Mawson making most of opportunity

June 11, 2024 4:15 pm in by
South Barwon young gun Max Mawson speaks to following Saturday's win over Newtown & Chilwell.

South Barwon youngster Max Mawson says focusing on running during the pre-season was vital in securing a senior debut with last year’s grand finalists.

Mawson, a graduate of the club’s under-18 program, made his first senior appearance in the Round 4 clash against Colac.

He’s now played five consecutive games and was one of South’s best in its 73-point hiding of Newtown & Chilwell on Saturday, playing forward and in the ruck.

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Mawson is averaging 12.6 disposals and 6.2 marks per game. Premier Data considers his marking number above average in the GFNL, and his average contested marks (1.6) are in the elite category.

His contested possessions (6.0), score involvements (5.6), goal involvements (3.2), inside 50s (2.6) and tackles (2.6) are also above average putting him squarely in GFNL Rookie of the Year calculations.

“I’m a strong runner, and I’ve been trying to hit the gym, but… the size doesn’t come very easy,” he told

“So, I thought I’d just stick to running and try and just smash that.

“Working with all the young boys, Tommy Peirce and Ethan Borys, and going down to Deakin a few times a week in the pre-season.

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“It was really good.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Max Mawson.

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