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WHO YOUR CLUB SELECTED IN THE AFL DRAFT

Date: 30/10/2000
Words: 2500
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 5
ADELAIDE

7 Laurence Angwin (Dandenong Stingrays)

7/10/82, 198cm, 87kg

Strong marking key forward/ruckman with great hands and spring. Quick for his size. Grandfather Andy played for Hawthorn. Victoria Metro U18s representative in 2000.

38 Michael Handby (Dandenong Stingrays)

27/4/83, 188.5cm, 92.5kg

Disciplined key defender who is strong overhead and cool under pressure. Displays clean hands and reads the play well. All Australian honors after good year with Victoria Metro.

48 Matthew Smith (Oakleigh Chargers)

No details provided

Unheralded Victorian tall.

53 Hayden Skipworth

Woodville West Torrens

25/2/83, 175cm, 68kg

Can play on ball or in defence where he reads play extremely well. Member AIS/AFL Academy squad 2000 against Ireland. Made All Australian team at this year's AFL U18 national championships. Ranked in top10 in agility at the AFL Draft Camp.

67 Graham Johncock Port Magpies (SANFL)

21/10/82, 176cm, 72kg

Medium defender with clean hands and strength in the contest. Progressed through the U19s to reserves with the Magpies this year where he played in the grand final and won the best first year player award.

77 Passed selection

How they fared

The Crows have tended to take South Australians in recent drafts; this year, they went the other way, choosing a young Victorian ruckman (Agwin) with their first choice and not picking a local until selection 53.

Coach Gary Ayres:

``We pretty much worked on the theory that we'd obviously look at getting some developing players."

BRISBANE

13 Ashley McGrath (South Fremantle) 18, 177cm, 72kg

A medium sized midfielder who finished the season off well for South Fremantle. Penetrating left-foot kick who reads the play and carries the ball well.

22 Richard Hadley (East Fremantle)

29/3/83, 188.5cm, 78.5kg

Half-back flanker who is a clean ball handler. Has great composure. Member of AIS/AFL Academy squad 2000. Won his club's U18 most valuable player award.

29 Jamie Charman (Cairns Saints)

16/7/82, 196.5cm, 89kg

Athletic ruckman who marks well in packs and very aggressive in centre square. Had excellent AFL U18 national championship winning All Australian honors playing for Queensland.

33 Martin Pike (North Melbourne)

14/11/72, 190cm, 92kg

Sterling defender with the height to man up on a tall forward and the pace to go with a quick one. Resurrected his career at Arden Street, playing in the 1999 premiership team.

59 Luke Hammond (Murray Bushrangers)

18, 181cm,73kg

Originally from Yarrawonga, where he played with the Bushrangers. An athletic and versatile player.

How they fared

South Fremantle's Ashley McGrath was a mild surprise at pick 13, but the headline news was the drafting of Kangaroo Martin Pike.

Coach: Leigh Matthews

``We devoted three picks to the unproven (before drafting Pike). We picked a player (Pike) we felt could help us next year."

CARLTON

4 Luke Livingston (Bendigo Pioneers)

4/11/82, 190cm, 84kg

Excellent overhead mark and can play both ends. Ranked top at the AFL draft camp this year with his five, 10 and 20metre sprint times complementing his endurance.

11 Trent Sporn (North Adelaide)

23/9/82, 187.5cm, 75kg

Agile, tall wingman who is lightly built. Has excellent hand and foot skills, rarely turning the ball over. SA U18s representative in 2000 and made his SANFL senior debut in July.

15 Simon Wiggins (Tassie Mariners)

11/9/82, 185.5cm, 77.5kg

Well balanced and skilful half-back who is exceptional overhead. Mariners captain, he can go forward and kick goals as he did in TAC Cup final. Is quick (2.96sec for 20m) and has an excellent leap.

31 Blake Campbell (Murray Bushrangers)

7/8/82, 180cm, 75kg

Inside midfielder with good ball winning ability and disposal particularly on his preferred left side. His father, Des, played for Melbourne.

46 Sean O'Keeffe (Murray Bushrangers)

10/5/82, 188.5, 80kg

Left-footed defender with good pace and overall skills. Member AIS/AFL Academy squad 1999 Has poise and is football smart. Key member of Victoria Country in title winning team.

61 Callan Beasy (Bendigo Pioneers)

19/3/82, 189cm, 84kg

Key forward who has a good leap and kicks long on the left. Leads well from full-forward and can also play in the ruck.

