Shocked is an understatement.
27 years is a damn long time to coach a football club, and an even longer time to coach it as well as Kevin Sheedy coached Essendon.
Basically, the guy has been coach longer than I've been alive,, and in that time, I've never seen a coach make so many positive changes not only for the football club they're at, but for the game of AFL itself.
Channel 10 spent the first 15 minutes of their news bulletin discussing it, and reeling off the many things Sheedy has done to really make sure Australian Rules Football has changed for the better while retaining the values that make it our country's most loved game.
The list of stars Sheedy has coached from "Baby Bombers" to AFL Legends is astounding, and ask a single one of them for their thoughts on him, and they'll not have a negative thing to say.
I honestly thought Sheedy would dies as coach of Essendon, and I'm saddened, but sometimes when an opportunity for change presents itself, it has to be taken.
But hey, for as long as I live, he'll always be the coach in my mind. A career that will never be surpassed, and never forgotten. He's still 60 years young, so Terry Wallace may as well start packing his bags right now.Kevin Sheedy
Forever the MasterCoach.
Ok, Im in Cranny, and I dont know how meny of you know that Essendon just bet Hawthorn by 9 points... YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Round 12 2006, ESSENDON v. MELBOURNE
Sunday, 18 June 2006
ESSENDON 2.8 4.12 7.13 10 15 75
MELBOURNE 2.3 5.7 12.10 16 15 111
MELBOURNE won by 36 points.
ESSENDON: Reynolds 2, Lucas 2, Monfries, Hille, McPhee, M Johnson, Ryder, Stanton
MELBOURNE: Robertson 4, Neitz 3, Bruce 2, Dunn 2, Bartram, Sylvia, Read, Davey, Johnstone
After a disappointing first half of the year, the Bombers will look forward to their mid-season break after suffering another loss today at The Dome. It is now eleven losses for Essendon after Melbourne ran away with the game in the second half to win by 36 points.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=12We seemed to start all right. Second quarter wasn't great for accuracy, but the third quarter was the killer. Bad luck, boys. Savour the mid-season break. We need it.
Round 11 2006, ESSENDON v. GEELONG
Friday, 9 June 2006
ESSENDON 2.3 5.4 9.7 13 10 88
GEELONG 6.3 12.5 16.6 20 10 130
GEELONG won by 42 points.
ESSENDON: Lucas 3, Monfries 2, Laycock, Hille, Reynolds, Johns, McPhee, Lovett-Murray, Dyson, Dempsey
GEELONG: Ablett 4, Mooney 3, Stokes 3, S Johnson 3, Enright 2, Milburn, Ling, Corey, Ottens, Chapman
The drought continues at Windy Hill as the Bombers tonight suffered their tenth consecutive loss of the season by 42 points to Geelong. But while Essendon may not have taken home the four points, there were indications that things are on the way up for the Bombers with a number of positive signs coming out of the match.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=11*sigh*
Round 10 2006, ESSENDON v. ADELAIDE
Friday, 2 June 2006
ESSENDON 2.2 4.6 5.9 6 14 50
ADELAIDE 6.1 13.4 20.7 30 8 188
ADELAIDE won by 138 points.
ESSENDON: Johns 2, Lucas 2, Nash, Dyson
ADELAIDE: Hentschel 8, McGregor 4, Burton 4, Ricciuto 3, Bode 2, Reilly, Doughty, Johncock, Shirely, Biglands, Goodwin, Knights, Edwards, Thompson
A powerful Adelaide Crows handed out Essendon’s biggest loss of the season, after thrashing the Bombers by a staggering 138 points at AAMI Stadium. It was a forgettable night for the Essendon Football Club on what was Dustin Fletcher’s 250th game of AFL football. I'm glad someone else paid for my ticket... it's actually really boring when it's a walkover like that. Even some of the Crows fans couldn't be bothered cheering much by the end of it. I suppose after 30 goals the throat gets a bit sore.
Round 9 2006, ESSENDON v. PORT ADELAIDE
Saturday, 27 May 2006
ESSENDON 3.6 4.9 7.10 9 15 69
PORT ADELAIDE 7.1 9.5 15.9 20 9 129
PORT ADELAIDE won by 60 points.
ESSENDON: Lucas 3, Stanton, Bradley, Watson, McPhee, McVeigh, Bolton
PORT ADELAIDE: Tredrea 4, White 3, Ebert 2, Dew 2, Lade, S Burgoyne, Wilson, Thomson, Lonie, Thurstans, Brogan, Pearce, Chaplin
It wasn’t the way Kevin Sheedy would like to remember his 600th game as senior coach of the Bombers, suffering a 60-point thumping tonight at The Dome. Essendon never looked like threatening the Power and it is now the eighth straight loss of the season for the Bombers.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=9*sigh*
I hate living in Adelaide
Round 8 2006, ESSENDON v. WEST COAST
Sunday, 21 May 2006
ESSENDON 2.3 6.6 12.7 14 8 92
WEST COAST 3.4 6.7 10.9 16 17 113
WEST COAST won by 21 points.
ESSENDON: Lucas 2, Lovett 2, Solomon 2, McPhee 2, Stanton, Monries, Dyson, Johns, Watson, Laycock
WEST COAST: Chick 5, Lynch 4, Hansen 3, Embley, Judd, Cox, Graham
Despite a gallant effort, it is now seven straight losses for Essendon, after the Bombers were ultimately worn down by the professional West Coast Eagles by 21 points at The Dome this afternoon. It was a closely contested battle for three-quarters and the Bombers endeavour could not be questioned, but when the game was there for the taking the Eagles were the side who stood up.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=8Consider it was top vs bottom, I'm quite impressed with how we performed. A loss, yes, but not a thrashing.
Round 7 2006, ESSENDON v. CARLTON
Sunday, 14 May 2006
ESSENDON 2.3 4.6 7.11 11 12 78
CARLTON 2.3 7.5 10.7 17 9 111
CARLTON won by 33 points.
ESSENDON: Hille 2, Dyson 2, Lovett 2, Monfries, M Johnson, Winderlich, Bolton, Watson
CARLTON: Fevola 7, Murphy 2, Kennedy 2, Stevens, Fisher, Saddington, Waite, Scotland, Bentick
Confidence has hit rock bottom at Windy Hill, after being defeated by Carlton by 33 points this afternoon at the MCG. The result puts Essendon at the bottom of the AFL ladder following its sixth consecutive loss.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=7Is this season over yet?
Round 6 2006, ESSENDON v. RICHMOND
Saturday, 6 May 2006
ESSENDON 5.2 5.10 8.13 13 17 95
RICHMOND 4.3 5.12 9.15 13 19 97
RICHMOND won by 2 points.
ESSENDON: Lucas 4, Stanton 2, Laycock 2, Lovett 2, Hird, Monfries, Watson
RICHMOND: Polo 3, Hughes 2, Richardson 2, Pettifer, Hartigan, Tuck, Krakouer, Kellaway, Tivendale
For two consecutive weeks, it has been a heartbreaking loss for the Essendon Football Club going down to Richmond by two points in the Dreamtime at the G clash. The Bombers led by 10 points late in the final quarter, but to the Tigers credit they fought back to the end leaving Essendon’s season in tatters.
Read the full match review at: http://www.essendonfc.com.au/2006/report.asp?round_no=6Someone said to me on Friday our average losing margin was 9 points and if things had gone a little differently we could have had 6 wins. He called it optimism. I'm starting to think it was delusion... this year, anyway. *sigh*