#1 Andy McGrath - has till the end of 2020 to exceed Gary Ablett the very Junior


#4197

Early 2000’s argument of best mid was more like
Voss vs Black vs Akermanis
For Lions fans


#4198

Belabours the point a little often you reckon?


#4199

Worsfolds Glory days midfield
Judd Shiel
Kerr Merrett
Cox Bellchambers
Cousins McGrath
Embley Zaharakis
Fletcher Heppell


#4200

We wish…


#4201

That WCE mid group was amazing.


#4202

Had a dream last night that the brownlow was on - but they didn’t do the whole count just read the results out at the end.

Tom Bellchambers came 3rd!


#4203

You may be fined for bringing the industry into disrepute.


#4204

Reads better if you reverse the comparisons;
Bellchambers Cox
McGrath Cousins
Etc


#4205

now with words added.

McGrath to release shackles


Conor Walsh

Exciting young Bomber Andrew McGrath says he can’t wait to be unleashed in the midfield in 2019.

McGrath has spent the majority of his time at The Hangar sweeping across the backline, but brief stints on the ball in 2018 showed the speedster is well and truly capable of making the midfield his own.

The opportunities through the middle last year gave the 20-year-old a good insight into what is required to be an elite midfielder at the top level, but he said his time in defence has also proved important for his development.

“I was drafted as a midfielder and to finally be given the right of way to play in that position and try to attack the game from there is really exciting,” McGrath said on Sportsday Radio on Monday evening.

“I really enjoyed my time down back and learnt a lot about the game and what it takes to make it at AFL level.

“But now I think I’m ready to really start to impact games, play the way I played in the under-18s and hopefully try to replicate that a little bit this year.”

The 2017 NAB AFL Rising Star winner has been among the standout performers on the track in the pre-season, drawing praise from boom recruit Dylan Shiel and impressing with his athleticism, awareness and composure in recent match simulations.

With training progressively ramping up, McGrath said the squad is raring to get stuck into the quickly-approaching season.

“It’s a great time of year for us, we’re wrapping up the pre-season, months of hard work are finally coming to an end as we can see games on the horizon.

“I’m really excited to play with some new players and play with this group of players that we know we can achieve something special with.”

He praised the early efforts of senior recruits Dylan Shiel and Zac Clarke and said the Bombers’ relatively young list still has significant scope to improve.

“(GM of List and Recruiting Adrian Dodoro) has brought in some quality players, obviously Dylan Shiel is the main one, he’s been amazing for our club both on and off the field,” McGrath said.

“Zac Clarke has been a great addition as well, they’re both bringing heaps to the footy club.

“There’s been heaps of development from the younger players as well, as our group is very young still, we have a lot of growth in that space as well and it’s going to be exciting to see how we put it all together.”

McGrath will be one of four Bombers taking part in the realestate.com.au AFLX Tournament , joining Patrick Dangerfield’s Team Bolts for the upcoming event on Friday, February 22.

Shiel (Team Rampage), Michael Hurley (Team Flyers) and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Team Deadly) round out the club’s AFLX participants, and McGrath said the tournament would provide the quartet a chance to get some competitive game time under their belts.

“I was happy to get involved, I haven’t really missed a beat in the pre-season so far, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to play against some of the better players in the league and to play some competitive footy at this time of year.

“We’re itching to play against other opposition and I guess this is a good opportunity to do that in a fun and hopefully really enjoyable environment.”

McGrath suggested Essendon will field strong teams during the JLT Community Series, with each team only taking part in two games during the pre-season competition.

The series will kick off with the Bombers’ clash against traditional rival Carlton at Ikon Park on Thursday, February 28, before the side takes on Geelong the following Thursday at GMHBA Stadium.

The promising Don hopes to take part in both matches but said the club’s attention is yet to turn to the tournament, instead working towards tightening the screws on the team’s universal defensive tactics.

“We haven’t really spoken (about the JLT series) to be completely honest, we’re focusing on our match simulation at the moment and after our four-day break this weekend we’ll come back and assess JLT.

“Our (focus) is mainly around our team defence, we’ve got a new coach (Ben) ’Truck’ Rutten in from Richmond and he has simplified and made our team defence a lot easier to understand.

“I guess we had a few too many moving parts last season and we just tried to really simplify it and make a system that should work most times and be a lot more consistent, so we hopefully won’t get scored on as easily.”


#4206


Bomber Bulletin just in the inbox.

Shows Pidge and Dea.

Pidge could not go up more in my estimation and then, you’ll need to look closely, he’s gone and got a tattoo of the club logo on the side of his bonce!


#4207

lol very good


#4208

The boys look like men…

IMG_0203


#4209

IMG


#4210

Interesting comment from Andy.

Our strategy last year must have failed the KISS principle.

On average we need our defense to improve by a couple of goals a game, and we need our attack to improve by about a goal a game, in order to be right up there with the top teams.

Joe Daniher and Orazio fix the attack. Hopefully this simplified defense, plus Hooker settled in defense, plus Francis playing the year in the best 22, will fix the defense.

We have some real hope for a very good season.


#4211

You’re certainly cooked.


#4212

Also the whole ground defence will be a little cleaner assuming Rutten brings some value to the table. The 2 goals can be prevented before the ball even hits the backline if everybody pulls their weight.


#4213

Think Andy is more like these blokes…


#4214

I think that’s was very much a Neeld issue. He was notorious for complicating simple things at Melbourne, which the players were unable to implement.


#4215

@Deckham - McGrath paying $101 to be Essendon’s leading vote getter in the Brownlow


#4216

I’m not a betting man :slight_smile: