#12   Essendon

Age: 31yr 8mth Games: 105 Born: May 21, 1987
Height: 178cm Weight: 81kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Underrated defender looking to be in the team for Sunday’s clash with Geelong after missing last match.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Haw Had task on Puopolo/Rioli and stuck to it very well. Ankle tweak in final term. 7
2 Bris Cleaned up well in a sweeping role across half back, while minding several Lions small forwards including Robinson. 6
3 Carl Didn’t get into the game as a rebounder. Had eight disposals for the day and ended match with cranium heavily taped. 2
4 Adel Nightmare of a game with Eddie Betts running riot. 4
5 Coll Big job on the energetic Fasolo and worked him out of the game. Fine last quarter filling the hole. 7
6 Melb Took Garlett for long periods and battled hard, but the Dee goalsneak snagged three goals. 5
7 Frem Good job on the small forwards. Stuck to his task. 5
8 Geel Took Menzel and for the most part he had that match-up covered. Not much offensively but handy. 6
9 WCE Stuck to his task down back on LeCras and co. Played a handy role. 7
10 Rich Took Rioli and won that battle. Grabbed 18 disposals to boot so certainly played his role. 7
11 GWS Had big job on Greene for long periods and stuck to his task well enough. 5
12 Port Only one first term possession and given a bath by Robbie Gray in opening hour. Better late. 3
13 Bye.
14 Syd Had some important spoils and contests and threw himself at the footy when needed. 7
15 Bris Stuck to his guns in the backline for a low key job. 5
16 Coll Had Fasolo on the day and he kicked four goals so probably lowered his colours to a degree; 14 disposals. 4
17 StK Low key job in back pocket and did his bit. 5
18 NM Quiet afternoon just 10 disposals and one mark. Little influence on the result. 4
19 WB Had job on Picken for long periods and did a pretty good job considering the supply. 7
20 Carl Stick-to-glue type defender who did his bit, although Wright kicked three goals. 4
21 Senior emergency.
22 GCS Played on Martin at times and kept him to just one goal, and collected 25 possessions himself. 6
23 Frem Copped a knock but bounced back and took a great mark. Steady enough in defence. 7
EF Syd Had job on Papley and actually did a relatively good job given how game transpired. 5

2016 Season

1 GCS Copped a whack to the head early on but fought on to be solid. 5
2 Melb Given task on Garlett and kept him to two goals from six kicks in a fine effort. 7
3 Port Played as the plus-one in defence and took five intercept marks. 5
4 Geel Steady performance highlighted by four rebound 50s and precise ball use. 6
5 Coll Can’t question work ethic and toiled hard in defence. 4
6 Soreness.
7 Syd Did some good things in the forward half, but was wasteful in front of goal with three behinds. 4
8 NM Close to side’s best. Had Thomas covered all match and rebounded strongly when able. 7
9 StK Worked tirelessly at both ends. A goal-square mark produced his first goal since 2013. 7
10 Rich Played forward in first half without success then looked sharper when returned to defence. 4
11 Frem Being a small forward wasn’t easy with the amount of footy coming in. 4
12 Knee.
13 Knee.
14 Knee.
15 Knee.
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.

2015 Season

1 Syd OK deep in defence. 5
2 Haw Had the job on Breust and kept him relatively quiet. 6
3 Carl Did his bit in the back half. Doesn’t get credit but keeps bobbing up. 6
4 Coll Had Elliott at times and won a lot of the footy. Among the best. 7
5 StK Had some testing times against Billings. 4
6 Frem Did a good job on Ballantyne. Kept him in check. 6
7 NM Only four touches after half time and couldn’t get hands to the ball. 4
8 Bris Found Green a handful early but then settled down to effective game. 5
9 Rich Battled manfully and was hard and tough at the contest. 6
10 Geel Had Motlop at times and ball just came down to fast to do the job. 4
11 WCE Put his body on the line and won plenty of the ball in defence. 5
13 Haw Good defensively at times and that was his main task. Not much offensively. 5
14 StK Weller matched up on him. Under attack all day. 3
15 Melb Had the better of Garlett in an engrossing battle. Big game. 7
16 NM Did a decent job on Higgins and provided good support to other defenders. 7
17 Port Kept Wingard under wraps early but then the Port star lifted. 5
18 WB Battled hard but swamped as the Dogs pounded the ball forward. 6
19 GWS Arguably Essendon's best down back. Rebounded well and never gave in. 7
20 Adel Had task on Betts and despite conceding five goals was not the worst. 4
21 GCS Solid across half back, and rebound was good. 5
22 Rich Worked hard to defend the back end. Five rebound 50s, seven tackles. 6
23 Coll Took Elliott and did a fine job restricting his influence close to goal. 6

