Essendon have pulled off a surprising come-from-behind win over GWS, Cale Hooker kicking the winner with 19 seconds left to safe an exciting six-point win at Marvel Stadium.
The Giants led by a game-high 19 factors within the closing time period however the Bombers rattled house with six of the final eight objectives to shock the Giants – 12.5 (77) to 10.11 (71) – in entrance of 25,195 followers on Thursday night time.
GWS streamed ahead from the restart and Josh Kelly had a operating snap on aim that sailed out of bounds as the ultimate siren sounded to the delight of the house crowd.
However there was yet one more rating assessment controversy, this time when Shaun McKernan, who was excellent, levelled the scores with simply over two minutes left.
Adam Kennedy was adamant he touched the ball off the boot however his protests fell on deaf ears and the aim stood.
It was a gutsy efficiency by John Worsfold’s males to breathe life into their season, squaring their win-loss report at 7-7.
“It doesn’t outline our season, but it surely’s an excellent win,” Worsfold stated.
“… We felt we have been operating every quarter out actually strongly and the message from the gamers on the bench was ‘We’re on this’.
“We believed we may run the sport out proper to the top.”
Zach Merrett was the architect on the stoppages for Essendon with 28 possessions and 7 clearances, with Dyson Heppell (23) and Dylan Shiel (22) additionally essential.
Stephen Coniglio starred for GWS with 33 disposals, whereas Jeremy Cameron kicked three objectives within the gritty arm-wrestle.
Essendon performed like that they had a degree to show after they have been humbled by GWS of their embarrassing season-opener.
The Giants’ high-octane offence and scorching ball motion was not often sighted in a primary quarter the place the bodily Bombers set the tone.
Shiel opened the scoring with a aim towards his previous facet, with GWS co-captain Phil Davis kicking the guests’ solely main – his first since 2012 – as Essendon opened up a 12-point lead on the first break.
Coniglio sparked GWS with 14 touches within the second quarter and Coleman Medal chief Cameron booted his 41st aim of the season because the resurgent Giants edged to a one-point halftime benefit.
Tom Bellchambers had the higher of Shane Mumford within the ruck battle, however the veteran Bomber limped to the bench with a calf damage within the third quarter.
GWS edged out to a 10-point three-quarter time lead with out enjoying their finest footy and regarded to have seen off the problem when Toby Greene kicked his solely aim of the night time to make it a 19-point sport.
However in an effort that would flip the Bombers’ stop-start season, they kicked 5 of the final six objectives to win a thriller.
The Giants have been third going into spherical 15, however slipped to 9-5 with the upset loss.
“If we sit right here and say that the rating assessment value us then we’re not placing our fingers up (for the loss),” Leon Cameron stated.
“We gave up a three-goal lead … I feel that’s the world we’ve received to hone in on.”