Yes it was. But most Vic teams drop off in the fourth quarter at Subi when the weather is this hot. The short breaks and interstate trips don’t help either.
There is no doubt the maggots got Free back in the game so of course they played better knowing they could get away with a lot more (esppecially throws and holding the ball) but their opponents would get pinged over trivial things - like imagined throws.
Many in that side were well down today, including Tippa, Fantasia, Dea, Colyer, Francis, Hartley, Myers, Stanton, Zaharakis and so on. The umpires were predictably terrible, but we were well down for most of the second half. Disappointing!
Dear oh dear - just ran a quick ladder predictor, and assuming we beat one of (wait for it), Gee, WCE, Rich, Port or GWS, we’ll be 15th at the bye. Oh dear. Which airline has the best specials in September?!
Could not put together a bunch of less intelligent poorly skilled muppets if you tried
For all our good play in first half, their goals came from either our stuff ups or giving away dumb free kicks.
We actually should have been 6 goals+ up at half time.
Then the 2nd half once they got a sniff, home crowd got behind them and heat took its toll was also farking frustrating. Again our stuff ups to continually give ball back or let them get scoring opportunities drove me nuts.
End of last quarter an embarrassment. I turned it off after McCarthy put game out of reach, only to see that 3 goal lead had doubled. Wowee.
Mental Pygmies. How inevitable was that? Reconciled in my head last week that I was not going to expect much. But still hard to watch the mindless turnovers (Daniher’s lazy handball exhibit a) that lead to two goal turn arounds. The red time goals. The missed goals. Colyer two weeks in a row in the third qtr runs into a open goal and misses…
There are some absolute battlers in that side. Not going to win many games of footy with Gleeson, Hartley, Dea in your back six. Its very sad what happened to Stanton, Hocking et al. but their time has finished and unfortunately so has that era.
Hard to be disappointed because, after over a decade of Essington, one expects that sort of result. Care factor zilch.
Essendon must be firming to get back to back No 1 draft picks. If not, a bottom 4 finish is an absolute certainty.
That Stanton can still get a game shows what a poor list Essendon have.
Gleeson would be lucky to play AFL for any other club.
Should be a major review of recruiting and player development asap. When Essendon find someone who can play, Dodoro is a hero, but there are far too many recruits who are constantly injured, or who stagnate in development. Francis is a joke fitness-wise.
The midfield would easily be the worst in the competition - after 10 years this is a problem that should have been rectified years ago.
Hurley and Hooker must now be wondering why they signed long term contracts.
Essendon are stalled on the road to nowhere, but let’s all blame the umpiring again eh?