#37 Dylan Alwyn Clarke


Last weekend against Richmond, Essendon allowed Brownlow Medal winner Dustin Martin to run unpatrolled with fatal consequences.

Against Carlton, however, the Bombers wouldn’t make the same mistake with Patrick Cripps.

Enter, Dylan Clarke.

The 20-year-old was handed the seismic task of shutting down the Blues co-captain on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.

Not only did he limit Cripps to 11 touches — his lowest disposal tally of the season — but accumulate 23 disposals, 10 tackles and six clearances of his own as one of Essendon’s most influential players.

It was a performance few saw coming.

But Clarke’s teammate and housemate, Matt Guelfi, wasn’t one of them.

“It was awesome for him to get his opportunity,” Guelfi told foxfooty.com.au .

“I live with Dyl so I was very happy for him. He was outstanding, I knew he could do that.

“Dyl works on his craft every week so it was awesome to see him playing on Paddy Cripps.”

Matt Guelfi. Photo: AAP Image/Julian SmithSource: AAP

Guelfi’s game was also another positive for the Bombers, who are still in finals contention after defeating Carlton by 41 points.

The West Australian product racked up a season-high 22 disposals, seven tackles and five marks.

Guelfi suggested his form, as well as that of the team, reflected a return to “Essendon footy”.

“Essendon footy is our blitz pressure,” he said.

“Everyone kicks goals, everyone tackles. If one man slips over then the next man steps up.”

One man all Bomber fans anticipate will stand up is draftee Irving Mosquito, who was named as an emergency on Sunday.

The uncapped Mosquito, who has already garnered a cult following, has been lighting up the VFL.

And Guelfi intimated it was only a matter of time before he was “selling candy” to an AFL opposition.

“He’s a very exciting and talented player,” Guelfi said.

“He’ll get his opportunity soon. He’s playing really good VFL footy.”

The Bombers head into the bye with a 5-6 ledger, two spots out of the eight.

A must-win clash against Hawthorn awaits John Worsfold’s side when they return in Round 13, hopefully with the additions of Jake Stringer, Orazio Fantasia and Dylan Shiel.


Change that to essendon footy is under blitz pressure. :wink:


People from within the club have been talking up the connection that this current crop of youngsters have with each other, and yet the coaches have been so reluctant to bring them into the senior group, which has been flat all year and then some.

Why have they been to hesitant?

Who the FarkCarlton knows?


They really should just leave this to the pros


Well all our best 22 have been in excellent health and you’d be hard pressed to name any senior player who hasn’t been superb all farking year. Where would those magic list spots open up?



You monster


oi, pretty sure i got it right


Sorry, didn’t see your attempt, really though I was just grovelling to blitz royalty


not sure if mentioned - reminds me of Pev coming in when Misiti was injured and blanketing the best opp mids for the next month (yeah i know, not as handsome as the Pev)…


You got an answer right. But there was another arrangement that also worked.


Watched the replay just looking for him and Cripps; it’s good to be able to say I’ve been right in noting that while he’s not a complete player he is VERY good at his speciality.

Can stand up to tackles and dish it out at AFL level as well as VFL :slight_smile:


14th favourite for the rising star after the weekend.


Another couple of observations;

Cripps was on for 89% TOG and played as a midfielder for the whole of that time. Clarke ran with him for 82% TOG and was still running with him at the end. Even so its pretty clear Clarke has the tank to be a full time mid and play as a tagger.
During the time 7% TOG Clarke was off the ground Cripps was effectively not tagged and managed about 3 disposals so that put him on track for a 30+ possession game. However there is a potential small sample error in that.


There were a few minutes later in the game when Clarke was on and Cripps was not, too.



apparently he is one of the best runners at the club, definitely not worried about his tank.


Sounds Shiel is a certainty. Not sure about the other 2 stringer and raz. Clarke wouldn’t wanna make way an uproar would be an understatement


Just realised there’s another for the CK, …

Cromulent Kent!!




Last year, in 1 of the VFL threads, @theDJR described Clarke’s kicking as “cromulent”.
I thought, get outta here djr with ya fandangle words, but it fits.
His kicking really is cromulent :smiley: