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Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

FROM the future talent to the modern day match-winners, there was plenty to like about the last weekend of football.

Future AFL Women’s stars on show

Without a doubt, the highlight of the weekend was watching the bright future of the AFL Women’s with both the Under 16s and Under 18s strutting their stuff at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. Vic Metro won both clashes against Vic Country, but it was the depth of talent across a variety of positions which will no doubt leave plenty of recruiters smiling as they accrue draft picks over the next few years. Potential top pick Madison Prespakis was the star in the Under 18s, while Olivia Meagher starred for the Under 16s, booting three goals.

King snatches victory for Vic Metro

It took them almost every minute of the designated four quarters, but Vic Metro finally shook off the Allies with the final kick of the game to win their Round 2 National Under 18 Championships clash. It was potential number one pick Ben King who put the final nail in the coffin for the visitors, booting a set shot goal from a laser pass from Xavier O’Halloran late in the game. The Allies kicked 0.9 in the second term which they will no doubt look back on as a missed opportunity, but they had heart for all the four quarters and almost snatched the win against one of the title contenders courtesy of some great play from Fraser Turner and the defensive efforts of Jacob Koschitzke.

Saints all heart after disastrous start

It was looking like another disappointing loss for St Kilda when the out-of-sorts Saints travelled north to take on the equally out-of-form Gold Coast Suns. Trailing by 31 points at the final break, many Saints fans had given up hope on social media, but a stunning turnaround and a match-winning goal from Jade Gresham turned their anger into celebration as they got out of jail and earned some relief from the constant media speculation around the club. There is still much to go in the 2018 season, but the last quarter was a rare highlight for the year.

Riccardi’s last quarter shuts down Power to claim two points

A four-goal last quarter from Calder Cannons’ over-age forward Jake Riccardi turned off the Power in Gippsland on Sunday. The big man booted 5.2 for the game, four of which came in the final term, as the teams swapped leads multiple times. His efforts were enough to haul Calder across the line, missing most of its core side with five out due to Vic Metro duties, and co-captain Mitch Podhajski also missing. Instead the young Cannons defied odds to steal two points in what was a memorable game for the forward in particular.

Western Bulldogs claim maiden VFLW win

It was a long time coming, but the Western Bulldogs’ Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s side had its first win on the weekend. It took until Round 6, but with a number of its AFL Women’s stars returning, the Bulldogs made it a win to remember, belting Williamstown by 56 points as Alyssa Mifsud and Jessica Francke booted a combined nine goals. The reigning AFL Women’s premiers will be keen to add a few more wins to its tally this season, as more of its stars return to the competition and give some top sides a scare.

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 9

We are approaching the bye rounds now as a number of first-year draftees continue to impress on the big stage. Both top-age and mature age recruits are fitting in seamlessly to AFL life and are becoming mainstays in their respective club’s 22s.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Collingwood supporters should revel in the news that they have snagged Jaidyn Stephenson for another two years, after securing the Club’s number six pick. The fan favourite continues to exceed expectations in yet another classy performance against St. Kilda. Booting two goals after half-time, Stephenson assisted greatly in Collingwood’s 28-point victory over St Kilda, and continues to demonstrate a fluency in the forward line. The young Magpie finished with 18 disposals, four contested, 72 per cent disposal efficiency and eight score involvements. Stephenson’s uncanny footy sense has served him well, exhibited both through his careful decisions and ideal timing with ball-in-hand.

Hunter Clark

For the first time in his AFL career, St. Kilda’s number seven pick was made to start on the ground, earning a spot in the Club’s starting 18 against the Pies. Clark rose to the challenge off half-back, showing off some of the less observed aspects of his game. With a strong 21 disposals, seven contested and a 71 per cent disposal efficiency, Clark took on his role well, involving himself in linkups and going hard in the contest. His chase down in front of goals almost prevented a score, but the ball spilled out and the rest was out of his hands. Furthermore, going back with the flight of the ball, Clark copped a heavy hit in a pack mark and reeled in pain. Clark’s commitment to the contest is becoming more obvious and we hope to see this attitude continue in the coming rounds.

Bailey Fritsch

The quality of this year’s debutantes has shone through fittingly in Bayley Fritsch. With yet another impressive performance, the young Demon continues to exceed expectations with his dominance in the forward line. Fritsch finished up with 17 disposals, five contested, two goals, six score involvements, four intercept possessions, four tackles and three inside 50s.  The young Dee displayed great footy sense going forward, picked his spots well and hits his man with great precision. He is developing well under Melbourne’s guide and could bag a neat stack of goals by the end of the season.

Cam Rayner

With his first win in his AFL career, Rayner should be satisfied with the performance he contributed. A powerhouse for his age, the number one draft pick finished the match with 11 disposals, seven contested and an 82 per cent disposal efficiency. The young forward also kicked two goals, had four score involvements, three tackles and three clearances. He has adjusted well to the pace and has polished his work, beating his average disposal efficiency by 10 per cent.

Paddy Dow

On the wrong end of a huge margin, Dow stayed resilient against punishment and fought hard against a dominating Melbourne. Dow’s work on the hard ball was evident in his 10 contested possessions, and while low on his efficiency, still managed to make an impact. In all, Dow closed up with five intercept possessions, four tackles, 25 pressure acts and three score involvements. An impressive stat sheet for a player on a losing side, the young Blue refused to quit despite the odds.

Adam Cerra

With another demonstration of poise and class from Fremantle’s stellar first-year line-up, Cerra led with more trademark efficiency and impact. The No. 5 pick from the Dockers finished with 15 disposals, nine contested, an a 80 per cent disposal efficiency, 19 pressure acts and three clearances in their 69-point loss against the Swans. Cerra left his mark on the game despite a shutout victory by the home side. He’s an adaptable player who thrives in the contest and remains consistent in varying conditions.  

Nick Coffield

Coffield’s football is characterised best through his disposal efficiency. In St Kilda’s hard fought battle against Collingwood, Coffield kept his kicking clean and ball movement effective. He kept his work rate up despite a barrage of goals from his opposition and plenty of forward pressure. At an 88 per cent disposal efficiency for the season, Coffield continued prime form with  a 92 per cent disposal efficiency. The youngster finished the game against the Pies with 12 disposals, three one percenters and two rebound 50s. 

Charlie Spargo

The ferocity of this small forward is immense, complimented well by Melbourne’s fierce attack on Carlton. Spargo played high pressure football, working Carlton’s backman well as they tried to rebound. He laid three big tackles, 19 pressure acts, had four inside 50s and four score involvements. He wasn’t good enough in front of goal, missing two of his shots. However, his contribution to Melbourne’s win is evident in the range of offensive and defensive acts. In total, he racked up 12 disposals, six contested with a 75 per cent disposal efficiency.

AFL Draft whispers – November 2017

With just 12 days until the 2017 NAB AFL Draft – our team have been working the phones and compiling the latest rumours ahead of the draft on Friday week.

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Want to know more about the 2017 NAB AFL Draft crop? Visit our draft pool page for all the player profiles & stats.


If Darcy Fogarty makes it to Pick 12 – it would be very very hard to see Hamish Ogilvie overlook the talented South Australian prospect. If he’s off the board, the Crows will likely look to take the best player available and the names Hunter Clark and Jarrod Brander continue to be linked with Pick 12. If Aiden Bonar manages to get outside the top 10 – it would be interesting to see whether the Crows consider him. With Pick 39 – there is some suggestion they are looking at bringing in another running defender.


Most people agree that the Brisbane Lions have made their decision on the number one selection. But just who it will be is the million dollar question? Majority of the talk for a few months is that it will likely be Vic Country midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke, but talk from some continue to suggest that Cameron Rayner’s name can’t be ruled though. The Lions have shown in the past that they will prefer to take Vic Country players which means Paddy Dow will remain the conversation – but the feeling is that it’s most likely ‘LDU’. Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan is a big fan of Andrew Brayshaw and whether the Lions recruiters have a similar taste remains to be seen. Regardless of the Lions choice at No.1 – Charlie Constable is the player most likely to be selected at Pick 15. The strong bodied inside midfielder averaged 26 disposals and five marks for Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Constable is school mates with Brayshaw & Davies-Uniacke – and would fit in well if they link up at the Lions. Western Jets midfielder Lachlan Fogarty is another name the Lions have shown interest in and he could be selected at Pick 15 or Pick 18. As a rookie selection, the Lions have been linked with Box Hill Hawks’ Sam Switkowski. The Lions will also likely match a bid from Jack Payne in the third or fourth round.


Carlton have two top 10 selections and have heavily been linked to Adam Cerra in the last fortnight or so. The Eastern Ranges midfielder averaged 18 disposals and five tackles in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and the feeling of some recruiters is that he would’ve challenged for the No.1 pick if not for a shoulder injury late in the season. Cameron Rayner may fall into their lap if both interstate clubs look past him and it would be hard to see them let him get past Pick 3. At pick 10, Darcy Fogarty has been linked – but could come into their thoughts at Pick 3 with some talk of North Melbourne considering him at Pick 4 – but this could be a smokescreen for the Blues hoping for another player to slip down to Pick 10. Aiden Bonar and Hunter Clark are two other midfielders who might find themselves wearing navy blue next year, while Jackson Ross and Ryley Stoddart are both in the mix at Pick 30.


Collingwood hold the keys to the draft – with a big selection at Pick 6. The only tall considered at this pick appears to be key defender Aaron Naughton, while draft ‘bolters’ Nathan Murphy and Aiden Bonar are also in the mix. Nick Coffield is another name that could be considered but the latest talk suggests that things might go another way. Could a top midfielder slide to the Pies? GWV Rebels defender Flynn Appleby might be a possible late draft selection.


Essendon are another club without a first round draft pick – entering the draft at Pick 48. With the retirement of Jobe Watson – fans are hoping for Adrian Dodoro and his team to bring in an inside midfielder & if Vic Country’s James Worpel manages to get there – it would make sense for him to be selected. Essendon also held a private testing session for about 20 kids a month ago – with Jake Riccardi and Ben Wiggins two names to keep an eye out for as possible rookie selections. They’ve also enquired about two VAFA senior footballers as draft smokeys. Fans want the fairytale to link up the Parish brothers – but if remains very unlikely the Bombers will draft Cassidy Parish at Pick 48.


Fremantle continue to be linked with Vic Metro pair Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw – but seem likely to pick between Vic Country midfielders Paddy Dow and Luke Davies-Uniacke at Pick 2. Some suggest that Cerra is their man at Pick 5 – but should he be taken before then, Brayshaw will be picked. The early mail suggested Fremantle would opt for a tall in either Jarrod Brander or Aaron Naughton – but most believe they will take the two best midfielders. As for later in the draft, the Dockers are likely to select a ruckman – having been linked with TAC Cup Grand Final ruckman Sam Conway (Geelong Falcons) and Joel Amartey (Sandringham Dragons). They’ve also done some work on GWV Rebels’ ruck Lloyd Meek and defender Flynn Appleby.


Tom McCartin has jumped as an AFL Draft prospect and could push up in consideration for one of Geelong’s three second round picks. The “local” prospect could come into their thinking – but the Year 11 student will need to finish school in 2018. There has been some links to local boy Matt Ling, who has impressive agility and a deadly left foot kick. South Australian duo Jordan Houlahan and Charlie Ballard are two players who could slot into the Geelong team, with Houlahan a medium forward with plenty of X-Factor, while 195cm Ballard can play on the wing or as a key position player at either end. They are also another club who have shown some interest in Calder Cannons’ Jake Riccardi.


Gold Coast enter the draft at Pick 19 with Ed Richards and Nathan Murphy two players right on their hit list. While Murphy looks destined to be a top 10 selection, Richards is a chance to be available there. Chris Pelchen also linked the Suns with tall Sam Taylor in the SEN Inside Football draft guide. There were multiple Gold Coast Suns recruiters watching Noah Balta in the Herald Sun Shield Grand Final and he might be another tall in the mix. As for academy prospect Brayden Crossley – sources suggest the Suns will need to match a late pick after pick 50.


With the retirement of Stevie J – GWS are in the hunt for a small forward. Jack Higgins appears to be at the top of the pecking order with Pick 11, but there are multiple small forward options in Dylan Moore, Charlie Spargo and Gryan Miers – that could be instead picked in the second round which could allow the Giants to go “best available’ or a tall at Pick 11. There is some suggestion that the Giants could draft Jarrod Brander at Pick 11 or West Australian key back Aaron Naughton if he slipped outside the top 10. Midfielder Nick Shipley will likely have his bid matched somewhere 40+.


Once again Hawthorn enter the draft without a first round selection – after it was traded to the Saints as part of the Jaeger O’Meara deal. With Pick 43 – the Hawks have been linked with Eastern Ranges midfielders Trent Mynott and Tom North. They have nominated Changkuoth Jiath (CJ) as a Next-Generation Academy Member, but the bid will likely be well after their first selection at the draft. Zippy midfielder Will Walker may also be considered if he’s on the board.


Melbourne have shown in recent years that they are willing to hit the state leagues at the NAB AFL Draft. With their first selection, Aspley midfielder Oskar Baker is a name  that continues to come up in discussions and he could be selected at Pick 29 or 36. Right under their noses at Casey is Bayley Fritsch, who will likely find a home in the middle of the draft and is in the mix.


The Kangaroos are in a precarious position – not knowing how the cards will fall ahead of them. Jaidyn Stephenson has been a name they’ll likely have in the mix – but at least one of the consensus top four (Davies-Uniacke, Cerra, Rayner and Dow) will be available at Pick 4. Rayner’s attractive game style might take a fancy for the Roos, looking for some class and speed in the attacking half of the ground. Andrew Brayshaw is another name that some suggest is ready to go from Round 1. North have shown they are willing to bid on players using their picks and may do so on Richmond father-son Patrick Naish and Brisbane Lions academy member Connor Ballenden. South Australian Mitch Crowden is also a player the Roos have interviewed recently and he could be selected as a late pick/rookie. Some whispers have also suggested if West Coast pass on Tim Kelly at Pick 21 that North Melbourne will jump at Pick 23.


Jackson Ross appears to be right on Port Adelaide’s radar at Pick 46 – but the former high level tennis player could be off the board by Port’s pick. Liam Ryan was linked early days with the Power – but appears likely to go inside the 2nd round. A fellow West Australian Jake Patmore might be in the mix as an outside player. Some talk of Oscar Chapman being a possible player of interest late in the draft or in the rookie draft.


The latest talk suggests the 2017 Premiers might not get a bid for Patrick Naish until after their third selection in the NAB AFL Draft (Pick 25). They’ve long been linked with Vic Metro ruckman Sam Hayes, but other players like Oscar Allen, Noah Balta and Sam Taylor might be above Hayes on their draft board. If the Tigers overlook Hayes – they will likely look for a ruckman later in the draft or through the rookie list to provide some depth to their ruck stocks. It’s unlikely that possible Next Generation Academy member Derrick Smith will get a bid in the National Draft.


St Kilda have two picks in a row and there is a range of players in the mix. Alan Richardson watched some of the TAC Cup Finals, with Nick Coffield catching his eye. A lot of the talk is that they will take one of the draft ‘bolters’ in Aiden Bonar or Nathan Murphy and then the best midfielders available. The best midfielder seems to be one of Andrew Brayshaw, Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield or Jaidyn Stephenson – assuming someone else doesn’t slide down to Pick 7 and 8.


Sydney Swans were long linked with cricket convert Nathan Murphy – but with the whispers being that he will be selected inside the top 10, Sydney will likely need to look elsewhere. There has been some suggestion they could take Jordan Houlahan – who plays a similar medium forward role and did spend some time as an inside midfielder for Sturt. They have plenty of inside midfielders – but Charlie Constable would be a nice addition to any list. Hunter Clark is another name that has done the rounds who could be selected here. Leading into TAC Cup Finals, there was suggestion Jackson Hille was on the Swans’ radar – while fellow Dragon Hamish Brayshaw will come into their thinking as another late pick/rookie. Charlie Ballard is an intriguing player and could be in the mix for one of the Swans first two selections.


West Coast continue to be linked with forward Oscar Allen. They would have to consider Hunter Clark and Charlie Constable at Pick 13 if they were available – but the suggestion is they will likely focus on midfielders with their second round selections. Second round West Australian prospects include Tim Kelly, who is right at the top of the tree with Pick 21 – while Liam Ryan will likely become an Eagle. Brandon Starcevich and Brayden Ainsworth could also come into consideration here while Eagles fan Ryley Stoddart might be a Victorian in the mix. Vic Metro key defender Noah Balta is a player they’re very interested in and they could select him at Pick 21 or Pick 26.


The Western Bulldogs are a club who have Nathan Murphy right in their eyeline. With Pick 9 and 16 – they will get a good crack at two players. Ed Richards has some speed and a nice left foot kick and they could grab him at Pick 16. They’ve also been linked with Gippsland Power duo Matthew McGannon and Callum Porter as possible rookie picks. Lachlan Fogarty is a likely name at Pick 16 too. Whispers about the Bulldogs bidding on Richmond father-son Patrick Naish appear to be dying.

As for who has an invite to the draft? Our sources suggest there are 20 players that will be attending in Sydney at this stage.

Oscar Allen
Aiden Bonar
Jarrod Brander
Andrew Brayshaw
Adam Cerra
Hunter Clark
Nicholas Coffield
Luke Davies-Uniacke
Paddy Dow
Darcy Fogarty
Lachlan Fogarty
Jack Higgins
Nathan Murphy
Patrick Naish
Aaron Naughton
Lochie O’Brien
Cameron Rayner
Ed Richards
Nicholas Shipley
Jaidyn Stephenson

Matt Balmer’s 2017 early Phantom Draft

IT IS just over a month until AFL clubs will meet at Sydney Showgrounds for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

At the conclusion of trade week, Matt Balmer predicts who will go where inside the first round, in his 2017 early Phantom Draft.

Pick 1: Brisbane – Luke Davies-Uniacke
Inside Midfielder (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
08/06/1999 | 187.2cm | 85.2kg

Scouting notes: A strong bodied inside midfielder who tackles hard and wins the clearances. Has had a fair share of injuries over the last few seasons but appears to be over them. Is one of the players most ready to go and could walk into AFL from day one with ease. Is powerful in the contested situations and is able to stand up when getting tackled, using his strength to dispose of the ball. Has shown at school football that he can beat the tag. Had a bit of a lull in the second half of the year, but pulled out his best form when it mattered in September.

In the mix: While some may see Cameron Rayner as the best player in the 2017 draft pool, I think the Lions will look for a full-time inside midfielder. Paddy Dow’s name is another who the Lions will consider – but at the moment the gut feel is ‘LDU’ is ahead of Dow.

Pick 2: Fremantle – Paddy Dow
Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 185.4cm | 78.2kg

Scouting notes: Speedy inside midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard. Right footed midfielder who was superb for the AFL Academy in their game against the Northern Blues – not looking out of place at the centre bounces early in the year. Runs a sub three second 20m sprint and has very good agility. Not afraid to take on opposition midfielders in the contest, attempting to speed out of the stoppages.

In the mix: Fremantle only acquired Pick 2 today, in a trade from the Gold Coast giving up Lachie Weller. They’ll need to take a Victorian midfielder at Pick 2 – with Cerra, Rayner, Davies-Uniacke others who could also feature. Fremantle have a lot of players similar to Rayner – but it’d be hard to let him go – as a player who can do things that many others can’t in this draft pool.

Pick 3: Carlton – Cameron Rayner
General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 186.5cm | 87.2kg

Scouting notes: Powerful and explosive midfielder who makes you excited when you watch him. A similar mould to Robbie Gray combined with Christian Petracca and when up forward his contested marking overhead is one of his strengths. For the moment he is a forward first, midfielder second with his endurance being a work in progress – running an 11.10 beep test at TAC Cup preseason testing. Not afraid to throw out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents. Can do things that others in the 2017 draft pool cannot.

In the mix: Fremantle are the great unknown and it’d be very hard to see the Blues let Rayner slip past them if he gets through to Pick 3. Haileybury College midfielders Andrew Brayshaw, Charlie Constable and Davies-Uniacke will be in the mix. Paddy Dow might land in their lap if things fall another way.

Pick 4: North Melbourne – Jaidyn Stephenson
Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 188.5cm | 75.4kg

Scouting notes: Started the season as a medium tall marking target inside 50 but has improved his running capacity and turned himself into an outside midfield in the final few months of 2017.  Up forward, he has a big wingspan which sees him pluck the ball from above his opponents reach. He converts his set-shot chances more than not, after bursting onto the scene with a terrific finals series for Eastern Ranges as an Under 16 back in 2015. Stephenson has pushed up onto the wing at times, where he moved well – holding a great endurance base to go with a really good burst of speed. One area that could be cleaned up is his field kicking around the ground.

In the mix: Most of the talk is that the top three selections will be Rayner, Davies-Uniacke & Dow – with the order unknown. Stephenson had a great second half of the year and adds some X-Factor for the Roos. Adam Cerra, Nick Coffield and Andrew Brayshaw are three other names that no doubt they’ll be monitoring.

Pick 5: Fremantle – Aaron Naughton
Key Position Defender (Peel/Western Australia)
30/11/19999 | 194.0cm | 85.0kg

Scouting notes: Played as a bottom-ager in two of Western Australia’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championship games in 2016, and was named as a co-captain for the 2017 carnival where he impressed in defence. He marks well overhead and is a good reader of the play. Has an awkward ball drop which can affect his left foot kicking efficiency at times, but mostly it gets where it needs to go. Made his League debut in the WAFL and didn’t looked out of place.

In the mix: Take a midfielder at Pick 2 and at Pick 5? Another big question – but Fremantle hold the keys to shaping the top 10 of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. They’ve watched a fair bit of the Sandringham Dragons and Andrew Brayshaw could be a player selected here. Adam Cerra and Nick Coffield are two other Vic Metro players who they’ll have on the list – but it might be hard to turn down the best West Australian and tall in the draft pool.

Pick 6: Collingwood – Nick Coffield
General Defender/Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190.8cm | 82.5kg

Scouting notes: Composed midfielder who is very good under pressure. Reminds me of Hugh McCluggage where he has plenty of time with ball in hand in the contest. Clean user on his right foot and his defensive efforts are strong where he floats around and wins the ball at ease. Has a burst of speed which he often will utilise in defensive 50 when playing the role of a general defender. Some think he will end up as an inside midfielder at the next level.

In the mix: Few whispers of the Pies meeting with Aaron Naughton on the weekend and they may pick him if he is available here. Coffield is the best player available and should be able to transition into an inside midfielder in the future.

Pick 7: St Kilda – Andrew Brayshaw
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
08/11/1999 | 183.9cm | 81.7kg

Scouting notes: The brother of Melbourne’s Angus started the year on fire for the Sandringham Dragons. He finds the football with a good contested possession percentage. Brayshaw is more of a handball first, kick second player in the contest but just gets the job done without standing out and flies under the radar. He makes his disposals count and is effective, with good defensive efforts. Always one of the top ranked players on the stats sheets.

In the mix: I’m told St Kilda have been big fans of Brayshaw throughout 2017 – meeting with him on multiple occasions and it would be hard to see them turn him down if he’s available. Alan Richardson watched the TAC Cup elimination final where Nick Coffield dominated and he is another option if still on the board. It would be a tough call to let Adam Cerra go too.

Pick 8: St Kilda – Aiden Bonar
Inside Midfielder/General Forward (Haileybury College/Dandenong Stingrays)
08/03/1999 | 188.6cm | 86.5kg

Scouting notes: Build like a brick sh!thouse. After recovering from two knee surgeries after his first ACL graft didn’t take, Bonar has presence about him around the ground, mostly playing up forward as a third tall – but has pushed into the midfield for longer periods with each game he plays. His pressure is very good and he can lay bone crunching tackles. Has a good burst of speed and is strong overhead. Suggestion is he’ll end up a full time midfielder. Possesses a big upside.

