Game Chat – Essendon v Hawthorn

Written by Motts on June 14 2019

Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Friday, June 14, 7.50pm AEST

What it means for Essendon: It’s the first game of a big three weeks for the Bombers if they’re to make a dash to the finals. They face West Coast (away) and then Greater Western Sydney after the Hawks, so need to bag a win before facing the top-four contenders.

What it means for Hawthorn: The Hawks are similarly middle-road like the Bombers, so if they’re to stay in the race for the top eight, being a win ahead of their rivals would give them a handy position. 

The stat: Hawthorn’s had a truly up-and-down season. Alastair Clarkson’s side hasn’t been able to string together back-to-back wins yet, and in the past seven weeks have alternated between wins and losses. If the trend continues, it’s not good news for the Bombers.

The match-up: James Sicily v Jake Stringer

Stringer is expected to return from his hamstring strain to take on the Hawks, and could a match-up against gun defender Sicily await? Sicily is ranked the second best small-medium defender in the game according to the Official AFL Player Ratings.

It’s a big week for: Jack Gunston

After a six-goal haul in the Hawks’ round 10 win over Port Adelaide, Gunston didn’t hit the scoreboard in their loss to Brisbane in round 11 before their bye last week. At his best he’ll pose problems for the Bombers.

Big call: The Worpedo is best afield with 33 disposals and a goal in a damaging midfield performance.

Mottsy’s Tip: Hawthorn by 20 points

 

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125 thoughts on “Game Chat – Essendon v Hawthorn”

  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    Essendon: Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Mason Redman, Matt Guelfi
    Hawthorn: Conor Glass, Kaiden Brand, Dylan Moore, James Cousins

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  2. Like the tip.
    Had forgotten about Gunston. If he truly has rediscovered his kicking form then he has to be in the mix for the back half of the season huh?

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  3. As a long time Essendon supporter, this is the match up I love the most … remembering all those clashes back in the 80’s, 90’s etc … bit different these days though … Bombers have been a tad disappointing this year (from where they were expected to be)

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  4. Just panicked for a second there as Eddie said its been pouring in Melbourne – thought the match was at the G but see its at Marvel – whew … can you send some rain up here please??

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  5. Gee Clarke is tempting to grab in only his second game and being named in the mids again … should stick with the rules (Josh Glenn) though and stay with Bewley yeah??

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    1. If you can’t go Bewley this and Clarke next, ie only get one, I’d go Clarke. JS has to be pretty good given he’s held his spot with all your INs this week?!

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      1. Just what im in the process of doing. This was my three trade bye week, and as i can now hold off the rob/grundy trade, its clarke next week. He’s a 200 gamer.

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    1. PJ’s crook – GD … AS offered to post them … so if he’s happy to, I’m happy to sit back and just watch THE MIGHTY BOMBERS smash those dastardly HAWKS!! *wink*!!

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      1. Alright, np. I can cover over the weekend as well.

        Good luck, Macca. Rootin’ for the Dons…and Sicily, brought him in this week lol.

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        1. haha – I’m happy if Sicily gets no more than 70 … *wink* … and price drop helps me get him cheaper next week or later!! + it means he hasn’t had too big an impact on the game!!

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    1. Dodgednone there. If Steele hadn’t gone down, he’d have been an IN for me this week.
      Happy to do the scores for this one GD. With PJ sick will offer up when I can on the weekend 🙂

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  6. apologies for lateness. Latest scores @ 5min. make Q2

    Essendon Bombers: 3.3.21
    David Zaharakis 37
    Conor McKenna 35
    Michael Hurley 30
    Darcy Parish 29
    Zach Merrett 27
    Adam Saad 27
    Cale Hooker 26
    Mason Redman 26
    Tom Bellchambers 25
    Kyle Langford 24
    Jayden Laverde 24
    Dyson Heppell 20
    Shaun McKernan 20
    Patrick Ambrose 15
    Andrew McGrath 15
    Dylan Shiel 13
    Orazio Fantasia 12
    Dylan Clarke 12
    Josh Begley 10
    Matt Guelfi 6
    A. M-Tipungwuti 4
    Jake Stringer 3

