Round 15 – Essendon v GWS: McKernan you star!

It’s been a while since I’ve jumped from my seat at the footy, punched the air with my fist with almighty abandon and screamed my lungs out “goaaaallll”.


But I did last night at Marvel as Shaun McKernan kicked the equalising goal for the Bombers against GWS .


It was a sensational moment, and a moment from which I knew the Bombers were not going to lose the game!


Then, moments later  I was again leaping from my seat reaching higher than ever before, as together as one with the faithful around me, we launched ourselves skywards as Hooker marked McKenna’s kick metres from goal. We all knew any score would put us in front with only moments of play left in the game.


It’s history now, Hooker goaled, and the Bombers hung on to record a sensational victory to remain in the hunt to play finals footy this season.


From the opening bounce of the game it was clear the Bombers had come out to play. They were slick, moving the ball quickly and doing all the things  they had to do if they were to win the game. Except for a few lost opportunities wasting chances near goal Essendon could very easily have had a good lead in the first quarter.


Shaun McKernan was marking everything that came his way, Zach Merrett was continuing his excellent form, and Adam Saad was a driving force from the backline with his intercept marking, exhilarating runs and inspiring play. Real game lifting stuff.


The younger players in Laverde, Clarke, Francis and Begley are repaying the faith the selectors have placed in them. Redman continues to improve every week and has cemented his position as a vital cog on the backline.


The guts and determination of this team never wavered, and even when it looked as though GWS were beginning to take control  of the game and run away with it the Bombers dug deep, and found that little extra resolve and effort to fight on. They wanted to win, they want to play finals footy!


On the train on the way back to Geelong,  the only sound you could hear was the sound of the replay of the last two minutes of the game  watched by the smiling faces of  Bomber supporters glued to their phones.


And we all cheered as one all the way to Geelong!




ESSENDON:                             3.2   5.3   6.4   12.5 (77)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY:  1.2   5.4   7.8   10.11 (71)


Essendon: Laverde 2, McKernan 2, Hooker 2, Brown, Fantasia, Shiel, Zaharakis, Langford, Parish
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 3, Finlayson 2, Kelly, Himmelberg, Davis, Daniels, Greene 


Essendon: Merrett, Saad, McKernan, Hooker, Heppell, Langford
Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Kelly, Williams, Himmelberg, Cameron, Reid 


Essendon: Ambrose (quad) replaced in selected side by Francis, Bellchambers (calf)
Greater Western Sydney: Nil 


Reports: Nil


Umpires: Nicholls, Hosking, Gianfagna


Official crowd: 25,195 at Marvel Stadium



About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. george smith says

    Puts the Moggie amongst the pigeons so to speak. Good stuff, it is most likely that the Magpies have secured second spot, with a home final followed by…a home final.

    The not so good news is that the Pies have lost all their losses at the MCG, the home of the home final. Maybe we can do a deal with the Cardinals to play our home finals at ANZ Stadium, our happy hunting ground!

    Also not so good news is that the Giants, whose record at the MCG is even worse than ours, look like plummeting to fourth, with a trip down the highway to Moggie Central in the qualifying final.

    This makes our task first up facing the dangerous Weagles in the qualifier at the MCG, in spite of a percentage worse than Pyramid Building Society. Apparently they beat us at the MCG last September, I have to take the word of Weagle supporters at the airport, as I have never seen the replay…

    The Weagles meantime have turned into Eddies vultures: “The Vultures were circling, it was time for Collingwood to dig deep.”

    So in spite of a month from purgatory, the Magpies are beginning to see the light (except at Docklands Stadium)

    Sorry Colin for making an Essendon win all about the magpies. the Essendon boo squad should be pleased that an iffy one from the Pharisees finally went your way!

  2. Jeez Col there are two of your mob. Worst side I have seen last week in Perth. Phoned it in after quarter time with only Heppell, Merrett and Bellchambers having a crack. Looked like Woosha had been applying Darren Weir’s jigger to them last night. What will you do when the batteries run out?
    Putting a defensive forward/tagger in Hutchings on Saad last week was a very smart move by Simpson. Saad starts so many of your attacking thrusts. Cameron too sniffy to change their game plan last night. Doh.

  3. Pleased for you, Colin.

  4. That McKernan should be swabbed! When he played for the Frootloops he was as much use as an ashtray on a Harley. Suddenly, this…..

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