Yarrawonga Chronicle

JJ hopes for call up after stunning season

- BY EMMA PRIOR

James, who was drafted at no. 33 in the 2018 AFL Draft, wears the number 23 has played 23 matches for the Demons this year with his top season performanc­e coming in round 13 versus Collingwoo­d.

As the Demons prepare for the Preliminar­y final this Friday against Geelong, the team have been in isolation in Perth for 11 days, but James said the club has adapted well.

“It’s going good (the hubs). Obviously, we’re in isolation at the Joondalup Resort but it’s going pretty well,” James told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“We’re just training at a few different grounds where we can. The club is doing as good of a job as they can to get us to facilities, but it’s been pretty good.

“They’ve tried to keep the schedule as normal as possible.”

Although very different to pre-covid life, the hubs and isolation have given players time to reconnect and gel even more as a core unit.

“The morale is absolutely still good. I think it’s a great opportunit­y for us to be away all together at the same time but obviously it’s an exciting time of the year to be playing and all the boys are very excited for this weekend,” James said.

“We get quite a bit of downtime without the club trying to make it all about footy, so we go to training, we have our meals but then just hang out around the resort which is enjoyable.

“I also don’t have a roommate, which is good so you can get your own downtime then.”

Debuting in round one of the 2021 season and playing a majority of the home and away season, James has had several players take him under their wing with a few key names included.

“Since I’ve got to the football club Clayton Oliver and the rest of the midfield group like Christian Petracca, Jack Viney and Angus Brayshaw have all been so good to me with anything I need and being in the midfield group I hang out with them quite a lot,” James said.

“They’re obviously quality players so it’s good to see what they do and learn off the best I guess.”

And what does James say is the key to the Demons success so far this year?

“I guess the complete buy in from everyone,” James said.

“We haven’t had anyone need to go above

There will be plenty of cheering for the Melbourne Demons in Yarrawonga if young gun and Yarrawonga product James Jordon gets a call up for Melbourne for this weekend’s AFL Preliminar­y Final.

and beyond than just playing their role for the team. “Everyone’s got a role and everyone’s just been playing it so it’s worked and there has just been a complete buy in to the team which is what we said at the start of the year we wanted to do and if we did that we knew we could go a long way.

“It’s exciting and hopefully we can keep that up for this weekend.”

Speaking on his own year, where he earnt himself a rising star nomination in round eight after a career-high 23 disposals and 13 contested possession­s, to accompany his 28 pressure acts and eight tackles, as well as selection in the 40-man AFLPA 22under22 squad alongside four of his teammates, James said it has been amazing being a part of the Melbourne Football Club this year.

“The year has been awesome, I’ve loved every minute of it especially when we’re winning,” James said.

“There’s nothing better than when you’re winning and I was just stoked to be a part of it, part of this year then again just being able to play my role for the team and whatever that needs to be done. I’ve loved every minute of it.

“Finals don’t come around too often and I’m just absolutely stoked to be a part of this group and what could potentiall­y come about over this next week and the next couple of weeks.”

Although there is a great amount of excitement, rightfully so, there is also the disappoint­ment that family, friends and supporters from the East will not be able to attend the match.

James and the rest of the Demons squad however know how lucky they are to be able to still play footy in these challengin­g times.

 ??  ?? James Jordon pictured celebratin­g a goal with best mate Clayton Oliver. Photo: AAP.
James Jordon pictured celebratin­g a goal with best mate Clayton Oliver. Photo: AAP.
 ??  ?? James Jordon who wears the number 23 for Melbourne has also played 23 senior games for his club. He is pictured here celebratin­g a goal in his stunning AFL debut back in March during Melbourne’s first round match against Fremantle at the MCG. Albury recruit and teammate Charlie Spargo looks is pictured looking on. Photo: AAP.
James Jordon who wears the number 23 for Melbourne has also played 23 senior games for his club. He is pictured here celebratin­g a goal in his stunning AFL debut back in March during Melbourne’s first round match against Fremantle at the MCG. Albury recruit and teammate Charlie Spargo looks is pictured looking on. Photo: AAP.
 ??  ?? James will hope to receive a call up from coach Simon Goodwin for this weekend’s Preliminar­y Final against Geelong.
James will hope to receive a call up from coach Simon Goodwin for this weekend’s Preliminar­y Final against Geelong.

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