Love this “behind closed doors” insight. Phil Davis presents Xavier O’Halloran with his jumper.
Will tonight’s game come down to a match-winning goal? Relive Josh Daicos’ stunner against Sydney last night for Collingwood, which had his dad Peter written all over it.
According to the Giants’ website: “A hard-running midfielder, Xavier O’Halloran is an exceptional leader, captaining the Victorian Metro team at the 2018 NAB Under-18 National Championships.”
“From TAC Cup side the Western Jets, he has the combination of speed and endurance as a midfielder and has also shown flexibility in playing forward as well as through the middle.
“O’Halloran comes from a strong football pedigree with his late grandfather Ron McCarthy playing 42 games for Footscray, including the Bulldogs’ 1954 premiership.”
The rain has stopped but who will be best suited to tonight’s conditions? The Bombers are meeting the Giants at a good time with Toby Greene a huge out.
Essendon have brought in four players from last week’s loss to Brisbane.
Conor McKenna has returned after he sat out of the senior match last week due to homesickness and motivation issues. Kyle Langford, Matt Guelfi and Shaun McKernan have also been selected.
Brayden Ham, Martin Gleeson, Ned Cahill and Tom Bellchambers have all been omitted.
The Giants have made three changes to the team that beat Gold Coast.
Matt de Boer (injured), Toby Greene (injured) and Sam Jacobs (managed) have gone out of the team with Callan Ward, Shame Mumford and Xavier O’Halloran coming in.
Good evening and welcome to The Age’s coverage of tonight’s clash between Essendon and GWS Giants. Damien Ractlife here to guide you through the night.
It’s set to be a big clash between two teams desperate to make an impression this season.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says he is unable to be definitive about where this year’s AFL grand final will be played after a report that Western Australia had made a formal bid to host the 2020 decider, writes Peter Ryan and Anthony Colangelo.
A WA government spokesperson said on Friday that the AFL grand final was not a priority for the state, but the government maintained their position that Optus Stadium was “the best place for a grand final if that’s what the AFL decided”.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick abruptly cut short his press conference on Friday amid allegations two of his players had groped a teammate, writes Jon Pierik.
Network Ten senior reporter Hugh Riminton questioned Hardwick about two recent post-match incidents in the Tigers’ dressing room, after wins over the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions.
The AFL has put players and clubs on notice over the use of illegal metal studs, as it emerged the boots which caused the gruesome injury to Collingwood young gun Isaac Quaynor are widely worn through the competition, writes Andrew Wu.
Sydney has escaped sanction from the AFL but the league’s football operations boss Steve Hocking has written to all clubs, warning they risked a fine of up to $40,000 if they do not comply with regulations.