Bombers Bounce Back to Belt Brisbane

ESSENDON 5.2 9.5 16.9 21.10 (136)
BRISBANE 5.3 8.6 10.6 12.6 (78)

Essendon: Daniher 6, Cooney 3, Carlisle 3, Goddard 2, Stanton, Colyer, Ambrose, J Merrett, Hibberd, Melksham, Chapman
Brisbane Lions: Green 3, Lester 2, Taylor, Dawson, Rich, D Beams, Robertson, Martin, Gardiner

Essendon: Daniher, Hurley, Stanton, Hibberd, Hooker, Cooney, Howlett
Brisbane Lions: Martin, Rockliff, D Beams, Green, Paparone

Essendon: Paul Chapman (corked hamstring)
Brisbane Lions: Jack Redden (back) replaced in selected side by Mitch Golby

Essendon: Courtenay Dempsey replaced Dustin Fletcher at three-quarter time
Brisbane Lions: Mitch Golby replaced Liam Dawson in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Edwards, Harris

Official crowd: 36,857 at Etihad Stadium

North Hold Off Hard-Finishing Bombers

ESSENDON 5.0 6.3 8.10 12.10 (82)
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.6 7.9 9.13 13.15 (93)

Essendon: Colyer 2, Watson 2, Ambrose 2, Heppell, Goddard, Daniher, Bellchambers, Melksham, J.Merrett
North Melbourne: Petrie 2, Thomas 2, Waite 2, Ziebell 2, Gibson, Harvey, Cunnington, Nahas, Higgins

Essendon: Hurley, Baguley, Heppell, Goddard, Colyer, Z. Merrett
North Melbourne: Ziebell, Petrie, Hansen, Nahas, Cunnington, Harvey

Essendon: Langford (quad)
North Melbourne: Brown (knee)

Essendon: Kyle Langford replaced by Ben Howlett at half time.
North Melbourne: Ben Brown replaced by Shaun Atley in the third quarter.

Reports: Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne) reported for striking Zach Merrett in the third quarter

Umpires: Chamberlain, Findlay, Harris

Official crowd: 43,972 at Etihad Stadium

Dockers Too Good For Essendon

FREMANTLE 4.3 9.4 12.6 12.8 (80)
ESSENDON 2.1 3.36 3.6 7.10 (52)

Fremantle: Pavlich 4, Ballantyne 2, Mayne, Hill, Clarke, Neale, C. Pearce, Walters
Essendon: Z. Merrett, J. Merrett, Daniher, Colyer, Howlett, Watson, Gleeson

Fremantle: Neale, Fyfe, Pavlich, Mundy, Sandilands, C. Pearce, Johnson
Essendon: Baguley, Watson, Goddard, Stanton, Z. Merrett

Fremantle: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Fremantle: Matt de Boer replaced Matt Taberner in the fourth quarter
Essendon: Michael Gleeson replaced Will Hams in the third quarter

Reports: Mark Baguley reported for rough conduct on Michael Barlow in the third quarter

Umpires: Rosebury, Hosking, Ryan

Crowd: 37,535 at Domain Stadium

Bombers Outrun Unlucky Saints

ST KILDA 2.6 6.7 10.10 11.14 (80)
ESSENDON 3.2 6.6 9.11 11.16 (82)

St Kilda: Bruce 5, Billings 2, Lonie 2, Dunstan, Steven
Essendon: Carlisle 4, Ambrose 2, Zaharakis, Gleeson, Goddard, Zaharakis, Colyer

St Kilda: Armitage, Steven, Bruce, Lonie, Dempster, Hickey
Essendon: Watson, Goddard, Carlisle, Stanton, Ambrose, Hurley

St Kilda: Nil
Essendon: Nil

St Kilda: Blake Acres replaced Shane Savage in final term.
Essendon: Will Hams replaced Joe Daniher at three-quarter time.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Bannister, Chamberlain

Official crowd: 29,869 at Etihad Stadium

Sunday Nerding: New York City Subway

With recent news that Melbourne is to receive a new underground rail line – (the Melbourne Metro) – to start moving the city towards having a true metro-style train system, I thought it might be interesting to look at what kind of work it takes to build something like that under a living city.

This episode of Extreme Engineering from 2011 documents work to expand New York’s underground network for the future.

Getting Melbourne Moving – Properly

The recent cancellation of the controversial EastWest Link by the Victorian state government, combined with the reinstatement of the previous Melbourne Metro rail project – (cancelled by the previous state government) – and today’s announcement that the so-called “Western Distributor” project is moving to the next stage, has created heated debate across the community about what should and shouldn’t be built to improve Melbourne’s transport woes.

The two most obvious road issues in Melbourne are the significant congestion on the Eastern Freeway, and on the Westgate Freeway – users of which have all suffered for many years in peak hour periods.

