VFL - Round 2 vs Willy @ Willy, 2pm Saturday 14 April 2018

A normal Willy wind is from the SW/S off the bay (their grandstand is strategically placed with its back to that direction).

Saturday will primarily be a [not] hot summer northerly (mostly across and not down the ground). It’s possible Willy will have less wind than other parts of Melbourne, actually.

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There is a cold front approaching. We need to watch out for the change in the weather . Choice of end will be crucial as the change may come in the middle of the game. The wind will swing about 90 degrees.




Might be bad weather for footy.


Captain Buddha
Callum O’Connor April 13, 2018 11:33 AM


Heath Hocking started the season as VFL Captain in impressive fashion after a commanding victory against Frankston last weekend.

Hocking was appointed Essendon’s VFL captain for 2018 after playing 126 matches across 12 seasons for the Bombers at AFL level. And in his own words, there has been no hesitancy in stepping up to the extra demands of being leader.

“Last weekend we played a practice match and I probably wasn’t playing as well as I thought I should be…I remember sitting there going, ‘I should now probably now forget about what I’ve been doing, I should get up and talk to the players and try to get them up,’” Hocking said.

“So I think it’s just a shift in your mindset about what you’ve actually got to do on the day of the game and at training throughout the week.

“It’s definitely challenging but I’m enjoying it and looking forward to the future of it.”

Things couldn’t have gone much sweeter for Hocking and his Bombers last Saturday as Essendon stormed home to a 102-point win over the Dolphins on the back of a 12-goal-to-none second half.

The Bombers had winners across the board in Hocking’s first match leading the side, but he singled out forwards Jackson Merrett and Danny Younan for their five-goal hauls.

“He’s had a really good game and I hope in the near future that he can squeeze in in AFL and get a spot in that forward line,” Hocking said of Merrett.

“He’s quite damaging as quick half-forward, he can get up the ground, he’s got a good engine. If you needed him to he could play half-back, he’s done a bit of that in the past and he can play wing.

Hocking described his fellow leadership group member Younan as “fantastic”.

“He’s one of those really crafty small forwards. He works super hard, he’s in our leadership group and I like what he brings.

“I think he had eight tackles on the weekend, just being a forward, so he’s quite damaging.”

Essendon will play Williamstown at Williamstown Football Ground this Saturday from 2pm and has selected an impressive squad.

The Bombers will be looking to continue their terrific start to the year after thrashing Frankston by 102-points to open their season last week.

The final team will be released ahead of the match.


B – Ridley, Hartley, Zerk-Thatcher
HB – McNiece, Ambrose, Mutch
C – Clarke, Hocking, Redman
HF – Begley, Laverde, J. Merrett
F – Boyse, McKernan, Green
R – Leuenberger, Langford, Parish
I/C – Berry, Darby, Hind, Younan, Mynott, Lavender, Houlahan, Collins, Guelfi, Heppell, Draper, Dixon
23P - Sheahan

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Be interesting to see how the boys go against a club that didn’t just leave administration.

I don’t know if they’re doing all of the teams wrong (I don’t think they are) but the VFL players “released to the minor leagues” this week are:

Boyse, Alexander
Dixon, Nicholas
Ferry, James
Heppell, Aaron
Hind, Nicholas
Hocking, Heath
Hooper, Sam
Lazzaro, Nino
Sheahan, Jamieson
Younan, Daniel

If we believe that, expect up to four late changes.

(I don’t believe that.)

Ferry, Hepp jnr, Hind Buddha, Younan??

Nahh, as per the norm… it’s still a fkn dogs breakfast it seems.

Why do we only have 1 home game in the first 6 rounds???

Commonwealth games.



Any idea of the ground conditions at Willy

It’s windy as hell with a dark storm on it’s way. Very low level clouds that look about ready to rain any minute now.

We will have a wet willy at times today but the rain band that will hit around 11.30 will pass quickly and the wind will dry things out . Its hard to see if any significant rain will hit during the game. No doubt there will be showers, but the wind will be the major factor effecting the game.

Raining now but as Chris says it should blow over pretty quickly.

DJRadio our only option for today?

DJ king goes alright.

I’ll be there, but to be honest I’m probably only focusing on one player!


Give the lad a pat on the glutes from Blitz… hope he has a blinder.

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Can’t wait to hear how langford goes.