Essendon Sink Collingwood In Thriller

COLLINGWOOD 4.2 8.3 12.5 14.8 (92)
ESSENDON 3.2 9.5 11.7 14.11 (95)

Collingwood: Kennedy 2, White 2, Blair 2, Fasolo, Adams, Moore, Elliott, Crisp, Greenwood, Reid
Essendon: Stanton 3, Hocking 3, Hooker 2, J Merrett, McKernan, Goddard, Melksham, Zaharakis, McKenna

Collingwood: Adams, Sidebottom, White, Fasolo, Marsh, Reid
Essendon: Stanton, Heppell, McKernan, Hocking, Zaharakis, Fantasia

Collingwood: Brown (cut head)
Essendon: Nil

Collingwood: Alan Toovey replaced Brodie Grundy in the third quarter
Essendon: Shaun Edwards replaced Elliott Kavanagh in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Deboy, Ryan, Armstrong

Official crowd: 42,270 at the MCG

Essendon Go Down In Chappy Farewell

ESSENDON 2.0 5.0 6.2 7.5 (47)
RICHMOND 1.4 4.10 7.12 10.14 (74)

Essendon: Hooker 3, McKenna, McKernan, Howlett, Dempsey
Richmond: Vickery 2, Deledio 2, Maric, Martin, Thomas, Grigg, Miles, Edwards

Essendon: Heppell, Hurley, Hooker, McKernan, Stanton, O’Brien
Richmond: McIntosh, Lennon, Thomas, Deledio, Houli

Essendon: Nil
Richmond: Deledio (possible concussion)

Essendon: Jackson Merrett replaced Conor McKenna at three-quarter time.
Richmond: Sam Lloyd replaced Chris Newman in the third quarter.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hosking, Schmitt, Ryan

Official crowd: 37,864 at the MCG.

Bombers Come Tantalisingly Close

GOLD COAST 5.3 9.5 12.7 14.13 (97)
ESSENDON 4.1 7.7 11.7 14.11 (95)

Gold Coast: Martin 3, Lynch 3, Bennell 2, Shaw 2, Russell, Malceski, Hall, Day
Essendon: Hooker 3, McKernan 3, Heppell 3, Fantasia 2, Dempsey 2, Laverde

Gold Coast: Lynch, Rischitelli, Martin, Kolodjashnij, Hall, Lonergan
Essendon: McKernan, Heppell, Stanton, Hooker, Hurley, O’Brien

Gold Coast: Day (neck)
Essendon: Nil

Gold Coast: Josh Hall replaced Sam Day at three-quarter time
Essendon: Orazio Fantasia replaced Joe Daniher in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Chamberlain, Edwards

Official crowd: 16,253 at Metricon Stadium

So That Happened – Episode 2

ESSENDON 4.3 4.6 6.10 8.11 (59)
ADELAIDE 3.3 9.6 16.8 27.9 (171)

Essendon: Hooker 2, Dempsey, Laverde, Hibberd, Edwards, Zaharakis, Melsham
Adelaide: Betts 5, Dangerfield 3, Walker 3, Jenkins 3, Sloane 2, Cameron 2, Lynch 2, Lyons, Van Berlo, Atkins, Knight, Crouch, Smith, Jacobs

Essendon: Hooker, Edwards, Myers, Goddard
Adelaide: Dangerfield, Betts, Lynch, Sloane, Laird, Crouch, Jacobs

Essendon: Myers (back), Giles (ankle)
Adelaide: Nil

Essendon: Jake Melksham replaced Kyle Langford in the third quarter
Adelaide: David Mackay replaced Jake Lever at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, O’Gorman, Nicholls

Official crowd: 25,914 at Etihad Stadium

Bombers Lose In Giant Strikedown

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 2.4 3.5 8.7 14.9 (93)
ESSENDON 3.5 4.7 5.9 8.13 (61)

Greater Western Sydney: McCarthy 2, Smith 2, Kelly 2, Cameron 2, Haynes, Whitfield, Greene, Hoskin-Elliott, Palmer, Coniglio
Essendon: Howlett 2, Daniher 2, Hooker 2, Edwards, Giles

Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Shaw, Greene, Kelly, Whitfield, Haynes
Essendon: Baguley, Hibberd, Goddard, Giles, Cooney, Stanton

Greater Western Sydney: Scully (shoulder)
Essendon: Gwilt (groin)

Greater Western Sydney: Cam McCarthy replaced Tom Scully in the third quarter
Essendon: Kyle Langford replaced James Gwilt at three quarter time

Reports: Adam Cooney (Ess) for rough conduct on Stephen Coniglio (GWS) in the final quarter

Umpires: Farmer, Harris, Wallace

Official crowd: 10,093 at Spotless Stadium

Dog Day For Bombers

ESSENDON 0.4 2.5 4.7 5.10 (40)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.2 8.8 15.11 19.13 (127)

Essendon: Stanton, Langford, Hooker, Z Merrett, Daniher
Western Bulldogs: Crameri 7, Stringer 4, Dickson 4, Daniel 2, Wallis, Johannisen

