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Played his first game against the swans , did fairly well considering the side was well beaten. Will be interesting to see if he holds his spot with Membery coming back next week.
 

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Great news as Rowan has held his spot for the Port game .
 

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Nice article on Roma: http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-07-26/a-long-way-from-home

“In Year 12 in my first year at the [North Ballarat] Rebels I’d have to miss the last two periods of school on training nights. The school were really good, they’d give me free periods at the end of the day so I could leave at lunchtime and drive up to Ballarat,” Marshall told saints.com.au on Tuesday after making his debut at the SCG.

“Dad would drop me off to Warrnambool which was about an hour away and then I’d jump on a bus with the boys from Warrnambool and travel the other couple of hours before doing the same thing on the way home. I’d get home at about 11 o’clock at night. That was a hard thing to juggle with Year 12 especially.”

After putting plenty of miles on the odometer, all roads led to the SCG for Marshall. And what a well-worn road it has been so far for the boy from Portland.


Also this is a great 'spot the ball' type photo.

 

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Unfortunately due to the weather he was withdrawn from the side to face Port . It was very wet and slippery . Was actually a good move by Richo and the team . However Rowan needs to play well for Sandy today to get back into contention for next week .
 

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Marshall did a good job against Gawn in the second practice game . I think he will have learned a lot about rucking and positioning his body . When he came on in the third quarter the Saints lifted and we looked a much better side and a lot was due to his contesting against Gawn .


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Rowan is back in the seniors playing against the Crows as first ruck . Very exciting time for Saints fans to see how he goes.


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14 disposals, 6 marks and 18 hit outs against one of the best rucks in the comp in his second career game.

This kid is our future, end of story.
 

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Coped a heavy knock from Billings accidentally, had to sit out half the game against the Cats . Will be tested for concussion using the week , might be in some doubt next week.


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Missed the Giants game with his concussion. Will be interesting to see if they bring him straight back given the teams performance today.


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Unlucky to not come straight back into the Saints side for the Hawks game as he was playing well before he got concussed.


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Named on the extended bench for the Melbourne game , I hope he plays as we will need him to help against Gawn.


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Great game by Rowan . 16 disposals, 8 marks , 22 hit outs and 2 goals vs Carlton.


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Rowan Marshall arrived at St Kilda in December of 2016 having been selected at pick No. 10 in the 2016 Rookie Draft.

At 201cm, the then-20-year-old utility’s potential as a footballer was clear, and he became known internally as “The Prospect”.

Marshall’s impressive athletic physique no doubt contributed to the coining of his nickname, but his performance last weekend against Carlton firmly announced his footballing ability to the AFL world.


In just his eighth game of senior football, the 22-year-old played like a man with something to prove after being dropped after the Round 11 loss to West Coast.

READ: Marshall matters

Marshall exploded out of the blocks, and within the first five minutes of the game, he’d presented as the Saints’ most threatening forward option and kicked his team’s first.

Late in the first term, the big forward led hard to the 50m arc before dragging his man back to the square and going again, taking a strong overhead mark at the end of his lead.

Despite narrowly missing the ensuing set shot, the young Saint’s athleticism and willingness to demand the football drew roars of approval from the red, white and black faithful.

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“The Prospect” finished the match with a game-high eight marks, a game-high four contested marks, 16 disposals, three tackles and two-goals-two, encouraging numbers from a 2-metre-plus footballer.

Marshall’s ability to play in the ruck or as a tall forward looms as a potentially potent threat for the Saints for years to come, but even he admitted he needed to perform.

“I had a couple of weeks in the VFL where I had something to prove,” he told saints.com.au.

“I had a couple of alright performances and was lucky enough to get my way back into the senior side.”

When it was suggested that he may be starting to fulfil the expectations his nickname carries with it, Marshall was quick to play down any hype after his first win.

“Yeah, I don’t know about that,” he laughed.

“I’ve still got a few more to go, but it was promising tonight.”


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Roman was one of our better players against Richmond , he had 15 disposals, 7marks , 1 goal and 15 hitouts.


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Rowan struggled to get into the game against the Giants with only 9 disposals and 7 hitouts.


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Somewhat surprised to see Rowan dropped for the Bulldogs clash after only one poor game.


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