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Bown back in the mix

Friday, 24th September, 2010

Norwood’s Stewie Bown could get a call-up for Sunday’s SANFL preliminary final. Norwood’s Stewie Bown could get a call-up for Sunday’s SANFL preliminary final.

By Peter Argent

After first year Norwood coach Nathan Bassett announcing Broken Hill export Stewie Bown is in contention to return for Sunday’s SANFL preliminary final clash with the Woodville-West Torrens, the affable big man has done everything in his power to give himself a chance of a recall.

“I trained fully last night (Wednesday) with the group and got through fine,” Bown said to the Barrier Daily Truth. “It is now up to the selection committee to make a call.

“While I will be wearing a knee brace, I told the coaching staff I was 100 per cent ready for the contest. “I’ve had no indication either way. “Actually, I’m quitenervous, about whether I’m in or out, as this is the reason I’ve come out of retirement to play.

“I’ve certainly done what I’ve had to do. “I’m not taking anything for granted as the “doc” told me this is a six to eight week injury. “But I’d suspect the coaching staff won’t make the final decision until the weekend.”

There is a strong argument for Bown’s recall, after the Redlegs big men struggled against their Bulldogs counterparts. When Sam Rowe was thrown into ruck, they were looking for a marking target up forward, with the versatile Bown being able to fit that role more than adequately.

This penultimate match of the SANFL season will be just 37 days after Bown damaged the medial ligament in his left knee, in a Friday night match, in atrocious conditions against Sturt at the Parade. 

This round 21 fixture was played on August 20. Bassett explained that Bown trained the week before the second semi-final loss with Central District and if henegotiates competitive drills this week he could play.

“He’s an experienced player and we could use a tall player,” Bassett said, to the Adelaide press. “He’ll certainly come in to contention.” If the former Crows 200-game player includes Bown, he would be obliged to make a tough call on other players.

Then if Bown doesn’t get the nod this week, it is expected he’d be fit and raring to go for the grand final the following weekend, but it would appear unlikely the Norwood boss would take the risk on the veteran without some game time for the season decider.

In his return season after having the 2009 winter off, Bown played eight senior matches and three at reserves level. Now 31, the 191cm, 89 kg Bown has played176 SANFL league games and kicked 120 goals.

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