Essendon Under Microscope On And Off Field

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The Bombers are without Jobe Watson for around three months. Picture: Michale Klein/Herald Sun

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Essendon v Melbourne


Sunday June 15 – 4:00 PM (AEST)




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A season of promise is in danger of unravelling for Essendon . The Bombers' match against strugglers Melbourne would normally be a no contest. But during a tumultuous week, Essendon players have been issued show cause notices after ASADA declared they have a case to answer regarding to the use of a prohibitive substance (thymosin Beta 4) during the 2012 season.

Notices of possible anti-doping rule violations have been put to 34 current and former AFL players. The club and its players are seeking legal advice and have ten days to respond to ASADA's formal allegations. If an impeding very public legal battle isn't a big enough cloud hanging over the Dons, then how about the loss of inspirational captain Jobe Watson. He's had hip surgery on a torn tendon and will be out for around three months.

On the field, Essendon have won four of their past five games, but the Bombers are hardly flying. Apart from their 50-point belting of Richmond, the other three victories have come against the Western Bulldogs, Brisbane Lions and GWS by a collective 31 points.

Essendon's struggles against lower-placed teams should give the Demons some confidence. So too Melbourne's recent valiant performances against gun sides Port and Collingwood. The Demons had beaten the Bombers three consecutive times, before their humiliating 148-point loss last year. Still the Dees have managed only three wins this season and average a paltry 61 points per match.

Even with all the dramas, Essendon has too much to play for and a statement to make!

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