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May 14 2015
The Red Sash
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14th May 2015
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Rd 6 - The Purple Crush

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Round 6 - Essendon VS Fremantle
Subiaco Oval - May 9 2015

The Purple Crush…

We started the match with purpose, more than holding our own in the clinches, but we couldn’t put on any scoreboard pressure except for the opening goal of the match. We couldn’t break Fremantle.
The Dockers just got tougher and raised the pressure, forced us wide and never allowed us to enter the 50 without pressure.
We were blown out of the water in the first half, with the result never in doubt after Fremantle opened up a 45-point lead early in the second term. The Dockers are the 2015 premiership favourites – any wonder. We are now 3-3 following an up and down start to the season, and we face another stern test in Friday's clash with North Melbourne at Eithad.
We held our own in the first quarter – with Goddard, Stanton, Watson & Z Merrett leading the way and had every chance to make a game of it early. We had the first five inside-50 entries, but managed only one goal. It came from a clever snap by Jackson Merrett, the players and coaches were pleased with the first quarter. We matched it with the Dockers in a number of key areas and were right in the game. The clearances were going our way and we were defending well when the opposition had the ball. .
But the floodgates opened in the second as Fremantle slammed through five unanswered goals in the space of 11 minutes to open up a 45-point lead.
Their frantic pressure was critical in the surge, like ours was against the Hawks a few weeks ago. Two years ago we overcame a 36-point half-time deficit to beat Fremantle by four points in an epic encounter. But there would be no repeat of those heroics; our skills seemed off for most of the night. Until the last quarter – when the game was already decided.
Our other area of concern was our lack of aggressive offence - something you need to compete with the best teams in the competition. Unfortunately we failed to execute the ‘offensive principles’ that were so good against the Hawks and Swans.  When we execute these ‘offensive principles’ we are able to play at a really high level for a sustained period and it also tests the opposition’s defence. We need to get back ‘to more of that’.
Our final score was its lowest ever against Fremantle, failing to pass the 9.6 (60) we registered in both 1997 and 2014. We had 186 less disposals, 1 more clearance, 2 more inside 50s and 6 more tackles.
Friday night’s match against North Melbourne is an extremely important one for the club. We should welcome back Fletch & Cooney as The Kangaroos have a strong defence and their ‘run and carry’ is strong. We need to ensure our offensive game is working well to give ourselves the best chance of kicking a winning score. It is our only Friday night home game of the season so it’s very important we get as many Bombers supporters there as possible.
Away from the football field, the players have been made aware of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s intention to appeal the AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal verdict. Clearly many are disappointed by that decision but we have all seen what great resilience this football club has shown over the past 2 years. That resilience will continue and I know we will get great support from our members and supporters.
It will also be great to have Heath Hocking, Winderlich, myers & Kommer back into the team within the next month or two.

See you at the footy...

Regards The Red Sash

The Red Sash Medal – Round 6 Votes
7 Goddard
6 Stanton
5 Watson
4 Heppell
3 Z Merrett
2 B Howlett
1 M Hurley

The Red Sash Medal – Totals after Round 6

Goddard was our best player. Jobe now (26) is on the heels of Heppell (29) Z.Merett was good and Stanton best game so far in 2015.

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


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