EFC Open Practice

Good afternoon,

As a Christmas treat, we decided to make the trip out to the 'other' Windy Hill today to watch the Essendon Football Club Open Practice Day.

It was just like the old days trying to find a car parking spot somewhere near this suburban ground, A bit of former local knowledge helped to secure a spot only five minutes walk to the ground to join about two or three thousand of the faithful, old and young mostly decked out in the famous red & black.

So how did they look? Firstly, it was great to see the new Senior Coach, James Hird, and his team of assistants including Mark 'Bomber' Thompson all present and actively (and loudly) instructing the players in what was a very energetic two hour session.

I must honestly confess that I did not recognise all of the players. Some of the senior guys were rested (like Dustin Fletcher), some others were on rehab programs (like David Hille) and we have some new recruits, new rookies and some guys still training with us in the hope of being picked up in the new draft round in January. Of those I knew, I liked what I saw of Angus Monfries and Alwyn Davey. Their speed and attack on the football was excellent. There was much focus on running and use of the ball for much of the session so the 'talls' had less opportunity to shine.

While there we finally finalised our membership and home game reserved seats for NEXT season. Roll on 2011!

A small picture gallery of more of the action can be found on Flickr here.

Bye for now, BomberBoy