Next up, Adelaide host Sydney at the Adelaide Oval. It’s a huge day for Rory Sloane. Not only is it his first game as standalone Crows captain, but it’s also his 200th AFL game. Congratulations to him!
Fremantle finished with a very wet sail, but Essendon’s good work in the opening three quarters was ultimately enough for them to hang on for the win.
The Bombers finished up winning the disposals 339-283, clearances 27-21, tackles 58-33, marks 98-79, inside 50s 41-35, free kicks 17-10, hitouts 30-29 and scoring shots 18-17.
Essendon 5.2, 7.5, 8.8, 9.9 (63)
Fremantle 2.1, 3.3, 4.6, 8.9 (57)
Essendon: Townsend 3, Stringer 2, Smith, Fantasia, Laverde, Snelling
Fremantle: Sturt 3, Lobb 2, Taberner, Colyer, Walters
Essendon: Shiel 35, Saad 28, McGrath 23, Merrett 22
Fremantle: Fyfe 26, Tucker 23, Walters 21
The final siren sounds 20m out from Fremantle’s goal! Essendon hang on for a thrilling six-point win! What a finish!
Cerra wins the free kick for being pushed in the back
11 seconds to go!
Boundary throw-in on Freo’s half-forward flank!
19 seconds to go!
Ball up on Freo’s 50m line!
28 seconds to go!!
Smiht’s tackle slips on Fyfe and he is penalised for tripping the Freo skipper
0:52 to go!
Brayshaw runs into an open goal but from 20m out he misses it!! That’s his second sitter of the quarter! Six-point ball game!
1:42 to go!!
Walters, Tucker and Aish combine to get it to Sturt who outmarks Hurley again!
From 25m out directly in front, the debutant converts and now has an equal game-high three goals!
2:27 to go