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Around the state leagues: Who's starring for your club?

Essendon

State league affiliate: Essendon (VFL)
This weekend: North Melbourne v Essendon - Saturday, April 20, 11am, Avalon Airport Oval

Jayden Laverde's return from an ankle injury was one to remember, kicking six goals from 19 disposals in the Bombers' 94-point thrashing of North Melbourne.

Draftee key forward Noah Gown also hit the scoreboard, kicking three goals from seven touches.

Midfielder Dylan Clarke worked hard, recording 20 disposals and seven tackles, while rookie Trent Mynott had a strong performance with 25, eight marks and two goals.

Martin Gleeson continues to build touch after returning from a long-term ankle and then a knee injury, finishing with 18 disposals and six marks in his second VFL game for the season.

Essendon 20.14.134 defeated North Melbourne 5.10.40
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Seems like the Kangaroos are struggling at both levels.
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Sudden impact: Who's made the biggest splash at your club?
Essendon:

The Bombers had one thing in mind last off-season: landing Dylan Shiel. It meant they gave up their first-round draft pick for last year and this year, clearly prioritising the near future and filling a gap on their list.
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Dylan Shiel has given Essendon the breakaway midfielder it needed. Picture: AFL Photos
Dylan Shiel: He has been a terrific addition to Essendon's set up, giving the Bombers a genuinely high-quality midfielder with real pace for the first time in more than a decade. The former Giant has averaged 29 disposals a game, but his best showing came against North Melbourne last week, when he collected 36 disposals and 10 inside 50s as he sliced through the Roos' midfield.

Who else has played? Zac Clarke was added as a pre-season supplemental selection and the former Docker has played two games as a back-up ruckman. Midfielder Brayden Ham picked up 10 disposals and kicked a goal in a composed debut last week against the Roos.

Yet to play: Noah Gown, Tom Jok, Irving Mosquito
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From today's Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper:
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As predicted earlier. :)
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Pies hold off Bombers in an Anzac Day classic
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IT MIGHT not have been the emphatic Anzac Day statement Collingwood had initially been hoping for at the MCG, but it was a statement nonetheless.
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Having threatened to put a genuine finals contender to the sword in the early stages of Thursday afternoon's blockbuster, the Pies were made to battle, scrap and persist.

A dramatic four-point victory over a brave Essendon was a true test of Collingwood's resolve. And it was one Nathan Buckley's side passed in a steely, satisfying manner.

Having had a 33-point lead slashed to just three at one stage, the Pies held firm amid wave after wave of Bomber attacks in the final term to claim a 10.13 (73) to 10.9 (69) victory.

As has become tradition, Scott Pendlebury was again outstanding to claim his third Anzac Medal after winning 38 classy disposals and laying six tackles in an influential display.

In doing so, Pendlebury joins James Hird as the only player to earn three Anzac Medals.

He was well aided by Adam Treloar (38 disposals, six tackles) and Brodie Grundy (24 disposals, 39 hitouts) as Collingwood's midfield won out in an evenly matched battle.

For Essendon, Joe Daniher lived up to his big-game billing in front of a huge crowd of 92,241 in kicking four goals from 16 disposals and eight marks.

Dylan Shiel (34 disposals, seven clearances) and Zach Merrett (30 disposals, five clearances) were also solid, though the Dons simply didn't have enough to get over the line.

And they might have had their poor start to blame for the narrow defeat.

Collingwood's ferocity at the contest was matched by its bold willingness to take the game on through the corridor, with Essendon struggling to find any early answers.

Only the Pies' profligacy could keep the Dons alive. Well, either their frustrating wastefulness or the remarkable natural talent of Jake Stringer.

Despite conceding nine scoring shots to one in the opening term, the Bombers found themselves only 23 points down at the first change. Then Stringer changed things.

When everything was going the Pies' way, he stood tallest. Marking, providing a contest on ground level and delivering in front of goal, he always looked a genuine threat.

But if you thought his pair of precise finishes from the boundary lines of opposite pockets would be hard to beat for the best goals kicked on the day, you'd be sorely mistaken.

An enormous 60m Daniher bomb on the half-time siren, reducing the margin to just 15 points, had fans stunned and gave Essendon serious momentum going into the main break.

It was momentum that ebbed and flowed throughout a tense second half.

With the match still evenly poised in the dying stages of the game – and with neither side able to capitalise on any break going their way – the big players seized their moments.

First, it was Jordan De Goey.

Streaming to within distance of goal, but with options ahead, De Goey narrowed his focus and took it upon himself to stretch Collingwood's lead to nine points.

But Daniher answered.

Shrugging a tackle and pinning back the ears, Daniher floated through his fourth for the game with a fantastic snap to slash the margin back to just three.

It proved the final goal of a pulsating and thoroughly entertaining clash, with the Magpies celebrating their last-gasp win with wild and deserved celebrations at the final siren.

MEDICAL ROOM
Essendon: Essendon was made to play much of the second half without a rotation, after forward Devon Smith again injured his knee. Smith was returning from a week on the sidelines due to the complaint.

Collingwood: Mason Cox copped a knock to his knee in the fourth quarter, but was able to play out the game after coming to the bench in some discomfort.

NEXT UP
Collingwood heads across the road to Marvel Stadium to host Port Adelaide on Friday night, while Essendon has a 10-day break before meeting the in-form Geelong at the MCG.

ESSENDON 1.0 5.3 8.6 10.9 (69)
COLLINGWOOD 4.5 7.6 9.9 10.13 (73)

GOALS
Essendon: Daniher 4, Baguley 3, Stringer 2, Guelfi
Collingwood: Cox 2, De Goey 2, Mihocek, Thomas, Stephenson, Hoskin-Elliott, Adams, Sidebottom

BEST
Essendon: Shiel, Merrett, Hurley, Saad, Stringer, Daniher
Collingwood: Pendlebury, Grundy, Crisp, Howe, De Goey, Beams

INJURIES
Essendon: Smith (knee)
Collingwood: Cox (knee)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stephens, Hosking, Ryan

Official crowd: 92,241 at the MCG

Anzac Medal voting
9 – Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) 3, 3, 3
4 – Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) 2, 2
3 – Joe Daniher (Essendon) 2, 1
1 – Dylan Shiel (Essendon) 1
1 – Adam Saad (Essendon) 1

Jake Niall (The Age, chair) - Scott Pendlebury, Joe Daniher, Dylan Shiel
Mark Robinson (Herald Sun) - Scott Pendlebury, Brodie Grundy, Adam Saad
Kelli Underwood (ABC) - Scott Pendlebury, Brodie Grundy, Joe Daniher
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A terrific contest worthy of the ANZAC tradition but with some unfortunate umpire blunders at the end. However no reason for the Bomber supporters to boo ANZAC Medallist Scott Pendlebury. Very poor form Essendon. How do you expect regain the respect of the AFL followers after the supplements saga when your supporters carry on like spoilt brats. :evil:
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AFL 2019: Mark Robinson says Anzac Day post-game booing was ‘Essendon’s shame’ on AFL 360
The booing by Bombers fans during the Anzac Day Medal presentation to Scott Pendlebury has been declared as “Essendon’s shame” by AFL 360’s Mark Robinson.

And his co-host Gerard Whateley believes the fans that booed during the ceremony “didn’t live the national character that we believe is part of Anzac”.

Jeers rained down on the Magpies captain as he claimed his third Anzac Day Medal following a controversial end to the Collingwood v Essendon clash, in which Dons fans felt multiple free kick calls went against them in crucial moments.

But the AFL 360 hosts condemned those who decided to boo during the ceremony because they felt it was not the right time, given the game and medal are intended to honour the Anzac spirit.

“The crowd was frenzied in the last five minutes, just frenzied,” Robinson said on Fox Footy.

“And then when Scott Pendlebury, who’s a true champion of the game ... for him to get awarded the medal and the Essendon crowd to boo him so that no-one could hear him. I just shook my head and thought, where are we going, what is happening?

“This was Collingwood’s day and this was Essendon’s shame.
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Essendon fans boo after their side lost to Collingwood. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
“This will be remembered and guess what, next year if Essendon win and an Essendon player gets the medal, I reckon the Collingwood fans will boo, unless Eddie McGuire gets up and says I want calm from all of the people, we’re going to get it. I thought it was just shameful.”

Whateley was similarly scathing, although he believed next year it will not be an issue because of Nathan Buckley’s “leadership” to call out the booing immediately.

“It was just so jarring that it happened as part of Anzac Day. It shows that a lot of people who talk about it, profess to be apart of it, don’t honour that,” Whateley said.

“They don’t honour the very words that were spoken as the medal was bestowed. Those people who booed didn’t live those words, they didn’t live the national character that we believe is part of Anzac, nor footy's place in it.

“It’s an honour for football to be part of something that’s greater ... but to witness the last five minutes, it will last with me for all the wrong reasons.”

The Bombers trailed by 33 points and got within three in the final moments of the match, before a divisive free kick allowed the Magpies to run down the clock and ensure their victory.

When the siren went, boos poured out of the Essendon faithful, and continued as Pendlebury attempted to thank the fans for their support during the contest.

Robinson argued that booing at the right time, as part of the theatre of a contest, is fine; but that booing during the ceremony was not that.

“People at home might say, what are you two talking about, we’re allowed to boo. OK, we’re allowed to boo. But we’ve got to have the right moments to boo,” he said.

“There were some frenzied reactions to free kicks not being paid in the last quarter, and the Bombers fans will accuse Pendlebury of ducking his head or lowering his head and getting a free kick. But that is siren-to-siren stuff.
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Essendon fans were furious. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
“When the siren goes, surely we still live in a world where we shake hands - all the players shook hands - the players respect Scott Pendlebury, the Essendon players shook his hands, and it’s people outside the playing arena that don’t have any respect.

“We’ve got to celebrate this game and this person ... and the Essendon fans boo him at the end. And don’t say it’s because he ducked his head, that’s crap. And don’t say it’s because the umpiring was bad, that’s crap. Save that for them. We’ve actually got to applaud people in our game.”

Earlier on AFL 360, Hawthorn champion Dermott Brereton defended footy fans’ right to boo.

“Football’s a game where people earn their money each week, and it’s very valuable to them, and they spend a great portion of it going to the footy. And they get great theatre out of it,” he said.

“And if you barrack for a team, ie Essendon, and you pay your money, as long as you’re not racially motivated, politically motivated, politically incorrect or engaging in the marginalised and really giving it to them, you’re allowed to boo I reckon.

“Everyone loves their team - everyone on the opposition is a villain. It’s like a stage show - the villains win, you boo them.”
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Barrett: Many forms of booing but Essendon's was 'pathetic and selfish'
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Not in the spirit: Angry Essendon fans boo after the Anzac Day game
BOOING at the footy.

In some ways, it is the game's most relatable topic, as anyone with a pulse has either done it, or felt the urge to do it.

And, two people may boo at the same time, at the same person or incident, but for entirely different reasons.

There's aggressive booing, gamesmanship booing, ironic booing, mob mentality booing, and as we unfortunately witnessed in 2015 with the embarrassing and hurtful noise directed at Adam Goodes, racist booing.

The more a troll is asked to stop his or her ways, the more they will seek to do it in increasingly different way

I loathe booing. The only type I can tolerate is the one where a supporter group reacts to a player who has deliberately and playfully gone out of his way to get inside minds. Think Dermott Brereton at his peak.

Essendon supporters' post-match booing on Anzac Day was pathetic. And selfish.

Spare me the reasons why. Don't care for attempts at justifications which will no doubt centre on perceived umpire bias, and perceived views that Scott Pendlebury, the standout best-afield, ducked his head and got a free.

That you, even amid the obvious stress and frustration of losing an important match by four points, couldn't control yourselves enough to realise that your booing was disrespectful of Anzac Day itself says all that needs to be said.

This from the same supporter group which moralised and sooked it up big-time when opposition fans booed Jobe Watson in 2013.

Hawthorn supporters were only marginally better with what they subjected Gary Ablett to on Easter Monday. That came a week after Ablett had liked, and then instantly unliked, on social media a controversial religious post from Israel Folau.

Ablett had publicly explained his actions. Agree or disagree with him, he provided a plausible reason for his actions. Surely it was enough for everyone to move on.

The booing of 2019 could be seen as another version of trolling on social media.

Unfortunately, football's administrators can forget asking fans to stop. In true troll style, the more a troll is asked to stop his or her ways, the more they will seek to do it in increasingly different ways.
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Cheers and jeers: Gary Ablett turned it on during Geelong's clash with Hawthorn
Ablett will be playing in Geelong this weekend, and thankfully will get a reprieve from the booing.

Hopefully, there are no issues with booing in his following game.

