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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

Rd 16: Team of the Week

BTV: RD 16 | Lucas' Review Scott Lucas reviews our Round 16 win over Collingwood.

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NEVILLE JETTA (Melbourne): Continued his run of impressive performances in defence with 14 disposals at 92 per cent efficiency and five marks. Most importantly, his vital spoil and second effort helped Melbourne cling on to victory in the dying minutes of the game. 

JAKE LEVER (Adelaide): Showcased some elite decision-making when it came to helping out his fellow defenders. Finished with 22 touches, 11 marks and eight one-percenters.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide): The consistent backman was typically efficient with the footy as he notched up 32 disposals, 12 marks and 651m gained.

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CONNOR BLAKELY (Fremantle): Coming off a club-imposed ban after going for a surf, the youngster played as a loose man down back and collected 32 disposals, 12 marks and seven rebound-50s.

MICHAEL HURLEY (Essendon): Missing all...


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Dons consider Begley debut

BTV: John Worsfold Media Conference - July 11 Woosha spoke to the media at the Club.

Essendon will consider blooding forward Josh Begley for a debut against St Kilda on Friday night as the Bombers sharpen their tilt for a return to the finals.

Begley has been on the cusp of senior selection for several weeks, including being an emergency, without being able to break through for his first AFL game.

Coach John Worsfold said the 19-year-old, who is nicknamed 'Fridge' for his solid build, would again be close to selection for the Etihad Stadium clash between the two top-eight aspirants.

"I've been thinking about [bringing Begley in] for a while, so absolutely we'll think about it again," Worsfold said on Tuesday.

"That will depend on how everyone else has pulled up from last week and whether we want to make any changes going into this game. I'm really keen to see him get an...


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Rd 12: Pushing for a call-up

BTV: VFL RD 12 | Highlights Highlights of our Round 12 VFL win over North Ballarat.

Essendon VFL has moved into seventh place on the ladder after a 54 point win over North Ballarat on Sunday.

A number of the players are pushing for senior selection after displaying promising performances.

Here are the contenders after round 12.

Jayden Laverde

Laverde was impressive in the forward line. In just his second game back from injury, he booted three goals for the Bombers.

He finished with 23 disposals, eight marks and one tackle.

The 21 year old is quickly getting back to his best after missing the first half of the season with injury.

Heath Hocking

Hocking has been a standout in the midfield in all of his appearances in the VFL.

On Sunday he finished with 22 disposals, eight tackles, three marks and he also ran forward to kick a goal.

This is the fourth time from his last five games...


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Injury update - July 11

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - July 11 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

Michael Hartley and Zach Merrett are available for Friday night’s clash, Patrick Ambrose could return next week but there is uncertainty surrounding Ben McNiece.

That’s the snapshot from this week’s injury update following wins against Collingwood and North Ballarat on the weekend.

Merrett underwent a concussion test in the rooms after he was assisted from the field following a collision with Magpie Levi Greenwood.

He passed that test and returned to the field as the Dons went on to win by 37 points.

“Zach has pulled up really well from the game, he’s got no symptoms or issues that we can detect,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“He trained well today and he’ll be available this week.”

Hartley suffered a corked thigh during the win over Collingwood. He got through the game and also trained...


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Leading from the front

BTV: RD 16 | Lucas' Review Scott Lucas reviews our Round 16 win over Collingwood.

He laid the platform early in the week and then delivered on match day.

That’s Essendon champion Scott Lucas’ assessment of Dyson Heppell’s leadership following the loss to Brisbane.

Heppell said the team played ‘a selfish game’ against the Lions but added ‘we're going to bounce back’.

And the Captain led from the front as the side did just that against Collingwood.

“It was a strong week from a young leader,” Lucas said.

“He came out early in the week and spoke about the selfishness in the loss to the Lions.

“Clearly he was very firm and would have addressed the group.

“Then to come out and lead from the front with such an important game from him as Captain just says a lot about him as a young leader.”

Heppell picked up 32 possessions, took four marks, had four clearances, three tackles and five...


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Stats that matter v Pies

BTV: RD 16 | Lucas' Review Scott Lucas reviews our Round 16 win over Collingwood.