    Hawthorn Hawks: 2.3.15
    Ricky Henderson 55
    James Worpel 38
    Liam Shiels 37
    Blake Hardwick 35
    Dylan Moore 30
    James Frawley 29
    James Cousins 29
    Jonathon Ceglar* 28
    Isaac Smith 24
    Jarman Impey 23
    Conor Glass 23
    James Sicily 22
    Ben Stratton 21
    Shaun Burgoyne 21
    Tom Scully 20
    Luke Breust 19
    Paul Puopolo 17
    Ben McEvoy 15
    Tim O’Brien 13
    Kaiden Brand 11
    Jack Gunston 8
    Jaeger O’Meara 6

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  7. SUPERCOACH

    Q time
    4.3.27 – 2.3.15

    D. Zaharakis 35
    R. Henderson 52
    C. McKenna 33
    L. Shiels 35
    M. Hurley 28
    J. Worpel 35
    D. Parish 28
    B. Hardwick 33
    A. Saad 26
    D. Moore 28
    Z. Merrett 25
    J. Frawley 27
    C. Hooker 24
    J. Cousins 27
    M. Redman 24
    J. Ceglar 26
    K. Langford 23
    I. Smith 22
    J. Laverde 23
    J. Impey 21
    T. Bellchambers 23
    C. Glass 21
    D. Heppell 19
    J. Sicily 20
    A. McGrath 14
    T. Scully 19
    P. Ambrose 13
    B. Stratton 19
    S. McKernan 13
    S. Burgoyne 19
    O. Fantasia 11
    L. Breust 18
    D. Clarke 11
    P. Puopolo 15
    J. Begley 9
    B. McEvoy 14
    D. Shiel 6
    T. O’Brien 12
    M. Guelfi 5
    K. Brand 10
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 3
    J. O’Meara 8
    J. Stringer 2
    J. Gunston 7

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    1. sorry mate. Will be a little late with HT scores too, but don’t worry if you want the night off. I can post them all and the others on time, with pre- and post-scaling 😉

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      1. Sicily playing forward is really really dumb by Clarko … but good for Bombers and for those in SC who dont own him!!

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    1. yep, the kid can sure shut down a player … without cheap little pinching BS that Stratton carries on with

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  8. Bombers blowing a potential decent HT lead …

    Essendon Bombers: 6.7.43
    Conor McKenna 69
    Zach Merrett 60
    Michael Hurley 52
    Adam Saad 51
    David Zaharakis 45
    Mason Redman 44
    Dyson Heppell 42
    Tom Bellchambers 39
    Shaun McKernan 37
    Orazio Fantasia 35
    Kyle Langford 35
    Jayden Laverde 35
    Darcy Parish 35
    Dylan Shiel 32
    Patrick Ambrose 32
    Cale Hooker 30
    Dylan Clarke 27
    Andrew McGrath 23
    Josh Begley 21
    Jake Stringer 20
    A. M-Tipungwuti 17
    Matt Guelfi 14

    Hawthorn Hawks: 6.4.40
    Blake Hardwick 63
    Ricky Henderson 61
    Dylan Moore 58
    James Worpel 57
    Isaac Smith 57
    Liam Shiels 55
    Paul Puopolo 53
    Jarman Impey 48
    Tom Scully 42
    Jonathon Ceglar* 41
    Conor Glass 38
    Jack Gunston 36
    James Frawley 35
    Luke Breust 34
    James Cousins 32
    Ben Stratton 32
    Ben McEvoy 32
    Tim O’Brien 30
    Shaun Burgoyne 30
    James Sicily 28
    Kaiden Brand 20
    Jaeger O’Meara 15

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  9. SUPERCOACH

    1/2 time
    6.7.43 – 6.4.40

    C. McKenna 68
    B. Hardwick 62
    Z. Merrett 59
    R. Henderson 60
    M. Hurley 51
    D. Moore 57
    A. Saad 50
    J. Worpel 56
    D. Zaharakis 44
    I. Smith 56
    M. Redman 43
    L. Shiels 54
    D. Heppell 41
    P. Puopolo 52
    T. Bellchambers 38
    J. Impey 47
    S. McKernan 36
    T. Scully 41
    K. Langford 34
    J. Ceglar 40
    J. Laverde 34
    C. Glass 37
    D. Parish 34
    J. Gunston 35
    O. Fantasia 34
    J. Frawley 34
    P. Ambrose 31
    L. Breust 33
    D. Shiel 31
    B. McEvoy 31
    C. Hooker 29
    B. Stratton 31
    D. Clarke 26
    J. Cousins 31
    A. McGrath 22
    S. Burgoyne 29
    J. Begley 20
    T. O’Brien 29
    J. Stringer 19
    J. Sicily 27
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 16
    K. Brand 19
    M. Guelfi 13
    J. O’Meara 14

