Player Watch #21: Capt. Dyson Heppell

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If Heppell falls just short of 300 games at the end of his career it will be due to the season off. Barely missed games since debuting.
I think he still has yet to make his VFL debut.

I reckon the best is yet to come and he will have an AA season or 2 in the coming years. He's probably not even totally out of discussions this year given his AFLCA rating, though I don't expect him to get in.

Anyway its a great achievement for him and hopefully the lads can rally and get him a win. I don't believe in milestone hoodoo's, if we are good enough we'll win.
 

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If Heppell falls just short of 300 games at the end of his career it will be due to the season off. Barely missed games since debuting.
I think he still has yet to make his VFL debut.

I reckon the best is yet to come and he will have an AA season or 2 in the coming years. He's probably not even totally out of discussions this year given his AFLCA rating, though I don't expect him to get in.

Anyway its a great achievement for him and hopefully the lads can rally and get him a win. I don't believe in milestone hoodoo's, if we are good enough we'll win.
So, you’re saying because he missed 22 games in one season, that is going to reduce his final games tally??? I don’t know, seems a bit far fetched to me.....


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So, you’re saying because he missed 22 games in one season, that is going to reduce his final games tally??? I don’t know, seems a bit far fetched to me.....


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I know right. Nah my point was I expect him to finish right around 300 so that will likely end up being the difference. Don't see him as one of those players that will just keep going and going ala Burgoyne or Fletcher. Not that its a big deal anyway.
 

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Only player in the league to finish top 10 in the AFLCA Champion award and supposedly not be worthy of the 40 man AA squad. Laughable.
It’s tough because he’s been great for us but I have no problems with him missing out on the squad. Coniglio & Jetta come to mind as more stiff to miss.
 

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So if you completely and I mean completely forgot who Patrick Dangerfield or Scott Pendlebury were before this season, would either of them be in the squad? I’d say both are there on reputation. I’m surprised Selwood wasn’t in just because of his reputation.

Ah well tough luck Hep, you will be AA skipper next season
 

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So if you completely and I mean completely forgot who Patrick Dangerfield or Scott Pendlebury were before this season, would either of them be in the squad? I’d say both are there on reputation. I’m surprised Selwood wasn’t in just because of his reputation.

Ah well tough luck Hep, you will be AA skipper next season
Pendlebury yes, Dangerfield borderline IMO.
 

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Only player in the league to finish top 10 in the AFLCA Champion award and supposedly not be worthy of the 40 man AA squad. Laughable.
16 of the top 17 made it as well, plus Lambert who was 19th. Fyfe and Brayshaw the others in the top 20 who didn't.

Dyson should have absolutely made the 40.
 

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AA should be the aim for him next year - was stiff to miss the squad this year but should make t with a better win/loss record next year
 
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Strong leadership from Dyson Heppell at Essendon training this morning. A ball movement drill wasn't going the way it should so the skipper stopped it and brought the players together to discuss and explain where they should be setting up to create the defensive layers needed.


Love seeing this. Some will no doubt argue that this should be expected of a captain - but this man just oozes leadership
 
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