Game Chat – Essendon vs Melbourne

Written by Huttabito on April 30 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium at 1:10pm AEST

Last Time They Met: R2, 2016, Essendon 11.14 (80) d Melbourne 10.7 (67) at the MCG

Game Notes: It is a short turnaround for both of these sides ahead of Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium, following Melbourne’s clash with Richmond on Anzac Day eve and the Bombers’ win over Collingwood the following day. Essendon returned to the winners’ list with its 18-point victory over the Pies in a game that saw their dangerous small forwards back firing and Joe Daniher star further up the ground. The club’s midfield is growing deeper and deeper, and will need to be at its best to combat the Demons’ on-ball brigade, which is one of the most impressive in the competition. But how will Melbourne manage in the ruck with Jake Spencer (AC joint) joining first-choice big man Max Gawn (hamstring) on the sidelines? Melbourne broke its drought at Etihad Stadium in round one against St Kilda, so will head to the Docklands free of the hoodoo that has lurked in recent years.

Huttabito’s Tip: Essendon by 15 points (6-4)

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15 thoughts on “Game Chat – Essendon vs Melbourne”

  1. QUARTER TIME

    Essendon 2.2.14
    trail
    Melbourne 2.4.16

    ESSENDON:
    B. Goddard 34
    M. Hurley 34
    M. Dea 32
    B. McNiece 23
    M. Gleeson 23
    T. Colyer 22
    D. Heppell 22
    Z. Merrett 20
    C. Hooker 18
    J. Watson 16
    C. McKenna 16
    J. Green 16
    D. Zaharakis 15
    M. Baguley 15
    O. Fantasia 14
    A. McGrath 14
    B. Howlett 14
    D. Parish 11
    J. Daniher 11
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 10
    M. Brown 9
    T. Bellchambers 9

    MELBOURNE:
    N. Jones 35
    J. Viney 35
    J. Watts 35
    M. Hibberd 30
    C. Oliver 28
    J. Garlett 25
    S. Frost 22
    C. Petracca 19
    N. Jetta 19
    B. Vince 19
    T. McDonald 18
    J. Hunt 18
    C. Pedersen 18
    D. Tyson 17
    C. Salem 16
    J. Kennedy-Harris 13
    T. Bugg 13
    J. Lewis 11
    O. McDonald 9
    M. Hannan 9
    J. Melksham 5
    A. Neal-Bullen 2

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  2. I watched the Richmond v Melbourne game last week, and was impressed by Hibberd’s first game. He really held the back line together and took a few intercept marks, so he immediately went on my watch list. Depending on how he goes today, he could be an upgrade option for Marchbank, Hampton or Newman.

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  3. HALF TIME

    Essendon 4.8.32
    lead
    Melbourne 4.6.30

    ESSENDON:
    M. Hurley 81
    M. Dea 73
    B. Goddard 69
    A. McGrath 55
    D. Heppell 48
    M. Baguley 40
    J. Daniher 39
    O. Fantasia 38
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 37
    T. Colyer 37
    J. Watson 37
    Z. Merrett 36
    B. Howlett 36
    M. Gleeson 35
    C. Hooker 34
    D. Zaharakis 31
    J. Green 29
    B. McNiece 25
    C. McKenna 22
    D. Parish 19
    T. Bellchambers 15
    M. Brown 12

    MELBOURNE:
    C. Petracca 58
    M. Hibberd 58
    J. Watts 55
    C. Oliver 51
    T. McDonald 50
    N. Jones 48
    C. Pedersen 44
    J. Viney 43
    J. Hunt 41
    O. McDonald 41
    D. Tyson 39
    S. Frost 38
    T. Bugg 36
    N. Jetta 32
    J. Garlett 29
    J. Lewis 28
    J. Melksham 26
    B. Vince 24
    J. Kennedy-Harris 21
    M. Hannan 18
    C. Salem 14
    A. Neal-Bullen 1

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  4. THREE QUARTER TIME

    Essendon 6.12.48
    trail
    Melbourne 12.9.81

    ESSENDON:
    B. Goddard 87
    M. Hurley 79
    M. Dea 75
    A. McGrath 71
    D. Heppell 71
    C. Hooker 70
    Z. Merrett 66
    T. Bellchambers 65
    J. Daniher 61
    B. Howlett 56
    D. Zaharakis 54
    M. Gleeson 50
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 50
    T. Colyer 46
    M. Baguley 46
    D. Parish 43
    J. Watson 42
    O. Fantasia 39
    B. McNiece 39
    C. McKenna 37
    J. Green 36
    M. Brown 22

    MELBOURNE:
    T. McDonald 88
    C. Pedersen 85
    J. Watts 81
    J. Viney 77
    M. Hibberd 75
    C. Petracca 72
    C. Oliver 70
    O. McDonald 64
    J. Garlett 63
    J. Lewis 61
    D. Tyson 59
    N. Jones 54
    J. Melksham 53
    S. Frost 53
    C. Salem 50
    T. Bugg 50
    J. Hunt 46
    B. Vince 39
    J. Kennedy-Harris 36
    N. Jetta 35
    A. Neal-Bullen 30
    M. Hannan 29

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  5. This has to be the worst game of the year. Yes I am an essendon supporter but both teams foot skills deplorable. Both teams looking like they are running in quicksand. Games umpiring standard also in sync with the way both teams playing.
    Daniher kicked 5 behinds and an out on the full before snapping a goal around his body…..

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  6. So disappointed with daniher today. He was a deserved bog on tuesday but he has backed it up with a selfish and brainless performance.

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  7. Final scores (pre-scaling)

    Essendon 10.14 (74)
    defeated by
    Melbourne 17.10 (112)

    Essendon
    B. Goddard 116
    M. Hurley 109
    D. Heppell 99
    M. Dea 95
    T. Bellchambers 94
    Z. Merrett 92
    C. Hooker 89
    A. McGrath 89
    J. Daniher 78
    D. Zaharakis 72
    A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 66
    T. Colyer 66
    B. Howlett 64
    M. Gleeson 63
    C. McKenna 60
    M. Baguley 60
    D. Parish 55
    J. Watson 54
    O. Fantasia 51
    B. McNiece 49
    J. Green 47
    M. Brown 38

    Melbourne
    C. Pedersen 115
    C. Oliver 108
    J. Watts 105
    T. McDonald 104
    J. Viney 99
    C. Petracca 95
    O. McDonald 91
    M. Hibberd 88
    J. Lewis 85
    N. Jones 83
    D. Tyson 82
    J. Garlett 73
    S. Frost 71
    C. Salem 68
    J. Melksham 64
    B. Vince 63
    T. Bugg 60
    J. Hunt 56
    M. Hannan 53
    N. Jetta 48
    A. Neal-Bullen 41
    J. Kennedy-Harris 40

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    1. Hibberd slowing down to end up on 88 (pre-scale) will make the call tough.

      Only once has he averaged enough to be a keeper and this was in 2013 with 95.9. He did the same last week, started out really well and then faded as the game went on as his tank began to empty.

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      1. The big question is whether his tank will improve as the season progresses when he once again gets used to the rigours of a full game after begin out for 1+season.
        I’m 50/50 on him, he’s certainly underpriced (402K??) and should be a definite upgrade from Otten or Hampton over the long term, but that year out worries me when we look at how a few of the returning Bombers (& ex-Bombers) are going after their 1 year bans.

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  8. Was wondering how pederson as a forward but clear #1 ruck would go.

    Price is difficult. Judging against Essendons novelty joke line up is hard to tell.

    Also. How the hell is McKernan still not getting a game either as a ruck or forward?

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