Round 9 – Essendon v Fremantle: Election Footy


By Caspar McLeod.
Essendon Vs. Fremantle Dockers.
Marvel Stadium. 18/5/2019.

Normally, footy comes first for me, and almost everything else comes second (the exception are family and friends).

However, tonight is the first election that I am following while living in Australia. The last two? Yeah, sure. I may have cared. But I lived in the U.A.E during them. They didn’t really impact me then as much as this one does. So, it’s following the footy on the phone, and watching the election coverage on TV.

Pre-match in the election coverage states how close Melbourne is going to be, and how Victoria is going to decide it for the winner.

Essendon start the match slowly. Like all losses we have had this year, we trail at quarter-time. Dang it, why must we start so slowly!

As the night goes on, Freo extend their lead. It’s close between Labor and Liberal.

Liberal in an upset. Essendon by…

It’s looking like the storylines will stay this way throughout the night.

Then… things changed.

Tippa, the legend, kicked two in a hurry. Essendon grabbed the lead. The Liberal party then start to kick into gear. One I am happy with (take a guess which one).

Queensland ends up being a disaster for the ALP. Goal-kicking for both teams end up being a horror-show at Marvel stadium. Entering the final quarter, the goal and point total from both teams are a combined nine goals and twenty behinds. Yikes. Essendon lead by eight.

Entering the final stretch, the LNP need just two more seats to form a majority. The ALP lost the chance to tie it.

Final quarter. Scott Morrison is now officially elected our leader. Surely Labor have to re-think their tactics. Fremantle leave the field after the final siren sounds, dejected after another low-scoring loss. At least this one was close. Maybe Ross Lyon should be re-thinking his tactics as well.

About Caspar McLeod

Third Culture Kid at Heart. Grew up in Asia, discovered footy at age 9. AFL has since been my burning passion. Ask me who were the winners all the grand finals between 1938 and last year's decider, and I'll be happy to tell you. I'm a footy nut with a passion for writing and acting. All though I love writing and acting, during the footy season, AFL is my true passion. Waiting ever so patiently for the day when Essendon Next win the flag.

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