#9   Essendon

Age: 33yr 10mth Games: 313 Born: May 20, 2021
Height: 193cm Weight: 94kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Veteran playmaker has negotiated his way through pre-season. Ready to go but where will he play?

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Haw Had 29 touches to play his role in midfield. Didn’t use the ball as well as we know he can. 7
2 Bris Used in defence, attack in the midfield and used his disposals with effect, even kicking a goal and having a hand in two others. 7
3 Carl Won a heap of ball (30 disposals), six clearances and seven tackles so certainly held up his end of the bargain. 7
4 Adel Essendon’s equal highest possession winner with Zach Merrett, won eight clearances and had three inside-50’s. 7
5 Coll Usual distributor’s contribution in midfield. Ability to hit targets increasingly important in the wet. 6
6 Melb Kicked the ball very well compared with most other players on the ground. 481 metres gained. 7
7 Frem Plenty of the ball. Had 25 disposals but 19 were in the first half. He tired. 7
8 Geel Won a lot of the ball but wasn’t a huge factor despite 23 disposals. Six tackles and three clearances. 7
9 WCE Steady game through midfield and floating at half back. A few ill-disciplined moments in final term. 7
10 Rich Two first-term goals and ended night with 28 disposals. First half much better than his second. One inside-50, three tackles. 7
11 GWS Steady outing in game 300. Used the ball beautifully, but just needed to get more of it. 6
12 Port Played his part with ball in hand. Rarely made a poor decision and bounced back in big win. 5
13   Bye.  
14 Syd Not big numbers early on but a touch wasteful biting off a bit too much. Last-minute kick-out being smothered was a killer. 6
15 Bris Won 13 possessions in first quarter and was effective in back half. Didn’t have much say in last quarter. 6
16 Coll Patrolled wing/half back as he usually does; 23 disposals and 14 marks to keep the Pies at bay all afternoon. 8
17 StK Workman like game against his old club and apart from quiet second term was solid throughout 6
18 NM 17 of his 25 disposals were uncontested as per usual. Steady user off half back. 7
19 WB Started on a wing on Johannissen, then used at half back. Kicked the ball well, and was a handy contributor. 7
20 Carl Made a few blues with skill and decision-making that is costly because he tries to bite off more than his mouth can handle. 5
21 Adel Strong and prolific first half based on wing and kept on winning the ball. 7
22 GCS Afforded plenty of freedom in defence and made the Suns pay, with 25 possessions and 14 marks. 7
23 Frem Allowed to roam free at half back all afternoon and racked up the touches. 8
EF Syd Played loose as a defender and while won plenty of the ball he didn’t hurt Swans’ often enough. 6

2016 Season

1 GCS Got plenty of the footy but appeared to be hampered or lethargic. 6
2 Melb Won usual share of ball but importantly got involved in forward of centre chains. Three clearances. 7
3 Port Took mark of the day late in the fourth term and duly goaled. 6
4 Geel Won his share of ball but missed targets and not a huge factor. Just two clearances and three insde-50s. 5
5 Coll Lifted after an underwhelming first-half effort. 4
6 Carl Plugged away in the middle and across half back. OK but not an enormous impact. 5
7 Syd Gave the Bombers plenty of drive and made good decisions. 6
8 NM Got a huge amount of the ball but didn’t hurt the Roos. Got a lot of cheapies. 5
9 StK High stats belied his influence. Had twice as many handballs as kicks, unusually for him. 5
10 Rich Racked up stats but many were at half back. Four inside-50s, five tackles and three clearances. 7
11 Frem One of the better players. Found the footy. 6
12 Haw Broken nose in opening seconds required extended attention. Battled on. 5
13 GWS Did what he could between the arcs. Six clearances and seven inside-50s a handy return. 7
15 WCE Won his own ball and tackled strongly. Led well. 6
16 StK Corked his hip early but recovered well and ran hard to feed low kicks to attack. 7
17 Rich Came off a wing to play role as fifth onballer. Directed traffic but conceded a silly 50m penalty. 6
18 Bris Rolled into middle off a wing to play as extra onballer. One of Essendon’s better performers. 7
19 Adel Had eight rebound-50s, tried his best to get the game going. 7
20 Geel Injured groin in opening quarter and was done for the day. 1
21   Groin.  
22   Groin.  
23 Carl Influential early when the Bombers got going after a tardy start. 6

2015 Season

1 Syd Calmly handled variety of roles including forward impact in third. 7
2 Haw Used in a variety of roles and found a lot of ball. Injured leg but came back. 7
3 Carl Quiet start in game 250 but worked into it to keep the pressure on Blues. 6
4 Coll Weight of possession suggests a good game but influence not as pronounced. 6
5 StK Constantly in the thick of it despite being wrongly jeered by Saints. 8
6 Frem Essendon’s main ballwinner with 35 disposals and seven clearances. 7
7 NM Battled away. Nine clearances, seven inside-50s and 14 CPs. 8
8 Bris Not his biggest day but was a strong force for all four quarters. 6
9 Rich Roamed freely without an opponent and was one of the best. 7
10 Geel Close to side’s best. Grabbed 11 contested possessions and seven clearances. 8
11 WCE Kicked a goal but got most of his possessions through handball receives. 6
13 Haw Won a lot of footy between arcs but just two inside-50s and one score assist. 6
14 StK Unusually quiet and had no impact. 2
15 Melb Back to best. Worked tirelessly for a team-high nine clearances. 8
16 NM Standard game in terms of numbers. Had his energy up, especially early. 7
17 Port Chastised by captain Heppell for niggling Ryder but productive. 7
18 WB Battled hard playing behind the ball. Lacked support to be super effective. 6
19 GWS Good again and was more incisive with his ball use than he has been at times. 7
20 Adel Heaps of ball but only one clearance and five inside-50s. Five tackles. 6
21 GCS Nothing spectacular but gathered a bit of the football. 6
22 Rich Racked up stats like he does but only three clearances and two inside-50s. 6
23 Coll Ran with Pendlebury at times. Didn’t have a huge impact. Three clearances. 5

