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2018 VFL Playing List


No. Player DOB Height Weight Club
50 James Ferry 9/11/94 191 90 Gisborne (Vic)/Calder U18/Macedon (Vic)
51 Alex Boyse 16/11/93 190 85 St Bernards (VAFA)/Essendon Doutta Stars
52 Joel Grace 23/06/99 199 92 South Morang (Vic)/Northern U18/Bundoora (Vic)
53 Sam Hooper 15/11/95 194 93 Nth Ballarat U18/North Ballarat (VFL)
54 Kalan Huntly 18/03/97
185 88 Castlemaine (Vic)
55 Daniel Younan 18/08/92 178 79 Western U18/Coburg (VFL)
56 James Peters 4/06/97 180 77 Aberfeldie (Vic)/Calder U18
57 Nick Hind 19/08/94 180 75 East Point (Vic)/Keilor (Vic)

59 Aaron Heppell 13/01/95 183 82 Gippsland U18/Strathmore (Vic)/Leongatha (Vic)
60 Ben Fennell 8/05/92 181 80 Collingwood (VFL)/Montmorency (Vic)
61 Wilson Berry 8/06/98 192 82 Western U18/Aberfeldie (Vic)
62 Nino Lazzaro 19/01/99190 83 Fitzroy (Vic)
63 Matt Darby 14/07/93 194 92 Riddell (Vic)/Avondale Heights (Vic)
64 Joe Harrison 03/11/98 187 87 Laharum(Vic)/North Ballarat U18/Monash (Vic)
65 Edyn Sibbald  10/03/96 200 90 St Bernards (Vic)
66 Kieran Strachan 5/10/95 202 86 South Bendigo (Vic)

68 Nick Dixon 10/08/96 183 76 Geelong (VFL)/Port Melbourne (VFL)/Collegians (Vic)
69 Alex Marklew 26/03/96 190 85 Murray U18/Wangaratta Rovers/Doutta Stars (Vic)
70 Jamieson Sheahan17/05/97 182 86 Geelong U18/Bendigo U18/Strathfieldsaye (Vic)
72 Joel Ottavi 21/03/96 199 93 Buningyong (Vic)/Keilor (Vic)/East Point (Vic)
75 Trent Crosbie 21/02/97 180 84 Gisbourne (Vic)
76 Luke Collins 26/11/94 182 72 Aberfeldie (Vic)/Calder U18/Coburg (VFL)
77 Heath Hocking 27/12/87 185 88 Eastern U/18/Essendon
79 Jake McQueen 25/06/98 181 71
Nhill (Vic)/GWV Rebels U18/North Ballarat (VFL)/East Point (Vic)

23rd man rule.  An eligible player can play five games as the 23rd player. Player are eligible if they  are playing their first season out of the TAC Cup as a 19 year-old, or if your 20 that year but playing your first state league contract.   




50. James Ferry

Height: 191cm
Weight: 90kg
D.O.B: 9/11/94
Position: Defender

Club: Gisborne (Vic)/Calder U18/Macedon (Vic)

A key defender that can play on a range of different forwards.  Ferry is in his fourth year at the Club and is a member of the leadership group. Quick and athletic, with a good intercept mark.

52. Joel Grace

Height: 199cm
Weight: 92kg
D.O.B: 23/6/1999
Position: Ruck
Club: South Morang (Vic)/Northern U18/Bundoora (Vic)

Young developing ruckman from the Northern Knights who played Vic Metro last year at U/18 level. Big bodied player who will develop and hopefully play some VFL football

54. Kalan Huntly

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 18/3/1997
Position: Forward/Midfield
Club: Castlemaine (Vic)

Strong powerful mid/fwd who had dominated for Castlemaine and Bendigo at rep level. Looking to transition into VFL football as a 23rd man and take his football to the next level

56. James Peters

Height: 180cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 04/06/97
Position: Forward
Club: Aberfeldie (Vic)/Calder U18

James is a first year player out of the TAC Cup. He is eligible to play as a 23rd player. He is a dominant in front of goals.

59. Aaron Heppell

Height: 183cm
Weight: 82cm
D.O.B: 13/01/95
Position: Forward
Club: Gippsland U18/Strathmore (Vic)/Leongatha (Vic)

Aaron is the vice-captain this year. He made the VFL ‘team of the year’ last year and won Essendon’s best and fairest.
He is a great leader and can play as a small forward or inside mid.

61. Wilson Berry

Height: 192cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 08/06/98
Position: Half Back
Club: Western U18/Aberfeldie (Vic)

Wilson came to Essendon straight out of the TAC Cup. His main asset is his speed and agility. He plays half back and wing roles.

63. Matt Darby

Height: 194cm
Weight: 92kg
D.O.B: 14/07/93
Position: Forward
Club: Riddell (Vic)/Avondale Heights (Vic)


Matt is a key forward or key back.   At 194cm he is strong in the air.
His last few seasons were interrupted by shoulder reconstructions, so after a healthy pre-season there are high hopes for the tall forward.

66. Kieran Strachan

Height: 202cm
Weight: 86kg
D.O.B: 05/10/95
Position: Ruck
Club: South Bendigo (Vic)

Kieran is a young ruckman from South Bendigo. He is a very competitive player and has an incredible mark. His agility and mobility at 202cm are his strengths. He is an exciting prospect for the club.

