Adelaide Crows recruit James Rowe enjoyed an unforgettable AFL debut on Saturday afternoon, and the youngster’s maiden goal was all the more memorable with his father calling the moment from the commentary box.
Early in the second quarter at Adelaide Oval, Rowe received a handball inside 50 before spinning around and sprinting towards the posts.
The 21-year-old booted a goal from a 45-degree angle to extend Adelaide’s lead over the Geelong Cats, and the home crowd went berserk.
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But nobody celebrated louder than his father Stephen, who was commentating the action live for FIVEaa.
“Good boy!” an elated Stephen yelled on the mic.
WATCH | FIVEaa's call of Jimmy Rowe's first AFL goal for @Adelaide_FC!
And a very proud Stephen Rowe!#AFLCrowsCats#weflyasonepic.twitter.com/GzXTOVgMfv
This. Is. Footy. #weflyasone#aflcrowscatshttps://t.co/M5cb4Ynnxs
Ker-bang! That was bloody magnificent. Jimmy Rowe, you 🌟
James finished the round one match with two majors and 16 disposals as the Crows secured a thrilling 12-point victory over last year’s grand finalists.
Stephen, a radio personality and former Adelaide player, broke down during a live show after the Crows selected his son as a mature-age recruit in last December’s AFL Draft.
The 55-year-old Rowe played 29 games for Adelaide in the early 90s.
“Oh my god, how did that just happen? My little Jimmy is a Crow,” Stephen said on the FIVEaa Breakfast program last December.
“It still hasn’t sunk in, fellas. I truly don’t know what to say.
“I think I stopped crying at about 3:30am this morning … We’re emotionally wrecked, we’re just drained. That was his dream.”
James Rowe of the Crows.Source:Getty Images
The Herald Sun’s Sam Landsberger tweeted: “James Rowe is the reason the Crows bid their No. 1 pick on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan. They had wind the Dogs liked Rowe and didn’t want to risk missing out at pick 38.”
Adelaide will next take on the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday, March 27th.
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