AFL

Brisbane
8.9.57
Essendon
9.11.65
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Match Tracker

Brisbane
Essendon
Q1
3.0.18
2.3.15

    Brisbane Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, D.Merrett
  • 20 mins - Goal, D.Zorko
  • 22 mins - Goal, J.Brown

    Brisbane and Essendon Events

  • 2 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 12 mins - Behind, P.Chapman
  • 13 mins - Goal, B.Goddard
  • 27 mins - Behind, P.Ambrose
  • 30 mins - Goal, Z.Merrett
Q2
4.3.27
6.4.40

    Brisbane Events

  • 16 mins - Behind, D.Merrett
  • 17 mins - Behind, J.Redden
  • 24 mins - Behind, D.Merrett
  • 29 mins - Goal, J.Green

    Brisbane and Essendon Events

  • 6 mins - Goal, J.Daniher
  • 9 mins - Goal, J.Carlisle
  • 12 mins - Goal, D.Zaharakis
  • 18 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 21 mins - Goal, Z.Merrett
Q3
8.6.54
7.8.50

    Brisbane Events

  • 6 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 8 mins - Goal, M.Paparone
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Green
  • 16 mins - Behind, D.Merrett
  • 18 mins - Goal, J.Paine
  • 26 mins - Behind, L.Taylor
  • 27 mins - Goal, J.Green

    Brisbane and Essendon Events

  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 5 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 9 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 21 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 25 mins - Goal, J.Watson
Q4
8.9.57
9.11.65

    Brisbane Events

  • 7 mins - Behind, J.Paine
  • 11 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 14 mins - Behind, J.Paine

    Brisbane and Essendon Events

  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 8 mins - Goal, J.Merrett
  • 17 mins - Behind, B.Stanton
  • 19 mins - Behind, P.Chapman
  • 25 mins - Goal, P.Ryder

Scorers

Brisbane
Essendon
Goal Scorers Brisbane Essendon
Goals and Behinds Green (3.0), Merrett (1.3), Paine (1.2), Brown (1.0), Paparone (1.0), Zorko (1.0), Redden (0.1), Taylor (0.1) Merrett (2.0), Daniher (1.2), Carlisle (1.0), Goddard (1.0), Merrett (1.0), Ryder (1.0), Watson (1.0), Zaharakis (1.0), Chapman (0.2), Ambrose (0.1), Stanton (0.1)

Team Statistics

Brisbane
Essendon

Statistics

Brisbane Essendon
Goals 8 9
Behinds 9 11
Scoring shots 17 18
Goals/scoring shots 47 50
Disposals 381 408
BrisbaneGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
J.Adcock 20 14 1 6 5 2 2 0 0 0
J.Aish 23 9 4 14 8 0 1 0 0 3
J.Brown 13 6 4 7 6 1 0 1 0 0
J.Clarke 15 8 7 7 6 0 0 0 0 0
T.Cutler 15 12 6 3 2 1 0 1 0 1
D.Gardiner 9 2 2 7 4 3 1 0 0 0
J.Green 10 6 1 4 5 6 1 1 0 0
P.Hanley 27 10 4 17 7 3 1 0 1 1
R.Lester 19 5 3 14 7 1 0 0 1 5
M.Maguire 9 4 3 5 2 0 0 2 0 1
S.Mayes 21 13 6 8 6 2 1 0 0 1
D.Merrett 11 6 5 5 5 2 1 1 4 1
J.Paine 15 8 0 7 7 1 2 0 0 0
M.Paparone 29 19 7 10 9 0 1 2 0 1
J.Patfull 19 10 4 9 3 3 1 0 0 1
A.Raines 17 5 3 12 6 0 2 1 0 1
J.Redden 25 14 4 11 9 3 1 1 2 3
N.Robertson 3 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
T.Rockliff 35 18 7 17 14 11 1 3 2 8
L.Taylor 19 9 5 10 9 3 0 0 0 1
T.West 11 7 2 4 3 3 0 2 34 1
D.Zorko 16 10 0 6 5 7 3 2 0 3
EssendonGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
P.Ambrose 7 6 5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
K.Aylett 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
M.Baguley 17 10 5 7 4 5 1 1 0 0
J.Carlisle 9 6 6 3 3 3 0 1 3 0
P.Chapman 23 12 8 11 5 5 1 3 0 2
J.Daniher 11 6 3 5 5 1 2 0 3 2
C.Dempsey 25 15 5 10 5 5 1 1 0 1
D.Fletcher 20 12 6 8 4 0 1 1 0 0
M.Gleeson 8 4 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0
B.Goddard 30 18 9 12 7 3 1 0 2 1
D.Heppell 36 14 6 22 19 6 1 1 1 8
M.Hibberd 28 15 6 13 4 3 1 2 0 1
H.Hocking 15 7 2 8 8 7 3 2 0 4
C.Hooker 20 11 10 9 4 2 0 0 0 0
M.Hurley 20 16 9 4 3 2 0 1 0 0
J.Melksham 22 8 5 14 6 3 0 2 0 4
J.Merrett 8 4 1 4 4 2 0 0 0 1
Z.Merrett 11 8 4 3 3 2 1 0 0 1
P.Ryder 15 8 7 7 7 4 1 0 31 4
B.Stanton 25 16 8 9 5 4 0 0 0 2
J.Watson 35 16 7 19 16 9 3 1 0 8
D.Zaharakis 16 9 4 7 2 5 0 1 0 0