Coach: Wayne Brittain

``I suppose we're trying to get a bit of size into the place as well. We feel our midfield's not too bad at the minute."

COLLINGWOOD

3 Alan Didak (Port Adelaide)

15/2/83, 183cm, 78kg

Penetrating left foot wingman who has had an outstanding first year in the SANFL. This year he captained the AIS/AFL Academy squad against Ireland and SA in national championships winning All Australian honors.

19 Jason Cloke (Eastern Ranges)

6/5/82, 188cm, 90kg

Durable key position player who can go forward. Hard in contest and strong overhead. Capped an impressive AFL U18 national championship with All Australian honors. Was eligible through father/son rule for both Collingwood and Richmond.

34 Ryan Lonie (Dandenong Stingrays)

4/3/83, 187.5cm, 85kg

Left footer who can play down back, midfield or forward. Carries ball well and is a superb kick. Member of AIS/AFL Academy and Victoria Metro U18 teams in 2000.

37 Guy Richards (Eastern Ranges)

21/3/83, 200, 78kg

Agile ruckman with dominant left side. Outstanding at centre bounce and beginning to take marks around the ground.

49 Shane Wakelin (St Kilda)

12/8/74, 191cm, 93kg

Hard-working and versatile defender whose last two years with the Saints have been blighted by injury.

65 Passed selection

How they fared

The Pies played it safe and picked the most proven of the unproven players in skilful youngster Didak. They gambled on players with big potential upsides in the third round.

Recruiting manager Noel Judkins:

``We thought Richards would be gone in the first 15 and we were delighted to get him at 37.

ESSENDON

17 James Davies (Xavier College)

30/7/82, 189cm, 80kg

Medium size defender/midfielder whose school football commitments did not allow him to play TAC Cup. Shown great potential at school level.

27 Ted Richards (Sandringham Dragons)

18, 190cm, 86kg

Possesss a high degree of football smarts, good speed and endurance.

32 Samuel Hunt (Geelong Falcons)

18, 192cm, 84kg

Tall defender who has played his best football when set a task. Capable of playing on a ruckman or an alternating midfielder.

47 Jordon Bannister (Calder Cannons)

31/10/82, 186.5cm, 73kg

Lively forward with excellent hands overhead. Finished the year extremely well, taking 15 marks in a final at the MCG and winning the Cannons' best and fairest award.

63 Marc Bullen (Murray Bushrangers)

12/7/82, 182cm, 82kg

Well balanced and skilful midfielder or defender. Clean ball handler who is strong in the contest.

74 Michael Davis (Sandringham Dragons)

3/2/82, 179cm, 74kg

Hard running and prolific ball winning ruck rover with good usage by hand/foot. Represented Australia against Ireland in 1999 at U17 level.

81 Passed selection

How they fared

The Bombers went exclusively for youth and the strength of their list meant they were able to punt on talent.

Coach Kevin Sheedy:

``We're pretty happy with the draft, the way it's gone ... We've picked a fairly good goal to goal line, type draft."

FREMANTLE

39 Adam McPhee (Dandenong Stingrays)

6/10/82, 186cm, 79kg

Full-back with terrific work rate around the ball. Excellent spoiler and a dasher and strong overhead. From Narre Warren he represented Victoria Metro in U18 Nationals this year.

51 Dion Woods (Perth)

25/1/82, 190cm, 76kg

Agile left-foot CHB/CHF who showed versatility by going into the ruck for WA in AFL U18s. Only lightly built at the moment but contests strongly and is deceptively quick. Has an outstanding natural leap recording AFL draft camp high of 95cm for the running vertical jump.

66 Scott Thornton (Sandringham Dragons)

11/9/82, 192cm, 76kg

Mobile forward who showed promise for Victoria Metro in AFL U18 national championships providing a target across half forward and winning praise from coach David Dickson. In top 10 with his vertical leap at the AFL Draft Camp he is coached by Gary Colling at the Dragons.

76 Passed selection

How they fared

Unlike last year, when they had three of the first five picks, the Dockers didn't have much of a hand in this draft, having traded away early choices for Peter Bell. They went for tallish flanker types in McPhee, Woods and Scott Thornton.

Recruiting manager Phil Smart:

``We didn't need to get any more on-ballers - we've already got Bell and Cook and Hasleby and Toia. So we were trying to get guys who are about 186cm and higher. We've got three guys who are 188cm, 189cm and 192cm. It's a bit of extra height in the club."