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  10. Essendon Bombers: 6.7.43
    Conor McKenna 69
    Zach Merrett 60
    Michael Hurley 52
    Adam Saad 51
    David Zaharakis 45
    Mason Redman 44
    Dyson Heppell 42
    Tom Bellchambers 39
    Shaun McKernan 37
    Orazio Fantasia 35
    Kyle Langford 35
    Jayden Laverde 35
    Darcy Parish 35
    Dylan Shiel 32
    Patrick Ambrose 32
    Cale Hooker 30
    Dylan Clarke 27
    Andrew McGrath 23
    Josh Begley 21
    Jake Stringer 20
    A. M-Tipungwuti 17
    Matt Guelfi 14

    Hawthorn Hawks: 6.4.40
    Blake Hardwick 63
    Ricky Henderson 61
    Dylan Moore 58
    James Worpel 57
    Isaac Smith 57
    Liam Shiels 55
    Paul Puopolo 53
    Jarman Impey 48
    Tom Scully 42
    Jonathon Ceglar* 41
    Conor Glass 38
    Jack Gunston 36
    James Frawley 35
    Luke Breust 34
    James Cousins 32
    Ben Stratton 32
    Ben McEvoy 32
    Tim O’Brien 30
    Shaun Burgoyne 30
    James Sicily 28
    Kaiden Brand 20
    Jaeger O’Meara 15

    NB there are just 5 pts left to allocate for the half.

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  11. Macca, PJ and AS. All three of you geniuses just posted the scores lol. I held off posting myself knowing this would happen.

    Who’s getting them for the rest of the game?

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  12. Sicily to back flank for the second half, Frawley/Brand/o’brien to be traded to anyone next year ( hopefully)

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    1. 30 points in 21 minutes thus far … wish Worpel would learn to do that each quarter … goes missing too often to be a quality mid …

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  13. Seeing the Hawks struggle to take F50 marks, seeing Clarko swing the talls around to try and find a target it got me thinking, why on earth is Roughy not back in the team. Surely he’d be a good target and would kick 1-2 goals a game.

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    1. roughy’s gone mate , too old
      clarko looks fwd not back
      gotta see what he’s got over the next premiership window
      rough be retired by then
      but he’s still got value as a teacher for the up n comers

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  14. Asked this before but it got pushed up by scores posts, so I’ll ask again: thoughts on Henderson as M8?

    Clearly more than a purple patch now, on track for B&F, looks great.

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      1. better every week and plays that lovely SC role just in front of the contest. gonna overtake McGrath in the breakout stakes.

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    1. Don’t like the selection as he’s heavily dependent on amassing a large amount of the ball and doesn’t gather sufficient contested possessions or tackles to compensate in those poor games. Devoid of consistency and an insufficient ceiling.

      Around 2 dozen players I’d prefer to select in the mids instead.

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    1. yeah – best part of 50 points FFS … not what I wanted (sorry to owners!) I’d like him cheaper in a week or two …

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  15. 3 QTR TIME
    Essendon Bombers: 11.11.77
    Zach Merrett 121
    Darcy Parish 94
    Adam Saad 86
    Conor McKenna 81
    Dyson Heppell 79
    Michael Hurley 77
    Tom Bellchambers 65
    David Zaharakis 62
    Mason Redman 61
    Shaun McKernan 53
    Andrew McGrath 51
    Dylan Shiel 49
    Dylan Clarke 49
    Kyle Langford 46
    Cale Hooker 45
    Orazio Fantasia 44
    Jayden Laverde 43
    Matt Guelfi 41
    Patrick Ambrose 39
    Jake Stringer 35
    A. M-Tipungwuti 30
    Josh Begley 26

    Hawthorn Hawks: 8.6.54
    Ricky Henderson 93
    Isaac Smith 83
    Blake Hardwick 76
    James Sicily 74
    Liam Shiels 73
    James Worpel 73
    Jarman Impey 70
    Tom Scully 67
    James Frawley 62
    Paul Puopolo 60
    Dylan Moore 59
    Shaun Burgoyne 59
    Jonathon Ceglar* 53
    Tim O’Brien 50
    Conor Glass 45
    Ben McEvoy 44
    James Cousins 41
    Jack Gunston 38
    Ben Stratton 35
    Luke Breust 34
    Kaiden Brand 30
    Jaeger O’Meara 24

    NB: pts over-allocated by 45pts (approx -1/player)

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  16. Redman needs to lose those late fists, gotta get those out of his game. Promising defender if he can do that.

