Player Watch #8 James Rowbottom - pick 25, welcome to Sydney

caesar88

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Mick Oxlong you were right and I was wrong about this one. And very happy to be wrong, because he is more than up to the level at this stage. It’s actually awesome to see an 18 year old starting at centre bounces for us. Typically with our young mids we’ve eased them into senior footy by giving them different roles and positions, like Hewett, Dawson, Florent, Heeney, Jones, Mills etc., some I’ve agreed with, others not so much. I actually can’t remember the last time we backed a first year midfielder in to play in the guts so early in his career. Mitchell maybe? I can’t remember. But it says a lot about the faith our coaching staff must have in Rowbottom (he helped his case by bulldozing the door down in the NEAFL week in, week out.)
 

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Mick Oxlong

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Mick Oxlong you were right and I was wrong about this one. And very happy to be wrong, because he is more than up to the level at this stage. It’s actually awesome to see an 18 year old starting at centre bounces for us. Typically with our young mids we’ve eased them into senior footy by giving them different roles and positions, like Hewett, Dawson, Florent, Heeney, Jones, Mills etc., some I’ve agreed with, others not so much. I actually can’t remember the last time we backed a first year midfielder in to play in the guts so early in his career. Mitchell maybe? I can’t remember. But it says a lot about the faith our coaching staff must have in Rowbottom (he helped his case by bulldozing the door down in the NEAFL week in, week out.)
A long road to travel yet but you don’t put a square peg in a round hole, it just doesn’t fit. Try them in their natural positions first, if then it doesn’t work, tinker away. As we know, some of the most successful players at our club played outside of their natural, recruited positions...but they started there (and they weren’t bad either, just not consistent/needed elsewhere).

Let’s hope the kid prospers, 24 possessions but had still went missing a bit...probably on the bench with leather poisoning!
 

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A long road to travel yet but you don’t put a square peg in a round hole, it just doesn’t fit. Try them in their natural positions first, if then it doesn’t work, tinker away. As we know, some of the most successful players at our club played outside of their natural, recruited positions...but they started there (and they weren’t bad either, just not consistent/needed elsewhere).

Let’s hope the kid prospers, 24 possessions but had still went missing a bit...probably on the bench with leather poisoning!
According to the AFL app, he only played 52% gametime!!

(61:40/117:55)

Quite possibly the highest possession per minute of game time.
 

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Mick Oxlong you were right and I was wrong about this one. And very happy to be wrong, because he is more than up to the level at this stage. It’s actually awesome to see an 18 year old starting at centre bounces for us. Typically with our young mids we’ve eased them into senior footy by giving them different roles and positions, like Hewett, Dawson, Florent, Heeney, Jones, Mills etc., some I’ve agreed with, others not so much. I actually can’t remember the last time we backed a first year midfielder in to play in the guts so early in his career. Mitchell maybe? I can’t remember. But it says a lot about the faith our coaching staff must have in Rowbottom (he helped his case by bulldozing the door down in the NEAFL week in, week out.)
Mick Oxlong has a uncanny ability of being right alot.
 

BruceFromBalnarring

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Thanks H2F...I wish my school teachers agreed back in the day! What is a surd anyway?
It's a number that must be retained in its root form to express its exact value.

How can you not know this?

What are you? Stupid?

EDIT: Sometimes irony is lost in the written form so I would like to make it clear that I’d never heard of a surd and I looked it up. Any maths beyond the basic +-*/ fries my brain.
 
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Hope he goes head to head with Walsh. Should make for an interesting contest.
The most natural match up we have for Walsh would be to bring Clarke back into the side (Has the endurance to go with him).

Personally I hope they let Rowbottom go about his own thing instead of worrying about a direct match up, it worked well last week.
 

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The most natural match up we have for Walsh would be to bring Clarke back into the side (Has the endurance to go with him).

Personally I hope they let Rowbottom go about his own thing instead of worrying about a direct match up, it worked well last week.
I did not mean Rowbottom should tag, more that they could go head to head at stoppages, with both doing their own thing.
 

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12 tackles and the most pressure acts of any Swans player on ground. Didn’t get as much of the pill today but he has set the benchmark for off the ball efforts. Horse should make him an example for some others..
So Rowbottom is the one who hits them on the backside with a paddle this week.
 

Mick Oxlong

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12 tackles and the most pressure acts of any Swans player on ground. Didn’t get as much of the pill today but he has set the benchmark for off the ball efforts. Horse should make him an example for some others..
He probably had the ball more too, I reckon you could credit him with another 6 ‘possessions’ at least before he was tackled immediately. 7 tackles to 1/2 time but that’s what you do as a midfielder, great get!
 

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He probably had the ball more too, I reckon you could credit him with another 6 ‘possessions’ at least before he was tackled immediately. 7 tackles to 1/2 time but that’s what you do as a midfielder, great get!
The great advantage he has is he is now playing in his natural position. Try as they might I can't see him being a back pocket or a crumbing forward.
 
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