Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood: Against all odds, we’ll win!




Have you ever left the ground before the final siren to beat the crowd only to find your team had made a miracle comeback in the time it took you to get to your car and turn the radio on?


I’ve done even worse. I was at home listening to us play Carlton and switched off the radio in time-on. When I turned it back on it took me a minute to figure out we’d somehow kicked 3 goals and won. After the game Neale Daniher said he aways knew we would win.




It was a valuable lesson — one all Bomber fans eventually learn. When the odds are stacked against us, when our stars are injured or rubbed out, or we’ve had a shorter break, or 4 weeks on the road, a drubbing the week before, or even if we are still 3 down with a minute to go – Essendon supporters secretly know: we can still win.


Some supporters try to hide this secret. They nod seriously and concede the possibility of a loss just like the knowledgable people on TV. But they don’t truly believe it. Deep down inside they are fortified by all those times we’ve won when we weren’t supposed to. Down by 42 points in the Preliminary against Adelaide, 69 points against North Melbourne, and that game on Anzac day. David Zaharakis!




I’ll be honest. This week things don’t look good. Essendon are under a cloud. Our centremen don’t chase. Heppell is cooked. Collingwood are this, Collingwood are that, Daicos times two. It’s all bullshit designed to sell papers. Essendon will win. The unexpected victory is the sweetest victory of all.


Prediction: Bombers by 3 points


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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Gee, I hope they rebound from that shocker of last week! I’ll be there cheering them on Anzac Day, and hopefully this match can be the turning point in their season.

  2. Yeah, last week was the worst I’ve seen us since the dogs kicked 20 in a row against us in 2019. This week I’ve got a ticket high up above the pigeon loft in Q55. If we win, it will feel like a premiership.

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