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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

'I think what I was, was really honest with myself'

The now-retired 32-year-old captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015, but coach John Worsfold handed the role to Dyson Heppell this season after Brendon Goddard had stepped in for the 2016 campaign.

He told Exclusive Insight that he held it together to remain as captain and provide support for teammates because it was "the right thing to do". 

"I really knew I didn't want to be the captain anymore, because I just didn’t want to have to handle all those responsibilities," Watson said.

"When I was going through it, it was really tough, but I thought, 'I've just got to keep going'.

"It's really important the person they look to, in a sense of leadership, doesn't just give up and still keeps guiding and keeps helping and is their person they can rely on." 

Watson, who remained in the Bombers' leadership group in what was the final season of his 220-game career, said the inner drive to be...


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USA Trip 2017

Over the off-season, AFL players are known for travelling worldwide to many destinations for leisure and sightseeing.

Some of our young players including Jake Long, Jayden Laverde, Josh Green, Kyle Langford, Martin Gleeson, Michael Hartley and Patrick Ambrose accompanied by Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Turk, used their time to travel across the United States visiting professional sporting teams and completing a training program. 

The teams they visited included the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bulks, Oklahoma State Football (College), Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards.

We caught up with Josh Green, Kyle Langford, Martin Gleeson and Michael Hartley to hear about their experience, key learnings and meeting some of the NBA and NFL stars in the States. 

What have you enjoyed most about your trip?

Gleeson: Doing a warm up with the Wizards and...


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USA Trip 2017

Over the off-season, AFL players are known for travelling worldwide to many destinations for leisure and sightseeing.

Some of our young players including Jake Long, Jayden Laverde, Josh Green, Kyle Langford, Martin Gleeson, Michael Hartley and Patrick Ambrose accompanied by Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Turk, used their time to travel across the United States visiting professional sporting teams and completing a training program. 

The teams they visited included the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bulks, Oklahoma State Football (College), Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards.

We caught up with Josh Green, Kyle Langford, Martin Gleeson and Michael Hartley to hear about their experience, key learnings and meeting some of the NBA and NFL stars in the States. 

What have you enjoyed most about your trip?

Gleeson: Doing a warm up with the Wizards and...


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Dons set the bar high

BTV: Andrew McGrath Media Conference - Nov 13 Andrew McGrath spoke to the media at the Club on the first day of pre-season training.

Essendon young gun Andy McGrath is confident the Bombers will use the 2017 finals loss as motivation over the pre-season.

The 19 year old returned to training this morning with first to fourth year players ahead of a training camp in the Northern Territory.

“We haven’t spoken about it formally but the feeling around the group is that we want to go better than we did last year,” McGrath said.

“We know what it takes now to play finals footy. It was a disappointing loss at the end of last season but we got a taste of it and our young players got a feel of how hard it is and how hard we need to train - I think that will come through in our pre-season.

“We know how close we are but then again how far we are away from going deep into the finals, and that’s...


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Dons set the bar high

BTV: Andrew McGrath Media Conference - Nov 13 Andrew McGrath spoke to the media at the Club on the first day of pre-season training.

Essendon young gun Andy McGrath is confident the Bombers will use the 2017 finals loss as motivation over the pre-season.

The 19 year old returned to training this morning with first to fourth year players ahead of a training camp in the Northern Territory.

“We haven’t spoken about it formally but the feeling around the group is that we want to go better than we did last year,” McGrath said.

“We know what it takes now to play finals footy. It was a disappointing loss at the end of last season but we got a taste of it and our young players got a feel of how hard it is and how hard we need to train - I think that will come through in our pre-season.

“We know how close we are but then again how far we are away from going deep into the finals, and that’s...


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Dons set the bar high

BTV: Andrew McGrath Media Conference - Nov 13 Andrew McGrath spoke to the media at the Club on the first day of pre-season training.

Essendon young gun Andy McGrath is confident the Bombers will use the 2017 finals loss as motivation over the pre-season.

The 19 year old returned to training this morning with first to fourth year players ahead of a training camp in the Northern Territory.

“We haven’t spoken about it formally but the feeling around the group is that we want to go better than we did last year,” McGrath said.

“We know what it takes now to play finals footy. It was a disappointing loss at the end of last season but we got a taste of it and our young players got a feel of how hard it is and how hard we need to train - I think that will come through in our pre-season.

“We know how close we are but then again how far we are away from going deep into the finals, and that’s...


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'It will be a big focus for me this pre-season'

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Darcy Parish is focusing on his aerobic ability this pre-season

Essendon young gun Darcy Parish plans to take his running capacity to a new level this pre-season in a bid to keep pace with the competition's best midfielders.

The No.5 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft has racked up 40 games in his first two seasons, but admits he was found wanting on occasion.

"Probably for me it's that repeat effort, aerobic running (that I need to work on most)," Parish told RSN927.

"It really does test me at AFL level, getting from contest to contest, so it was a big focus for me over the break to work on and it will be a big focus for me this pre-season.

