Justin Robertson

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Sep 13

A work in progress: Essendon show what raw potential looks like | Justin Robertson

The 2017 season was a lot more than a 12-10 record for the Bombers, who travelled a long way in a short period – from the wooden spoon to the top eight

As the sunlit corners of the SCG started to fade, Joe Daniher sat on Heath Grundy’s shoulders for what felt like an eternity and took one of his now trademarks hangers. He converted truly and gave Essendon the early lead in spectacular fashion. The Swans replied by kicking 13 of the next 15 goals in a devastating avalanche that Essendon appeared ill-equipped to deal with.

This is what raw potential looks like. It’s full of ups and downs and there’s a glimmer of hope sandwiched in the middle. This year the Bombers showed they are an enthralling work in progress to watch, despite their 65-point finals exit at the hands of the Swans in last weekend’s elimination final.

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