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The Bombers are in striking distance at half time against the Suns.

5:35pm  Feb 26, 2017

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2016 VFL Playing List

No Player Ht Wt DOB Position
57 Ben McNiece (VC) 178 75 22.03.92 Defender
58 Isaac Muller 199 104 08.01.96 Ruck/Forward
59 Aaron Heppell 181 78 13.01.95 Defender
60 Sam Heavyside 178 81 09.07.94 Forward/Midfielder
61 Alex Boyse 189 78 16.11.93 Forward
62 Daniel Coghlan (C) 186 88.5 08.01.91 Midfielder
63 Matthew Dornauf 187 86 25.05.91 Midfielder/Defender
64 Jacob Thompson 184 88 20.07.91 Forward
65 Daniel Willis 190 90 30.06.90 Forward/Midfielder
66 Justin Van Unen 188 94 03.04.90 Forward
67 Jack Langford 197 90 08.06.93 Forward
68 James Ferry 189 84 09.11.94 Defender
69 Nick Hind 181 70 19.08.94 Midfielder
70 Alex Marklew 178 75.5 22.03.92 Defender 
71 Angus Milham  210 88 11.08.94 Ruckman
72 James El Moussalli 186 83 18.06.97 Midfielder
73 Chris Peart 180 82 20.06.93 Midfielder
74 Hayden Walters 186 96 03.08.92 Midfielder
75 Alex McLeod 181 73.5 28.01.92 Midfielder
76 Nash Holmes 186 92 13.03.97 Midfielder
77 Josh Freezer 192 91 12.06.89 Defender
78 Matthew Darby 194 93 14.07.93 Forward/Ruck
79 Bruno Lagunda 185 74 14.04.97 Defender
80 Jack Furlong 182 82 05.10.96 Forward/Wing
81 Victor Carboni 177 75 29.06.96 Forward
82 Ben Dobson 191 91 13.02.90 Defender
NA Charles Lill 191 85 31.01.95 Defender

 

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.   

 

 

 

57. Ben McNiece

Height: 178cm
Weight: 75.5kg
D.O.B: 22/03/92
Position: Defender

Club: Northcote Park (Northern Football League)

McNiece’s development throughout 2015 and standout performances in the finals saw him rewarded with the vice-captaincy this season. A small rebounding defender that has elite speed and kicking skills, McNiece has a great ability to lock down on the opposition’s small forwards. 

59. Aaron Heppell

Height: 181cm
Weight: 84kg
D.O.B: 13/01/95
Position: Defender
Club: Leongatha (Gippsland League)

A well known figure of the Bombers VFL, Heppell embarks on his third VFL season after two seasons with Gippsland Power. His professionalism, work rate and appetite for success made him an important figure of the Bombers finals push last season and he looks set to step up again in 2016. Aaron has elite endurance and has great poise with the football which is very similar to his brother.

61. Alex Boyse

Height: 189cm
Weight: 78kg
D.O.B: 16/11/93
Position: Forward

Club: St Bernard’s (VAFA)

In his debut season with Essendon, Boyse was a member of St Bernard’s premiership team in 2015. An extremely athletic player with elite agility and repeat speed set to play a half forward/wing role for the Bombers. Is dangerous in the air and when it comes to ground in the forward line. 

63. Matt Dornauf

Height: 187cm
Weight: 86kg
D.O.B: 25/05/91
Position: Midfielder/Defender
Club: Whittlesea  

A ball-magnet who regularly picks up 40-plus disposals at local level, will play midfield and half back with the Bombers in his first season of VFL football in which he debuted in round one. A hard runner who competes from the opening to final siren and hates losing.  

