#21   Essendon

Age: 27yr 6mth Games: 130 Born: May 14, 2021
Height: 189cm Weight: 82kg Position:

2017 Digest:   New skipper hasn’t missed a beat over summer and primed to lead from the front. Big year expected.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Haw Came to the fore when his team needed him most. 34 touches and three massive goals were crucial in the win. 9
2 Bris Lined-up on Rockliff and, while a bit slow to start, wound it up a cog when the Lions returned fire. 7
3 Carl One of few Bombers who was able to find some space and bring others into game. Did appear to tire late but among best. 8
4 Adel Quiet game by his lofty standards, well down the pecking order in the Bombers midfield. 5
5 Coll 11 disposals in first term indicated his determination. Solid in the midfield. 7
6 Melb 22 possessions and didn’t have normal influence in midfield. Looked heavy-legged, but wasn’t the only one. 5
7 Frem One of Essendon’s best. Had four clearances and one goal among 23 disposals. 7
8 Geel Skipper racked up 30 disposals (17 contested), six clearances and five tackles to be a driver all night. 7
9 WCE Didn’t always use the ball as well as he can, but was a good contributor in midfield. 7
10 Rich Hard running engine room cog had seven clearances, 11 contested possessions and six tackles. 7
11 GWS Okay without starring in midfield hustle and bustle. Won most of his touches in close. 6
12 Port Strong ball winner throughout in the middle. Part of a dominant Bomber midfield. 7
13   Bye.  
14 Syd Just eight first-half touches in duel with Kennedy. Slightly better second half but made some errors. 6
15 Bris Plenty of clearances and disposals first half. Tapered towards the end. 6
16 Coll Skipper quietly went about topping 30 touches and had 10 score involvements. Did his bit in the engine room. 8
17 StK Spiked Ross's guns in first half and used ball well. Spectacular pass to Daniher a gem. 7
18 NM Used the ball well. 26 disposals, seven clearances and finished his work with two goals. 7
19 WB 29 touches, but kicking lacked some penetration and wasn’t always sure-handed. 6
20 Carl Skipper worked his rear end off with 34 disposals, six clearances, four inside-50s and six tackles. 8
21 Adel Busy around the ground in first half and had a solid game overall.. 6
22 GCS Solid effort from the skipper, with six clearances and 24 possessions along with a goal. 7
23 Frem Got his hands on the ball enough in midfield to have an impact. Five clearances. 7
EF Syd Skipper grabbed 21 possessions but that was misleading given his impact wasn’t great. 5

2016 Season

1   Suspended.  
2   Suspended.  
3   Suspended.  
4   Suspended.  
5   Suspended.  
6   Suspended.  
7   Suspended.  
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20   Suspended.  
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22   Suspended.  
23   Suspended.  

2015 Season

1 Syd Underdone because of pre-season injury but battled hard. 7
2 Haw Never stopped working in midfield and ended with a game-high 34 touches. 7
3 Carl Showed class every time he got the ball. Used ball so well to hurt opponents. 7
4 Coll Battled hard all day to gather six inside-50s and 13 contested possessions. 8
5 StK Solid game without taking it by the throat. 6
6 Frem Played on Fyfe and the Docker dominated. Heppell’s 24 touches didn’t hurt. 5
7 NM Run and creativity through middle a highlight – 8 clearances, 16 CPs. 8
8 Bris Comparatively quiet day but still made a contribution. 5
9 Rich Six clearances but not amassing big numbers. 6
10 Geel Worked enormously hard around the ball and did all he could to lift team. 7
11 WCE Third man up in the ruck a lot. Had 27 touches and kicked a goal. 6
13 Haw Only seven of his 23 disposals were kicks, none effective. Impact was down. 5
14 StK Tireless game and best Bomber. Others couldn’t follow his lead. 7
15 Melb Came to life in the third term after being quelled by Viney. Seven tackles. 7
16 NM Tagged out of game by Jacobs. Never allowed room to move. 4
17 Port Acting captain worked tirelessly all through. 7
18 WB Team-high nine clearances and better second half. 16 CPs. 7
19 GWS Well restrained in midfield to be a fair way down on season's averages. 5
20 Adel Six inside-50s and five clearances made him the most competent midfielder. 7
21 GCS Booted three goals and was everywhere. Thriving with the captaincy. 8
22 Rich Battle hard to inspire team with huge work ethic. Nine clearances. 8
23 Coll Huge game. Always at the fall of the ball and won it to feed others. 8

