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VFL team selection: Round three

Joe Daniher will make his return from a calf injury via the VFL on Saturday. (Photo: AFL Media)

Joe Daniher headlines a group of four players returning from injury in Essendon VFL’s clash with North Melbourne at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday morning.

Daniher, who suffered a calf strain at training earlier last month after osteitis pubis sidelined him for the majority of 2018, joins Matt Dea, Jayden Laverde and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher in the 27-man squad.

It will be Dea’s first match for the year, while Laverde and Zerk-Thatcher have overcome ankle injuries they sustained in a VFL practice match against Sandringham last month.

Young gun Sam Draper will stand tall in the ruck alongside on-ballers Dylan Clarke and Trent Mynott, with the trio putting in impressive round one performances.


Josh Begley will continue building on his match fitness, starting in the forward pocket, while experienced Bomber Michael Hartley retains his position at full-back as one of 19 senior-listed Bombers named.

Skipper Aaron Heppell features on the extended bench, after missing the season-opening win against Frankston.

Jacob Brown will be the 23rd player for a second time.

The team will be finalised ahead of the match, which will begin from 11am this Saturday.

Essendon VFL will live-tweet the game, while a video livestream will be shown on the VFL website.


Back 10. Aaron Francis 36. Michael Hartley 41. Ben McNiece
Half-back 30. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 49. Matt Dea 33. Brayden Ham
Midfield 46. Tom Jok 15. Jayden Laverde 8. Marty Gleeson
Half-forward 34. Jake Long 32. Noah Gown 4. Kyle Langford
Forward 16. Josh Begley 6. Joe Daniher 22. Irving Mosquito
Ruck 38. Sam Draper 37. Dylan Clarke 39. Trent Mynott
Interchange 70. Liam McKenna 62. Nino Lazzaro 77. Heath Hocking (VC)
24. Jordan Houlahan 61. Wilson Berry 64. Ray Connellan
59. Aaron Heppell (C) 55. Danny Younan (VC)
23rd player 51. Jacob Brown

Brooke Varney is in the final year of her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) degree at RMIT University. As part of their strategic partnership, Essendon Football Club and RMIT University are committed to providing opportunities for students, staff, players and the wider community.