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Essendon Football Club News – Bombers get serious

Bombers get serious
Essendon will have its first serious hit-out of the new year on Saturday 9th February, at an intra-club practice match to be held at Casey Fields oval. The playing group have had a strong start to the pre-season and will be keen to impress their coach Matthew Knights, ahead of their NAB Cup opener against the Brisbane Lions at Gold Coast Stadium on Saturday 16th February.

Hope on the Hill
In 2007 the Relay for Life held at Windy Hill raised in excess of $220,000 for the Cancer Council of Victoria. It is a figure organisers are hoping to surpass at the 2008 version being held this weekend. The 24-hour event, which commences at 6pm this Friday, has attracted 46 participating teams and this year’s event is expected to see more than 2000 converge on the Windy Hill precinct. The event aims to raise funds for cancer research, education and patient support programs.

Players putting themselves to the test
Essendon coach Matthew Knights says his playing group is pushing itself to the limit in preparation for the NAB Cup opener against Brisbane on the Gold Coast on February 16. At the moment I can only compliment the group on the way they are attacking training. They are certainly performing at a good pace which allows them to really test themselves – they have given themselves the best possible opportunity to improve, Knights said.

Lloyd backs Bombers’ youth
A new-look Essendon line-up commenced their four-day community camp in Ballina today with the young list confident they can convert their strong pre-season training into on-field success this year. Despite an overhaul of players in the past couple of years, Essendon captain Matthew Lloyd has issued the competition with a warning not to underestimate the Bombers’ youth.

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