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Beginnings: Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, are an Australian rules football club which plays in the AFL (Australian Football League). Formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873, it is headquartered at the Essendon Recreation Reserve, Windy Hill in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon.

Records:
  • * Record attendance: MCG - 94,825 in round 4, 25 April 1995: Essendon 16.15 (111) drew with Collingwood 17.9 (111)
  • * Most games: 378 by Simon Madden 1974-1992
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 116,828 for 1968 grand final.
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
18 Essendon 22 3 19 0 1437 2356 61.0 12

Crichton Contenders: Joe Daniher

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Daniher Joe Daniher had a dominant 2017 season and will be viewed as one of the favourites for the Crichton Medal.

The rise of Joe Daniher continued in 2017.

The key forward kicked a career-best 65 goals. That is 22 more than he booted in 2016 and the most prolific season by an Essendon player in front of goal since Scott Lucas kicked 67 in 2006.

Daniher's haul included at least one goal in all 23 matches (he has missed just two games in the last four years) and he kicked three goals or more on 15 occasions.

He finished third in the Coleman Medal with his tally all the more impressive given he spent time in the ruck each week. 

The 23 year old was named best on ground in both the ANZAC Day match and the Country Game. 

He also equalled his career-best haul of six goals in a starring performance against the Western Bulldogs. He pulled down 11 marks (eight...


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Crichton Contenders: Joe Daniher

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Daniher Joe Daniher had a dominant 2017 season and will be viewed as one of the favourites for the Crichton Medal.

The rise of Joe Daniher continued in 2017.

The key forward kicked a career-best 65 goals. That is 22 more than he booted in 2016 and the most prolific season by an Essendon player in front of goal since Scott Lucas kicked 67 in 2006.

Daniher's haul included at least one goal in all 23 matches (he has missed just two games in the last four years) and he kicked three goals or more on 15 occasions.

He finished third in the Coleman Medal with his tally all the more impressive given he spent time in the ruck each week. 

The 23 year old was named best on ground in both the ANZAC Day match and the Country Game. 

He also equalled his career-best haul of six goals in a starring performance against the Western Bulldogs. He pulled down 11 marks (eight...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: Joe Daniher

Grand Final Comedy Debate tickets

The Fujitsu General Grand Final Comedy Debate is a premier AFL endorsed event during Grand Final week featuring the announcement and presentation of the coveted Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year Award and VicHealth Community Award.  

View the nominees here.

This is a must attend event for all women and men who love football or work in the industry.  The event also boasts a popular comedy debate moderated by Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and an extensive live and silent auction segment.

Secure your tickets here.

This all-inclusive ticket will give you access to:

- Two-course luncheon accompanied by premium Wolf Blass wines, beer and soft drink

- Presentation of the coveted 2017 Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year and VicHealth Community Award

- An outstanding comedy debate themed 'That AFL players deserve their pay rises' moderated by Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann. Featuring...


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Grand Final Comedy Debate tickets

The Fujitsu General Grand Final Comedy Debate is a premier AFL endorsed event during Grand Final week featuring the announcement and presentation of the coveted Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year Award and VicHealth Community Award.  

View the nominees here.

This is a must attend event for all women and men who love football or work in the industry.  The event also boasts a popular comedy debate moderated by Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and an extensive live and silent auction segment.

Secure your tickets here.

This all-inclusive ticket will give you access to:

- Two-course luncheon accompanied by premium Wolf Blass wines, beer and soft drink

- Presentation of the coveted 2017 Fujitsu General Football Woman of the Year and VicHealth Community Award

- An outstanding comedy debate themed 'That AFL players deserve their pay rises' moderated by Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann. Featuring...


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Club Statement: Marriage Equality

Last night the Board and Executive of the Essendon Football Club ratified the decision to become an official signatory to Australian Marriage Equality.

The Club joins the AFL and more than 1,900 organisations to publicly support equal rights for all Australians.

CEO, Xavier Campbell, said the decision is aligned with the Club’s vision to be the most inclusive, successful and respected sporting Club in Australia.

“The Essendon family is welcoming of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality,” Campbell said.

“We celebrate diversity and champion change because we truly believe everyone should be treated equally, and everyone matters.

