Hardingham 11 7 4 4 8 2 0 0 0 1
D.Heppell 22 11 8 11 6 2 1 0 0 0
M.Hibberd 27 14 7 13 8 1 1 0 0 0
H.Hocking 20 8 6 12 9 2 1 0 0 2
C.Hooker 27 13 10 14 9 1 0 1 0 1
B.Howlett 17 14 3 3 8 3 4 1 0 3
M.Hurley 17 9 4 8 6 1 1 2 0 0
J.Merrett 13 9 7 4 4 8 0 0 0 1
Z.Merrett 6 5 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 0
D.Myers 26 16 3 10 11 5 0 0 1 9
P.Ryder 4 2 1 2 3 1 1 0 19 0
B.Stanton 25 16 8 9 2 7 0 1 0 1
J.Watson 30 10 7 20 12 7 0 0 1 8
D.Zaharakis 24 15 4 9 8 3 0 1 0 6
HawthornGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
G.Birchall 16 6 3 10 3 0 0 0 0 1
L.Breust 14 7 4 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
S.Burgoyne 30 21 7 9 14 5 1 0 0 7
K.Cheney 15 9 4 6 4 0 0 1 0 0
T.Duryea 9 4 1 5 5 2 0 1 0 0
J.Gibson 22 16 5 6 7 2 1 1 0 0
J.Gunston 11 11 8 0 1 3 0 2 0 0
D.Hale 6 4 1 2 4 3 2 2 20 2
B.Hill 22 14 7 8 6 3 0 0 0 3
L.Hodge 10 10 5 0 3 1 2 2 0 2
W.Langford 13 8 2 5 9 1 0 0 1 5
J.Lewis 13 7 3 6 7 4 0 0 2 4
A.Litherland 10 4 2 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
B.McEvoy 14 9 5 5 8 2 1 0 28 3
T.O'Brien 4 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 0
P.Puopolo 16 9 2 7 6 6 0 1 0 1
C.Rioli 19 14 5 5 11 1 2 2 0 6
J.Roughead 10 8 3 2 6 2 1 0 0 1
L.Shiels 16 12 6 4 7 5 0 1 0 3
J.Simpkin 9 6 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
I.Smith 17 12 6 5 4 3 0 1 0 2
M.Suckling 18 12 1 6 5 1 0 0 0 3

Match Details

Essendon
Hawthorn
START TIME
7:50PM
WEATHER
Mostly Clear
VENUE
Etihad Stadium
Umpires
Ben Ryan, Simon Meredith, Ray Chamberlain

Rioli magic takes game from Dons

HAWTHORN 4.1 9.3 9.7 13.12 (90) ESSENDON 1.5 3.7 9.10 12.14 (86)
GOALS: Hawthorn: Rioli 2, Breust 2, Suckling 2, Hill, Hale, Gunston, Lewis, Roughead, Simpkin, Puopolo. Essendon: Ambrose 3, Carlisle 2, Hardingham 2, Stanton, Zaharakis, Hocking, Merrett, Chapman. BEST: Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Gibson, Rioli, Hill, Smith, McEvoy, Suckling, Birchall. Essendon: Goddard, Hibberd, Chapman, Gleeson, Hooker, Ambrose, Heppell, Watson.
INJURIES: Hawthorn: Mitchell (calf) replaced in selected side by Litherland, Hodge (groin). Essendon: Ryder (ankle).
UMPIRES: Ryan, Meredith, Chamberlain. CROWD: 44,163 at Etihad Stadium.

They had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

Undermanned Hawks get the job done

Hawthorn pulled a win out of the fire when they snatched a last minute win over Essendon.

That was Hawthorn’s night. Masterful for a half, destroyed for a quarter, valiant in a comeback. The Hawks were behind when the ball was smuggled forward and kicked with a toe-poke from a cluster of legs to the forward sprite who spun and turned and curled in the goal that re-established the lead and reasserted the dominance his side had comfortably had for a half, and not so comfortably  tried to reclaim in the last quarter.

Between times, Essendon was gallant - the word for sides that lose without really deserving it. 

It was a match in which the Hawks lost their captain and most important defender, while Essendon lost its ruckman - another one - and theoretically most significant component. 

Essendon matched Hawthorn for endeavour and attack, desperation and desire for the entire night. It did not match the reigning premier in ability to kick and make the right choices for half the night. It was the difference in the end. 

The Bombers should have led at the first change: they had more of the ball; five centre clearances to one, five more inside-50s, and more shots at goal. The reason they weren’t was clear in one regard - they kicked 1.5 and a couple more out on the full. Jake Carlisle pushed one across goal from four metres out.

The other reason was equally clear, Hawthorn went inside its attacking 50 with purpose and clear-eyed, clean-skilled delivery. Essendon was slow to move the ball forward - halted in its tracks by Hawthorn - then lobbed balls long and high to the goal square.

The Hawks are the best kicking side in the competition and it was the ability to find the kick to match the vision that was the difference in the teams. 

There was a sense as Hawthorn assailed Essendon in the first half that the Bombers might have preferred things when Lance Franklin was at the Hawks. At least then they knew where most of the danger was coming from. Franklin had 50 goals in 10 games against the Dons, so they knew where most of the assaults were being directed, even if they were largely powerless to defend against them. 

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.
Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal. Photo: Pat Scala

This time they had a rolling list of targets to combat. David Hale, Jack Gunston and Jarryd Roughead shuffled up and down the forward line taking turns, and at other times Shaun Burgoyne became another target. The Hawks had four different goalkickers in the first quarter, eight to half-time. 

Then the change came. Essendon returned for the third term and learnt the lesson of the first. It challenged Hawthorn with run, moved the ball sharply, pushed hard up at Hawthorn players to stop their run and brought a hesitation to their game.  Brendon Goddard marshalled the back line and dispatched Dyson Heppell on rebounding runs, Michael Hibberd was industrious, and Martin Gleeson played all night with a maturity that matched his energy.

Even when they had been trailing, the Bombers had been competitive. They were playing slowly and crudely, they were playing a little stupidly, but they weren’t being beaten for the ball or losing in the contest. They were just  kicking poorly and making some poor choices.

When they began taking the game on, they forced Hawthorn to be hesitant. Having only managed three goals for a half, they kicked six goals for the third quarter. David Zaharakis’ first was a settler, Carlisle’s was generous from a free kick against Luke Hodge for deliberate out of bounds when he tried to rush a behind, but when Patrick Ambrose rattled two in a minute, the Bombers had belief.  Brent Stanton made good Paul Chapman’s chip, and Heath Hocking put them in front.

Trading blows in the last, the Dons held on ... until Cyril intervened.