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Eagles Fly Over Essendon

WEST COAST 3.4 8.5 11.7 20.10 (130)
ESSENDON 4.1 5.5 5.9 7.10 (52)

West Coast: McGinnity 4, Kennedy 3, Hutchings 3, Darling 2, Cripps 2, Gaff 2, Priddis, Shuey, LeCras, Yeo
Essendon: Daniher 3, Goddard, Dempsey, Brown, Fantasia

West Coast: Gaff, Shuey, Priddis, McGinnity, Masten, McGovern
Essendon: Z Merrett, Kelly, Daniher, J Merrett, Bird

West Coast: Nil
Essendon: Jamar (left hamstring), Leuenberger (knee)

Reports: Mark Jamar for striking Jeremy McGovern during the third quarter

Umpires: Farmer, Margetts, Deboy, Wallace

Official crowd: 33,117 at the Domain Stadium

Bombers Cause Giant Scare

ESSENDON 4.5 9.8 10.11 12.18 (80)
GWS GIANTS 2.7 7.8 11.13 17.15 (117)

Essendon: Fantasia 4, Jamar 2, Brown 2, Leuenberger 2, Daniher 2
Greater Western Sydney: Greene 4, Kennedy 3, Williams 2, Cameron 2, Griffen, Hopper, Kelly, Reid, Patton, Coniglio

Essendon: Kelly, Zaharakis, Cooney, Fantasia, Merrett, Jamar
Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Williams, Greene, Ward, Shaw

Essendon: Nil
Greater Western Sydney: Davis (foot), Haynes (back)

Reports: Essendon’s Mark Jamar for verbal abuse in the first quarter

Umpires: Nicholls, Findlay, Fleer, Pannell

Official crowd: 14,463 at Etihad Stadium

Hawks Spank Bombers

ESSENDON 2.1 4.3 5.5 6.7 (43)
HAWTHORN 6.7 13.7 17.9 23.13 (151)

Essendon: Daniher 2, Brown, J. Merrett, Langford, Bird
Hawthorn: Breust 4, Puopolo 4, Gunston 4, Rioli 3, O’Brien 2, Stewart 2, Smith, Burgoyne, Shiels, Langford

Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Parish, Daniher, Fantasia
Hawthorn: Lewis, Birchall, Rioli, Gibson, Puopolo, Shiels, Howe

Essendon: Goddard (broken nose)
Hawthorn: Nil

Reports: Nil
Umpires: Kamolins, Fleer, Mollison

Official crowd: 27,567 at Etihad Stadium

Bombers Behind Dockers On Percentage Only

FREMANTLE 5.1 11.2 18.4 20.6 (126)
ESSENDON 1.3 3.4 4.7 6.11 (47)

Fremantle: Pavlich 3, Walters 3, Mayne 3, Ballantyne 2, Taberner, Barlow, Sheridan, Tucker, Neale, Mundy, Weller, Griffin, D Pearce
Essendon: Daniher 2, Goddard , Fantasia, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Hams

Fremantle: Mundy, Barlow, Neale, Walters, Sheridan, Pavlich, Crozier
Essendon: Goddard, Z Merrett, Daniher, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Crowley, Parish

Fremantle: Apeness (fractured collarbone)
Essendon: Crowley (hamstring)

Reports: TBC

Umpires: Ryan, Foot, Dalgleish

Crowd: 31,199 at Domain Stadium

Essendon Remain One Game Clear Of Fremantle

ESSENDON 3.1 6.2 8.3 10.7 (67)
RICHMOND 6.3 8.6 14.8 16.9 (105)

Essendon: Fantasia 2, Brown 2, Parish 2, Daniher 2, Jamar, Crowley
Richmond: Deledio 3, Vickery 3, Lloyd 2, Riewoldt 2, Grigg 2, Cotchin 2, Griffiths, Edwards

Essendon: Zaharakis, Goddard, Kelly, Parish, Dempsey
Richmond: Martin, Deledio, Ellis, Cotchin, Grigg, Batchelor, Hampson

Essendon: Matthew Leuenberger (Achilles soreness) replaced in the side by Mark Jamar, Craig Bird (nose), Michael Hartley (right hamstring)
Richmond: Daniel Rioli (right knee)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Kamolins, Ryan

Official crowd: 56,948 at the MCG

Post Halftime Fadeout Strikes Again

ST KILDA 2.5 5.9 12.10 16.13 (109)
ESSENDON 1.4 4.5 7.8 9.9 (63)

St Kilda: Bruce 5, Membrey 3, McCartin 2, Ross, Steven, Newnes, Weller, Hickey, Armitage
Essendon: Brown 4, Daniher 2, Baguley, Cooney, Langford

St Kilda: Ross, Steven, McCartin, Bruce, Dunstan, Montagna, Dempster
Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Kelly, Brown, McDonald-Tipungwuti

St Kilda: Billings (ankle)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Mitchell, Mollison

Official crowd: 29,026 at Etihad Stadium

Comeback Bombers Just Fall Short

ESSENDON 0.2 0.4 5.5 8.12 (60)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.2 8.6 10.10 10.14 (74)

Essendon: Fantasia 2, Langford 2, Daniher 2, Redman, Cooney
North Melbourne: Petrie 2, Daw 2, Waite 2, Wood, Jacobs, Thomas, Brown

Essendon: Merrett, Goddard, Fantasia, Baguley, Cooney, Daniher
North Melbourne: Jacobs, Thompson, Tarrant, Gibson, Goldstein, Daw, Harvey

Essendon: Crowley (thigh)
North Melbourne: Wood (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Ryan, Fleer

Official crowd: 30,321 at Etihad Stadium

Another Poor Second Half Costs Bombers

SYDNEY 4.3 7.10 12.12 20.15 (135)
ESSENDON 3.3 5.5 6.9 7.12 (54)

Sydney Swans: Franklin 6, Heeney 5, Papley 2, Tippett 2, Jack 2, Sinclair, Hewett, McGlynn
Essendon: Zaharakis 2, Fantasia, Bird, Brown, Simpkin, McKernan

Sydney Swans: Heeney, Mitchell, Parker, Franklin, McGlynn, Kennedy, Hannebery
Essendon: Zaharakis, Brown, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Dempsey, Goddard

Sydney Swans: Robinson (shoulder)
Essendon: Simpkin (hamstring)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Nicholls, Edwards, Fleer

Official crowd: 29,527 at SCG

Carlton Only Just Beat Cobbled Together Bombers

CARLTON 3.1 3.7 5.9 10.12 (72)
ESSENDON 1.1 1.4 4.8 8.9 (57)

Carlton: Wright 2, Thomas, Jones, Lamb, Gibbs, Murphy, Armfield, Sumner, Phillips
Essendon: Brown 2, Parish 2, Fantasia, Polkinghorne, Daniher, Grimley

Carlton: Thomas, Gibbs, Curnow, Murphy, Simpson, Byrne, Kerridge
Essendon: Cooney, Zaharakis, Simpkin, Gwilt, Merrett

Carlton: Patrick Cripps (calf tightness) replaced in the selected side by Simon White, Jacob Weitering (shoulder)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Nicholls, Chamberlain

Official crowd: 43,827 at the MCG