AFL

Greater Western Sydney
9.12.66
Essendon
11.15.81
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Match Tracker

Greater Western Sydney
Essendon
Q1
2.1.13
3.3.21

    Greater Western Sydney Events

  • 6 mins - Goal, R.Lobb
  • 21 mins - Goal, J.Lamb
  • 26 mins - Behind, D.Smith

    Greater Western Sydney and Essendon Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, C.Dell'Olio
  • 8 mins - Behind, J.Melksham
  • 17 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 18 mins - Goal, B.Howlett
  • 22 mins - Goal, J.Daniher
  • 29 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
Q2
4.4.28
5.8.38

    Greater Western Sydney Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, R.Palmer
  • 6 mins - Goal, D.Smith
  • 9 mins - Behind, D.Shiel
  • 20 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 24 mins - Behind, T.Mohr

    Greater Western Sydney and Essendon Events

  • 2 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 11 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 14 mins - Behind, P.Ryder
  • 15 mins - Behind, D.Heppell
  • 17 mins - Goal, D.Zaharakis
  • 25 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 28 mins - Goal, C.Dell'Olio
Q3
5.9.39
8.11.59

    Greater Western Sydney Events

  • 1 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 3 mins - Behind, A.Treloar
  • 10 mins - Behind, S.Frost
  • 17 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 19 mins - Behind, J.Lamb
  • 22 mins - Goal, A.Treloar

    Greater Western Sydney and Essendon Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, J.Daniher
  • 7 mins - Goal, P.Ryder
  • 14 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 24 mins - Goal, D.Zaharakis
  • 26 mins - Behind, T.Bellchambers
  • 26 mins - Rushed Behind
Q4
9.12.66
11.15.81

    Greater Western Sydney Events

  • 1 mins - Behind, L.Whitfield
  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 9 mins - Goal, A.Treloar
  • 10 mins - Goal, R.Palmer
  • 12 mins - Goal, A.Tomlinson
  • 19 mins - Behind, J.Patton
  • 30 mins - Goal, A.Treloar

    Greater Western Sydney and Essendon Events

  • 3 mins - Behind, D.Zaharakis
  • 13 mins - Behind, B.Stanton
  • 16 mins - Goal, J.Daniher
  • 18 mins - Goal, H.Hocking
  • 26 mins - Goal, B.Stanton
  • 28 mins - Behind, J.Daniher
  • 29 mins - Behind, B.Stanton

Scorers

Greater Western Sydney
Essendon
Goal Scorers Greater Western Sydney Essendon
Goals and Behinds Treloar (3.1), Palmer (2.0), Lamb (1.1), Smith (1.1), Lobb (1.0), Tomlinson (1.0), Frost (0.1), Mohr (0.1), Patton (0.1), Shiel (0.1), Whitfield (0.1) Daniher (3.4), Zaharakis (2.1), Dell'Olio (2.0), Stanton (1.2), Ryder (1.1), Hocking (1.0), Howlett (1.0), Bellchambers (0.1), Heppell (0.1), Melksham (0.1)

Team Statistics

Greater Western Sydney
Essendon

Statistics

Greater Western Sydney Essendon
Goals 9 11
Behinds 12 15
Scoring shots 20 26
Goals/scoring shots 45 42
Disposals 371 365
Greater Western SydneyGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
S.Coniglio 9 7 5 2 1 3 0 0 0 0
A.Corr 4 1 1 3 4 5 0 0 0 0
S.Frost 11 8 7 3 3 1 0 0 0 0
C.Hampton 7 6 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
W.Hoskin-Elliott 13 7 4 6 9 4 2 1 0 2
K.Jaksch 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
A.Kennedy 18 9 6 9 3 0 0 1 0 0
J.Lamb 11 8 4 3 3 2 1 1 0 0
R.Lobb 7 3 2 4 5 5 2 0 2 0
T.Mohr 17 12 6 5 6 0 1 0 0 0
S.Mumford 15 4 0 11 8 4 1 0 37 0
R.Palmer 16 8 5 8 7 3 1 3 0 1
J.Patton 16 10 4 6 9 2 0 0 0 0
T.Scully 23 10 2 13 6 2 0 1 0 1
H.Shaw 31 30 7 1 6 3 0 0 0 1
D.Shiel 30 16 6 14 13 2 2 0 0 5
D.Smith 33 28 6 5 9 3 3 2 0 4
A.Tomlinson 18 11 7 7 4 4 2 1 0 0
J.Townsend 13 7 7 6 3 4 1 2 0 2
A.Treloar 27 20 7 7 12 5 1 2 1 8
C.Ward 27 12 6 15 13 6 0 0 0 6
L.Whitfield 21 13 8 8 4 2 0 0 0 1
EssendonGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
P.Ambrose 18 8 4 10 7 0 0 0 0 0
M.Baguley 24 13 4 11 8 6 2 4 0 1
T.Bellchambers 8 2 4 6 2 1 0 0 16 1
J.Carlisle 13 8 7 5 6 1 0 1 0 0
P.Chapman 19 11 6 8 6 4 0 2 0 3
J.Daniher 15 9 9 6 10 0 1 0 0 0
C.Dell'Olio 11 3 1 8 5 2 0 0 0 0
C.Dempsey 15 4 1 11 5 4 0 0 0 0
D.Fletcher 8 6 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
B.Goddard 18 12 5 6 4 3 1 1 1 1
D.Heppell 30 15 2 15 17 2 2 1 0 8
M.Hibberd 18 13 3 5 5 3 3 2 0 0
H.Hocking 6 4 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 1
C.Hooker 16 7 2 9 8 2 0 1 1 0
B.Howlett 13 8 4 5 7 7 1 0 0 2
J.Melksham 14 5 1 9 4 2 0 1 0 2
Z.Merrett 21 12 4 9 9 6 0 1 0 0
D.Myers 9 4 3 5 4 1 0 1 0 2
P.Ryder 7 5 2 2 5 2 0 1 22 2
B.Stanton 21 13 4 8 6 3 1 0 0 2
J.Watson 27 21 3 6 10 3 2 1 0 7
D.Zaharakis 34 18 4 16 11 5 1 0 0 5