“The Club understands and respects the rights of individuals to make their own personal choice on this matter, but as a Club our position on equality is clear and aligns with our values.”

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Club Statement: Marriage Equality

Last night the Board and Executive of the Essendon Football Club ratified the decision to become an official signatory to Australian Marriage Equality.

The Club joins the AFL and more than 1,900 organisations to publicly support equal rights for all Australians.

CEO, Xavier Campbell, said the decision is aligned with the Club’s vision to be the most inclusive, successful and respected sporting Club in Australia.

“The Essendon family is welcoming of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality,” Campbell said.

“We celebrate diversity and champion change because we truly believe everyone should be treated equally, and everyone matters.

“The Club understands and respects the rights of individuals to make their own personal choice on this matter, but as a Club our position on equality is clear and aligns with our values.”

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Dons target relentless approach

BTV: Our Comeback Story We take a look back at what has been an incredibly challenging but ultimately rewarding time at Essendon Football Club.

Training at a ‘Grand Final’ standard will continue to be a focus for the Bombers throughout the pre-season, according to Brendon Goddard.

Essendon’s season came to an end after a 65-point loss to Sydney in the Elimination Final.

Goddard said lapses were a common theme for the side throughout the season and that inconsistency will be exposed during the finals.

“When you get to the finals it is the best of the best so you expect it to go down to the wire and that’s where all of the training and the mental toughness comes into it,” Goddard told RSN.

“We often make reference at training, ‘is that Grand Final worthy’ in drills and in efforts … that’s what we’re all striving for.

“It’s giving your best effort, over 120 minutes and down to the...


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Finals flashback: 1993 PF

BTV: Finals Flashback - The '93 Prelim We take a look back at the Bombers famous comeback victory over the Crows in 1993.

Essendon had finished the 1993 home and away season on top of the ladder.

But it was fifth placed Adelaide that looked set to progress to the Grand Final at the main change in the Preliminary Final against the Bombers.

At that stage the Dons trailed by 42 points.

Gavin Wanganeen was just days away from winning a Brownlow Medal.

He wondered if his season was about to come to an end.

"In a normal scenario, the game is over," Wanganeen said.

"There was a lot of self doubt creeping in but 'Sheeds' gave us a really nice speech at half time.

"We all know what a great motivator 'Sheeds' is, how passionate he is ... we went back out there and with the help of Darren Bewick and Michael Long - who had it on a string all day - we were able to fight back in that second...


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Keeping the stars on track

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - Sept 19 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

It was a challenge never before seen in the AFL - integrating ten returning players back into the training program after a year away from the Club.

There were fears of soft tissue injuries and extra caution throughout the early stages of the pre-season.

But the final outcome saw each of the returning players feature in at least 17 games at both AFL and VFL level.

Dyson Heppell – 23 games

Michael Hurley - 21 games

Jobe Watson - 20 games

Cale Hooker – 20 games

Travis Colyer – 22 games

Tom Bellchambers – 14 games and 5 VFL

Ben Howlett – 7 games and 10 VFL

Heath Hocking – 2 games and 16 VFL

Brent Stanton – 7 games and 13 VFL

David Myers – 15 games and 4 VFL

Travis Colyer hadn’t played more than 11 games in an AFL season until this year, while Michael Hurley and Dyson Heppell enjoyed their best result for...


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Keeping the stars on track

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - Sept 19 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

It was a challenge never before seen in the AFL - integrating ten returning players back into the training program after a year away from the Club.

There were fears of soft tissue injuries and extra caution throughout the early stages of the pre-season.

But the final outcome saw each of the returning players feature in at least 17 games at both AFL and VFL level.

Dyson Heppell – 23 games

Michael Hurley - 21 games

Jobe Watson - 20 games

Cale Hooker – 20 games

Travis Colyer – 22 games

Tom Bellchambers – 14 games and 5 VFL

Ben Howlett – 7 games and 10 VFL

Heath Hocking – 2 games and 16 VFL

Brent Stanton – 7 games and 13 VFL

David Myers – 15 games and 4 VFL

Travis Colyer hadn’t played more than 11 games in an AFL season until this year, while Michael Hurley and Dyson Heppell enjoyed their best result for...