But that next match, round seven, is also Essendon's very next, also at the MCG.

Bombers fans, I won't dare tell you what you should and shouldn't do, but might you ponder the situation this time before your actions may lead to another game of football being remembered for the wrong reasons?
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'They were the correct calls': Umpire stands by Anzac Day decisions
THE TENSE finish to Thursday's Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon has been reviewed and given the all clear by the umpires.

Several incidents, including an Andrew McGrath tackle on Will Hoskin-Elliott and a run-down Joe Daniher tackle on Jack Crisp, saw players come to a complete stop, expecting to hear an umpire's whistle and a free kick paid.

The Daniher tackle saw the ball spill free between three Essendon players, who stood still, waiting for a whistle. Collingwood's Tom Phillips pounced and flicked the ball to Jordan De Goey, who fired a shot at goal, but missed.

Shaun Ryan, who umpired the match, spoke on SEN radio on Saturday.

"There was definitely some errors, but the five in the last quarter were not errors," Ryan said.

"Upon review, they were the correct calls."

The decisions Ryan discussed were:

- Hoskin-Elliott was not holding the ball, managed to just get a fist to the ball and handballed. Free kick not paid.

- Daniher tackle on Crisp. The first tackle didn't stick, the second tackle took him to ground, had prior opportunity and handballed. Free kick not paid.

- Scott Pendlebury high contact. Put his head down to pick up the ball and two Essendon players made front-on high contact. Pendlebury didn't run into stationary players, so it wasn't play on. Free kick paid.

- Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti high contact. Shrugged his arm, raising the tackle to around his neck. Free kick not paid.

- Jaidyn Stephenson and Callum Brown. Jaidyn Stephenson didn't have prior opportunity when tackled, made an attempt to dispose of the ball and got a kick away, Callum Brown was then pushed in the back. Free kick paid.

Ryan said he believed the noise of the crowd contributed to the players stopping.

"Two of the clear examples was when the players stopped and there was no whistle," he said.

"That's happened in my games two or three times over the years, but really, that’s just the result of the noise level, the players just can't hear whether or not there's been a whistle. Because of the scream of the crowd, the assume there's been a whistle, they stop, look at us, we're calling 'play on'.

"It's not ideal, but we just need to adjudicate according to the rules, and the players, there's going to be circumstances where they can't hear the whistle because of crowd noise."

It comes as Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson called for AFL umpires to eventually become full-time, suggesting it would go some way to addressing the "grey areas" of football.

"I think it's a part of the game that everything else has gone professional, and it's an area of the game where I think we're probably lagging behind [other sports]," Clarkson said.

"I feel like there's a role for full-time umpires. We'd have to phase that in over a period of time. I think the AFL has trialled it with some guys going full-time in the umpiring division over the last two or three years.

"Whether it gets to the stage where all umpires are full-time, I'm not too sure, but I'd like to see it pushed that way.

"People argue whether or not there's justification for doing it, given the amount of hours in the week and 'what would they do?', but there's plenty to do. [That includes] coming out to clubs, researching vision and trying to stay ahead of what's going on in the game, rather than being reactive to it all the time."

Clarkson said while there was a fine line between under- and over-umpiring and added the holding the ball rule was a particularly difficult interpretation.

"It's a complex game, it's the most complex game in the world. When there's significant rule changes, like there has been over the summer, it takes a long time for coaches, players and the wider football public to adjust to those interpretations.

"It's demanding enough to be able to umpire even before these adjustments have been made, there's still a significant grey area around the player with the ball.

"Prior to last week's round of games, there was 4000 tackles laid in four rounds of footy and there were 300 infringements for holding the ball. That's about seven per cent of tackles, so that suggests to me that 93 per cent of players in tackling situations have disposed of the ball correctly."
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The veteran coach said addressing the issue may actually improve the movement of the game.

"That's the greyest area of our game and we saw that again on Anzac Day, and unfortunately, it just sends the crowd nuts," Clarkson said.

"We can fix up stoppages, ball movements and speed of play. That ratio of seven per cent doesn't need to become the other way around, where 93 per cent of tackles are penalised.

"But if that's 20 or 25 per cent, I reckon that'd be a fair indication that tackling could be rewarded a little bit more, and the game would flow a little bit more as a result of that."
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Confused Bombers seek AFL goalpost clarity
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Essendon have asked for formal clarity from the AFL over their response to Friday night's post-siren goalpost incident.

Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell suggested there was confusion about the mixed messaging coming out of AFL House.

Sydney defender Dane Rampe was fined on Tuesday for climbing the goalpost as Essendon midfielder David Myers unsuccessfully attempted to slot a match-winning goal from beyond the 50m arc.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan had earlier defended the decision not to award a free kick, which would have resulted in Myers taking his shot from the goal square and all but ensured Essendon snatched victory.

"With the decision Tuesday around the fine, (you say) 'OK, well, this is confusing'," Campbell told SEN radio on Thursday.

"To the point where we've written to the AFL yesterday seeking absolute formal clarity above and beyond the discussions that we had earlier in the week.

"We feel there needs to be greater clarity on something like this."

Campbell insisted the Bombers' weren't making the request to excuse the five-point loss, their third on the trot.

Football operations boss Steve Hocking is expected to offer a written response sometime on Thursday in potentially the last chapter of a bizarre saga that has dragged on for six days.

The Bombers want to share the response with the football world to ensure league-wide understanding of the rule among players and umpires.

"Ultimately, I think that's what you want to get to," Campbell said.

"And I think we need to talk about the role of umpires in our game.

"Where we can take out that subjectivity, and I would think a rule like this one shouldn't have subjectivity, it should be pretty straightforward, we should do that to make that role easier for them."
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The very strange history of the goalpost shaker: Sorry Dane, you're not the first
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Dane Rampe jumps onto the goal post during David Myers' after-the-siren kick.
ON THIS round 95 years ago, a one-eyed, bung-kneed World War I veteran blazed the trail for Dane Rampe and other post-shakers to come.

It turns out Swans co-captain Rampe was the seventh player caught and punished for shaking a goalpost as an opponent had a shot at goal, and the first since Essendon great Dustin Fletcher transgressed in 2001.

The very first rose to notoriety almost a century ago, and the story of his eventful life – which was brought to our attention by footy historian Robert Allen – is nothing short of astonishing.

Arthur Hando, a star defender for South Melbourne (the Swans' original guise), became known as 'The Pole Wobbler' after some questionable conduct during a tense home clash with Geelong at the Lake Oval in round nine, 1924.
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Arthur Hando pictured in his South Melbourne guernsey
However, it's a wonder World War I veteran Hando had the strength to shake a goalpost, let alone play football.

One of 12 siblings from the tiny farming community of Buckrabanyule in north-central Victoria, the strapping Hando was a 23-year-old labourer when he enlisted for service in the Australian Army early in December 1914.

A private in the 5th Battalion, Hando was sent to Gallipoli where, on May 9, 1915 – just two weeks after the disastrous landings at Anzac Cove – he suffered gunshot wounds in both knees in the Battle of Lone Pine.

A cheerful character, Hando later joked that while his mates were shot in the belly, he copped it in the knees because he was a big fella – he stood 189cms, which was tall for the time.

A month after being patched up in hospital in Egypt, Hando was back in action at Gallipoli.

A month after that, he was struck by a bullet fragment that caused him to lose the sight in his left eye. For a time he also had double vision in his right eye.

The incapacitated soldier was sent back to Australia and was discharged in June 1916 after being deemed permanently unfit for service. It was feared he might also be permanently disabled.

A world away from the conflict, Hando still managed to almost come to grief in June 1918. Wearing an eye guard while working on a farm in his home district, he was stabbed several times in the side and back by a fellow worker who had threatened to kill him.

Hando fought back fiercely to make a citizen's arrest, and the offender subsequently received a six-month jail sentence.

Despite his hardships, Hando was regarded as a genial giant with an ever-present smile that was about to become even broader.

Before the war, Hando had been a champion footballer for his local Charlton team, but few could have held genuine hopes that he would return to the field given he had two bung knees and sight in only one eye.

So it was astounding that he not only played footy again but he somehow retained much of his high leap and became an even better player, initially for strong VFA clubs Port Melbourne (1920-21) and Brunswick (in the first three rounds of 1922) before joining South Melbourne.

Hando made his League debut in round five, 1922, three days before his 31st birthday, and quickly became a prominent centre half-back, with his courage and high-marking making him a crowd favourite.

He soon became mates with South's legendary captain-coach Roy Cazaly, with whom he worked on the docks and also played together in the wharfies' team, the Watersiders, in the strong Wednesday Football League.

"Cazaly was amazed that Hando could play football at all after his war injuries. It's amazing he could even walk," said Allen, the author of 2017 book Cazaly: The Legend.

The seemingly indestructible Hando had just turned 33 and was at the top of his game when South hosted Geelong on that fateful June day in 1924.

It was an important clash – the teams were level on four wins, with South just inside the top four and Geelong fifth.

South led narrowly in the second quarter when Geelong rover Arthur Pink had a set shot from about 40m. Hando shook the post so vigorously, it was reported, that "the top wagged like a dog's tail", rocking almost a metre "from the perpendicular". As fate would have it, the ball hit the swaying post.

Cazaly described Hando's actions as "just exuberance of spirits; pure devilment". Geelong officials didn't share this casual view. Their team had lost by three points so they lodged an official protest claiming Hando's unsporting interference had cost them a goal and, consequently, the game.

A hearing was held 12 days later, during which it was alleged that Hando had also "violently" shaken a goalpost in the third term when Geelong star Cliff Rankin's shot went through for a goal.

Hando denied wrongdoing in both instances, insisting he knew nothing about the initial incident and adding that in the third quarter he had been bumped and grabbed hold of the goalpost and swung on it simply to keep himself upright.

However, evidence from umpires and players contradicted his defence and he was found guilty.

League chairman Dr William McClelland, The Argus reported, declared "it was a pity that a player with such a fine record as Hando should descend to such tactics". However, it was felt that a reprimand would suffice "in view of his past good sportsmanship".

Remarkably, another post-shaking charge was heard the same night, from a game at the same ground just seven days after the Hando episode, also involving South Melbourne and, remarkably, the same goal umpire, G.H. Fox.

There was a sense of karma when Hando's Southerners were the victims when Richmond's Jim Spain deliberately shook a goalpost as South spearhead Ted Johnson place-kicked a behind. (South won by 18 points.)

Spain claimed he had shaken the post as a joke after some spectators talked him into it. He also received a reprimand, but the League made it clear that other such offenders would face stiffer penalties.

The controversy didn't affect Hando's status or relationship with officialdom, given that later that 1924 season he made his only two appearances for Victoria.

Among South's best players in both of its finals that season, he retired from League football after 45 games in three seasons. He then captain-coached South Bendigo to the 1925 premiership.

Hando The Pole Wobbler died suddenly in Glen Innes, in the northern tablelands of New South Wales, in 1949. He was only 57.

His only child, a son named Boyd, is set to turn 95 this year. Yes, Boyd Hando was born the same year his father achieved his unflattering distinction.

VFL/AFL players reported for shaking/climbing a goalpost
Player When Where Verdict Penalty
Arthur Hando (Sth Melb) Rd 9, 1924, v Geel Lake Oval Guilty Reprimand
Jim Spain (Rich) Rd 10, 1924, v Sth Melb Lake Oval Guilty Reprimand
Stewart Loewe (StK) Rd 3, 1988, v Nth Melb Moorabbin Guilty $1000 fine
Michael Gibson (Bris) Rd 2, 1990, v Fitz Princes Park Guilty $1000 fine
Darren Wheildon (Fitz) Rd 22, 1993, v Melb MCG Guilty $750 fine
Dustin Fletcher (Ess) Rd 16, 2001, v Nth Melb MCG Guilty $600 fine
Dane Rampe (Syd) Rd 8, 2019, v Ess SCG Guilty $1000 fine (suspended)
https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-05-15/how-oneeyed-hando-the-pole-wobbler-set-the-standard
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During an Football match in Brighton, in Victoria in the early 1920s, Arthur Hando, who later played for South Melbourne, produced a mighty kick which sent the ball high out of the ground and straight in through the open window of a passing train. It was never returned, despite frequent checks with the Lost Property Office.
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Hmmm a likely story. Sounds like Lou Richards old joke about the longest kick ever. A player at Glenferrie Oval (Hawthorn's ground) kicked the ball through the window of a passing Frankston bound train. Frankston isn't on the same train line. :roll:
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Dons wield the axe
ESSENDON has decided to change tack after another disappointing defeat, making five changes led by the inclusions of star forward Joe Daniher and the returning Josh Begley.

It comes as four players are named for confirmed AFL debuts over the weekend, with a further six previously uncapped youngsters included in extended Sunday squads.

