Opinion 2018 Expectations

Discussion in 'Essendon' started by JayJ20, Sep 30, 2017.

Put it out there
  1. Affidavit

    Affidavit Premiership Player

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Sep 07
    Posts:
    4,067
    Location:
    T90
    Number 1 draft pick. Anything less would really be disappointing.
     

    (Log in to remove this ad.)

  2. Bomberbuzz1

    Bomberbuzz1 All Australian

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Apr 16
    Posts:
    664
    With what our forward line is already capable of, "Defence first and let them play" - Hardwick.
     
  3. BOMBERS 4 LIFE!!!!

    BOMBERS 4 LIFE!!!! Premium Gold

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Sep 08
    Posts:
    37,937
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Yep our forward line is better then Richmonds if we can sort out the defence we could be unstoppable.
     
  4. MarkG

    MarkG Premium Platinum

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Jan 15
    Posts:
    3,614
    6th to 12th
     
    hotkorma likes this.
  5. hurlygurdy

    hurlygurdy Club Legend

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Apr 13
    Posts:
    2,807
    No idea. Given up trying to guess whether Langford, Laverde and Francis are going to make it. Without knowing the answer to that we could end up anywhere from 4th to 14th.
    Mind you, if we pick up Sloane?
     
  6. BOMBERS 4 LIFE!!!!

    BOMBERS 4 LIFE!!!! Premium Gold

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Sep 08
    Posts:
    37,937
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Winning finals a must. as Callum Twomey said we need to get that monkey off our back once that happens who knows how far we can go.
     
  7. Kaiser Powser

    Kaiser Powser Norm Smith Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Feb 07
    Posts:
    6,058
    Location:
    Melbourne
    5-6th and winning a final.

    Of course with bad injuries we could finish outside the 8, and if everything clicks maybe we make a prelim. But I would be expecting us to make and win a final.
     
  8. fishardansin

    fishardansin Brownlow Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Australian cricket team
    Joined:
    Apr 08
    Posts:
    13,717
    Location:
    coburg
    Like a few have said here, I expect an improvement in consistency. However, I still expect us to be around the same mark or even a peg or two back. The club does not appear to be trading for the inside mids we need so I expect next year we'll be rotating Langford, Laverde and Begley through there. This will mean that they should improve across the season, but we will probably make no progress from where we are now. We will also have a slightly tougher draw.

    I'd actually prefer it if we did keep pushing for the internal growth in 2018 and front load on some contracts. This will leave us with cash to splash on a FA at the end of next year and hopefully go to the draft with two good picks. That should set us up for 3 years of Hurley, Hooker and Bellchambers still in the tank.

    Getting Stringer for a bargin is great and Saad provides heaps of run too. Of course this helps our midfield with McGrath spending more time in there too. I do believe with the right focus in the preseason Stringer could become a very good attacking mid. Still think Kennedy is the player we should have been targetting though.
     
  9. Bombermania

    Bombermania Norm Smith Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Non that play Essendon
    Joined:
    Dec 07
    Posts:
    5,819
    Location:
    Counting premiership cups
    If we nail the trade period and Woosha can develop a defensive side to the game plan I would say push for top four or at least win a final, next year looks like being every bit as close as this season was.
     
  10. hotkorma

    hotkorma YESS

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Sep 06
    Posts:
    643
  11. Skipper_

    Skipper_ Club Legend

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Sep 16
    Posts:
    2,898
    2018: Win a final
    2019: Top 4
    2020: Premiers/Grand Finalist
     
    LB#16 and blitzer like this.

    (Log in to remove this ad.)

  12. LB#16

    LB#16 Premiership Player

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Miami Heat
    Joined:
    Mar 10
    Posts:
    3,952
    Location:
    Central Victoria
    I had this exact expectation (with 2017 being 'make the finals') but with the events of the last season there's no reason why Essendon can't make the four this upcoming season.
     
  13. Alfred E Neuman

    Alfred E Neuman Premium Platinum

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Jul 13
    Posts:
    7,463
    X2
     
  14. JayJ20

    JayJ20 Premium Gold

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Aug 16
    Posts:
    5,318
    2018: Premiers
    2019: B2B premiers
    2020: Three-peaters
     
    akiva and The Fact like this.
  15. Aramis

    Aramis Premium Platinum

    Hawthorn
    Other teams:
    Gold City Royals
    Joined:
    Jul 16
    Posts:
    2,448
    I'm calling it now, bookmark it.
    Essendon will win the 2018 premiership.
    Heard it here first!
     
    akiva, Bipolarbear and Milanista28 like this.
  16. Toohey776

    Toohey776 Senior List

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Jul 15
    Posts:
    234
    It must have taken a lot for you to say that! Haha.
     
