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Friday, 5 April 2019

Bomber blitz sends Demons to dreaded mark


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Embattled Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell has turned in an inspirational performance as his side opened their 2019 account with a win over Melbourne.

The Bombers got off to a quick start with a six-goal first term before holding off the Demons all night to finish 20. 10. (130) to 18. 4. (112) in at the MCG.

But when Essendon were pushed to the limit by a Demons side that was equally under pressure, it was Heppell who stood out with 27 disposals including 14 contested possessions as well as eight marks and five tackles.

After the thrilling win, Heppell revealed the relief to finally get a positive result.

"You've got to love football," Heppell told Seven.

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"There was great energy, great attitude and we knew we could turn it around. To be honest I'm sore as buggery, battered and bruised but you'd know as skipper, you do wear it quite hard.

The club has come under fire recently for a move made prior to the season to leave out veteran defenders Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker from the leadership group, but Heppell praised them for continuing to be leaders through a tough two weeks.

"I'm a very proud person and then help that I've had from the rest of this playing group really standing up as leaders has been super," he said.

"These boys have been unbelievable. Copped a bit with Hurls and Hooksy not being in the leadership group (but) they've been absolutely sensational in their leadership in the early part of the year. Leaning on guys like that has been unreal."

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Embattled Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell has turned in an inspirational performance as his side opened their 2019 account with a win over Melbourne.

The Bombers got off to a quick start with a six-goal first term before holding off the Demons all night to finish 20. 10. (130) to 18. 4. (112) in at the MCG.

But when Essendon were pushed to the limit by a Demons side that was equally under pressure, it was Heppell who stood out with 27 disposals including 14 contested possessions as well as eight marks and five tackles.

After the thrilling win, Heppell revealed the relief to finally get a positive result.

"You've got to love football," Heppell told Seven.

Shaun McKernan

"There was great energy, great attitude and we knew we could turn it around. To be honest I'm sore as buggery, battered and bruised but you'd know as skipper, you do wear it quite hard.

The club has come under fire recently for a move made prior to the season to leave out veteran defenders Michael Hurley and Cale Hooker from the leadership group, but Heppell praised them for continuing to be leaders through a tough two weeks.

"I'm a very proud person and then help that I've had from the rest of this playing group really standing up as leaders has been super," he said.

"These boys have been unbelievable. Copped a bit with Hurls and Hooksy not being in the leadership group (but) they've been absolutely sensational in their leadership in the early part of the year. Leaning on guys like that has been unreal."

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