Perhaps an interesting discussion point for this off season, but Herald Sun are apparently doing a feature at the moment ranking the best sides across the AFL era, and comparing against each other. I don’t much care for that comparison, but find it interesting to see what would be our strongest AFL side since 1990. Assisting the HS is Simon Madden and this is the team that they came up with.
The rules are that the selections MUST have played 5 years or 100 games from season 1990
ESSENDON’S BEST OF THE AFL ERA
B: Mark Thompson, Dustin Fletcher, Gary O’Donnell
HB: Gavin Wanganeen, Mark Harvey, Damien Hardwick
C: Michael Long, Mark Mercuri, Brent Stanton
HF: Jason Johnson, Scott Lucas, Joe Misiti
F: Darren Bewick, Matthew Lloyd, Paul Salmon
R: Steve Alessio, James Hird ©, Jobe Watson
I: Mark Johnson, Dean Wallis, Cale Hooker, Sean Wellman
Coach: Kevin Sheedy
For me, I can’t have Wellman on the bench, I would move Wanganeen to back pocket and O’Donnell to the wing or maybe bench. I can’t have Wallis in the team either, perhaps a Blumfield to come in or a Caracella. Sean Denham was a great player for us for a long time who doesn’t get much recognition. Maybe he should be on bench? There is a distinct lack of players from the last 10 years … fair enough, we have been ■■■■■ as a club. But has Heppell done enough already to make it? David Hille?
We haven’t had a gun ruck for a long time have we? Salmon could have been that, but his best years in ruck were at another club.
Go at it Bomber fans, what needs to be changed?