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2015 NAB Challenge Match vs Essendon

NAB Challenge Match 3, 2015
Melbourne vs Essendon
Friday 20 March
Venue: Docklands
Attendance: Unknown

1st2nd3rdFinal
Melbourne0.2.40.5.70.9.80.11.9.75
Essendon0.2.10.6.10.9.80.11.11.77


Essendon win by 2 points

Goalkickers: Jeff Garlett 4, Aaron vandenBerg 2, Chris Dawes 2, Jack Watts 2, Jack Viney 1

Essendon were less reliant on fill-in players than they had been in their first two pre-season matches, but were still expected to be second best against a near full-strength Melbourne side.

The Demons were the shortest priced favourites they'd been for any game since Round 19, 2000 and dominated the first few minutes but were wasteful with their attacking chances. Two late goals by the Bombers cut the margin to three at quarter time, and they drew level by the half.

The underdogs opened up a two goal lead during the third quarter before Melbourne fought back to again level the scores at the last change. The Demons then got two goals in front themselves before conceding the last two - including the eventual game winner caused by a Jack Viney defensive clanger - to lose narrowly.

Best were Lumumba, Tyson and Garlett. Newton suffered a leg injury. Max Gawn replaced Mark Jamar at three-quarter time while Jordie McKenzie was named as a substitute but not used.

Team
Bail, Cross, Dawes, Dunn, Frost, Garland, Garlett, Gawn, Grimes, Hogan, Jamar, Jetta, M. Jones, N. Jones, Lumumba, McDonald, McKenzie, Newton, Salem, Toumpas, Tyson, vandenBerg, Viney, Watts

Media
"Undermanned Dons deny Demons in thriller" - afl.com.au 05/03/2015

Links
Demonblog match review
FanFooty scores

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 28 September 2015 19:47:04 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 3)

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