Orazio Fantasia (quad) and Devon Smith (knee) both go out of the Bombers' team due to injuries, while Zac Clarke, David Myers and Brayden Ham have been dropped.

But Daniher is back, having been managed last week, while Begley finally makes his return to the team after rupturing his ACL during last year's Anzac Day clash with Collingwood.

Kyle Langford, Mark Baguley and Ben McNiece also return to the Bombers' team.

Connor Blakely returns for Fremantle ahead of that clash at Marvel Stadium, having missed an extended period with a hamstring injury, but Travis Colyer will not face his former team after he was dropped.
https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-05-16/teams-announced-for-round-nine
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Finals still on the radar as Bombers hold off Dockers.
IT WAS tight, it was dour and quite frankly, it was painful to watch at times, but Essendon broke a three-match losing streak with a much-needed seven-point victory over Fremantle to keep its finals hopes alive.

The game was an ugly affair at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night but when prized recruit Dylan Shiel, who has copped plenty of criticism this year for his inaccuracy by foot, slotted a crucial goal minutes into the final term, it was hard to see the Dockers hitting the front from that point.

He proved to be huge in the last quarter, snapping another through to help the Bombers overcome Freo 8.12 (60) to 7.11 (53).

It was ironic Shiel's clean finishing proved so critical, considering he came into the clash with 0.7 for the season.

The finish was nervy for Essendon though. Michael Walters and Jesse Hogan both converted truly after winning frees directly in front of goal to give Fremantle a late sniff, despite trailing by 26 points midway through the fourth term.

Then Brandon Matera won a free of his own and put it through to bring the margin back to eight points.

Hogan had another chance with just over a minute left but his snap missed, and that proved costly.

Captain Dyson Heppell and Kyle Langford fought hard in the guts while Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis and Darcy Parish won their fair share of the ball.

However uninspiring the Bombers might have been, at 4-5 hope remains of a top-eight finish.

For a team capable of playing some of the most exhilarating football in the competition, Essendon can look average, and this was one of those performances.

The Bombers were willing to crack in and compete but their skill errors and profligacy in front of goal made for a dull game.

Not that Freo was any better. It's been hard to grasp where it sits in the pecking order, having looked sublime in successful outings against North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney but disappointing last week against Richmond, and not being any better against the Dons.

Scoring proved to be an issue once again, failing to reach 60 points for the fourth time in 2019.

In the clinches, Nat Fyfe was immense, finishing with 24 disposals and a mammoth 22 contested possessions, and the evergreen David Mundy continued what has been another fine campaign.

The 33-year-old injected some much-needed class into the contest when he sharked a tap from the boundary throw-in and put it through in the third term.

Unsurprisingly, it was Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti who brought the crowd out of its slumber in the second quarter, first because of a snapped goal on the run and then by marking against Luke Ryan and nailing his shot.

Spearhead Joe Daniher was also involved in that patch with a fantastic mark but he and Josh Begley were wasteful, both finishing with 0.4.

MEDICAL ROOM
Essendon: Nothing to report here.
Fremantle: Early on, defender Joel Hamling went to the bench with blood streaming down his head, but he came back out soon enough.

NEXT UP
Next Saturday night will be the Dreamtime at the 'G blockbuster between traditional rivals Essendon and Richmond. Fremantle will look to break a three-game losing streak when it's back home to take on the 6-3 Brisbane in the Sunday twilight slot.

ESSENDON 1.3 3.7 5.11 8.12 (60)
FREMANTLE 2.3 3.5 4.9 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Essendon: McDonald-Tipungwuti 3, Shiel 2, Zaharakis, Stringer, Francis
Fremantle: Matera 2, Langdon, Tucker, Mundy, Walters, Hogan

BEST
Essendon: Heppell, Langford, Shiel, Hooker, Merrett, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Fremantle: Fyfe, Mundy, Blakely, Hill, Conca

INJURIES
Essendon: Nil
Fremantle: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stevic, Nicholls, Whetton

Official crowd: 29,176 at Marvel Stadium
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'Our best footy's ahead of us': Woosha bullish about Dons
ESSENDON might be the biggest tease in the competition and Saturday night's slender victory over Fremantle in a scrappy affair at Marvel Stadium wouldn't have changed many opinions.

The Bombers are exhilarating at their best but can look very ordinary.

That was the case in the Dockers clash, but winning in a grind and improving their record to 4-5 might have been what Essendon needed as it strives for consistency.

That's coach John Worsfold's plan anyway.

"Our best footy's ahead of us, there's no doubt about that. We've got to stay focused on that," Worsfold said.

"We're not at the level we want to be at.

"We'll keep working really hard at that and when it comes, it'll come in a real rush and we'll see it.

"We're not far off it. It's a bit like a lot of teams. There's a lot of teams that are winning this year without playing what you'd say is the footy they want to play when we're looking at their absolute best, and we're one of those teams."

Aiding the Bombers' aim of becoming a premiership hopeful is the glut of mid-tier teams that haven't established themselves as flag contenders.

"I feel like we have a really good grasp of where we sit against the rest of the competition, which is no one knows," Worsfold said.

"It is so open and within a week or two, things are moving all the time.

"There's still a long way to go and we've just got to keep working hard to get to be playing the best footy we can play week in, week out."

Essendon has had a four-game patch which has seen the result decided by more than seven points just once, a 32-point loss to Geelong in round seven.

"We've had three pretty tight, tough games over the past month and we've lost a couple of them (against Collingwood and Sydney)," Worsfold said.

"It's nice to win one that is just a tight armwrestle. I think we'll keep growing from there."

The Bombers have that chance next Saturday night when they come up against 2017 premiers Richmond at the MCG.
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Mid-Season Rookie Draft: What your club needs, the whisper


Essendon

What do they need?

Essendon has long been desperate for a big-bodied inside ball winner, but whether the Bombers target one at the rookie draft is another story. Despite picking up Zac Clarke via SSP rules before the season, it's believed the Bombers could look for another ruckman.

Who's available?

Former basketballer Michael Knoll has had a massive impact since joining SANFL side South Adelaide prior to this season. The 205cm, 100kg man mountain is perhaps the best ruck prospect in the pool. Also keep an eye on Jack Blair and Corey Gault.
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Do they have a pick?

A season-ending injury to Sam Draper means Essendon will have at least one pick. It also means they have a bigger need for a ruckman. The Bombers will likely open a second spot on their list due to the news Devon Smith requires season-ending knee surgery.

The whisper: Knoll looks like he's the man for Essendon, providing another club hasn't snapped him up by the time the Bombers pick. The club is also keeping close tabs on Marlion Pickett.
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Oh no, Joe: Bombers fear for sore Daniher's season
ESSENDON is fearing the worst for Joe Daniher's season after the star forward suffered a suspected re-aggravation of his troublesome groin.

AFL.com.au understands Daniher will miss at least this week's Dreamtime at the 'G clash against Richmond as the club investigates his latest concern.

Daniher trained with teammates in a light session on Tuesday morning before flagging more troubles with the injury that saw him miss 15 matches last season.

Should he require further treatment, it is feared Daniher could miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

The 25-year-old forward carried groin soreness in the early parts of last season before playing three full games in 11 days.

As a result, his condition worsened, and he was ruled out for the rest of the season with osteitis pubis.

After a delayed start to this year's pre-season, Daniher played two JLT Series matches before he was sidelined for the opening month of the season with a separate calf strain.

Daniher played his first match of the year as a controversial late inclusion on Good Friday which cost the club $20,000.

After starring with four goals on Anzac Day and playing Geelong in round seven, Daniher required a rest in round eight against Sydney.

He collected 16 disposals without kicking a major from 84 per cent game time in the Bombers' win over Fremantle on Saturday night.

The latest injury comes just 24 hours after the Bombers ruled out reigning best and fairest Devon Smith for the season as he requires knee surgery.

Should Daniher be ruled out for the season, the Bombers would be able to open up a third selection at next week's Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

The two current selections have been created by Smith's setback and a season-ending ACL reconstruction to developing ruckman Sam Draper.
https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-05-22/oh-no-joe-bombers-fear-for-sore-danihers-season
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Bomber's drug use, winning flags, lessons learned: Brian Cook speaks
GEELONG chief executive Brian Cook has stunningly revealed the Cats' concerns around Mark Thompson's lifestyle began even before the first of two premierships secured under his watch.

In an extraordinarily open and wide-ranging interview on AFL.com.au podcast In The Game with Damian Barrett, Cook reflected on Thompson's 11-year stint as Cats coach, revealing that the club became so worried about its coach that it attempted intervention and needed to directly ask if he was using drugs.

Cook also revealed that:

In his 30 years as a CEO of two of football's most successful clubs, West Coast and Geelong, football would have been a better industry had it embraced "values-based leadership" and not made "compromises for talented people";
Several clubs had approached him to be their CEO, but his stint at the Cats, to whom he is contracted until the end of 2020, would be his last; and
His key to success was to "develop a culture before (premiership) cups … you can't sustain anything without culture".
Thompson broke a contract and walked out on the Cats at the end of the 2010 season, to join Essendon.

Asked if Thompson's issues could be traced back to the period between his first (2007) and second (2009) premierships as Cats coach, Cook took the time frame for concern back even further.

"Yeah, probably – I think that probably is the time where he was most vulnerable, behaviourally," Cook said on In The Game.

"It is a difficult issue. When you identify employees who aren't performing at their best for a period of time, it could be anything.

"Early intervention is really important, and we tried to do that at the end of '06, start of '07.

"The thing about intervention is that you need peoples' support, not just the person you are dealing with in terms of their behaviour, but people around them because the matter could get worse if it is so erratic.

"I think we got to a stage where we were really open with Mark, but it was difficult to get a response. But he just doesn't give.

"He was the type of guy who was self-made and he didn't necessarily want to rely on other people, or give them his problems, and he didn't want to talk about any of the issues he had, so it was difficult, it was really difficult.

"We were trying to create an open and genuine environment for Mark and whatever it was, but we never got to that stage."

Cook, who spoke to In the Game on the eve of the 2019 season, said the manner in which he and the Cats dealt with the early signs of Thompson's fall remained the source of intense reflection.

"It was a tough time, it really was, and what you do in the end was what the people are saying to you," Cook said.

"On reflection, was I naive? Yeah, maybe there was a part of that. But by and large, they were good people we were dealing with, including Mark Thompson, and I believed they were telling me the truth.

"We asked Mark questions and he would tell us what we believed to be the truth."

Asked if he personally queried Thompson about his alleged drug use, Cook said: "I did, yes. But I don't want to go into that. Sorry mate. I think that is a personal thing. People were talking about it and the question had to be asked."
https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-05-30/listen-bombers-drug-u ... ook-speaks
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Bombers sink woeful Blues to ease pressure on Worsfold
JOHN Worsfold has been queried over his creativity in the Essendon coaches' box.

But in an important game in the context of his tenure at the Bombers, the coach pulled out one of his best moves in Sunday's 41-point win over Carlton.

Operation 'Stop Patrick Cripps' was crucial to the Bombers securing the win over the Blues and, in turn, avoiding another week of intense questioning on their direction and the future of Worsfold at the club.

Dylan Clarke had played only one game at AFL level before the clash – last year's round nine win over Geelong – but his elite endurance and strong VFL form saw Worsfold turn to him to stop perhaps the best player in the competition.

It was a card few saw coming. Clarke took his chance, playing a pivotal role in his side's pressure-relieving 11.8 (74) to 4.9 (33) win and helping keep Carlton to its lowest score of the season.

Cripps, who had averaged 28.7 disposals this season before the game in a dominant campaign that has him one of the Brownlow Medal favourites, collected just 11 touches – his lowest tally since 2017.

For Worsfold, who doesn't often deploy taggers, it was a shift in thinking. But it worked and was crucial in the Bombers' fifth win of the year, as Clarke nullified the Blues gun and gathered 23 disposals and 10 tackles himself.

It wasn't a win that will stop discussion about the Bombers' direction and Worsfold's place as coach, nor inspire too much confidence for the rest of their campaign. Indeed, in some ways the Bombers had more to lose than gain heading into the clash against the bottom-placed Blues.

But it was a win nevertheless, in a game that has often caused trouble for Essendon (under Worsfold it lost to the wooden-spooners in 2017 and 2018, and already lost to the then 18th-placed Sydney earlier this year). It keeps them within touching distance of the top eight ahead of next week's bye.

Captain Dyson Heppell led the way for the Bombers with 36 disposals in the midfield, continuing to drive his side forward, while Darcy Parish continued his strong form with 31 disposals and 10 clearances.