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In the first 22 seconds of the final quarter Zach Merrett had three possessions and kicked the goal that broke the Magpies back.

Essendon entered the final quarter with a lead of 23 points. The first goal was of the last term was crucial.

Merrett had spent most of the third quarter on the bench undergoing medical assessment following the incident with Levi Greenwood.

Despite the lengthy time on the bench, Merrett still collected 25 disposals and had six tackles and six inside 50s.

117

The Dons registered their third highest score of the season against the Pies. Ten individual goal kickers were among the final score of 18.9.117, led by Orazio Fantasia who finished with five goals.

This was the eighth time the Bombers have scored more than 100 points in a match this season. That’s just one shy of...


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The run home - July 10

1. Adelaide

44 points (11 wins, four losses) 139 per cent
The Crows ticked a few boxes on Friday night, cementing themselves in the top three and adding a few percentage points to boot. Now it is about finishing in the top two and they’ll do themselves an enormous boost by beating Geelong at home in a fortnight in what is effectively an eight-point game. First comes Melbourne in Darwin where, thanks to the AFLW premiership, the Crows hope to have most of the home town support.

The run home
Rd 17: Melbourne (TIO Stadium)
Rd 18: Geelong (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 19: Collingwood (MCG)
Rd 20: Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 21: Essendon (Etihad Stadium)
Rd 22: Sydney (Adelaide Oval)
Rd 23: West Coast (Domain Stadium)

2. Greater Western Sydney

44 points (10 wins, three losses, two draws) 117.8 per cent
The first team in 96 years to play in consecutive draws, that’s a piece of history the Giants will...


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Rd 12: VFL gallery v North Ballarat

Here are some of the best shots from Essendon VFL's 54 point win over North Ballarat on Sunday. 

The win moves the Bombers into seventh place on the VFL ladder.

Photos by Ben Johnstone.

James Ferry was great in defence, stopping the Roosters run forward on multiple occasions. He finished with 16 disposals and nine marks.

Kieran Strachan debuted for the Dons on Sunday. He took eight marks, laid four tackles and finished with 16 disposals.

Kobe Mutch was again impressive for the Bombers, he collected 23 disposals, five marks and laid four tackles.

Logan Morey debuted for Essendon VFL, he finished with 10 disposals, four marks and three tackles.

In his second game back Jayden Laverde was impressive with 23 disposals, eight marks and one tackle. He booted three goals for the Dons.

Ben Howlett dominated against North Ballarat. The midfielder finished with 28 disposals, seven marks,...


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Veteran Don's leading role

BTV: RD 16 | John Worsfold post-game Woosha spoke the media after the win.

John Worsfold will wait until later in the year before asking Essendon veteran James Kelly if he is keen to play on next season as the former Cat continues his excellent form for the Bombers.

Kelly was one of Essendon's best players in its 37-point win over Collingwood on Saturday, finishing with 32 disposals and seven tackles in an important role in the Bombers' back half.

The three-time Geelong premiership player retired in 2015 before returning to football as one of the Bombers' 'top-ups' last season to cover for their banned senior players.

He finished equal runner-up in the best and fairest last year and, although he has indicated it's unlikely he plays on in 2018, his form would suggest he is capable.

Worsfold said he's in no rush to gauge the 33-year-old's thoughts, but that it would be a topic...


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Parish embraces forward thinking

BTV: RD 16 | Darcy Parish post-game We caught up with the young midfielder after the game.

Darcy Parish says spending more time in the forward line is helping develop his overall game. 

The 19 year old was used across half forward against Collingwood but still found plenty of the ball in the 37-point win.

He finished with 28 disposals, ten marks and four inside 50s.

“I’m playing a different role up forward a bit just to improve my game and learn new aspects of my game as well,” he said after the match.

The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Bombers and saw the side move to tenth spot on the ladder ahead of a clash with St Kilda on Friday night.

Essendon had more of the ball (438-375) against Collingwood, won the clearances (37-29) and contested possession (143-130) but the inside 50s were almost even (54-53).

Parish said a strong week on the training track and the...


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Fantasia dazzles for Dons

BTV: RD 16 | Orazio Fantasia post-game We caught up with Raz after his five goal haul at the MCG.

