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By on April 20, 2013

Brendon Goddard

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An ankle harm to Essendon big title ahead Michael Hurley has taken some gloss off a calm AFL win over St Kilda.

The unbeaten Bombers managed the sport from the begin to win 19.14 (128) to Thirteen.13 (Ninety One) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, ex-Saint Brendon Goddard having an incredible have an effect on in his first clash along together with his former membership.

3.2 (20) Q1 6.2 (38)
5.6 (36) Q2 10.7 (Sixty Seven)
9.9 (Sixty Three) Q3 15.Eight (98)
Thirteen.13 (91) This Autumn 19.14 (128)

Nick Riewoldt

Three

Scott Gumbleton

Four

Trent Dennis-Lane

2

Michael Hurley

3

Beau Maister

2

Tom Bellchambers

2

Ahmed Saad

2

Alwyn Davey

2

David Armitage

1

Brent Stanton

2

Sam Gilbert

1

Jobe Watson

2

Stephen Milne

1

Courtenay Dempsey

1

Jack Steven

1

Brendon Goddard

1

Ben Howlett

1

Jackson Merrett

1

On The Other Hand Hurley was once carried off the underside inside the 0.33 quarter and subbed out of the game in advance of having his left ankle strapped.

P W D L % Pts
1 Essendon Four 4 Zero Zero One Hundred Eighty.87 16
2 Geelong Four 4 Zero Zero 112.00 Sixteen
Three Port Adelaide 3 3 Zero Zero 159.Seventy 5 12
Four Hawthorn 4 Three Zero 1 139.22 12
5 Sydney Four Three Zero 1 124.38 12
6 Richmond Four 3 Zero 1 a hundred And Fifteen.Eleven 12
7 Collingwood Four Three Zero 1 102.Ninety Two 12
Eight Fremantle Four 2 0 2 102.87 Eight
9 West Coast Three 1 Zero 2 104.Seventy Two Four
10 St Kilda 4 1 Zero Three one hundred And One.30 Four
11 Adelaide Three 1 Zero 2 Ninety One.99 4
12 Bulldogs Three 1 Zero 2 Ninety One.00 4
13 Gold Coast Three 1 Zero 2 89.Forty Seven 4
14 Brisbane 3 1 Zero 2 73.02 4
15 Carlton Three Zero Zero Three 88.89 Zero
Sixteen North Melbourne Three Zero Zero 3 Eighty Two.Ninety Five 0
17 Better Western Sydney 3 Zero Zero 3 Fifty Eight.Forty Two Zero
18 Melbourne Three Zero Zero Three 35.02 Zero

It casts major doubt over his prospects of taking part in in Thursday’s Anzac Day conflict with Collingwood with teach James Hird in the beginning ruling it a two to a few week hurt.

The Bombers have been already with out suspended pair Patrick Ryder and Nick Kommer, whereas late withdrawal Stewart Crameri joined Dustin Fletcher as an damage absentee for Saturday’s Fit, although Fletcher is predicted back to face the Magpies.

Regardless Of making six adjustments to the side that beat Fremantle ultimate spherical, the Bombers’ fantastic kind persevered.

Goddard had an fast impact, taking a powerful mark on the top of the goalsquare to kick the sport’s opening goal amid a mix of cheers from Bomber fanatics and boos from Saints supporters.

Throughout The tip of the primary time frame, he had seven disposals and 5 tackles and, with Bombers skipper Jobe Watson (37 disposals, two targets) in commanding kind, Essendon were three targets clear With assistance from the primary alternate.peJack Steven kicked a pleasing intention for the Saints early throughout the 2nd period of time.

but the Bombers answered with two beauties.

First, Alwyn Davey skilfully soccered a intention out of mid-air from about 35m.

Then Brent Stanton shrugged off opponent Tom Simpkin earlier than snapping in truth.

Up With the aid of 31 components at halftime, Essendon surged clear by way of as many as Fifty Three points with 5 of the principle six targets of the 1/3 time frame, in conjunction with Hurley’s 1/3 quick prior to his harm.

Late inclusion Scott Gumbleton, taking part in his first Activity of the season, booted three objectives for the quarter and each different in the remaining, taking some robust marks in a at hand sign for the Bombers given the absences of Hurley, Crameri and Ryder.

Also welcome used to be once the kind of veteran ruckman David Hille in his first recreation this season.

Michael Hibberd was once as soon as prolific off halfback, while Dyson Heppell and David Myers have been damaging all through the midfield.

For the Saints, veterans Leigh Montagna and Lenny Hayes battled onerous.

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