In the mix: The biggest unknown in the 2017 draft pool is Aiden Bonar and he is a name that St Kilda could take – to address bringing in a big bodied midfielder. His testing at the NAB AFL Draft Combine was outstanding and there’s no doubt with the security of having two picks inside top 10 – the Saints could make the move on the Dandenong Stingray.

Pick 9: Western Bulldogs – Adam Cerra
Balanced Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
07/10/1999 | 186.3cm | 80.3kg

Scouting notes: The forgotten man of the 2017 draft pool after missing 2016 with a meniscus injury to his knee. The AFL Academy missed out on pick one and pick two in 2016 – and Cerra could be another to join that list of high draft picks. He wins the ball on the inside and possesses a clean kick on his right foot. He contested work and clearance winning are superb and he covers the ground well. Was one of the standouts in the Vic Metro trials in April and continued his form in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

In the mix: If the Saints don’t take Bonar, he’s a player I’d expect the Bulldogs to snap up. With Stringer leaving the kennel, South Australia’s best draft prospect Darcy Fogarty could fill a similar role as a forward. They have also shown some interest in Nathan Murphy – but they may hope that he gets to their next selection.

Pick 10: Carlton – Charlie Constable
General Defender/Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 191.0cm | 86.1kg

Scouting notes: Tall midfielder who can play on the inside and across either arches. He begun the year for the Dragons in the midfield, but moved to half back with the return of Hamish Brayshaw. Missed a large chunk of 2016 with an injury, but is over those concerns. A good team player who gets to the right positions around the ground. Not super quick, but has a ‘footy brain’ and makes good decisions by foot rebounding out of defence. Likely to end up as a Patrick Cripps type of midfielder.

In the mix: SOS has some good relationships among the APS school boy football competition and if one of Bonar or Constable reach their Pick 10 – It would be seriously hard to see him let them go past. Either can play as an inside midfielder and support Patrick Cripps.

Pick 11: GWS – Jack Higgins
Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 177.8cm | 76.9kg

Scouting notes: Small midfielder who wins a lot of the ball and has now moved into a small forward role post the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. His defensive efforts are getting better and the midfielder has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard. His clearance work is great and he has goal smarts as a small forward, but he does lack a touch of speed compared to other small forwards. Very good contested mark for a player sub 180cm. Should be ready to go in 2018, but his full on focus on AFL in 2017, might mean he has a limited upside compared with other first rounders.

In the mix: The Giants have long wanted a small forward and the retirement of Stevie J might see them select Jack Higgins, who would fit in well playing a role alongside Tim Taranto and Toby Greene. They have shown in the past that they aren’t afraid to grab players with dual sport abilities (Pat McKenna), so Nathan Murphy could be another considered.

Pick 12: Adelaide – Darcy Fogarty
General Forward (Glenelg/South Australia)
05/09/1999 | 191.9cm | 94.5kg

Scouting notes: Strongly built forward that can push into the midfield. Played up forward for South Australia in last year’s Under 18 Championships booting seven goals. Fogarty played a strong game in the midfield for Glenelg in their finals last year and has been tried as a third tall defender at stages throughout 2017. Has the ability to kick off either foot and can lay bone-crunching tackles. He is more of a third tall than an inside midfielder at this stage. Ruled out for the season with a meniscus tear in his knee.

In the mix: The obvious option is for the Crows to take home grown talent in Darcy Fogarty, but if he’s off the board – they may look to Vic Country inside midfielder Hunter Clark who has had a superb finish to the season.

Pick 13: West Coast – Hunter Clark
Inside Midfielder/Medium Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
26/03/1999 | 186.1cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: Has transitioned from a rebounding outside defender to a contested ball winning midfielder over the last 12 months. Coming out of defence his decision making and kicking could be better – and if he cleans this up it will help his draft stocks. Ball winning capabilities are improving on the inside and he is able to pump the ball inside 50 to a teammate. Possesses quick hands – a trait that can separate him from others in this draft pool.

In the mix: Another club that will look to bolster their inside midfielders stock. If Hunter Clark is on the board it is a no-brainer, while if they feel they want to take the best homegrown player – it is not too far out of Under 18 Larke Medalist Oscar Allen’s range.

Pick 14: Sydney – Nathan Murphy
Medium Utility (Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons)
15/12/1999 | 188.3cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: The Victorian Under 19 cricketer has been one of the better forwards in the APS Victorian school football season. Murphy has over 20 goals after moving forward post a concussion suffered against Haileybury College in Round 2. Was a late addition to the Sandringham Dragons program for 2017 and was strong as a third tall in defence on debut. The tall utility can play at either end and has a big booming right foot kick. Goalkicking accuracy is one area which can be cleaned up but Murphy’s focus has largely been cricket over the last few years. Often has a tendency to mark the ball behind his head and Murphy has a very large wingspan.

In the mix: In what was a quiet trade week for Kinnear Beatson and the Swans, they will hit the draft with their first round pick. Nathan Murphy is a player they could consider, with a chance he moves into the midfield. If they are looking for some outside class – players such as Lochie O’Brien, Matt Ling, Ed Richards and Ryley Stoddart could be considered, but all are probably likely to fall into the second round.

Pick 15: Brisbane – Joel Garner
Balanced Midfielder/General Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
21/05/1999 | 184.2cm | 82.6kg

Scouting notes: Balanced Midfielder who has struggled to find his feet at times thrown around in multiple positions around the ground at school, TAC Cup and Vic Metro level. He uses the ball well off his left foot, hitting targets on the run or standing still. His handballing in close is another strength and he is able to clear the ball from a stoppage with ease. Screams X-Factor at times and may have found his best position across half back. Is an outstanding leader.

In the mix: Pick 15 places the Lions a bit in no-man’s land – if the draft falls as I have it, they may miss out on probably the best crop of midfielders. No doubt they’d be keen to link up Dandenong Stingrays pair Aiden Bonar and Hunter Clark with Davies-Uniacke if they were available. Despite having Oscar McInerney developing well, they might look at Sam Hayes to boost their ruck stocks or develop as a key forward – but they do have Connor Ballenden who should get a bid after their next pick somewhere in the 20s. Could they bid on Patrick Naish?

Pick 16: Western Bulldogs – Ed Richards
Medium Defender/?Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
03/07/1999 | 184.7cm | 78.1kg

Scouting notes: Speedy running defender who dominated in the APS school football competition for Carey. Is trusted with taking the kick outs and is a clean and effective kick on his left foot. Can play as an inside midfielder, where he uses his quick & clean hands to effectiveness.

In the mix: The Tigers will be hoping that father-son prospect Patrick Naish doesn’t get a bid here – with the Bulldogs showing plenty of interest this season. If they’re looking to add some speed on the outside, Ed Richards has had a great season and might be one they look to recruit. Norwood small midfielder Zac Bailey was superb throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships for the Allies and could be another they consider.

Pick 17: Richmond – Jarrod Brander
Key Position Forward/Defender (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 194.6cm | 92.3kg

Scouting notes: Key Position tall that can play at either end where he reads the flight of the ball well. Is mobile up forward which allows him to make multiple leads. Missed most of 2016 through knee injury, but jumped on the scene booting over 20 goals for Geelong Grammar in the 1st XVIII competition as a Year 10 in 2015. Doesn’t look out of place in defence after playing there for the AFL Academy – as well as collecting 26 disposals in defence in the APS v AGSV school boy game last year. Was originally zoned to GWS but it is now ineligible for GWS to select him under changes to their Academy zone. Best swingman in the draft – with healthy debate which end he best plays his football.

In the mix: The Tigers went into finals with a small side – but may look to bring in some more talls to help with their depth. Most people in the know feel Jarrod Brander will get outside the top 10 and the Tigers would have to snatch him up at Pick 17. Sam Hayes is another tall they will consider – but the Tigers will be hoping he gets through to Pick 20. If the Bulldogs or Lions bid on Naish – this pick will be removed from the order.

What about the rest?

Pick 19: Gold Coast – Nathan Murphy would be a likely suitor should he get through to Pick 19. Medium forward Jordan Houlahan from Sturt would be another name that fits the bill as a similar player to Murphy. Larke Medalist Oscar Allen and Vic Metro tall Noah Balta are still on the board and might fit the best available selection, while the loss of Adam Saad might allow them to look for a similar prospect in Matt Ling.

