The Team - GWS v Us - DC out for "The Pidge" (Blame Marvel)

IN – McGrath
OUT – Clarke


B – Dea, Hooker, McGrath

HB – Saad, Ambrose, Ridley

C – Zaharakis, Z. Merrett, Fantasia

HF – Smith, Stewart, McDonald-Tipungwuti

F – Stringer, McKernan, Guelfi

R – Bellchambers, Goddard, Heppell

I/C – Langford, Laverde, McKenna, Baguley

Emergencies – Clarke, Merrett, Long, McNiece

Team selection: Rd 10
Conor Walsh May 24, 2018 6:20 PM

Essendon has made just one change to its side for the Bombers’ clash against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

It is a more conservative approach from the club on the selection table after making five changes last week, which helped spark a vital 34-point victory over Geelong.

Young gun Andrew McGrath returns to the line-up after overcoming a minor calf strain and coach John Worsfold said he expects last year’s NAB AFL Rising Star to make an immediate impact against the Giants.

“We’re really rapt with the way Andy’s been developing both last year in the back line, but (also) this year through the midfield,” Worsfold said.

“So he again gives us flexibility to play up through the midfield, but also go (to) half-back and release other players for us.

“He reads the game well, is very composed and runs really well.”

Midfielder Dylan Clarke makes way for McGrath, while his fellow debutant from last week’s win Jordan Ridley will hold onto his spot in the team.

Worsfold said he was “really pleased” with Ridley’s debut against the Cats where he was a crucial part of the victory, gathering 25 disposals, seven marks and five rebound-50s.

“We knew he’s a composed player, uses the ball really well and we saw that in the game,” he said.

“He makes good decisions and he seems to fit in really well with the guys in that back half the way they worked together, it was the best defensively that unit has worked all year.”

The Bombers will field ex-Giants Devon Smith and James Stewart against their former teammates at Spotless Stadium on Saturday and Worsfold said they had provided welcome insights into their upcoming opposition.

“They talked to the coaches and the playing group just around what they know and we can take some snippets out of that,” Worsfold said.

“But really (we want to) reinforce the footy that we want to play and how it will stack up against a team like GWS.

While the Giants head into the match off three-straight losses and with just one win from their last five games, Worsfold said he has lots of respect for their star-studded side.

“They’re a very good team, they do have some players that have been out through injury, but they’ve got a lot of talent on that list.

“(They are) a hard-running team, they move the ball quickly, they’ve got a lot of speed, so it’s going to be a massive challenge for us, but we’re really looking forward to it.”

The Bombers will be available at a signing session after the match on Sunday morning from 10:30am until 10:45am in the Olympic Park precinct. The precise location will be released on Saturday night.

Greater Western Sydney v Essendon at Spotless Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

In: J.Kelly, J.Patton, M.Buntine
Out: I.■■■■■■■, J.Finlayson, L.Keeffe


This is OK. McG was always coming right back in

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Clarke one and done huh



not sure why you wouldn’t give Clarke at least one more. Happy apart from that

play the kids ffs


Happy with that

Conservative with Hurls. Myers VFL

Increase our run and spread & pressure.

Game on Giants

LAV very lucky. Fire up son! But then again Stringer been pushing into midfield a lot more so LAV in effect the required 3rd marking target.

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Like this side.
Like it alot.

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Not bad. GWS are bringing Kelly, Patton and Buntine in.

At least they didn’t replace him with Myers… McG I can handle


Clarke needs a few in a row to get the pace of senior level so disappointed from that aspect. LAV lucky


LAV is lucky.

Pink elephant… THE gets another game!


‘hey dylan in the vfl you’re gonna be a major engine to our midfield but in the afl you’re gonna negate someone then slot into the langford role’

“thanks skip u ■■■■■■■.”


Yep I would have preferred LAV out. We’ve still got Fanta, Tippa and Bags forward, plus plenty of guys who can rotate there. I think we need to play one extra mid than we have been, hence I would have preferred Clarke over LAV

Also, mutch rested and returns to vfl. Reckon the next time woosha offers a rest to a kid I’d suggest they politely tell him to ■■■■ off


Clarke was pretty rubbish. Not sure we can afford to carry a midfielder against GWS. Not surprised he was dropped.


Who do you drop for Andy though?


I have no problem with that really. Clarke gets a taste but he looked a fair way off, I’m sure he will get another game this year. McGrath an obvious in. And we have a bit of a glimmer left in the season.


Really?? I thought he was good for a first gamer.
Not as good as Ridley, but still.


that’s the thing, i can’t find anyone. I can see why they made the call i just always like to give a debutant an extra week in the 1’s

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