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Jul 16 2015
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16th July 2015
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RD 15 - Essendon vs Melbourne

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Round 15
Essendon vs Melbourne - MCG

Hirdy goes down….boys stand up….

Led by a suddenly accurate Joe Daniher, who after booting a total of 1.8 in his previous four games, responded in this one with 5.0, including the match-winner. As Lloydy explained to Craig Hutchinson “it will take time, he’s not fixed, but he’s working incredibly hard to get consistency in his goal kicking….” In good hands I’d say…. His performance was an excellent reward for his hard work on the training track with Nathan Bassett and Matthew Lloyd. He is very professional in his approach, so there will be no let up in his meticulous preparation. He’ll only get better.
His heroics were matched at the other end by Michael Hurley, who not only had much the better of Jesse Hogan, but ended up Essendon's leading mark-taker, rebounder and third-highest possession getter. Surely he is in all Australian form and it seems the back line is his true home….
Brendon Goddard by late in the first quarter had already compiled more possessions than for the entire four quarters against the Saints, Brent Stanton was the Dons' most conspicuous on-baller, and with Cale Hooker playing mainly forward, James Gwilt became a more important rebounder out of defence.
That trio would remain among the Bombers' best, even allowing for Goddard's curbing to an extent by Melbourne's own wily veteran Daniel Cross, the former Saint still finishing with 29 disposals. And a fair stopping job from Demon Jack Viney on Dyson Heppell made Stanton's output even more critical than usual. 
In defence, meanwhile, Hurley, Gwilt and Mark Baguley played the generals to younger cohorts like Martin Gleeson, Jason Ashby and Ariel Steinberg. It made for a consistency of effort, even if that couldn't always be matched by scoreboard output until after half-time. Laverde debuted and was solid – another from the Essendon Grammar factory.
There were a number of pleasing factors emerging from the team’s win over Melbourne on the weekend. The effort and intensity that had been missing in the loss to St Kilda was back to the level expected. Those two elements underpin everything you do, so it’s important our players maintain the standard they set on the weekend. Maintaining these levels will enable us to be an extremely combative team.
The most pleasing aspect was the amount of youngsters we had in our team – Twelve players had 40 or less AFL games experience, it was particularly pleasing they were able to maintain their effort for the whole game, especially when challenged in the last quarter. 
Our thoughts were with Hirdy on Monday night as he slid down the tram tracks in Chapel Street on his bike in the pouring rain, clipping a car and hitting the road. Face down and knocked out for some time he received serve concussion and remained in hospital overnight  - thankfully he is fine and went back to work on Wednesday. 
We face a tough challenge on Friday night against North Melbourne. Like us, the Kangaroos responded well last week in their win over Geelong. Our effort and intensity will need to be at that high level. The club is nearing 60,000 members, which is a credit to everyone. With 8 rounds left we would need to win 8 straight to make it.
The Red Sash Medal is hotting up with Hurls closing in on Heppell but still 19 votes adrift, with Goddard another 30 votes behind.

Keep the faith….See you at the footy...

Regards     The Red Sash

The Red Sash Medal – Votes Round 15
Daniher - 7
Hurley  - 6
Goddard -5
Stanton -4
Heppell -3
Baguley - 2
Z.Merrett -1 

The Red Sash Medal – Totals after Round 15
64 Heppell

45 Hurley
34 Goddard                                            
33 Watson
32 Hooker
30 Stanton
29 Z Merrett
19 Hibberd
16 Howlett
15 Baguley
13 Daniher
12 Coyler
11 Carlisle
8 Melksham
7 Fletcher
7 McKernan
6 Cooney
4 Ambrose
2 Zaharakis
2 Gleeson
2 Dempsey
1 O’Brien 

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