Just got this in an email from the club:
An important piece of the puzzle for the upcoming season is finally in place, the 2017 fixture.
I’m sure many of you are already marking down the games in your calendar, especially the blockbusters; Round One, ANZAC Day, Dreamtime at the ‘G and Country Game. It’s an exciting time of the year.
We are doing the same within the football department, albeit with the addition of a few extra details. Over the coming days we will finetune our weekly training and match day schedules for the upcoming campaign. In order to maximise team performance, we must make every minute of the pre-season count.
We will have a solid six week training block either side of the festive break to ensure our players are match fit and ready for the rigours of playing at the elite level. The NAB Challenge games will then allow us to fine tune the team ahead of the opening round of the season on March 25.
I can’t wait for Round One, and I know the coaching group is focused on preparing the team for that huge opening clash against Hawthorn at the MCG. Make sure you’re free that night, this game will be a great test for our players and great opportunity for the Essendon family to come together and watch a great game of footy.
I’m not big on dissecting the draw and picking out how many 6 day breaks we’ve been handed, how many times we travel or which teams we’ve been draw against twice. My message to the players is simple. Prepare to play at our best every week, and if we are good enough the wins will come and we will earn our rightful place on the premiership ladder. We look forward to playing the best teams, at their best, to truly know how good we can be. We will be ready to playanyone, anywhere, anytime.
This mantra is well and truly alive amongst our members. I was blown away by your loyalty and commitment in my first season. Each week you turned up to support the team and acknowledge their effort and I know this season will be no different.
See you all for the walk to the ‘G for Round One.