2014 Season

1 NM Steady as ever in the backline. 5
2 Haw Took Bruest and had him covered for the most part in a solid display. 7
3 Carl Had it on a string down back and barely made a mistake. 7
4 Frem Gave Ballantyne too much freedom at times. Won ball well himself though. 5
5 StK Picked up Templeton initially and worked hard in a defence under the pump. 6
6 Coll Steadily went about amassing 11 contested possessions. Defended stoutly. 7
7 WB Put his body on the line late in a big contest. Good for most of the game. 6
8 Bris Hard worker down back. 5
9 Syd Gave decent drive from the back half but wasn’t able to stem Swans tide. 5
11 Rich Did what was required in defence and was solid with ball in hand. 5
12 GWS Kept busy down back all night but stood firm. 6
13 Melb Struggled to contain Kent and made some costly late errors. 4
14 Adel Played on Betts. The Crow kicked three goals and gave several away. 4
15 Back.
16 Port Great tackle on Monfries in the final minutes went unrewarded. 4
17 Coll Gritty worker down back and spent unexpectedly large time on Swan. 5
18 WB Ran with Dahlhaus who got away at times but he stuck to the task pretty well. 5
19 Syd Delivered the ball well running off half back. 6
20 Rich Steady defensively on variety of opponents and worked in patches offensively. 5
21 WCE Did some crucial things down back. 6
22 GCS Steady without starring down back. Role player who didn’t make a mistake. 6
23 Carl Played usual lockdown role with good effect. Also provided good rebound. 6
EF NM Started on Thomas and kept a tight clamp, but Roo bagged three goals. 6
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2013 Season

1 Adel Low key in defence, but battled along 5
2 Melb Laid six tackles and defended strongly when required. 6
3 Ankle.
4 StK Did a good job on Milne and limited his opportunities. 6
5 Coll Shaky at times early but settled down and contributed well in defence. 5
6 GWS Had it 23 times playing in a back pocket. Kicked the last goal of the game. 6
7 Geel Struggled to influence the flow of the game from defence. 4
8 Bris Plodded away in defence without standing out. Not a lot of run. 4
9 Rich Not big numbers but did a good lockdown role on Richmond’s small forwards. 5
10 Syd Matched on McGlynn and stuck to his task. 4
11 Carl Stood firm in first half down back when under siege. 7
12 GCS Had his hands full with Brown at times but stuck to the task fairly well. 5
14 WCE Calm type in defence. Started on Schofield and ended up on Le Cras. 5
15 Port Kept Neade very quiet and played his part without being a standout. 5
16 WB Steady in what he did down back but not much going other way. 5
17 GWS The mature-age defender put in another solid display in his highly consistent season. 5
18 Haw Had Breust (two goals) in good battle. Certainly not disgraced. 6
19 Coll Had task on Elliott (three goals). Stuck to his guns on a tough day. 5
20 WCE Troubled by LeCras early but settled into his work until the Eagle caught fire late. 6
21 NM Matched on dangerous Thomas and kept close. 5
22 Carl Kept Betts in check and provided some great run from defence. 7
23 Rich Worked hard in a defensive role on King and although the Tiger kicked two, did OK. 5

2012 Season

1 VFL Solid showing against his old side. Composed effort. -
2 VFL Solid game in the back half. Mopped up well. -
3 VFL Slow start but had a good final term across half back. -
5 VFL Mopped up across half back and through the middle. Fair. -
6 VFL Strong game in defence for Bendigo. -
8 VFL Mopped up well across half back. -
10 VFL Another solid game across half back. -
11 VFL Again among the best. Knocking the door down. -
13 VFL Another sterling display in the back half. -
15 VFL Not his best showing but still contributed. -
16 Port Mature age rookie playing his first senior AFL game and didn’t disappoint. 7
17 Geel Battled away. Appears to have no left foot. 3
18 Haw Handy defender in first half and had a reasonable night. 5
19 Adel Mature age rookie taking the most of his opportunities with so many injuries. 4
20 NM Made to run in role on Garlett 4
21 VFL Did well in the defensive half again. -
22 Rich Defender wasn’t the worst in first half. Battled on. 5
23 Coll Picked up Krakouer early. Didn’t win a heap of it but did his job. 5