O M G! (Oh Matt Guelfi!) Here's the team - ESSENDON v HAWTHORN MCG , 2:10pm Sat. May 5

IN
Conor McKenna, Tom Bellchambers, David Myers
OUT
Matthew Leuenberger (Suspension), Jackson Merrett (Omitted), Matt Guelfi (Omitted)

Team selection - Rd 7
Conor Walsh

Essendon has made three changes to its side for its crucial clash with Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday, with Conor McKenna set to inject some speed into the team.

McKenna joins the side after serving a three-week suspension and coach John Worsfold said it was always his intention to bring the dashing defender back into the team immediately after the ban.

“Conor has been in pretty good form and yes, (it was) always looking that he was likely to come in,” Worsfold said on Thursday.

“But it wasn’t a certainty, we wanted to wait and see what we felt we needed in the team and obviously who we were playing and the line-up.”

Worsfold was impressed with the way McKenna has trained on the track during his time out of the side and said he will be ready to fire on Saturday.

“He got some really good loads in. It’s a hard part that he had to probably train harder than he would have if he had have played a game on the weekends.

“So he’s fresh, but he’s done the work.”

Experienced pair Tom Bellchambers and David Myers have also taken their place in the line-up after being rested for the side’s loss to Melbourne last week.

Worsfold said it would be good to have their experience back in the side and thought they could both put in strong displays.

“We expect them to come and play the role that we all expect; to bring the effort and the intensity that we want from every player on the squad.

“Obviously there was a strong indication that those two wouldn’t have been able to play with the required effort against Melbourne, so the spell from ANZAC Day through to Saturday will do them a world of good.”

Young midfielder Matt Guelfi has been withdrawn from the side despite impressing in his first two matches, but Worsfold explained his omission is intended to give the tough on-baller a rest.

“We were really pleased with what Matt showed in his two games.

“But to make his debut and play two games in such a short period of time – ANZAC Day into the Melbourne game – that’s a real challenge for any player, let alone a first-year player.

“It’s really around managing his workload and having a strong feel that he would be too sore and carry too much fatigue into this weekend’s game.”

Matthew Leuenberger (one-week suspension) and Jackson Merrett are the other withdrawals and Worsfold said Merrett had not been able to translate his strong form into the senior team.

“Jacko had a couple of games (and) really just struggled to impact last week.

“So it was disappointing, because his form has been good. (It is) disappointing for Jacko that he couldn’t just get into the rhythm of it.

“So we’ve made a change there to make sure that the guys in the forward line, we believe, are in pretty good form.”

Worsfold said he intends on playing more of Essendon’s younger brigade of players in the remainder of the season with a determined focus on the future of the club.

“Our absolute focus is to get the club in a position to win its next premiership and we’re really searching through our list and looking for the players that are going to help make that up,” he said.

“So we will play some more young players throughout the year and make sure that we’re all very clear that we’re getting closer to Essendon’s next premiership.”

He also said having the full support of Essendon’s loyal fan base would be important as the side looks to bounce back to its best form.

“It’s always important, we’re all in it together. We love our supporters, they’ve stuck with us, they’ve been great over all the way through the last couple of years.

“Hopefully they’ve enjoyed some of the exciting games that we’ve put on for them and we’re going to continue to try to do that.”

FINAL TEAM:

B – McKenna, Hurley, Saad

HB – Ambrose, Hooker, Baguley

C – McGrath, Goddard, Mutch

HF – Laverde, Stewart, McDonald-Tipungwuti

F – Smith, Daniher, Zaharakis

R – Bellchambers, Parish, Heppell

I/C – Stringer, Z. Merrett, Myers, McNiece

Emergencies – Ridley, Langford, Guelfi, McKernan

http://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2018-05-03/team-selection-rd-7

Jesus Christ there could be a riot tonight… Guelfi for Myers…

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Absolutely nothing inspiring with the selection.

Guelfi for Myers, ■■■■■■■ really?

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So he intends on playing younger players in the second half of the year and then drops Guefli for Myers?

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And if you’re going to drop someone at least have the balls to say it, “resting” a player after two weeks is fkn sh*t and bring back Myers for him is AGAIN going back to the failed well.

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“We have no idea what’s going wrong”

picks David Myers, again

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Fkn bullshit.

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I’m ■■■■■■■ done.

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Just add my voice to the “■■■■■■■ Myers?!?! W. T. F.”

Myers to come in with his big body and give 12 disposals and 5 Clangers :see_no_evil:

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In - David Myers

I reckon he’s coming good, just needs one or two or three more seasons.

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He didn’t clarify that those players he’s searching for are relegated to David Myers,

He’s just about to peak

Give me some of those SWEET SWEET blind rushed kicks

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Puts big pressure on a win, another loss after those changes will be UGLY.

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I don’t believe you, John.

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Myers isn’t even the worst part. Bags still in, and tippa is waaay out of form or injured. FFS.

What a bullshit video.
Playing the whole list. Fkn lies.
Hope the supporters have enjoyed the games? Which ones ■■■■ head. So far we have turned up for a total of three quarters.

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It’s all right guys… Myers was bought in to protect BJ :joy:

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Jake Carlisle was right.
How fkn uninspiring is this selection panel? Fk me…

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