Conor MCKENNA

#45   Essendon

Age: 22yr 12mth Games: 33 Born: Mar 28, 2021
Height: 184cm Weight: 84kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Irishman grabbed 19 disposals against Suns and will be in line to face Hawks if he plays well Sunday vs Cats.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

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4 Adel Played his role in the Essendon midfield, and was good for his first game of the season. 5
5   Suspended.  
6 Melb Made some early errors, but got better as the game wore on. Not the worst. 6
7 Frem Struggled. Couldn’t get involved. 2
8 Geel Irishman mixed good and bad. Only nine effective disposals, one tackle, one inside-50 and no scores. 3
9 WCE Did some good things in back half. Had some smart touches and mowed down Mitchell in the middle. 6
10 Rich Irish defender got caught a lot but also found enough in his tank to rebound the footy. Effort was there. 5
11 GWS Did some good things after knock to leg and always looked to take the game on. 5
12 Port Got better as the game wore on in the back half. Played his part. 6
13   Bye.  
14 Syd Slow start, but had a big second half to get Bombers back into the game. Played with genuine enthusiasm. 7
15 Bris Had a few glimpses of breakaway pace, but not enough. 4
16 Coll Showed some dash out of the back half and while stats were modest (13) he seemed to have more of an impact. 6
17 StK Plenty of run and carry and showed good workrate to drop back deep in defence when required. 6
18 NM Not as good as he was against the Saints. Half of his 10 disposals were rebound 50’s. Slalom run trademark of Irish half-backs. 5
19 WB Provided some dash off half back through the middle. Not the worst. 6
20 Carl Irishman provided some rebound. Makes good decisions and tries to run and take game on every time he gets it. 6
21 Adel Prepared to take risks running from defence and a few things didn’t come off. 6
22 GCS Booted a ripping goal after a great attacking run, though not a major influence on the evening. 3
23 Frem Speed off half back was noticeable. Game goes up a cog when he has the footy. 6
EF Syd Irishman had a shocker. Made mistakes and will learn from them. Good season from him. 3

2016 Season

1   Played in VFL trial against Footscray.  
2   Played in VFL trial against Richmond.  
3 VFL Three goals and was the team’s best player. Clean hands and creativity a key.
4 Geel Never a factor throughout. Six kicks but couldn’t get the ball in dangerous positions. 2
5 Coll Overwhelmed by the big occasion and struggled to get involved. 2
6   Senior emergency.  
7 VFL Kicked a critical goal in the final term and rated among the Dons’ best.
8 NM Couple of glimpses but for the most part he was quiet. Three inside-50s and no goals. 4
9 StK Hardly had a sniff. Only three touches. 1
10 VFL Got a bit of the ball but didn’t have normal burst in the front half.
11   Bye.  
12 VFL One goal, four tackles and a handful of contested possessions. Ok without starring.
13 VFL Workrate between the arcs huge – four inside-50s and six tackles.
14 VFL Bye.
15 VFL Seven inside-50s and three score assists. Dangerous forward of centre.
16 StK Made a few dashes in defence, but wasn’t a big factor. 3
17 Rich Used in defence early but drifted higher up the ground as the game wore on. OK. 5
18 Bris Used in back half again and had some good moments but still learning. 4
19 Adel Hit the post from close range from a set shot in the third term. 5
20 Geel Couple of dashing runs and a great goal in third term. Worth persisting with. 5
21 GCS Good enthusiasm off back of square but had some iffy moments. Pushed forward for two goals. 6
22 WB In defence kept pace with Dahlhaus most of the time. 5
23 Carl Ran hard to rack up 16 uncontested possessions. Decision-making still suspect. 5

2015 Season

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4 VFL Did some handy things but learning curve is steep.
5 VFL OK in a variety of roles as he continues to learn the game.
6 VFL Kicked a goal and did some nice things.
7 VFL Came right into the game in final term. Has talent.
8 VFL Rough outing with just six possessions.
9 VFL Kicked two smart goals and showed a bit of talent.
10 VFL Impressed in attack with four goals. Smart player.
11   Didn’t play for Essendon VFL.  
12 VFL Bye.
13 VFL Played a role in second half in attacking 50. One goal.
14 VFL Booted three goals from eight touches. Developing well.
15 VFL Bye.
16 VFL Defended well in attack but goalless as small forward.
17 VFL Looked dangerous without really breaking the game open.
18 VFL Impressed again in attack with strength and nous around goal.
19 VFL Unable to get into the game to any degree in attack.
20 VFL Got a bit more of the ball – 16 disposals. Two goals too.
21 VFL Battled hard but was goalless in front half.
22 Rich A goal with his first kick then unsighted. Subbed out in third term. 2
23 Coll Found some space to kick a goal. Set shot goalkicking needs serious work. 4