Welcome to Hawthorn - Emerson Jeka

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Mojo

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I like him as a strong, reliable KPF. May not be dynamic & take the game apart by himself but he'll be a focal point & allow others to mark off his presence & contested play (at the worst).

I thought I saw a bit of Jon Patton in his play as well, but that may be just his size etc.
The benefit of having a host of KPP players is that they can all learn off one another. I think Jon Patton will play an integral role within Hawthorn's walls with players like Emerson Jeka and Mitch Lewis, TOB, etc
 

The Chad and I

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How do you go from Top 10 to not even being selected in the national draft, just goes to show draft is a lottery. The more chances
you get at picking up potential top 20 players, you hope few of them will succeed.
The guy had a two month knee injury and came back underprepared.
That pretty much wipes out your season.

I didn't know he was so highly regarded at the beginning of the season.
 

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Watching the highlights the Hawthorn Facebook page just posted and there is a lot of similarity to Jesse Hogan in the way Jeka moves and kicks. A lot of potential here in my opinion. Fingers crossed for the 10 years we have a Darling/Kennedy or Buddy/Rough style combo between Lewis and Jeka.
 
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Yes for some reason in the recruiting world people seem to always confuse poor kicking and poor decision making. From what I’ve seen Jeka is a great kick technically but just tries to bite off too much sometimes or takes the wrong option. Recruiters made the same mistake with Worpel who is a brilliant kick technically.
Yeah. This is probably not the best thread for this but it gives me a chance to do a comparison.

Scrimshaw is regarded as and is a good kick but many of his kicks seem to be too ambitious. To me, he seems to be a good example of a good kick without getting the hoped-for result. I will probably now be shot down in flames by someone informing me he has a kicking efficiency of over 70%.
 

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Wow, really like the look of this guy - he moves in the forward line like he owns it, with absolute confidence, beautiful positioning and marking. Really quite surprised he slid as far as he did? I don't think some of the other top KPF prospects look as good as him.

I notice his dad is wearing a "Jeka Boxing Academy" shirt (https://jekaboxing.com.au/) which looks like a pretty serious outfit. Would be handy if Emerson has been plying the family trade for a few years, will have a conditioned body and a bit of mongrel to him!
 

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Wow, really like the look of this guy - he moves in the forward line like he owns it, with absolute confidence, beautiful positioning and marking. Really quite surprised he slid as far as he did? I don't think some of the other top KPF prospects look as good as him.

I notice his dad is wearing a "Jeka Boxing Academy" shirt (https://jekaboxing.com.au/) which looks like a pretty serious outfit. Would be handy if Emerson has been plying the family trade for a few years, will have a conditioned body and a bit of mongrel to him!
Move over Big, Bad, Bustling Barry Hall and meet Enormous, Evil, Enraged Emerson Jeka!
 

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Kid that size kicking both feet so comfortably is fantastic.

Such a stressful time for some of these young a blokes - an injury can take a guy like that from possible first round option to possible not get drafted at all.

I’m glad we gave him a go.

I also like that our draft picks this year seem to be highly skilled with the footy.
 

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