Essendon. After the first three rounds we had two wins and a close loss to the reigning Premiers. Everyone was very optimistic for our prospects this year. However, we have lost the last three games and have not been playing consistently, so it was very important to get a win tonight against the Western Bulldogs. As Belinda is a Bulldogs fan she joined me at Etihad Stadium for the match.
It was a scrappy game from the start with the Bulldogs going into half time with a 14 point lead as we had another disaster second quarter for the second week in a row and did not score a goal. After watching Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers walking along the boundary at half time (there was some strange Star Wars cross-promotion going on) I was hoping the force would be with Essendon in the second half. Thankfully a few minutes into the third quarter the boys started to show some life and kick goals again, and we went into the fourth quarter with a 13 point lead. The last quarter was tense as the Bulldogs got within a goal, but we managed to hold on for a gritty win as our senior players stood up. Dustin Fletcher had an amazing game but we are still having issues with the forward line. Hopefully the team can start putting together a full four quarter effort and play better in the coming weeks.
Essendon: 10.13 (73)
Western Bulldogs: 9.11 (65)