Another one. Jed Bews waltzes through the middle of the 50 and under no pressure, kicks truly.
Close got a ripping handball off the ground to Bews.
Hawkins has three.
The Cats break from the centre bounce – again – and waltz into and through their forward line to find Hawkins alone in the pocket.
He snaps the set shot.
Gryan Miers gathers at a stoppage and is allowed to banana a goal from about 35m out, with very little pressure on him.
All on his own with three Essendon players around him.
Sam Menegola converts a set shot from an easy spot.
The pass from Patrick Dangerfield was a ripper. He palmed off an opponent and then snapp from the pocket to the middle of the 50, for Menegola to take an easy chest mark.
The rot continues for Essendon.
Essendon need to stop Hawk … he had two in the opening term:
… thankfully for Essendon fans.
GEEL 6.2.38 ESS 1.2.8
Nothing went right for the Bombers in that quarter, including them bringing the required effort and application to play decent footy.
Ugly stuff for red and black faithful.
As for the Cats – they look more of a premiership team the more you watch them, today no exception.
Bombers are on the board. James Stewart marks and converts a set shot from a tricky angle, moments after he scuffed a much easier one.
… to Essendon’s four. It’s a training run.