McDonnell Grabs Chance

Rowen McDonnell takes a diving mark. PHOTO - CAM WEDEMEYER - SUBIACO FC / 

Subiaco's Rowen McDonnell admits it has taken a while but says he finally feels comfortable at League level in the WAFL.

McDonnell made his debut last year and played eight games in the League team before five more in the reserves in an injury interrupted campaign.

The 26-year-old started 2012 in the reserves before a round five call up. However, inconsistency saw McDonnell back in the twos.

Coach Chris Waterman demanded McDonnell put back-to-back performances in the reserves to earn a recall.

Seventeen and 18 possession games in round 13 and 14 respectively saw McDonnell included in the Lions round 15 team to face East Perth.  

Since then the 14-game league player has averaged 21.3 possessions a game, just fewer than 10 marks and kicked three goals.

“I think just trying to get my body right and train with intensity and do the right things,” McDonnell said. 

“I’ve played a few good games now and it’s good to hit a bit of form.”

“I started the year pretty inconsistent, up and down, so Muddy said you’ve got to play a few good games in a row in the twos to come back up and it wasn’t outstanding just solid.”

“It’s definitely helped with coming into the ones with a little bit of form behind me.”

McDonnell credited Subiaco’s strong leadership group with his development.

“The leadership is good. A couple of times during the year I was down and just speaking to Randy, Parks and Rumba have been really good to keep me going and keep pushing.”

“Certainly to play the rest of the year out in league and keep playing, play some good footy, I’ve certainly got some targets of playing good footy, solid footy, that’s all I want.

“I think so, the more games you play a bit more experience you get, you get more comfortable at that level, so yeah definitely.”

The Kingsley product says the ability to play his natural high half-forward and midfield role has helped him settle in.

“That’s usually the role I’ve been playing for most of my life so it’s comfortable and it’s not unnatural for me, so I’m just going out their and playing.” 

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