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Pride Round will be celebrated throughout the league in round ten when the Bombers take on Gold Coast in Mackay. In recognition of the Purple Bombers, Essendon’s official diversity and inclusion supporter group and designer of the guernsey, the club also wore their pride guernsey in front of a home crowd for their round nine clash against Carlton at Windy Hill. The Pride Progress Flag has been chosen rather than the classic rainbow flag people may be more familiar with. “We wear the red sash with pride, so it’s fitting that for Pride Round, we use the sash to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community,” President of the Purple Bombers Tess Gilfedder said.


Clayton Bonello will be a playing assistant coach for Rupertswood in division 1 of the Essendon District Football League. Bonello will have the responsibility of the forward line in 2024. New senior coach Brad Fox has taken the opportunity to put Bonello’s football and teaching skills to work for the club as it develops a new-look forward line. Bonello came to Rupo from Keilor where he kicked 564 goals across his junior and senior career. He slotted 31 goals for Rupo last season. Bonello said via social media that he is looking forward to coordinating the set-ups and craft of the forwards this season where making space, playing selflessly, and using pace, will be important elements of the team’s strategy. Bonello’s appointment follows the appointment of Gerard Ervin as defensive line coach.

Rupo has also announced the re-signing of Mitchell Johnson, Logan Johnson, Aaron West, Tom Cardillo and Fraser Phelan-Smith.


Kyneton has also re-signed some of its players ahead of its first season in the Riddell District Football League season. James O’Sullivan, Nathan Fisher, Oliver Plunkett, Daniel Yarwood, Jacob Plowman and Jayden Eales have all put pen to paper for the Tigers.