Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player and finding out how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and a bit about themselves. If you’d like a profile or know of anyone who would, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a question sheet.
First up on the AFL Europe ‘Player of Week’ is Alex ‘Nic Nat’ Watson. The English Ruckman is a fresh face to the game only in his second season but has already represented England at last year’s AFL Europe ‘Euro Cup’ in Croatia.
An exciting prospect, Nic Nat is currently honing his ruck craft in the AFL London competition for the Wandsworth Demons. Hoping to further his representative football career, Watson is also training to be selected for with the Great Britain Bulldogs at the AFL Europe Championships in August this year. The tournament will be a great precursor to the International Cup in Melbourne in 2017 and provide the plethora of European talent, like Nic Nat, a chance to impress in the homeland of AFL.
Nic Nat imposes a dominant figure on the AFL pitch and has impressed with his leadership on and off the field in his short career, this year being named rest of the world Vice-Captain for the Wandsworth Demons. All the best for the 2016 season.
Alex ‘Nic Nat’ Watson
AFL Team you support:
West Coast Eagles
Favourite AFL Player:
How did you find out about AFL?
I was talking to a friend about the game (that I’d previously never heard of). As I was on my way home I came across a poster that was advertising training sessions for the Wandsworth Demons the coming Saturday so thought I’d give it a go.
How long have you been playing for?
Since January 2015
What do you remember most of your first Aussie Rules game?
Not fully understanding the full rules of rucking I barged the other ruck whilst he was in mid-air with no intention for the ball. I’d been on the pitch for 20 seconds and had already given away a free kick.
Favourite moment when playing Aussie Rules?
Making a well-timed tackle.
Any other information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?
In my day to day life I work as a graphic designer and along with sport, art has always been a big passion in my life.