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Essendon keep their finals dreams alive with victory over the Dockers

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THE DREAM IS ALIVE

Essendon has kept their finals dreams alive with a 29-point win over Freo.

Pending the rest of the round’s results, the Bombers are outside the eight on percentage alone.

Essendon dominated the game, and probably should have won by more, as indicated by many of the stats:

  • 61 more disposals (380-319)
  • 13 more clearances (41-28)
  • 28 more inside 50s (63-35)
  • 20 more contested possessions (157-137)
  • 13 more tackles (67-54)
  • 19 more scores (34-15)

But they won by 2.17!

Essendon: 13.21 (99)

Fremantle: 11.4 (70)

Bomber gun Zach Merrett said it was “one of those days”.

“We just couldn’t get it through the big sticks!” Merrett told 3AW after the game.

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THE BUILD-UP

Essendon and Fremantle sit alongside each other in 12th and 13th spots on the ladder.

Both sides have the slightest of finals hopes, but a loss here would all but snuff them out.

The stage is set for an Elimination Final in July!

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