Post Halftime Fadeout Strikes Again

ST KILDA 2.5 5.9 12.10 16.13 (109)
ESSENDON 1.4 4.5 7.8 9.9 (63)

St Kilda: Bruce 5, Membrey 3, McCartin 2, Ross, Steven, Newnes, Weller, Hickey, Armitage
Essendon: Brown 4, Daniher 2, Baguley, Cooney, Langford

St Kilda: Ross, Steven, McCartin, Bruce, Dunstan, Montagna, Dempster
Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Kelly, Brown, McDonald-Tipungwuti

St Kilda: Billings (ankle)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Mitchell, Mollison

Official crowd: 29,026 at Etihad Stadium

Comeback Bombers Just Fall Short

ESSENDON 0.2 0.4 5.5 8.12 (60)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.2 8.6 10.10 10.14 (74)

Essendon: Fantasia 2, Langford 2, Daniher 2, Redman, Cooney
North Melbourne: Petrie 2, Daw 2, Waite 2, Wood, Jacobs, Thomas, Brown

Essendon: Merrett, Goddard, Fantasia, Baguley, Cooney, Daniher
North Melbourne: Jacobs, Thompson, Tarrant, Gibson, Goldstein, Daw, Harvey

Essendon: Crowley (thigh)
North Melbourne: Wood (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Ryan, Fleer

Official crowd: 30,321 at Etihad Stadium

Another Poor Second Half Costs Bombers

SYDNEY 4.3 7.10 12.12 20.15 (135)
ESSENDON 3.3 5.5 6.9 7.12 (54)

Sydney Swans: Franklin 6, Heeney 5, Papley 2, Tippett 2, Jack 2, Sinclair, Hewett, McGlynn
Essendon: Zaharakis 2, Fantasia, Bird, Brown, Simpkin, McKernan

Sydney Swans: Heeney, Mitchell, Parker, Franklin, McGlynn, Kennedy, Hannebery
Essendon: Zaharakis, Brown, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Dempsey, Goddard

Sydney Swans: Robinson (shoulder)
Essendon: Simpkin (hamstring)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Nicholls, Edwards, Fleer

Official crowd: 29,527 at SCG

Carlton Only Just Beat Cobbled Together Bombers

CARLTON 3.1 3.7 5.9 10.12 (72)
ESSENDON 1.1 1.4 4.8 8.9 (57)

Carlton: Wright 2, Thomas, Jones, Lamb, Gibbs, Murphy, Armfield, Sumner, Phillips
Essendon: Brown 2, Parish 2, Fantasia, Polkinghorne, Daniher, Grimley

Carlton: Thomas, Gibbs, Curnow, Murphy, Simpson, Byrne, Kerridge
Essendon: Cooney, Zaharakis, Simpkin, Gwilt, Merrett

Carlton: Patrick Cripps (calf tightness) replaced in the selected side by Simon White, Jacob Weitering (shoulder)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Nicholls, Chamberlain

Official crowd: 43,827 at the MCG

Essendon Win (Well, The Second Half At Least)

COLLINGWOOD 8.4 14.6 19.8 22.10 (142)
ESSENDON 1.1 2.2 7.4 11.7 (73)

Collingwood: Sidebottom 4, Fasolo 4, Blair 3, Howe 2, Moore 2, Greenwood 2, Cox, Oxley, Smith, De Goey, Adams
Essendon: Grimley 2, Fantasia 2, Langford, Brown, Daniher, Stokes, Kelly, Cooney, Merrett

Collingwood: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Treloar, Fasolo, Reid, Adams
Essendon: Kelly, Fantasia, Hartley, Zaharakis, Goddard

Collingwood: Varcoe (hamstring)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Schmitt, Jeffery

Official crowd: 85,082 at the MCG

Brave Bombers Can’t Hold Geelong Out

ESSENDON 2.2 5.4 6.5 6.6 (42)
GEELONG 2.3 5.6 6.13 9.18 (72)

Essendon: Zaharakis, Laverde, Merrett, Brown, Fantasia, Stokes
Geelong: Motlop 2, Caddy, Stanley, Gregson, Cockatoo, Bartel, Lang, Smith

Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Hartley, Cooney, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Geelong: Duncan, Dangerfield, Selwood, Lonergan, Taylor, Motlop, Caddy

Essendon: Jayden Laverde (shoulder), Mitch Brown (nose)
Geelong: Shane Kersten (calf) replaced in selected side by Jake Kolodjashnij

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hay, McInerney, Mitchell

Official crowd: 42,723 at the MCG

Powerful Lesson For Bombers

PORT ADELAIDE 7.3 11.5 14.8 17.10 (112)
ESSENDON 1.4 4.6 4.7 7.9 (51)

Port Adelaide: Young 3, Dixon 3, Amon 2, R Gray 2, Westhoff 2, Boak, Ebert, Polec, Byrne-Jones, Wines
Essendon: Daniher 2, Kommer 2, Ambrose, Goddard, J. Merrett

Port Adelaide: Gray, Polec, Broadbent, Pittard, Boak, Wines
Essendon: Leuenberger, Zaharakis, Z. Merrett, Goddard, Kelly

Port Adelaide: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

Determined Bombers Muscle Demons For Victory

ESSENDON 2.2 7.7 8.10 11.14 (80)
MELBOURNE 1.4 6.4 7.7 10.7 (67)

Essendon: Z.Merrett 2, Brown 2, Daniher 2, Stokes, Hartley, Kommer, Langford, Parish
Melbourne: Kennedy 3, Garlett 2, Brayshaw, Harmes, Oliver, Watts, Hogan

Essendon: Z.Merrett, Daniher, Zaharakis, Parish, J.Merrett, Goddard, Kelly, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Melbourne: Kennedy, Vince, N.Jones, M.Jones, Tyson

Essendon: Fantasia (knee), Matt Dea (nose)
Melbourne: Nil

Reports: Patrick Ambrose for rough conduct on James Harmes in the second quarter.

Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

Official crowd: 50,424 at the MCG

Apple/FBI Shenanigans Probably Just Theatre

With the news that the FBI has allegedly managed to ‘crack’ the iPhone allegedly used by the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shootings without the assistance of Apple, I can’t help but wonder what has really been going on.

Did they really need Apple’s help getting into the phone? In all seriousness, I doubt it. With NSA surveillance of just about everything happening online or near-online, the chances of them finding any information that isn’t already in the hands of US government agencies is pretty low.

In fact, I bet they find nothing they don’t already know.

My suspicion is that US authorities do know that devices such as the iPhone are difficult to get into in some instances, and that they have used this particular case to try and make an example of Apple within the context of a very public and emotive case.

“Give us a back door into your devices!” they demand. “Help us protect liberty!” they exclaim.

They just want an easier way.

And Apple stands up and says “you know what? No…”

If a backdoor is provided – (and even if appropriate legal trimmings are placed around the use of it) – it will still be used by law enforcement for purposes in which it should not be used.

Laws only stop those people who are inclined to follow laws. Once a backdoor is in there, hackers will find it and use it.

Bravo to Apple for standing its ground – but when it comes to the privacy of data on your phone – (or any other device) – that horse already bolted years ago.

The authorities can already get at your stuff if they want to – the backdoor will only make it easier for others to get to your data.

This is just theatre.

Improved Second Half Not Enough For New Bombers

GOLD COAST 5.5 11.9 15.14 17.19 (121)
ESSENDON 1.0 5.1 7.5 9.6 (60)

Gold Coast: Lynch 4, Martin 2, Day 2, Hall 2, Ah Chee, Malceski, Lonergan, Miller, Sexton, Prestia, Ablett
Essendon: Stokes 3, Zaharakis 2, McKernan, Daniher, Crowley, Langford

Gold Coast: Hall, Ablett, Rosa, Sexton, Rischitelli, Lynch, Malceski
Essendon: Zaharakis, Stokes, Parish, Z.Merrett

Gold Coast: Kolodjashnij (illness) replaced in selected side by Ah Chee
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hosking, Hay, McInerney

Official crowd: 16,239 at Metricon Stadium