Darcy Moore asked Gillon McLachlan the question that was on everyone’s lips

The rivalry between Essendon and Hawthorn will be reignited on Sunday when the two teams face off in round one. Expectations aren’t high for either team this time around, but the rivalry that began in the ’80s means fans of both teams are dying to win.

That’s why the story told by Hawthorn Premiership player Robert DiPierdomenico in a podcast for the club, produced by Hawks Insiders to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1983 Premiership win over the Bombers, was timely.

Bill Stephen coaches Essendon with young Ruckmann star Simon Madden.

Bill Stephen coaches Essendon with young Ruckmann star Simon Madden.Credit:library

So arrogant were the Bombers during this period that their key players felt right at home when a State of Origin training session was held at the Glenferrie Oval in 1984 under the watchful eye of legendary coach Allan Jeans.

“Dipper” got the shock of his life when he arrived at State of Origin training to find Bomber champions Simon Madden and Terry Daniher sitting at the Glenferrie spa. He wasn’t impressed.

“I said, ‘Oi, guys, get out of the spa, you p—ing not in our spa. We don’t want your DNA here’. I was also fair dinkum,” said Dipierdomenico.

Laughing when contacted to verify the story, Madden said he couldn’t remember but “if Dipper said it was true, it must be true”.

No wonder the Hawks ended up moving from Glenferrie to Waverley.

On the trainer’s whiteboard

Before you go, here are…

Five key lines snapshot believes Ross may have used Lyon in the coaching box during the last training game against Essendon (maybe there’s some audio we can get to verify…):

  1. Where’s my Coke Zero?
  2. We need more Harrisons than Ollies out there…don’t pay attention Married at first sight?
  3. Damn it guys, there’s more talent here than out there. what are you thinking
  4. Tell Brad Crouch to stop cruising. He’s not on the Seabourn Quest (and probably never will be).
  5. I don’t know but the mood at Essendon just doesn’t seem right today BJ. BJ?


“We want a football in every home across Australia.” – Gillon McLachlan, 2023 Season Opener Speech

But they forgot to say

“…and a pump needle and a pump and a smart TV and… forget I ever said that.”

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