Read full article on AFL Essendon AFLComAu


Read more: Keeping the stars on track

Keeping the stars on track

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - Sept 19 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

It was a challenge never before seen in the AFL - integrating ten returning players back into the training program after a year away from the Club.

There were fears of soft tissue injuries and extra caution throughout the early stages of the pre-season.

But the final outcome saw each of the returning players feature in at least 17 games at both AFL and VFL level.

Dyson Heppell – 23 games

Michael Hurley - 21 games

Jobe Watson - 20 games

Cale Hooker – 20 games

Travis Colyer – 22 games

Tom Bellchambers – 14 games and 5 VFL

Ben Howlett – 7 games and 10 VFL

Heath Hocking – 2 games and 16 VFL

Brent Stanton – 7 games and 13 VFL

David Myers – 15 games and 4 VFL

Travis Colyer hadn’t played more than 11 games in an AFL season until this year, while Michael Hurley and Dyson Heppell enjoyed their best result for...


Read full article on AFL Essendon AFLComAu


Read more: Keeping the stars on track

Crichton Contenders: Michael Hurley

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Hurley Michael Hurley was named All Australian for the second time in the 2017 season, making him a strong contender for this year's Crichton Medal.

Michael Hurley provided a commanding presence in defence for the Bombers throughout the 2017 season.

A rich vein of form from ANZAC Day through to late in the season sealed a second All Australian call-up and confirmed he will be one of the top contenders for the Crichton Medal.

The 27 year old recorded 127 more disposals than he had in any other season and registered 30 or more disposals six times.

He was also the number one ranked player in the competition for rebounds from the defensive 50.

Hurley's averages of 25.6 disposals, 7.7 marks and 6.9 rebounds were the highest of his career.

His standout performances came against Richmond in round ten (27 disposals, ten contested possessions and eight rebounds),...


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Crichton Contenders: Michael Hurley

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Hurley Michael Hurley was named All Australian for the second time in the 2017 season, making him a strong contender for this year's Crichton Medal.

Michael Hurley provided a commanding presence in defence for the Bombers throughout the 2017 season.

A rich vein of form from ANZAC Day through to late in the season sealed a second All Australian call-up and confirmed he will be one of the top contenders for the Crichton Medal.

The 27 year old recorded 127 more disposals than he had in any other season and registered 30 or more disposals six times.

He was also the number one ranked player in the competition for rebounds from the defensive 50.

Hurley's averages of 25.6 disposals, 7.7 marks and 6.9 rebounds were the highest of his career.

His standout performances came against Richmond in round ten (27 disposals, ten contested possessions and eight rebounds),...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: Michael Hurley

Crichton Contenders: Michael Hurley

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Hurley Michael Hurley was named All Australian for the second time in the 2017 season, making him a strong contender for this year's Crichton Medal.

Michael Hurley provided a commanding presence in defence for the Bombers throughout the 2017 season.

A rich vein of form from ANZAC Day through to late in the season sealed a second All Australian call-up and confirmed he will be one of the top contenders for the Crichton Medal.

The 27 year old recorded 127 more disposals than he had in any other season and registered 30 or more disposals six times.

He was also the number one ranked player in the competition for rebounds from the defensive 50.

Hurley's averages of 25.6 disposals, 7.7 marks and 6.9 rebounds were the highest of his career.

His standout performances came against Richmond in round ten (27 disposals, ten contested possessions and eight rebounds),...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: Michael Hurley

Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

BTV: Crichton Contender | Zaharakis David Zaharakis maintained fine form throughout the 2017 season, putting him in contention for his second Crichton Medal.

More time as an inside midfielder sparked an impressive run of form from David Zaharakis during the 2017 season.

The 27 year old averaged 18.4 disposals during the opening seven rounds, but from round eight until the end of the season he lifted that rate to 28.8 possessions.

He was a central figure in the side’s most impressive wins against Geelong (31 disposals), West Coast (31 disposals), Port Adelaide (26 disposals, 11 tackles), Collingwood (38 disposals), St Kilda (32 disposals, two goals) and Gold Coast (38 disposals, 15 inside 50s).

The 15 inside 50s against the Suns was the most by an Essendon player ever.

Last month Zaharakis signed a new four contract that will see him remain at the Club until at least 2021.