Pick 22: Geelong – Similar to the Suns – medium forwards Murphy and Houlahan would appeal to add to the Cats’ forward line. Lachlan Fogarty might be another good fit, with high pressure and tackling numbers sure to fit the bill of AFL teams after a success with Richmond this season. Could the Wooller name return to Simonds Stadium?

Pick 29: Melbourne – A small forward or classy outside ball user would likely appear to the Dees. Ryley Stoddart, Matt Ling and Lochie O’Brien are three such classy outside midfielders/half back flanks. If they’re looking for a small forward, Dylan Moore and Charlie Spargo are two second round prospects that they could consider. The Demons also have Pick 31 and 36.

Pick 43: Hawthorn – Once again the Hawks will enter the draft without a first round pick – but it is at least closer than their 2016 first selection. Next Generation Academy member Changkuoth Jiath is tied to the Hawks – but will likely be a late selection or rookie pick. While it’s probably unlikely Andrew McPherson would be a good fit across half back and through the midfield, after an injury interrupted 2017. Two other midfielders that might be considered from the Hawks are Brayden Ainsworth and Matthew Day. Could James Worpel still be there at Pick 43?

Pick 46: Port Adelaide – The Power are one of a number of clubs to show interest in Eastern Ranges & Haileybury College outside midfielder/general forward Jackson Ross. Ross is very athletic and has plenty of scope for development. If the two West Australian teams haven’t grabbed Liam Ryan – the Power might consider it here.

Pick 48: Essendon – If the Bombers can find an inside midfielder at Pick 48 – it would cap off a very impressive draft & trade period. The Bombers would’ve taken Constable with Pick 11 had they held onto it, but if James Worpel gets to Pick 48 – It’d be hard to see them let him go. There’s been a lot of talk about them being keen on Dylan Moore – but he’s likely to end up inside the top 30.

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2017 Indicative draft order post Round 23

FOLLOWING the final round of the home and away season, the 2017 draft order has been partially locked in leading into the 2017 AFL finals series.

The Brisbane Lions currently hold the No.1 pick after finishing 18th – with Victorian midfielders Adam Cerra, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow and Cameron Rayner the four most likely contenders for the first selection.

BRISBANE searches for inside fix

Due to the penalties from the Lachie Whitfield affair last year, the Giants have been penalised 1000 ‘draft value points’, which means that their first pick (currently worth 1112 points) will slide back to the end of the draft and fall at No.63 (worth 112 points).

Indicative draft order after the home and away season

BL 1. Brisbane Lions
GCFC 2. Gold Coast
CARL 3. Carlton
NMFC 4. North Melbourne
FRE 5. Fremantle
COLL 6. Collingwood
STK 7. St Kilda (received from Hawthorn)
STK 8. St Kilda
WB 9. Western Bulldogs
MELB 10. Melbourne
WCE 11. West Coast
ESS 12. Essendon
SYD 13. Sydney
BL 14. Brisbane Lions (received from Port Adelaide)
RICH 15. Richmond
RICH 16. Richmond (received from Geelong, via Carlton and GWS on-trades)
ADEL 17. Adelaide
BL 18. Brisbane Lions
GCFC 19. Gold Coast
GEEL 20. Geelong (received from Carlton)
NMFC 21. North Melbourne
GCFC 22. Gold Coast (received from Fremantle)
GWS 23. Greater Western Sydney (received from Collingwood)
GCFC 24. Gold Coast (received from Hawthorn)
GWS 25. Greater Western Sydney (received from St Kilda)
WB 26. Western Bulldogs
MELB 27. Melbourne
WCE 28. West Coast
ESS 29. Essendon
SYD 30. Sydney
PORT 31. Port Adelaide
HAW 32. Hawthorn (received from GWS, via Carlton on-trade)
GCFC 33. Gold Coast (received from Richmond)
GEEL 34. Geelong
ADEL 35. Adelaide


COLL 36. Collingwood (received from the Brisbane Lions)
GCFC 37. Gold Coast
CARL 38. Carlton
WB 39. Western Bulldogs (received from North Melbourne)
FRE 40. Fremantle
BL 41. Brisbane Lions (received from Collingwood)
HAW 42. Hawthorn
STK 43. St Kilda
NMFC 44. North Melbourne (received from Western Bulldogs)
MELB 45. Melbourne
WCE 46. West Coast
ESS 47. Essendon
SYD 48. Sydney
PORT 49. Port Adelaide
RICH 50. Richmond (received from Greater Western Sydney)
RICH 51. Richmond
GEEL 52. Geelong
ADEL 53. Adelaide


COLL 54. Collingwood (received from the Brisbane Lions)
Fre 55. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast)
CARL 56. Carlton
STK 57. St Kilda (received from North Melbourne, via Western Bulldogs on-trade)
FRE 58. Fremantle
COLL 59. Collingwood
HAW 60. Hawthorn
STK 61. St Kilda
NMFC 62. North Melbourne (received from Western Bulldogs)
GWS 63. Greater Western Sydney* (original pick No.15 slides down after 1000-point penalty)
MELB 64. Melbourne
WCE 65. West Coast
ESS 66. Essendon
SYD 67. Sydney
PORT 68. Port Adelaide
GWS 69. Greater Western Sydney
RICH 70. Richmond
GEEL 71. Geelong
ADEL 72. Adelaide

* The Giants will lose their first pick as a result of the 1000-point penalty placed on them due to the Lachie Whitfield affair.

BL 73. Brisbane Lions
GCFC 74. Gold Coast
CARL 75. Carlton
NMFC 76. North Melbourne
FRE 77. Fremantle
COLL 78. Collingwood
HAW 79. Hawthorn
WB 80. Western Bulldogs (received from St Kilda)
WB 81. Western Bulldogs
MELB 82. Melbourne
WCE 83. West Coast
ESS 84. Essendon
SYD 85. Sydney
PORT 86. Port Adelaide
GWS 87. Greater Western Sydney
RICH 88. Richmond
GEEL 89. Geelong
ADEL 90. Adelaide


Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts Pick/Pts
1. 3000 19. 948 37. 483 55. 207 73. 9
2. 2517 20. 912 38. 465 56. 194 74. –
3. 2234 21. 878 39. 446 57. 182
4. 2034 22. 845 40. 429 58. 170
5. 1878 23. 815 41. 412 59. 158
6. 1751 24. 785 42. 395 60. 146
7. 1644 25. 756 43. 378 61. 135
8. 1551 26. 729 44. 362 62. 123
9. 1469 27. 703 45. 347 63. 112
10. 1395 28. 677 46. 331 64. 101
11. 1329 29. 653 47. 316 65. 90
12. 1268 30. 629 48. 302 66. 80
13. 1212 31. 606 49. 287 67. 69
14. 1161 32. 584 50. 273 68. 59
15. 1112 33. 563 51. 259 69. 49
16. 1067 34. 542 52. 246 70. 39
17. 1025 35. 522 53. 233 71. 29
18. 985 36. 502 54. 220 72. 19

Life of a Footballer: Chloe Molloy Part 2

Life of a footballer is a personal insight by Calder Cannons and Diamond Creek footballer Chloe Molloy. The Life of a Footballer series follows on from last year’s edition which saw Bendigo Pioneers’ midfielder Jamieson Sheahan provide us insights into the inner workings of a TAC Cup club. In 2017, Chloe Molloy has joined the AFL Draft Central team and will give readers an insight into how she juggles university studies with her football at Diamond Creek, and her pathway to follow her dream into the AFLW. You can find her first instalment here

Two games have passed since I last checked in – with the most recent game against a determined St Kilda Sharks outfit on Sunday.

Unfortunately, we suffered out first loss for the season. Of course to lose is not a great feeling, especially when we know that we didn’t play our best footy – but we are more gutted knowing that we are so much better than what we displayed. Training on Tuesday night consisted of a longer review than usual and we thoroughly debriefed our performance. We placed a huge emphasis on the fact that it’s how we react to the loss that will define who we are and what we stand for as a footy team. But I couldn’t speak any more highly of our playing group and coaching staff, and I am confident that we will respond positively on the weekend, implementing learnings and feedback from Sunday’s game to get a better result.

