In: Michael Hurley, Orazio Fantasia
Out: Heath Hocking, Jayden Laverde
Milestones: David Myers (100 games)
B: James Kelly, Michael Hartley, Mark Baguley
HB: Andrew McGrath, Patrick Ambrose, Conor McKenna
C: Jobe Watson, Darcy Parish, Brendon Goddard
HF: Zach Merrett, James Stewart, Martin Gleeson
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Joe Daniher, Josh Begley
R: Tom Bellchambers, David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell
I: Orazio Fantasia, Michael Hurley, David Myers, Travis Colyer
E: Jayden Laverde, Heath Hocking, Shaun McKernan
Interesting that Hooker hasn’t even been given the chance to get ready. Must be just a clear out, and even if we do progress may be in doubt for next week too.
Great to see Begley hold his spot over Laverde
I agree.I think Begley has shown real potential. Much prefer him to Smack
Sad that Hooksy couldn’t get up but pleased with the team.
Kind of surprised we didn’t ■■■■ about pretending Hooker would play. I guess that’s not Woosh’s style.
Raz back is huge . Hurley back is great , however he usually takes a few games to warm up .
Hopefully being dropped for a final burns Lav over preseason and he comes back in ripping shape.
I would have picked Smack. Joe to be double teamed all day. Ugh!
Like our team, we will run them off their feet
Look at all that speed
Tipa, Oraz, Mckenna, McGrath, Zerrett, Begley (?), Colyer
We look a bit short overall in the backline. The mids are either going to have to keep the ball from heading to the Swans goals or run back hard to help out. I think Smack will play, just not sure who comes out.
Naismith hasn’t played for ages has he?
Nup. Bellcho will eat him
5 weeks. To be fair, I’d still bring him in for Tippett if he’d never played football in his life.
Hooker injury update
Simon Conway September 7, 2017 6:23 PM
BTV: EF | Team Selection John Worsfold takes us through the team to challenge the Swans in our Elimination Final this weekend.
Essendon forward Cale Hooker will miss the side’s Elimination Final against Sydney on Saturday.
The 28 year old was a late withdrawal from the Bombers round 23 match against Fremantle with bone bruising in his leg.
Hooker didn’t train with the main group on Wednesday but will continue his rehabilitation in the hope of playing in a semi final next week.
“The key for Cale was getting him to the point where he could run pain free,” Essendon’s General Manager of Football Rob Kerr said.
“Unfortunately he didn’t quite get there and we wanted to make the call early to ensure the team and coaches can have a clear focus on the team that will take the field.
“Cale remains a strong chance to play next week should we win on Saturday.
“As was the case this week, pain will be the guide in terms of Cale’s preparation from here on in.
“It’s disappointing to not have a player of his quality available but our forward line has been one of our strengths this season and we’re confident we’ve got the depth to kick a winning score."
The Bombers have won six of their last eight matches and will welcome back Michael Hurley and Orazio Fantasia for the clash with the Swans.
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