2014 Season

1 NM Potent force with work-rate and powerful kicking. 8
2 Haw Roamed all over the place and was a real factor, particularly in second half. 8
3 Carl Spent more time forward and was a matchup nightmare. Should have booted five by half time. 8
4 Frem Just the two possessions until being subbed out with a groin issue. 1
5   Groin.  
6   Groin.  
7 WB One of the team’s best with 1.3 from 22 possessions and six clearances. 7
8 Bris Looked in trouble with jaw injury but kept going. A primary contributor. 7
9 Syd The one Bomber to keep his head above water early. Worked hard throughout. 7
11 Rich Bounced back after knock to cheekbone to play a starring role. Won best afield medal. 7
12 GWS Spent best part of the night across half-back and had low key game. 6
13 Melb The Bombers best ball user by a country mile. Superb effort but late miss costly. 7
14 Adel Head to head with Dangerfield early. Had 32 touches but was sloppy after half-time. 7
15 Geel Guthrie was on top early but when tag released he cut loose in second half. 6
16 Port Three inside-50s and a goal. 7
17   Suspended.  
18 WB Quiet first half but was pivotal in getting the side back into the contest late. 6
19 Syd Matched with Kennedy at start and he got away. Better from second term. 6
20 Rich Didn’t have an inside-50 and laid just one tackle. Impact not indicative of stats. 6
21 WCE Moved forward in absence of Carlisle. Quiet game as appeared to be carrying injury. 4
22 GCS Key performer with three goals, one towering mark, six inside-50s, 10 cont poss. 8
23 Carl Quiet early but a little better after half time. Ran at only 58 per cent efficiency. 5
EF NM Quiet start and had flat third term. Lot of time deep in attack. OK, not dominant. 5

2013 Season

1 Adel Not a dominant game but still did some excellent work. 6
2 Melb Kicking was at it’s usual high level. Added another dimension to Bomber midfield. 7
3 Frem Not damaging in first half but worked back into it and became one of the best. 7
4 StK Had a solid game against old club and coach said he was emotionally drained early. 6
5 Coll Huge early off a wing, foot skills stood out. Drifted out a bit but helped set them up. 7
6 GWS 12 contested possessions. Kicked a big goal in third term that lifted his team 6
7 Geel Racked up stats but didn’t lay a tackle and just three clearances. 6
8 Bris Racked up the stats but lots of cheapies – only five contested possessions. 7
9 Rich Played pivotal role with ability to find space. 31 uncontested possessions. 8
10 Syd A couple of handy goals and productive in various parts of the field. 6
11 Carl On Gibbs. OK in first half without dominating. Strong third term, 6
12 GCS Continually found time and space in midfield. 29 uncontested touches, used well. 8
14 WCE Didn’t have a good night but lifted in final quarter with key possessions and goal. 6
15 Port Elevated game when his team needed him most. Late goal killed off Port. 7
16 WB Stepped up without skipper to grab 10 cont poss, five clearances and a goal. 7
17 GWS Endured a frustrating day trying to shake off Bugg and Adams. 4
18 Haw Had to work in back half to get a touch – only five cont poss and two tackles. 5
19 Coll Two average efforts early cost goals. One clearance, one tackle. 4
20 WCE Slow start but kept Essendon close with three goals. Kept trying until the end. 7
21 NM Had a lot of touches first half and used it well all night. 6
22 Carl A massive last quarter from the No. 9. Used the ball beautifully. Six tackles. 7
23 Rich Slow start, but worked into the game to end his season in good touch. Took 10 marks. 7

2012 Season

Played for : St Kilda

1 Port Consistent all the way, mostly behind ball, fought out every contest. 7
2 GCS 14 touches in second term then dipped before strong finish. Saints’ best. 8
3 WB Effective all night but sometimes frustrated with the attention of Cross. 7
4 Frem Quiet third quarter but otherwise strong 6
5 Melb McKenzie made it hard but he contributed well late. 5
6 Haw Did some fine work in back 50 with seven rebounds. Wasted out of action? 7
7 Carl Russell put hard tag on him, later Gibbs. Big third term and used experience. 7
8 WCE Good first half then drifted in and out of proceedings in irascible last hour. 6
9 Syd Didn’t have a great say in the game until it was all over. 5
10 Rich Solid and creative all game. 7
11 GCS Got better as game wore on. 7
12 Adel OK without taking the game by the scruff of the neck. 5
14 NM Subject to hard tag by Wright and became frustrated at times. 5
17 Syd Looked out of form although he summoned big effort for final term. 5
18 WB Celebrated his 200th game with high possession return while tagging Boyd. 7
19 Coll Good game and apart from flat second term was strong around the field. 7
20 Melb Unusually below par in use of the ball by foot in first half as he blazed away. 6
21 Geel Acting captain who won a lot of the ball especially in the second half. 6
22 GWS Gathered touches at will and couldn’t be stopped. 7
23 Carl Free wheeling type of game starting on O’Keeffe. 5