Tim Jones overcame injury and illness to have a standout year at Development level. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
After a great debut year in 2016, Tim Jones’ season at Northern Blue level is put under the microscope in the latest instalment of the Regency Windows 2017 player review series.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Injury and illness caused a slow start to the year for Tim Jones after a near faultless pre-season.
However, once the midfielder got going, he was in brilliant form at Development level with his ability to win the ball out of middle just about unrivalled across the whole competition.
While he only managed two senior games to add to his 15 last year, Jones’ form for the Development side was acknowledged with his equal-fourth placing in the A. Todd Medal.
One of the frontrunners for the Development best-and-fairest award despite missing five games, he continued to back up his form each week for Ian Aitken’s side.
His average of over 29 disposals per game was three more than anyone else in the team, and only dropped below 20 disposals once in his 11 games.
Finishing the year with a flurry, Jones polled eight votes in the A. Todd Medal in his final three matches.
In those games, he combined for 87 disposals (47 contested), 24 clearances and 22 tackles as the Development Blues finished their final year with wins over Casey, Werribee and Box Hill.
However, Jones found himself desperately unlucky not to poll in a great patch of form through the middle of the season, where he recorded 30-plus disposals in five straight games.
The pick of the bunch in 2017 came in the win over Werribee in Round 9.
The midfielder collected 40 disposals (25 contested), 15 clearances, seven tackles and a goal in a complete performance against the Tigers.
BY THE NUMBERS
322 total Development disposals, 29.3 disposals per game (#1 at club)
162 total Development contested possessions (#1 at club)
89 total Development clearances (#1 at club)
60 total Development tackles (#2 at club)