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VFL team selection: Round 11

Mitch Brown will return from a wrist injury in the VFL on Saturday. (Photo: AFL Media)

Fresh after a week off with the bye, Essendon VFL has named a strong team for Saturday’s double header against Box Hill.

The selected side features 18 senior-listed Bombers, including Mitch Brown who will make his return after overcoming wrist soreness. 

Brown joins Aaron Francis, Mark Baguley, Irving Mosquito, Ben McNiece and Noah Gown as inclusions to the starting line-up. 

Fan favourite Marty Gleeson will continue building on his match minutes, while mid-season rookie draftee Will Snelling will play his second VFL game. 

Michael Hartley will act as the key defensive post once again, with support from veteran Matt Dea and rising youngster Brandon Zerk-Thatcher.


At the opposite end, vice-captain Danny Younan and versatile utility Jordan Ridley will start in the forward-line.

Skipper Aaron Heppell and vice-captain Heath Hocking have been named on the extended bench. 

Riley Bowman from the NAB League’s Sandringham Dragons has been named the 23rd player for the third time.

Saturday’s double header at Windy Hill begins with Essendon VFLW taking on Box Hill from 11:30am, followed by the VFL Dons at 2pm. 

The final team will be announced before the first bounce.

Live match updates will be available via Essendon VFL’s Twitter account, and will be broadcasted on 94.1FM (3WBC).



49. Matt Dea

36. Michael Hartley

10. Aaron Francis


12. Mark Baguley

30. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher

41. Ben McNiece


34. Jake Long

23. David Myers

8. Marty Gleeson


33. Brayden Ham

28. Mitch Brown

55. Danny Younan


14. Jordan Ridley

32. Noah Gown

22. Irving Mosquito


20. Zac Clarke

39. Trent Mynott

76. Will Snelling


61. Wilson Berry

77. Heath Hocking

24. Jordan Houlahan


70. Liam McKenna

59. Aaron Heppell (C)

73. Daniel Guccione


56. Dylan Landt

62. Nino Lazzaro

23rd player

74. Riley Bowman

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.