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  • Goals 13
  • Behinds 21
  • Total 99

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  • Behinds 4
  • Total 70
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Match Report

Bombers finish strong

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network July 21, 2018 2:30 PM

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Watch the highlights from our clash against the Bombers

Fremantle fought hard to contain an inaccurate Essendon who eventually ran out to win by 29 points at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Freo trailed by one-goal at the last change before losing momentum to the Bombers as they kicked four goals to Freo’s one to seal a 13.21 (99) to 11.4 (70) victory.

It was just the Bombers' second win at Freo's expense in their past seven meetings – and came despite trailing by eight points at half-time – and means they've won five of their past six outings.

Essendon largely dominated a youth-laden Fremantle line-up that was a long way from home, but still found the plucky visitors' tag tough to shake.

Everything bar the scoreboard was lopsided, with the Bombers winning disposals (380-319), contested possessions (157-137), clearances (41-28), marks inside 50 (22-10) and inside 50s (63-35) in a canter.

That eventually told, although it wasn't until David Myers' kick and hope from barely inside the boundary went through for a goal at the 20-minute mark of the final term that they were safe.

Fremantle was set to field the round's youngest side until Sean Darcy's groin tightened up in the warm-up and he was replaced by veteran Michael Johnson in his last AFL season. 

Essendon, on the other hand, was the second-oldest, sporting 11 players aged between 26 and 29 years and nine players with at least 100 games' experience.

Johnson's 33 years and 239 matches muddied the Dockers' averages somewhat, but didn't change the theme.

Michael Walters was one of the reasons Fremantle – which was missing Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands – had a pulse for as long as it did, kicking three goals and racking up nine score involvements.

Lachie Neale paced the Dockers in the clinches with 30 possessions (12 contested), with hard-working first-year midfielder Bailey Banfield a willing ally with six clearances of his own.

MEDICAL ROOM

Essendon: Shaun McKernan was enjoying the best patch of his decade-long AFL career with Joe Daniher out, but he now joins the Bombers' injured star forward on the sidelines. McKernan looked to seriously injure his left hamstring when he launched for a mark in the opening minutes of the second term. Two trainers carried him from the field and he was soon relying on crutches, with his season potentially in danger.

Fremantle: Fremantle were already without Aaron Sandilands then lost his incumbent, Sean Darcy, when the 20-year-old's groin tightened up in the warm-up. Darcy originally came from the ground a week earlier against Port Adelaide with the same problem.

ESSENDON   2.5   4.11   9.16   13.21   (99)
FREMANTLE   4.0   7.1   10.4   11.4   (70)

GOALS
Essendon: Fantasia 5, Brown 3, Smith 2, Baguley, Zaharakis, Myers
Fremantle: Walters 3, Johnson 2, Neale, Cerra, Sutcliffe, Mundy, Matera, McCarthy

BEST
Essendon: Smith, Zaharakis, Fantasia, Heppell, Merrett, Hurley
Fremantle: Neale, Walters, Banfield, Pearce, Hamling, Wilson

INJURIES
Essendon: McKernan (left hamstring)
Fremantle: Darcy (groin, replaced in side by Johnson)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Gavine, Hay, Ryan

Official crowd: 31,564 at Etihad Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Lachie Neale
    Lachie Neale
    30
  • Essendon
    Zach Merrett
    28
  • Essendon
    Dyson Heppell
    26
  • Essendon
    David Zaharakis
    25
  • Essendon
    Devon Smith
    23
Fantasy Leaders
  • Devon Smith
    Devon Smith
    121
  • Essendon
    Orazio Fantasia
    116
  • Essendon
    Zach Merrett
    112
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    101
  • Essendon
    Tom Bellchambers
    99
Scoring Leaders
  • Orazio Fantasia
    Orazio Fantasia
    5.1
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    3.2
  • Essendon
    Mitch Brown
    3.1
  • Essendon
    Devon Smith
    2.0
  • Fremantle
    Michael Johnson
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 379 Disposals 318
  • 72.6 Disposal Eff 71.1
  • 158 Contested Pos 137
  • 86 Marks 68
  • 22 Free Kicks 24
  • 41 Clearances 27
  • 62 Inside 50s 36
  • 25 Rebound 50s 49
  • 69 Tackles 54
  • 50 Hit-outs 21
  • 85 Interchanges 90

