Team for RD 17 Vs Crows Fri Night 8th July


Looks a decent side. We got this.

Good luck to the fringe dwellers,

Team selection: Round 17

The Bombers make two changes for Friday night’s clash with the Crows.

Essendon has made two changes for its clash with Adelaide on Friday night, recalling Martin Gleeson and Matt Guelfi at the expense of injured captain Dyson Heppell and omitted wingman Brayden Ham.

Gleeson will line up for his 93rd AFL game and first since round two, while Guelfi has been promoted to senior coach Ben Rutten’s starting 22 after not being used as the medical sub against Geelong last week.


The Bombers are hopeful Heppell, who was ruled out on Wednesday with a thumb injury , will miss just one game.

Rutten said Gleeson’s return was a due reward for the 26-year-old, who has been a consistent performer across half-back in his five VFL games this season.

“It’s a great reward for ‘Gleeso’ (Gleeson). He’s a really popular, strong member of our football club,” Rutten said.

"He’s been playing really good footy in the VFL, and obviously there’s an opportunity there with Heppell coming out of the team.

“He’ll add some real experience and maturity. We know Gleeso will come in, give it his best and play really well.”

The Bombers will name their medical sub one hour before the 7:50pm bounce at Marvel Stadium, with emergencies Brayden Ham, Sam Durham, Nick Bryan and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher in contention.


Backs: Jayden Laverde, James Stewart, Jordan Ridley
Half-backs: Nick Hind, Mason Redman, Martin Gleeson
Centre: Matt Guelfi, Zach Merrett, Nik Cox
Half-forwards: Jake Stringer, Peter Wright, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Forwards: Devon Smith, Harrison Jones, Alec Waterman
Followers: Sam Draper, Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford
Interchange: Tom Cutler, Will Snelling, Archie Perkins, Cale Hooker
Emergencies: Brayden Ham, Nick Bryan, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Sam Durham

In: Guelfi, Gleeson

Out: Heppell (thumb), Ham (omitted)

Last week’s sub: Guelfi (not used)

Milestone: Stringer - 150 AFL games


wow thats some completely new, unseen and not discussed information

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Match preview: Bombers v Crows

Get all the key stats for Friday night’s clash with our match preview infographic.

By - 5 hrs ago

why not just post in the other thread?

What other thread?

The endless talk about who should be in and out thread?

That match preview in graphic form is a bit lame EFC, … jus’ sayin.

i thought it was always this system

  • changes thread (made post game if we win, 3/4 time if we’re losing)
  • “where’s the team” thread (thursday morning)
  • team thread (thursday night)

oh boy that pressure differential of 0.09

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Yup. Always.

I miss the WTT threads, …

Remember when we could post images of hot girls looking thru telescopes ?

Those were the days :ok_hand:

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2021 now buddy. Stop living in the old times.

Is this the match day thread?

Anyway we’re fked.


Are they still going with the roof open thing at Docklands?

It’s worth noting that the only time I can remember us playing a night game with an open roof was when we done the Crows in round one 2018. Was a Friday night too.

I think we’ve also only played one open roof game since then, round one last year against Fremantle, which doesn’t really count.

Would prefer the roof to be closed as we’re far more familiar with that

Less chance of being shat on by the seagulls too

Pumped for tonight.

Cmon Bombers!!!

Remarkably even win loss history with us and the crows

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Now that we paid for the website to run and don’t rely on Google, we should be allowed to post them.

We’re too PC now to go back.
Those images live in my mind.