Competitions Essendon All Time Draft Game

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Pick 1
  • RedmanWasHere

    Rarely in kitchens at parties.
    Aug 23, 2010
    21,655
    18,965
    Information Superhighway
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Exers, Gryffindor, Rich & Ess AFLW,
    Thanks for the honour of me kicking things off.

    Taking it back to the '30's, I couldn't think of a better player to start this than with one Richard Sylvanus Reynolds.

    Dick Reynolds for short.

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    Shermy's turn.
     
    Pick 3
  • Bipolarbear

    It's me, it's me it's BPB
    Jul 29, 2008
    3,439
    4,563
    Tasmania
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Browns, Eels, JJs.
    Pick 3 - James Hird

    The only man I've seen on the footy field be as equally graceful as he is brave, skilful and violent. He had that rare ability to slow down time. One of the AFL's greatest ever. Norm Smith, Brownlow, two premierships. He did it all.
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    Pick 4
  • Pweter

    Brownlow Medallist
    Feb 12, 2010
    14,084
    18,157
    Right here, right now
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Central Districts, Detroit Pistons
    Simon Madden. I worshiped this guy as a kid. Could play forward, got his hands dirty in defence and was a brilliant tap ruckman. He used his leap so well to jump early and get a ride on the opposition ruckman, and that leap served him well in taking many a hanger.

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    Quite the CV:
    Games: 378
    Goals: 575
    Premierships: 84, 85
    Norm Smith Medals: 85
    All Australians: 83, 87, 88
    VFL Team of the Year: 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90
    Best and Fairest: 77, 79, 83, 84
    Club Leading Goal Kicker: 80, 82, 91
    Club Captain: 80, 81
    Essendon Team of the Century: First ruck
    State of Origin Games: 21
    State of Origin Goals: 25
    State Captain: 89, 90, 91
    AFL Hall of Fame Inductee: 1996

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    Pick 5
  • Sporno 4 Pyros

    All Australian
    Jul 17, 2017
    867
    1,153
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Pick 5 - Timmy Watson

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    307 games
    335 goals
    3 x Premiership player
    4 x B&F winner including a premiership year (85)
    Essendon Team of the Century (Ruck Rover)
    VFLPA MVP 1989 (Leigh Mathews Trophy)
    Captain 1989-91
    Debuted at just 15years & 305 days (4th youngest ever debut)

    For those too young to have seen him he was the reason kids wanted to wear the No.32 on our jumpers/duffle coats in the 1980s.
    Explosive pace, kicked goals, and just like his son he was a fan favourite.


    BrunoV
     
    Pick 6
  • BrunoV

    Brownlow Medallist
    May 5, 2009
    19,385
    24,897
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Paul Salmon.

    KPF/Ruck.

    206cm, 112kg.

    324 games and 561 goals. (224 games for Essendon and 520 goals, 100 games for Hawthorn and 41 goals)

    Was a teenager, I think, in 1984 when he dominated the competition at full forward before a bad break of his leg. Went on to kick 509 goals from his 209 games with Essendon.

    Moved to Hawthorn for a new start where he was a dual best and fairest and All Australian playing in the ruck.

    At his size and with his athleticism, he would be regarded as the second coming if an 18 year old Salmon were to be running around the NAB league. An incredible specimen of a man.

    Over to you Bipolarbear.
     
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    Pick 8
  • boncer34

    Formerly "Dos23"
    Jul 11, 2005
    55,576
    63,541
    Baghdad
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Melbourne Storm
    I mean how does the greatest goal kicker in our clubs history slide to pick 8?

    Matthew Lloyd


    eth-dog
     
    Pick 9 & 10
  • eth-dog

    Tier 1 WW Player
    Jan 11, 2007
    105,616
    62,320
    Melbourne
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Coburg Lions, All Boston sides
    I fully intended to take two blokes that were taken before my pick in Jobe and Fish, as I couldn't imagine a scenario where these two guys slid to my pick.