A five-goal performance from Orazio Fantasia has led Essendon to an important 37-point win over Collingwood.

The Magpies kicked the opening two goals and dominated the early exchanges but from midway through the first quarter the Bombers took control.

At half time the margin was 27 points and despite the Pies drawing within 15 points midway through the third term, the Bombers were more efficient and able to find the steadying goal when needed.

Fantasia said despite leading for most of the match, there are plenty of areas the Bombers can improve.

“Obviously there were a few patches where we didn’t play our best footy – the first ten minutes of the first quarter and the first ten minutes of the second quarter as well,” Fantasia said.

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Bellchambers sets the tone

BTV: RD 16 | Every Goal - First Half Every EFC goal from the first half of our win over Collingwood.

Essendon ruckman Tom Bellchambers wanted to set the tone from the first bounce at the MCG on Saturday.

He delivered.

Having played in just one win in his six games this season and been involved in the past two fade-outs, he knew it was time to respond.

"As a big man in the middle of the ground you really need to take it upon yourself, so I thought I had to start well and get the boys to follow me," Bellchambers told AFL.com.au.

He won the second clearance of the game with his follow-up work and set a platform.

Soon after Joe Daniher went into the centre bounce to give the Bombers two centre clearances to help them kick two goals, and the midfield group was on their way.

Bellchambers put a tap down Jobe Watson's throat and then kicked the Bombers' fourth and fifth goals to set up a...


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Dons fly the flag

BTV: RD 16 | Dyson Heppell post-game We caught up with the captain after the game.

Dyson Heppell says he’s proud of the way his team responded when Zach Merrett was felled in a collision with Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood.

Merrett was assisted from the field seven minutes into the third term and several teammates immediately remonstrated with Greenwood as the game threatened to boilover.

The Magpies kicked three quick goals to cut the margin to 15 points but the Dons responded with seven of the last 11 goals to run out 37-point winners.

“I think it’s important to fly the flag for your teammates but it was important not to get carried away in the push and shove,” Heppell said.

“We took our fury out on the contest … that’s where we got on top.

“Throughout that period it was quite important for us to put the foot down.”

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Rd 12: VFL Match report v NB

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Essendon VFL has claimed a 54 point victory over North Ballarat. Photo by Ben Johnstone

Esssendon VFL has claimed a 54 point victory over North Ballarat at Eureka Stadium. The win moves the Dons into seventh place on the ladder.

Nick O’Brien was the major ball winner of the day, he finished with 33 disposals, six marks and three tackles.

Jayden Laverde and Jackson Merrett both kicked three goals each for the Dons.

It was a tough start to the game, with the Roosters taking an eight point lead at quarter time.

The Bombers stepped it up in the final five minutes of the first half, kicking two consecutive goals to go into the major break with a six point lead.

Essendon started the third quarter well, kicking six goals to North Ballarat’s two. From there the Dons were able to control the remainder of the game and come away with a 54 point win.

Essendon 14.16.100
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Dons on the rebound

BTV: RD 16 | John Worsfold post-game Woosha spoke the media after the win.

Essendon Coach John Worsfold says he was unfazed by Collingwood’s bright start to the match against the Bombers.

The Pies kicked the opening two goals of the game and dominated the possession (62-35) and marks (23-3) throughout that period.

But Worsfold said the weight of possession didn’t translate into dangerous forward 50 entries.

“We knew Collingwood were going to use the ball short – I think maybe seven or eight of their early uncontested marks didn’t really move the ball anywhere,” Worsfold said.

“They went back, sideways and then came back and ended up almost at the same point.

“We weren’t really concerned about that, we don’t really count that as them 'controlling the ball'.

“When they went forward a couple of times too easily early, we addressed that with the players and I thought they got on top...


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Francis in fine form

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Aaron Francis impressed in the Dons win over North Ballarat.

Performance Coach Dan Jordan says Aaron Francis is ‘knocking on the door’ for senior selection after another impressive performance in Essendon VFL’s 54 point win over North Ballarat.

Francis finished with 13 disposals, four marks and laid one tackle.

“He has had two positive weeks in defence. He is defending well but also reading the ball well and giving us some intercept marks but still being really accountable on his man,” Jordan said.