"You see some of the greats of the game, how they work, and you get to play alongside some of them, like Danger (Patrick Dangerfield) and (Joel) Selwood and the likes of these guys."

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'It will be a big focus for me this pre-season'

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Darcy Parish is focusing on his aerobic ability this pre-season

Essendon young gun Darcy Parish plans to take his running capacity to a new level this pre-season in a bid to keep pace with the competition's best midfielders.

The No.5 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft has racked up 40 games in his first two seasons, but admits he was found wanting on occasion.

"Probably for me it's that repeat effort, aerobic running (that I need to work on most)," Parish told RSN927.

"It really does test me at AFL level, getting from contest to contest, so it was a big focus for me over the break to work on and it will be a big focus for me this pre-season.

"You see some of the greats of the game, how they work, and you get to play alongside some of them, like Danger (Patrick Dangerfield) and (Joel) Selwood and the likes of these guys."

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'I'll move into the midfield development group'

BTV: Andrew McGrath Media Conference - Nov 13 Andrew McGrath spoke to the media at the Club on the first day of pre-season training.

Essendon is set to unleash young gun Andy McGrath through the midfield in 2018 as it looks to make the most of a stellar off-season.

The Bombers traded for Jake Stringer, Adam Saad and Devon Smith, with Saad training on Monday as the first-to-fourth year players sweated it out on a warm November day at Tullamarine. 

With the former Sun set to be deployed across half-back, McGrath will be allowed to be released as an onballer. 

"I played the last four or so games in the midfield last year, so I assume I'll move into the midfield development group and divisional group," McGrath told reporters. 

"I'll do a lot of my craft and skill work with the mids and whether I play there round one, I'm not really sure yet, but we'll see." 

The 2016 No.1 draft pick...


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'I'll move into the midfield development group'

BTV: Andrew McGrath Media Conference - Nov 13 Andrew McGrath spoke to the media at the Club on the first day of pre-season training.

Essendon is set to unleash young gun Andy McGrath through the midfield in 2018 as it looks to make the most of a stellar off-season.

The Bombers traded for Jake Stringer, Adam Saad and Devon Smith, with Saad training on Monday as the first-to-fourth year players sweated it out on a warm November day at Tullamarine. 

With the former Sun set to be deployed across half-back, McGrath will be allowed to be released as an onballer. 

"I played the last four or so games in the midfield last year, so I assume I'll move into the midfield development group and divisional group," McGrath told reporters. 

"I'll do a lot of my craft and skill work with the mids and whether I play there round one, I'm not really sure yet, but we'll see." 

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Rite of Passage camp

BTV: NT Training Camp insight Justin Crow provides some insight into the NT Training Camp for the first to fourth year players.

Essendon’s first to fourth year players will head to the Northern Territory on Monday evening for the Club’s bi-annual ‘Rite of Passage’ camp.

The players will travel to Darwin and the Bombers Next Generation Academy zones in West Arnhem Land and Tiwi Islands as part of the weeklong visit to the top end.

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said the camp provided a number of opportunities for the Club’s younger players.

“The Rite of Passage Camp involves cultural learning and awareness, history of the club and its relationship with the Tiwi Islands and communities in Darwin, some footy work and some other educational pieces,” Worsfold said.

“The key benefits are that they don’t have the older players around them, so they have to now show their own...


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Rite of Passage camp

BTV: NT Training Camp insight Justin Crow provides some insight into the NT Training Camp for the first to fourth year players.

Essendon’s first to fourth year players will head to the Northern Territory on Monday evening for the Club’s bi-annual ‘Rite of Passage’ camp.

The players will travel to Darwin and the Bombers Next Generation Academy zones in West Arnhem Land and Tiwi Islands as part of the weeklong visit to the top end.

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said the camp provided a number of opportunities for the Club’s younger players.

“The Rite of Passage Camp involves cultural learning and awareness, history of the club and its relationship with the Tiwi Islands and communities in Darwin, some footy work and some other educational pieces,” Worsfold said.

“The key benefits are that they don’t have the older players around them, so they have to now show their own...


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Francis' red hot start

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Aaron Francis breaks a tackle during Essendon's training session.

There was plenty to excite Essendon fans on day one of pre-season, none more than the promise shown by former No.6 draft pick Aaron Francis.

In a training drill, Francis was taken to ground, but it was only momentary reward for the tackler. The South Australian burst free, sprang to his feet, escaped another tackle and moved the footy on.

It was a sight to elate Bombers fans. Their highly touted prospect, who last month sought a return to his home state, has yet to deliver on his immense potential.

Alas, it was only day one of pre-season, rather than an actual game, but it was perhaps a sign of things to come.

There were similar promising signs everywhere.

The man drafted one spot before Francis – Darcy Parish, at No.5 in 2015 – looked bulked up. Andy McGrath was as cool and composed as ever and Anthony...


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Francis' red hot start

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Aaron Francis breaks a tackle during Essendon's training session.

There was plenty to excite Essendon fans on day one of pre-season, none more than the promise shown by former No.6 draft pick Aaron Francis.

