Essendon Bombers dumps entire Esports OPL team roster

The Essendon Bombers’ Esports OPL team will feature an entirely new roster for 2019 after the club has confirmed it did not renew a single contract from its 2018 side.

In a lengthy post, the Bombers confirmed it will not be renewing the contracts of players Christian ‘Sleeping’ Tiensuu, Sebastian ‘Seb’ De Ceglie, Carlo ‘Looch’ La Civita, Alan ‘Tiger’ Roger and Andrew ‘Rosey’ Rose.

“In Split 1 of 2018, our team finished in seventh place in the OPL, falling short on the expectations of both our team and the pundits,” the Bombers’ post begins. “However, this result did not disappoint or dishearten our players, but instead gave them the motivation and fire. The players realised they had a lot to learn and had one more chance and so committed to giving everything to perform better in Split 2.”

Despite turning it around in Split 2 — with a win against every side and achieving a playoff berth — Essendon decided the hard work wasn’t enough.

“With the 2018 season officially at its end, we have taken the time to reflect on the 2018 season and evaluate our processes, support structures and roster moving forward. It is through these evaluations that we have come to an incredibly tough decision to not renew the contracts of any of our 2018 starting roster.”

From the look of the players’ Twitter accounts, the players may have known about the Bombers’ decision as early as 2 October. Over the course of that month, Roger, Tiensuu and Rose pinned tweets advising they were looking for new offers to play.

Rose appears to be the only player to address the news on social media.

“Was an amazing experience to be able to work for an org such as @bombers and getting to live out a childhood memory working with @EssendonFC,” he tweeted. “Wish we could’ve achieved more this year. Bol to @Sleepinglol1 @Tije987 @SebOCEJG @LoochOCE, thanks for the memories and a great year.”

The poor crew of the Bombers’ OPL side were also called “real nerds” when featured on a Channel 7 AFL broadcast earlier this year.

A new Essendon Bombers OPL roster has yet to be named. Our best wishes go out to the original team.

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