The East West Link was designed to connect the city end of the Eastern Freeway – (which currently stops dead at Hoddle Street/Alexandra Parade) – with CityLink at North Melbourne, removing the dead stop and providing an excellent path onto the Tullamarine Freeway from the east through to Melbourne Airport.

On the surface, this sounds like a reasonable plan.

The problem was that it provided no extra direct connections to the Melbourne CBD – people travelling to the CBD from the Eastern Freeway would still have to pile onto Hoddle Street, or carry on through the new tunnel and enter the city from the west via CityLink, increasing congestion at the western connections to the CBD – at Dynon Road, Footscray Road, or even all the way down to Southbank at the end of the Westgate Freeway.

Rather than reducing congestion, it would have served mainly to just move some of it from the north-east corner of the CBD, to the west of the CBD – the problem being that the Westgate Freeway is suffering major congestion also, so East West Link wasn’t really going to fix anything it was supposed to fix.

Eventually, a second section of the East West Link – connecting it to the Western Ring Road at Sunshine West – was to provide the long-mooted “second river crossing” to relieve Westgate Freeway congestion, but still without any additional direct connections to the Melbourne CBD.

It had other problems too.

The Western Distributor – (which has had several design theories and iterations itself) – was designed to reduce congestion on the Westgate Freeway, and get large numbers of trucks off suburban streets in Yarraville, Seddon, and Footscray – (a long term issue in the area) – by providing a direct link to the Port of Melbourne from the Westgate Freeway.

The latest design – unveiled today – takes the solution one step further. It links the Westgate Freeway with the port area, and then CityLink, and provides another direct freeway connection into the CBD at Footscray Road/Docklands Drive – doubling the freeway access to the CBD from the west of the city, and providing an extra path that should shift a large amount of traffic off the Westgate Freeway route, running over the bridge and into Southbank.

It also doesn’t increase traffic on Footscray Road, because the new freeway section there would be above Footscray Road.

Which is better?

I guess that depends a little on which side of the city you live on – but given the East West Link appears only to transfer traffic from the east of the CBD to the west of the CBD, emotions aside it appears the Western Distributor plan is better.

But what do the people of the east get out of this? On the surface, it might appear that they have been shafted – and there will be more years of suffering for them, but the plans for public transport in the north-east of Melbourne should address much of that.

One of the main reasons there is so much traffic on the Eastern Freeway – which currently pours onto Hoddle Street – is that there are no mass public transport options in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs.

People either have to drive to train stations on the Ringwood or Clifton Hill group lines to get to the city by train, just drive which most seem to just do by default, or catch bus services which run on the Eastern Freeway anyway.

Building new roads has never been proven to improve congestion, and sometimes serves only to encourage more traffic onto the roads to fill the space.

Another way to improve congestion is to have less cars on the road, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide people with another option – such as mass public transport.

Getting cars off the roads also has obvious environmental benefits.

And you know – the previous government which cancelled the Melbourne Metro rail project, and came up with East West Link – had a plan for all of this, but promptly abandoned it when the federal government said they wouldn’t provide money for rail projects.

What was that plan?

Below is the detailed document published by the PTV and the previous government – which cancelled it – along with the accompanying video:

To my way of thinking, this makes a whole lot more sense than just shifting road congestion around on a map.

Admittedly, it does leave the eastern suburbs with their current problems for the time being – but provides a far better long term view of what Melbourne should be into the future. Certainly, successive governments will need to stay the course on this plan, and that’s never a given – but one can only hope some sort of common sense will prevail.

The reinstatement of the Melbourne Metro rail project is the catalyst that gets that plan back into motion, a plan which allows for the Doncaster, Rowville and Airport rail extensions to be done properly.

East West Link may well be needed done the track, and it will provide a useful link to the airport for travellers in the east when it is built – but given the economic value of the road in its current form is dubious at best, doing the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel and the Western Distributor first, provides a much more sensible path for the future.

If only the politics of the exercise wasn’t so vitriolic, and people could stop and think about the long term outcomes.

One can hope.

Remember When The Turnbull Staffer Said This?

The sacking of SBS reporter Scott McIntyre after a series of controversial tweets with respect to ANZAC Day has certainly stirred up a whirlpool of reaction, and fired up the free-speech debate in Australia.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull got involved, making sure that McIntyre’s tweets were seen by his boss, SBS managing director Michael Ebeid.

“Mr Turnbull, who has described the comments as “despicable”, drew them to the attention of SBS’s managing director Michael Ebeid.

Now, whether or not Turnbull directly requested/required/suggested the sacking of McIntyre isn’t really the point. Personally, I doubt that he did, but his actions did put McIntyre and his employment directly in the firing line of SBS management.

“But in his capacity as a reporter employed by SBS he has to comply with and face the consequences of ignoring the SBS social media protocol.

Maybe – but ignoring the content of the tweets for just a moment, all McIntyre was doing was expressing his view – who are SBS – (and Turnbull, for that matter) – to decide what is and isn’t an appropriate level of free speech?