Young midfielders Matt Guelfi (21 disposals) and Andrew McGrath (32) also performed well, while defenders Michael Hurley (28 disposals, 12 marks) and Cale Hooker (31, 11 marks) had a field day in the back half.

It was hard to find winners for the Blues. Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer had 21 disposals, 32 hitouts and eight clearances, Nic Newman provided some run and carry, and youngsters Sam Walsh and David Cuningham, who both had 21 disposals, tried hard.

The scrappy and ugly contest lived up to its billing as a 'mockbuster'. Only a point separated the sides at quarter-time, in Essendon's advantage, but the game was played largely between the forward arcs.

Poor skills and, at times, worse decisions punctuated a term that Carlton should have had the better of, given its dominance in inside 50 entries (17 to 11).

Essendon wrestled back control in the second term, with goals from Kyle Langford, Parish and then a sharp late shot from Jayden Laverde helping the Bombers to an 18-point lead at the main break.

Carlton managed only two behinds for the quarter, and it was difficult to see how it could peg back the gap, particularly with Cripps struggling to make an impact.

Two goals to Charlie Curnow in the third term gave the Blues some confidence and broke their scoring drought, but Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti chipped in with two majors of his own at the other end to steer the Bombers to a 21-point lead at the final change.

And when McDonald-Tipungwuti dribbled through a left-foot kick in the opening moments of the final quarter, Essendon's job was done.

MEDICAL ROOM
Essendon: Defender Patrick Ambrose required medical attention in the rooms in the second quarter seemingly for a leg complaint, but he returned in the third term and played out the game.
Carlton: Former Cat Darcy Lang limped from the field in the first quarter with a corked thigh but was able to see out the contest.

NEXT UP
Carlton hosts the in-form Brisbane at Marvel Stadium next Saturday, while Essendon has the bye in round 12, returning the following week to face Hawthorn.

ESSENDON 2.3 5.4 8.5 11.8 (74)
CARLTON 2.2 2.4 4.8 4.9 (33)

GOALS
Essendon: McDonald-Tipungwuti 3, Laverde 2, Parish 2, Baguley 2, Heppell, Langford
Carlton: C.Curnow 2, Kreuzer, McKay

BEST
Essendon: Heppell, Parish, Hurley, Guelfi, Clarke, McGrath
Carlton: Kreuzer, Walsh, Dow, Newman, Cuningham

INJURIES
Essendon: Nil
Carlton: Nil

Reports: Nil
https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-06-02/match-report-essendon-v-carlton
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Bomber Thompson convicted but strolls free from court despite large drug stash
Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson walked from court on Thursday a convicted criminal 18 months after police found 481 ecstasy pills and large quantities of ice in his Port Melbourne home.
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Thompson escaped the more serious charges of drug trafficking, but Magistrate Duncan Reynolds found him guilty of drug possession and ordered the 55-year-old to undergo drug and mental health treatment.

He must also pay a $3500 fine.

“You led up until more recent years a public life and that’s a factor to which I have regard,” he said.

“I’ve found you guilty of possession … as such that elevates the seriousness of the matter.

“It’s one that warrants conviction.”

The former AFL great shook his head and muttered under his breath at the news.
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His lawyer had argued it would “impact his reputation” but the magistrate disagreed, and also sentenced Thompson to a 12-month community corrections order.

As part of his pre-sentencing, Mr Reynolds released 16 pages of reasons for dismissing the drug trafficking charges laid against Thompson.

He conceded Thompson was unable to explain the handwritten notes detailing cash transactions and that “suggestive” items associated with dealing were found in the home, including deal bags, scales, 481 ecstasy pills and 33 grams of ice.

“The evidence in this case gives rise to suspicion that Thompson was trafficking in drugs of dependence. There is his association in unusual circumstances with a proven drug trafficker [Thomas] Windsor,” Mr Reynolds said.
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“Also, the large number or pills and significant weight of the methylamphetamine found.

“I am not satisfied on the whole of the evidence that Thompson intended to sell either drug,”

It’s unclear whether the Office of Public Prosecutions will appeal the magistrate’s decision to dismiss drug trafficking charges despite 44 times the traffickable amount of ecstasy being found inside Thompson’s home.

Methamphetamine weighing 33 grams was also found inside the Rouse Street home – 11 times the amount needed to reach a traffickable quantity under state legislation.

There was no dispute over what was found inside the property, but Thompson claimed all the drugs belonged to his housemate Thomas Windsor.

During Thursday’s proceedings Thompson’s lawyer Mick Milardovic said his client had suffered considerably over the Essendon doping scandal, which had followed a “lengthy and illustrious” career in the AFL.

“You’ve heard the events of where he found himself … in self-imposed exile,” Mr Milardovic said.

“My client comes to the court as … a cleanskin, a first time offender.”

Mr Milardovic told the court Thompson had since embarked on a number of new business ventures including making furniture from recycled materials, importing mechanised e-bicycles and the new industry of “hydrogen inhalers”.

“It’s a burgeoning field your honour,” he said.

The four charges of possession that were found proven related to methamphetamine, MDA, LSD and unprescribed Xanax found in Thompson’s home during police raids in January 2018.

The court previously heard that police discovered illicit drugs and paraphernalia stashed alongside Cats memorabilia inside a coded room off Thompson’s bedroom.

They included a bottle of 481 ecstasy tablets weighing in at 134.6 grams of MDA, four ice pipes, digital scales, and a show box filled with clear resealable bags.

A further search of shared areas of the home uncovered a handwritten lease agreement between Thompson and Windsor and handwritten notes depicting large sums of money.

Amounts of up to $115,000 were scrawled alongside the names ‘Bomb’ and ‘Tatts’, which police said were the nicknames of Thompson and his heavily tattooed housemate Windsor.

In an upstairs mezzanine level and inside a magnetic box police then found 33.1 grams of ice, 5.6 grams of ephedrines, an LSD tab, four Xanax tablets and three white capsule, all of which Thompson was been charged over.

He had contested seven charges of drug use and trafficking but pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions.

His legal team argued last month that the drugs were not his and he did not need to deal drugs to make money as one of his NAB bank accounts contained $3 million.

But during his time in the witness box last month, Thompson told the court that he had developed an ice habit more than a year before the January 2018 police raids after abandoning a football career he said he ended up hating.

He said he struggled with leaving the football world and locked himself in his Port Melbourne home, trading in cryptocurrency 12 hours a day while smoking the drug ice.

Thompson, who coached at Geelong and Essendon, revealed that he still battles to deal with an Essendon supplements scandal he didn’t agree with.

If Thompson reoffends within 12 months he faces the risk of being resentenced for his crimes.
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'One-club player': Daniher rubbishes Swans rumour
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Can't a footballer and an old mentor catch up for a good old-fashioned brew these days?!

That's the question Essendon's Joe Daniher posed on Fox Footy'sOn the Mark on Wednesday night, after rumours linked him to the Sydney Swans following his meeting with Sydney chief executive Tom Harley.

The rumour mill went into over-drive when news spread of their rendezvous, but Daniher was quick to clarify the purpose of the catch-up. "It was a great opportunity for me to ring a mentor of mine and catch up whilst I was in Sydney visiting my surgeon," Daniher said. "(The meeting) has been blown out of proportion a little bit!"

In the manner of professionalism, Daniher was also keen to give his thanks to the Essendon Football Club, who he said had full knowledge of the meeting. "I went over to Tom's house while he was babysitting, and had a good catch-up," Daniher said. "I'm really proud of the way that the footy club supports me to do things like this, and that we can squash (those rumours) and move on."

If there were any loose ends still in play for fans of Daniher and the Bombers, the forward set minds at ease when quizzed on where he'd be in the immediate future, and long-term. "I think that's everyone's ideal situation — to play just for the one club," Daniher said. "I've had a history with the Essendon Football Club since I can remember, since I was a little kid and I'm very proud to play for this footy club."
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Dogs pile on 21 goals in a row to slaughter Bombers
NEVER has 20 seconds of football looked so different to the match it was played in.

In that 20 seconds – the opening 20 seconds of Saturday night's clash – Essendon won the ball out of the first bounce, got it forward and kicked a nice goal through Dylan Shiel.

They didn't kick another for the next 108 minutes. Yes, one hundred and eight.

During that time, the Western Bulldogs provided a lesson in almost every facet of the game.

Through a sheer weight of numbers and quality ball winners, the Dogs piled on an incredible 21 unanswered goals to lay the foundations for an emphatic 104-point victory.

For the Bombers, it was nothing short of embarrassing.
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The 21 straight majors it conceded was the second-most successive goals ever recorded in AFL/VFL history, falling just short of the 23 Geelong managed against Fremantle last year.

Worryingly, in terms of the finals picture, Essendon's dramatic decline has also now seen its percentage dip from 104.3 to 93.8. All in the space of two damning weeks.

The 21.11 (137) to 4.9 (33) win ensures the Dogs' season lives another day. But on this form, they can start to believe in miracles. Although they must be near-perfect over the next fortnight to make the eight, near-perfection was what they reached at Marvel Stadium.

For the Bombers, the tale is less flattering. Now comprehensively beaten by two sides pushing for their place in the top-eight in successive weeks, the form and fitness issues coach John Worsfold is facing couldn't be more concerning heading towards September.

Josh Dunkley was the standout, winning 39 disposals, seven clearances and a goal.

'NOT WHO WE ARE' John Worsfold says the Bombers deserve the crticism they will get

Jack Macrae and Lachie Hunter also won in excess of 30 touches, while Patrick Lipinski and Marcus Bontempelli helped the Dogs have five of the leading six ball winners.

Meanwhile, Bailey Dale, Toby McLean, Josh Schache, Tory Dickson, Aaron Naughton and Will Hayes were all among multiple goalkickers in a comprehensive Dogs win.

Rattling through those ball winners was important in telling the story of the game, as the key statistical areas largely depicted the way the one-sided contest unfolded.

The Dogs won disposals by 124, contested possessions by 36 and inside 50 entries by 29, completely overwhelming their far inferior midfield opponents at the coal face.

Most of that damage was done in the opening stages of the game.

Dunkley had 16 disposals, 11 contested possessions, five clearances and a goal by the first break, while Hunter and Macrae were next in the queue on the stats sheet.

While tagger Dylan Clarke had gone to Bontempelli, the Bombers simply must have been considering a change in thinking when it looked at Dunkley's 25 touches at half time.

His dominance came as Essendon went 37 minutes without a single score, with the game as good as won for the Western Bulldogs as it claimed a 54-point half-time lead.

DOGS RUTHLESS Luke Beveridge says players 'crook' over faltering finish

Renowned as one of the best teams by hand throughout their premiership season in 2016, the famous 'Handball Club' at the Whitten Oval must have recently reformed. The way the Bulldogs moved the ball in congestion was clean, smooth and incredibly damaging.

In contrast, the Bombers found the footy so rarely it looked as though they didn't know what to do with it when it eventually entered their possession. They squandered passages through the middle, let down their forwards with poor entries and suffered on the turnover.

If the Dons thought it could only get better after half time, they were sorely mistaken.

A turnover on the last line of defence resulted in the 12th straight Bulldogs goal, who might have felt more pressure on their 13th and 14th major during Friday's captain's run.

The margin was 89 points at three-quarter time. By the six-minute mark of the final term, the lead had surpassed triple figures. Only a goal could provide relief. Eventually, after nearly an entire game without kicking one, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti broke the run.

Dylan Shiel kicked Essendon's first goal in the first minute of the game,

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked their second with four and a half minutes left in the game. #AFLDonsDogs

When it rains, it pours. That started a run of three straight Dons goals to finish the game.

However, needless to say, the damage had been done.

MEDICAL ROOM
Essendon: Shaun McKernan went to the rooms midway through the second quarter to have his hamstring assessed but returned to play out most of the game before again finishing on the bench.

Western Bulldogs: In another positive, the Dogs finished with a clean bill of health.

NEXT UP
Essendon heads across the country to meet Fremantle at Optus Stadium next Saturday night, while the Western Bulldogs are also travelling interstate to meet new rivals Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

ESSENDON 1.1 1.3 1.7 4.9 (33)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 6.3 10.3 16.6 21.11 (137)

GOALS
Essendon: Baguley 2, Shiel, McDonald-Tipungwuti,
Western Bulldogs: Dickson 3, McLean 3, Dale 3, Schache 3, Hayes 2, Naughton 2, B.Smith, Dunkley, Johannisen, Lloyd, Macrae

BEST
Essendon: Merrett, Redman, Heppell
Western Bulldogs: Dunkley, Hunter, McLean, Macrae, Dale, Smith, Bontempelli, Hayes

INJURIES
Essendon: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Stephens, Hosking

Official crowd: 41,816 at Marvel Stadium
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With apologies to Tommy "Is Don, Is Good" Dysart:

Glen McFarlane writes in today's Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun newspaper:
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BARRETT: The two biggest embarrassments from round 21
Embarrassment No.1 – Another Dons debacle

THERE is something very wrong with a football team which allows 21 straight opposition goals.

