Bailey Jordan was an effective goal-kicker for the Northern Blues Development side before succumbing to injury. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sue Walson)
The 2017 Regency Windows player review series takes a look at the year of swingman Bailey Jordan.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Jordan was looking to back up an exciting first season at the club which saw him come second in last year’s Development best-and-fairest award.
A back injury slowed his preparation heading into the season, which began with Jordan assuming his 2016 role in defence.
However, the junior forward returned to the attack in Round 9, and from there became Northern’s number one source of goals.
His 14 goals in six weeks (2.3 per game) had him well-placed for a potential senior VFL recall in the season’s final month.
However, a fractured ankle while playing local football during the Development side’s bye weekend brought about an unfortunate premature end to the big man’s season.
He would finish one shy of leading the Development goal-kicking, behind the speedy Sam Fowler.
The change was made at quarter-time of the Round 9 game against Werribee to swing Jordan forward, and he didn’t look back from there.
Two lots of four goals would come to Jordan, the first of which came against Box Hill in Round 11.
His next four-goal performance came just three weeks later against the Casey Demons, which was Jordan’s best and ultimately his final game for the Blues in 2017.
The key forward contributed 80 percent of Northern’s goal tally for the night, as he threatened to take the game away from the Demons.
What made the performance even more impressive was that Jordan spent half the game in defence, only playing forward when the Blues were kicking with the wind. He would also reel in four contested marks for the match.
BY THE NUMBERS
119 total Development disposals
11 total Development contested marks (#1 at club)
42 total Development marks