65. Daniel Willis

 

Height: 190cm
Weight: 90kg
D.O.B: 30/06/90
Position: Forward/Midfielder
Club: Echuca 

 ‘Brucey’ as he is more affectionately known, is a clever half forward/midfielder. Played an important role last year and throughout the finals, kicking some crucial goals. A good decision maker with equally good skill, Willis knows how to find the goals

68. James Ferry

Height: 191cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 09/11/94
Position: Defender
Club: Macedon 

Now in his third year with the Bombers, the mid-sized defender is terrific athlete and finds a way to spoil the best forwards with terrific closing speed. Ferry  would have been a real draft prospect if not for two knee reconstructions during his under 18 years. Will be looking for a consistent season after a great start to 2016. 

 

70. Alex Marklew

Height: 190cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 26/03/92
Position: Defender
Club: Doutta Stars 

 A strong runner, Marklew’s flexibility in his roles will be a handy asset for the coaching staff this season. A great user of the ball who tends to find plenty of space. Originally from Wangaratta, the 23 year-old is eligible to play VFL as the 23rd listed player. 

72. James El Moussalli

Height: 188cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 18/06/97
Position: Midfielder
Club: Eltham  
El Moussalli comes to the club after playing TAC Cup with the Northern Knights and also Vic Metro in the Under 18 National Championships last season. A mature bodied 19 year-old who wins most of his ball contested has played a few games already as the clubs 23rd player. 

74. Hayden Walters

Height: 186cm
Weight: 96kg
D.O.B: 03/08/92
Position: Midfielder
Club: East Point  

Walters comes to the Bombers after a year on Footscray’s VFL list in 2014. Kicked a bag of goals for East Point last season, a stronger bodied and aggressive player will most likely play a role across half forward and half back this season. 

76. Nash Holmes

Height: 182cm
Weight: 83kg
D.O.B: 13/03/97
Position: Midfield
Club: Keilor 
Holmes comes to the Bombers after playing for Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup and also representing Vic Country last year. An inside ball winner that loves the contest with a mature body and size for his age. 

78. Matthew Darby

Height: 194cm
Weight: 93kg
D.O.B: 14/07/93
Position: Forward/Ruck
Club:Avondale Heights 

In his first season on a VFL list, Darby is a young athletic and agile developing key forward/back up ruckman. An early season shoulder injury will see him spend time on the sidelines. 

81. Victor Carboni

  Height: 177cm
Weight: 75kg
D.O.B: 29/06/96
Position: Forward
Club: Aberfeldie 
In his first season at VFL level, Carboni was a member of the Aberfeldie premiership team last season. A small forward that will be looking to push higher up the ground to the wings and through the midfield. Carboni, another player who can play as the 23rd man, has explosive pace and certainly adds a high standard of defensive pressure. 

66. Justin Van Unen

Height: 188cm
Weight: 94kg
D.O.B: 03/04/1990
Position: Forward
Club: Mt.Eliza 

 A local footy icon down on the Peninsula, Van Unen is a strongly built medium to key sized forward. Has kicked over 100 goals a couple of times and is a smart and clever forward around goal. He will appear on the upcoming season of ‘The Recruit’ on Fox8 and taking on his first VFL challenge looking to add some depth to the Bombers VFL forward line.  



80. Jack Furlong

Height: 182cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 5/10/1996
Position: Forward
Club: Bundoora

Furlong has trained with the Essendon VFL all season and has been rewarded with a contract. A great user of the ball and exceptionally hard worker on his game, is a development player with some great potential. 



58. Isaac Muller

Height: 198cm
Weight: 102kg
D.O.B: 01/08/96
Position: Ruck/Forward

Club: Bundoora (Northern Football League)

A strong powerful key forward and backup ruckman, Muller is developing his game. Played a handful of games for the Bombers last season and will be keen to extend on that number this season. 

60. Sam Heavyside

Height: 178cm
Weight: 78kg
D.O.B: 09/07/94
Position: Forward/Mid
Club: Strathfieldsaye

 

 

 

 

 

A former member of the defunct Bendigo Gold, Heavyside embarks on his third season with the Bombers.  Plays as a small forward that will this year push in through the midfield. Is a noted goal kicker and powerful both sides of his body and strong mark overhead. 