Essendon is again broken – as it has been on so many occasions once Kevin Sheedy's mesmerising effect on its operations began to wane in early 2005.

A 104-point loss to Western Bulldogs on Saturday night – where the Bombers kicked the first goal of the match just 21 seconds after it started and its second goal with just eight minutes remaining – followed a 10-goal loss to Port Adelaide in round 20.

Dylan Shiel kicked Essendon's first goal in the first minute of the game,

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked their second with four and a half minutes left in the game.

Coach John Worsfold was adamant the performance was "not who we are". They're just words, unless the Bombers can defeat the equally disappointing Fremantle in Perth next Saturday night and Collingwood in round 23.

Injuries have hit Essendon hard, with Tom Bellchambers, Michael Hurley, Joe Daniher, Devon Smith and more recently Adam Saad missing a heap of footy.

After a 3-5 start to the year, the Bombers won eight of their next 10 matches to seemingly lock in a finals place.

Then, the debacles against Port Adelaide and Bulldogs.

The Bombers were booed off the field by their fans. Picture: AFL Photos
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Worsfold's position is contracted, but now not guaranteed for 2020. Significantly, the Bombers have already moved to bring back Blake Caracella to its assistant coaching ranks for next season.

Rest assured, if Essendon can’t win at least one of the remaining two matches, the pressure to reconsider Worsfold's position, as well as the initial assistant coach plans with Caracella, will become overwhelming.

Embarrassment No.2 - Roos' ridiculous coaching 'process'

Said it in the lead up to the public announcement of Rhyce Shaw as North Melbourne coach, and will say it again.

The Glenn and Ben Show acted with ridiculous, quite possibly irresponsible haste, in locking Shaw in to a three-year senior coaching contract, just eight matches after his interim phase began.

Shaw may well be the best coach North could have found, but there is no way former director Glenn Archer and chairman Ben Buckley – the two men who determined to sack Brad Scott and then totally control the "process" thereafter – could actually know that given their refusal to properly put any other candidates through a process once John Longmire, Adam Simpson and Alastair Clarkson said no.

It was an "exhaustive process", according to Buckley. It most certainly wasn't, and now, 10 matches in to Shaw's career, and two matches after Glenn and Ben breathlessly rushed to unveil him as the future coach, he has overseen the lowest score in North Melbourne's 95-year involvement with the VFL/AFL.

North's 1.8 (14) in Saturday night's loss to Geelong was embarrassing. The one goal came from a free kick.
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Again, this is not directed at Shaw, whose personal record as coach is now 5-5, with four losses in the past five games.

The Glenn and Ben Show would have benefited from properly putting Shaw through thorough psychological testing, and at the same time analysing outside-North coaching options.

It would have benefitted from observing Shaw this week react to the personal and team shock that came out of the Cats loss.

There was no rush. No other club was interested this year in Shaw as a senior coach. And North wasn't interested in Shaw for the position it has actually signed him to on the day they moved Scott out.

An interesting comparison score wise half way through the last quarter North Melbourne 1.8.14 & Essendon 1.7.13.

While Worsfold said the Bombers were trying, I would have said very trying. Rocket Eade said this morning on RSN Radio Sport 927, the Bombers were not trying to the required level. Some were jogging to the ball, others were standing around like witches hats. Effort is what was required & the "Bombouts" gave none of it.
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Lloyd slams 'one of the worst performances' in Essendon's history
Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has slammed the Bombers' dismal 104-point loss to the Western Bulldogs as one of the worst performances in the history of the club.

After kicking the first goal of the game inside the first minute, Essendon then gave up the next 21 goals – the second biggest run of consecutive goals in VFL/AFL history – as the Dogs recorded their biggest ever win against the Dons.
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Matthew Lloyd said there was venom from Essendon fans in the crowd on Saturday night.CREDIT:AAP
Essendon went 108 minutes without scoring a major on Saturday night and the Bulldogs also became the first team outside the top eight to beat a team inside the top eight by more than 100 points in the 26-year history of the top eight.

"It was horrible. They were horrible last night, Essendon. One of the worst performances in the history of the club and obviously the club has been around for well over 120-odd years. It was appalling," Lloyd told Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

"I was there as a spectator last night – the amount of people leaving at half-time and three-quarter time angry, the venom towards the players for a lack of effort."

Lloyd said he had no issue with the fierce reaction from Essendon supporters towards their players at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

"The players are embarrassed by it ... Essendon have 75,000 members when they haven't won a final for 15 years," he said.

"They're finally going to get there and they've served up that the last two weeks. It wasn't just last night, against Port Adelaide was horrible - they've lost 15 [percentage points] in the last two weeks."

Essendon forward Shaun McKernan agreed the fans had every right to boo the team.

"They're obviously pretty passionate supporters and being a big club, obviously we have to own it as a group and know that we don't stand for performances like that," McKernan told Channel Seven.

Lloyd said coach John Worsfold would come under pressure to keep his job if the Bombers failed to qualify for the finals.

"They have been decimated by injuries but still, it can't be about [injuries], your system still has to stand up ... if they don't play finals, obviously the heat will come straight back on again," Lloyd said.

But McKernan said Worsfold wasn't solely to blame for the heavy loss.

"Obviously we have to own a bit of that as well, it's not just purely on John and the senior leaders have to own that and that's about bringing everyone together and responding next week, which we're looking forward to," McKernan said.

"I think it's a great opportunity going over to Perth next week and getting everyone together and travelling and trying to get a win on the road."

Despite not being very animated on the interchange bench, Worsfold was communicating with players, according to midfielder Andrew McGrath.

"He does like to give us space on the bench and reset ourselves and bring ourselves back to our A-game," McGrath said.

"He is normally calm whether we're winning or whether we're losing so it's just how John approaches it, but he did help us a lot on the bench when we needed guidance and advice on the bench."

McGrath admitted it was tough coming from the ground to face Worsfold during the game.

"You knew how disappointed he was, he doesn't articulate it too much to us but you can tell by the look on his face he was quite disappointed, and rightfully so with the performance we dished up," he said.

McGrath described his team's performance as "an anomaly" and insisted they'd get back on the horse next week against Fremantle to rectify it.

"There was a whole range of issues on the night that collectively resulted in that outcome. There's not one definitive answer but it was a disappointing night and something that we can't accept as a footy club, and we understand how disappointed the players and fans are," he said.

"It was quite tough, when things aren't going your way, it's hard to get out of that tumbling cycle, I guess.

"When you don't win the midfield battle and get convincingly beaten, it's always hard getting first use into our forward line. They dominated us through the middle of the ground and they dominated us around the contest – it's always hard to win a game when you're beaten so convincingly in such areas."
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AFL 2019: Essendon loss to Western Bulldogs one of the club’s worst ever performances
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Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has savaged the Bombers’ capitulation to the Western Bulldogs as among the worst performances in the AFL club’s history.

Essendon conceded an astonishing 21 consecutive goals in a 104-point loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Bombers ruckman Shaun McKernan says angry supporters had every right to boo players during the stunning defeat.

“They have got the right to boo,” he told Channel 7’s Game Day program on Sunday.

“They’re obviously pretty passionate supporters … and obviously we have to own it as a group and know that we don’t stand for performances like that.”

Lloyd, a former Essendon captain and the club’s leading goalkicker in 12 seasons, said players deserved the “venom” from fans.

“They were horrible last night, Essendon, one of the worst performances in the history of the club,” Lloyd told Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.
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Essendon suffered the first 100-plus loss of the season. Source: AAP
“The amount of people leaving at half-time, three quarter-time, angry, the venom towards the players for a lack of effort.”

The Bombers hold seventh spot on the ladder but Saturday night’s defeat followed a 59-point loss to Port Adelaide.

Essendon meet Fremantle in Perth and then Collingwood before the finals. Coach John Worsfold described the Bulldogs loss as out of character.

“The message to the players is that we deserve all the criticism that we get for what we dished up but that’s not who we are,” Worsfold said post-game.

“These guys have represented Essendon brilliantly for a big part of this year so far and had some wonderful wins.

“We have had a poor loss so we’ll cop the criticism.
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4 Points: Don and dusted? The Bombers don't look a finals team
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took 108 minutes to circle the earth on his first space flight in 1961.

Essendon took the same time between kicking goals at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night. So yes, you could have circled the earth in the time it took Essendon to kick their second goal against the Bulldogs. At least Gagarin would have enjoyed the view, which is more than can be said for those watching the Bombers.


Of course, we are still waiting for North’s second goal – but that is a different story.

This was no normal round of footy. It snowed Friday night, North kicked one goal for the match Saturday night. And Essendon, oh Essendon.
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Crash landing: The Bombers fell to earth after a 104-point loss to the Bulldogs.CREDIT:AAP
Put their loss this way: a statistician reported on Saturday night that in the history of the top-eight system, no side outside the eight had ever beaten a side inside the eight by 100 points or more.

First, we start with the partial explanation, not the excuse. Essendon had more of their best team missing than playing. Those absences can explain a loss, but not one of this magnitude. Injuries are only a partial explanation, for Essendon lacked something more elementary than players.
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This was a passionless defeat. It was a meek surrender that spoke to a lack of desire to run and to work.

And while yes, they missed many players, the midfield still had Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Dylan Shiel and Dylan Clarke (tagging) in the team. They are first-choice centre-bounce players. Jake Stringer was also there for burst rotations and while Tom Bellchambers was a critical loss because it exposed Zac Clarke, who is well past his use-by date, they were playing against a third-year, stripe of paint ruckman in Tim English (enormously promising but still a foal). English was excellent again.

Essendon lost the contested possession count by 38 and the uncontested possession count by triple figures. So they were beaten in congestion and beaten for running once the ball broke from congestion. Oh, and the tackle count. That combination speaks to their appetite for work.

The Bulldogs are a side that likes to counterattack from half-back. They are back playing in the manner of their 2016 flag year, with clean sharp handballs from superior numbers of players, drawn to where the ball is trying to be won. Then once they win the ball, they ricochet it about with snappy handballs until they reach one of the many players already heading at pace towards goal. Suddenly, they are a wave washing through the ground. Essendon knew this and were powerless to stop it.

Here are two stats that describe this picture better than any others. Essendon laid one tackle in their forward 50. For the night. The Bulldogs kicked 10 goals from balls that started in Essendon’s forward line.

Essendon could offer nothing to counter. In large part this was because they had three quarters of their spine missing – Michael Hurley, Joe Daniher and Bellchambers – so they had little marking power.

These are not matters that are going to be quickly fixed. Essendon now not only looks unlikely to make the finals, but undeserving of doing so with the team they have available to them. Pressure returns to John Worsfold, but it might as readily turn to the medical and fitness program that has left them so thin for numbers.

Essendon have lost more than 10 percentage points in the last two games. They are easy to play against now, and unfortunately came up against sides in the last two weeks that punish teams that do not have an appetite for work.

Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs are fast, attacking, offensive units that both deserve to be playing finals, and the Bulldogs in particular are ripe to win a final if and when they get there.

Port and the Dogs are in both in far better form than either of the sides that look likely to finish in fifth and sixth place – Collingwood and GWS.

Those two making the eight would not be a case of making up the finals. Both look likely to be able to win finals if and when they do get there. The same cannot be said of Essendon.

New Dogs, old tricks

The measure of the Bulldogs' win is also impacted by the fact they were without Tom Liberatore, Caleb Daniel and Mitch Wallis.

The reason they we able to so thoroughly cover their absence was that Josh Dunkley has moved from good to very good. As others have noted, after he racked up 16 touches and kicked a goal in the first quarter alone, he's in the best form of his career.
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Unleashed: Essendon's Zac Clarke attempts to stop rampaging Bulldog Josh Dunkley.CREDIT:AAP
The critical thing about Dunkley as a midfielder is that he is a big body and defence-first in his thinking, and has an enormous aerobic capacity to run all day. He knows where to put himself, and helps create space and time for others. His kicking is still poor but his running and ball-winning ability offsets it.

Other midfields have drawn credit for containing bigger names, but the combination of Marcus Bontempelli, Jackson Macrae, Lachie Hunter and now Dunkley (and Liberatore and Wallis) stands up with any midfield in the competition.

