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Essendon Football Club 2017

The Essendon Football Club was formed in 1872 and joined the VFL in 1897 as a foundation club of the league. Nicknamed the 'Bombers' they play their home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and wear club colours of red and black.

Essendon has won a record 16 premierships (along with Carlton Football Club) and they have built a strong, powerful club with a very loyal fan base who support their team through the good times and the bad.

The legendary Kevin Sheedy coached Essendon for 27 consecutive years until leaving the club in 2007 when Matthew Knights took over the reins. Knights was replaced by club legend James Hird for the start of the 2011 AFL season and that change culminated in one of the darkest times for the club, due to the drugs scandal issue.

Former Eagle coach John Worshold took over the Bomber reins in 2016 and has the responsibility of leading the Bombers out of the darkness and into the light.

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Essendon 2016 Season

Many expected a year of doom and gloom for the Bombers after 12-month anti-doping bans were placed on a dozen senior players, but they resurrected themselves on the field in a positive manner under new coach John Worsfold.

Darcy Parish, Aaron Francis, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Michael Hartley were all shining lights, while emerging youngster Zach Merrett had an outstanding year. Merrett dominated in club disposals with 349 kicks and 308 handballs, amssing a total of 657 possessions.

Joe Daniher led the goal kicking with 43 for the year, and along with Merrett, these two young guns are going to play an important part in Essendon's immediate future.

The return of banned stars such as Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley and Jobe Watson will certainly improve the side immensely and better things are ahead for the Bombers.

Essendon 2016 Best and Fairest winner: Cale Hooker

Emerging midfielder Zach Merrett won the Crichton Medal at Essendon with 456 votes, defeating Joe Daniher on 402 votes. In third place was former Cat James Kelly on 273 votes.

Essendon in 2017

Essendon will be up against it at times in season 2017 with six 6-day breaks and one 5-day break (Anzac Day), plus interstate matches aganst the Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Crows, Fremantle, GWS Giants, Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns.

Double up matches include the Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Adelaide, Collingwood and Fremantle, and their opening round game is against Hawthorn.

The Bombers are away to Fremantle in the final game of the home and away season and have the bye in Round 13.

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Essendon Football Club Details

Essendon Football Club

Nickname: Bombers
Colours: Black and Red
Coach: John Worsfold
Captain: Dysion Heppell
2016 Ladder: 18th - 3-19-0 (W-L-D) - 12 points

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Essendon 2017 Team Stats

2017 Major Stats - Played 11 Major 2016 Brownlow Votes
Kicks: Zachary Merrett 221   Zach Merrett 19
Handballs: Brendon Goddard 154   David Zaharakis 6
Disposals: Zachary Merrett 350   Adam Cooney 4
Marks: Michael Hurley 82   Joe Daniher 4
Goals: Joe Daniher 30      
Hitouts: Matthew Leuenberger 203      

Essendon 2017 Team Ins & Outs

IN:
Trade: James Stewart (GWS)
Draft: Andrew McGrath (1), Jordan Ridley (22), Josh Begley (31), Kobe Mutch (42), Dylan Clarke (63)
Rookie: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (upgrade), Connor McKenna (upgrade), Sam Draper

OUT:
Retired: Adam Cooney
Delisted: James Gwilt, Jason Ashby, Shaun Edwards, Tom Wallis, Nick Kommer, Yestin Eades, Courtenay Dempsey, Will Hams, Gach Nyuon
Traded: Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)

Essendon 2017 Season Fixtures

Rd Day Date Home/Away Opponent Venue Local Time
1 Sat 25-Mar Home Hawthorn MCG 7.25pm
2 Sat 01-Apr Away Brisbane Lions Gabba 7.25pm
3 Sun 09-Apr Away Carlton MCG 3.20pm
4 Sat 15-Apr Away Adelaide Crows Adelaide 7.40pm
5 Tue 25-Apr Home Collingwood MCG 3.20pm
6 Sun 30-Apr Home Melbourne Etihad 1.10pm
7 Sun 07-May Away Fremantle Domain 4.40pm
8 Sat 13-May Home Geelong MCG 7.25pm
9 Sun 21-May Home West Coast Etihad 1.10pm
10 Sat 27-May Away Richmond MCG 7.25pm
11 Sat 03-Jun Away GWS Giants Spotless 4.35pm
12 Sat 10-Jun Home Port Adelaide Etihad 7.25pm
13 BYE
14 Fri 23-Jun Away Sydney SCG 7.50pm
15 Sun 02-Jul Home Brisbane Lions Etihad 1.10pm
16 Sat 08-Jul Away Collingwood MCG 2.10pm
17 Fri 14-Jul Away St Kilda Etihad 7.50pm
18 Sat 22-Jul Home Nth Melbourne Etihad 1.45pm
19 Sun 30-Jul Away Western Bulldogs Etihad 1.10pm
20 Sat 05-Aug Home Carlton MCG 2.10pm
21 Sat 12-Aug Home Adelaide Crows Etihad 7.25pm
22 Sat 19-Aug Away Gold Coast Suns Metricon 7.25pm
23 TBC Home Fremantle Etihad TBC

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