2011 Essendon Football Club season

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Essendon Football Club
2011 season
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Essendon's 2011 guernsey
President David Evans
Coach James Hird
(1st season)
Captain(s) Jobe Watson
(2nd season)
Home ground Etihad Stadium
Pre-season competition Runners Up
AFL season 8th
Finals series Elimination Final
Best and Fairest David Zaharakis
Leading goalkicker Stewart Crameri (34)
Highest home attendance 89,626 vs. Collingwood (Round 5)
Lowest home attendance 33,631 vs. West Coast (Round 7)
Average home attendance 49,267
Club membership 50,275
(Increase 9,686 / +23.86%)

The 2011 Essendon Football Club season is the club's 113th season in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Essendon won 11 matches, drew one and lost 10 matches in the 2011 season. Essendon won five matches within the first eight rounds, before a form slump culminated in a five-match losing streak and Essendon dropping out of the top eight for the first time this season when it lost to Hawthorn by 65 points.

Their season begun with a 55-point thumping of triple-preliminary finalists the Western Bulldogs before a narrow five-point defeat to Sydney followed. Wins over St Kilda (in their captain Nick Riewoldt's 200th game) followed, before a thrilling draw against Carlton and a five-goal loss in the Anzac Day match against Collingwood followed.

Round 6 brought along the mother of all Essendon wins – a 139-point thumping of the Gold Coast at home, with the Bombers recording a record first-quarter score of 15.4 (94) and its quarter-time lead of 93 points also brought along a new record. Amidst this, Essendon lost the second quarter in surprising circumstances, before going on to finish the job to record its first win over a side featuring Gary Ablett since 2005. Only two more wins would follow, against the West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Lions in the weeks after the Suns annihilation.

Essendon pulled off the boilover of the season when they defeated the previously unbeaten Geelong by four points in Round 15, 2011, without their injured skipper, Jobe Watson. It was their first win over the Cats in almost six years, having not beaten them since Round 18, 2005. However, it was just their second win over Geelong since 2003, leaving them with one of the worst records against Geelong in recent times.

Round 20 saw Essendon at home to Sydney for the first time since Round 1, 2006 when Essendon triumphed by 27 points. Essendon won by one point after a post-siren shot by Sydney's Adam Goodes drifted to the left. Round 23 saw Essendon qualifying the finals for the second time in two years, when it defeated Port Adelaide by 7 points at Etihad Stadium. It ended a seven-year winless run against the side, having not beaten them since Round 18, 2004.

Essendon's elimination final against Carlton was lost by 62 points, ending what was otherwise a promising first year for James Hird in the Essendon coaching role.

Squad[edit]

Essendon Football Club
Senior list Rookie List Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
  • Arrow-up.gif Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (vet) Veterans list

Updated: 15 February 2012
Source(s): Playing list


Trades[edit]

Drafts[edit]

Results[edit]

Pre-season (NAB Cup)[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Friday, 18 February 7:30 pm Essendon 1.11.1 (76) def. Brisbane Lions 0.2.2 (14) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,313) Report
Friday, 18 February 9:25 pm St Kilda 0.6.2 (38) drew with Essendon 0.5.8 (38) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,158) Report

Essendon progressed to the second round.


Quarter-finals[edit]

Round 2
Thursday, 24 February 7:10 pm Melbourne 1.11.7 (82) def. by Essendon 1.17.20 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 13,863) Report

Essendon progressed to the third round.


Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-finals
Friday, 4 March 7:40 pm Essendon 0.12.12 (84) def. St Kilda 0.6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,632) Report


Grand Final[edit]

2011 NAB Cup Grand Final
Friday, 11 March 7:45 pm Essendon def. by Collingwood Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 45,304) Report
0.2.2 (14)
0.3.4 (22)
0.9.5 (59)
0.13.8 (86)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
0.3.4 (22)
0.7.6 (48)
1.11.7 (82)
1.15.9 (108)
Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Nicholls, Jennings
Michael Tuck Medal: Heath Shaw
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Super Goals 1 Buckley
Hurley, Monfries 3
Ryder, Watson, Zaharakis 2
Hocking 1
Goals 3 Krakouer, Dawes
2 Cloke
1 Ball, Beams, McCarthy, Pendlebury, Swan, Thomas, Wellingham
Hardingham (groin) Injuries Nil
  • This was the first pre-season Grand Final Essendon has mad since winning the title in 2000.


