Essendon have moved into the top eight after a come-from-behind win to defeat the Northern Blues by eight points at Preston City Oval in round six of Peter Jackson VFL. The Blues led by 25 points at half-time but a seven goal to two last half enabled the Bombers to overtake the Blues winning 11.10.76 to 9.14.68.
Former Adelaide Crow Shaun McKernan with 20 disposals including seven clearances and two goals was instrumental in the Bomber’s win along with defender James Gwilt, who nullified Northern’s Matthew Watson for the majority of the game. Gwilt received good support from Ariel Steinberg and the improving Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti who had the job of minding the Blue's small forwards.
Box Hill has returned to the winners list after a 23-point win over Essendon in round five of Peter Jackson VFL at Windy Hill. Just three points separated the sides at three-quarter-time before the Hawks slammed on six goals to the Bombers two in the last term to edge clear, the final score 18.10.118 to 14.11.95.
The Bombers had their chances late in the match but failed to capitalise booting four behinds in a row. Hawk's skipper David Mirra led the way in defence along with Sam Collins while Jed Anderson was dangerous with a game-high four goals and Liston Trophy winner, Alex Woodward, continues to put his hand up for AFL selection.