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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. Isaac Muller

Height: 200cm
Weight: 104kg
D.O.B: 08/01/96
Position: Ruck
Club: North Albury/Murray U18/ Bundoora (Vic)

A strongly built ruckman and key forward. He has proven very strong in the contest.

54. Nick O'Brien

Height: 189cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 26/06/93
Position: Midfield
Club: Essendon/Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)

Nick returned to Essendon this year as the Captain of the VFL side. He is an inside midfielder that dominates in the contest. He is a great leader on the field vocally.

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.

58. Ben Dobson


Height: 191cm
Weight: 91kg
D.O.B: 13/02/90
Position: Forward/Midfielder
Club: Koroit/St Marys (GFL)

Ben is a big bodied forward and midfielder. He had a great final series last year so there are big expectations for the second year player.

60. Ben Fennell


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

Ben is a new recruit from Montmorency.
He goes hard at the contest and is best at the half forward flank role and in the midfield. He uses the ball well and is great in front of goals.


62. Michael Luxford

Height: 187cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 23/02/95
Position: Midfield
Club: Geelong (AFL)/South Barwon (Vic)

Michael spent three years at Geelong FC on the AFL list.
He is a good ball user, plays with speed and can play in multiple positions whether it’s midfield, half back or half forward.

64. Charles Lill

Height: 189cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 31/01/95
Position: Defender
Club: Mt Lawley (WA)/Essendon Doutta Stars (Vic)
Charles is originally from Western Australia. He has an extremely good kick and will mainly play as a medium defender.

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. Eamon Ogden

Height: 179cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 20/01/96
Position: Defender
Club: Bendigo U18/Kyabram (Vic)/Keilor (Vic)

Eamon is a very quick small defender/winger. His speed and movement with the ball is his strong suit.

70. Alex Carr

Height: 180cm
Weight: 81kg
D.O.B: 04/02/95
Position: Midfield
Club: Maffra (Vic)/Gippsland U18/Williamstown (VFL) 

Alex won the under 18 Morrish Medal in 2014 as the VFL’s best and fairest.
He is an inside midfielder and is very competitive, always going hard at the ball.

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.

77. Nash Holmes

Height: 184cm
Weight: 84kg
D.O.B: 13/03/97
Position: Forward
Club: Sale (Vic)/Gippsland U/18/Keilor (Vic)

Nash won Essendon’s best first year player award last year. He goes hard at the ball, and is an aggressive inside midfielder who can also move up forward. He is a reliable kick for goal.

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.

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.

65. Ozgur Uysal

Height: 181cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 05/08/92
Position: Midfielder
Club: Greenvale/Calder U18/Coburg (VFL)

Ozgar moved to Essendon from Coburg, he has been in the VFL team of the year twice. He is an inside midfielder and at times will move forward.

67. Eamon Gilbert

Height: 195cm
Weight: 86kg
D.O.B: 12/06/89
Position: Defender
Club: Northern Blues (VFL)/Eltham/Avondale Heights (Vic)
Eamon is a key back at 195cm, he is very good in defence, especially in a one-on-one contest.

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.

71. Jock Cornell

Height: 188cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 02/04/97
Position: Forward/Back
Club: NSW Rams U18/Geelong

Jock spent one year on the rookie list at Geelong FC. For his age he is very strongly built and can play forward or back.

74. Joel Madden

Height: 190cm
Weight: 91kg
D.O.B: 26/09/94
Position: Forward
Club: Aberfeldie (Vic)/Calder U18/Coburg (VFL)

Joel moves extremely well for his size, he is a 190cm key forward.

79. Bruno Laguda

Height: 189cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 14/04/97
Position: Defence
Club: Calder U18/Essendon Doutta Stars (Vic)

Bruno is very competitive and a hard player to go up against. He will play half back for Essendon this year. He is quick and tough to beat in one-on-one contests.