    Pick 9: Bill Hutchison. Bill was described by King Richard as the best player he's ever seen and was fourth in Essendon's greatest ever players. He won back to back Brownlow Medals in 1952 and 53, missing the top 10 only once from 1947 to 1955 and was the 18th "Legend" in the Hall of Fame. He was a four time Premiership player for Essendon, playing 290 games and kicking 496 goals whilst mostly playing as a rover.

    Pick 10: Dustin Fletcher. Fletch was a champion defender and as a believer of setting up your spine first I absolutely couldn't pass on him here. His ability to play on a range of opponents and also his elite field kicking has him firmly in the top 10 players Essendon's ever had in my opinion, the two time All Australian and winner of the Crichton Medal in 2000 puts his achievements into the stratasphere as far as I'm concerned.

    Team:

    FB: ??? - Dustin Fletcher - ???
    HB: ??? - ??? - ???
    MF: ??? - ??? - ???
    HF: ??? - ??? - ???
    FF: ??? - ??? - ???
    OB: ??? - ??? - Bill Hutchison
    IC: ??? - ??? - ??? - ???
     
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    Pick 11
  • boncer34

    Formerly "Dos23"
    Jul 11, 2005
    55,576
    63,541
    Baghdad
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Melbourne Storm
    Pick 13
  • BrunoV

    Brownlow Medallist
    May 5, 2009
    19,385
    24,897
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    With my second pick I'll take the 1993 to 1999 Mark Mercuri thanks.

    178cm, 78kg.

    Midfield / forward

    207 games and 242 goals.

    He could play an inside game with the class, vision and creativity of Sam Mitchell, but with a dynamism and strength more akin to Ablett Jr and an evasiveness that was unique (even when compared to indigenous players).

    Forward he could almost play as a 178cm KPP. At ground level he was dynamic.

    One of the most balanced and skilful players to have played the game, he was regarded by his teammates as being on par with Hird but only really rose to claim that mantle once, while Hird was injured in 1999 and which coincided with a second place in the Brownlow. Personal tragedy and, what I suspect was ultimately, a lack of the champion's drive robbed us of a strong end to the career of someone who, if he had maintained something like the consistency of his first 100 to 130 games, was good enough to be in the discussion as one of the top 10-20 players to play for the Bombers.

    He retired at 30 having coasted through 2000 and 2001 and then doing virtually nothing from 2002 to 2004. I don't think we really understand what we missed. We missed his 3 to 4 of his prime years.
     
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    Pick 14
  • Sporno 4 Pyros

    All Australian
    Jul 17, 2017
    867
    1,153
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Pick 14 - Gavin Wanganeen
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    Brownlow Medalist
    2 flags (one at the dons in his Brownlow year)
    Indigenous Team of the Century
    Essendon Team of the Century (back pocket)
    5 x All Australian
    Champions of Essendon (no.19)

    We were blessed to have him play for us for 127 games before the lure of home and the chance to own part of a Scottish fast food chain brought him back to Port Adelaide where he continued to build his legacy.

    Genuinely broke a lot of fans hearts when he left...but we all still love him.



    Pweter
     
    Pick 15
  • Pweter

    Brownlow Medallist
    Feb 12, 2010
    14,084
    18,157
    Right here, right now
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Central Districts, Detroit Pistons
    Jack Clarke - Centreman in the Essendon Team of the 20th Century. Anyone that can work their way into the centre square alongside Tim Watson and Dick Reynolds, nudging Bill Hutchison to a forward pocket, has to be more than decent. Defeating Carlton in a premiership year as captain gets extra kudos.

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    Games: 263
    Goals: 180
    Captain: 1958–1964
    Premierships: 1962, 1965
    Premiership captain: 1962
    All-Australian: 1953, 1956, 1958
    Crichton Medal 1958, 1962
    Lined Them Up: 1958

    FB: ??? ??? ???
    HB: ??? ??? ???
    C: ??? Jack Clarke ???
    HF: ??? ??? ???
    FF: ??? ??? ???
    R: Simon Madden ??? ???
    INT: ??? ??? ??? ???
     

