Round 11 – West Coast v Essendon: The Dons Bring Joy


It’s an unusual feeling this.   First there was the dreaded drugs saga and after that three of four seasons of depressing football from the Essendon Football Club, but now I’m feeling strangely optimistic.


A new coach, new players and a list of enthusiastic footballers who play with  flair, determination and skill.  Darcy Parish, Zach Merrett, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Andrew McGrath are just a few names from the “old” list who are having a great season.


The new crop which include such great names like Archie Perkins, Harry Jones, ‘two metre’ Peter Wright and Nik Cox just has to make you feel good about the Dons.


And how good were they last Saturday night against the West Coast Eagles. Just under 5 goals down before half time, playing in Perth before all their rabid supporters, and we fought back. That is one hell of an effort.


Listening to the last quarter on ABC radio showed how great their fight back was. It was all Essendon, they absolutely dominated the play. It was only their inaccurate kicking that kept the scores closer than they should have been.


Next weekend was to be the Dreamtime game against Richmond at the MCG. Unfortunately the game has been transferred to WA, so I will miss out on all the fantastic pre game spectacle of First Nations culture and history. Over the last few years, this pre game celebration has been much better unfortunately for me than the actual game.


So next weekend I will be all set up with the digital ABC radio and the tele. on mute for the Dreamtime game.    Go Dons



WEST COAST        3.0   9.0   10.5   11.5 (71)
ESSENDON            2.4   5.7   9.8   12.15 (87)


West Coast: Kennedy 3, Waterman 2, Ah Chee, Cripps, Darling, Petruccelle, Ryan, Sheed
Essendon: Stringer 3, Hooker 2, McDonald-Tipungwuti 2, Cox, Jones, Langford, Snelling, Waterman


West Coast: Sheed, Naitanui, Barrass, Kennedy, Redden, Hurn
Essendon: Parish, Merrett, Stringer, Heppell, McGrath, Hind, Langford


West Coast: Kelly (knee), Allen (concussion)
Essendon: Wright (calf) replaced in the selected side by Jones


West Coast: Jake Waterman (replaced T.Kelly)
Essendon: Brayden Ham (unused)


Crowd: 41,883 at Optus Stadium



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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Fantastic win Rod! Everything is falling into place, and hopefully continues so. Roll Richmond in the Dreamtime and our season really opens up for us.

  2. Agree with everything you said Rod. Your Dons are building nicely. Seem to be finally getting their playing group, game plan and culture together under Rutten. Woosha doing the heavy lifting and taking the flak of the early rebuild now seems a wise strategy.
    One player I thought was past it is Cale Hooker. He has a new lease on life and his ruck work and contested marking in the forward 50 was outstanding. Thought he beat Barrass on the night.
    That said the injuries to Tim Kelly and Oscar Allen in the second quarter destroyed our team balance and we ran out of legs with reduced interchanges. We were already gutted by injuries and that was the final straw.

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    I too listened to the last quarter on ABC radio while driving home and watched the last quarter the following day. WCEE looked cooked, for obvious reasons after reading PB’s comment. I know a bloke who knows a bloke who reckons it’s great when the Dons give their fans hope. It makes the letdown more enjoyable for him. I picked them for the 8 pre season so I wish them well (this year).

  4. Rod Oaten says

    Daryl, I know that bloke’s brother who is a friend of a fellow who married his best mates sister and played one game for Coburg seconds in the early sixties.

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