- Apr 26, 2016
- AFL Club
Because Dawson has played mainly midfield in the NEAFL, and in fact was basically the nucleus of our reserves midfield, which means it's a position the coaches and Dawson himself feel confident about him playing.Hewett and Rowbottom both played midfield as a junior. Dawson was a medium forward.
Fox and Rose play a lot of midfield minutes in the NEAFL but I doubt I will see anyone here calling for them to spend midfield time at AFL level.
That’s not to say that Dawson won’t become an AFL level midfielder, but I keep hearing people here reference where players played as juniors and how they should play there at AFL level (McInerney is a winger and Stoddart is a half back?) but that doesn’t seem to apply to Dawson for some reason? (again I don’t think juniors mean all that much when entering AFL level but just picking up on what seems like a lack of consistency..)
Hewett is serving an apprenticeship as a tagger like many before him did. Don’t think it is that outlandish...
My beef is with the whole concept of the "apprenticeship". Why does Hewett need an apprenticeship as a tagger? Wasn't his apprenticeship the two years he spent in the NEAFL, biding his time and working his arse off with BOGs in the reserves before earning his debut? Dawson has served his "apprenticeship" in the NEAFL as a midfielder where the coaching staff clearly want him, but then keep him away from the on-ball division once he's at senior level. Same could be said for Heeney & Mills who have served piss-takingly long apprenticeships as non-midfielders.
I can see the benefits of this apprenticeship business, but at the end of the day we have two players who have dominated at reserves level, and two players who were rated the best midfielders of their respective drafts. Four years after the last one of them was drafted, and we're no closer to knowing whether any of them will be the midfielders we need them to be. You can spin it any way you like but that's a debacle and a massive indictment on our coaching staff.