GEELONG

44 Joshua Hunt (Bendigo Pioneers)

18, 185cm, 88kg

Strong mid-fielder who could play seniors next season. Long left-foot kick, did not play much football last season, but with limited options and plenty of talented youngsters already on their list, the Cats could afford to take a punt.

71 Daniel Lowther (Geelong)

19/4/77, 181cm, 78kg

Re-drafted. Lively on-baller who can be used in a tagging role.

79 Hamish Simpson (Geelong)

17/1/76, 191cm, 90kg

Redrafted. Strong-willed defender.

How they fared

The Cats barely had any presence in the draft. They did not have a selection until No.44 and used their second and third choices (the minimum is three picks) to redraft players they had already cut. They are either happy with the state of their list or didn't rate highly the quality and depth of the draft pool.

Coach Mark Thompson:

``We picked Josh Hunt who didn't play a lot of footy last year and the other young fellow that we had our eyes on just went before our pick ... It was always going to be tough, with 44 and then 71, there was a long break in between. We are not too unhappy. If you combine the trade period and the draft we have four new players in a year where you are reducing lists by two, so it's not too bad."

HAWTHORN

21 Nick Ries (Sandringham Dragons)

14/7/82, 182cm, 76kg

Smart reader of the play and excellent team leader. Is quick and skilful and can play in all running positions. Had a consistent TAC Cup championship at U18 level for Victoria Metro and an excellent year with the Dragons finishing equal third in the best and fairest from limited games.

28 Steven Greene (Sandringham Dragons)

25/1/82, 181cm, 72kgs

Mid-fielder with excellent running ability and skills. Finished equal third in the best and fairest for 2000. Eligible for father/son rule to either StKilda and Hawthorn through his father, Russell.

43 Mark Williams South Fremantle

13/4/83, 180cm, 77kgs

Smart around goals and strong pack mark. Long accurate kick and improved as the year progressed finishing runner-up in the U18s best and fairest award. His vertical jump and agility results were impressive at the AFL draft camp.

58 Nathan Lonie Dandenong Stingrays

4/3/83, 188cms, 86kgs

Left foot half-forward who is an excellent kick. Member of AIS/AFL Academy squad in 2000, versus Ireland.

72 passed selection

How they fared

The Hawks were not major players, having given up their first pick for Shaun Rehn in trading and their second round choice designated for father-son recruit Stephen Greene. Hawthorn was in the happy and unusual position of not needing to find talls.

Recruiting manager John Turnball:

... ``Partly by virtue of the fact that our picks were 21, 43 and 58 we were looking for a mid-fielder ... who could kick goals."

KANGAROOS

6 Dylan Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

18/7/82 175cm,77kg

Quick dynamic midfielder, good evasive skills and a goal kicker. Member AIS/AFL Academy squad. Best on ground in 1999 TAC Cup grand final. Captained Victoria Metro in this year's AFL U18 national championships winning All Australian honors.

8 Daniel Motlop (Wanderers (NT) Nth Adelaide (SANFL))

16/3/82, 183cm, 75kgs

Played 17 games for Nth Adelaide this year. Won All Australian honors at this year's AFL U18 national championships for NT.

14 Daniel Harris (Bendigo Pioneers) 10/5/82, 180cm, 79kgs

Centreman who is excellent in close. Had outstanding year captaining Victoria Country to AFL U18s title winning All Australian honors.

23 Drew Petrie (Nth Ballarat Rebels) 15/10/82, 197cm, 93kgs

Ruckman who takes contested marks, good decision maker. Had an excellent AFL U18 national championship with the victorious Victoria Country team. Selected in TAC Cup Team of the Year.

30 Saverio Rocca (Collingwood) 20/11/73, 195cm, 104kgs:

42 Daniel Pratt

Northern Eagles (AFL/QSL) 21/3/83, 184cm, 83kgs

Onballer or wingman who impressed for Queensland in the national U18s.

60 Corey Jones (Bendigo Pioneers)

Played for Sturt in the SANFL where he impressed the Roos.

How they fared

Went for the best available, rather than a specific type.

Coach Denis Pagan: ``After losing Matthew Capuano, Evan Hewitt going to Adelaide and Craig Sholl retiring, we needed a key forward, some height," Pagan said of Rocca.

MELBOURNE

16 Scott Thompson (Port Magpies, SANFL) 14/3/83, 183cm, 74kgs

Classy midfielder with good skills hand and foot. Has hard edge and good football brain. Member AIS/AFL Academy team and SA U18s representative. His fitness shone out at the AFL draft camp. Mixed his football between StMichaels College, Ports Reserves and U19 teams this year.

