Mid-season rookie draftee Will Snelling will make his Essendon VFL debut this weekend when the Bombers take on the Northern Blues at Windy Hill on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old was selected from SANFL club West Adelaide with pick No.7 on Monday night.

Standing at 175cm, Snelling can play as an inside or outside midfielder, averaging 30 disposals and 9.6 tackles in 2019. 

He has been named in the extended squad at ruck rover, alongside Trent Mynott and Zac Clarke

Clarke joins Irving Mosquito, Dylan Clarke, Mark Baguley, Mitch Brown and Jordan Ridley on an extended bench for the Bombers' clash with Carlton on Sunday, meaning their VFL availability will be determined by final AFL selection.

After an impressive performance last weekend, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher will once again start in the backline alongside Michael Hartley and Matt Dea, while fan favourite Marty Gleeson also features in the starting line-up in his second game back from a fractured cheekbone.

VFL Bombers Josh Tynan, Dylan Landt, Jacob Brown, Nick Dixon and Wilson Berry make up the extended interchange, joined by Daniel Guccione who would make his senior debut if selected in the final team. 

Nineteen-year-old Riley Bowman from the NAB League’s Sandringham Dragons has been named the 23rd player for a second consecutive week. 

The team will be finalised before the first bounce at 11:40am on Sunday.

The match will be broadcasted on Channel 7, while score updates will be posted on Essendon VFL’s twitter account. 

Following this game, Essendon will contest the 23rd Madden Cup against Carlton at the MCG from 3:20pm.



49. Matt Dea

36. Michael Hartley

30. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher


34. Jake Long

14. Jordan Ridley

46. Tom Jok


8. Marty Gleeson

37. Dylan Clarke

23. David Myers


33. Brayden Ham

65. Edyn Sibbald

24. Jordan Houlahan


12. Mark Baguley

28. Mitch Brown

22. Irving Mosquito


20. Zac Clarke

39. Trent Mynott

76. Will Snelling

Extended bench

61. Wilson Berry

77. Heath Hocking

68. Nick Dixon


66. Luke Goetz

64. Ray Connellan

70. Liam McKenna


56. Dylan Landt

59. Aaron Heppell (C)

55. Danny Younan


73. Daniel Guccione

50. Josh Tynan

51. Jacob Brown

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.