Beyond that, they’ve also recruited a serious, underrated talent in Hayden Crozier. His run off half-back in the first quarter set up what was to come, as much as Dunkley's efforts around the ball.
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Vostok 1 took Yuri Gagarin on a one orbit flight around the earth on April 12, 1961. He did one complete orbit of the earth in a flight that lasted 108 minutes.
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12 days later Poland issued this fdc for Yuri Gagarin's one orbit flight around the Earth:
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Essendon took the same time between kicking goals at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night. So yes, you could have circled the earth in the time it took Essendon to kick their second goal against the Bulldogs. At least Gagarin would have enjoyed the view, which is more than can be said for those watching the Bombers. :)
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I can't believe that a thread that started over 3 years ago still has the same 12-month suspension title. I keep thinking it's happened again, and then realise that this is page 20+ of a generic thread discussing some obscure sport. :lol:
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Yes Norvic, this club is still trying to recover from those suspensions, years later.

Supporters, some appearing to be from the Ozark Mountains, have turned feral as the effects linger on.

Now I wouldn't want to tell these guys that their team was obscure let alone the sport their team plays:
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I will never forget the Pro-Hird supporters in the Cheer Squad fighting the Anti-Hird supporters in the Cheer Squad, the night of Jobe Watson's 200th game.

It was meant to be a big celebratory victory for the occasion. Essendon had booked out 90% of the ground for their members & I was lucky to get seats up in the clouds behind the goals.

An historic victory it was not, as a vastly inferior St.Kilda side gave the Bombers a football lesson. Essendon was in disarray & coming apart at the seams.

The wounds are taking a long time to heal & sometimes it seems one step forward is taken & then 3 steps back.

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The shock overrule that lead to Dons discontent
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Essendon club legend Matthew Lloyd has suggested that an overrule by the club's management on the selection of the leadership group led to discontent among the players.

Speaking on Footy Classified, in the wake of the Bombers' calamitous 104-point loss to the Western Bulldogs, Lloyd took aim at the club's current leadership group, namely Orazio Fantasia, Joe Daniher and David Myers.

"I look at this leadership group, I've been hard on them before," he said.
"Fantasia should nearly be playing VFL football, that's how poorly he's going. I haven't seen him lead this year.

"David Myers has been a VFL footballer questioning whether he should still be playing AFL football. Daniher is meeting with an opposition club's CEO."
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Lloyd then went further, suggesting that despite the leadership group being appointed by the players, the decision was ultimately overruled by the Bombers power brokers.

"There's a thought around Essendon people that it went against what the players wanted," he said. "On-field, they are going poorly and I think they got it wrong and let their players down. "They let Michael Hurley down and they let Cale Hooker down, that's who players would love to be leading their team."

Essendon coach John Worsfold has come under immense pressure since the Bombers' last two heavy defeats at the hands of the Bulldogs and Port Adelaide, with a widespread belief that he will be relieved of his duties if the club fails to make the finals.

Lloyd questioned the veteran coach's game plan once again, saying it didn't stack up against the AFL's true premiership contenders. "I hear John talk a lot about brands and building towards a premiership, but I don't actually know what that is," he said.

"What are we seeing on the field to back that up? Yes they won five in a row, but they were very much band-aid type of performances, putting paper over the cracks.

"They're getting what they deserve right now, so I don't think the brand is that good in terms of winning a premiership. That's where John needs to be under pressure. "That's what John is going to live or die by in my opinion over the next couple of weeks."
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Bombers fitness boss to depart as shake-up continues
THE OFF-field change at Essendon has continued, with fitness boss Justin Crow to depart the club.

The Bombers announced on Tuesday that Crow, who joined the Bombers in 2011 and took over as the club's performance manager in 2013, will leave at the end of the season.

It was described as a "mutual" parting of ways, coming at the end of what has been a horror injury run for the club this season.

"Justin has had a tremendous impact on our football club, and has led a very dedicated high-performance team during his tenure at the club, particularly through some challenging circumstances," football manager Dan Richardson said.

"He is a man of integrity and high values, and has made a fantastic contribution to the club in his time here. We wish Justin and his family the very best for their future endeavours."

The Bombers will shed assistant coaches Rob Harding and Paul Corrigan at the end of the year, with Richmond assistant and Essendon's 2000 premiership player Blake Caracella to return to the club as a member of its coaching panel.
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Two Bombers assistant coaches set to depart at season's end
ESSENDON will have a new-look coaching team next year, with two assistant coaches to depart at season's end.

Opposition strategy coach Rob Harding and forwards coach Paul Corrigan, who played 53 games for Geelong, will complete the season before moving on from the Bombers.

AFL.com.au understands Essendon players and staff were informed on Friday morning that both coaches were set to pursue other opportunities.

Rob Harding will depart the club at the end of the season.
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The news comes ahead of Saturday's clash with in-form North Melbourne, as well as the August 1 deadline for clubs to give assistant coaches an indication on their future.

The Bombers' former game performance coach, Mark Neeld, who parted ways with the club in May last year, spoke about Harding on K rock radio last week.

"Just on Rob, I know he's not a household name in the footy world (but) I worked with him for quite a lengthy period of time," Neeld said.

"Whatever the fancy title is at the moment, he's a strategy coach – he looks into the opposition.

"Prior to Essendon, he was at Adelaide when 'Sando' (Brenton Sanderson) was coach over there, and he was at the Cats and also at North Melbourne.

"So he's building a really good reputation on the back of some hard work, but he would be one of the smartest people in the AFL competition."

It is believed rival clubs inquired last year about Harding, who has developed a strong reputation from 12 years at four AFL clubs.

He was an opposition analyst at North Melbourne and Geelong, including being there for the 2011 premiership, before serving as the Crows' opposition strategy coach for five years.

Harding joined the Bombers ahead of the 2017 season.

Corrigan's been at Essendon for seven years, including looking after the forwards for the past two seasons, and enjoyed success before that at local level.
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It's a shallow, cheap shot: Woosha fires back at critics
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ESSENDON coach John Worsfold has fired back at "shallow" criticism of his coaching style, saying discussion around his demeanour during the Bombers' disastrous loss to the Western Bulldogs is a "cheap shot".

Worsfold also said he was "fully committed" to coaching next year, and that he hadn't sought assurances about his job with Essendon's hierarchy despite its fight to remain in the top-eight.

There were parts in the game where I sat quietly, I can't talk non-stop, and they've been highlighted - John Worsfold

The 2006 West Coast premiership coach was questioned for his lack of outward emotion while sitting on the interchange bench in Essendon's 104-point loss to the Bulldogs last Saturday.
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But he said the vision highlighted didn't capture his discussions with fellow coaches, players and staff at other periods of the contest, while saying he didn't believe making the finals was necessarily a benchmark for the Bombers.

"I've got a clear pathway on how I go about my job and what we're doing and I'm really excited about a lot of the things these players are learning and where we're going. That's it in a nutshell," Worsfold said on Wednesday.

The reality is we've played two poor games coming off a really good six or seven weeks of footy - John Worsfold

"The fact that other people don’t like that I, for some parts of the game on the weekend, I sat quietly in the highlighted bits of vision, which was maybe two per cent of the game, people can target me on that. That's pretty shallow.

"Has anyone looked back on the whole 110 minutes of what I was doing? I was in constant communication with the coaches box, constantly supporting the players, challenging them.

"There were parts in the game where I sat quietly, I can't talk non-stop, and they've been highlighted. It's a cheap shot, but that's fine. [Just] a glancing blow."

Essendon's back-to-back thrashings at the hands of Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs have its finals hopes precariously placed.

It plays Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Saturday night and will then face Collingwood in the final round in a bid to secure a finals spot.

Worsfold, who met with Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell on Monday night, said the conjecture about his future with the club did not concern him. He is contracted for next season.

"Not really, other than understanding I can't control the speculation. What's the reality? That's more the question. The speculation is fine. If people didn't talk about teams that were going through a rough trot then what are they going to talk about?," he said.

"The reality is we've played two poor games coming off a really good six or seven weeks of footy. The reality is I'm contracted for next year, I'm fully committed to this footy club and enjoying the challenge of getting the group to where it wants to get to."

Worsfold said the Bombers' list isn't underachieving, but noted the club expects to be playing finals this season.

It last made the finals in 2017, when it was trounced by Sydney in the elimination final, and it hasn't won a final since 2004 – the longest drought of any AFL club.

"It's called competition and sport. I'm really excited about playing finals footy this year, but I'm really excited about playing this week," he said.

The Bombers will have a strengthened squad to face the Dockers, with Darcy Parish (concussion) and Aaron Francis (neck) to return, while key defender Michael Hurley (shoulder) is also a chance.

Worsfold said he expected Jake Stringer to be available despite a tight hamstring.

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Stringer trained lightly on Wednesday, including doing some goalkicking, away from the main group, although Shaun McKernan, who had some concerns with his hamstring, is cleared to play.

Adam Saad, who missed last week with a hamstring injury, was also part of the main training group.
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Highly rated Tigers assistant to join Bombers
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SENIOR-coach-in-waiting Blake Caracella will complete this season at Richmond before returning to his playing roots at Essendon.

As AFL.com.au reported on Monday, Caracella, the Tigers' offensive coach, and Richmond reached an agreement to part ways despite him being contracted for 2020.

He re-signed for two seasons in October last year, after joining Richmond ahead of the 2017 season then performing a pivotal role in the club ending its 37-year premiership drought.
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Bombers football boss Dan Richardson confirmed on Tuesday that Caracella would join their coaching panel at season's end.

"We are thrilled Blake has indicated his desire to join our club next season," Richardson said.

"We respect he is currently contracted and committed to the Richmond Football Club.

"We thank the Tigers for their understanding and, as such, Blake will commence his role with the Bombers at the start of our 2020 pre-season campaign."

Richardson and Essendon assistant coach Ben Rutten both worked with Caracella at Richmond.

Caracella played 187 games for Essendon, Brisbane and Collingwood, including being part of the Bombers' 2000 premiership and the Lions' 2003 flag.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was a teammate of his in that Essendon side.

Caracella has since become a highly rated assistant coach at three clubs across 13 years, and is regularly discussed as someone in the mix to be an AFL senior coach one day.

AFL.com.au revealed in July that the Bombers' opposition strategy coach Rob Harding and forwards coach Paul Corrigan were pursuing other opportunities, which created two job openings.

Part of Harding's current role includes ball movement, an area Caracella has excelled in at Richmond.

The 42-year-old previously worked at Geelong from 2010 to 2016, including the Cats' 2011 premiership, and Collingwood between 2007 and 2009.

He has worked alongside the Tigers' football boss Neil Balme at all three of his coaching stops, after Balme also recruited him to the Magpies as a player for the 2005 season.

"We thank Blake for his contribution to Richmond. He has been an integral member of our coaching group for the past three seasons," Balme said.

"Blake will remain in his role at the club until the end of our season, and beyond that we wish him and his family all the best for his next challenge."

Caracella was also accepted into the AFL's exclusive Level Four coaching course in 2015, alongside the likes of Simon Goodwin, Stuart Dew and Brendon Bolton.
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Stars back for Dons
ESSENDON has recalled four big names to face Fremantle as it tries to stabilise a season rapidly spiralling out of control.

Michael Hurley, Adam Saad, Darcy Parish and Aaron Francis are among five Bomber additions – with two-gamer Brayden Ham the other – for Saturday night's all-important clash at Optus Stadium.

Essendon named Jake Stringer, who is dealing with hamstring tightness, and dumped Josh Begley, Dylan Clarke, Ben McNiece, David Myers and Mark Baguley in response to last week's humiliating defeat.
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Final teams: Dons lose star defender
ESSENDON has confirmed a sixth change for Saturday night's pivotal clash with Fremantle after losing gun swingman Cale Hooker and handing a debut to Brandon Zerk-Thatcher.
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Star Bomber Hooker (groin soreness) joins five omissions - Dylan Clarke, Josh Begley, David Myers, Ben McNiece and Mark Baguley - in going out of the line-up that was thumped by the Bulldogs by 104 points.

Zerk-Thatcher, a 195cm defender, was drafted from Sturt with pick 66 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft and adds to the backline changes with Michael Hurley, Adam Saad and Aaron Francis returning.

The Dockers, who must win to keep their slim finals chances alive, will go in unchanged for Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne's home farewell matches, and Michael Walters' 150th game.
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A huge sigh of relief came from "The West" last night.
See you in September: Dons down Dockers to book finals spot
ESSENDON has locked up a finals berth and slammed the door shut on Fremantle's slim top-eight chances with a spirited 32-point victory at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

Wobbling after listless beltings from Port Adelaide and the Bulldogs, the Bombers arrived in the west under the blowtorch but responded with a committed and fierce effort, releasing the pressure on coach John Worsfold.

Returning to their blistering counterattacking brand, the Dons sliced through the Dockers' defence, spoiling the farewell party for departing Freo veterans Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne.

