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PASSION TO FOLLOW IN HIS UNCLES FOOTSTEPS

 

By Peter Argent 
Brock Castree vividly remembers being plucked out of the crowd by uncle Rick McGowan, walked around a part of the ground during the 2001 Grand Final post match celebrations, along with being taken down to the change rooms to enjoy the boysterious club song and festivities. 
That day McGowan won the Jack Oatey medal as best on ground in a Bulldogs 39-point second flag winning victory over Woodville-West Torrens. 
From this time Castree has followed his uncle’s career with an almost obsessive nature. 
“While I was in the North Adelaide zone, I always wanted to follow Uncle Ricki and play for Central District,” Castree explained. 
“He he coached Sturt I followed them and when he was assistant at Hawthorn, I became a Hawks fan.
“I get told almost every day I have a lot of his attributes. 
“I’m a little taller and certainly a little quicker.” 
 Despite a trio of losses first up, as a part of Bulldogs first three games this year Castree has displayed remarkably clean hands, a strong ability to read the play and find the ball. 
He was selected in his second game, despite Central District’s loss to North Adelaide at the Ponderosa, as the SANFL’s round two Rising Star nomination for his skilful and high possession performance. 
“I only found out about the Risings star nomination via a text from dad,” Castree said. 
“While I knew the award existed it did cross my mind I would be awarded with the round two nomination
“I was used as a part of the on ball rotations with Brad Symes, until he got injured, Bradyen O’Hara and Ryan Williams.
“In the second game, I felt was much easier that the season opener against West Adelaide. 
“Roy (senior coach Roy Laird) said I was capable of learning quickly. 
“I felt you had a bit more room to execute with the style of game North played.” 
While there has been a lot of talk in SA Football circles about the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of the College system in Adelaide, Castree, believes playing for Prince Alfred College hasn’t hurt his career at all.
“School and the football program turned me around,” Castree mused. 
“I have a great respect for First XVIII coach at PAC Troy McKinnon, and still seek his council. 
“Among the many highlights were the 2011 state knockout competition victory and the two ‘intercol’ wins over St Peter’s. 
“I developed a number of strong friendships and Eagles player Tom Whittlesea is most probably my best mate. “     
Brock Castree’s little brother Jed is currently playing in the SANFL under 16s competition with the Roosters. 

By Peter Argent 

Brock Castree vividly remembers being plucked out of the crowd by uncle Rick McGowan, walked around a part of the ground during the 2001 Grand Final post match celebrations, along with being taken down to the change rooms to enjoy the boysterious club song and festivities. 

That day McGowan won the Jack Oatey medal as best on ground in a Bulldogs 39-point second flag winning victory over Woodville-West Torrens. 

From this time Castree has followed his uncle’s career with an almost obsessive nature. 

“While I was in the North Adelaide zone, I always wanted to follow Uncle Ricki and play for Central District,” Castree explained. 

“He he coached Sturt I followed them and when he was assistant at Hawthorn, I became a Hawks fan.

“I get told almost every day I have a lot of his attributes. 

“I’m a little taller and certainly a little quicker.” 

 Despite a trio of losses first up, as a part of Bulldogs first three games this year Castree has displayed remarkably clean hands, a strong ability to read the play and find the ball. 

He was selected in his second game, despite Central District’s loss to North Adelaide at the Ponderosa, as the SANFL’s round two Rising Star nomination for his skilful and high possession performance. 

“I only found out about the Risings star nomination via a text from dad,” Castree said. 

“While I knew the award existed it did cross my mind I would be awarded with the round two nomination

“I was used as a part of the on ball rotations with Brad Symes, until he got injured, Bradyen O’Hara and Ryan Williams.

“In the second game, I felt was much easier that the season opener against West Adelaide. 

“Roy (senior coach Roy Laird) said I was capable of learning quickly. 

“I felt you had a bit more room to execute with the style of game North played.” 

While there has been a lot of talk in SA Football circles about the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of the College system in Adelaide, Castree, believes playing for Prince Alfred College hasn’t hurt his career at all.

“School and the football program turned me around,” Castree mused. 

“I have a great respect for First XVIII coach at PAC Troy McKinnon, and still seek his council. 

“Among the many highlights were the 2011 state knockout competition victory and the two ‘intercol’ wins over St Peter’s. 

“I developed a number of strong friendships and Eagles player Tom Whittlesea is most probably my best mate. “     

Brock Castree’s little brother Jed is currently playing in the SANFL under 16s competition with the Roosters. 

Brock Castree, in his debut League game looking to get low and tackle West's James Ezard on March 28. Picture by Callum MacKinnon

 

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