62 Daniel Breese (Eastern Ranges) 21/4/83, 189cm, 84kgs

Courageous, versatile and athletic who can play tall or small. Cool under pressure and strong overhead. His endurance the outstanding feature at the AFL draft camp

73 Ross Funcke (North Ballarat) 16/11/77, 182cm, 81kgs

Didn't quite make the grade at Punt Road, despite numerous opportunities. Quick type, suited to tagging roles.

80 Mitchell Craig (Eastern Ranges) 19, 193cm, 90kgs

Tall, athletic centre half-forward at junior level who could develop into a key position player. Injured throughout most of this year.

84 Passed selection

How they fared

The Dees were yet another club with only a cameo role - thanks to the AFL's draft penalties for cap rorting, they didn't have a pick between 16 and 64. They did well, however, to secure Scott Thompson at selection 16, who will add to their increasingly formidable midfield.

Melbourne recruiting manager Craig Cameron: ``It was pretty good. We had draft penalties in the second and third round, so we had to sit there while a lot of guys went. We are happy with our first pick (Scott Thompson). Thought he was a top 10 selection, so we are happy he got through."

PORT ADELAIDE

12 Shaun Burgoyne (Port Magpies (SANFL) 21/10/82, 185cm, 81kgs

Skilful, evasive half-back flanker who is a powerful kick. Member AIS/AFL Academy squad and SA U18s representative in 1999/2000. Brother to Peter and played seniors with Magpies this year. Speed his outstanding feature at the AFL draft camp.

20 Kane Cornes Glenelg (SANFL) 5/1/83, 182cm, 76kgs

Debuted in seniors this year at half-back and played some fine games, winning Glenelg's most outstanding junior player award. Member of AIS/AFL Academy squad and All Australian at AFL U18s this year. Excellent overhead, great courage. Son of former Adelaide Crows coach Graeme and brother to Chad at Port Adelaide.

35 Alan Murray (Murray Bushrangers) 20/5/82, 177cm, 80kgs

Medium forward with great goal sense and skill level. Capable of doing freakish things. Had an excellent AFL U18 national championship representing NSW/ACT, winning All Australian honors. Brother Derek is with Port.

50 Domenic Cassisi (East Fremantle, Westar) 22/9/82, 184cm, 79kgs

Wingman with excellent kick and good balance. A consistent player for WA in the U18 nationals. Made his senior debut late in the season for East Fremantle, played finals.

How they fared

Drafted the brothers of three players on the list. Could only assist with team harmony.

Coach Mark Williams: ``We think that all four of them can play next year ... Last year we felt we were a bit hamstrung with injuries."

RICHMOND

9 Kayne Pettifer (Murray Bushrangers) 22/1/82, 181cm, 75kgs

Half forward/midfielder with good goal sense, marking ability and finishing skills. Enjoyed excellent season winning All Australian honors in victorious Victoria Country U18 team and won the best and fairest in division one at the AFL U18 national championships and with the Murray Bushrangers.

25 Mark Coughlan Perth (Westar) 20/4/82, 182cm, 81kgs

Onballer who played excellent senior football for Perth resulting in him being tagged late in the season.

40 Chris Hyde (Murray Bushrangers) 9/8/82, 182cm, 75kgs

Left-footed midfielder who is very creative. Excellent leader and has a terrific work ethic. Showed fantastic endurance at the AFL draft camp.

41 Andrew Krakouer (South Fremantle)

Son of Jimmy, nephew of Phil.

55 Chris Newman (Dandenong Stingrays) 16/5/82, 180cm, 75kgs

Left-footed midfielder, can also play half-back. Victoria Metro U18 representative and winner of Stingrays' best and fairest.

57 Steven Sziller (St Kilda) 15/12/72, 176cm 82kgs

Tough, defensive tagger at Moorabbin.

69 Passed selection

How they fared

In Pettifer the Tigers have found the small goalkicking forward they required.

Coach Danny Frawley: ``We're pretty rapt to get a senior player (Steven Sziller) through the door. After picking up five youngsters, we needed a senior player."

ST KILDA

11 Nick Riewoldt (Southport) 17/10/82 193cms 81kgs

Excellent overhead mark with a great work ethic, continually presenting himself across half-forward. Shows great courage in contests. Won All Australian honors in AFL U18s representing Queensland and played in the Southport premiership side. His overhead marking shone out at draft camp.

