Essendon has unleashed a new look forward line in the opening match of the JLT Community Series.
In the shortened pre-season match, the Bombers kicked 14.10.94, a score the side bettered only twice during last year’s home and away season.
The attacking potency was built on a fast and dynamic forward set-up that included Orazio Fantasia, Josh Green, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Travis Colyer, Ben Howlett, James Stewart and Shaun McKernan.
After 29 goals last season, Fantasia kicked four, while McKernan booted three.
Green kicked two goals in his first hit out in the red and black and looked lively in attack as the Bombers controlled the match throughout the opening three quarters.
“I loved it, it was really good to get out there with the boys, it’s what we’ve been training for and trying to implement everything we’ve been working on at training,” Green said.
“We were pretty consistent for most of the game but we faded in the last quarter.
“But we showed some good signs but it was nice to work with Walla, Raz and Trav … so there were some good signs, but a bit to work on.”
Green said with more time on the field together, the forward line has the potential to be quite effective during the home and season.
“It’s just important that we get some game time together and get Joe [Daniher] back and Cale [Hooker],” he said.
“It’s going to be pretty dangerous if we can get the ball in there 60-65 times a game.”
Green’s first pre-season with the Bombers was hampered slightly because of a foot injury sustained during 2016.
But with a solid block of training now under his belt, the former Brisbane player has his sights set on making a round one debut.
“The body is feeling good – I’ve done about six weeks of main training now and haven’t really missed a beat which is nice,” he said.
“Hopefully I can keep playing my role for the team and just keep building on my fitness before round one.”