Flashback to a few weeks ago; boy oh boy was that a nail-biter of a game. Darebin are a talent-flooded team, with major VFLW names associated to their club. Despite being a fresh player to the club, I had full understanding of the history behind the two rival teams, and how much this game meant to Diamond Creek.

It was a grouse weekend, as all three of our senior teams were playing at the same ground. It was a big day and it started off with two great wins – It was now up to us (The VFL team) to top it off and make it a clean sweep for the day.

I came up against a good defender on the day; she challenged me well and had constant touch on me. I was caught out of position a lot, to which I have reflected on and have been shown now how to adjust to this, which is good for me as it helps me expand my footy brain. It actually excites me with how much more I have to learn about the game. Darebin worked so well together, linking up the ground, making them a tough opposition.

It was a such a close match, and with an inside 30 in the last moments of the game, Sophie Abbatangelo secured a mark, went back and slotted the goal that put us in front by a few points. The final siren finally sounded, and as Clare Cosy wrote in her piece, “The little club that could, did.” The final win put the cherry on top; these three wins were to go down in history. Our backline were outstanding and kept us in the game. Every player contributed, and it was a tremendous team effort and success. It was a big day for the community, and I couldn’t be any more humbled to be part of that day and the club.

In other news, semester one of university has come to an end. So I am now exam free, stress free, and time free (meaning I have free time finally!!).

It has been good to have the weight of university and exams off my shoulders, and I am really looking forward to the break. It is a bit overdue.

As we all know, the exam period makes for one cranky, stressed woman, especially when you’re an A grade procrastinator like myself. As much as I am happy for the break, I am very keen to start next semester as I love the course and Holmesglen have been super supportive in balancing my lifestyle.

Work is going really well and I am learning how to become a barista with Ruby Green & Co, which is really handy. It is not as easy as it looks (well maybe it is and I just make it look difficult) – but anyway I am currently in training for that. So please don’t hesitate to pop down and grab a coffee from me! I have also been doing a stack of clinics with the AFL, which has been keeping me on my toes a fair bit.

I have also taken full advantage of my free time, and I could count on two hands the amount of times I have been out for breakfast/lunch/dinner within the space of one week. Fun fact for the audience, I am a massive brunch lover! And a coffee lover, so supply me with brunch and a latte, and I will be your best friend.

With all this free time that I now have, I managed to finally get to an AFL match! I am a Collingwood supporter (not sure how many of you will stop reading now I’ve mentioned that) but I went to the Collingwood vs Melbourne game. It was also the Freeze MND game; so I got to see all the celebrities go down the slide into the ice, personally I don’t understand why I wasn’t chosen to go down the slide (Cue laughing). It was a good evening, and the company made it much more enjoyable. It would’ve been a lot better if Collingwood won, but  nevertheless it was a game with a great cause and an exciting match. And I am pretty sure I got to witness ‘mark of the year’ by Jeremy Howe, I will never get ‘howe’ he does it.

Thanks again for reading, I am about to sit down and watch AFL 360 to watch my trusty Creekers skipper, Steph Chiocci on a segment. Also please feel free to donate me $2, as for every time I make an entry, I cost myself a $2 fine. But I do hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy writing them and keep up to date with my pieces. Keep an eye out for next week’s entry, as we take on VU Spurs who are now on top of the VFL Swisse Women’s ladder.

(Editors note – Chloe failed to mention that she slotted a bag of four goals against Geelong and now is sitting seven goals clear in the VFLW goal kickers list, with 16 goals for the season)

St Kilda Stingrays top the affiliate charts

WHEN St Kilda read out tall forward Josh Battle’s name at pick 39 in the 2016 AFL National Draft, the Saints extended their stranglehold on a little talked about record.

With Battle’s selection, St Kilda officially has nine, that’s right nine former Dandenong Stingrays on its list – the highest affiliation between an AFL club and a feeder club.

The nine are Battle, Jack Lonie, Darren Minchington, Lewis Pierce, Bailey Rice, Dylan Roberton, Shane Savage, Brandon White and Nathan Wright.

When conducting the research into which AFL clubs have the greatest amount of players from the same non-AFL club, I expected Collingwood and Oakleigh Chargers’ to be up there given the Magpies have taken six Chargers in the past three years. They certainly were, equal second with seven former Chargers, the same number as Northern Knights now donning the black and yellow at Richmond.

Geelong’s ability to seek out homegrown talent came to the forefront of the footy world when it plucked out three local league players from the Geelong Football League. But their affiliation with their TAC Cup namesake the Geelong Falcons has also been strong, with six Falcons not needing to change colours at the elite level.

Remarkably, the Falcons have also been a breeding ground for the Brisbane Lions with six heading north including first round pick this year, Alex Witherden.

The Murray Bushrangers have had no shortage of draftees in recent years and they also have 12 draftees on two clubs’ lists with six apiece at both Hawthorn and North Melbourne. Rounding out the clubs with six or more affiliated players, Adelaide has six Calder Cannons on its playing list.

But which clubs have produced the most players currently on an AFL list? Allowing for human error, Geelong Falcons and Murray Bushrangers led the way with a mammoth 45 apiece, four ahead of the Oakleigh Chargers.

The Dandenong Stingrays slot into fourth with 38 – with extra thanks to St Kilda – just ahead of the Sandringham Dragons who with a bumper draft in 2016, overtook the Calder Cannons, who are equal with the North Ballarat Rebels on 34 players each.

Eastern Ranges (30), Gippsland Power (28) and Northern Knights (26) round out the teams with 20 or more before some of the interstate clubs begin to have a say.

East Fremantle has an impressive 19 players on AFL lists, with Glenelg the highest South Australian club with 18, followed by West Australian pair Claremont and Swan Districts on 17.

The Western Jets slot in there too with 17 former players on AFL lists, before a gap to the Bendigo Pioneers and a trio of South Australian clubs on 13 players. The Pioneers join North Adelaide, Norwood and Woodville West Torrens inside the top 20, while South Fremantle and West Adelaide have 12 former graduates on AFL lists.

Perth, Port Adelaide and Sturt round out those clubs in double figures with 11 players apiece, before the first non-traditional football state club comes into play.

Aspley has nine players on an AFL list, the same number as Central Districts and West Perth, ahead of Peel Thunder and Redland on eight.

Of all the stories, the Western Bulldogs’ four Bendigo Bombers is impressive, with Shane Biggs, Tom Campbell, Stewart Crameri and Tory Dickson all coming from the feeder club, albeit with two of those four via other AFL clubs.


Top AFL Feeder club alliances:

(9) St Kilda-Dandenong Stingrays

(7) Collingwood-Oakleigh Chargers | Richmond-Northern Knights

(6) Adelaide-Calder Cannons | Brisbane-Geelong Falcons | Geelong-Geelong Falcons | Hawthorn-Murray Bushrangers | North Melbourne-Murray Bushrangers

(5) Brisbane-Aspley | Carlton-Gippsland Power | Carlton-Oakleigh Chargers | Collingwood-Murray Bushrangers | Essendon-Sandringham Dragons | Melbourne-Sandringham Dragons | West Coast-Claremont | West Coast-East Fremantle


Top feeder club by AFL club:

Adelaide: Calder Cannons (6)

Brisbane: Geelong Falcons (6)

Carlton: Geelong Falcons/Oakleigh Chargers (5)

Collingwood: Oakleigh Chargers (7)

Essendon: Sandringham Dragons (5)

Fremantle: Swan Districts (4)

Geelong: Geelong Falcons (6)

Gold Coast: Dandenong Stingrays/South Fremantle (4)

GWS: Dandenong Stingrays/Murray Bushrangers (5)

Hawthorn: Murray Bushrangers (6)

Melbourne: Sandringham Dragons (5)

North Melbourne: Murray Bushrangers (6)

Port Adelaide: Murray Bushrangers (4)

Richmond: Northern Knights (7)

St Kilda: Dandenong Stingrays (9)

Sydney: Geelong Falcons (3)

West Coast: Claremont (5)

Western Bulldogs: Bendigo Bombers/Gippsland Power/Eastern Ranges (4)

2016 AFL Draft order

Vic Metro co-captain Andrew McGrath is likely to be high on the Bombers list for Pick 1.
Vic Metro co-captain Andrew McGrath is likely to be high on the Bombers list for Pick 1.