62. Daniel Coghlan (C)

Height: 186cm
Weight: 88.5kg
D.O.B: 08/01/91
Position: Midfielder

Club: Warburton-Milgrove (Yarra Ranges Football League)

The Bombers newly elected captain was runner-up in the best and fairest last season after a third placed finish in 2014.He has great craft as an inside midfielder and possesses great vision from inside a contest. A hard runner who will compete all day to lead his team. 

64. Jacob Thompson

Height: 184cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 20/07/91
Position: Forward

Club: Greenvale 

Thompson is the longest serving player on our list, going back to the days as the Bendigo Bombers. He is big bodied forward that competes well in the air and on the ground, mostly playing as an undersized key forward and a goal kicker. We will be looking for Thompson to use his experience and leadership to develop our young players.

67. Jack Langford

Height: 197cm
Weight: 90cm
D.O.B: 08/06/93
Position: Forward
Club: MacLeod 

An exceptional athlete that can play key forward, key back or as a mobile ruckman. The 26 year-old has a  beautiful left foot kick and is a good decision maker. 

71. Angus Milham

Height: 210cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 11/08/94
Position: Ruckman
Club: Spotswood 

Milham is the tallest player on a VFL list at 210cm. Now in his third year in the VFL, Milham is a young developing tap ruckman with that will create headaches for opposition teams whilst he continues to put on size. A developing yet exciting prospect who has improved his ability to cover the ground and his marking. 

73. Chris Peart

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 20/08/93
Position: Midfielder
Club: St Bernard’s 

 
Another member of the St Bernard’s premiership last season, Peart is an aggressive and competitive inside midfielder who loves the contest. Is a great user of the ball in traffic. 

75. Alex McLeod

Height: 181cm
Weight: 73.5kg
D.O.B: 28/01/92
Position: Midfielder
Club: St Bernard’s 

After stints with Williamstown and Coburg, this is McLeod’s third season with the Bombers, bringing a valuable 40-plus game of VFL experience. A smaller forward/inside midfielder who is dangerous around the goals. 

 

 

77. Josh Freezer

Height: 192cm
Weight: 91kg
D.O.B: 12/06/89
Position: Defender
Club: Old Melburnians
Now in his fifth season with the Bombers, Freezer was one of a number of players who stepped up for the senior lit during the 2015 NAB Cup. A member of the leadership group we will be looking for him to continue to play in a key position down back where he reads the play extremely well and can use his fitness and elite kicking skills.

79. Bruno Lagunda

 

Height: 185cm
Weight: 74kg
D.O.B: 14/04/97
Position: Defender
Club: Doutta Stars

In his first VFL season, Laguda joins the club after winning the best and fairest at the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup. A halfback/wing player who is a great runner and thrives on the contested footy. 

82. Ben Dobson

Height: 191cm
Weight: 91kg
D.O.B: 13/02/90
Position: Forward
Club: St Mary’s (Geelong Football League)

Mature age recruit who recently turned 26, Dobson has VFL experience with Geelong. A strong bodied competitor and great lead-up forward that demands and attracts the ball, Dobson will play as the third or fourth tall in attack.  

64. Charles Lill

Height: 191cm
Weight: 89kg
D.O.B: 31/01/95
Position: Defender
Club: Doutta Stars 

Has fought his way back to football after 12 months off to treat a form of testicular cancer. Is back playing with Doutta in the hope of making his return for the Bombers after one match in 2015. Is an exceptionally popular member of the team who has been rewarded for his attitude and hard work in his recovery. 

69. Nick Hind

Height: 181cm
Weight: 70kg
D.O.B: 19/08/1994
Position: Midfield
Club: East Point

Hind was named best on ground recently for the Ballarat League, lightly framed but an exceptional runner that uses the ball really well. A young developing player that has some attributes that the Bombers were keen to enhance.