68. Nick Dixon

Height: 183cm
Weight: 76kg
D.O.B: 10/08/96
Position: Midfield
Club:  Geelong (VFL)/Port Melbourne (VFL)/Collegians (Vic)

High possession winning midfielder who can play inside and outside. Elite aerobic capacity and has played VFL football for both Geelong and Port Melbourne

70. Jamieson Sheahan

Height: 182cm
Weight: 86kg
D.O.B: 17/05/97
Position: Half back
Club: Geelong U18/Bendigo U18/Strathfieldsaye (Vic)

Highly skilled half back who uses the ball well off half back to penetrate defences. A former elite junior player who came off an outstanding 2017 with local club Strathfieldsaye last year.

75. Trent Crosbie

Height: 180cm
Weight: 84kg
D.O.B: 21/02/97
Position: Utility
Club: Gisbourne (Vic)

Up and coming midfielder from Gisborne who can play a number of roles. Ready made for senior football but also eligible for 23rd looking to take his game to the next level

77. Heath Hocking

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 21/12/87
Position: Midfield/Forward
Club: Eastern U18/ Essendon

After 10 years an AFL Bomber, ‘Buddha’ joins the VFL system as the captain for 2018. A hard-nosed ball-winner and crafty goal-kicker, Hocking’s leadership will be just as important as his on-field impact.

51. Alex Boyse

Height: 190cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 16/11/93
Position: Forward

Club: St Bernards (VAFA)/Essendon Doutta Stars

A strong powerful key forward and backup ruckman. Alex played a handful of games last year for Essendon. He is a very athletic and agile forward. He has a very strong mark for his size.

53. Sam Hooper

Height: 194cm
Weight: 93kg
D.O.B: 15/11/95
Position: Forward/Back
Club: Nth Ballarat U18/North Ballarat (VFL)

Unfortunately Sam underwent a knee reconstruction in the pre-season and will not be available this season.
When healthy, he can play down back or up forward. 

55. Daniel Younan

Height: 178cm
Weight: 79kg
D.O.B: 18/08/92
Position: Forward

Club: Western U18/Coburg (VFL)

Daniel moved to Essendon this year from Coburg where he played over 50 games. He is a good half forward/forward pocket and is a proven goal kicker at VFL level. His tackling pressure and speed in the forward line are a huge asset.

57. Nick Hind

Height: 180cm
Weight: 75kg
D.O.B: 19/08/94
Position: Half Back/Wing

Club: East Point (Vic)/Keilor (Vic)

Nick came to the club halfway through 2016. He is a lightly built halfback flank/wing, he finds the football well and loves to run and carry the ball.

60. Ben Fennell


Height: 181cm
Weight: 80kg
D.O.B: 08/05/92
Position: Forward/Midfield
Club: Collingwood (VFL)/Montmorency (Vic)

Hard nosed midfielder coming off an ACL reco in 2017. Spent time on Collingwood’s VFL list and will add some grunt and depth to the Essendon VFL midfield.


62. Nino Lazzaro

Height: 190cm
Weight: 83kg
D.O.B: 19/1/99
Position: Forward/Midfielder
Club: Fitzroy (Vic)

Hard running mid/fwd from Fitzroy Amateurs. Good hands and aerobically gifted has X factor and will play VFL as a 23rd man. Nominated for the VAFA young player of the year in 2017.

64. Joe Harrison

Height: 187cm
Weight: 87kg
D.O.B: 03/11/98
Position: Midfield
Club: Laharum (Vic)/ North Ballarat U18/ Monash (Vic)
Big Bodied midfielder who won Monash Blues B & F in 2017 as a 19 year old. Strong in the contest with good skills another who is eligible for 23rd man and will play VFL football

65. Edyn Sibbald

Height: 200cm
Weight: 90kg
D.O.B: 10/03/96
Position: Forward
Club: St Bernards (VFL)

Athletically gifted key forward from St Bernard’s who covers the ground really well and can take a big mark. Hard to match up on and has good goal sense in the forward half

69. Alex Marklew

Height: 190cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 26/03/96
Position: Midfielder
Club: Murray U18/Wangaratta Rovers/Doutta Stars (Vic)

Alex had a really good pre-season. He has great endurance and ball use. He is a utility at 190cm and can play in multiple positions. He is eligible to be a 23rd player with Essendon.

72. Joel Ottavi

Height: 199cm
Weight: 93kg
D.O.B: 21/03/96
Position: Forward
Club: Buningyong (Vic)/Keilor (Vic)
Joel is a 199cm key forward. He kicked 60 goals in the Central Highland league last season.

76. Luke Collins

Height: 182cm
Weight: 72kg
D.O.B: 26/11/94
Position: Forward/Midfield
Club:  Aberfeldie (Vic)/Calder U18/Coburg (VFL)

Exciting forward with great skills still looking for his first VFL game after a stint with Casey. A great mover with finishing class and can play forward and outside mid roles

79. Jake McQueen

Height: 181cm
Weight: 71kg
D.O.B: 25/06/98
Position: Midfield/forward
Club:  Nhill (Vic)/GWV Rebels U18/North Ballarat (VFL)/East Point (Vic)

Speedy midfielder who uses his pace to run and carry and provide forward line pressure. Can play outside or forward and played a number of VFL games for North Ballarat in 2017