Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is again enjoying footy and it’s an excellent sight to behold.
The Essendon livewire returned to the turf for the primary time in 588 days and had the Bombers trustworthy on the MCG up and off their seats, placing the icing on a 19.10 (124) to 9.11 (65) thrashing of Hawthorn.
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After being introduced into the sport within the fourth and closing quarter, it didn’t take lengthy for the cult hero to search out himself within the thick of the motion.
Regardless of the end result all however assured after some third quarter dominance from the Bombers, the followers have been louder than ever any time Tipungwuti was within the neighborhood of the footy.
The noise reached scary heights when he marked simply inside 50 and went again to have a shot at purpose. Prefer it was in 2021, the star ahead calmly went again and slotted the purpose as the group erupted.
Followers watching on couldn’t consider what they have been seeing as Bombers and footy followers rejoiced in seeing the livewire again in motion.
“WE ARE CRYING RN,” Essendon tweeted.
Sports activities journalist Rohan Connolly tweeted: “You bloody magnificence Tippa”.
WWOS’ Chris De Silva wrote: “He’s right here and he’s good. What a second for Walla”.
McDonald-Tipungwuti completed the competition with 4 disposals and one purpose to his identify in promising indicators because the Bombers secured a convincing win.
Midfield duo Darcy Parish and Zach Merrett led the cost as they mixed for 64 disposals and 16 clearances.
After being down by 10 factors at quarter time, the Bombers kicked 16 targets to 5 as they blitzed their rivals.
Regardless of the one-sided nature of the competition and the emphatic show from the Bombers, it was McDonald-Tipungwuti that was the discuss of the city.
“The largest factor right now was Walla coming again, the group liked it,” skipper Merrett mentioned after the sport.
Requested after the sport the way it felt listening to the group erupt as one when he strolled out onto the bottom, McDonald-Tipungwuti mentioned it was a particular second.
“It was an awesome feeling, I used to be just about simply ready to go on,” he mentioned.
“Huge shout out to my mum she believed me all the way in which. I made a guess together with her and mentioned if I can play once more I’ll purchase you a caravan, so yeah I received a caravan for her and because of all of the assist from household and pals.”