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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Dons' horror season continues with double injury blow


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Essendon’s horror 2019 season has gone from bad to worse with star duo Jake Stringer and Dylan Shiel suffering a pair of hamstring injuries in a loss to Richmond at the MCG.

Stringer has been arguably Essendon’s most consistent player so far this season and is the club’s most dangerous forward threat, but limped off late in the first half of his side’s 6. 14. (50) to 10. 13. (73) loss.

He attempted to come back onto the ground but was eventually iced up and forced to sit for the second half of the match.

Prior to his injury, Stringer had picked up eight disposals and had kicked two behinds while looking lively up forward once again.

The injury comes at a time where the Bombers can ill-afford to lose yet another forward threat.

Jake Stringer

Meanwhile, Shiel’s injury came in the second half after he was among the Bombers’ best with 22 disposals and he too was eventually iced up for the night.

After a slow start, Shiel had been playing some of the best football of his career in his first season with the Bombers.

With star forward Joe Daniher and reigning best and fairest winner Devon Smith both ruled out for the year, along with Orazio Fantasia set to miss at least the next fortnight, the Bombers’ forward line stocks are dwindling by the day.

Also dwindling is the club’s hopes of making the top eight after it slumped to a 4-6 record.

However, the injury concerns were not solely on the Bombers’ side with Richmond star Tom Lynch failing to finish the match.

Dion Prestia

Lynch was seen in his tracksuit well before the final siren and was seen walking with a heavy limp after the match.

The Bombers launched a spirited fourth-quarter fightback and trimmed once was what a 43-point margin to just 15 points but simply ran out of steam in the end.

Starting the night in 10th position coming into the night, the Bombers had an uphill task to say the least against a Tigers side that has played some of its best football of the season.

However, while Essendon’s endeavour around the ground was up to the mark, it was left to lament some horrific goal-kicking as the Tigers proved to have the class around the ground.

Kyle Langford

Bombers skipper Dyson Heppell toiled extremely hard and finished with 26 disposals, and he was ably assisted by Darcy Parish who thrived in the wet conditions with 31 touches. Young Bombers midfielder Kyle Langford also impressed with 22 disposals and a game-high three goals.

Richmond’s efforts were led by veteran defender and former Essendon star Bachar Houli who was outstanding all night with a game-high 37 disposals and took home the Yiooken Medal for being the best on ground.

In horrific conditions at the MCG, Houli and Tigers skipper Shane Edwards (26 disposals) were a class above with their disposal all night.

2017 Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin also continued his good recent form, finishing with 35 disposals to go along with his 37-disposal outing against Hawthorn last week.

The win means that the Tigers sit in third position on the ladder behind Geelong and Collingwood, while Essendon sit 11th and could fall down further.

Essendon’s horror 2019 season has gone from bad to worse with star duo Jake Stringer and Dylan Shiel suffering a pair of hamstring injuries in a loss to Richmond at the MCG.

Stringer has been arguably Essendon’s most consistent player so far this season and is the club’s most dangerous forward threat, but limped off late in the first half of his side’s 6. 14. (50) to 10. 13. (73) loss.

He attempted to come back onto the ground but was eventually iced up and forced to sit for the second half of the match.

Prior to his injury, Stringer had picked up eight disposals and had kicked two behinds while looking lively up forward once again.

The injury comes at a time where the Bombers can ill-afford to lose yet another forward threat.

Jake Stringer

Meanwhile, Shiel’s injury came in the second half after he was among the Bombers’ best with 22 disposals and he too was eventually iced up for the night.

After a slow start, Shiel had been playing some of the best football of his career in his first season with the Bombers.

With star forward Joe Daniher and reigning best and fairest winner Devon Smith both ruled out for the year, along with Orazio Fantasia set to miss at least the next fortnight, the Bombers’ forward line stocks are dwindling by the day.

Also dwindling is the club’s hopes of making the top eight after it slumped to a 4-6 record.

However, the injury concerns were not solely on the Bombers’ side with Richmond star Tom Lynch failing to finish the match.

Dion Prestia

Lynch was seen in his tracksuit well before the final siren and was seen walking with a heavy limp after the match.

The Bombers launched a spirited fourth-quarter fightback and trimmed once was what a 43-point margin to just 15 points but simply ran out of steam in the end.

Starting the night in 10th position coming into the night, the Bombers had an uphill task to say the least against a Tigers side that has played some of its best football of the season.

However, while Essendon’s endeavour around the ground was up to the mark, it was left to lament some horrific goal-kicking as the Tigers proved to have the class around the ground.

Kyle Langford

Bombers skipper Dyson Heppell toiled extremely hard and finished with 26 disposals, and he was ably assisted by Darcy Parish who thrived in the wet conditions with 31 touches. Young Bombers midfielder Kyle Langford also impressed with 22 disposals and a game-high three goals.

Richmond’s efforts were led by veteran defender and former Essendon star Bachar Houli who was outstanding all night with a game-high 37 disposals and took home the Yiooken Medal for being the best on ground.

In horrific conditions at the MCG, Houli and Tigers skipper Shane Edwards (26 disposals) were a class above with their disposal all night.

2017 Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin also continued his good recent form, finishing with 35 disposals to go along with his 37-disposal outing against Hawthorn last week.

The win means that the Tigers sit in third position on the ladder behind Geelong and Collingwood, while Essendon sit 11th and could fall down further.

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