Game Day VFL Round 9: Essendon vs Box Hille, Windy Hill, Saturday 15/06/19, 2:10 PM

eth-dog

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Essendon and Box Hille face off this week in a game that is vital for the latter's hopes for getting into the top 4 in their quest for back to back flags. Essendon have won 3 of their last 5 games whilst the Hawkes have won 2 and drawn another in their past 5. Essendon hold a strong head to head record against their arch rivals, winning 4 of the past 5 encounters between the sides, Box Hille's last win coming in 2015.

Essendon won their last start by 41 points against Preston in a tightly contested game up until time on in the third quarter, the Dons piling on the last 7 goals of the game. Brayden Ham was a standout for the Dons with 3 goals in some impressive finishing work, whilst Martin Gleeson put his hand up for senior selection with 23 disposals running off half back, and David Myers controlling the centre of the ground, having 31 disposals and 2 goals.

Box Hille snapped a 3 game winless run with a 6 goal to 3 second half after trailing at the main stanza against Williamstown. Teia Miles, Dylan Moore and Jackson Ross kicked 2 apiece up front for the Hawkes, whilst Luke Meadows was strong in the middle, collecting 28 disposals in what was awarded best afield for Box Hille.

Dons actually have a great record against the Hawks, so us by 15. Possible side:

Aaron Francis - Michael Hartley - Matthew Dea
Martin Gleeson - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Ben McNiece
Jordan Ridley - David Myers - Tom Jok
Jordan Houlahan - Mitchell Brown - Brayden Ham
Mark Baguley - James Stewart* - Noah Gown
Zachary Clarke - Trent Mynott - Will Snelling

Jake Long - Ray Connellan - Danny Younan - Heath Hocking
Aaron Heppell- Liam McKenna - Josh Tynan - Irving Mosquito
23P: Riley Bowman

*Inb4 he gets pulled out tomorrow
 

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eth-dog

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Our side:

FB: Aaron Francis - Michael Hartley - Matthew Dea
HB: Mark Baguley - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Ben McNiece
MF: Martin Gleeson - David Myers - Jake Long
HF: Brayden Ham - Mitchell Brown - Danny Younan
FF: Irving Mosquito - Noah Gown - Jordan Ridley
OB: Zach Clarke - Trent Mynott - Will Snelling

IC: Wilson Berry - Daniel Guccione - Aaron Heppell - Heath Hocking
IC: Jordan Houlahan - Dylan Landt - Nino Lazzaro - Liam McKenna
23P: Riley Bowman

Their side:

FB: Changkuoth Jiath - Ryan Schoenmakers - Damian Mascitti
HB: Damon Greaves - David Mirra - Teia Miles
MF: William Golds - Oliver Hanrahan - Harry Morrison
HF: Harry Jones - Mitchell Lewis - Conor Nash
FF: Jackson Ross - Jarryd Roughead - Matthew Walker
OB: Marc Pittonet - Daniel Howe - Luke Meadows

IC: Nathan Boucher - Stuart Horner - Brayden Kilpatrick - Nelson Lane
IC: Tom Moloney - Nathan Mullenger-McHugh - Ned Reeves - Lachlan Walker
23P: Danyon Reinbold
 
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eth-dog

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I suspect either Nash or Mullenger-McHugh to play defence, perhaps both. As far as out match ups are concerned I would be giving Bezerker the job on Roughy, Hartley on Lewis, with Francis on either Nash or NMM (whichever plays forward). This week I think it's important we run Ridley and Gleeson in defence as they run a very tall forward line but a very short defence.

As I'm bored, the average height/weight for both teams:

Essendon

Height: 187.85 cm
Weight: 83.41 kg

Box Hille

Height: 187.41 cm
Weight: 82.37 kg
 
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fishardansin

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When we get players back from injury it really boosts the VFL team too!
 

TheGrizz

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Gown is playing? Legitimately thought he had fallen off the face of the earth the last few weeks.
 

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BomberTime

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Very interested to hear how Gleeson, Ridley, Brown and Francis perform.

There will be a spot for the injured Stringer.

The Zaharakis move down back suggests they don’t trust him in the midfield? Coupled with the form of Parish, Clarke and even Langford. I would sure as hell prefer Gleeson or Ridley down back as opposed to Zaka.
 

tha Freak

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Also Tippa spot is uncertain. Had no impact at all on the game last night. Would of got more from Bags. Love to see someone get up a score a few sneaky goals to put pressure on selection.
 

Macca18

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No Francis, Baguley or Zac Clarke today here in the warmup. Short break before Thursday’s game so I guess being safe.
 

tha Freak

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Tippa is miles in front of Bags. Not really sure how you could suggest otherwise.
When Tippa is on, he is great but when he is not, it’s like playing a man short. Last night apart from 1 good mark, a missed shot on goal, I can’t remember when he impacted the game at all. At least bags give you something every game. Just need a more consistent effort from someone in that role IMO.
 
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