Essendon: Hibberd, Stanton, Hooker, Goddard, Heppell
Western Bulldogs: Crameri, Wallis, Stringer, Hunter, Dahlhaus, Johannisen, Picken

Essendon: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

Essendon: Alex Browne replaced by Jackson Merrett in the third quarter
Western Bulldogs: Matthew Boyd replaced by Bailey Dale in the fourth quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Bannister, Deboy, Schmitt

Official crowd: 33,466 at Etihad Stadium

Inaccuracy Costs Bombers Again

ESSENDON 6.1 8.9 12.12 17.14 (116)
PORT ADELAIDE 4.3 10.5 13.6 20.9 (129)

Essendon: Hooker 3, Laverde 2, Langford 2, Daniher 2, Heppell, J Merrett, Goddard, Hurley, Z Merrett, Zaharakis, Browne, Edwards
Port Adelaide: Ryder 4, Schulz 3, Wingard 3, Neade 2, Boak 2, Ebert, Boak, Westhoff, Lobbe, Gray, Moore, White

Essendon: O’Brien, Goddard, Stanton, Zaharakis, Heppell, Z Merrett, Browne
Port Adelaide: Boak, Ryder, Wines, Wingard, Gray, Lobbe

Essendon: Howlett (left knee)
Port Adelaide: Nil

Essendon: Shaun Edwards replaced Ben Howlett in the third quarter
Port Adelaide: Aaron Young replaced Angus Monfries at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Nicholls, Ryan

Official crowd: 23,705 at Etihad Stadium

North Too Strong For Gallant Bombers

NORTH MELBOURNE 2.4 5.5 10.7 14.9 (93)
ESSENDON 1.5 6.7 7.10 9.14 (68)

North Melbourne: Brown 4, Ziebell 3, Turner 2, Bastinac 2, Black, Goldstein, Waite
Essendon: Daniher 2, Howlett 2, Ambrose, Hooker, Edwards, Laverde, Hurley

North Melbourne: Goldstein, Brown, Ziebell, Harvey, Bastinac, Cunnington
Essendon: Hurley, Goddard, Stanton, Daniher, Z. Merrett, Hooker

North Melbourne: Mullett (hamstring), Macmillan (hamstring)
Essendon: Nil

North Melbourne: Aaron Mullett replaced by Sam Gibson at half time
Essendon: Jayden Laverde replaced by Kyle Langford in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Margetts, Meredith

Official crowd: 31,025 at Etihad Stadium

Gritty Bombers Back On Winning List

ESSENDON 1.3 3.4 9.7 10.9 (69)
MELBOURNE 1.3 3.9 4.13 7.18 (60)

Essendon: Daniher 5, Edwards 2, Howlett, Stanton, Heppell
Melbourne: Tyson, Howe, vandenBerg, Hogan, Jetta, Garlett, McDonald

Essendon: Hurley, Daniher, Stanton, Goddard, Heppell, Gwilt
Melbourne: Gawn, Vince, Jones, vandenBerg, McDonald, Dunn, Viney

Essendon: Alex Browne (concussion)
Melbourne: Nil

Essendon: Jason Ashby replaced Alex Browne (concussion) in the second quarter
Melbourne: Jay Kennedy-Harris replaced James Harmes in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Deboy, Schmitt, Mitchell

Official crowd: 38,861 at the MCG

Turnbull Still Failing Miserably On NBN

A year ago, I wrote an article criticising the lack of progress on the revised NBN plan, introduced by Malcolm Turnbull after the change in government in 2013.

I labelled it a “dismal” performance – and that’s exactly what it was.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam questioned progress at a Senate hearing on July 11, 2014, which revealed:

“Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN plan is in tatters after revelations in a Senate hearing today that not a single user has been connected to its Fibre to the Node trial, despite announcing the pilot nine months ago.”

In the nine months previous to July last year, not one user had apparently been connected to an MTM-based NBN service – not one.

You would hope that after an entire year that things might be moving along a little better, but how have things been going in the 12 months since last July?

“After nearly two years the revised agreements with Telstra has only just commenced, and the Optus agreement hasn’t. The rollout of FTTN and HFC is still in the trial phase and of the million premises made “serviceable” by the NBN, only 67 were served by an MTM technology.”

Only 67 in twelve months? After nine months with none?

Where is the media attack on this, after it mercilessly attacked the previous FTTP plan? A plan which was at least making progress, albeit more slowly than expected or hoped.


“Mr Turnbull’s commitment to telling the truth has resulted in the company saying almost nothing. The Strategic Review was heavily redacted, blacking out anything that involved forward commitments. It is now 34 months since NBN Co last issued a full Corporate Plan.”

No corporate plan in 34 months? Under the previous government, these were coming out generally once a year – and sometimes more often than that.

If these details are correct – and they do appear to be – some serious questions need to be asked. He promised a “value for money” NBN solution, and we’re getting nothing of the sort. We are getting redacted documents, and little or no transparency. Certainly, we’re also getting little or no progress.

Malcolm Turnbull is the responsible minister here, and the buck stops with him. Yet in every visible way, he is still failing dismally.