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Andrew McGrath
Interchange for Community Series
MEssendon Bombers
March 5, 2021
McGrath (concussion) is listed among the interchanges for Saturday's Community Series tilt versus Geelong.
ANALYSIS
McGrath had recently been sidelined by a concussion but appears to be healthy enough to give in a go Saturday. This should put his status in pretty good shape for the team's season opener in a couple of weeks.
Jake Stringer
Question mark for season opener
FEssendon Bombers
March 4, 2021
Stringer is working back from an Achilles injury but is considered questionable at best for the season opener versus Hawthorn, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stringer should be a key piece up front for the Hawks again this season when healthy, though it sounds as though he may be headed for a delayed start to the season. He finished out last season averaging 1.4 goals, 0.6 behinds, 6.6 disposals, 1.6 marks and 1.7 tackles per game.
Patrick Ambrose
Still on recovery path
DEssendon Bombers
Foot
March 2, 2021
Ambrose (foot) is still working his way back from an injury dating back to 2020, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ambrose briefly rejoined the team in June of last season before a Linsfranc injury ended his campaign. That same injury appears to still be bothersome, leaving him without a specific timetable to retake the field at this juncture.
David Zaharakis
Still in recovery mode
MEssendon Bombers
Quadriceps
March 2, 2021
Zaharakis (knee) is still recovering from his injury dating back to last season, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Zaharakis' timetable to rejoin the action remains unclear but it doesn't seem likely he will be available early in the season. Look for more information to surface as Zaharkais nears a return to the field.
Michael Hurley
No timetable for return
DEssendon Bombers
Hip
March 2, 2021
Hurley faces an unclear timetable to retake the field following a severe hip infection, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hurley reportedly lost a significant amount of weight while he was in the hospital, leading to the extended recovery ahead. The team should provide more information on his status when he's ready to rejoin the action.
Alec Waterman
Signs with Bombers
MEssendon Bombers
February 28, 2021
The Bombers signed Waterman on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Waterman has shown well in recent practice matches, and it looks like he's done enough to earn a spot on the Bombers' roster. Most impressively, he had a four-goal showing versus Carlton recently.
James Stewart
Kicks three goals in final loss
FEssendon Bombers
September 19, 2020
Stewart amassed seven disposals (six kicks, one handball), five marks, three goals, one behind and one tackle in Saturday's 68-49 loss to the Demons.
ANALYSIS
Stewart matched his career-high with three goals as the Bombers disastrous season came to a merciful end. They managed to win just one of their final 10 games and were arguably the most disappointing team this season. Stewart has played only 10 games in his career despite being 26 years of age and so his position on the team for the 2021 season is far from certain.
Mason Redman
Unassuming in disappointing loss
DEssendon Bombers
September 19, 2020
Redman finished with 12 disposals (five kicks, seven handballs), one mark and one tackle in Saturday's 68-49 loss to the Demons.
ANALYSIS
The Bombers season came to an end on Saturday, suffering yet another loss. After a promising start to the season, the Bombers fell away badly over the final few weeks and will now head into next season with a lot of questions to be answered. Redman has been solid enough for the Bombers this season but never really broke through and his position moving forward, while somewhat secure, offers very little upside.
Michael Hurley
Back for finale
DEssendon Bombers
September 18, 2020
Hurley (ankle) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's season finale versus Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Hurley had been hobbled by an ankle issue on a couple of occasions, most recently costing him the Round 17 match versus the Power. He will aim to close the season out on a high note Friday as the Bombers look to play spoiler for the Demons' chances of making the postseason.
Tom Bellchambers
Elects to retire
REssendon Bombers
September 15, 2020
Bellchambers (knee) indicated Tuesday that he will retire from the AFL.
ANALYSIS
Bellchambers has dealt with persistent knee issues during the 2020 campaign, taking the field in only seven matches for the Bombers. That likely played a role in his decision to call it quits after 13 seasons and 136 matches.
Jayden Laverde
Makes return in scratch match
FEssendon Bombers
September 15, 2020
Laverde (ankle) took part in a scratch match last Friday.
ANALYSIS
Laverde has been sidelined since late July due to the ankle issue but finally got back on to the pitch over the weekend. Even if he doesn't make it back to the AFL side again in 2020, he's healthy heading into the offseason.
Aaron Francis
Returns in scratch match
DEssendon Bombers
September 15, 2020
Francis (hamstring) pulled up well in his return during a scratch match Friday.
ANALYSIS
Francis had been sidelined since Aug. 22 due to a hamstring complaint, but it appears the issue is in the past at this point and he should be available for selection for the season finale.
Dylan Shiel
Collects 24 disposals in loss
MEssendon Bombers
September 12, 2020
Shiel scored one behind to go with 24 disposals (15 kicks, nine handballs) to go with five tackles and four marks from Saturday's 79-29 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Shiel was a ble to get his hands on the footy but he and his teammates were outmatched by the league leaders in the difficult conditions of a rainy night. Though not the most consistent, Shiel is still capable of good performances as he's logged no fewer than 20 disposals over his last four Rounds.
