Numbers for 2022

Few more draftees to add tonight but wanted to get this started!

My predictions

8: Ben Hobbs
11: Will Snelling
22: Sam Durham
26: Jake Kelly
28: 2nd Pick
29: 3rd Pick
36: 4th Pick

Keep in mind that none of this might mean anything:

Hobbs was wearing the #8 last night on his Essendon jumper. Which doesn’t seem like an accident.

Snelling was wearing the #11 during the last training session. Which would make sense for him to get such a high number upgrade.

Durham was wearing the #22 during the last training session. He also now has #22 in his instagram bio.

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Will we hold off on 29 and 36 for the Davey boys next year?

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I reckon the #8 to Hobbs is a definite (unless they just grabbed a leftover jumper from Gleeson’s locker). Snelling in #11 may not mean anything, but why would Durham randomly put 22 in his Instagram?

Kelly may not care what number he gets. He had #8 at Adelaide, which appears to be gone, so maybe #28?

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Was #36 Aaron Davey’s number at Melbourne?

If it was up to me, I would hold over #29 at least. Look how long they kept #31 vacant waiting for Fletch’s sons.

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8: Ben Hobbs
11: Will Snelling
22: Sam Durham
26: Jake Kelly
28: 2nd Pick
29: Leave for Davey 1
36: Leave for Davey 2
37: Clarke or SSP Rookie
40: 3rd Pick
42: 4th Pick
44: Rookie Pick

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It was.

Seems about right. Since Worsfold at least, we’ve let guys upgrade their numbers, then just handed them out in increasing order with each draft pick.

Heard he had a picture of Andrew Bomford on his wall when growing up so 28 makes sense.

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Didn’t we all?

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I had one of Alec Epis, and then Peter Daniel.

Burnt it when Murphy got it.

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Mark Johnson circa 1999.

David Flood.

David Flood the backline.

They need two similar-looking numbers, remembering that one is right-footed and the other left-footed. Confuse the opposition.

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So 29 and 92 it is then

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We shouldn’t really forget Paul Weston.

And who could possibly forget Greg Bell and Greg Flanagan?

Or KAV!!!, Cory McGrath, Richard Cole.

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We must never speak of this person again.

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Too many players changing numbers. 42 is a fine number and suited Durham. I also loved Draper in 38, suited his unusual vibe and 2 (or any single digit number) doesn’t work for ruckman.

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You’re mistaken. Justin Murphy never played for Essendon.

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