Is expressing free speech a breach of SBS social media policy?

On the evidence – apparently so, and that’s a big concern. Turnbull’s basic view of the matter was that the tweets were “offensive”.

Perhaps they were, perhaps they weren’t – that’s the point of free-speech – not everyone is going to agree with what we say.

McIntyre certainly wasn’t rude in his tweets, he just expressed an unpopular opinion.

Boohoo – we all confront unpopular opinions every single day of our lives.

Get over it.

But how far should a public person, or someone representing a public person go when it comes to addressing public issues?

Remember when one of Turnbull’s own staffers said this?

“Nobody challenges your numbers because nobody takes your psychotic rantings seriously. Nobody. Nevertheless they are all wrong. All of them – you don’t have a clue about the existing deal, much less how it might be modified. Given what you write is a delusional fantasy that exists only in your own mind, you can get fucked.”

Turnbull of course, when it was brought to his attention tried to mop things up neatly:

“Turnbull, the shadow communications minister, addressed the spat on Twitter on Wednesday, posting: “Regret my staffer’s lapse into vulgar Anglo-Saxon in an email to a blogger. Charm remediation has been administered and equanimity restored.””

So apart from an apparent tickle over the wrist with a metaphorical piece of soggy celery, the staffer wasn’t disciplined, and certainly was not separated from his employment.


While the tweets sent by McIntyre were in regard to a much more sensitive subject than that which extracted the definitive expletive from Turnbull’s staffer in 2013, Turnbull has seemingly made sure he was shot down for speaking his mind.

If you are Michael Ebeid, when Malcolm Turnbull – (your boss) – rings you to bring some tweets to your attention, he isn’t ringing you to have a laugh about them – he wants action taken. Why else would he do it? Turnbull saying that it wasn’t up to him is nothing more than semantics, something he is very good at.

You can express an unpopular view, and lose your job. Or you can tell a constituent to “get fucked” and all is sweet.

Whether you agree with the sentiments expressed by McIntyre or not, Turnbull has managed to front up with a double standard that should be explained.

Essendon Go Down On Soggy Anzac Day

ESSENDON 2.0 4.8 5.10 6.13 (49)
COLLINGWOOD 3.2 4.9 7.12 9.15 (69)

Essendon: Stanton 2, Daniher 2, Fletcher, Zaharakis
Collingwood: Elliott 2, Cloke 2, Pendlebury, Seedsman, Crisp, Swan, Dwyer

Essendon: Hooker, Heppell, Stanton, Fletcher
Collingwood: Seedsman, Swan, Adams, Crisp, Brown, Frost, Pendlebury

Essendon: Chapman (knee)
Collingwood: Nil

Essendon: Will Hams replaced Paul Chapman in the third quarter
Collingwood: Sam Dwyer replaced Adam Oxley in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Matt Stevic, Sam Hay, Troy Pannell

Official crowd: 88,395 at the MCG

Essendon Hold On To Down Carlton

CARLTON 2.4 5.7 7.12 11.8 (74)
ESSENDON 3.4 10.4 14.6 16.9 (105)

Carlton: Henderson 2, Everitt 2, Judd, Gibbs, Armfield, Bell, Jones, Walker, Ellard
Essendon: Daniher 3, Zaharakis 3, Howlett 3, Chapman 2, Goddard, Heppell, Carlisle, Colyer, Watson

Carlton: Murphy, Walker, Carrazzo, Cripps, Simpson, Armfield, Wood
Essendon: Watson, Hooker, Heppell, Goddard, Hurley, Stanton, Hibberd, Gleeson

Carlton: Nil
Essendon: Cooney (hamstring)

Carlton: Byrne replaced Curnow in the third quarter
Essendon: Ashby replaced Cooney at three-quarter-time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Ryan, Schmitt, Jeffery

Official crowd: 54, 854 at the MCG

Bombers Hooker Last Gasp Win Over Hawks

ESSENDON 2.2 7.3 9.4 12.6 (78)
HAWTHORN 1.3 3.5 7.8 11.10 (76)

Essendon: Daniher 3, Chapman 2, Colyer 2, Bellchambers, Carlisle, Merrett, Hooker
Hawthorn: Gunston 3, Puopolo 2, Breust 2, Rioli, Sicily, Hill, Roughead

Essendon: Watson, Hurley, Hooker, Daniher, Heppell, Colyer
Hawthorn: Gunston, Puopolo, Rioli, Hodge, Lewis, Burgoyne

Essendon: Merrett (knee), Goddard (knee)
Hawthorn: Sam Mitchell (corked calf) replaced in selected side by James Sicily, Burgoyne (cheek), Frawley (pectoral), Suckling (ankle)

Essendon: Jason Ashby replaced Ben Howlett in the third quarter
Hawthorn: James Sicily replaced James Frawley in the first quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Margetts, Meredith

Official crowd: 59,866 at the MCG