The 13.9 (87) to 7.13 (55) victory, Essendon's 12th, ensures an elimination final appearance and eases what would have been a tense lead-in to next Friday night's encounter with potential September opponent Collingwood.

The Bombers are likely to finish seventh or eighth, given Greater Western Sydney in sixth has a vastly superior percentage and game in hand against the Dogs on Sunday, before facing battling Gold Coast in the last round.

Meanwhile, Freo's faint hopes of featuring in September for the first time since 2015 are officially over, a week after the hammer blow of their heartbreaking loss to St Kilda.

The Dockers couldn't capitalise on the emotion-charged atmosphere at Optus Stadium, once again shooting themselves in the foot with ordinary ball use.

Essendon feasted on their wastefulness, booting 5.3 from turnovers in the opening half, compared to the home side's four behinds.

It was enough to open up a 22-point lead by the main break, which Worsfold's outfit never looked like relinquishing.

Dominating almost all of the major statistics, including disposals (+72), contested possessions (+55), clearances (+14) and inside 50s (+11).

The only downside for Essendon was a left foot injury suffered by midfielder David Zaharakis in the opening to the second term.

Zaharakis was carried from the field between two trainers and was on crutches after half-time after his foot was caught underneath his body weight in an ugly position.

It wasn't the only incident from the quarter, with Fremantle small forward Lachie Schultz accidentally running into field umpire Alex Whetton, whose night was over after the heavy collision.

Despite being a rotation down, the Bombers cruised to victory and benefited from regaining quality players Michael Hurley, Adam Saad, Darcy Parish and Aaron Francis from injury amongst six changes.

Star forward Jake Stringer also showed no signs of a hamstring issue, drilling two goals and wreaking havoc through midfield bursts.

Stringer's only blemish came in the third term when he needlessly illegally shepherded Ethan Hughes in the goalsquare, robbing Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti of his second major.

However, Dockers veteran David Mundy couldn't make Stringer pay at the other end and when Zach Merrett dobbed his second moments later the margin was out to what was a game-high 26 points nearing time-on.

It was that sort of night for Fremantle, and it was summed up when Sandilands marked 15m out from goal and missed in the dying seconds of the term.

With superstar Nat Fyfe (26 disposals, one goal) enduring a difficult night opposed to Patrick Ambrose, too much was left to 150-gamer Michael Walters (36, two goals) and Bradley Hill (32).

The Bombers' runners Dylan Shiel (27 disposals, one goal), Merrett (23, two), Parish (22, one) and Saad (27) were too good, and they will take a much-needed confidence boost as they reset their sights on winning a final for the first time since 2004.

Fremantle: The Dockers seemed to get through without any injuries.
Essendon: David Zaharakis came from the field bleeding from the head in the opening minutes after copping an accidental knee from David Mundy. He returned soon after but just moments into the second stanza he had to be helped from the field by two trainers after his left leg was awkwardly caught underneath him. It was the end of his night.

The Bombers will have the chance to tune-up for September against potential elimination final opponent Collingwood next Friday night, while the Dockers head to face Port Adelaide – which might still have hope of playing finals – in the last game of the season at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

FREMANTLE 3.4 4.6 5.10 7.13 (55)
ESSENDON 5.1 8.4 11.5 13.9 (87)

GOALS
Fremantle: McCarthy 3, Walters 2, Darcy, Fyfe
Essendon: Brown 2, Stringer 2, Merrett 2, Langford 2, Parish, McDonald-Tipungwuti, McKernan, Fantasia, Shiel

BEST
Fremantle: Walters, B.Hill, McCarthy, Fyfe, Mundy, Sandilands
Essendon: Merrett, Shiel, Stringer, Saad, Hurley, Ambrose

INJURIES
Fremantle: Nil
Essendon: Zaharakis (foot), Hooker (groin soreness) replaced in selected side by Zerk-Thatcher

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Whetton, Fleer

Official crowd: 47,833 at Optus Stadium
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All is forgiven as Dons make finals.

Injury wrap: Finals-bound Bombers sweat on Zacka's fitness


FINALS-BOUND Essendon will be sweating on the fitness of a host of key players ahead of its blockbuster round 23 clash against Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night.

The Bombers booked their place in the post-season with a 32-point victory over the Dockers on Saturday night, but the impressive triumph in Perth may have come at a cost.

Veteran midfielder David Zaharakis hurt his left ankle during the second quarter of the Optus Stadium contest and failed to return to the field for the remainder of the match.
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David Zaharakis left Optus Stadium on crutches, which isn't a great sign for next week. Picture: AFL Photos
Essendon is already missing the likes of key forward Joe Daniher, No.1 ruckman Tom Bellchambers and star onballer Devon Smith from its best 22. The loss of Zaharakis could now rob the Bombers of a crucial member of their midfield.

Veteran coach John Worsfold is hopeful that Zaharakis' injury is not too bad, but the 29-year-old was seen on crutches following the victory over the Dockers and remains in doubt for Friday's match against the Pies.

"We'll have to wait and see exactly what that is but obviously if they don't finish a game it's never a good sign for the next week. But we need to check all that out," Worsfold said.

Influential swingman Cale Hooker (groin) was a late withdrawal for the Dockers clash and will be monitored in the lead-up to Friday night, while Aaron Francis picked up a knock in Perth and will also be assessed.
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TEAMS: Essendon carnage
ESSENDON has lost a series of stars for Friday night's finals tune-up against Collingwood at the MCG.

The Bombers sealed their September spot last week with a road victory over Fremantle, but will be without David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Jake Stringer and Orazio Fantasia in the final round.

Cale Hooker, Tom Bellchambers and Jayden Laverde headline Essendon's five inclusions as John Worsfold's men try to earn a home elimination final.

The Magpies are a much more settled line-up, with Darcy Moore returning to replace Steele Sidebottom (ruptured testicle).

Friday, August 23
Collingwood v Essendon at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST

COLLINGWOOD

In: D.Moore
Out: S.Sidebottom (ruptured testicle)

ESSENDON

In: C.Hooker, J.Begley, T.Jok, J.Laverde, T.Bellchambers, D.Clarke
Out: B.Zerk-Thatcher, D.Zaharakis (ankle), D.Heppell (foot), J.Stringer (soreness), Z.Clarke (bone stress), O.Fantasia (hip)
New: Tom Jok (Collingwood VFL)
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Injury puts key Don in doubt, but not out of finals yet


ESSENDON is unlikely to get an immediate understanding of whether Michael Hurley's shoulder injury will rule the star defender out of the club's finals campaign.

Hurley suffered a dislocated shoulder in the early stages of the side's 11-point loss to Collingwood on Friday night, failing to return to the field for the rest of the match.

He will be sent for scans this weekend, though the type of injury means the results of his testing could still leave the Bombers unaware as to his availability for finals.

"I'm not sure whether the scans will tell with these injuries, or whether it's the range of movement that he's got," coach John Worsfold said after the match.

"I'm a bit in the dark with how we're going to know, what it is and what the time frame is."

DONS NOT DONE YET

Despite the defeat, Essendon has already ensured its spot in September and will look to break a 15-year finals drought when it takes part in an elimination final in a fortnight's time.

For now, Worsfold is refusing to make a judgement as to whether Hurley is part of that.

"It's subluxed," Worsfold said.

"It was pretty sore, so we ruled him out (of Friday night's game). But how much damage has been done, you can't really tell right now. He's not ruled out of the next game.

"When I say that, he's probably not ruled in either. But we're hopeful that the damage and the soreness from it won't be too bad and that he'll be able to get through that."

Essendon managed a host of key players for Friday night's round 23 clash, ensuring they will be fit and ready to go for the club's upcoming finals campaign next month.

Dyson Heppell (foot), Orazio Fantasia (hip), Jake Stringer (soreness) and Cale Hooker (illness) are among those set to return, though David Zaharakis (syndesmosis) has been ruled out.

While that preparation isn't ideal, Worsfold does not want to use it as an excuse.

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"All of the others I think will be alright," Worsfold said.

"It's an unknown, like everyone else. There are going to be teams going into the finals with a lot of expectation on them. We're going in there to do our absolute best.

"Our build-up, I can't remember a time where I've been disrupted so much with having a settled team. But that's not necessarily going to impact us in two weeks' time.

"We've got a good chance to train together now and build up for it."
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Re-sign or let go?


Out of contract: Mark Baguley, Mitch Brown, Zac Clarke, Matt Dea, Aaron Francis, Matt Guelfi, Michael Hartley, Jordan Houlahan, Tom Jok, Jake Long, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Ben McNiece, Trent Mynott, Mason Redman, Will Snelling

Guelfi is close to re-committing for two more years, although he won't play again this season because of a knee injury. Obtaining McDonald-Tipungwuti's signature is the top priority as other clubs circle, while Redman is another player the Bombers are keen to lock away. Francis is perennially linked with a return home to South Australia. Brown continues to be an underrated performer in attack and should be at Tullamarine in 2020, as is likely the case for mid-season draftee Snelling, who's broken in for three AFL games. Clarke is also in negotiations to extend his stay, but is in a group that will have a nervous wait ahead.
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To sack or not to sack? Worsfold says his future won't hinge on finals results


JOHN Worsfold doesn't believe his future at Essendon rests on a strong performance in this week's elimination final against West Coast.
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The Bombers coach has steered the club back into the finals for the second time since being appointed in the role ahead of the 2016 season.

But his position continues to attract doubts despite being contracted for next year.
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Ahead of the Bombers' trip to Perth for Thursday night's knockout final, Worsfold said he thought his place as coach was secure regardless of Essendon's finals results.

"[That belief] is based on non-stop communication with the executive of the Essendon Football Club. We don't just talk when something's written in the paper, we talk about it non-stop – where we're going, how the team's going, and where everything's at," he said on Monday.

"I know it's exciting to know that I had dinner with (Essendon CEO) Xavier Campbell a couple of weeks ago, but ultimately we talk every week."

Worsfold, who has won seven of 18 finals he has coached, including the Eagles' 2006 premiership triumph, said he had not spent time considering his position in the lead-up to this week's clash.

"It's not for me to pump my tyres up or to be disappointed to see it in other ways. I've got plenty to focus on in terms of picking a team…without worrying about if someone thinks I've done a reasonable job or not," he said.

It is looking more likely that Worsfold will have star defender Michael Hurley at his disposal for the clash.

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Hurley had a partial dislocation of his shoulder in the Bombers' round 23 loss to Collingwood, but has been training with the main group, including at Monday's session, and is growing more confident of playing.

"He's going really well. At this stage everything's looking really promising," Worsfold said.

"He has to say he thinks he's able to play at the required level in this game. The medical staff have to agree with that and say they're comfortable that he's available, and then we have to decide we're going to pick him.

"All those things we have to do, but at this stage he's tracking really well."

Essendon will travel on Wednesday before opening this year's finals series, and has been studying the performance of Hawthorn, who knocked off West Coast at home in the final round of the regular season.

It has served as something of a blueprint for the Bombers, who beat the reigning premiers at the venue last year.

"There's stuff Hawthorn did that was interesting. We've also looked at some other game where West Coast's been challenged over there, including some of the quarters we've played against them over the past 18 months as well," Worsfold said.
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New blow for Bombers after calf injury sidelines defender
ESSENDON faces a rejig of its backline ahead of Thursday night's elimination final with West Coast, with defender Martin Gleeson to miss with a calf injury.
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Martin Gleeson will miss Essendon's trip to Perth to face West Coast
Gleeson did not take part in Monday's training session at Tullamarine, instead watching from the sidelines with a compression sock on his left calf.

AFL.com.au has confirmed he will miss this week's trip to Perth to tackle the Eagles with the minor injury, but will be aiming to be available for the following week if the Bombers progress to a semi-final.

The Bombers held over half-back Jordan Ridley from playing in the VFL on the weekend and he could come in to replace Gleeson against the Eagles. Ridley trained with the main group on Monday and has played six senior games this season.

It is a blow for Gleeson, who has been important for the Bombers since breaking back into the line-up in round 15.

The attacking and intercepting half-back has played every game since then, having overcome a serious ankle fracture and dislocated heel in the pre-season JLT Community Series in 2018 that saw him miss all of last year.

Small backman Ben McNiece has also been used as a relief defender, having made five senior appearances this season.

It is not the injury news Essendon wanted, particularly as it looks to bring back four key players for its knockout clash with last year's premiers.

Dyson Heppell (foot), Cale Hooker (illness), Orazio Fantasia (hip) and Jake Stringer (soreness) all missed the round 23 loss to Collingwood but all trained on Monday and are set to return.

Orazio Fantasia (second from left) is likely to return to face West Coast:
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Dual All Australian Michael Hurley also looks likely to play through pain after his shoulder injury against the Magpies.

