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I’m not sure that the comparison to Caleb Daniel is warranted: Daniel is 165/166 cm tall and Jake is 177 cm tall (stats on both players do vary depending where you look). However that’s a good 4” difference in height and not much shorter than Jack Viney but quite a bit taller than Charlie Spargo* or Kossy Pickett. Jake seems to play a different game to Daniel as well, being more inside the action than standing back and mopping up.

I saw Jake live for the first time on Friday night and was very impressed. He fits in beautifully - what a find!

 

*173cm, a very sensible height 😀

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5 hours ago, David-Demon said:

Just sayin... If Bowser keeps this high standard up all year in 2022 he will be the NAB Rising Star and set another AFL / VFL record for a Club obtaining a NAB Rising Star two years in a row.   Watch this space.

That feat has already been achieved twice, David.

Nathan Buckley at Brisbane in 1993 and Chris Scott the year after.

Justin Koschitzke at St Kilda in 2001 followed by Nick Riewoldt in 2002.

By the way mate, are you still in Ohio or have you made your way back to Oz?

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In some game soon, he will get beaten by his direct opponent for the first time, and (hopefully not) the Dees will lose one with him playing. These two things will be the making of him. Once he faces difficulty and emerges the other side, I see him as a 200+  gamer. His poise is so stabilising, and after watching 2 decades of a squad with poor disposal, it is pure joy to see him kicking so well, so easily, so often.

The Brett Lovett comparison is interesting. Along with Gary Hardeman, Brett Lovett is the next best Dees defender I have seen. Bowey has a fair way to go to get into this rare air, but his kicking and reliability does remind of Lovett. And that is VERY pleasing.

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9 hours ago, Beetle said:

 

Although Jake wasn’t our best performing Casey player at the time, he was identified as the player to assist us with that given his disposal, footy smarts and ability to win a one one contest. Immediately we started kicking higher scores.

The rest is history…

FMD who was the best performing Casey player at the time? If he is better than Bowey bring him in. Petracca and Oliver might need to watch their back.

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4 hours ago, Demonstone said:

That feat has already been achieved twice, David.

Nathan Buckley at Brisbane in 1993 and Chris Scott the year after.

Justin Koschitzke at St Kilda in 2001 followed by Nick Riewoldt in 2002.

By the way mate, are you still in Ohio or have you made your way back to Oz?

Look I never said it had not been done before. He would join the elite with the other AFL record holders.  fyi: Buckley and Scott won at Brisbane as well in years 1993 and 1994 but he would join an elite group, that is my point.

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7 hours ago, Maldonboy38 said:

In some game soon, he will get beaten by his direct opponent for the first time, and (hopefully not) the Dees will lose one with him playing. These two things will be the making of him. Once he faces difficulty and emerges the other side, I see him as a 200+  gamer. His poise is so stabilising, and after watching 2 decades of a squad with poor disposal, it is pure joy to see him kicking so well, so easily, so often.

The Brett Lovett comparison is interesting. Along with Gary Hardeman, Brett Lovett is the next best Dees defender I have seen. Bowey has a fair way to go to get into this rare air, but his kicking and reliability does remind of Lovett. And that is VERY pleasing.

Christian Salem is starting to threaten the above 2 players as an elite defender on half back. Leave a key position player out of comparison as a half backs comparison snd Lovey was a gem. 

How  are  we going to judge Rick ( Jake Lever) as KP  half back or interceptor ? As he will be in the mix like Salo in 2/3 years time especially if we win another flag or two. 

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8 hours ago, Demonstone said:

That feat has already been achieved twice, David.

Nathan Buckley at Brisbane in 1993 and Chris Scott the year after.

Justin Koschitzke at St Kilda in 2001 followed by Nick Riewoldt in 2002.

By the way mate, are you still in Ohio or have you made your way back to Oz?

The key word was ANOTHER but it can be read either way! 

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8 hours ago, London Demon said:

Yes this guy is special. But I worry at his light frame. A big hit could do a lot of damage to a small guy like him. 

You'd be surprised. Small people are difficult to injure, especially when well-conditioned.

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10 hours ago, Demonstone said:

David, you said that Bowey would set a record if he won.  It can't be a record if it's been done twice before.

And for YOUR information I cited Buckley and Scott in my post.

I apologise, you did include them.

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21 hours ago, Demonstone said:

That feat has already been achieved twice, David.

Nathan Buckley at Brisbane in 1993 and Chris Scott the year after.

Justin Koschitzke at St Kilda in 2001 followed by Nick Riewoldt in 2002.

By the way mate, are you still in Ohio or have you made your way back to Oz?

But never by a club that was fighting for the flag. IIRC Saints and Brisbane were both at the bottom of the ladder. Harder to break into and stay in a premiership team.

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On 4/2/2022 at 10:46 PM, Nasher said:

Hard to believe he’s 19 years old and 10 games in to his career, he looks like a veteran. 

I reckon he’s an example of what happens when all the blocks are in place. He’s developed as a player at the fastest possible rate, because the system surrounding him has allowed him to. I can’t imagine him playing like he is if he’d walked in the door in 2012.

And that is despite the absolute dogs dinner of VFL 2020-21

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On 4/3/2022 at 8:39 AM, Maldonboy38 said:

In some game soon, he will get beaten by his direct opponent for the first time, and (hopefully not) the Dees will lose one with him playing. These two things will be the making of him. Once he faces difficulty and emerges the other side, I see him as a 200+  gamer. His poise is so stabilising, and after watching 2 decades of a squad with poor disposal, it is pure joy to see him kicking so well, so easily, so often.

The Brett Lovett comparison is interesting. Along with Gary Hardeman, Brett Lovett is the next best Dees defender I have seen. Bowey has a fair way to go to get into this rare air, but his kicking and reliability does remind of Lovett. And that is VERY pleasing.

Yep I can see a little of Brett Lovett in Jake too

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Jake Bowey's addition to the team last year in retrospect was a masterstroke by Goody and the selectors. He deservedly is due the praise and recognition he has received since his debut. A terrific advertisement for the game of Australian rules at the elite level. Shows that a smaller statue and slender physique are no barrier to a determined young man on the rise. Not afraid to mix it with the bigger bodies where lesser angels may fear to tread.

Get the comparison with Brett Lovett skill wise, but to my mind certainly has more zip and mobility, nor is he as robust. A natural footballer with a very good football bloodline like young Charlie Spargo. Who has made an auspicious start to his career. Long into the season may his talismanic run of winning games continue.

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