In a training drill, Francis was taken to ground, but it was only momentary reward for the tackler. The South Australian burst free, sprang to his feet, escaped another tackle and moved the footy on.

It was a sight to elate Bombers fans. Their highly touted prospect, who last month sought a return to his home state, has yet to deliver on his immense potential.

Alas, it was only day one of pre-season, rather than an actual game, but it was perhaps a sign of things to come.

There were similar promising signs everywhere.

The man drafted one spot before Francis – Darcy Parish, at No.5 in 2015 – looked bulked up. Andy McGrath was as cool and composed as ever and Anthony...


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Everything you need to know about the International Rules Series

The 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series will be a close contest if past results are anything to go by.

Ireland holds a narrow 21-17 advantage over Australia in the 40 previous international rules matches between the two countries since 1984.

There have also been two draws.

Ireland have been the dominant side in the past six years, losing just one of the past seven Tests since 2011.

That has helped the Irish take a 10-9 series lead, with Australia looking to win their first two-Test series since 2010.

Of the 40 matches between Australia and Ireland, 21 have been decided by less than 10 points, with two being decided by a solitary point.

The opening Test will be played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, before the series shifts to Perth's Domain Stadium on November 18.

Scoring in international rules games is slightly different to Australian football.

Goals are still worth six...


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VFL Football Department

BTV: VFL | New look coaching group We caught up with VFL Coach Dan Jordan to chat about the new faces in the VFL coaching team.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Cam Micallef, Nick Daffy and Ben Patrick will join the VFL Football Department for season 2018.

Micallef joins the Bombers as Strength and Conditioning Coach, while Daffy and Patrick have been appointed Assistant Coaches.

For the last three seasons, Micallef has managed the Williamstown Football Club High Performance Program. He is currently the Physical Prep and Injury Management Advisor with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), where he manages operational Fire Fighters to help them achieve optimal physical preparation and reconditioning following an injury.

VFL Head Coach, Dan Jordan, said Micallef’s accomplishments in football, make him a handy inclusion to Essendon’s VFL side. 

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VFL Football Department

BTV: VFL | New look coaching group We caught up with VFL Coach Dan Jordan to chat about the new faces in the VFL coaching team.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Cam Micallef, Nick Daffy and Ben Patrick will join the VFL Football Department for season 2018.

Micallef joins the Bombers as Strength and Conditioning Coach, while Daffy and Patrick have been appointed Assistant Coaches.

For the last three seasons, Micallef has managed the Williamstown Football Club High Performance Program. He is currently the Physical Prep and Injury Management Advisor with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), where he manages operational Fire Fighters to help them achieve optimal physical preparation and reconditioning following an injury.

VFL Head Coach, Dan Jordan, said Micallef’s accomplishments in football, make him a handy inclusion to Essendon’s VFL side. 

“Cam had some really good...


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Josh Green signs on

BTV: Josh Green re-signs Some highlights from Josh Green's 2017 season.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce, Josh Green, will Don the Sash in 2018.

Green played 17 games for the Bombers this year, before injuring his foot in round 22 against Gold Coast.

Green said he is thrilled to continue with the Club for an additional year.

“I’m really thankful to Essendon for the opportunity they have given me,” Green said.

“I believe we have an exciting group of youth and experience, and if we put our heads down and work hard, success will follow.

“I’m excited to get stuck into training and continue striving towards achieving our team’s goals in the 2018 season.”

After seven years in the AFL system, Green has taken his career total to 98 games (81 with Brisbane).

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Green adds another dimension to the Dons forward line.

“Josh worked really well in our...


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Josh Green signs on

BTV: Josh Green re-signs Some highlights from Josh Green's 2017 season.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce, Josh Green, will Don the Sash in 2018.

Green played 17 games for the Bombers this year, before injuring his foot in round 22 against Gold Coast.

Green said he is thrilled to continue with the Club for an additional year.

“I’m really thankful to Essendon for the opportunity they have given me,” Green said.

“I believe we have an exciting group of youth and experience, and if we put our heads down and work hard, success will follow.

“I’m excited to get stuck into training and continue striving towards achieving our team’s goals in the 2018 season.”

After seven years in the AFL system, Green has taken his career total to 98 games (81 with Brisbane).

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Green adds another dimension to the Dons forward line.

“Josh worked really well in our...


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Goddard to Don the gloves

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Brendon Goddard will don the goalkeeper's gloves.

Essendon veteran Brendon Goddard has confirmed he will don the goalkeeper's gloves for Sunday's first Test of the International Rules Series against Ireland. 

The 32-year-old had been widely tipped to take on the responsibility, but the late addition to the squad of North Melbourne defender Robbie Tarrant made the decision more difficult for Australian coach Chris Scott. 

Goddard will take the goalkeeping reins from Bombers champion Dustin Fletcher, who had the role for more than a decade before hanging up the boots at the end of 2015.

"I've got the gloves in the bag," Goddard said.

"It's something a little bit foreign to me, with Fletch being the number one goalie for a couple of years. I don't quite have the Gadget-like reach that Fletcher's had in the past.

"He texted me the other day asking me if I had the tee that we are allowed...


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