What the AFL ( Cal) says about our preseason, so far.
Pre-season so far: The Bombers will put energy over summer into being a bit more defensively minded next season. All eyes have been on recruits Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad at training, although Stringer is on an individual program to help him settle in and Smith is still working through a knee injury and should be back into full training by January. Michael Hurley (hip/wrist) is looking trimmer than before but is still on a restricted program after his pair of surgeries, while Matthew Leuenberger (shoulder) and Cale Hooker (leg) are in the same boat. A group of younger Bombers headed to America for an off-season training camp before returning to start their pre-season.
Time trial champ: Patrick Ambrose
Training return: January 5
Community camp: Essendon, Craigieburn, Camperdown, Cobden, Timboon – Victoria (March 12-13)
AFLX fixture: Friday, February 16, Etihad Stadium: Carlton, Hawthorn, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda
JLT fixture: v Richmond, Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta, Saturday, February 24, 4.35pm AEDT; v Geelong, Central Reserve, Colac, Sunday, March 11, 1.05pm AEDT
Round one: v Adelaide, Etihad Stadium, Friday, March 23, 7.50pm AEDT
Last time: round four, 2017, Adelaide 24.9 (153) d Essendon 13.10 (88) at Adelaide Oval