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  • Bombers receive a fan friendly fixture

    Essendon Members are the winners following the release of the 2015 fixture with plenty of fan and family friendly time slots throughout the 22 matches.

    The club will play eleven matches during the afternoon next season as well as three in the twilight time slot giving families greater access to watch their favourite team in action.

    There are only two Friday night matches for the Bombers in the fixture against North Melbourne in Round seven and the return clash with the Roos in round 16.

    In a year full of celebrations the magical 400 game milestone for veteran Dustin Fletcher is set to fall in round seven against North Melbourne, if he is to play the first six rounds of the season.

    Round six will see Essendon and Collingwood clash in the ANZAC Day Centenary match in front of a full house at the MCG.

    The club's annual Dreamtime at the G match against Richmond will fall in round nine and kick off from 7.20pm on Saturday 30 May.

    With the club's season opener in Sydney the first chance for Victorian fans to see their team in action will come with the round two blockbuster against reigning premier Hawthorn at the MCG.

  • Licka returns for 2015

    Completing one of the best seasons of his career, Jason Winderlich has announced he will play on with the Essendon Football Club for season 2015. Winderlich said he made the decision on a recent family holiday.

    “I’d had a number of really positive chats with Hirdy and Paul Little, and the boys were constantly in my ear, encouraging me to change my mind,” Winderlich said.“Our recent family holiday gave me time to weigh everything up, and I felt I still had a real hunger and the ability to go around for another season. To have Mark Harvey return as an assistant coach is exciting for me personally, and it’s a massive boost for the playing group and the footy club in general.”

    The 30 year-old also revealed sessions with a chiropractor gave him a new lease of life.

    “My body is feeling the best it has in a long time. The sessions freshened me up and allowed me to play some really consistent footy last season. While there’s no guarantee, I’m confident in my body and excited about what this season has to offer.”

    Winderlich proved he will be a valuable asset again in 2015, after splitting his game time between the forward line and defence. Senior coach James Hird said Winderlich had shown himself to be an outstanding leader of the football club.

    “Jason is a very popular member of the playing group, and we all love having him around the club. He adds a particular element of class to our forward line, but he is also impressively versatile,” Hird said.

  • Harvey appointed assistant coach

    Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce it has finalised its senior coaching panel after appointing Mark Harvey as an assistant coach on a two-year deal. Harvey, a triple premiership player, returns to coaching after a year away from football and will begin his new role at the True Value Solar Centre next week.

    Essendon General Manager Football Performance Neil Craig said Harvey would add valuable experience to the Bombers coaching group. “We are delighted to have secured someone of Mark Harvey’s calibre and experience,” Craig said. “After a thorough recruitment process with a number of number of high quality candidates interviewed for the role, Mark’s knowledge of the game, experience as a senior coach and passion to return to football left us in no doubt he was the right person for our coaching structure. We are confident Mark is the best fit for our football club. He will be able to make an immediate impact on our plying list and play an important role alongside assistant coaches Matt Egan and Nathan Bassett, and in supporting senior coach James Hird."

    Harvey said he was excited to be returning to Essendon and working closely with the club’s talented list. “It’s really exciting to be back at Essendon,” Harvey said “After a year away from football, I feel really refreshed and energised about the role I can play to help the team succeed. We have some terrific talent on our playing list and I’m looking forward to working closely with Hirdy and the other coaches. It’s an exciting time to be back in with the club I love and called home for so many years of my life. Pre-season is less than two weeks away, I can’t wait to get in and start working.”

  • 2014 Trade Summary

    Draft picks: 17, 20, 62, 71, 89, 107, 125.

    Arrived: Jonathan Giles, Adam Cooney, James Gwilt, pick 17, pick 62.

    Departed: Paddy Ryder, pick 53.

    Trade activity: Paddy Ryder traded to Port Adelaide for pick No.17 and 37; pick No.37 on-traded to Western Bulldogs for Adam Cooney, pick 53 traded to GWS for Jonathan Giles and pick 62, James Gwilt (unrestricted free agent).

    Trade misses: Daniel Gorringe was on the club's radar and would have been an excellent replacement for Ryder given his youth. But Gorringe rebuffed Essendon's interest and ended up staying at Gold Coast. They are also believed to have made a play for Mitch Clark as he was weighing up options.

    Trade period mark: The Bombers did about as well as they could given their unique and difficult circumstances. Paddy Ryder wanted to leave, and finding a solution that aided the Bombers was hard. But the club managed to bring in another early selection and some experienced types including Cooney to offset his departure. Giles, as a ready-made ruckman, was a solid choice and having two top-20 draft picks should see some young talent emerge.


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