Round 10 – Essendon v Geelong: Dons left wondering

Essendon versus Geelong

Saturday 6 June, 7.20 pm

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Ted Wearn-Jarvis

The old saying “that a week is a long time in footy” was never more true than it was for the Cats this round. Last week Geelong were bathing their wounds after a depreciating loss to an inform West Coast Eagles side over in Perth. This week they were celebrating after keeping the bombers to just the 6 points at half time. For Essendon, in round 2 were living the dream as they beat the premiers. This week they didn’t kick a goal in the first half. They haven’t done that since a game against the Bulldogs when my dad was small. It seems that the tides have turned. The first quarter was not what you electric. Defence from both sides was the key factor. However the Cats went into the first break with a 14 point lead. Into the second Geelong found incredible form that echoed the days of old. They amassed a total of 40 points as the Bombers only managed a dismal point. As the midway siren sounded, bronx cheers and even boos could be heard from the Essendon cheer-squad. Hawkins kicked his 300th goal and the whole Geelong side were heroes in Cats fans eyes. James Hird’s men finally opened their goal-kicking account with the first goal of the third. However the Geelong swarm continued as they kicked 37 points topping the bombers 21. Many of the Essendon faithful left at the final break, very wisely fearing the worst going into the final segment. A loss being almost definite, winning the last quarter was the Dons goal. The Cats incredible run continued at first. However the dons were able to tie it all up with 26 points each. A minute satisfaction to take out of a horror game. For the Cats, even the most one-eyed supporters were left rubbing their eyes in happy disbelief as they read on the Etihad Stadium scoreboard, Geelong have won 69 points. Geelong, the side that was smashed by West Coast the week before had turned the tables and destroyed Essendon. The Bombers, on the other hand, were left wondering about what went wrong. Did the pressure of the WADA appeal and the pains of the drug saga finally get on top of them? The answer we will never know. The fact is that Geelong are now 5 and 5 and the Bombers have been left wondering.

Quarter 1- Essendon, 0.5(5)
Geelong, 3.1(19)
Quarter 2- Essendon, 0.1(1)
Quarter 3-Essendon, 3.3(21)
Quarter 4-Essendon,4.2(26)
Best Players, Harry Taylor, Josh Kelly, Dyson Heppell, Steven Motlop, Steve Johnson

About Ted Wearn-Jarvis

A devoted blues fan that has enjoyed little sucess lately. Still praying.

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