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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

Best 22: Is this our 2018 team?

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The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

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General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch...


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Best 22: Is this our 2018 team?

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Best22_WebHero.jpg

The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

DEPTH

General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch...


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Thrilled to be a Don

BTV: Brandon Zerk-Thatcher Interview We caught up with Brandon Zerk-Thatcher to see what his first week at the club was like.

Draft night was described as an emotional yet exciting night for Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, which was spent with his family.

Zerk-Thatcher was drafted with pick 66 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following a strong season for Sturt Football Club in South Australia. 

"It was obviously really exciting but very emotional with family sitting around. I really enjoyed it and I'm very happy to be here." Zerk-Thatcher said.

Only a couple of days after being drafted, Zerk-Thatcher was on a plane with fellow draftee Jordan Houlahan, to begin pre-season at the Bombers.

After his first week at the Club, Zerk-Thatcher said the players had made an effort to make him feel welcome to the team.

"I'm staying with Orazio, he has been really good and made me feel welcome, so have a lot...


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Francis back in the fold

Essendon is confident it can get the best out of top draft pick Aaron Francis despite the defender failing in his bid to be traded back to South Australia.

The 20-year-old has played only five games for the Bombers since joining them as their prized pick No.6 selection at the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

Despite showing flashes of his talent in those games, Francis has struggled to reach the required fitness level to string together senior appearances and has also had injury concerns in his time at the club.

Last month he requested a trade back to one of the South Australian clubs to be closer to his family, but no deal was reached due to limited interest from the Crows and Port Adelaide.

Essendon coach John Worsfold said the Bombers welcomed Francis back into the fold after no trade went through and they believed he could still develop into a quality player.

"I said, '[We're] rapt to still...


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Francis back in the fold

Essendon is confident it can get the best out of top draft pick Aaron Francis despite the defender failing in his bid to be traded back to South Australia.

The 20-year-old has played only five games for the Bombers since joining them as their prized pick No.6 selection at the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

Despite showing flashes of his talent in those games, Francis has struggled to reach the required fitness level to string together senior appearances and has also had injury concerns in his time at the club.

Last month he requested a trade back to one of the South Australian clubs to be closer to his family, but no deal was reached due to limited interest from the Crows and Port Adelaide.

Essendon coach John Worsfold said the Bombers welcomed Francis back into the fold after no trade went through and they believed he could still develop into a quality player.

"I said, '[We're] rapt to still...


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Francis back in the fold

Essendon is confident it can get the best out of top draft pick Aaron Francis despite the defender failing in his bid to be traded back to South Australia.

The 20-year-old has played only five games for the Bombers since joining them as their prized pick No.6 selection at the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

Despite showing flashes of his talent in those games, Francis has struggled to reach the required fitness level to string together senior appearances and has also had injury concerns in his time at the club.

Last month he requested a trade back to one of the South Australian clubs to be closer to his family, but no deal was reached due to limited interest from the Crows and Port Adelaide.

Essendon coach John Worsfold said the Bombers welcomed Francis back into the fold after no trade went through and they believed he could still develop into a quality player.

"I said, '[We're] rapt to still...


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McGrath extends contract

BTV: McGrath says YESS Rising Star Andrew McGrath has re-signed with the club.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce, Andrew McGrath, has extended his contract with the Bombers for a further two years.

The new deal will see the Rising Star Don the Sash until the end of season 2020.

McGrath said he is thrilled to commit to the Club and is excited about what the future holds.

“My intentions were always to stay at Essendon, and to now announce that officially is something I am proud of,” McGrath said.

"I want to help lead the young boys, and show them the ropes first and foremost. I always want to get better every year I play, and that will be no different this season, so hopefully I can build on my game and take it to the next level.

“I believe we are building something really special here. We have a lot of young talent and experience on our list, we are really driving to...


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McGrath extends contract

BTV: McGrath says YESS Rising Star Andrew McGrath has re-signed with the club.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce, Andrew McGrath, has extended his contract with the Bombers for a further two years.

The new deal will see the Rising Star Don the Sash until the end of season 2020.

McGrath said he is thrilled to commit to the Club and is excited about what the future holds.

“My intentions were always to stay at Essendon, and to now announce that officially is something I am proud of,” McGrath said.

"I want to help lead the young boys, and show them the ropes first and foremost. I always want to get better every year I play, and that will be no different this season, so hopefully I can build on my game and take it to the next level.

“I believe we are building something really special here. We have a lot of young talent and experience on our list, we are really driving to...


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McGrath extends contract

BTV: McGrath says YESS Rising Star Andrew McGrath has re-signed with the club.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce, Andrew McGrath, has extended his contract with the Bombers for a further two years.

The new deal will see the Rising Star Don the Sash until the end of season 2020.

McGrath said he is thrilled to commit to the Club and is excited about what the future holds.

