#1 Andy McGrath hates chocolate






Taranto perhaps not with the off field leadership but on the field he has that “follow me” style about him. I see him in the Bartel mould.

Having met McGrath I couldn’t think of anyone else in the AFL in his age group that could be a better total package as a leader, the kid is super smart, humble and polite to everyone he speaks to. The one thing he lacks which will come in time is that confidence to lead an entire team, he isn’t a big guy as we all know.


Get to know: Andy McGrath

Mar 5, 2019 4:30PM

Having wowed his teammates this pre-season and impressing in the Bombers’ JLT Community Series opener, all eyes will be on Andy McGrath in 2019.

Get to know our No.1, as he prepares for his third season in the red and black.

Nickname: Pidge

Any pre-game superstitions or routines: Nope

Greatest individual effort you have seen on the footy field: Brendon Goddard - Grand Final draw

A player from another team you would love to play with and why: Garry Ablett Jr – childhood hero

Best rule in footy: Deliberate rushed behind

How many games of footy do you watch each weekend? 1-2

Your favourite TV football show and why: Bounce - only one I have watched

Favourite commentator and why: Bruce McAvaney – elite

Favourite meal the night before a game: Pizza-pasta combo

Which teammate should appear on the next series of The Bachelor? Sam Draper

Teammate most likely to succeed after football and why: David Myers - smart man

Which teammate belts out your club theme song with the most gusto? David Myers

Favourite Netflix series: Shooter

Do you play Fortnite? Not anymore

Favourite comedian: Don’t know any

Favourite animal and why: Dog - I have one

Your favourite possession: Phone

Best gift you have received: Phone

If you won Tattslotto, what is the first thing you would buy? A house

Your favourite holiday destination: New Zealand

The most famous person you have met: Michael Hurley

The most famous person you would like to meet: Roger Federer

Dream job if you weren’t a footballer: CEO of BHP

Dream place to live in the world: Italian Riviera

The funniest/weirdest thing that has happened to you: Drove car into a 4WD truck and got stuck

What scares you? Sharks

What is the one talent you wish you had? Being able to sing and write music


Shouldn’t thread title be changed to

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


Favourite comedian “Don’t know any”

Cooney: Ouch


This guy has cost us 4-5 scoring shots by just simply not being up to standard.

Is allergic to picking up a ball below his knees cleanly.

Must have trained with Travis Colyer in the pre-season.


This kid came in all class all heart with superb skills

Good to see we’ve Essendon’d him to retardation

Chalk up another footballer this club has ruined

Embarassing for everyone involved.


…really? Flogs.


Please, you guys have no idea, kicking was nowhere near his strong point.


Sorry Andy not at this rate and not at this club the way FOOTY IS BEING PLAYED at EFC.


I’d say there have been 21 worse players today than him

At least he has a crack


trying his heart out but any chance he can hit a target?


Yeah - I mean he could never kick, I said in the match thread we took the worst kick in the draft at pick one.

Seems a great kid, and could be a good footballer, but pick one on a player who can’t kick…


We have bigger fish to fry.

He needs to sharpen up his ground ball work and be a little more proactive in close instead of waiting for one of his mediocre teammates to get the ball for him.


McGrath went at 65%, Shield went at 56% and Myers 58%.

This race should keep us entertained this year.


Was scrappy with ball in hand but can’t fault his endeavour.

He and Shiel were our best I thought.


You called?

How can I help?


Interesting to see McGrath gets targeted when he was probably our best player today. Not great - no-one was, but better than the rest. Given that much better credentialled players did much worse he probably deserves a break.


Honestly I’m astounded he has copped as much as he has.