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)

GOALS
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

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

INJURIES
Gold Coast: Day (neck)
Essendon: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
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)

GOALS
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

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

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

SUBSTITUTES
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)

GOALS
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

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

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

SUBSTITUTES
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)

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

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

INJURIES
Essendon: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
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)

GOALS
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

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

INJURIES
Essendon: Howlett (left knee)
Port Adelaide: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
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)

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

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

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

SUBSTITUTES
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)

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

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

INJURIES
Essendon: Alex Browne (concussion)
Melbourne: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
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.

Further:

“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.

Yeah, So That Happened

ESSENDON 1.0 5.3 7.3 8.4 (52)
ST KILDA 5.3 10.8 17.9 25.12 (162)

GOALS
Essendon: Hooker 3, Heppell 2,Cooney, Daniher, Hibberd
St Kilda: Bruce 5,Riewoldt 4, Montagna 2, Weller 2, Armitage 2, Sinclair 2, Membrey 2, Newnes, Lonie, Webster, Savage, Schneider, Dunstan

BEST
Essendon: Heppell, Hurley, McKernan
St Kilda: Armitage, Steven, Lonie, Roberton, Dempster, Bruce, Montagna, Longer

INJURIES
Essendon: Jason Winderlich (shin) replaced in the selected side by Ben Howlett, Adam Cooney (groin)
St Kilda: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Essendon: Ben Howlett replaced Adam Cooney in the third quarter.
St Kilda: Luke Dunstan replaced Sam Fisher at three quarter time.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Ryan, Meredith

Official crowd: 38,020 at Etihad Stadium

Sunday Nerding: Stories That Stopped The World

Nerding has been away for a few weeks, but returns today with an ITV special on how television news handles breaking news stories.

Being presented by ITV, this documentary has a British flavour, but as a news nerd, I find this fascinating.

These are the “where were you when?” moments in life – and I remember many of them myself.