The Bombers are home to the Adelaide Crows in their opening round of the season and away to Port Adelaide in the final round. They have four Friday & Saturday night games, which is a bonus for their fans, along with a Thursday night match against the Eagles in Perth and their ANZAC Day blockbuster against Collingwood at the MCG.
Essendon meets Richmond, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn, Collingwood and the Fremantle Dockers twice, and they have the bye in Round 13.
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The Essendon home and away draw can be found below. Visit our AFL Fixtures page for season fixtures for other AFL clubs.
|1||Fri||Mar 23||Home||Adelaide Crows||Etihad||7:50pm|
|3||Sun||Apr 8||Away||Western Bulldogs||Etihad||3:20pm|
|4||Sun||Apr 15||Home||Port Adelaide||Etihad||1:10pm|
|9||Sat||May 19||Home||Geelong Cats||MCG||4:35pm|
|10||Sat||May 26||Away||GWS Giants||Spotless||7:25pm|
|12||Sun||Jun 10||Away||Brisbane Lions||Gabba||1:10pm|
|14||Thu||Jun 21||Away||West Coast||Perth||8:10pm|
|15||Sun||Jul 1||Home||Nth Melbourne||Etihad||3:20pm|
|17||Sat||Jul 14||Away||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon||7:25pm|
|19||Fri||Jul 27||Home||Sydney Swans||Etihad||7:50pm|
|21||Fri||Aug 10||Home||St Kilda||Etihad||7:50pm|
Essendon did a mighty job to make the top eight, but unfortunately they were beaten comprehensively by Sydney in an Elimination Final.
Ladder: 7th 22: 12-10-0 (48pts)
Finish: Elimination Final Loss
Sydney Swans 121 - 56 Essendon
SCG Saturday 9th September 2017
Most Kicks: Zachary Merrett 382
Most Handballs: Brendon Goddard 304
Most Disposals: Zachary Merrett 659
Most Marks: Brendon Goddard 168
Most Goals: Joe Daniher 65
Most Hitouts: Tom Bellchambers 460
Emerging star forward Joe Daniher snared the 2017 Crichton Medal for the Bombers. Daniher topped the leaderboard with 451 votes, defeating Brendon Goddard 441 and Dyson Heppell 440 along the way.
1st: Joe Daniher - 451 votes
2nd: Brendon Goddard - 441 votes
3rd: Dyson Heppell - 440 votes
Next: Zach Merrett 439, David Zaharakis 412, Michael Hurley 395, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 86, Orazio Fantasia 354, Cale Hooker 351 and James Kelly 344.
Midfielder Zach Merrett managed to score the most Brownlow Medal votes for Essendon with 15, despite being ineligible after serving a one-game suspension during the season. Merret polled 15 votes with Dyson Heppell next on 14 votes. Best and fairest winner Joe Daniher collected 9 votes from the umpires.
1st: Zach Merrett - 15 votes (ineligible)
2nd: Dyson Heppell - 14 votes
3rd: David Zaharakis - 11 votes
Next: Joe Daniher 9, Orazio Fantasia 7, Cale Hooker 4, Michael Hurley 4, James Kelly 4, Tom Bellchambers 2 and Conor McKenna 1 (ineligible).
The Bombers collected 71 Brownlow Medal votes.