Junior Clubs: Leeton-Whitton (NSW)
Recruited From: Leeton-Whitton/NSW-ACT U18
Brownlow Votes: -
Community Ambassador: Northern Jets, Coleambally, Leeton-Whitton, Griffith, Barellan
Riverina recruit Jacob Townsend made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2012 and played 11 games for the GIANTS in his first AFL season. Originally from Leeton, Townsend joined the GIANTS under the club’s zoning concessions and has been part of the club since its inauguration in 2010. Townsend was awarded the Coaches Award at the 2012 Kevin Sheedy Medal for his fearless attack on the footy.
A tough, hard-working midfielder, Townsend made further strides in 2014. Usually given a tagging role, he is a ferocious tackler, and averaged 7.5 a game in his eight senior appearances. Is still learning how to win his own ball to have a greater impact on games, but remains on track to become the hard nut most teams crave.
The tough youngster appeared in 11 games last season, adding to the 11 from his rookie campaign, as he continued his AFL development. A latecomer to the sport after playing rugby union as a junior in NSW, a calf issue interrupted his year before it was brought to a close by hip surgery.
Townsend made a tidy start to his AFL career, featuring in eight games over the first 10 weeks of the season. One of the club's better tacklers, a broken jaw interrupted his promising year before a groin injury ended it. But it was still another step forward for the former rugby union junior, who showed ability at both ends of the ground.
A hard-nosed utility, Townsend is another latecomer to Australian Football who has a background in rugby union. Hailing from Leeton in southern NSW, he was another player selected in the AIS-AFL Academy and has a bright future.
2011 NSW-ACT zone selection (GWS GIANTS)
Coaches Award 2012