Jobe Watson

Essendon leaders have all risen during Jobe Watson absence, Dyson Heppell says

Dyson Heppell gets a kick away as Eagle Jamie Cripps tries to prevent him disposing of the ball.

Jesse Hogan Dyson Heppell says the extended absence of Jobe Watson this season forced him and his fellow leaders at Essendon to reduce their reliance on their captain to lead by example.

Bombers Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd on cusp of return

Jobe Watson at training last week.

Jesse Hogan Trouble-free performances in training this week could be all that is needed to convince Essendon that Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd are ready to return from injury.

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Jobe Watson to learn more about his chances for a comeback this week

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Emma Quayle An appointment with his surgeon this week will tell Jobe Watson more about whether or when he will return to the Essendon line-up this year.

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AFL: Jobe Watson could miss four weeks

Andrew Wu Essendon are facing the prospect of being without inspirational captain Jobe Watson for a potentially season-defining month after the Brownlow Medallist broke down on Saturday night.

Bombers set to lose injured skipper Jobe Watson

Jobe Watson.

Alana Schetzer Essendon set lose Jobe Watson for up to a month after the skipper injured his quad in Saturday night's narrow win over GWS.

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Essendon's Jobe Watson in doubt for the season

Sidelined: Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Matt Murnane Jobe Watson could miss the rest of this season, leaving Essendon’s hopes of winning back the finals spot taken from it last year in tatters.

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Without Jobe Watson, it's time to find out which Bombers can step up

Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd The Essendon Football Club has lost its main man in a time of desperation both on and off the field.

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ASADA supplements probe left Essendon players disillusioned: Jobe Watson

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Jobe Watson says the supplements saga has at times left the club disillusioned with the sport.

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Jobe Watson still sweating on possible ASADA infraction notice

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Essendon captain admits the threat of infraction notices from ASADA is still real.

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Jobe Watson says Essendon is determined not to waste 2014

Jobe Watson

Michael Gleeson Mark Thompson was determined when he took over as Essendon coach during James Hird's suspension that the job would not be a ''wasted season'', Bombers captain Jobe Watson said.

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Jobe Watson warned on 'feeling vindicated' comments

Jobe Watson.

Caroline Wilson Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been warned not to antagonise ASADA after he agreed to put his name to a club-penned statement which said the Bombers players felt "fully vindicated" after the AFL...

Bans, bargain bans, going cheap

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Greg Baum So, charged to get to the bottom of the first great drugs-in-sport crisis in Australian history, ASADA's solution is a sweetheart deal? For the 17 Cronulla players, suspensions backdated so far that...

Bombers all but finals bound after fighting off Gold Coast

Brendon Goddard marks courageously.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps it was a bizarre moment in the second quarter that might have best summed up Essendon's hard-fought win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

ASADA praised Essendon coach James Hird and allayed fears over Stephen Dank

Tick of approval: James Hird.

Samantha Lane The full details of a taped meeting between Essendon footballers and a senior Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator last year reveal the assurances players received about their...

Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

Defence key to Essendon staying strong

Bombers skipper Jobe Watson speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Matt Murnane The reasons why Essendon stumbled late in the last three seasons, and yet haven't done so this year, are many and varied. But for skipper Jobe Watson, one stands above the rest: defence

Bombers must find a way to keep Mark Thompson, says Tim Watson

Tim Watson says he can't see why Essendon can't find a specific role for Mark Thompson to keep him at the club.

Matt Murnane Essendon great Tim Watson has implored the Bombers to work out a way to keep Mark Thompson at the club next season.

Ultimate Footy: injury crisis wreaks havoc on the finals

Ultimate Footy

Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet As the 2014 AFL finals near, the Ultimate Footy finals series has already begun. For many coaches, round 21 represented the culmination of many months of drafting, trading and opportunistic pick-ups...

Brownlow Medal bolters

Richmond's Dustin Martin is 101-1 to win the Brownlow Medal. With 13 chances to poll, he is worth a flutter.

Will Brodie This might be the year in which a player unfavoured by punters is awarded the AFL's highest individual honour.

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2014 AFL round 22 teams

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The selected teams for round 22 of the AFL season, headlined by Geelong's clash with Hawthorn on Saturday night.