Rnd 21 Essendon v Carlton, Sunday 18th August 1:45pm @ MCG
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Essendon has made four changes to their team to tackle Carlton in Saturday afternoon’s blockbuster at the MCG.
David Zaharakis, Cale Hooker, Brent Stanton and Patrick Ryder
Travis Colyer (omitted), Mark Baguley (omitted), Nathan Lovett-Murray (omitted) and Scott Gumbleton (soreness)
Preview – Get ready for war!
One of my old coaches Robert Shaw once said to me, “Paul, you will only be regarded as a genuine member of this team, when YOU decide to take matters into your own hands and stand up when it counts”, “No excuses”! Wise words from an old head that I respect immensely and those words have never left me.
To stay in control of our own fate, our lads must win and win well – simple as that! Yes, we can blame all the injuries over the past month or two or we can decide that we are a genuine threat and belong in the top 8. Baring a few players still on the sidelines injured or playing in the VFL (Mc Veigh, Hille, Winderlich and Pears to name a few) we are nearly at full strength. There will be no excuses!
As a player, if you ever wanted to know your're alive, compete against Carlton on the MCG in front of 80,000+ screaming fans and see if you have what it takes. To put it bluntly, I can’t stand Carlton and any chance I had to inflict as much pain on them as I could, I would! I’m sure the feeling’s mutual by the way! In my opinion, Essendon v Carlton is the biggest home and away game of the year, outside Anzac Day.
The return of ruckman Ryder and on-baller Stanton should make a significant difference for the bombers, while Zaharakis will provide much-needed speed through midfield.
The equation – beat Carlton this week, end their finals chances and stand up when it counts!!!
Bombers by 1pt.....