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Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti return for Essendon Bombers against Hawthorn Hawks, subbed on, goal, video, Sam Draper, latest news

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It’d been 588 days since Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti last took the field, and his return was well worth the wait.

Playing as the sub in his first game since coming out of retirement, the Bombers cult hero was brought into the club’s dominant 59-point MCG win over Hawthorn in the fourth quarter to the sound of a huge applause from fans including a standing ovation from the Essendon cheersquad,

Just that in itself was special enough, but he ended up stealing the show with a goal that’ll go down as one of the moments of the season.

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The small forward marked the ball around 40 metres from goal on a slight angle with 13 minutes left in the fourth term as fans chanted “Tippa” while he lined up at the big sticks.

McDonald-Tipungwuti then kicked truly as his Bombers teammates came from everywhere in celebration and their supporters were sent into raptures.

Speaking to post-match, fellow club cult hero Sam Draper said it was a moment he won’t forget.

“I definitely got goosebumps when he marked that ball and the whole crowd was going nuts,” Draper told post-match.

“Our fans are so good, they deserve a few more wins, and it was a really special moment to be out there.”

It was the icing on the cake for a great day for the Essendon faithful after it had another moment to savour earlier when son of a gun debutant Alwyn Davey Jnr. kicked his first career goal with his father in attendance.

Davey had missed a couple of opportunities earlier, so when he finally put one through, fans, teammates – and even Davey Snr – went nuts accordingly.

“He’s going to be a great player for us, his speed is just something else,” Draper said.

“We’re going to see him kick a lot of goals. He probably could’ve had four or five today if he finished his work.

“He’s getting some good opporuntities.”

A game most thought could’ve gone either way turned into a thrashing as the Bombers belted the Hawks to the tune of 59 points to get off to the perfect start to life under new coach Brad Scott.

McDonald-Tipungwuti stole the show in his return match.Source: FOX SPORTS

Essendon bounced back after a slow start to the game to kick 11 of the last 15 goals and put the Hawks to the sword in a comprehensive performance.

“I’m pretty proud of how we went about that one,” Draper added.

“It didn’t start out way but we grinded our way through it, especially that third quarter, we really put the foot on the throat there.

“It was so much fun and the fans are so good.”

Draper himself kicked a couple of goals – one of 13 Bombers to hit the scoreboard on the day – and celebrating only like the exciting ruckman can.

The 24-year old admitted it’s a part of his game he’s looking to build more consistency with.

“I’m definitely trying to get on the scoreboard every game,” Draper said.

“Whether we’re playing with two rucks or not, I definitely feel like that’s an area I can get some real growth in and help the team out.

“I love kicking goals.”

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