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Friday, 19 April 2019

Daniher return sparks monster Bombers win


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Essendon's midfield trio of Dyson Heppell, Dylan Shiel and Zach Merrett have sent out an ominous signal to the remainder of the competition in a dominant Bombers win over the Kangaroos.

After a tightly-contested first quarter, the Bombers broke the game open through the middle of the second and third quarters before running away 17. 14. (116) to 7. 16. (58) winners at Marvel Stadium.

Heppell (32 disposals), Shiel (36) and Merrett (39) were unstoppable in the middle of the ground, as the Bombers used the new starting formations with lethal efficiency to put on a run that the Kangaroos simply could not stymie.

The Bombers will also be encouraged by the successful return from injury for star forward Joe Daniher who played in excess of 90 percent game-time after being a last-second inclusion.

Daniher kicked two goals for the afternoon and highlighted his incredible kicking prowess with a 65-metre goal in the final quarter to put the icing on the cake for the Bombers.

The Bombers are likely to receive a hefty fine from the AFL for playing Daniher after not naming him in the team's announced 22-man lineup or as one of the four emergencies.

Speaking to Seven following the win, Daniher revealed when he found out he would make his season debut.

"I had a missed call from Woosha around 10.30 this morning telling me I was half a chance," Daniher said.

"I was actually training with the VFL (team) this morning and then found out a couple of hours later that I was actually in.

"It was unfortunate for (Zac Clarke) to go out, but I loved the opportunity to come back and play."

Daniher revealed that despite being included to play in his first game of the season, he did not look too far ahead towards the ANZAC Day clash against Collingwood.

"It was more about playing tomorrow in the VFL and getting that touch back and performing and working really hard for the VFL side," he said.

"I wasn't looking too far ahead. I felt like the longer the game went, the more comfortable I felt out here, but I'm obviously quite a bit rusty.

"But I just loved the opportunity to come out and play with the boys."

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Essendon's midfield trio of Dyson Heppell, Dylan Shiel and Zach Merrett have sent out an ominous signal to the remainder of the competition in a dominant Bombers win over the Kangaroos.

After a tightly-contested first quarter, the Bombers broke the game open through the middle of the second and third quarters before running away 17. 14. (116) to 7. 16. (58) winners at Marvel Stadium.

Heppell (32 disposals), Shiel (36) and Merrett (39) were unstoppable in the middle of the ground, as the Bombers used the new starting formations with lethal efficiency to put on a run that the Kangaroos simply could not stymie.

The Bombers will also be encouraged by the successful return from injury for star forward Joe Daniher who played in excess of 90 percent game-time after being a last-second inclusion.

Daniher kicked two goals for the afternoon and highlighted his incredible kicking prowess with a 65-metre goal in the final quarter to put the icing on the cake for the Bombers.

The Bombers are likely to receive a hefty fine from the AFL for playing Daniher after not naming him in the team's announced 22-man lineup or as one of the four emergencies.

Speaking to Seven following the win, Daniher revealed when he found out he would make his season debut.

"I had a missed call from Woosha around 10.30 this morning telling me I was half a chance," Daniher said.

"I was actually training with the VFL (team) this morning and then found out a couple of hours later that I was actually in.

"It was unfortunate for (Zac Clarke) to go out, but I loved the opportunity to come back and play."

Daniher revealed that despite being included to play in his first game of the season, he did not look too far ahead towards the ANZAC Day clash against Collingwood.

"It was more about playing tomorrow in the VFL and getting that touch back and performing and working really hard for the VFL side," he said.

"I wasn't looking too far ahead. I felt like the longer the game went, the more comfortable I felt out here, but I'm obviously quite a bit rusty.

"But I just loved the opportunity to come out and play with the boys."

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