Hurley, who partially dislocated his right shoulder, took part in Monday's session, including contested marking drills.

He will require surgery at the end of Essendon's season, but the Bombers believe he is most likely to meet the Eagles.

Meanwhile, defender Matt Dea has announced he will retire at the end of Essendon's season.
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Dea, 27, played 39 games for Essendon and 31 for Richmond for a career total of 70 across 10 seasons.

He was originally drafted by Richmond with pick No.44 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft and was delisted at the end of 2015, before joining the Bombers for 2016 under the top-up concessions afforded the club after 12 of its players were banned for anti-doping violations.

Dea was re-drafted at the end of the 2016 season and played out three more years.

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5479 days since Dons' last finals win:
Where are the 22 now?
IT HAS been a long time between drinks for Essendon.
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James Hird and David Hille sing the song after the elimination final win in 2004. All pictures: AFL Photos
The Bombers' last finals win came all the way back on 4 September 2004, when they survived a late Demons fightback to secure a five-point elimination final victory.

A lot has happened in the 5479 days since, including five more finals defeats.

So, on the eve of yet another do-or-die final for Essendon, AFL.com.au looks back at the team that bested Melbourne 15 years ago and takes a glance at what they're doing now.

Watson, who was 19 at the time, was the last of this group remaining. He finished his career in 2017, playing 220 games but enjoying no more finals victories.
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1. Mark Johnson
Moved to Fremantle for a solitary season in 2008, before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his career. He's now doing building work around the Essendon region.

4. Jobe Watson
Claimed the Brownlow Medal in 2012, before that was stripped of him as a result of his involvement in the club's supplements saga. He has several business interests in the United States, including in cafes and gyms. He is also working as a buyer's advocate at Infolio Property Advisors.
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5. James Hird
After his controversial role in the club's supplements saga, Hird recently revealed he now plays a part in brokering the sales of major soccer clubs – including Italian giants Inter Milan.
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6. Sean Wellman
Was elevated to the club's board in December 2017, having acted as an assistant coach under Hird until the end of 2013. He also runs a mortgage broker business.

7. Dean Solomon
He is currently the senior assistant coach underneath Stuart Dew at Gold Coast, having worked at the Suns for the last eight years. He finished the Level Four coaching program earlier this year.
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9. Adam Ramanauskas
Has worked as a player agent at TLA for the last decade. His client list includes names like Ben Brown, Dan Menzel and Jamie Elliott.

10. Mark McVeigh
Worked at Channel 7 and SEN as a caller, while he was also a talent manager with AFL NSW/ACT. He is now the Giants' backline coach after 12 months as their Academy coach.

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11. Damien Peverill
Moved to Collingwood as its VFL captain and as an assistant coach at the end of his Essendon career. Is currently coaching Therry Penola OB in the VAFA.

12. Andrew Welsh
Did some calling with Channel 7, but he is now one of Australia's biggest property developers. He also played a few games for Echuca United in the Murray FNL this season.

13. Damian Cupido
Caused controversy on the eve of this season, signing with Rumbalara in the Murray Football League despite being contracted to Henty.

14. Jason Johnson
Played until 2008, but has since founded 'Dineamic Food' and has worked there over the last decade. It services the cafes of AFL clubs like Carlton and Greater Western Sydney.

18. Matthew Lloyd
Has media roles with AFL.com.au, Channel 9 and 3AW, while he is also co-coach of successful APS school Haileybury.

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19. David Hille
He now lives in Sydney, where he is a senior analyst with accounting organisation Deloitte.

23. Mark Bolton
He was the chief executive of Ladder, which aims to tackle youth homelessness in Australia. He now lives in London, working with training agency Go1.

25. Scott Lucas
He is a leading player agent with Phoenix Management Group, where he looks after clients like Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Taylor Adams and James Sicily.
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27. Matthew Allan
Had a brief stint as the footy boss at the Bendigo Bombers. Is now the national advertising sales representative at the Australian Traffic Network.

28. Justin Murphy
Had a series of off-field problems. Spent six months in prison after being charged with 28 offences, before being released in October 2017.

31. Dustin Fletcher
The club's longest serving player, he returned to Essendon this season as an assistant coach of the club's Next Generation Academy.
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34. Brent Stanton
He is an assistant coach at Carlton, where he was promoted to midfield coach underneath caretaker David Teague midway through the season. Had previously been a development coach.

37. Marc Bullen
Has spent the last eight years as senior coach of Deer Park in the Western Regions Football League, where he was investigated for his involvement in an alleged salary cap breach in 2018.

39. Ben Haynes
Had been head coach of Montmorency in the Northern Football League until the end of last season.

42. Nathan Lovett-Murray
Has been working with St Kilda throughout the season, doing a coaching placement course. He did a one-month full-time placement under Alan Richardson, while he is now working at the Saints one day per week.

Coach: Kevin Sheedy
Has an ambassadorial role with Essendon, where he is regularly seen at club training sessions. Also spent four years with the Giants, while he also served on the club's board.
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Speaking of finals teams, here is the team for tonight:

Team selection: Elimination final


Essendon has made five changes to its side ahead of its blockbuster elimination final against West Coast at Optus Stadium on Thursday.

The Bombers will get plenty of experience back into the line-up against the reigning premiers with captain Dyson Heppell, defender Cale Hooker and forwards Jake Stringer and Orazio Fantasia returning to the side.

Exciting mid-season recruit Will Snelling has also been included in the side for his first senior game since round 20.

Versatile defender Marty Gleeson will miss the huge match due to a minor calf injury, while key defender Michael Hartley and young Bombers Josh Begley, Dylan Clarke and Tuth Jok have been omitted.

FINAL TEAM
B – Adam Saad, Cale Hooker, Aaron Francis
HB – Conor McKenna, Michael Hurley, Mason Redman
C – Andrew McGrath, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
HF – Jake Stringer, Shaun McKernan, Patrick Ambrose
F – Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Mitch Brown, Orazio Fantasia
R – Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Shiel, Dyson Heppell
Interchange – Jayden Laverde, Kyle Langford, Will Snelling, Brayden Ham
Emergencies – Tuth Jok, Dylan Clarke, Michael Hartley, Jordan Ridley

IN – Heppell, Stringer, Fantasia, Hooker, Snelling
OUT – Gleeson (injured), Hartley, Begley, Jok, Clarke (all omitted)
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John Worsfold: Essendon CEO confirms Worsfold will remain as coach in 2020
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Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell has confirmed that under pressure coach John Worsfold will at the helm of the club for the 2020 season.

The Dons were soundly beaten in their elimination final appearance against West Coast on Thursday night, going down to the tune of 55 points.

There has been pressure on Worsfold since the start of the year, and while the Bombers coach has managed to lead the club to the finals, losses to the Western Bulldogs late in the year led to speculation that he could lose his job should Essendon not win their first final since 2004.

However, Campbell confirmed those rumours were false on Sunday night, telling Channel Seven that the 2006 premiership-winning coach would remain at the Bombers. "John will be coaching Essendon next year," Campbell said.

"Obviously as a football club, like a lot of clubs, we're reviewing how our season has gone. "We have been for the last six weeks like good clubs do to try and find improvement.

"There's a range of initiatives we want to put in place for the best support.”
Campbell went on to explain that both the club and Worsfold were going in the same direction, and that he felt the 50-year-old was the man to lead the Bombers forward.

"John and the coaching group, I've never felt that there's ever been anything but alignment between John and the club,” he said. "I feel like there's a good opportunity moving forward for our football club."
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Trades get underway this week in the AFL.

The big question at Bomberland is Fantasia & Big Joe, will they stay or will they go :?:
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Doubt cast over Bombers doping ruling
Australia's top anti-doping body is under fire amid fresh claims over a drug at the centre of the biggest doping scandal in AFL history.

The substance that 34 Essendon players were banned over was only listed as a prohibited substance the day before the club "self-reported" its supplement program.

The claims cast doubt over the ruling that the drug was clearly banned during the Bombers' 2012 supplements regime.

There are also allegations crucial evidence used to convict the players of doping was manipulated.
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This comes from yesterday's Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper, the internet version of which is subscriber only. It is totally irrelevant when ASADA banned these supplements. They were banned in 2010 by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) & the players should have known or checked that. Simple!
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Essendon supplements scandal: TB4 was always banned, says ASADA
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has reiterated that Thymosin Beta-4 was a banned substance at the time it was injected into Essendon players in 2012.
A Herald Sun report on Wednesday has claimed the substance was not included on ASADA’s “Check Your Substances” tool until the day before the Bombers self-reported in February 2013.
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However, ASADA issued a statement late Wednesday morning condemning the report, stressing that the World Anti-Doping Agency was the sole determiner of whether a substance is banned, and that the absence of Thymosin Beta-4 from the search mechanism on ASADA’s website had no bearing on the legality of the substance.

In January 2016 the Court of Arbitration for Sport found 34 players from Essendon’s 2012 list guilty of taking Thymosin Beta-4, leaving them suspended for the duration of the 2016 season.

Former Dons captain Jobe Watson also handed back his 2012 Brownlow Medal in the fallout to the Bombers’ disastrous experimental supplements program of 2012.
Watson, who only infrequently posts on Twitter, on Wednesday posted a cryptic tweet that appeared to reference the latest report.

A source close to the situation confirmed that the Essendon players never argued that Thymosin Beta-4 wasn’t a banned substance in 2012, but rather that there wasn’t enough proof they’d been injected with the peptide.
The statement from ASADA did not explain why Thymosin Beta-4 was added to the "Check your substances" database the day before Essendon self-reported.

“ASADA strongly denies allegations of evidence manipulation reported in the media,” ASADA said.

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has sole responsibility for setting and determining prohibited substances. It is not possible to manipulate whether or not substances are prohibited.

“Thymosin Beta-4 was included on the 2010 Prohibited List by WADA under a general category of substances being a growth factor affecting muscle, tendon or ligament, vascularisation and regenerative capacity.
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“The substance Thymosin Beta-4 was always banned before, during and after the Cobia investigation.

“Thymosin Beta-4 has never been approved for human use. Whether a substance was on ASADA’s former Check Your Substances tool has no bearing on its status as a prohibited substance on WADA’s Prohibited List. It is impossible to list every substance that may be used for performance enhancement in such a tool, particularly those not approved for use by humans.

“In 2011-2013, for this reason any person who searched for a substance on the ASADA website that was not contained in the Check Your Substance tool would have received the following instruction:

“IMPORTANT: If you cannot find your search term on ‘Check Your Substances’ that does NOT mean that it is permitted in sport. Please check the list below for an exact match to your search term. If you cannot find an exact match for your search, please contact ASADA immediately."

The AFL anti-doping tribunal accepted in March 2015 that Thymosin Beta-4 was a banned substance.

Essendon officials declined to comment on Wednesday.
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I rest my case. It just shows the Herald Sun produced an amateurish report without checking all the facts.
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BigSaint wrote:Trades get underway this week in the AFL.

The big question at Bomberland is Fantasia & Big Joe, will they stay or will they go :?:
Well the state of the nation is that Fantasia decided to stay & the Bombers refused to trade Joe on Sydney's terms.

What Essendon did do:

Trade Period ranked from worst to best: Who's in, out, draft hand

In: Tom Cutler, Andew Phillips, pick No.33, pick No.61, pick No.64
Out: Pick No.37, pick No.52, pick No.70, 2020 round three pick
2019 draft picks: 31, 33, 61, 64, 65, 88

What they couldn't get done: The Bombers held the upper hand in the negotiations with Joe Daniher and the Swans. Give us a player, they said, and we'll talk. The Swans were unwilling to do that and so the deal fell over, and the Bombers ended where they said they would at the start – with Daniher at the club next year. Essendon was linked to Aiden Bonar but in the end pulled out late in the piece.

Verdict: If it was about retention, then Essendon nailed it. Orazio Fantasia contemplated a request to be traded back to South Australia but stuck with the Bombers, while Daniher is on board and expected to return from his groin surgery for the start of pre-season. Cutler adds some more depth as a running wingman and half-back, while Phillips gives back-up in the ruck. The Bombers' hardline trade tactics worked in their favour. – Callum Twomey

Rating: 7.5/10
Rank: 4th
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Looks as though they did well. A couple of players in, upgrading 3 drafts picks at the cost of a next year draft pick. Have a lot of draft picks to play with.
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Separated at birth?
Pic of Bombers recruit and key defender goes viral
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Red ringers: Bombers recruit Andrew Phillips and Essendon defender Aaron Francis
WE'RE seeing double. Is that four Aaron Francis'?

You'd be forgiven for thinking the Bombers have recruited the young defender's identical twin.
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Yikes, Is that Aaron Phillips and Essendon defender Andrew Francis :lol: :lol: :lol:
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