“He just has to wait for an opportunity to open up in the seniors, hopefully over the next couple of weeks one does, but if not he should continue to play consistent footy at this level.

“He is certainly putting his best foot forward in regards to breaking into the side.”

Shaun Mckernan was another strong performer for the Dons, he finished with 16 disposals, three marks and two...


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Talking points v Pies

BTV: RD 16 | Every Goal - Second Half Every EFC goal from the second half of our win over the Pies.

Don’t poke the Bear

With the season on the line for two of football’s fiercest rivals, tensions were bound to boil over at some point. And that moment came early in the third term when Levi Greenwood collected Zach Merrett. 

Greenwood had been running with Merrett throughout the match. Merrett was taken from the field but returned later in the quarter and set up a crucial goal at the start of the last term.  He finished with 25 possessions, six tackles and two goals.

Essendon’s players were clearly unimpressed by the incident and immediately remonstrated with Greenwood. The incident sparked a series of aftershocks. Michael Hurley swung Greenwood over the boundary line a short time later. Collingwood Captain Scott Pendlebury took exception, but the man they call the ‘Bear’ returned...


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The Final Word: Pies v Dons

BTV: RD 16 | Lucas' Preview Scott Lucas previews our match against Collingwood.

Essendon will go in unchanged from the 22 selected on Thursday night, but there is a late withdrawal for Collingwood.

Defender Jeremy Howe has been replaced in the Magpies' line-up by Matt Scharenberg.

Howe has averaged 21 disposals and nine marks a game this year and controlled the back half. 

LATE CHANGES
Collingwood: 
Jeremy Howe (calf) replaced in the selected side by Matt Scharenberg

Essendon: Nil

FINAL INTERCHANGES
Collingwood: Adam Treloar, Tom Langdon, Taylor Adams, Josh Thomas
Essendon: David Myers, Travis Colyer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Conor McKenna

Selected sides

Essendon 

In: David Myers

Out: Kyle Langford

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath

HB: Brendon Goddard, Michael Hurley, James Kelly

C: Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell, Martin Gleeson

HF: Orazio Fantasia, Cale Hooker, Darcy...


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The Snapshot: Pies v Dons

BTV: RD 16 | Lucas' Preview Scott Lucas previews our match against Collingwood.

Bitter rivals will square off in a crucial clash at the MCG when the Bombers take on Collingwood on Saturday.

Essendon welcomes back David Myers after a stint in the VFL, while Travis Varcoe and Ben Reid are back for the Magpies.

The Dons are two games out of the top eight after losing their last two matche while the Pies have dropped their last three to sit in 15th spot on the ladder.

Click here to read Robert Shaw's match preview.

The weather:

Showers developing, most likely in the evening, and a top of 14.

The history:

R5, 2017, Essendon 15.10 (100) d Collingwood 11.16 (82) at the MCG
R5, 2016, Collingwood 22.10 (142) d Essendon 11.7 (73) at the MCG
R23, 2015, Essendon 14.11 (95) d Collingwood 14.8 (92) at the MCG
R4, 2015, Collingwood 9.15 (69) d Essendon 6.13 (49) at the MCG
R17, 2014, Essendon 16.7...


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Coaches notes: 1st half v Pies

BTV: RD 16 | Zach's superb finish Jobe with the tackle, Merrett with the finish.

In the Essendon defence, Michael Hartley is on Mason Cox and Michael Hurley is on Ben Reid. Mark Baguley has the job on Alex Fasolo and Andrew McGrath is on Jamie Elliott.

At the other end of the ground Joe Daniher has Tyson Goldsack for company, Lynden Dunn is on Cale Hooker and Tom Langdon is on James Stewart. 

Collingwood controlled the early tempo of the game taking the first 16 marks in the match culminating in the opening goal of the game.

The Magpies Levi Greenwood is running with Zach Merrett.

By the time Collingwood kicked its second goal the Pies led the disposals 62-35, inside 50s 6-3 and marks 23-3.

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked the Dons first after David Zaharakis spotted up the Dons forward following a Pies turnover. Merrett kicked the Dons second after excellent forward pressure...


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