RD 5 SQUAD
Backs: Dyson Heppell (C), Jayden Laverde, Jake Kelly
Half-backs: Nick Hind, Jordan Ridley, Mason Redman
Centreline: Sam Durham, Andrew McGrath, Nik Cox
Half-forwards: Archie Perkins, Alec Waterman, Nic Martin
Forwards: Andrew Phillips, Peter Wright, Matt Guelfi
Followers: Sam Draper, Dylan Shiel, Darcy Parish
Interchange (from): Jye Caldwell, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Tom Cutler, Devon Smith, Brayden Ham, Ben Hobbs, Tex Wanganeen, Kaine Baldwin
In: Baldwin, Cox, Cutler, Hobbs
Out: Will Snelling (calf)
Last week’s medical sub: Devon Smith
Squad selection: Rd 5
Essendon names four inclusions to an extended squad for Easter Sunday.
Ben Hobbs could make his AFL debut on Sunday, with the first-year midfielder named in Essendon’s extended squad for its clash with Fremantle at Marvel Stadium.
The No.13 draft pick joins
Tom Cutler, Nik Cox and Kaine Baldwin as inclusions to a 26-man squad, which will be trimmed to 22 at 5pm on Friday.
Will Snelling is the only confirmed out at this stage, with the hard-working forward with a calf injury. set to miss several weeks
Baldwin in the squad over Francis! Not looking good for Frank
Looks likely to be Smith and Cox in for Ham and Snelling
Did Francis play in the VFL last week?
Baldwin didn’t play
hmm, that is very interesting.
I forgot Cutler. He could be in for Wanganeen. But I hope not.
Ham on the extended bench instead of on the field could be something.
Looks an OK team on paper (albeit very young in F50).
But it will largely come down to defence in transition.
We can score, it’s just a question whether we can stop Freo scoring.
First four from extended interchange can sometimes reflect who makes up team
Interchange (from): Jye Caldwell, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Tom Cutler, Devon Smith
In which case it’s
OUT: Snelling, Ham, Wanganeen
Cox for Ham
Smith for Tex
Cutler for Snelling
Ham or Tex to be SUB
Thats 4 very handy ins for Freo
Especially with Cox named on the field.
Ham will be an omission I think.
Will Cutler get a call up?
Really making Francis earn it, which is good.
I think we won’t see Francis unless Philips (or Draper) goes out.
I see Baldwin as back up for Waterman.
This season is showtime for Francis, enough chances, either take it or fade away.
The dumb thing is one of Hobbs, Wanganeen, Baldwin has to stay out of the VFL as the ‘holdover’ emergency. Maybe Wanganeen for a rest? Depends if those are the non-playing emergencies.