- Essendon are one of the powerhouses of the competition with a huge supporter base and lots of money in the coffers. They have had the ultimate success in the 80', 90' and in 2000, but in recent years, there have been lean times. In 2011, past champion James Hird, became coach, and the future looks bright after a few years in the wilderness. They call Etihad Stadium their home ground, and it's known as the "red and black" cauldron during games. They also have a history of drafting exciting aboriginal players that are worth the price of admission to watch.
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