Game Chat – Essendon v Western Bulldogs

Written by Thommo on August 21 2016

Venue:  Etihad Stadium at 4:40pm AEST

Last 5 times: 

R18, 2015, Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) d Essendon 5.10 (40) at Etihad Stadium
R18, 2014, Essendon 15.11 (101) d Western Bulldogs 14.10 (94) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2014, Essendon 10.13 (73) d Western Bulldogs 9.11 (65) at Etihad Stadium
R16, 2013, Essendon 18.13 (121) d Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) at Etihad Stadium
R14, 2012, Essendon 21.14 (140) d Western Bulldogs 8.8 (56) at Etihad Stadium

Top SC scorers from last match:

  • Essendon: Gwilt 93, Z Merrett 82, Goddard 81
  • Western Bulldogs: Hunter 124, Bontempelli 121, Johannisen 111

Ins/Outs:

Essendon

  • In: Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Mark Jamar
  • Out: Sam Grimley (Omitted), James Polkinghorne (Omitted), Jonathan Simpkin (Omitted)

Western Bulldogs

  • In: Toby McLean, Roarke Smith
  • Out: Matthew Suckling (Achilles), Jake Stringer (Omitted)

Game notes: The Western Bulldogs didn’t play their best game of the season last week against Collingwood, but were good enough to claim a three-point win to keep alive their top-four hopes. They are not quite at the same levels as their early-season form, but have ground out some important wins in the past month. They should be able to account for the Bombers, but Essendon did manage to surprise Gold Coast last week by registering their second win of the year. The Bombers broke a 17-game losing streak and gave themselves a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon with the hard-fought victory, as key midfielders David Zaharakis (40 disposals) and Zach Merrett starred.

The 6 Points

1. Only four points separated these sides at quarter-time the last time they met before the Bulldogs kicked 18 goals to five to run out big winners. Former Bomber Stewart Crameri starred with seven goals against his old side.

2. This week pits the top-two ranked sides for uncontested possessions against each other. Both are high possession teams despite the difference in ladder position: the Bulldogs are ranked first in the league, averaging 413 disposals a game. The Bombers are seventh in the competition for total disposals.

3. Despite last week’s win, the Bombers continue to be the lowest-scoring side this season, averaging only 64 points a game. The Bulldogs are the lowest-scoring side in the top eight as they average 86 points a week.

4. The Bombers might be a little better placed had they kicked straighter. They are the worst team in 2016 for goalkicking accuracy, having booted 178.213 across the year (41 per cent). They have kicked more goals than behinds in just five games.

5. Essendon and the Western Bulldogs meet for the 158th time, with the Bombers holding a clear advantage across history (94 wins to the Dogs’ 61, with two draws).

6. Marcus Bontempelli’s rise to stardom has been swift, and it’s been reflected in the AFL Player Ratings. Bontempelli is rated the sixth-best player in the competition, placing him among some of the competition’s genuine superstars.

Thommo’s tip: Western Bulldogs by 75 points

While we do our best to update posts with end of quarter scores, we aren’t always online so if you have access to the scores and see they haven’t gone into the Comments section of this post, the Community would love it if you could help us out.

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7 thoughts on “Game Chat – Essendon v Western Bulldogs”

  1. QUARTER TIME

    Essendon 1.2 (8)
    trail
    Western Bulldogs 6.2 (38)

    ESSENDON:
    45 Conor McKenna 27
    28 Mitch Brown 26
    7 Zach Merrett 25
    34 Jake Long 24
    11 David Zaharakis 23
    48 Mathew Stokes 23
    6 Joe Daniher 22
    53 Mark Jamar 20
    47 James Kelly 19
    30 Kyle Langford 19
    24 Craig Bird 18
    17 Adam Cooney 17
    43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 17
    20 Jackson Merrett 15
    49 Matt Dea 15
    3 Darcy Parish 12
    8 Martin Gleeson 9
    36 Michael Hartley 9
    29 Patrick Ambrose 9
    33 Jayden Laverde 7
    13 Orazio Fantasia 7
    22 Matthew Leuenberger 1

    WESTERN BULLDOGS:
    35 Caleb Daniel 38
    46 Lin Jong 38
    42 Liam Picken 31
    5 Matthew Boyd 30
    29 Tory Dickson 29
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 26
    7 Lachie Hunter 25
    10 Easton Wood 22
    19 Lukas Webb 21
    39 Jason Johannisen 20
    20 Josh Dunkley 18
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 18
    24 Shane Biggs 17
    17 Tom Boyd 15
    14 Clay Smith 13
    16 Toby McLean 13
    30 Joel Hamling 11
    23 Jordan Roughead 9
    13 Nathan Hrovat 8
    37 Roarke Smith 8
    18 Fletcher Roberts 4
    12 Zaine Cordy 0

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  2. Thanks for the scores, Hutta! Sorry I can’t help out but I’m away on holidays for the week. Greetings from Scharbeutz in Nth Germany!

