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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 19/01/99 190 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)
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 Sheahan 17/05/97 182 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)

James is a key defender who can play on a range of different forwards. 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 played five matches in his maiden season at Essendon in 2017 and won the Best First Year Player Award. Dangerous in front of goal when on song. 

59. Aaron Heppell

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

2016 B&F winner and the brother of Essendon AFL captain Dyson. A strong and committed team player who gives his all every week..

61. Wilson Berry

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

Former TAC Cup captain at the Western Jets. Wilson played five matches in his first year at Essendon and will look to take the next step in 2018.

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 and gained VFL experience in eight matches last season.

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

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

Alex is a strong key forward and backup ruckman. He topped the Essendon goal-kicking in 2017 with 31 majors and was selected in the VFL Team of the Year at centre half forward.

53. Sam Hooper

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

After missing 2017 with an ACL injury, Sam will be looking to make his mark on the VFL team 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)

Danny is a good half forward/forward pocket and 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)

2017 Best Clubman Award winner. Nick is a halfback flank/winger who finds the football and loves to run and carry.

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

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

69. Alex Marklew

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

Alex got his first taste of VFL football at Essendon across four matches last season. He has great endurance and ball use and can play in multiple positions.

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 from Buninyong. He signed to the Bomber in 2017 and kicked at least one goal in each of his three matches.

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