Breakdown

  • 2.5 (17)
    4.0 (24)
  • 4.11 (35)
    7.1 (43)
  • 9.16 (70)
    10.4 (64)
  • 13.21 (99)
    11.4 (70)

Player Stats

Essendon

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Devon Smith 15 8 23 3 0 2 1 10 2 0 121
2Orazio Fantasia 10 9 19 9 0 1 1 3 5 1 116
3Zach Merrett 15 13 28 2 0 5 1 8 0 1 112
4Tom Bellchambers 10 5 15 4 49 1 4 2 0 1 99
5David Zaharakis 14 11 25 6 0 1 0 2 1 1 98
6Dyson Heppell 12 14 26 3 0 2 0 4 0 0 91
7Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 9 8 17 5 0 3 2 7 0 1 84
8Ben McNiece 10 11 21 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 77
9Adam Saad 8 11 19 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 73
10Matt Dea 13 7 20 6 0 1 1 1 0 0 73
11Darcy Parish 11 7 18 2 0 2 0 3 0 2 69
12Mitch Brown 7 3 10 7 0 0 1 1 3 1 68
13Kyle Langford 11 5 16 4 0 0 1 3 0 1 65
14Michael Hurley 9 8 17 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 61
15Cale Hooker 8 6 14 6 0 1 2 1 0 3 56
16Mark Baguley 8 4 12 6 0 0 2 1 1 2 56
17Travis Colyer 4 5 9 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 53
18Brendon Goddard 7 16 23 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 53
19David Myers 10 8 18 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 50
20Matt Guelfi 5 7 12 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 49
21Andrew McGrath 6 5 11 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 38
22Shaun McKernan 6 0 6 4 1 0 1 1 0 1 33

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Lachie Neale 12 18 30 3 0 0 2 5 1 0 101
2Bailey Banfield 14 8 22 6 0 2 2 2 0 0 80
3Michael Johnson 8 7 15 5 4 3 2 3 2 0 78
4Michael Walters 11 7 18 3 0 1 1 1 3 2 78
5Bradley Hill 14 3 17 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 75
6Brandon Matera 13 3 16 4 0 2 1 3 1 0 74
7Adam Cerra 8 5 13 1 0 1 0 7 1 0 72
8Taylin Duman 12 4 16 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 70
9Cameron Sutcliffe 7 6 13 7 0 0 0 2 1 0 68
10Nathan Wilson 16 4 20 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 63
11Darcy Tucker 3 10 13 2 0 1 1 7 0 0 61
12David Mundy 7 8 15 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 58
13Joel Hamling 8 7 15 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 58
14Scott Jones 2 3 5 1 17 1 1 6 0 0 54
15Stefan Giro 6 7 13 1 0 2 1 5 0 0 54
16Ethan Hughes 7 6 13 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 46
17Luke Ryan 4 11 15 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 45
18Tommy Sheridan 7 8 15 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 43
19Cam McCarthy 4 5 9 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 35
20Alex Pearce 3 8 11 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 26
21Ed Langdon 3 4 7 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 19
22Brennan Cox 3 4 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17
23Sean Darcy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Lineups

Essendon

B

  • Matt Dea,
  • Cale Hooker,
  • Matt Guelfi

HB

  • Adam Saad,
  • Michael Hurley,
  • Brendon Goddard

C

  • Travis Colyer,
  • Zach Merrett,
  • Andrew McGrath

HF

  • Devon Smith,
  • Shaun McKernan,
  • Dyson Heppell

F

  • Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti,
  • Mitch Brown,
  • David Myers

Fol

  • Tom Bellchambers,
  • Darcy Parish,
  • Orazio Fantasia

I/C

  • Kyle Langford,
  • David Zaharakis,
  • Mark Baguley,
  • Ben McNiece

No Late Change

In

  • Orazio Fantasia,
  • David Zaharakis

Out

  • Conor McKenna (Injured),
  • Jake Long (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Darcy Parish  - Played 50th game

Last updated: 7:27PM Saturday, July 21, 2018