Pre-season: Match simulation report

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The preseason continued to raise the bar on Wednesday with the squad taking part in a challenging three-hour session that included game simulation.

Players had the opportunity to implement some of the new structures introduced by Brad Scott and his coaching ensemble under match pressure.

The skills were clean in the sunny weather and both sides took full advantage of the warm conditions in the NEC Hangar.

Nic Martin proved to be a standout, running hard on the wing and showing the benefits of his first full AFL pre-season.

Jake Stringer was influential, scoring three goals while youngster Jye Menzie worked hard up and down.

Dylan Shiel made his impact felt from the middle and regularly showed his stopping power.

Defenders, Jordan Ridley, Mason Redman and Jayden Laverde were all solid on defense and executed cleanly through interceptions and force conversions.

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti was a full contender, displaying his footy intelligence on forward stoppages.

Peter Wright, Essendon’s best and fairest winner, left the track in the first term as a precaution after a marking match where he felt a slight tightness in his calf.

Young ruckman Nick Bryan suffered a mild concussion and will now follow AFL concussion protocols.

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