Farewell To Top Bombers

This Sunday, the Essendon Football Club will farewell two of the finest servants of the club – Jason Johnson, and the inspirational Adam Ramanauskas.

Ramanauskas joined the club in 1999, by way of selection 12 in the 1998 National Draft. On paper, 133 games doesn’t seem like a massive achievement, but after two cancer scares and a full knee reconstruction since 2003, to be even on a top-level football field is a mammoth achievement.

Adam was a member of the glorious 2000 premiership side, as was Jason Johnson, who also announced his retirement today.

After 183 games – with injury severely hampering his 2008 season – Johnson, like Ramanauskas, has decided to leave the game on his own terms. Fans will always remember him as the engine room of Essendon’s amazing 69-point turnaround against the Kangaroos in Round 16, 2001.

I will be there on Sunday to see them play their final games – and I don’t mind admitting, there will probably be a tear or two in my eyes.