Orazio Fantasia of the Bombers scores a goal in the final quarter.
Orazio Fantasia of the Bombers scores a goal in the final quarter. TRACEY NEARMY

Bombers end losing streak

ESSENDON ended it biggest ever losing streak at the expense of Gold Coast.

The Bombers had gone 17 games without success after their shock round-two win over Melbourne.

Playing at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, the hosts trailed by seven points at the last change, but kicked 4.2 to 1.7 in the final term.

They eventually held on for a 11.9 (75) to 9.15 (69) victory.

Six consecutive behinds late in the match didn't help the Suns cause. All they could do was cut the margin from 18 points to 12.

Acting Bombers skipper Zach Merrett was outstanding on-ball, finishing with 38 disposals, while David Zaharakis piled on 40.

Touk Miller was the best of the Gold Coast midfielders, gathering 39 touches.

The Suns registered 69 forward-50m entires to just 44, but could not make the most of their opportunities.

The three-pronged attack of tall Tom Lynch, Sam Day and Peter Wright had threatened tear the game away from Essendon at times, but they trio could only manage two goals each, to go with their six behinds.

Essendon's win puts its one match and 3.2 percent behind the Brisbane Lions at the bottom of the table with two rounds remaining.


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