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  17. Not sure we can criticize umpires these days ……. but IF we could, i’d put it to you that that’s one of the worst decisions I’ve seen.

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  18. If the game was on the line, THAT free to Breust would be a HUGE discussion point with the media the way it is today.

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  19. hawks never going to win the flag this year
    too many kids & 1st , 2nd year imports
    @ least the hawks get an easier draw next year finishing lower
    birchall , mitchell & mohr will be back fit
    another preseason into o’mera , scully &
    wingard , who hopefully wont have his hammy niggles
    maybe pick up coniglio & a key fwd
    who knows what could happen next year

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  20. FINAL SC SCORES

    Essendon Bombers: 14.12.96
    Zach Merrett 138
    Conor McKenna 114
    Darcy Parish 110
    Michael Hurley 102
    Adam Saad 101
    Dyson Heppell 96
    David Zaharakis 89
    Kyle Langford 87
    Tom Bellchambers 78
    Mason Redman 77
    Dylan Clarke 76
    Shaun McKernan 71
    Andrew McGrath 68
    Jayden Laverde 68
    Cale Hooker 64
    Dylan Shiel 60
    Orazio Fantasia 52
    Matt Guelfi 51
    Patrick Ambrose 45
    Josh Begley 42
    A. M-Tipungwuti 42
    Jake Stringer 38

    Hawthorn Hawks: 11.11.77
    Ricky Henderson 121
    Isaac Smith 99
    James Worpel 97
    Jarman Impey 97
    Blake Hardwick 95
    Liam Shiels 92
    Ben McEvoy 90
    James Sicily 89
    Tom Scully 79
    Jonathon Ceglar 76
    James Frawley 76
    Shaun Burgoyne 73
    Dylan Moore 68
    Paul Puopolo 66
    Tim O’Brien 65
    Conor Glass 65
    Jack Gunston 58
    Luke Breust 53
    James Cousins 48
    Jaeger O’Meara 44
    Ben Stratton 42
    Kaiden Brand 39

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    1. imo , just time , more experience into our players
      clarko won’t admit it publicly but the hawks have been in a rebuild since 2016 ,
      when yr no 1 & 2 onfield mids have about 40 games experience combined ,
      & yr 2 key fwds have about 40 combined also ,
      takes a coach time to build the right team around em ,
      scully , wingard , mohr , impy & scrimshaw ,
      are still learning the hawthorn system ,
      they need another pre season under clarkos guidance ,
      getting back tommy , brich & mohr next year will be a big step fwd ,
      our recruiters & VFL affiliate are excellent ,
      they’ll do their jobs well & add good depth for next year ,
      the rest of this year will be more about the players & support staff working on the right things for next year
      2020 they’ll have a real crack like 2008 ,
      then we should have an 8 year window again with our young list

      clarko knows its all about silverware ,
      more importantly , he knows how to get it

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      1. Mitchell is one of the top 5 midfielders in the comp and he’s been out all season. I think his play last year papered over some of the hawks’ issues.

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  21. think that’s the first game this year that i haven’t had a single SC player playing. The only other side of no interest currently is NTH.
    That may change on all three fronts over the coming weeks.

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    1. oops – forgot to say, Zerrett IS worth it … have held him all year … gets some bad calls by umps at times … and yes, struggles with a hard tag … but most do … but, fingers crossed (do not smite me SC Gods!) i’ve been happy thus far …

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  22. with Merrett likely to be tagged the next three weeks (Hutchings, De Boer and Hewett/Clarke), he’ll have to wait for now.

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  23. How long would it take in local footy to knock stratten out,
    il tell ya 10 seconds
    htf do they let that bullshit happen, why because know one wants to get suspended.

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      1. as a hawk supporter im a little shocked that stratts used the pinchy tactic
        im sure he’s probably just stressed , having the C thrown on him & the team struggling
        was a completely inappropriate thing to do & should be fined for it
        back in the day i played full back & if someone started well you’d just throw a knee into em in the pack n that was that
        old ways are the best

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    1. Stratton’s actions were amongst the most cowardly you could hope to not see. Picking on a little bloke is bad enough, but doing it when you know you can’t be dealt with in the old fashioned way, is as weak as pi55. I remember Craig Kelly doing this, but never to plugger.

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