Stanton and Fletcher to head to Ireland
Essendon rising star Brent Stanton was this afternoon named in the Foster’s Australian International Rules Team for the 2006 series to be played in Ireland. Stanton’s selection is terrific reward for a young man whose career has taken giant strides in recent seasons. Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher was also named in the squad.
2006 Football Woman of the Year
Barb Cullen has today been named the 2006 Football Woman of the Year. The award was announced at The Great Grand Final Comedy Debate, presented by the Essendon Women’s Network. While she may not be a household name, her contribution to AFL has been significant in her commitment to the preservation of football’s heritage and tradition.
Fans applaud Monfries courage
Touted as one of Essendon’s most courageous, Angus Monfries impressed fans this year with his gallant efforts on the field. In only his second season for the Bombers, he finished second in the goalkicking stakes, registering an impressive 22 goals.
Laycock signs new two-year deal
Emerging ruckman Jason Laycock has today signed a new two-year deal with the Bombers. A number of opposition clubs had shown interest in securing the services of the 21-year-old but the deal was done late this afternoon.
Fans demand more from Solomon
After an interrupted pre-season punished him throughout the year, Bomber fans hope to see an in-form and committed Dean Solomon return next season. As injuries took their toll on the Essendon backline, Solomon was given difficult roles to fill this year, often mismatched on taller opponents. With undisciplined acts costing him at times, fans were frustrated for Solomon and hope to see the Essendon warrior return to form as an integral part of the Bomber’s defence in 2007.