Introduction and Early Life of Jobe Watson

Published: 19th September 2011
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Introduction and Early Life
Jobe Watson is a professional Australian Rules footballer and plays for the Essendon Bombers Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) with jersey number 4. He is the son of a former AFL footballer and Essendon Captain Tim Watson. He was born on February 8, 1985; weighs about 92kg and is about 1.90 metres tall. He plays in the midfield position and was drafted in 2002 national draft where he was picked by Essendon Bombers.

Jobe did his early education at Kostka Hall preparatory school after which he proceeded to Xavier College in Melbourne where he also played for Sandringham Dragons U-18 Football Club.

Professional AFL Football Career
Jobe Watson was selected as pick number 40 in the 2002 AFL national draft under the father-son rule since his father was a former player and a captain at Essendon Bombers. He later made his debut appearance in the AFL in 2003. He was coached in the beginning by Kevin Sheedy who incidentally also coached his father during his playing days at Essendon. Jobe was coached then to be a forward but his inability to convert chances to goals caused him to be moved to be a midfielder. His conversion to a midfielder became necessary after he was criticised of lacking AFL standard goal kicking skills. The media also drew serious attention to his weight at that time when he was weighing over 90kgs. He had abysmal outings in the next three seasons of 2003, 2004, and 2005 as a result of soft tissue injuries he had sustained. These injuries kept him out of play and made it difficult for him to achieve the great form and top level performance needed for optimal performance in the AFL.

After about nearly three seasons of inaction, Jobe finally made it back to good playing form in the 2006 season. He ended the season with a second place in the voting for W.S. Crichton Medal. He continued to build and consolidate his career in the subsequent seasons. He made his career hit so far in 2009 where he polled 10 votes in the Brownlow Medal and also ended up winning the Essendon Best and Fairest Award (also known as W.S. Crichton Medal). During this season Jobe was able to get about 335 votes in 15 out of the 21 games which he played in the 2009 season. He became one of the best Essendon Bombers most important midfielders with a great improvement in his goal kicking ability. Watson was made the captain of Essendon Football Club in December 2009 after the previous captain Matthew Lloyd retired.

Jobe had a good season in 2010 season even though the club had a performance that could be considered as below average. He also won the W.S. Crichton Medal again polling 291 points with fellow team mate Heath Hocking who was the runner-up coming far behind him with a difference of 50 points.

Private Life
He has other dreams in spite of his successful football playing career. He mentioned that if he were not playing in the AFL, he would have preferred to be in the United States going to college there. He also said that he would love to work at a cafe, travel, and go on a boat ride when he retires from active football career. He also has a sense of humour saying that he cannot eat black cats, and he does not like doing the dishes as a domestic chore. Jobe also said his first job was that of cleaning floors and he said he also collected the autograph of Kobe Bryant.

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