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As it happened – Lions smash Bombers, Blues fall to Hawks

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Big night for the Hawks and the Lions … one to forget for the Blues and the Bombers.

ESS 3.10.28 def by BL 14.7.91

Essendon were never in it. Not for one second. From the start they were pummelled by the Lions.

Neale, Witherden, Cameron, Andres and Zorko were all brilliant. Lyons was handy too.

Neale kicked two goals and Cameron 4. He’s second in the Coleman Medal, one behind Tom Papley who plays for the Swans tomorrow.

So the Bombers have GWS, Gold Coast and St Kilda in their next three games. Certainly, none of those are definite wins.

They need to at least perform better in those games than they did on this occasion.

The performance tonight was meek, both defensively, in attack and particularly in the midfield.

The Lions keep on keeping on. And with footy likely to be played in Queensland for the rest of this season for most teams, they’re really in pole position for the flagf, probably along with West Coast.

Charlie Cameron dominated.

Charlie Cameron dominated. Credit:Getty Images

ESS 24 BL 84

Not good Bombers fans. Cameron runs off Ballenden who marks close to goal. No one went with him quick enough.

Things really starting to degenerate for the Bombers now, as Zorko is allowed to roam free from a mark and run into an open goal.

Here’s the Cameron goal from late in Q3:

ESS 22 BL 66

The quarter ends with a third for Charlie Cameron, an excellent snap running toward the boundary.

Devon Smith of the Bombers argues with his opposition.

Devon Smith of the Bombers argues with his opposition. Credit:Getty Images

Darcy Parish aka DP3 kicks a beauty. A set shot snap from the boundary line.

He’s had a pretty good game, Parish, and has also had a really good season.

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