Round 1 – GWS v Essendon: What a shocker for the Dons!

Well, I was not expecting that!


That was a shocker for the Dons, a real let down, especially after so much expectation generated by supporters  for their team  to perform better this season after the few past dismal seasons.


Hopefully, that was the shocker all teams  have at some stage during the season and the Bombers  got theirs over and done with early! That’s my feeble excuse and I’ll stick by it for now.


The Bombers were simply out-gunned, out marked, out muscled, and out played in all aspects of the game.They looked very sluggish and slow, and there was no zip at all in their game. Nothing worked, simple as that.


We managed to get the ball forward plenty of times but no one was there to take advantage. Our forwards were smothered, pressured, and had no where to go, that’s if that got the ball!  The Giants did an excellent job of blocking Fantasia and McDonald-Tipungwuti whenever they manage to get the ball. They simply had no space to run.


I was disappointed in McKernan’s game, I really believed this  to be his breakout season after some very good games last season saw him taking steps forward until his season ending injury. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he had many team mates in the same boat, all at sea without a paddle, who had poor games.


Dylan Shiel got the ball many times but just did not know what to do with it once he had it, and I got the impression he didn’t want to be playing against his old team mates, there was no spark or fire in his game. Again, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, first game at a new club and still settling in.


Bellchambers lumbered in the ruck, and it may be worth considering swapping him with Zac Clarke for more mobility there.


Good points? Not too many unfortunately! Ridley and Francis both showed glimpses at times and will learn from this humiliating loss. Zaharakis tried hard all day, as did Stringer. I also thought Guelfi looked solid in the second half especially when forward.


Although this was a terrible result and performance by the Bombers, I don’t think there should be many ramifications for next week. Put it down as the shocker all teams have then move on. The only changes I would consider for next week would be the inclusion of Jayden Laverde into the side. He offers strength, mobility and can kick goals, but at whose expense? Darcy Parish after his excellent game in the VFL may also come under consideration.


Bring on the Saints!



GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY             3.2    7.8    10.13  16.16 (112)
ESSENDON     0.4    2.5    3.8 5.10 (40)

Greater Western Sydney: 
Cameron 4Keeffe 3, Coniglio 3, Lloyd 2, Taranto 2, Himmelberg, Greene
Essendon: Langford 2, Baguley, Francis, Stringer

Greater Western Sydney: Coniglio, Taranto, Cameron, Whitfield, Hopper, Tomlinson, Taylor
Essendon: Zaharakis, Heppell, Shiel

Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Fisher, Mitchell

Official crowd: 15,424 at Giants Stadium


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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Earl O'Neill says

    Bombers seemed to have a slight edge for the first 15 minutes but after Monaros’ second goal they fell apart.
    I was a bit dubious about the Dylan Shiel fanfare your mob was generating. I’ve been watching him for years, he’s good but not that good and I didn’t think we’d miss him.
    Daniher would have made little difference other than Davis having to play him close and not roam around as he wished.
    On a positive note, Col, Woosha has ceased dying his hair black.

  2. Dons were missing three forwards Col – Daniher, Hooker and Stewart. So maybe they’re not that bad. But I was surprised at their lethargy!

  3. With shock results galore over last weekend it just proves making predictions before a real game has been played is fraught with danger. For all that, at least Australia strolled home against Pakistan in the second ODI

    If Adelaide played like PYKERS, the Dons appeared l to be BUMMERS

  4. Colin Ritchie says

    I overlooked Andrew McGrath in my report, I thought he was probably our best player and tried hard all day.
    Dips- They played with that same lethargy against Geelong in their JLT match. Overtrained?

  5. Col hard to rationalize anything after round 1 but the bombers lethargy and seeming disinterest not to fight the game out is a huge concern thank you

  6. It would appear most of the bombs that the Dons dropped were actually duds. The burning question is – will they explode into action next week?

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