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Essendon
21.12.138
Carlton
8.9.57
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Essendon
Carlton
Q1
6.3.39
0.3.3

    Essendon Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, K.Hardingham
  • 10 mins - Behind, B.Goddard
  • 11 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 12 mins - Goal, K.Hardingham
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Winderlich
  • 18 mins - Goal, B.Stanton
  • 22 mins - Goal, B.Goddard
  • 24 mins - Behind, P.Chapman
  • 28 mins - Goal, J.Winderlich

    Essendon and Carlton Events

  • 4 mins - Behind, J.Waite
  • 7 mins - Behind, K.Simpson
  • 21 mins - Behind, L.Henderson
Q2
10.6.66
3.4.22

    Essendon Events

  • 1 mins - Behind, P.Chapman
  • 4 mins - Goal, K.Hardingham
  • 14 mins - Behind, B.Goddard
  • 15 mins - Goal, H.Hocking
  • 21 mins - Goal, B.Goddard
  • 27 mins - Goal, B.Stanton
  • 29 mins - Rushed Behind

    Essendon and Carlton Events

  • 6 mins - Behind, L.Henderson
  • 9 mins - Goal, T.Menzel
  • 18 mins - Goal, Z.Tuohy
  • 30 mins - Goal, J.Garlett
Q3
16.8.104
6.8.44

    Essendon Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, P.Chapman
  • 8 mins - Goal, J.Winderlich
  • 14 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 19 mins - Goal, P.Chapman
  • 22 mins - Goal, D.Heppell
  • 24 mins - Goal, J.Carlisle
  • 26 mins - Goal, B.Stanton
  • 27 mins - Rushed Behind

    Essendon and Carlton Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, D.Ellard
  • 5 mins - Goal, D.Ellard
  • 6 mins - Behind, J.Waite
  • 12 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 21 mins - Behind, S.Rowe
  • 30 mins - Goal, T.Menzel
  • 32 mins - Rushed Behind
Q4
21.12.138
8.9.57

    Essendon Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, J.Melksham
  • 5 mins - Behind, M.Gleeson
  • 5 mins - Goal, P.Chapman
  • 9 mins - Behind, P.Chapman
  • 15 mins - Goal, J.Winderlich
  • 17 mins - Goal, J.Daniher
  • 18 mins - Goal, P.Chapman
  • 24 mins - Behind, J.Watson
  • 28 mins - Behind, B.Goddard

    Essendon and Carlton Events

  • 8 mins - Behind, T.Menzel
  • 22 mins - Goal, L.Henderson
  • 25 mins - Goal, M.Murphy

Scorers

Essendon
Carlton
Goal Scorers Essendon Carlton
Goals and Behinds Chapman (4.3), Winderlich (4.0), Hardingham (3.0), Stanton (3.0), Goddard (2.3), Carlisle (1.0), Daniher (1.0), Heppell (1.0), Hocking (1.0), Melksham (1.0), Gleeson (0.1), Watson (0.1) Menzel (2.1), Ellard (2.0), Henderson (1.2), Garlett (1.0), Murphy (1.0), Tuohy (1.0), Waite (0.2), Rowe (0.1), Simpson (0.1)

Team Statistics

Essendon
Carlton

Statistics

Essendon Carlton
Goals 21 8
Behinds 12 9
Scoring shots 33 16
Goals/scoring shots 64 50
Disposals 446 317
EssendonGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
J.Ashby 13 7 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
M.Baguley 26 17 7 9 9 2 2 0 0 0
J.Carlisle 17 13 9 4 4 2 1 2 18 3
P.Chapman 23 19 11 4 5 3 0 1 0 0
J.Daniher 14 8 5 6 8 2 0 1 9 3
D.Fletcher 18 14 6 4 4 1 0 0 0 1
M.Gleeson 10 6 2 4 4 1 1 1 0 2
B.Goddard 20 13 13 7 7 2 1 2 0 2
K.Hardingham 7 7 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
D.Heppell 28 18 6 10 7 5 2 0 0 3
M.Hibberd 27 16 8 11 5 0 1 0 0 0
H.Hocking 28 15 8 13 12 3 0 1 1 5
C.Hooker 19 11 9 8 4 2 0 1 0 0
B.Howlett 15 7 3 8 5 8 1 3 0 3
M.Hurley 23 12 8 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
J.Melksham 21 13 8 8 6 2 2 1 0 3
J.Merrett 35 21 10 14 13 3 1 1 0 5
D.Myers 19 11 6 8 4 4 0 0 0 2
B.Stanton 25 15 6 10 7 1 1 0 0 0
J.Watson 26 10 4 16 7 5 1 0 0 5
J.Winderlich 10 5 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 1
D.Zaharakis 22 10 5 12 4 3 0 0 0 2
CarltonGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
T.Bell 10 9 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 1
D.Buckley 12 7 6 5 2 1 0 1 0 0
A.Carrazzo 23 7 0 16 18 5 3 0 0 10
E.Curnow 15 8 5 7 3 4 0 1 0 0
D.Ellard 9 5 2 4 3 2 0 1 0 0
A.Everitt 17 15 5 2 5 0 0 1 0 0
J.Garlett 5 4 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 2
B.Gibbs 27 14 7 13 9 2 1 0 3 3
L.Henderson 7 4 3 3 4 4 1 0 0 0
M.Jamison 15 7 3 8 5 1 0 0 0 1
T.Menzel 13 8 5 5 4 2 1 1 0 0
M.Murphy 21 15 4 6 7 8 1 2 0 3
M.Robinson 22 9 2 13 7 5 0 0 0 3
S.Rowe 15 4 5 11 9 2 1 0 14 2
K.Simpson 19 15 6 4 8 4 3 1 0 5
D.Thomas 18 8 7 10 7 5 1 0 0 3
Z.Tuohy 15 8 1 7 8 3 1 1 0 2
J.Waite 9 7 4 2 4 1 1 0 0 0
A.Walker 27 14 5 13 8 0 1 1 0 2
R.Warnock 5 4 1 1 3 1 0 0 41 4
S.White 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
C.Yarran 11 8 2 3 4 2 0 2 0 1

