With the new season kicking off shortly there are a number of fans who have heightened anticipation around their teams chances. Expectation, hope and plain delusion lead to thoughts of:
– Can we make top 8?
– Can we make Top 4?
– Can we be minor premier champions?
– And can we go all the way?
For one clubs set of fans, theirs is a more pressing question. Can we avoid the wooden spoon and can we even win a game?!?!
Usually reserved for the like of Melbourne or Brisbane of late this is the question being asked by the Bombers (very loyal) fan base. Right or wrong, whether known by the players or not the punishment has been handed down. A saga lasting for years will certainly continue until the players have served their bans.
But what this does make for is a MUST watch game in Round One. A depleted side in the Bombers but one where youth will be given a chance to stake a claim.
History for these clubs is obviously short but the stats show:
Gold Coast: 1
The only win for Gold Coast came last year with a margin of just two points… and 2015 had them close in the table, though at the wrong end of the ladder:
15th – Essendon – W 6, L 16
16th – Gold Coast – W 4, L 17, D 1
So with a new makeshift team for the Bombers and little separating them last year Gary Abletts Gold Coast go in as clear favourites.
It may not be the prettiest of games, but Essendon v Gold Coast is a must watch and my (Potential) Game of the Week.
This will show what 2016 holds for Essendon. Anything but a clear loss will be seen as a victory in most parts.