    Aramis likes this.
  17. JDavey

    JDavey Club Legend

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat
    Joined:
    Feb 11
    Posts:
    2,665
    Location:
    Sydney
    I'd be satisfied with top 6 and a finals win.
     
  18. Aramis

    Aramis Premium Platinum

    Hawthorn
    Other teams:
    Gold City Royals
    Joined:
    Jul 16
    Posts:
    2,448
    Not really, Football is football, the past is the past.... I like where your team is heading, lots of good youngsters, Mum's a bomber too!
     
    Bipolarbear, DapperJong and Toohey776 like this.
  19. TDay

    TDay Senior List

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    May 17
    Posts:
    195
    We had a very easy fixture this year. Less games against bottom 8 teams next year should mean.... less losses!
     
  20. Sockeye

    Sockeye Senior List

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Aug 14
    Posts:
    166
    Richmond and Bulldogs might have popped up and won a flag but with our list of players aged between 18, McGrath, and Daniher, 24, we are on the verge of sustained success. Call it a dynasty if you want. We can now add Stringer and Smith to this group. This is why we are trading them in. Next year? Could go either way. Hopefully top 4, should at least play finals. By 2019, this group will be 20 to 26, and still with Hurls and Hooker and Heppell in his prime. Look out!
     
  21. blitzer

    blitzer Premiership Player

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Aug 06
    Posts:
    4,014
    Location:
    House
    I agree 2019 - 2021 should be a good period for us and we should get a good tilt in that period. We will need to find Hurley, Hooker and Heppell replacements by the end of that period which isn't exactly trivial but not impossible either.

    I think of this as the Daniher era. He's the guy that our list will be built around. He's the guy that will help us luring free agents because of his crazy potential. Every side needs a 'big name' and for us he's the guy. He's also the reason that people won't just write us off because of our below average midfield which still needs to improve.

    Looking at our trading strategy this year and age profile of our list along with standard development times and you'd say that McGrath (and his fellow draftees) are the youngest guys likely to make an impact during that 2019-2021 period. We probably won't have many guys from 2017/2018/2019 draft in our best team during those years.

    So I think you're dead on in highlighting the McGrath to Daniher core of our list.
     
  22. bombreys

    bombreys Club Legend

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    May 15
    Posts:
    1,215
    Winning a final would be a great result.

    The Sydney game showed us we're at least a couple of years away from contending for a flag.

    One key thing I'd like to see this year is playing the kids if the senior guys aren't playing good-great footy. Langford/Laverde/Mutch/Begley/etc., if in form, should be playing ahead of Colyer/Myers/Howlett.
     
  23. YEMOC NAYR

    YEMOC NAYR Norm Smith Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Jun 15
    Posts:
    5,690
    Location:
    Where the magic happens
    I think winning a final should be deemed as a success. I think winning the flag next year is a stretch, but I think 2019 and beyond is where our list will hit it's peak. And hopefully by then, we have a few blokes like Laverde and Langford really hit their straps. Particularly Laverde, because without recruiting a big body mid he will be it. He's going to have to do alot of grunt work.

    But if we land all of the S's, we're going to have some serious firepower. I'm worried defensively, though.
     
  24. Godzke

    Godzke Brownlow Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Barcelona
    Joined:
    May 09
    Posts:
    11,219
    Location:
    Melbourne
    Expecting BT to have a heart attack when Stringer and Orazio link up.

    On SM-G920I using BigFooty.com mobile app
     
    Lore and mike14 like this.
  25. Mercurial89

    Mercurial89 Norm Smith Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Joined:
    Apr 11
    Posts:
    8,246
    Location:
    Melbourne
    I think we can probably expect to be THE primetime team next year to be honest.

    The style we played last year, the size of our club and the players we have on our list, we will quite possibly be very well represented on Friday and Saturday nights.

    As far as results. Id be happy with a Richmond like H&A season (forget the finals), just work through the season, winning games we are supposed to, rarely getting beaten by much, I think they only had 2 bad losses for the whole year. Every other game they could have won. Really consistent Home and away form.
    Once we make it? Win a final.

    I feel 2019 is when we need to demand actual results of prelim and GF appearances/wins. Next year feels a little too early.

    Results aside, Id really expect to see strong physical performances by the players.
    The Sydney game was the culmination but all through the year I felt we kind of got through on heart and excitement. Then you watch the Swans game and they were just powerful. Or watching any Adelaide game, really powerful running.
    Watching the other finals games im not sure our team had that ability to run like those teams did, to lay big hits and take them. Lots of 2 quarter performances all year, id like to see those become 3 and 4 quarter performances.