Home and Away season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Sunday, 27 March 1:10 pm Essendon def. Western Bulldogs Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 42,617) Report
3.4 (22)
9.12 (66)
13.15 (93)
16.17 (113)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.1 (25)
5.2 (32)
7.5 (47)
8.10 (58)
Umpires: Farmer, Kennedy, Findlay
Television broadcast: Fox Sports
Ryder, Watson, Monfries, Hurley, Stanton, Zaharakis 2
Crameri, Winderlich, McVeigh, Myers 1
Goals 2 Hall, Giansiracusa
1 Djerrkura, Wood, Grant, Hill
Watson, Hille, Hocking, Stanton, Jetta, Melksham, Ryder, Heppell Best Murphy, Higgins, Ward, Picken, Markovic, Hudson
Nil Injuries Wood (ankle)
  • This was James Hird's first game as coach of Essendon


Brownlow Votes

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Sunday, 3 April 2:10 pm Sydney def. Essendon ANZ Stadium (Crowd: 28,082) Report
1.5 (11)
6.8 (44)
10.11 (71)
14.14 (98)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.4 (28)
8.7 (55)
12.9 (81)
13.15 (93)
Umpires: Rosebury, Pannel, Jennings
Television broadcast: Channel 7
McGlynn, Bolton 3
White, Bevan 2
Goodes, Kennedy, Rohan, O’Keefe 1
Goals 2 Ryder, Crameri, Winderlich, Hurley
1 Jetta, Davey, Hocking, McVeigh
Goodes, Bevan, Bolton, McGlynn, O’Keefe, Grundy, Hannebery Best Watson, Stanton, Hurley, Heppell, Bellchambers, Ryder, Davey
Nil Injuries Hille (hip) replaced by Davey


Brownlow Votes

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Sunday, 10 April 4:40 pm St Kilda def. by Essendon Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 47,762) Report
5.3 (33)
7.5 (45)
8.9 (57)
12.12 (84)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
8.2 (50)
13.2 (80)
19.5 (119)
21.10 (136)
Umpires: Donlon, McBurney, Armstrong
Television broadcast: Channel 7
Riewoldt 3
Milne, Steven 2
Dal Santo, Fisher, Gram, Montagna, Stanley 1
Goals 3 Hurley, Watson, Winderlich, Zaharakis
2 Howlett, Monfries, Ryder
1 Crameri, Jetta, Bellchambers
Gram, Dal Santo, Armitage, Fisher, Ray Best Watson, Hocking, Bellchambers, Ryder, Crameri, Hurley, Fletcher


Brownlow Votes

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 16 April 2:10 pm Carlton drew with Essendon MCG (Crowd: 78,605) Report
0.2 (2)
4.9 (33)
6.13 (49)
11.13 (79)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
3.2 (20)
6.3 (39)
7.8 (50)
11.13 (79)
Umpires: Nicholls, Stewart, McBurney
Television broadcast: Channel 10 and One HD
Simpson 3
Waite, Garlett, Laidler, Curnow, Carrazzo, Murphy, Warnock, Yarran 1
Goals 2 Jetta, Lonergan
1 Hurley, Bellchambers, Watson, Fletcher, Zaharakis, Stanton, Melksham
Murphy, Waite, Gibbs, Yarran, Robinson, Jaminson, Judd, Scotland Best Fletcher, Hooker, Zaharakis, Watson, Hardingham, Stanton
Nil Injuries Winderlich (knee), Dempsey (knee)
  • The draw between Carlton and Essendon was the third of the season, and the third between the two sides since 1993. It also means that four of the last 12 games played at the MCG were drawn, and it is the first time since 1914 that there were three draws in the first four rounds of the season.


Brownlow Votes

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Monday, 25 April 2:40 pm Essendon def. by Collingwood MCG (Crowd: 89,626) Report
0.3 (3)
3.8 (26)
7.10 (52)
11.11 (77)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.2 (26)
7.3 (45)
10.6 (66)
16.11 (107)
Umpires: Chamberlain, Ryan, Findlay
Television broadcast: Channel 10 and One HD
Crameri 4
Hille, Zaharakis 2
Bellchambers, Watson, Jetta 1
Goals 3 Cloke, Pendlebury
2 Beams, Dawes
1 Swan, Jolly, Didak, Ball, Brown, Sidebottom
Crameri, Heppell, Fletcher, Jetta, Bellchambers Best Pendlebury, Cloke, Davis, Shaw, Ball