Zach Merrett
Solid despite loss
MEssendon Bombers
September 12, 2020
Merrett logged 24 disposals (16 kicks, eight handballs), made four marks and completed five tackles during Saturday's 79-29 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Merrett knows how to put together a good stat line for fantasy even when his team has lost five of their last six matches. He'll hope to finish the season on a high note against Melbourne.
Devon Smith
Logs 26 disposals in loss
MEssendon Bombers
September 12, 2020
Smith collected 26 disposals (13 kicks, 13 handballs) and made seven tackles during Saturday's 79-29 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Smith was one of a few players to produce a reasonable stat line despite the poor performance and awful weather conditions. Over the last five Rounds, Smith has logged 20 or more disposals in each match, which makes him one of the more consistent options amidst a struggling club.
Michael Hurley
Out for Round 17
DEssendon Bombers
Ankle
September 11, 2020
Hurley will not play Saturday versus the Power due to ankle joint inflammation.
ANALYSIS
The expected length of Hurley's absence is unclear, but it would likely take a return next week for him to see action again in 2020, given the team's current placement in the ladder.
Dyson Heppell
Headed for surgery on ankle
MEssendon Bombers
Ankle
September 11, 2020
Heppell will undergo surgery on his ankle to repair an issue with a screw inserted when he fractured it in June.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear how long the recovery will take, but, given that there is just one round remaining in the regular season beyond next week, it's unlikely Heppell will retake the field again in 2020.
Cale Hooker
Limited production in third game back
DEssendon Bombers
September 7, 2020
Hooker tallied nine disposals (seven kicks, two handballs), seven marks and one behind during Sunday's 108-42 loss to the Cats.
ANALYSIS
Hooker was playing in just his third game since returning from a calf injury. After a strong showing against the Hawks, he has struggled over the past two games. The loss leaves the Bombers only a slim chance of making the finals and based on what we have seen over the past two weeks, that certainly seems unlikely.
Irving Mosquito
Diagnosed with a torn ACL
FEssendon Bombers
Knee
September 7, 2020
Mosquito injured his knee during Sunday's loss to the Cats and scans have revealed the worst, confirming a torn ACL.
ANALYSIS
The Bombers fears were confirmed after the exciting young forward was diagnosed with the season-ending injury. Given the rehabilitation for an injury such as this typically takes up to 12 months, there are fears he could out until the start of the 2022 season.
Irving Mosquito
Gets hurt Sunday
FEssendon Bombers
Knee
September 6, 2020
Mosquito suffered a knee injury during Sunday's loss to Geelong.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear how the rookie suffered the injury, but he was forced to exit the contest without returning. In the match, Mosquito logged six disposals (three kicks and three handballs) and one mark.
Andrew McGrath
Done for season
MEssendon Bombers
Ankle
September 3, 2020
McGrath will miss the remainder of the 2020 campaign due to a syndesmosis injury, 7 AFL reports.
ANALYSIS
McGrath has been a key cog in the Bombers' midfield this season, so losing him makes it tough for the club to sneak into a Finals position with a few rounds remaining on the schedule. McGrath will turn his sights toward retaking the field in 2021.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Slots four majors in Tuesday's loss
FEssendon Bombers
September 1, 2020
McDonald-Tipungwuti compiled 10 disposals (seven kicks, three handballs), five marks and four goals in Tuesday's 60-45 loss to West Coast.
ANALYSIS
McDonald-Tipungwuti did everything he could to keep the Bombers within striking distance, booting a season-high four goals. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as they fell to their fifth loss from their last seven games. It has been an indifferent season for the livewire forward with Tuesday night representing arguably his best game of the season.
Dyson Heppell
Solid production in return
MEssendon Bombers
September 1, 2020
Heppell amassed 15 disposals (three kicks, 12 handballs), two marks and one goal in Tuesday's 60-45 loss to the Eagles.
ANALYSIS
Heppell returned for the Bombers after missing all but one game this season due to a broken ankle suffered in mid-June. He certainly made a difference for the Bombers but was unable to spark them to victory. Based on what we have seen in previous years, this should be viewed as Heppell's floor when it comes to productivity. The Bombers can still make the finals but would need to win all of their remaining games while relying on other results to go their way.
Dyson Heppell
Ready to go
MEssendon Bombers
August 31, 2020
Heppell (ankle) will return to action Tuesday versus West Coast.
ANALYSIS
Heppell's long-awaited return has finally come following a broken ankle suffered in mid-June. He has appeared in just one game for the Bombers so far this season but managed 17 disposals, two tackles and four free kicks drawn, potentially positioning him to be a sneaky fantasy play.
Michael Hurley
Returning Tuesday
DEssendon Bombers
August 31, 2020
Hurley (ankle) will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's clash with the Eagles.
ANALYSIS
Hurley missed last week due to an ankle complaint but has recovered quickly and is set to retake his spot in the back line. Hurley has some decent games under his belt as a defender and is averaging 15.3 disposals and 5.8 marks per contest entering Tuesday's tilt.
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