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    Pick 17
  • Shermy

    Charter boat? what charter boat?
    Apr 24, 2012
    6,727
    6,547
    Chair
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Green Bay Packers, Orlando Magic
    Pick 17 - Scott Lucas

    Scott Lucas. The 2nd Twin Tower alongside Matthew Lloyd, Lucas was a mainstay at CHF including the all conquering 2000 premiership side. A raking left foot you always felt he was in with a chance on the run from 60 odd, and set shot from outside 50. Lucas played a small amount of football at CHB and proved a very useful defender, however CHF was his trade which he performed with aplomb. He kicked 7 last quarter goals to almost steal an unlikely victory in Sheedy and Hird's last game when coming from almost 50 points down in one of the more remarkable individual bursts of football you'll ever see.

    Most notable career achievement was the only time anyone in the history of ever can recall him using his right foot to set up Gary Moorcroft's 2001 mark of the year.

    Games: 270
    Goals: 471
    Premiership: 2000
    Best and Fairest: 2003, 2006
    Leading Goalkicker: 2006

    RedmanWasHere
     
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    Pick 18 & 19
  • RedmanWasHere

    Rarely in kitchens at parties.
    Aug 23, 2010
    21,655
    18,965
    Information Superhighway
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Exers, Gryffindor, Rich & Ess AFLW,
    I'm needing a ruckman for 18 and a defender for 19.

    The best ruckman in Essendon's league history is taken so 18 = David Hille.

    I said I need a defender so I'm heading back to decades before I was born so 19 = Don McKenzie.

    Return to Shermy I mean sender. (Address unknown.)
     
    Pick 22
  • Pweter

    Brownlow Medallist
    Feb 12, 2010
    14,084
    18,157
    Right here, right now
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Central Districts, Detroit Pistons
    Tom Fitzmaurice.

    Could be a case of "what if" when Tom left Essendon after 6 years at the age of 26 due to several players seemingly tanking against VFA team Footscray to lose an exhibition game played to raise funds for veterans who lost limbs in WWI.

    Leaving us in his prime he'd just won back to back to back B&Fs, the last 2 in premiership sides. Starting his career as a high flying ruckman, a leg injury forced him to reinvent himself as a defender. Rarely outmarked or outbodied due to his size (192cm, 96kg in the 1920s was a serious unit) he was a force in defence and a key pillar in both flags he played in.

    Games: 85
    Goals: 30
    Premierships: 1923, 1924
    Best and fairest 1922, 1923, 1924
    Team of the Century


    FB: ??? ??? ???
    HB: ??? Tom Fitzmaurice ???
    C: ??? Jack Clarke ???
    HF: ??? ??? ???
    FF: ??? ??? ???
    R: Simon Madden ??? ???
    INT: ??? ??? ??? ???

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    Pick 24
  • BrunoV

    Brownlow Medallist
    May 5, 2009
    19,385
    24,897
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Leon Baker.

    centre/inside mid and half forward

    183cm, 85k

    1981-1983, 64 games and 100 goals with Swan Districts.
    1984 - 1988, 86 games and 70 goals with Essendon
    Premiership quality half forward and centreman in 4 premierships played at WAFL and VFL level. Was runner up in Essendon's best and fairest in 1984 and 1985.

    Not a player I know a stack about, as he was before my time, but he strikes me as a modern inside mid with a real touch of class, possibly in the mould of Robbie Gray (perhaps not as dynamic forward but more of a true inside mid in the modern parlance).

    If his records and feats as a player are anything to go by it is splitting his time between the WAFL and VFL that is likely the only thing that prevents him from being in the conversation for the greats of Essendon list.
     
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    Pick 27 & 28
  • eth-dog

    Tier 1 WW Player
    Jan 11, 2007
    105,616
    62,320
    Melbourne
    AFL Club
    Essendon
    Other Teams
    Coburg Lions, All Boston sides
    Pick 27: Graham Moss.

    Pick 28: Alan Noonan.

    FB: ??? - Dustin Fletcher - ???
    HB: ??? - ??? - ???
    MF: ??? - ??? - ???
    HF: ??? - Alan Noonan - ???
    FF: ??? - ??? - ???
    OB: Graham Moss - ??? - Bill Hutchison
    IC: ??? - ??? - ??? - ???
     

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