First quarter he was rusty as, not hitting packs with confidence, fumbling, skills off. Didn’t take long to shake the cobwebs though as he was probably our best player in the second quarter, smashing through tackles, kicking goals and just being a genuine presence up forward and in the middle.
Bit of a write up on his VFL return from the club website. Mentions he'll be playing 75% game time against North in the VFL in two weeks time (VFL bye next weekend), and then a full game in VFL round 4. I guess after that he'll be "full fitness", and depending on touch could play seniors.
Also, get a load of that hairdo and moustache. What the? Jim Stewart not much better either.
Young forward Josh Begley has taken one step further in his rehabilitation process, emerging unscathed from Essendon VFL’s season opener on Sunday afternoon.
The 20-year-old, who tore his ACL during the first quarter of last year’s Anzac Day clash, managed 11 disposals, three tackles and two goals despite playing just the first half of the round one win against Frankston.
“I was pretty cooked early on, but it was good to get a couple of touches, a couple of goals, and to tick that box off and take the next step,” Begley said.
“It felt really good to be back out there with the boys, and good to see the game out and get through the first stage of being back.”
Senior coach Dan Jordan was happy with Begley’s return and praised his impact.
“It was a nice introduction for him - there was plenty of ball in that forward half and I thought he competed hard early,” Jordan said.
“He looked a little bit off with his touch which is understandable, but I thought he brought the ball to ground well, competed hard at ground level and got a bit of reward in that second quarter when he kicked a couple of goals.
“He certainly played his role in that forward line, but I think he’d just be happy to get through, get some confidence and have an impact on the game which I thought he did.”
Essendon VFL will have a bye this weekend, before facing North Melbourne at Avalon Airport Oval in round three.
Begley said he’d increase his playing minutes against the Kangaroos.
“I’m looking to play about 75 percent of the game time in round three and then just build from there,” he said.
“My first full game back should be round four of the VFL, so I’ve just got two more boxes to tick and will then hopefully be fully back.”
Still reckon this kid is the missing piece to our midfield if we can get him fit.
188cm with decent burst and was a top 3 field kick in our side in the back falf of 2017 when he proved himself. If we can build his tank back up slowly to avoid re rinjury he could make a big difference in the back half of this year
The Fridge is easily my most exciting new blood player and I don't think we've seen close to near his potential yet. I can't quite put my finger on why i get this feeling but i just think it will all click for him at some point and he'll be a genuine star of the game.
Progressing nicely, "impressing", will play a full match this week.
Dynamic forward Josh Begley was also off the scene for nearly a year after suffering an ACL injury in last year’s ANZAC Day clash, but he has impressed in his two VFL games on restricted game time so far this year.
Crow said the club has been “really pleased” with Begley’s progress and the 20-year-old has been cleared for a full match this week.
I wouldn't be shocked if the coaches did promote him. I reckon they absolutely love Begley. He got played at every opportunity until he did his ACL once he got into the side. Even before he debuted, Worsfold was raving about him. Its not hard to see why with that genuine strong mid sized body, strong endurance and nice kicking. Plus he actually is pretty good at leading up at the ball which is kind of a weakness for our forward line outside of Fantasia.
It may not be this week or next but If he stays fit he'll be in the senior side before the byes.
Maybe it's just been a long time since I've watched him.
Despite what some numbers may indicate he never really dominated VFL in 2017.
I suspect he'll have well and truly "clocked" it in the next month. It's primarily the physical side of the game. It's the point that he's a man among boys - like it has been for Redman, Laverde, Francis and Ridley.
That means that he's not just a kid we play to feel better about the team but a player who is going to make us better because he's basically playing adult footy.
My thoughts echo BrunoV for his game on Saturday, I thought he looked really good playing more of a high half forward role, wasn’t in the midfield but did play as an extra at stoppages in general play. Still atleast another week away in terms of run in the legs but I expect him to solidify his spot in the AFL side before the bye