NAB 3 @ Subiaco - Weagles vs Bombers Sunday March 13 - 4.10pm WST (7.10pm AEDT)

Reading the headlines in the EFC website for this article, I could have sworn it said “Preparing for the Worst”, didn’t seem too inappropriate if a little too blunt.

Preparing for the West

Bombers consider options

Ben Guthrie March 5, 2016 6:50 PM

Essendon could make as many as nine changes for its final NAB Challenge duel with West Coast at Domain Stadium in Perth next Sunday.

Promising youngster Jayden Laverde may not be among the omissions, with coach John Worsfold describing the 19-year-old’s left ankle injury during the Bombers’ 87-point loss to Geelong in Shepparton as “not too bad”.

Former premiership Cats James Kelly and Mathew Stokes are likely to make an appearance for the first time this pre-season, while ex-Docker Ryan Crowley is almost certain to be recalled.

“There’s every chance we’d have nine inclusions next week. Most of those guys are going to be very experienced players,” Worsfold said in his post-game media conference.

“But it’s not about putting nine in, we need the guys to play a lot of footy together. Next week’s the first opportunity to bring them out against what I expect will be a quality opposition again.”

Captain Brendon Goddard, David Zaharakis, James Gwilt, Zach Merrett and Darcy Parish are all likely to be included for the Bombers’ trip to Perth.

Worsfold said Laverde would be fit for the opening of the season, if he did not come up against the Eagles.

“The word right now is that Laverde might be right to play next week but if not he’ll be right for the week after that,” Worsfold said.

Worsfold is expecting another tough challenge against last year’s grand finalists, but that doesn’t faze the Essendon coach.

“I’d rather that than playing against another really young team,” he said.

“We need to learn against the best at the moment, we did that today (against Geelong) and we’ll be playing against one of the fancied teams again next week.”

Despite a crushing loss to the Cats, Worsfold was “excited” by patches of play his young side showed.

The Bombers coach singled out second-year youngster Kyle Langford, who went head-to-head with Patrick Dangerfield in the midfield.

“For Langford to play just about a full game opposed to Dangerfield, you can’t buy that experience. He’s unlikely to get that sort of experience again this year,” Worsfold said.

“It’s a great learning curve for him to get that time through the midfield and match up against one of the stars of the game.”

Worsfold was also impressed with rookie Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s (known as ‘Walla’ to his teammates) physicality around the football.

Tipungwuti is in line to be promoted to the senior list with the Bombers permitted to upgrade two rookies to the senior list under AFL concessions for their 12 suspended players.

“Some of his ‘never-give-up efforts’ were outstanding,” Worsfold said.

"I’m only measuring him on the ‘Walla’ I saw when I turned up in November.

“What he’s done so far is everything you’d expect of someone given his opportunity. His fitness levels, his preparation has been exactly what I would have hoped for.”

I am sick of the communicationspecialistphobics on here that are always complaining about tiny, minor, little mistakes… I mean no one is perfect.

Clearly they meant that Martin Gleeson is in the squad, and Marty Party is an absentee. With Wallis, they were merely mentioning that he WANTS to be playing, if he could and got selected… unfortunately he can’t.

To be honest, and it won’t be popular, I blame Hird for it all…

Hard on Long

Would you care to rephrase that?

Long hard on?

Hard on Long

How? I liked what he showed and want to see more of him but who deserved an omission before him?


Hard on Long

How? I liked what he showed and want to see more of him but who deserved an omission before him?

Just checked the BOM site and it's 38.6 c with an easterly blowing so no doctor yet fark that

shouldn’t be playing in anything over 35…

But the top up players all needed numbers

The AFL erroneously listed him in the squad.
They're not even at communication specialist level anymore.

Would you say they are more like Miscommunication Specialists or Communication Amateurs?

I’d go

B Dea Hartley Gwilt
HB Baguley Brown Tippa
C Zaharakis Goddard Kelly
HF Cooney Daniher Stokes
FF McKernan Grimley Kommer
R Jamar Zerrett Bird
Int Langford Gleeson Jerrett McKenna

Struggling to find blokes I really like on the wing and HFF. It’s all that long bombing into the forward line crap. Finding blokes that you think can hit a leading forward is difficult. Similarly finding the blokes to run off the interchange bench and do a similar job.

Much better side this week for us. But its also a much better opposition in my opinion playing on their home turf.

wow that eagles at nearly full strength of what they have available for round 1

The AFL erroneously listed him in the squad.
They're not even at communication specialist level anymore.

B Tippa, Hartley, Gwilt
HB Kelly Brown Baguley
C Z Merrett Bird Gleeson
HF Langford, Daniher, J Merrett,
F Stokes, Grimley , Kommer,
R Jamar Zaharakis Goddard

Int McKernan, Simpkin, Fantasia Cooney, Dea, Wallis, McKenna, Ashby, Ambrose, Hams

Glad J Merrett playing again. Hope him and Gleeson get more ball again this week like rd 1. We are relying on them being key contributors/accumulators this year IMO. they still need to cut a few from final teams

B Hurn Schofield McGovern
HB Sheppard MacKenzie Yeo
C Redden Priddis Duggan
HF Hill Darling McInnes
F LeCras Kennedy Cripps
R Naitanui Shuey Gaff
Int Lycett, Sheed, Butler, Ellis, Nelson, .Karpany, Lucas, Giles

We are pretty much playing the 2015 Grand final side bar wellingham/sinclair.
will be good to see Brown/Hartley against Darling/Kennedy, hope our mids help reduce quality of delivery to wce forwards by applying pressure.

how is Tom Wallis getting a run... doesn't he have another 5 weeks or so of rehab to get through?
That's what I thought, squad will get cut down I think

Essendon Facebook page just confirmed Wallis is “definitely not playing”. The AFL erroneously listed him in the squad.

Though presumably the likes of Loonyburger Long etc will be playing in the game on Saturday at Tulla, versus Geelong.

if i was picking 22 from that squad i’d probably go:

  1. Mark Baguley, 28. Mitch Brown, , 42. James Gwilt

  2. Orazio Fantasia, 36. Michael Hartley 8. Martin Gleeson

  3. David Zaharakis, 9. Brendon Goddard 52. Jonathan Simpkin

  4. Mark Jamar 7. Zach Merrett 24. Craig Bird

  5. Adam Cooney, 6. Joe Daniher 20. Jackson Merrett,

  6. Kyle Langford, 54. Sam Grimley , 38. Nick Kommer,

Tippa, smack Kelly stokes

Hard on Long

Would you care to rephrase that?

Long is a bit stiff?
Hard on Long

Yeah, I really like him as well. Maybe not quite as much as you though.

He’s still very light, and probably not quite ready for senior, main season footy…probably helps him to have a week off more than it harms him (or us)

Hard on Long

Would you care to rephrase that?

Hard on Long

Yeah, I really like him as well. Maybe not quite as much as you though.

Hard on Long

Absentees : Dempsey, Edwards, Michael, Long, Morgan, Laverde, Parish, Crowley

Additional guys who are absent and haven’t had a run in the pre-season at all

Leuenberger, Grima, Francis, Redman, Polkinghorne, Nyuon, Eades.

And then there is Wallis, who is named for the match, but who is also on our injury list???