A season like no other deserves a Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team like no other.
At the halfway point of an interrupted, ever-changing, yet highly entertaining Toyota AFL Premiership Season, AFL.com.au's reporters have identified which players could be in the running for an All-Australian jacket.
Here are the Bombers' All-Australian contenders.
It's been a change of role for Merrett this season with the 2017 All Australian moved out to the wing. He's produced some excellent games, including in wins against Adelaide and Sydney, and last week's draw with Gold Coast, and has averaged 24 disposals.
Essendon's best chance to make the All Australian side is a youngster enjoying a breakout season. Ridley has been a revelation this year across half-back, with his intercept marking, smarts in the air and damaging kicking giving the Bombers a weapon. The 21-year-old has been one of the finds of the season.
The speedy half-back started the season in brilliant form and would likely have been in the All-Australian side if it was picked a third of the way into the season. Clubs continue to try to shut down his blistering run given his importance to the way Essendon plays.
Shiel started the season in hot form and was one of the early Brownlow Medal contenders before he was suspended for two weeks for a bump against North Melbourne. He hasn't come back in the same form, but would still be high in Essendon's best-and-fairest count.