The Bombers travel to Sydney to face the GWS Giants in the first round of the 2019 Essendon fixture and play Collingwood at the MCG in the final round.
Essendon has fared well in the draw with Good Friday and Anzac Day games, along with two Thursday nights and four Friday night matches. The two Thursday night matches are consecutive weeks against the West Coast Eagles (Round 19) in Perth and GWS Giants (Round 20) in Melbourne. Interestingly enough, Essendon has 9 matches in Melbourne in the first eleven rounds.
Double up matches for the Bombers include Collingwood, GWS Giants, Sydney Swans, North Melbourne and Fremantle, and they have the bye in Round 12.
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The Essendon home and away draw can be found below.
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Essendon finished 11th on the ladder with 12 wins during the home and away season.
Ladder: 11th - 22: 12-10-0
Total Kicks: Dyson Heppell 327
Total Handballs: Zachary Merrett 309
Total Disposals: Dyson Heppell 590
Total Marks: Michael Hurley 156
Total Goals: Jake Stringer 30
Total Hitouts: Tom Bellchambers 657
Former Giant Devon Smith capped off a wonderful first season for Essendon taking out the Crichton Medal with 370 votes. Smith defeated Dyson Heppell on 360 with Zach Merrett third on 335 votes.
1st: Devon Smith - 370 votes
2nd: Dyson Heppell - 360 votes
3rd: Zach Merrett - 335 votes
Next: Adam Saad 315, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 295, Tom Bellchambers 281, Michael Hurley 280, Cale Hooker 276, Conor McKenna 268, Brendon Goddard 267.
The Bombers never threatened in Brownlow Medal voting with the club polling just 65 votes overall. Dyson Heppell received most votes with 13, followed by former Giant Devon Smith on 11 and talented midfielder Zach Merrett 10.
Top 3: Dyson Heppell 13, Devon Smith 11, Zach Merrett 10
Next: Michael Hurley 7, David Zaharakis 6, Orazio Fantasia 3, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti 3, David Myers 3, Adam Saad 3, Shaun McKernan 3, Brendon Goddard 1, Kyle Langford 1
Bombers 2018 Brownlow Medal total: 65
Magpies 96, Demons 93, Hawks 90, Cats 88, Eagles 81, Tigers 78, Giants 76, Swans 71, Crows 69, Roos 68, Bombers 65, Port 62, Dockers 56, Bulldogs 47, Lions 45, Blues 37, Saints 35, Suns 31
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