Match Details

Greater Western Sydney
Essendon
START TIME
7:40PM
WEATHER
Partly Cloudy
VENUE
Spotless Stadium
Umpires
Luke Farmer, Tristan Burgess, Jason Armstrong

GWS Giants give Essendon a fright, but Bombers too strong

ESSENDON 3.3 5.8 8.11 11.15 (81) GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.1 4.4 5.9 9.12 (66)
Goals: Essendon: J Daniher 3 C Dell’Olio 2 D Zaharakis 2 B Howlett B Stanton H Hocking P Ryder. Greater Western Sydney: A Treloar 3 R Palmer 2 A Tomlinson D Smith J Lamb R Lobb.
BEST Essendon: Zaharakis, Heppell, Daniher, Watson. GWS: Shaw, Mumford, Smith, Shiel.
Injuries: Essendon: D Fletcher (hip/lower back) J Watson (leg). Greater Western Sydney: A Corr (shoulder) C Hampton (arm).
Reports: Essendon: D Myers (Essendon) for striking D Smith (GWS) in the third quarter.
Umpires: Jason Armstrong, Luke Farmer, Tristan Burgess.
Official Crowd: 8429 at Spotless Stadium.

There will come a point when visiting teams like Essendon need to bring their A-games to Sydney's west to leave with the four points. Sadly for Greater Western Sydney, that time is not now.

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Bombers outlast brave Giants

Essendon have beaten Greater Western Sydney by 15 points at Spotless Stadium.

For the second week in a row the Giants played with the urgency and commitment required to compete at AFL level but could not beat a more accomplished opponent. How they must wish they had produced a similar effort against fellow cellar dweller Richmond.

The Bombers' 15-point win keeps them in the pack chasing a finals berth but the victory may have come at a cost with captain Jobe Watson breaking down with a hip injury in the final quarter.

It will take more than scrappy low-scoring affair for the league's newest club to convert the tough western Sydney market but the Giants' effort on Saturday night would have been far more palatable than their last home offering.

Few, if any, of the 8429 who braved the chill truly believed the Giants could cause an upset but they sniffed one in the final quarter.

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A match which had meandered seemingly to a regulation victory for Essendon came to life in the last quarter.

Fired up by a three-quarter time scuffle triggered by a wayward elbow from David Myers, the Giants turned what had been a ho-hum game into a red-hot contest.

Callan Ward and David Myers get involved in a dust-up at Spotless Stadium.
Callan Ward and David Myers get involved in a dust-up at Spotless Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

For long periods during the night, the Giants had been unable to convert their periods of ascendancy into goals but this changed swiftly in the last quarter.

The spark came from Jonathon Patton, who used fancy footwork to evade two Bombers then sprint away to set up a forward thrust. It came to nought but the Giants were inspired.

First Adam Treloar found space and kicked truly from near the 50. Then Rhys Palmer threaded the eye of the needle from deep in a pocket and when the hard-working Adam Tomlinson landed a 50-metre plus bomb midway through the final term the Giants had pulled within a point.

But as the Bombers had done throughout the night they were able to find an extra gear when pushed, kicking the next three to seal the game.

It was appropriate that Joe Daniher ended the Giants' run, finishing off some fluent ball movement with nerveless conversion from 40 out.

In a game not made for marking forwards, Daniher proved the difference between the two sides.

As a second-year player, Daniher will generally have to battle more seasoned and developed defenders but not on this occasion against an equally callow Kristian Jaksch.

Daniher threatened at times to impose himself on the game with some powerful marking only to be let down by some shaky kicking for goal. But with three goals and nine marks he was the game's dominant forward.

The Giants have chosen the slow burn with their list build but this was a night where more seasoned campaigners like Heath Shaw and Shane Mumford, both among their team's best, could have produced a different outcome.

When the Bombers were under pressure they had enough players coming to the fore.

They could rely on Michael Hibberd to set up an incisive counter-attack after winning a crucial ball in defence. In a match low for skill, David Zaharakis's two goals, not to mention 34 possessions, were priceless.

The Bombers' extra polish when able to get into dangerous positions was also important. Whereas the Giants were forced to scrounge for every score, Essendon were able to make more of their opportunities.

When the Giants were able to gain the ascendancy in general play they struggled to break down Essendon's defence.

This happened in the third quarter when all they had to show for a seven to nine-minute period in which they controlled the game was a mere goal - to Adam Treloar.

How frustrating and morale-sapping it must have been for the Giants when they conceded a goal almost immediately after to Zaharakis. It may not be this way in the years to come.

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