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AFLX wrap-up

BTV: AFLX | Skipworth and Zaharakis Media Conference Hayden Skipworth and David Zaharakis spoke to the media after Essendon's AFLX matches.

All six clubs escaped without injury in a round of matches that had a more contested feel to them than Thursday's opening clashes in Adelaide, with higher scores and more 'Zooper goals' also flowing.  

Game 1: Hawthorn 3.6.7 (73) def Essendon 3.3.6 (54)
Game 2: St Kilda 2.5.2 (52) def Essendon 2.2.5 (37)

Big man Shaun McKernan was the star for the Bombers, racking up 16 possessions and taking 10 marks – both tournament highs – in the clash against St Kilda. He drew the ball and was a constant target for the Bombers, who lost both matches but exposed some new players. Captain David Zaharakis was also excellent, while recruit Adam Saad and NAB AFL Rising Star Andrew McGrath provided dash off half-back and up the ground. Inside midfielder Matt Guelfi got his first taste, while rookie Ben McNiece required some attention from medicos after a nasty football to the face. Left out of both matches were Jackson MerrettMason Redman and Matt Dea.