Jobe Watson

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Jobe Watson
Personal information
Full name Jobe Watson
Date of birth (1985-02-08) February 8, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft #40 (F/S), 2002 National Draft
Height/Weight 190 cm / 94 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003– Essendon 196 (110)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2014 Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 8, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Jobe Watson (born February 8, 1985) is a professional Australian rules footballer, and the current captain of the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Watson won the game's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, in 2012, and is a dual All-Australian, three-time W. S. Crichton Medallist, and a representative of Australia in the 2014 international rules test.

Early life[edit]

Watson was educated at Kostka Hall preparatory school before studying at Xavier College in Melbourne. He is the son of Seven Network commentator and former Essendon player Tim Watson.

AFL career[edit]

Watson was selected at pick 40 under the father-son rule in the 2002 AFL Draft. He was initially coached as a key forward by Kevin Sheedy, who also coached his father Tim.[1] His poor kicking by AFL standards drew criticism,[2] and it was determined that he would be more suited to the midfield at Essendon. At the time, his weight was criticised by the media, as he was overweight for an AFL player. Over the next two seasons, he began to develop his craft in the Essendon midfield and became one of the competition's elite midfielders.

Watson had a consistent season in 2009, polling ten Brownlow Medal votes and winning the Essendon best-and-fairest award, the W. S. Crichton Medal. Watson polled 335 votes in 15 of the 21 games he played in the 2009 season, with only one game missed due to an ankle injury. Watson was 46 votes ahead of runner-up Dustin Fletcher, who polled 289 votes.[3] By the end of the 2009 season, Watson had gathered a reputation as Essendon's most important midfielder (coming first in the club's overall clearances) and improved his once-criticised kicking ability to above the standard of an AFL player. Watson was announced as the captain of the Essendon Football Club on December 21, 2009, taking over from retired champion goalkicker Matthew Lloyd.

Despite Essendon suffering a disappointing 2010 season, winning only seven games and finishing 14th on the AFL ladder, Watson enjoyed a successful first year as captain. He was a consistent performer in an inconsistent season for the Bombers, polling 16 Brownlow votes from a total of only 43 received by Essendon players,[4] finishing equal-seventh in the 2010 Brownlow Medal count, and having the highest number of votes for a player from a team finishing outside the final eight.[5] Watson was once again awarded the Crichton Medal, earning 291 points, which was 50 points clear of runner-up Heath Hocking.

Watson had a relatively good season in 2011 despite missing six weeks with a hamstring injury, earning 15 Brownlow votes and finishing runner-up in the Crichton Medal, losing out to up-and-coming third-year midfielder David Zaharakis. Watson completed an outstanding 2012 season by winning his first Brownlow Medal with 30 votes.[6] Along with his third Crichton Medal, he also won a handful of other accolades, including the AFLPA Best Captain Award, the Lou Richards Medal and a place in the All-Australian team for the first time. Watson missed three weeks with a broken collarbone in 2013, but had another consistent season, earning 17 Brownlow votes, finishing runner-up in the Crichton Medal to former St Kilda utility Brendon Goddard, and making the All-Australian team for the second time. Between 2006–2013, Watson finished all but one season in the top two for votes for the Crichton Medal.

Watson had a good start to the 2014 season, but injured his hip flexor in round 12 and consequently missed ten weeks. Watson later returned to play in the final three games of the home-and-away season and Essendon's elimination final loss to North Melbourne. Watson then went on to poll eight Brownlow votes (the second-most of any Essendon player for that season), behind up-and-coming midfielder Dyson Heppell. Watson was also selected in the Australian team for the first time in his career to play in the 2014 international rules test. Watson was among the best players in the one-test series, which Australia won by ten points.

In 2015, despite controversy surrounding the team's lack of fitness (following a compromised pre-season) and a tough start to the season for Essendon, Watson continued to lead his team well early in the season, further enhancing his status as one of the game's best captains later in his career.

Supplements controversy[edit]

On June 24, 2013, during which the Essendon Football Club was being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) over the legality of its supplements program during the 2012 season, Watson admitted on the Fox Footy program On The Couch that he believed he was given the substance AOD-9604 during the 2012 season with the assistance of the club.[7] The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a statement clarifying that AOD-9604 fell into the "S0. Non-Approved Substances" category in their List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.[8] ASADA also stated that the use of AOD-9604 is prohibited for use by athletes in any circumstances.[9] During the second phase of the investigation, Watson was among the thirty-four present and former Essendon players issued show cause notices by ASADA and infraction notices by the AFL, alleging the use of the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 during the 2012 season. The results from the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal hearing on these charges were released on March 31, 2015, where all thirty-four players were cleared of all charges.[10]

Media career[edit]

Whilst being unable to play in 2014 due to a hip flexor injury, Watson began doing commentary work for the Seven Network as a boundary rider.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of Round 8, 2015. [11]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Essendon 4 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 2.0
2004 Essendon 4 7 6 2 37 42 79 23 16 0.9 0.3 5.3 6.0 11.3 3.3 2.3
2005 Essendon 4 5 2 0 23 32 55 14 5 0.4 0.0 4.6 6.4 11.0 2.8 1.0
2006 Essendon 4 21 6 7 203 276 479 114 69 0.3 0.3 9.7 13.1 22.8 5.4 3.3
2007 Essendon 4 19 6 5 193 249 442 85 62 0.3 0.3 10.2 13.1 23.3 4.5 3.3
2008 Essendon 4 19 4 8 193 265 458 54 68 0.2 0.4 10.2 14.1 24.1 3.8 3.6
2009 Essendon 4 22 10 10 221 322 543 73 98 0.4 0.4 10.0 14.6 24.7 3.3 4.4
2010 Essendon 4 21 10 1 209 363 572 77 91 0.5 0.0 10.0 17.3 27.2 3.7 4.3
2011 Essendon 4 17 15 11 237 208 445 77 65 0.9 0.6 13.9 12.2 26.2 4.1 3.8
2012 Essendon 4 22 20 8 343 295 638 106 105 0.9 0.4 15.6 13.4 29.0 4.8 4.8
2013 Essendon 4 19 16 18 259 264 523 74 60 0.8 1.0 13.6 13.9 27.5 3.9 3.2
2014 Essendon 4 15 10 2 185 226 411 70 70 0.7 0.1 12.3 15.1 27.4 4.7 4.7
2015 Essendon 4 8 5 4 97 115 212 34 35 0.6 0.5 12.1 14.4 26.5 4.3 4.4
Career 196 110 76 2200 2659 4859 793 746 0.6 0.4 11.2 13.6 24.8 4.0 3.8

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007 5
2008 5
2009 10
2010 16
2011 15
2012 30
2013 17
2014 8
Total 98
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

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