Brownlow Votes


Anzac Medal

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Sunday, 1 May 1:10 pm Essendon def. Gold Coast Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 33,710) Report
15.4 (94)
18.4 (112)
25.8 (158)
31.11 (197)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
0.1 (1)
5.3 (33)
7.5 (47)
8.10 (58)
Umpires: Ritchie, Ryan, Nicholls
Television broadcast: Fox Sports
Reimers 8
Monfries, Crameri 4
Ryder 3
Bellchambers, Lonergan, Zaharakis 2
Hille, Hocking, Howlett, Jetta, Stanton, Watson 1
Goals 2 Iles, Matera
1 McKenzie, Rischitelli, Shaw, Smith
Reimers, Howlett, Watson, Lonergan, Ryder, Stanton, Zaharakis Best Ablett, Brennan, Swallow, Iles, Harbrow
  • Essendon's first quarter score of 15.4 (94) was the highest first quarter score of all time.[2]
  • Essendon's first quarter score of 15.4 (94) was the highest scoring of any quarter since 1919.[3]
  • Essendon's final score of 31.11 (197) was its highest since 2000, and its final winning margin of 139 points was its highest since 1989.[4]
  • Set Essendon's new largest winning margin at Docklands Stadium


Brownlow Votes

Ladder[edit]

2011 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Collingwood 22 20 2 0 2592 1546 167.66 80
2 Geelong (P) 22 19 3 0 2548 1619 157.38 76
3 Hawthorn 22 18 4 0 2355 1634 144.12 72
4 West Coast 22 17 5 0 2235 1715 130.32 68
5 Carlton 22 14 7 1 2225 1700 130.88 58
6 St Kilda 22 12 9 1 1891 1677 112.76 50
7 Sydney 22 12 9 1 1897 1735 109.34 50
8 Essendon 22 11 10 1 2217 2217 100.00 46
9 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2106 2082 101.15 40
10 Western Bulldogs 22 9 13 0 2060 2155 95.59 36
11 Fremantle 22 9 13 0 1791 2155 83.11 36
12 Richmond 22 8 13 1 2069 2396 86.35 34
13 Melbourne 22 8 13 1 1974 2315 85.27 34
14 Adelaide 22 7 15 0 1742 2193 79.43 28
15 Brisbane Lions 22 4 18 0 1814 2240 80.98 16
16 Port Adelaide 22 3 19 0 1718 2663 64.51 12
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1534 2726 56.27 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Ladder Progression[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Ground H A A A H H H A A B H A H A H H A H H H A A H B
Result W L W D L W W W L L L L L W W W L L W W L W
Position 1 6 6 6 6 5 4 3 4 5 7 8 8 10 8 8 7 9 9 8 7 8 8 8


Ground: A = Away; H = Home; B = Bye. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win

Tribunal cases[edit]

Player Round Charge category Level Verdict Points[a] Result Victim Club Ref(s)
Mark Williams NAB Cup Striking 2 Guilty 70 Reprimand Liam Jurrah Melbourne [5]
Cale Hooker 3 Wrestling Guilty 0 $900 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda [6]
Nathan Lovett-Murray 7 Negligent Umpire Contact Guilty 0 $900 Mathew Leppard [7]

Season Statistics[edit]

Home attendance[edit]

Round Opponent Attendance
1 Western Bulldogs 42,617
5 Collingwood 89,626
6 Gold Coast 33,710
7 West Coast 33,631
11 Melbourne 53,077
13 North Melbourne 42,329
15 Geelong 43,806
16 Richmond 55,442
18 Carlton 74,123
20 Sydney 38,722
23 Port Adelaide 34,849
Total Attendance 541,932
Average Attendance 49,267

Season Financials[edit]

Annual Report 2011

Item $ (AUD)
Revenue $51,416,731
Membership & Reserved Seating $10,363,690
Gate Receipts $963,101
Marketing Revenue $15,532,108
Merchandise Revenue $2,563,026
Football Department Spend $18,510,078
Operating Profit/Loss $1,024,086
Total Profit/Loss $2,059,379

Notes[edit]

  • a "Points" refers to carry-over points accrued following the sanction. For example, 154.69 points draw a one-match suspension, with 54.69 carry-over points (for every 100 points, a one-match suspension is given).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ANZAC Medal voting breakdown". collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Quarters & Halves". AFL Tables. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Quarters & Halves". AFL Tables. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Essendon — Game Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Williams, Wilson can accept reprimands". Brisbane Times. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Match Review Panel: full report". AFL BigPond Network. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Match Review Panel: full report". AFL BigPond Network. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 

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