Inside Midfielder


Harry Rowston

height: 182cm

weight: 81kg

D.O.B: 12-08-2004

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “A hardened inside midfielder who can roll forward to clunk overhead marks and kick crucial goals.”

One of the top Northern Academy products in this year’s draft crop is Harry Rowston, who is tied to Greater Western Sydney (GWS) via the Riverina region. A Giant since 2016, the tough inside midfielder boards at Assumption College and also turned out for the Calder Cannons during this year’s NAB League season.

It has been quite the year for Rowston, who earned both individual and team success en route to securing a National Combine invite. After solid performances for the Giants Academy and NSW-ACT Rams, the 18-year-old was called up to the Allies squad and proved a reliable figure there to collect Most Valuable Player honours.

It didn’t take long for him to settle into the Calder setup having helped Assumption College take out the AGSV title, quickly becoming the Cannons’ most impactful player in midfield. His side defied the odds to secure a finals berth, and Rowston’s top-age campaign was capped by recent All Australian selection.


+ Competitiveness
+ Contested work
+ Inside game
+ Overhead marking
+ Scoreboard impact
+ Work rate


- Kicking
- Versatility

There are many boxes Rowston ticks, proving a reliable performer throughout the year and hardly putting a foot wrong. The crux of his game lies at the contest, where the tough 18-year-old's competitiveness and clean stoppage craft shine.

A real gutsy goer, Rowston stood up against stiff opposition this season to impose himself on the contest. While his Allies MVP feats were impressive, one of his standout efforts came against a Sandringham Dragons midfield trio of Will AshcroftCam Mackenzie and Olli Hotton, whom Rowston collect 26 disposals against in a finals loss.

The level of competitiveness required to play a game like Rowston's is high. He worked hard on his endurance base to become a more viable midfield option, and offers the same standards on-field. At the National Championships, his average 23 disposals and five clearances were evidence of his powerful ball winning ability.

While he won 47 per cent of his possessions in a contest, Rowston's improved running capacity became a strength away from stoppage. Busting a gut on the spread, he snuck forward for three goals in his opening Allies outing, and has the capacity to hit the scoreboard as a midfielder or resting forward.

Though he could further enhance that sense of versatility, Rowston's overhead marking ability is something which defies his size. His clean hands translate from a ground ball sense to the aerial realm, with Rowston not afraid to put his body on the line and clunk grabs at full stretch.

In terms of improvement, Rowston does many things powerfully and that extends to his kicking. That helps in the way of penetration, but the onballer's flat delivery is hit and miss at times, especially when blazing away from stoppages. With a touch more polish by foot, his inside-outside balance will even out and his hurt factor will only heighten.



GWS will be pleased by Rowston’s gradual improvement throughout the season, having stepped up to each level of football he played. With MVP and All Australian honours, and a school football premiership in tow, he is clearly a winner whose quest for self improvement has a positive impact on his teammates. He has the competitiveness and inside game recruiters will love, and his ability to kick clutch goals is another handy asset. While quite well developed already, if he can continue to find ways to improve, he’ll be a bargain pick around the 30-40 range.

Contested work
Inside game
Scoreboard impact
Work rate
Overhead marking

AFL U18 Championships


Coates Talent League Boys

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