An unfortunate knee injury brought young Bomber Matt Guelfi’s season to a premature end, but not before he backed up his impressive debut season this year.
After playing 15 games in his first year at The Hangar in 2018, Guelfi added another 17 senior matches in 2019, once again displaying his capabilities at the top level.
A versatile and courageous player, Guelfi is able to be shuffled around the ground and never backs down in the contest.
He does the little things well and fans have become accustomed to seeing Guelfi’s smothers, spoils and repeat efforts in his two years at the red and black.
Average disposals: 13.7
Average intercept possessions: 3.2
Average rebound 50s: 1.8
Average inside 50s: 1.6
Guelfi's defensive output impressed again in his second year at The Hangar. (Image: AFL Photos)
Guelfi, alongside a number of other impressive youngsters, was a key part of Essendon’s important victory against Carlton in round 11.
He was tough and classy as he handled the conditions brilliantly, claiming 22 disposals (career-high), seven tackles (career-high), four one percenters, three intercept marks, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s.
There were some brilliant moments of skill and courage from Guelfi throughout the season, but it was an occasion drifting forward that drew his most memorable contribution this year.
He was the beneficiary of one of the club’s best chains of play this year in the stirring interstate victory over Adelaide in round 18, working hard to push up the ground as his teammates drove the ball forward before reading the ball perfectly to mark well inside 50 and slot the set shot.
Ambrose— Essendon FC (@essendonfc) July 20, 2019
Guelfi’s senior experience now has him primed to take the next step in 2020.
He is expected to recover from his meniscus injury in time to have a proper crack at the pre-season and you can expect him to continue to gain more opportunities in the midfield going forward.