Essendon Bombers 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis

Expectations are once again high for the Bombers in 2019, especially after another campaign missing finals. Can they finally take the jump this season?

Sat, 16 Feb, 12:00 AM


Essendon Bombers


Finished in 2018: 11th (12 wins, 10 losses)

Key ins: Dylan Shiel (GWS) Joe Daniher (injury)

Draft Picks: Irving Mosquito (#38) Noah Gown (#60) Brayden Ham (#72)

Key outs: Travis Colyer (Fremantle) Brendon Goddard (delisted) Josh Green (delisted) Jackson Merrett (delisted) Matthew Leuenberger (retired)

Coach: John Worsfold

Captain(s): Dyson Heppell


Dyson Heppell of the Essendon Bombers


Playing AFLX: Michael Hurley (Flyers) Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Deadly) Andrew McGrath (Bolts) Dylan Shiel (Rampage)


Summary: After a host of new faces joined the Bombers in 2018, they targeted just one big fish this off-season and they landed him. Dylan Shiel’s addition to the Essendon midfield looks to be an exciting one for a team on the cusp of finals footy and fans will hope he’s the missing piece to making the jump not only to September action, but for a possible top four push.

The expense of landing Shiel meant the Bombers didn’t pick until #38 in the national draft but have added more pace as well as a likely key position player. Joe Daniher missed the majority of 2018 and will be a welcome addition to the forward line that struggled to have a key focal point.


Round 1: GWS Giants v Essendon – Spotless Stadium – Sunday, 24 March 3:20 PM

GWS Giants $1.75*
Essendon $2.18*



2019 Premiership odds: $12* with Sportsbet

Best Brownlow Hope: Dylan Shiel

Prediction: Essendon to make the finals @ $1.70* with Sportsbet


*Odds are correct as of time of publishing

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