Game Chat – Essendon v Fremantle

Written by Thommo on May 18 2019

Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Saturday May 18, 7.25pm AEST

Last time they met: Marvel Stadium, round 18, 2018: Essendon 13.21 (99) defeated Fremantle 11.4 (70)

Orazio Fantasia was the star with five goals and three Brownlow Medal votes as the Bombers crashed past the Dockers with a comfortable 29-point win. They had 19 more scoring shots, so it could have been a far bigger victory as they made a late dash to (nearly) make the finals.

What it means for Essendon: The Bombers are on a three-game losing streak and need a victory to stay in touch with the top eight. To fall to 3-6 after nine rounds would nearly spell curtains for their finals hopes, so they need to bounce back after last week’s loss to the Swans, who were 18th on the ladder at the time.

What it means for Fremantle: Ross Lyon’s men are hanging on to eighth position on the ladder after a promising start to the year. An away victory in their first game in Melbourne for the season would add to an encouraging first eight weeks.

How Essendon wins: There needs to be better use of the ball heading into Essendon’s forward half. Too many times when the Bombers are under the pump they simply bomb the ball long, a tactic that is especially dubious given their lack of tall forwards through injury at the moment.

How Fremantle wins: Containing skipper and gun midfielder Nat Fyfe, Freo’s midfield has the big body that often troubles Essendon’s on-ball brigade. If Fyfe gets going like he did last week against the Tigers, when he had 33 disposals and three goals, John Worsfold will have concerns.

The stat: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti hasn’t kicked a goal in any of Essendon’s losses this year, but has booted 13 in their three wins. If the Dockers stop him, the stats say they’ll go a long way to stopping the Dons.

It’s a big week for: David Zaharakis

Last week was the third-straight game the senior Bombers midfielder has not hit 20 possessions (he had 19 against the Swans). Essendon needs him firing.

The match-up: Tom Bellchambers has had a solid season but has shouldered Essendon’s ruck duties for most of the year. He will come up against an in-form and more athletic big man in Freo’s Rory Lobb this week, fresh off 45 hitouts, 19 disposals and a goal last week against Richmond.

Thommo’s Tip: Essendon by 18 points.

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16 thoughts on “Game Chat – Essendon v Fremantle”

  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    Essendon: Andrew McGrath, Kyle Langford, Dylan Shiel, Mason Redman
    Fremantle: Adam Cerra, Reece Conca, Connor Blakely, Brennan Cox

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  2. Connor Blakely was in my team right up until he got injured in the pre-season. Will be watching him closely in this game!

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  3. SUPERCOACH

    Q time
    ess 1.3.9 – 2.3.15

    D. Zaharakis 40
    N. Fyfe 37
    C. Hooker 29
    D. Mundy 33
    J. Stringer 29
    T. Duman 33
    M. Hurley 27
    C. Blakely 30
    A. Saad 27
    A. Brayshaw 26
    D. Shiel 27
    A. Pearce 25
    Z. Merrett 26
    E. Langdon 25
    D. Parish 23
    R. Lobb 22
    A. Francis 22
    D. Tucker 21
    D. Heppell 20
    S. Switkowski 20
    T. Bellchambers 19
    N. Wilson 19
    K. Langford 18
    B. Hill 17
    M. Redman 16
    E. Hughes 16
    M. Baguley 15
    B. Matera 16
    J. Begley 12
    L. Ryan 14
    C. McKenna 11
    M. Walters 14
    J. Daniher 10
    R. Conca 13
    A. McGrath 7
    J. Hogan 12
    P. Ambrose 6
    A. Cerra 11
    M. Guelfi 6
    M. Taberner 10
    B. McNiece 5
    J. Hamling 7
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 3
    B. Cox 6

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  4. SUPERCOACH

    1/2 time
    ess 3.7.25 – 3.5.23

    M. Hurley 68
    T. Duman 58
    D. Zaharakis 61
    D. Mundy 57
    D. Shiel 56
    L. Ryan 56
    K. Langford 56
    N. Wilson 55
    A. Saad 54
    C. Blakely 53
    T. Bellchambers 54
    D. Tucker 50
    Z. Merrett 45
    A. Pearce 49
    C. Hooker 42
    N. Fyfe 48
    M. Redman 41
    B. Hill 37
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 39
    R. Conca 37
    J. Stringer 39
    M. Walters 33
    D. Heppell 37
    E. Langdon 32
    J. Daniher 37
    R. Lobb 29
    M. Guelfi 35
    A. Brayshaw 28
    A. Francis 33
    S. Switkowski 27
    D. Parish 29
    M. Taberner 26
    P. Ambrose 28
    J. Hamling 25
    B. McNiece 24
    B. Matera 23
    C. McKenna 23
    B. Cox 19
    M. Baguley 20
    A. Cerra 19
    A. McGrath 19
    E. Hughes 18
    J. Begley 18
    J. Hogan 15

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  5. SUPERCOACH

    3/4 time
    ess 5.11.41 – 4.9.33

    D. Zaharakis 87
    D. Mundy 94
    Z. Merrett 85
    T. Duman 76
    D. Shiel 83
    N. Wilson 72
    M. Hurley 82
    L. Ryan 66
    J. Stringer 81
    N. Fyfe 66
    A. Saad 76
    C. Blakely 65
    T. Bellchambers 69
    D. Tucker 55
    C. Hooker 67
    B. Matera 53
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 65
    J. Hamling 51
    K. Langford 65
    A. Pearce 49
    M. Guelfi 62
    R. Conca 49
    A. McGrath 59
    B. Hill 48
    D. Heppell 57
    E. Langdon 45
    J. Daniher 52
    A. Brayshaw 43
    M. Redman 49
    E. Hughes 42
    D. Parish 42
    B. Cox 40
    M. Baguley 41
    M. Taberner 39
    A. Francis 38
    M. Walters 34
    P. Ambrose 35
    A. Cerra 34
    C. McKenna 35
    R. Lobb 31
    J. Begley 32
    S. Switkowski 29
    B. McNiece 22
    J. Hogan 23

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  6. Should have went Cripps. Faaaaaark.

    Gawn, grundy, Neale, hurn, McRae, danger all on the field and I screwed up with Fyfe

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  7. SUPERCOACH

    final
    ess 8.12.60 – 7.11.53

    D. Shiel 129
    D. Mundy 128
    Z. Merrett 116
    N. Fyfe 100
    D. Zaharakis 108
    C. Blakely 88
    A. Saad 105
    T. Duman 87
    J. Stringer 96
    N. Wilson 81
    M. Hurley 87
    L. Ryan 80
    K. Langford 84
    D. Tucker 70
    C. Hooker 83
    R. Lobb 69
    D. Heppell 78
    M. Taberner 65
    T. Bellchambers 73
    B. Hill 63
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 68
    E. Langdon 58
    M. Guelfi 68
    M. Walters 56
    A. Francis 68
    R. Conca 56
    M. Redman 67
    A. Pearce 55
    A. McGrath 64
    E. Hughes 54
    J. Daniher 59
    J. Hamling 53
    M. Baguley 57
    B. Matera 53
    D. Parish 57
    A. Brayshaw 53
    C. McKenna 56
    B. Cox 43
    J. Begley 44
    A. Cerra 41
    P. Ambrose 40
    S. Switkowski 39
    B. McNiece 31
    J. Hogan 25

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