Lions AcademyLions AcademyKey Position Utility, Ruck

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Christine Watson

height: 178cm

weight:

D.O.B: 11-10-2004

Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships

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Christine Watson is a versatile, athletic key position utility from Toowoomba, and has proven she can play not only at either end of the field, but also in the ruck. Though she has some fundamentals to keep improving on such as her marking, she has good aggression and is not afraid to lay plenty of tackles at round level.

Christine Watson is the ultimate key position utility, with the Queenslander able to play at both ends, as well as through the ruck, such is her versatility. The Toowoomba Tigers talent is a member of the Brisbane Lions Academy, and standing at 178cm, has been utilised in a variety of ways. Playing though the ruck and defence as a bottom-ager at the AFLW Under 17 Championships, Watson was also thrown forward in the 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships.

Watson is a raw, athletic tall who has not had a great deal of exposure to the elite level programs, remaining in North Queensland to play her football. She has shown over the past couple of years that she has the propensity to leap at the ball and provide a target, with just her finishing capabilities of pulling down marks the next step. When at ruck stoppages, she can compete with taller opponents, able to get her hands to the ball and palm it down.

When in-play, Watson has enough speed to be able run down opponents, or apply pressure to them, which was indicated in averaging 7.5 tackles per game at the 2021 AFLW Under 17 Championships. That defensive pressure comes with fierce aggression, and she is able to apply that in any role she plays, be it as a defender, a ruck, or a pressure tall forward. Once she can begin clunking more marks and being involved more consistently with a higher production rate, then Watson can add more strings to her bow.

Overall, Watson is more of a long-term project player, but one with some eye-catching traits both athletically and defensively. If she can add that offensive element to her game, then she can take the next step in her career. As a foundational base though, Watson has shown that versatility and a knack to compete against bigger opponents around the ground are quality traits to have.

FUN FACT:

Christine Watson is one of the few players to have spent full games across two championships at both ends of the field, while pinch-hitting in the ruck.

Strengths
Aggression
Athleticism
Defensive pressure
Versatility
Vertical leap
Improvements
Aerial ability
Accumulation
Composure

NAB League Girls

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2022Lions Academy24610028000012.04.06.01.08.02.00.025
Total-24610028000012.04.06.01.08.02.00.025

AFLW U18 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2022Queensland Girls551010002010122.52.55.00.51.00.00.519
Total-551010002010122.52.55.00.51.00.00.519

AFLW U17 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2021Lions Academy141152001511106027.00.57.51.05.57.50.035
Total-141152001511106027.00.57.51.05.57.50.035
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