Jaylon Thorpe improved by the week in his second season at Preston City Oval. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Heidrich)
The 2017 Regency Windows player review series takes a look at the year that was from those who played a key role in the Northern Blues season.
Next up: young forward, Jaylon Thorpe.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
A solid pre-season set Jaylon Thorpe up for a second year at the Northern Blues which would ultimately bring about a senior debut.
Having played in some of the club’s VFL practice games prior to the season, Thorpe made his way into the Development side in Round 6.
A high-marking forward with the ability to work up the ground, Thorpe proved his worth as a link-man for the Development side, averaging just shy of six marks a game.
A five-week patch between Rounds 11 and 16 saw Thorpe rewarded with a VFL game in Round 17, and he would go onto finish the season in the senior side.
He held his own at senior level, averaging 13 disposals and five marks a game, while he enjoyed his first win in the penultimate round against Werribee.
At senior level, Thorpe’s first game was undoubtedly his best.
With the likes of Kristian Jaksch, Patrick Kerr and Harry McKay all unavailable, Thorpe led the line for the Blues in the forward line and was a competitor all day.
The highlight of his 16-disposal game was his debut goal in the third term, with his intercept and goal on the run from 50 one of the best of the day.
The only blemish was his inability to do the damage on the scoreboard, with that major his only goal from five scoring shots.
In the Development League, Thorpe had 15 disposals, six marks and a goal in the win over then-ladder leaders Port Melbourne in Round 12.
BY THE NUMBERS
14.5 Development disposals per game
5.7 Development marks per game (#6 at club)
3 Development inside 50s per game