2014 Season

1 NM Matched on Wells initially. Kept driving Dons from wing and half back. 7
2 Haw Quiet first half but lifted intensity after main break to be a force. 7
3 Carl Used a bit down back but that didn’t stop him from finding the footy. 7
4 Frem Big start and continued to win the ball, but influence petered out. 6
5 StK Shadowed by Curren and kept under wraps. 3
6 Coll Best on ground in first half with 19 disposals and ended up best – six clearances. 8
7 WB Made up for two early errors that cost goals to be really important. 7
8 Bris Ended up with surprisingly big stats but many missed targets. 6
9 Syd Defensively found wanting at times but got his hands on the ball enough. 6
11 Rich Tagged by Grigg but was able to lose him in transition to play a part. 6
12 GWS Kept ticking along well and was always a problem to GWS. 7
13 Melb Ran out the game well and always put his head over the ball. Not the worst. 6
14 Adel Broke Kerridge’s tag and influential with his 27 disposals. 8
15 Geel Tore Cats a new one. Kept finding footy at will. Only efficiency let him down. 8
16 Port Produced the goal that won the game for Essendon. 6
17 Coll In everything in flying start and slipped Macaffer. 7
18 WB Well held by Wallis until second half when he started to generate clearances (10). 6
19 Syd Looked to be matched on McVeigh. OK but stats inflated by late touches. 6
20 Rich Now in absolute top echelon of midfielders. Output didn’t waver. 8
21 WCE Closely tagged by Hutchings in first half but lifted in superb final hour of 29 touches. 7
22   Hand.  
23 Carl Favoured fractured hand but still had a big impact – especially late. 7
EF NM Picked up by Atley and had good start 8

2013 Season

1 Adel Started the season in slashing style off the wing. 6
2 Melb Sublime in the first half when the game was at least close. Class act. 9
3 Frem Couldn’t get things going despite strong work ethic. Better second half. 5
4 StK Customary hard running and creativity. 7
5 Coll Went head to head with Sidebottom and was shaded but still had an impact. 6
6   Groin.  
7 Geel Did some good things and put his body on the line when he had to. 6
8 Bris OK without setting game on fire. Only two clearances but kicked two goals. 6
9 Rich Another top-shelf performance from the youngster. Seven inside-50s. 7
10 Syd Constant runner who used it well and created. 7
11 Carl Matched on Scotland and below par initially then lifted. 6
12 GCS Damaging by foot and had a hand in many Bomber attacks. Good outing. 7
14 WCE OK without being exceptional. 6
15 Port Came to the fore with Watson off ground. Huge in the middle two quarters. 7
16 WB Wasted some ball at times but first and third quarters he led the charge. 7
17 GWS Another tied up by a tight tag, this time from the impressive Whiley. 5
18 Haw Worked hard but under pressure and wide a lot – five clearances, five inside-50s. 6
19 Coll Worked hard (18 cont poss) and 11 clearances. Didn’t have enough mates. 7
20 WCE Hard worker in midfield and used the ball fairly well compared to some teammates. 7
21 NM Looked to be struggling early with leg injury and subbed off early second term. 2
22   Foot.  
23   Foot.  

2012 Season

1 NM On McMillan at start and did well but tapered later in game. 5
2 Port His 17 possessions seemed like 30 with that flowing hair but not damaging. 4
3 GCS Ran hard to receive the footy and was a solid performer. 5
4 Carl Good game. Picked up 22 cool, calm touches. 7
5 Coll Great first half helped keep team in touch; faded after the main break. 7
6 Bris Very good. Had 34 possessions, most delivered with calm and precision. 8
7 WCE Steady contribution. 6
8 Rich Matched on King early. Serviceable game without being outstanding. 5
11 Syd One of better performed Bombers in first half. 6
13 Frem Important contributor with 23 disposals and one goal. Played well. 6
14 WB Not as prominent as usual in first half. Improved later. 6
15 StK Had a good duel with Schneider. 5
16 Port Had the run-with role on Boak and both players got plenty of the ball. 6
17 Geel First quarter was his best but he was still one of the better Dons. 6
18 Haw One of the better players in a struggling side. 6
19 Adel Five clearances and four inside 50s for the young star. 6
20 NM OK apart form one bad clanger deep in defence. 5
21 Carl Didn’t impact at all in first half but at least answered the call to lift. 6
22 Rich Prominent early and continued to be Essendon’s best. 7
23 Coll Solid without dominating 5