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May 7 2015
The Red Sash
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7th May 2015
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Rd 5 - Just Enough....

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Round 5 - Essendon VS St Kilda
Eithad Stadium - May 3 2015

Just enough…

credit to our guys, we weren’t playing great, but they hung in the game and kept working through it.’’ - Hirdy
A few years ago this was a game we may have lost. 
But the boys are wiser now, more experienced with a willingness to continually work through a game no matter how we are playing. Did we play to our full potential? No. Did we win? Yes. Not many teams can win games when they are not at their best. 

We won the clearances and finished with 11 more inside 50s.

Dustin Fletcher gathered plenty of the ball after starting on Hickey, and finished with 19 touches despite spending part of the third term off the ground under the concussion sub rule. Happy 40th birthday this week to Fletch, a great friend and legend of the club and of the AFL – that amazing 400 game mark is now tantalising close. 

It seemed youngster Kyle Langford would have to tell Fletch his mentor and locker neighbor what happened in the 3rd quarter during the Monday recovery. While Fletch was certainly there for the start and finish, I’m guessing there’s a large part of the third quarter that Kyle must recall and relive to the master.

A heavy collision with teammate Michael Hurley sent Fletcher to the interchange bench for a concussion test with Reidy, before he could return to resume his 397th game. Fletch, who turns 40 on Thursday, and 18-year-old Langford have side-by-side lockers at Tullamarine headquarters. Fletch is the perfect teacher for Langford. Although shanking two set shots and the opportunity to kick a goal with his first kick in AFL, he shows massive potential.  “Too skinny, too small and lacks penetration in his kicking.....” That was the feedback delivered to Kyle Langford when he was cut from the under-16 Vic Metro squad 3 years ago. And so he proves his doubters wrong. I have no doubt Kyle will go on to be a great player of the Essendon Football Club. 

At the other end, Jake Carlisle chose the right time to play arguably his best game for the year, while Patrick Ambrose’s energy and defensive desire was significant inside 50m.
Jobe has had better days, but he won his contest with tagger Maverick Weller. Brendon’s Goddard’s efficiency, Brent Stanton’s run and Ben Howlett’s all-action game was enough to snatch a contest that could have so easily gone the other way. Goddard's seven touches and Brent Stanton's eight in the final quarter were telling as the Bombers had just a little more class when the going got really tough. And when Travis Coyler got on his bike….and slotted one from 50m it was ours to lose. But the boys held firm and got the 4 points. 
Hirdy said contested ball will be a focus this week before the Bombers head to Subiaco to tackle the undefeated Dockers. “If we don’t get the contest part of our game right, then we’ll struggle against the best teams,’’ Hirdy said.

“We’ve played Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood who are in that top four area and obviously competed well against two of those three teams. So not all is lost, but if we don’t get that contest part of our game and be top four in that area, it’s too hard to kick goals.

“We’re going to work on that and get it better. It’s the ability to make the game and put pressure on the ball when you don’t have it and get it going our way when we do have it. “It was a game we never felt we had full control of. Full credit to St Kilda, their pressure was excellent and they got through our defence too easily.

 “It was just a bit of will to win. Our contested side of our game got up, our pressure came up and our ability to take the game on. Trav Colyer got involved in the last five or six minutes with some important run and carry and broke the game open. And we hadn’t been able to get that all day and that probably got us over the line in the end.
I doubt very much that Fremantle (the form side of the competition with arguably the best player also in Natt Fyfe) will allow us a win like that.

 
But remember this team beat Hawthorn in Round 2. Our best is ominous.


Then again........ there’s always Fletch....

See you at the footy...

Regards The Red Sash

 

The Red Sash Medal – Round 5 Votes 
7 Watson 
6 Carlisle 
5 Fletcher 
4 Ambrose 
3 Howlett 
2 Gleeson 
1 Goddard 

The Red Sash Medal – Totals after Round 5
Jobe (21) is on the heels of Heppell (25) with a best on ground game this week. Dustin continues to poll votes. Hooker, Hurley and Howlett all doing well in the 2015 Red Sash Medal. 

25 Heppell
21 Watson
19 Hooker
13 Hurley
11 Howlett
8 Melksham
7 Flecther
6 Carlisle
5 B Stanton
4 Hibberd
4 Ambrose
4 Z Merrett
3 Baguley
3 Cooney
3 Goddard
2 Zaharakis
2 Gleeson

 

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