After a hectic AFL Trade period, with players and picks exchanging between clubs, the dust has settled and the 2016 draft order has been confirmed.

Essendon have the corveted Pick 1, with Vic Metro’s Andrew McGrath and Vic Country’s Hugh McCluggage the likely two to come into consideration for their selection.

No. Points Club
1. 3000 ESS Essendon
2. 2517 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Brisbane Lions via a 2016 pick exchange)
3. 2234 BL Brisbane Lions (received from GWS via a 2016 pick exchange; originally received from Fremantle via a trade for Cam McCarthy)
4. 2034 GCFC Gold Coast
5. 1878 CARL Carlton
6. 1751 GCFC Gold Coast (received from Richmond as part of Dion Prestia trade)
7. 1644 FREM Fremantle (received from Greater Western Sydney via a trade for Cam McCarthy; received by GWS from Collingwood via a 2015 trade for Adam Treloar)
8. 1551 GCFC Gold Coast (received from Melbourne in a 2015 exchange of picks)
9. 1469 SYD Sydney Swans (received from Port Adelaide in a pick exchange)
10. 1395 GCFC Gold Coast (received from Hawthorn as part of Jaeger O’Meara trade; received by Hawthorn from St Kilda in a pick exchange)
11. 1329 NMFC North Melbourne
12. 1268 WC West Coast
13. 1212 ADEL Adelaide
14. 1161 PORT Port Adelaide (received from Sydney Swans in a pick exchange; received from Hawthorn as part of Tom Mitchell trade)
15. 1112 GWS Greater Western Sydney
16. 1067 BL Brisbane Lions (received from GWS via a 2016 pick exchange; received from Carlton via a 2015 trade for Lachie Plowman, Jed Lamb, Andrew Phillips and Liam Sumner; received by Carlton from Geelong via a trade for Lachie Henderson)
17. 1025 PORT Port Adelaide (received from Sydney Swans in a pick exchange)
18. 985 WB Western Bulldogs

No. Points Club
19. 948 SYD Sydney Swans (received from Port Adelaide in a pick exchange; received by Port Adelaide from the Brisbane Lions as part of the Pearce Hanley trade; originally a Brisbane Lions priority pick received from AFL)

No. Points Club
20. 912 ESS Essendon
21. 878 BL Brisbane Lions
22. 845 BL Brisbane Lions (received from Suns as part of the Pearce Hanley trade; originally from Fremantle via a 2015 pick exchange)
23. 815 STK St Kilda  (received from Hawthorn via a 2016 pick exchange; received from Fremantle for Bradley Hill; originally received as compensation for Chris Mayne)
24. 785 GEEL Geelong (received from Richmond as part of Josh Caddy trade; received by Richmond from Gold Coast as part of Dion Prestia trade)
25. 756 CARL Carlton
26. 729 WB Western Bulldogs (received from Gold Coast in an exchange of picks; received by Gold Coast from Richmond as part of 2015 Charlie Dixon trade)
27. 703 RICH Richmond (received as compensation for free agent Ty Vickery)
28. 677 COLL Collingwood
29. 653 ESS Essendon (received from Melbourne as part of the Michael Hibberd trade)
30. 629 PORT Port Adelaide (received from Gold Coast as part of the Pearce Hanley trade; originally received from Port Adelaide as part of 2015 Charlie Dixon trade)
31. 606 PORT Port Adelaide (received from Sydney Swans in a pick exchange; received by Sydney Swans from Greater Western Sydney in a pick exchange; received by GWS from from Brisbane Lions in a pick exchange; received from Collingwood as part of 2015 James Aish-Ryan Bastinac trade; originally received from St Kilda via trade for Nathan Freeman)
32. 584 NMFC North Melbourne
33. 563 NMFC North Melbourne (received as compensation for free agent Daniel Wells)
34. 542 WC West Coast
35. 522 FREM Fremantle (received from Gold Coast in a pick exchange; received by Gold Coast from Western Bulldogs in pick exchange; received by Western Bulldogs from Fremantle as part of the Joel Hamling trade; originally received by Fremantle from Greater Western Sydney via a trade for Cam McCarthy)
36. 502 STK St Kilda (received from Hawthorn in a 2016 pick exchange)
37. 483 GWS Greater Western Sydney
38. 465 GEEL Geelong
39. 446 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Sydney Swans in a pick exchange)
40. 429 FREM Fremantle (received from Western Bulldogs as part of the Joel Hamling trade)

No. Points Club
41. 412 ESS Essendon
42. 395 GEEL Geelong (received from Brisbane Lions via a 2015 trade for Josh Walker and Jarrad Jansen)
43. 378 ADEL Adelaide (received from Gold Coast as part of Jarryd Lyons trade; received by Gold Coast from Western Bulldogs in pick exchange; received by Western Bulldogs from Fremantle as part of the Joel Hamling trade)
44. 362 COLL Collingwood (received from Gold Coast as part of Jarrod Witts trade)
45. 347 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Carlton as part of Caleb Marchbank/Jarrod Pickett trade)
46. 331 SYD Sydney (received from Richmond as part of Toby Nankervis trade)
47. 316 MELB Melbourne (received from Collingwood as part of Lynden Dunn trade)
48. 302 CARL Carlton (received from Hawthorn in a pick exchange; received by Hawthorn from Melbourne as part of the Jordan Lewis trade)
49. 287 SYD Sydney Swans (received from Port Adelaide in a pick exchange)
50. 273 WB Western Bulldogs (received from St Kilda as part of Koby Stevens trade)
51. 259 COLL Collingwood (received from Melbourne as part of Lynden Dunn trade; received by Melbourne from Greater Western Sydney as part of Pat McKenna trade; received from Brisbane Lions via a 2016 pick exchange; originally received from North Melbourne as part of 2015 James Aish-Ryan Bastinac trade)
52. 246 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Sydney Swans in a pick exchange; received by Sydney Swans from Hawthorn as part of Tom Mitchell trade; originally received by Hawthorn from West Coast as part of Sam Mitchell trade)
53. 233 ADEL Adelaide
54. 220 WC West Coast (received from Hawthorn as part of Sam Mitchell trade)
55. 207 GWS Greater Western Sydney
56. 194 RICH Richmond (received from Geelong as part of Josh Caddy trade)
57. 182 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Melbourne as part of Pat McKenna trade; received by Melbourne from Hawthorn as part of the Jordan Lewis trade)
58. 170 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Carlton as part of Caleb Marchbank/Jarrod Pickett trade; received by Carlton from Western Bulldogs via a 2015 pick exchange)

No. Points Club
59. 158 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Melbourne as part of Pat McKenna trade; received by Melbourne from Essendon as part of the Michael Hibberd trade)
60. 146 GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Brisbane Lions via a 2016 pick exchange)
61. 135 STK St Kilda (received from Western Bulldogs as part of Koby Stevens trade; received by Western Bulldogs from Fremantle as part of the Joel Hamling trade)
62. 123 COLL Collingwood (received from Gold Coast as part of Jarrod Witts trade)
63. 112 CARL Carlton (received from Geelong as part of Zach Tuohy trade; received by Geelong from Fremantle for Shane Kersten; received by Fremantle from Western Bulldogs as part of the Joel Hamling trade)
64. 101 GEEL Geelong (received from Richmond as part of Josh Caddy trade)
65. 90 COLL Collingwood
66. 80 CARL Carlton (received from Hawthorn in a pick exchange; received by Hawthorn from Melbourne as part of the Jordan Lewis trade)
67. 69 ADEL Adelaide (received from Gold Coast as part of Jarryd Lyons trade; received from Port Adelaide as part of Pearce Hanley trade)
68. 59 ESS Essendon (received from Melbourne as part of the Michael Hibberd trade, originally received from Hawthorn as part of the Jordan Lewis trade)
69. 49 MELB Melbourne (received from Greater Western Sydney as part of Pat McKenna trade; received by GWS from North Melbourne for Paul Ahern)
70. 39 CARL Carlton (received from Hawthorn in a pick exchange; received by Hawthorn from West Coast as part of Sam Mitchell trade)
71. 29 FREM Fremantle (received from Gold Coast in a pick exchange; received by Gold Coast from Adelaide as part of Jarryd Lyons trade)
72. 19 GEEL Geelong (received from West Coast for Nathan Vardy; received by Geelong from Hawthorn as part of Sam Mitchell trade)
73. 9 GCFC Gold Coast (received from Fremantle in a pick exchange; received from Greater Western Sydney via a trade for Cam McCarthy)
74. GEEL Geelong
75. WB Western Bulldogs (received from the Sydney Swans as part of the 2015 Michael Talia trade)
76. BL Brisbane Lions (received from Collingwood as part of Jack Frost trade; received by Collingwood from the Western Bulldogs for Travis Cloke)

