Jake Stringer has starred for Essendon with 4 objectives in a tense 13-point AFL win over conventional rivals Hawthorn in Launceston.
The 27-year-old ahead produced some gorgeous touches because the Bombers triumphed 13.8 (86) to 10.13 (73) of their first match in Tasmania for premiership factors since 1992.
The gallant Hawks bought inside a objective with lower than three minutes to go however Essendon held their nerve within the dying phases to say a victory that places them one recreation outdoors the highest eight.
Trailing by 4 factors early within the fourth quarter, Stringer and teen Harrison Jones stepped as much as wrestle again the lead in entrance of a raucous capability crowd at College of Tasmania Stadium.
Stringer launched a bomb on the run from about 45 metres out and Jones nailed a set shot in entrance in a run of three objectives.
Essendon had been sweating bullets when Hawthorn’s Dylan Moore transformed a free kick to deliver the margin again to 6 factors with 2:36 left on the clock.
However Darcy Parish – who’s having fun with a career-best season within the midfield below new coach Ben Rutten – iced the sport inside the ultimate 60 seconds with a grubbering objective.
Stringer, who was given extra onball duties, picked up 29 disposals, seven tackles and 6 clearances throughout a see-sawing match.
Jacob Koschitzke and Luke Bruest had been amongst Hawthorn’s greatest with three objectives every, whereas Tom Mitchell completed with 35 disposals – 20 of these coming within the first half.
Hawthorn had been wayward within the first quarter as Essendon took their possibilities to open up a 20-9 lead on the first break.
The Hawks went on a three-goal run within the second time period and hit the entrance, with Mitchell, Bruest and Chad Wingard nailing photographs on the run.
However a Stringer main from a turnover near the bell put the Bombers up by two factors at halftime. He then opened the scoring within the third on the again of a robust pack mark.
Bruest ensured Hawthorn staying in contact in the course of the all-important third time period with a brace of objectives, holding Essendon’s result in three factors heading into the ultimate quarter.