“My intentions were always to stay at Essendon, and to now announce that officially is something I am proud of,” McGrath said.

"I want to help lead the young boys, and show them the ropes first and foremost. I always want to get better every year I play, and that will be no different this season, so hopefully I can build on my game and take it to the next level.

“I believe we are building something really special here. We have a lot of young talent and experience on our list, we are really driving to...


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Dons tackle time trial

BTV: 2km Time Trial The players participated in the 2km time trial at Tullamarine.

Patrick Ambrose, Kobe Mutch and Dylan Clarke were among the star performers in Essendon’s first time-trial of the pre-season.

Players completed a 2km course around the grounds of Bomber Headquarters.

Mason Redman, Kyle Langford and David Zaharakis rounded out the top six, with Josh Begley and Martin Gleeson in equal seventh position.

The younger listed players shone, with five of the top seven under 22 years of age.

The boys ran in three groups, split up into forwards, midfielders and defenders.

Josh Begley was fastest for the forwards, Kobe Mutch finished first for the midfielders and defending champion of the 2km time trial, Patrick Ambrose, was the winner for the defenders.

Notable personal best times came from Patrick Ambrose, Dylan Clarke, Travis Colyer, Kyle Langford, Jake Long, Shaun McKernan...


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Dons tackle time trial

BTV: 2km Time Trial The players participated in the 2km time trial at Tullamarine.

Patrick Ambrose, Kobe Mutch and Dylan Clarke were among the star performers in Essendon’s first time-trial of the pre-season.

Players completed a 2km course around the grounds of Bomber Headquarters.

Mason Redman, Kyle Langford and David Zaharakis rounded out the top six, with Josh Begley and Martin Gleeson in equal seventh position.

The younger listed players shone, with five of the top seven under 22 years of age.

The boys ran in three groups, split up into forwards, midfielders and defenders.

Josh Begley was fastest for the forwards, Kobe Mutch finished first for the midfielders and defending champion of the 2km time trial, Patrick Ambrose, was the winner for the defenders.

Notable personal best times came from Patrick Ambrose, Dylan Clarke, Travis Colyer, Kyle Langford, Jake Long, Shaun McKernan...


Read full article on AFL Essendon AFLComAu


Read more: Dons tackle time trial

Dons tackle time trial

BTV: 2km Time Trial The players participated in the 2km time trial at Tullamarine.

Patrick Ambrose, Kobe Mutch and Dylan Clarke were among the star performers in Essendon’s first time-trial of the pre-season.

Players completed a 2km course around the grounds of Bomber Headquarters.

Mason Redman, Kyle Langford and David Zaharakis rounded out the top six, with Josh Begley and Martin Gleeson in equal seventh position.

The younger listed players shone, with five of the top seven under 22 years of age.

The boys ran in three groups, split up into forwards, midfielders and defenders.

Josh Begley was fastest for the forwards, Kobe Mutch finished first for the midfielders and defending champion of the 2km time trial, Patrick Ambrose, was the winner for the defenders.

Notable personal best times came from Patrick Ambrose, Dylan Clarke, Travis Colyer, Kyle Langford, Jake Long, Shaun McKernan...


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Lavender puts down roots

BTV: Luke Lavender Interview We caught up with Luke Lavender after his first month at the club.

After a month at the Essendon Football Club, new recruit, Luke Lavender, has found his feet in the world of AFL.

Drafted as a Category B Rookie, Lavender left Premier Cricket in South Australia to pursue a career in football with the Bombers. 

Lavender said he is enjoying the challenges of the transition.

“It’s a different game, there is a lot more running than cricket but my body is starting to get up to the standard that I need to be at. I should be all good by the start of the season,” Lavender said.  

“Over the preseason I want to build up my muscle, I’ve been doing a lot of weights recently and will continue working on that.

“I’ve been training with Hurley and doing a lot of bike work with him, he’s been really good to me.

“I’m travelling pretty well and getting nice and fit with...


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Lavender puts down roots

BTV: Luke Lavender Interview We caught up with Luke Lavender after his first month at the club.

After a month at the Essendon Football Club, new recruit, Luke Lavender, has found his feet in the world of AFL.

Drafted as a Category B Rookie, Lavender left Premier Cricket in South Australia to pursue a career in football with the Bombers. 

Lavender said he is enjoying the challenges of the transition.

“It’s a different game, there is a lot more running than cricket but my body is starting to get up to the standard that I need to be at. I should be all good by the start of the season,” Lavender said.  

“Over the preseason I want to build up my muscle, I’ve been doing a lot of weights recently and will continue working on that.

“I’ve been training with Hurley and doing a lot of bike work with him, he’s been really good to me.

“I’m travelling pretty well and getting nice and fit with...


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Read more: Lavender puts down roots

Lavender puts down roots

BTV: Luke Lavender Interview We caught up with Luke Lavender after his first month at the club.