No. Points Club
77. GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Essendon for James Stewart)
78. BL Brisbane Lions
79. FREM Fremantle
80. WB Western Bulldogs (received from Gold Coast in pick exchange)
81. CARL Carlton
82. RICH Richmond
83. COLL Collingwood
84. MELB Melbourne
85. PORT Port Adelaide
86. STK St Kilda
87. NMFC North Melbourne
88. HAW Hawthorn (received from West Coast as part of Sam Mitchell trade)
89. ADEL Adelaide
90. HAW Hawthorn
91. GEEL Geelong (received from GWS via a 2015 trade for Steve Johnson)
92. NMFC North Melbourne (received from Geelong for Aaron Black)
93. SYD Sydney Swans
94. WB Western Bulldogs

No. Points Club
95. ESS Essendon
96. BL Brisbane Lions
97. FREM Fremantle
98. GCFC Gold Coast
99. CARL Carlton
100. RICH Richmond
101. COLL Collingwood
102. MELB Melbourne
103. PORT Port Adelaide
104. STK St Kilda
105. COLL Collingwood (received from North Melbourne for Marley Williams)
106. WC West Coast
107. ADEL Adelaide
108. HAW Hawthorn
109. GWS Greater Western Sydney
110. GEEL Geelong
111. SYD Sydney Swans
112. WB Western Bulldogs

No. Points Club
113. ESS Essendon
114. BL Brisbane Lions
115. FREM Fremantle
116. GCFC Gold Coast
117. CARL Carlton
118. RICH Richmond
119. COLL Collingwood
120. MELB Melbourne
121. PORT Port Adelaide
122. STK St Kilda
123. NMFC North Melbourne
124. WC West Coast
125. ADEL Adelaide
126. HAW Hawthorn
127. GWS Greater Western Sydney
128. GEEL Geelong
129. SYD Sydney Swans
130. WB Western Bulldogs

No. Points Club
131. ESS Essendon
132. BL Brisbane Lions
133. FREM Fremantle
134. GCFC Gold Coast
135. GWS Greater Western Sydney (received from Carlton for Rhys Palmer)
136. RICH Richmond
137. COLL Collingwood
138. MELB Melbourne
139. PORT Port Adelaide
140. STK St Kilda
141. NMFC North Melbourne
142. WC West Coast
143. ADEL Adelaide
144. HAW Hawthorn
145. GWS Greater Western Sydney
146. GEEL Geelong
147. SYD Sydney Swans
148. WB Western Bulldogs

Current draft order as of September 1

North Ballarat Rebels midfielder Hugh McCluggage in action against Calder Cannons in the 2016 TAC Cup.
North Ballarat Rebels midfielder Hugh McCluggage is likely to come into consideration for pick one in November’s AFL National Draft.

INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER (as at current ladder positions after round 23)

Round one
1 Essendon
2 Brisbane Lions
3 Fremantle
4 Gold Coast
5 Carlton
6 Richmond
7 Greater Western Sydney (received from Collingwood)
8 Gold Coast (received from Melbourne)
9 Port Adelaide
10 St Kilda
11 North Melbourne
12 Western Bulldogs
13 West Coast
14 Adelaide
15 Greater Western Sydney
16 Hawthorn
17 Greater Western Sydney (received from Geelong, via Carlton on trade)
18 Sydney Swans

Round two
19 Essendon
20 Brisbane Lions
21 Gold Coast (received from Fremantle)
22 Gold Coast
23 Carlton
24 Gold Coast (received from Richmond)
25 Collingwood
26 Melbourne
27 Gold Coast (received from Port Adelaide)
28 Brisbane Lions (received from St Kilda, via Collingwood on trade)
29 North Melbourne
30 Western Bulldogs
31 West Coast
32 Greater Western Sydney (received from Adelaide)
33 Greater Western Sydney
34 Hawthorn
35 Geelong
36 Sydney Swans

Round three
37 Essendon
38 Geelong (received from Brisbane Lions)
39 Fremantle
40 Gold Coast
41 Carlton
42 Richmond
43 Collingwood
44 Melbourne
45 Port Adelaide
46 St Kilda
47 Brisbane Lions (received from North Melbourne)
48 Carlton (received from Western Bulldogs)
49 West Coast
50 Adelaide
51 Greater Western Sydney
52 Hawthorn
53 Geelong
54 Sydney Swans

Round four
55 Essendon
56 Brisbane Lions
57 Fremantle
58 Gold Coast
59 Western Bulldogs (received from Carlton)
60 Richmond
61 Collingwood
62 Melbourne
63 Port Adelaide
64 St Kilda
65 North Melbourne
66 Western Bulldogs
67 West Coast
68 Adelaide
69 Greater Western Sydney
70 Hawthorn
71 Geelong
72 Western Bulldogs (received from Sydney Swans)

Round five
73 Essendon
74 Brisbane Lions
75 Fremantle
76 Gold Coast
77 Carlton
78 Richmond
79 Collingwood
80 Melbourne
81 Port Adelaide
82 St Kilda
83 North Melbourne
84 Western Bulldogs
85 West Coast
86 Adelaide
87 Geelong (received from Greater Western Sydney)
88 Hawthorn
89 Geelong
90 Sydney Swans

Round six
91 Essendon
92 Brisbane Lions
93 Fremantle
94 Gold Coast
95 Carlton
96 Richmond
97 Collingwood
98 Melbourne
99 Port Adelaide
100 St Kilda
101 North Melbourne
102 Western Bulldogs
103 West Coast
104 Adelaide
105 Greater Western Sydney
106 Hawthorn
107 Geelong
108 Sydney Swans

Who will the Saints draft?

The Saints have added a key defender in Jake Carlisle, but they still have some glaring issues in their young list. Every club could always benefit from extra run and class around the backline and midfield. An extra small forward would also benefit St Kilda, particularly now that Ahmed Saad is gone.

Pick 18 (Originally 14)

The big fish: Jade Gresham

Gresham makes sense for the Saints. He can play as an inside midfielder, an outside midfielder, a two-way defender or a smart forward. He’s good at just about everything and he also adds leadership to a young core. Ideally, he would probably begin as a small forward who could be a Rising Star chance, whilst transitioning to the midfield over time.

Plan b: Darcy Tucker

The Saints do have Jimmy Webster and Nathan Wright, but adding even more class isn’t an issue. Tucker is an excellent kick of the football and he has shown signs that he can find the football enough to be a midfielder if he gains consistency.

Pick 30 (Originally 45)

The big fish: Bailey Rice

Rice is a strong, determined defender who looks like he will be a ten-year plus player. He’s a great contested mark for a medium defender and he reads the play well enough. He’s got neat skills and he works hard on the rebound and he looks as though he could develop into a midfielder at some stage.

Pick 68

The big fish: Brandon White

It looks likely that White may be long gone by this pick, but he is a third tall defender, which makes his draft stocks hard to calculate. White plays in a similar fashion to Ben Stratton, so he could be the replacement for Sean Dempster. He’s got a good leap, he’s a decent ball user and he can play all over the ground.

Plan b: Blake Hardwick

Hardwick is probably the best pure small forward in the draft. He’s a terrific contested mark, and he’s far too strong for small defenders. He’s also too agile for taller opponents, so he is a match up nightmare. Hardwick is a terrific kick for goal and he does have a developing inside midfield game.