Match Details

Essendon
Carlton
START TIME
7:10PM
WEATHER
Clear
VENUE
MCG
Umpires
Troy Pannell, Justin Schmitt, Craig Fleer

Bombers humiliate old enemy

ESSENDON 6.3 10.6 16.8 21.12 (138) CARLTON 0.3 3.4 6.8 8.9 (57)
Goals: Essendon: J Winderlich 4 P Chapman 4 B Stanton 3 K Hardingham 3 B Goddard 2 D Heppell H Hocking J Carlisle J Daniher J Melksham. Carlton: D Ellard 2 T Menzel 2 J Garlett L Henderson M Murphy Z Tuohy.
BEST Essendon: Hocking, Hibberd, Heppell, Chapman, Goddard, Carlisle, Merrett, Watson, Hurley. Carlton: Simpson, Gibbs, Walker, Menzel. Umpires: Justin Schmitt, Troy Pannell, Craig Fleer.
Official Crowd: 62,730 at MCG.

Think of it as a tale of two coaches. On exposed form, it was a wonder that Essendon's Mark Thompson – the temp, the locum, in semi-retirement – did not walk into the post-match briefing at the MCG on Sunday night clicking his fingers and smoking a cigar.

It was that easy for the Bombers.

By the historical record, it was as much a wonder that Carlton's Mick Malthouse – the big name, on the big money – was not detained in a backroom meeting of faceless men, who also might have been chewing on cigars. They don't take kindly to humiliation at Carlton, especially at Essendon's hands. They don't take kindly to losing streaks. They won't feel entirely comfortable about playing Melbourne next week.

It is that hard for the Blues at the moment.

The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming. The Bombers were on a roll, the Blues thoroughly rocked. The ins and outs just about neutralised one another: ruckmen Matthew Kreuzer and Patrick Ryder out, onballers Andrew Carrazzo and Jason Winderlich back. So did the tags. Carrazzo contained Jobe Watson, Heath Hocking kept vigil on Marc Murphy.

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So they played this match on their summary merits, more or less. Essendon's was to get and keep hold of the ball. By the end, the Bombers had had it in their hands 130 times more than Carlton and, not surprisingly, in their forward-50 twice as often.

This is how it has been all this short season so far; the Bombers are the competition's best ball-winners. There is no magic to it; the Bombers work up, down and sideways together, so that the ball carrier always has options, long and short, ahead and square.

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.
Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley. Photo: Pat Scala

Conversely, Carlton is the most ball-shy. As if that is not bad enough, at least a dozen times this night, the Blues donated the ball back to the Bombers. Elsetimes, while trying to keep it out of Essendon's clutches, they ran out of room – on the MCG! That is like running out of sand in the Sahara.

Essendon used its welter of football smartly. Last week, in failing narrowly against Hawthorn, the Bombers had gone too tall on the forward line. "It never works," said Thompson afterwards, by way of self-reproval.

This week, with Jake Carlisle conscripted into the ruck, and Joe Daniher on and off the bench, the Bombers were medium-sized, mobile and ever menacing.

Brendon Goddard sucked Andrejs Everitt, his tagger, back to the goal square and pretty much directed the game from there. Good as Goddard was at St Kilda, he has risen to a new plane with the Bombers.

If a criticism can be made of the Bombers, it was that at length, they became too cute, and at further length, it backfired.

The Blues have their pride, and by lifting their endeavour managed to stall Essendon for half an hour and set the contest to neutral. That is, momentarily they were not a rabble. It didn't last.

The Bombers returned to their well-drilled ways. The Blues soon were again a rabble. Paul Chapman kicked a couple of his pirouette goals, but everything else was the sort of ruthless, relentless style of football that will have every other team looking over their shoulders, and some hearing footsteps.

As for the Blues, their fiercest contest was between Robert Warnock and David Ellard, remonstrating about blame while the Bombers were kicking another goal.

Luckily for Carlton, this was Sunday night, and kiddies were in bed, or should have been sent there. Luckily for Essendon, this is school holidays!