Xavier College / Sandringham Dragons / Essendon
Former Essendon Captain Jobe Watson has made a name for himself since being drafted as a Father-Son selection in 2002. Now a three-time Best and Fairest winner at the Bombers, Watson is considered one of the game’s premier midfielders.
Watson attended Xavier College and was part of the Sandringham Dragons TAC Cup program en route to the AFL. Initially being trained as a key forward, he was under the immediate scrutiny that all Father-Son selections face well before and after his debut in Round 13 2003 at Telstra Dome against Geelong. Watson toiled away at VFL level and managed 12 games in 2004-05 under Kevin Sheedy and was told to build his aerobic capacity and fitness capabilities. Embarking on a boxing program with renowned coach Ray Giles, Watson shed seven kilos in the 2006 Pre-season.
In 2007 Watson took his game to another level playing through the midfield and finishing second in the club’s Best and Fairest. Watson’s consistency stepped up another notch with him developing a reputation as a damaging inside midfielder. This progression saw Watson’s leadership qualities emerge and he was the reigns from Former Captain Mathew Lloyd far 2010. Watson finished equal seventh in the Brownlow and won the Crichton Medal as Essendon’s Best and Fairest. While his first year under new coach James Hird was plagued by injury in 2011, he managed to finish fourth in the Crichton Medal from just 17 games.
In 2012, Watson was All Australian for the first time and collected many media awards and won acclaim for his calm and humble manner amongst all the accolades. Watson followed up a fantastic 2012 season by being named in the All-Australian team and finishing runner up in the Crichton Medal to Brendon Goddard.