Match Details

Brisbane
Essendon
START TIME
4:40PM
WEATHER
Broken Clouds. Mild
VENUE
Gabba
Umpires
Matthew Leppard, Simon Meredith, Andrew Mitchell

Essendon steadies to down gutsy Brisbane Lions in AFL thriller

ESSENDON 2.3 6.4 7.8 9.11 (65) BRISBANE LIONS 3.0 4.3 8.6 8.9 (57)
GOALS Essendon: Z. Merrett 2, Goddard, Zaharakis, Carlisle, Daniher, J. Merrett, Watson, Ryder. Brisbane Lions: Green 3, Merrett, Zorko, Brown, Paine, Paparone.
BEST Essendon: Watson, Goddard, Heppell, Hurley, Stanton, Ryder. Brisbane Lions: Rockliff, Green, Aish, Paparone, Hanley, Redden.
REPORTS Maguire (Brisbane Lions) for deliberately tripping Joe Daniher in the third quarter.
UMPIRES Meredith, Mitchell, Leppard.
CROWD 26,432 at Gabba.

You wouldn't think now is the best time in the Brisbane Lions' history to be invoking memories of the Bad News Bears. In a blast from the past, they took to the field for their match against Essendon in a commemorative jumper based on the club guernsey from 1989 to 1991, to honour the club's biennial Hall of Fame event in 10 days.

Bombers hold off brave Lions

Essendon held off the Brisbane Lions to win by 8 points in a tight game at the Gabba.

But at least they came to play, after another week marred by goings-on off the field. Certainly there was far more spark and spirit in their game than last week, when they were destroyed by the Swans. Going one on one with the Bombers, they forced their opponents to scrap and scrape for everything.

In the end, the Bombers just scraped over the line, fatigue getting the better of the Lions in the last minute, Paddy Ryder kicking the winning goal after a turnover upfield. The home side had been better for much of the night but in the end lacked the class and firepower to put Essendon away.

But it was an intensely physical, often willing contest. Paul Chapman's raised elbow to the jaw of Jack Redden was indiscreet, to say the least. More awkward was Andrew Raines' collision with Brendan Goddard; the Jack Viney precedent should see Raines exonerated for an accidental clash where both players were clearly going for the ball.

Earlier, Redden had clashed heads with David Zaharakis, forcing both players temporarily from the field. By the third quarter, even umpire Matthew Leppard required attention after being upended. It was that sort of game; chaotic, low-scoring and no showcase of great skills, but hotly contested.

You couldn't say that about too many other games at the Gabba so far this year. And while the Bombers prevailed, they were anything but convincing, with Chapman facing suspension and more questions over the dismal form of Jake Carlisle. Surely the patience of coach Mark Thompson must be exhausted.

The Lions were wonderfully served by first-year player James Aish, whose courage and clean hands in close were a feature, and second-year tyro Marco Paparone, who was at times erratic but ran far and wide to set up scoring opportunities for his team, including the pass that set up the Lions' first goal, to Daniel Merrett.

The Bombers proved too slick at the vital stages for the desperate Lions.
The Bombers proved too slick at the vital stages for the desperate Lions. 

Merrett didn't have a great game, but with Matt Maguire back in defence (possibly briefly, for he, too, was reported, for tripping Joe Daniher, in the third quarter), he helped give the Lions some structure and confidence in attack, something they've been lacking all year.

When Jonathan Brown kicked his first from an imperious set shot to give the Lions an early 10-point lead, you could see his teammates visibly lift. Red time, however, has been an Achilles heel for the young Lions all year, and Zach Merrett kicked a running shot on the siren to keep the Bombers in touch.

For most of the second quarter, it looked like the Lions' resistance would melt away. Daniher scrounged one off the deck that floated over the goal line; Carlisle kicked his only goal courtesy of a 5- metre penalty; Zaharakis opened the Lions' defence as easily as an envelope to score the Bombers' fifth.

Another 50-metre penalty for Zach Merrett's second extended the Bombers' lead to 20 points. But instead of wilting, the Lions rallied, showing a pride in the jumper that their predecessors of a generation ago didn't often show. And with just 10 goals kicked collectively to half time, they knew they were well and truly in the contest.

In the third quarter, they charged. It was clear the Bombers were rattled when Daniher, after being tripped by Maguire, sprayed a simple shot from 20 metres out, then Brendan Goddard put a second opportunity out on the full. Josh Green, who played an exceptional small forward's game for the Lions, made them pay.

A goal to an otherwise quiet Jackson Paine gave the Lions back the lead, and from there the match see-sawed, Jobe Watson winning the lead back for his side, Green wresting it again for an increasingly engaged and vocal home crowd in the shadow of the last change. But they couldn't muster another goal in a frantic last quarter, a slick banana on the run from Jackson Merrett giving the Bombers back the lead for the last time before Ryder finally sealed the deal in the last minute.