After a month at the Essendon Football Club, new recruit, Luke Lavender, has found his feet in the world of AFL.

Drafted as a Category B Rookie, Lavender left Premier Cricket in South Australia to pursue a career in football with the Bombers. 

Lavender said he is enjoying the challenges of the transition.

“It’s a different game, there is a lot more running than cricket but my body is starting to get up to the standard that I need to be at. I should be all good by the start of the season,” Lavender said.  

“Over the preseason I want to build up my muscle, I’ve been doing a lot of weights recently and will continue working on that.

“I’ve been training with Hurley and doing a lot of bike work with him, he’s been really good to me.

“I’m travelling pretty well and getting nice and fit with...


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Houlahan's pre-season focus

BTV: Jordan Houlahan Interview We spoke to Jordan Houlahan to see how he's settled in to the club.

Draftee, Jordan Houlahan, will focus on his endurance and increasing muscle mass throughout Essendon’s 2018 pre-season.

The 18 year old was selected by the Bombers in last week’s 2017 NAB AFL Draft with pick 49.

Two days later, the South Australian was on a plane to Melbourne to join his teammates at training. Less than a week in, he was put to the test in a 2km time trial.

“It’s been a good first week, there are a lot of names and things to learn but I’ve taken it in my stride and it’s been really good,” Houlahan said.

“It was a really good time trial. I struggle a little bit with the running side so that is one area for improvement. All the boys did alright in it so that was good.

“In the preseason I will need to put on a little bit of size and focus on my running.”

Houlahan said...


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Houlahan's pre-season focus

BTV: Jordan Houlahan Interview We spoke to Jordan Houlahan to see how he's settled in to the club.

Draftee, Jordan Houlahan, will focus on his endurance and increasing muscle mass throughout Essendon’s 2018 pre-season.

The 18 year old was selected by the Bombers in last week’s 2017 NAB AFL Draft with pick 49.

Two days later, the South Australian was on a plane to Melbourne to join his teammates at training. Less than a week in, he was put to the test in a 2km time trial.

“It’s been a good first week, there are a lot of names and things to learn but I’ve taken it in my stride and it’s been really good,” Houlahan said.

“It was a really good time trial. I struggle a little bit with the running side so that is one area for improvement. All the boys did alright in it so that was good.

“In the preseason I will need to put on a little bit of size and focus on my running.”

Houlahan said...


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Houlahan's pre-season focus

BTV: Jordan Houlahan Interview We spoke to Jordan Houlahan to see how he's settled in to the club.

Draftee, Jordan Houlahan, will focus on his endurance and increasing muscle mass throughout Essendon’s 2018 pre-season.

The 18 year old was selected by the Bombers in last week’s 2017 NAB AFL Draft with pick 49.

Two days later, the South Australian was on a plane to Melbourne to join his teammates at training. Less than a week in, he was put to the test in a 2km time trial.

“It’s been a good first week, there are a lot of names and things to learn but I’ve taken it in my stride and it’s been really good,” Houlahan said.

“It was a really good time trial. I struggle a little bit with the running side so that is one area for improvement. All the boys did alright in it so that was good.

“In the preseason I will need to put on a little bit of size and focus on my running.”

Houlahan said...


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Club Committed to Women and Future Stars

Essendon Chairman, Lindsay Tanner, says the Club’s recent financial result will allow it to increase investment across its football programs.

Building a strong and viable VFLW team is a vital stepping stone in the Club’s commitment to securing an AFLW licence. 

Speaking at the 2017 Members Forum, Tanner said the VFLW program would be a key focus moving forward in 2018.

“We will continue to invest in women’s football, and build the pathway for us, and next week marks the first official training session for our VFLW team,” Tanner said.

“Make no mistake, this is a historic moment for our club. We will watch their progress with interest over the summer, and we look forward to watching the VFLW team run out for their first match in the famous red sash.

Tanner has also placed the Club’s Next Generation Academy zones high on the agenda, to ensure talented players from the Club’s heartland...


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Club Committed to Women and Future Stars

Essendon Chairman, Lindsay Tanner, says the Club’s recent financial result will allow it to increase investment across its football programs.

Building a strong and viable VFLW team is a vital stepping stone in the Club’s commitment to securing an AFLW licence. 

Speaking at the 2017 Members Forum, Tanner said the VFLW program would be a key focus moving forward in 2018.

“We will continue to invest in women’s football, and build the pathway for us, and next week marks the first official training session for our VFLW team,” Tanner said.

“Make no mistake, this is a historic moment for our club. We will watch their progress with interest over the summer, and we look forward to watching the VFLW team run out for their first match in the famous red sash.

Tanner has also placed the Club’s Next Generation Academy zones high on the agenda, to ensure talented players from the Club’s heartland...


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