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    1. No worries Schwartz. Missus at work today so have full reigns of the tv! Looks like a relaxing place to have a holiday, enjoy!

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  3. HALF TIME

    Essendon 5.7 (37)
    trail
    W. Bulldogs 9.5 (59)

    ESSENDON:
    7 Zach Merrett 52
    11 David Zaharakis 50
    6 Joe Daniher 50
    48 Mathew Stokes 47
    20 Jackson Merrett 42
    30 Kyle Langford 42
    17 Adam Cooney 40
    24 Craig Bird 38
    45 Conor McKenna 36
    47 James Kelly 36
    34 Jake Long 32
    22 Matthew Leuenberger 31
    43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 29
    53 Mark Jamar 29
    28 Mitch Brown 28
    3 Darcy Parish 27
    8 Martin Gleeson 25
    36 Michael Hartley 24
    49 Matt Dea 22
    13 Orazio Fantasia 22
    29 Patrick Ambrose 20
    33 Jayden Laverde 12

    WESTERN BULLDOGS:
    42 Liam Picken 69
    35 Caleb Daniel 66
    46 Lin Jong 59
    5 Matthew Boyd 58
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 54
    7 Lachie Hunter 50
    16 Toby McLean 46
    39 Jason Johannisen 45
    10 Easton Wood 38
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 38
    19 Lukas Webb 37
    17 Tom Boyd 36
    24 Shane Biggs 35
    29 Tory Dickson 35
    37 Roarke Smith 33
    13 Nathan Hrovat 31
    20 Josh Dunkley 30
    12 Zaine Cordy 25
    30 Joel Hamling 22
    14 Clay Smith 18
    18 Fletcher Roberts 18
    23 Jordan Roughead 10

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  4. Three Quarter Time

    Essendon 5.9 (39)
    trail.
    W. Bulldogs 12.8 (80)

    ESSENDON:
    7 Zach Merrett 87
    11 David Zaharakis 76
    48 Mathew Stokes 67
    47 James Kelly 61
    17 Adam Cooney 55
    6 Joe Daniher 51
    24 Craig Bird 50
    3 Darcy Parish 50
    45 Conor McKenna 49
    20 Jackson Merrett 49
    30 Kyle Langford 49
    36 Michael Hartley 47
    22 Matthew Leuenberger 44
    53 Mark Jamar 42
    8 Martin Gleeson 41
    43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 40
    34 Jake Long 37
    13 Orazio Fantasia 34
    29 Patrick Ambrose 34
    28 Mitch Brown 33
    49 Matt Dea 31
    33 Jayden Laverde 24

    WESTERN BULLDOGS:
    42 Liam Picken 106
    35 Caleb Daniel 102
    5 Matthew Boyd 90
    46 Lin Jong 89
    39 Jason Johannisen 82
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 75
    16 Toby McLean 70
    7 Lachie Hunter 69
    17 Tom Boyd 57
    24 Shane Biggs 56
    19 Lukas Webb 55
    13 Nathan Hrovat 52
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 49
    29 Tory Dickson 48
    20 Josh Dunkley 47
    10 Easton Wood 41
    37 Roarke Smith 39
    12 Zaine Cordy 37
    30 Joel Hamling 32
    23 Jordan Roughead 32
    18 Fletcher Roberts 30
    14 Clay Smith 28

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  5. Full Time

    Essendon 7.11 (53)
    defeated by
    W. Bulldogs 14.9 (93)

    ESSENDON:
    7 Zach Merrett 132
    11 David Zaharakis 106
    48 Mathew Stokes 106
    47 James Kelly 97
    36 Michael Hartley 81
    28 Mitch Brown 78
    17 Adam Cooney 75
    24 Craig Bird 71
    20 Jackson Merrett 70
    3 Darcy Parish 68
    30 Kyle Langford 66
    6 Joe Daniher 64
    45 Conor McKenna 63
    22 Matthew Leuenberger 57
    13 Orazio Fantasia 55
    8 Martin Gleeson 53
    49 Matt Dea 53
    43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 51
    53 Mark Jamar 51
    29 Patrick Ambrose 50
    34 Jake Long 48
    33 Jayden Laverde 36

    WESTERN BULLDOGS:
    42 Liam Picken 144
    35 Caleb Daniel 130
    39 Jason Johannisen 130
    5 Matthew Boyd 119
    46 Lin Jong 111
    4 Marcus Bontempelli 102
    16 Toby McLean 93
    7 Lachie Hunter 87
    17 Tom Boyd 84
    13 Nathan Hrovat 83
    24 Shane Biggs 76
    19 Lukas Webb 74
    6 Luke Dahlhaus 74
    29 Tory Dickson 71
    20 Josh Dunkley 67
    12 Zaine Cordy 55
    30 Joel Hamling 50
    10 Easton Wood 49
    37 Roarke Smith 48
    18 Fletcher Roberts 45
    14 Clay Smith 44
    23 Jordan Roughead 34

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