“David’s...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

BTV: Crichton Contender | Zaharakis David Zaharakis maintained fine form throughout the 2017 season, putting him in contention for his second Crichton Medal.

More time as an inside midfielder sparked an impressive run of form from David Zaharakis during the 2017 season.

The 27 year old averaged 18.4 disposals during the opening seven rounds, but from round eight until the end of the season he lifted that rate to 28.8 possessions.

He was a central figure in the side’s most impressive wins against Geelong (31 disposals), West Coast (31 disposals), Port Adelaide (26 disposals, 11 tackles), Collingwood (38 disposals), St Kilda (32 disposals, two goals) and Gold Coast (38 disposals, 15 inside 50s).

The 15 inside 50s against the Suns was the most by an Essendon player ever.

Last month Zaharakis signed a new four contract that will see him remain at the Club until at least 2021.

“David’s...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

BTV: Crichton Contender | Zaharakis David Zaharakis maintained fine form throughout the 2017 season, putting him in contention for his second Crichton Medal.

More time as an inside midfielder sparked an impressive run of form from David Zaharakis during the 2017 season.

The 27 year old averaged 18.4 disposals during the opening seven rounds, but from round eight until the end of the season he lifted that rate to 28.8 possessions.

He was a central figure in the side’s most impressive wins against Geelong (31 disposals), West Coast (31 disposals), Port Adelaide (26 disposals, 11 tackles), Collingwood (38 disposals), St Kilda (32 disposals, two goals) and Gold Coast (38 disposals, 15 inside 50s).

The 15 inside 50s against the Suns was the most by an Essendon player ever.

Last month Zaharakis signed a new four contract that will see him remain at the Club until at least 2021.

“David’s...


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Read more: Crichton Contenders: David Zaharakis

Bombers Brownlow guide

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Merrett Zach Merrett was dominant in the midfield this season, making him one of the favourites to take home the Crichton Medal.

The Bombers won't have a contender for the Brownlow with best chance star midfielder Zach Merrett serving a one-game suspension late in the year.

He was their leading hope, particularly after polling a team-high 19 votes last week.

The Brownlow Predictor expects Merrett to poll 18 votes this season, and 10 Bombers to receive votes across the season.

Best chance: Joe Daniher

With Merrett suspended during the season, Daniher becomes Essendon's best of its eligible players.

The star key forward had some brilliant games this season and should get best-afield nod in at least three games, including his five-goal hauls against Collingwood and Geelong.

Fast starter: Dyson Heppell

The new Essendon skipper returned to an AFL field for...


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Read more: Bombers Brownlow guide

Bombers Brownlow guide

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Merrett Zach Merrett was dominant in the midfield this season, making him one of the favourites to take home the Crichton Medal.

The Bombers won't have a contender for the Brownlow with best chance star midfielder Zach Merrett serving a one-game suspension late in the year.

He was their leading hope, particularly after polling a team-high 19 votes last week.

The Brownlow Predictor expects Merrett to poll 18 votes this season, and 10 Bombers to receive votes across the season.

Best chance: Joe Daniher

With Merrett suspended during the season, Daniher becomes Essendon's best of its eligible players.

The star key forward had some brilliant games this season and should get best-afield nod in at least three games, including his five-goal hauls against Collingwood and Geelong.

Fast starter: Dyson Heppell

The new Essendon skipper returned to an AFL field for...


Read full article on AFL Essendon AFLComAu


Read more: Bombers Brownlow guide

Bombers Brownlow guide

BTV: Crichton Contenders | Merrett Zach Merrett was dominant in the midfield this season, making him one of the favourites to take home the Crichton Medal.

The Bombers won't have a contender for the Brownlow with best chance star midfielder Zach Merrett serving a one-game suspension late in the year.

He was their leading hope, particularly after polling a team-high 19 votes last week.

The Brownlow Predictor expects Merrett to poll 18 votes this season, and 10 Bombers to receive votes across the season.

Best chance: Joe Daniher

With Merrett suspended during the season, Daniher becomes Essendon's best of its eligible players.

The star key forward had some brilliant games this season and should get best-afield nod in at least three games, including his five-goal hauls against Collingwood and Geelong.

Fast starter: Dyson Heppell

The new Essendon skipper returned to an AFL field for...


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Read more: Bombers Brownlow guide


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