2 Justin Koschitzke (Murray Bushrangers) 20/9/82, 196cm, 82kgs

Key forward and good pack mark. Mobile with good disposal skills and kicks goals. Key player for the victorious NSW/ACT team in the AFL U18 national championships this year averaging 10 marks per game and winning All Australian honors. Has a good football brain, clean hands and can play forward, back or ruck.

64 Mark Gale (Fremantle) 7/5/76, 190cm, 88kgs

Versatile tall forward or back for the Dockers over the past four seasons. Could relish the chances at a new club.

75 Robert Powell (Richmond) 19/3/76, 180cm, 79kgs

Talented forward and on-baller for the Tigers, held back by leg injuries and on-field discipline problems.

82 Daniel Wulf (St Kilda) Redrafted.

85, 86, 87 Passed

How they fared

Riewoldt and Kochitzke are excellent long-term picks.

Football manager Brian Waldron: ``It really complemented what we did over the trading period. We took two tall developing key-position players and three ready-to-go players to add to the five we had already secured."

SYDNEY

24 Luke Ablett (Gippsland Power) 22/11/82, 182cm, 84kgs

Powerful inside midfielder with terrific pace and a long kick. Played with Drouin under his father Kevin in 1999 before having an impressive 2000 which included representing Victoria Country in the AFL U18 national championships. Nephew of Geelong champion Gary, he finished third in the club best and fairest.

52 Amon Buchanan (Geelong Falcons) 19, 177cm, 76kgs

Exceptional goal-kicking left-footer. Scored over 60 goals this year, including five in the TAC Cup grand final where he was judged best-afield. Wins the ball well in most situations.

54 Jarrad Sundqvist Glenelg (SANFL) 11/12/82, 187cm, 72kgs

Running half-back who is good overhead and reads the game well. Excellent hand and foot skills and holds his feet well. SA U18s representative this year and played reserves and U19s level at Glenelg.

68 Passed selection

How they fared

The Swans had given up their first and third picks for Paul Williams. They went for another big football name when they took Luke Ablett with their first pick (24).

Recruiting manager Rick Barham: ``History might show this draft is not as good as what's gone down in the past, so as a consequence we gave up our first and third picks for Paul Williams. Picking at 24, 52 and 54 are not the greatest picks but we went for some developing kids. Luke Ablett and Amon Buchanan could both play next year."

WEST COAST

5 Andrew McDougall (Perth)

29/6/83, 196cm, 86kg

A calf injury interrupted his 2000 season after an exciting start when he won the Barassi Medal for the best and fairest player in the international rules series against Ireland in April. Strong overhead, a good kick for goal and very mobile.

18 Daniel Kerr (East Fremantle)

16/5/83, 176cm, 68kg

Quick half forward/rover with class and goal kicking ability. Impressive member of Australian U17 representative team against Ireland 2000 and All Australian U18 selection capped off an excellent representative year.

36 Jeremy Humm (North Ballarat Rebels)

5/1/83, 180cm, 79kg

Half-forward/half-back who is good one-on-one and at the fall of the ball. Member AIS/AFL Academy squad 2000 and All Australian U18 representative following consistent performances for Victoria Country. Has tremendous work ethic and is a great competitor.

45 Trent Carroll (Fremantle)

28/4/78, 191cm, 92kg

Aggressive and talented defender who made his mark at Fremantle two years ago but struggled in 2000. New surroundings may help him to recover his best form.

How they fared

The Eagles took the safe option and drafted a local boy, Perth's Andrew McDougall, with their first pick. He has the mobility to develop into the key defender or forward. They went local again with pick two, grabbing Daniel Kerr from Ken Judge's happy hunting ground, East Fremantle.

Recruiting manager Gary Merrington:

``We didn't purposely put the flavor on Western Australians, but we needed a tall and we picked McDougal first for the long term. With a new lease of life, (Trent) Carroll might be OK."

BULLDOGS

10 Jordon McMahon (Glenelg)

27/5/83, 184cm, 65kg

Super quick left-foot wingman who had injury interrupted year after representing Australia against Ireland at U17 level in April. His 8.16seconds for the agility run at the AFL Draft Camp was the camp's best.

26 Shane Birss (Gippsland Power)

11/3/83, 181cm, 69kg

Medium inside mid-fielder from Sale who is good overhead and has excellent vision. Has good finishing skills which he displayed for Victoria Country in the AFL U18 National Championships this year. Runner up in Power's best and fairest award.

56 Daniel Cross (Murray Bushrangers)

30/3/83, 184.5cm, 72kg

Medium forward/defender who is agile and a strong mark for his size. Reads the play well and cool under pressure. Being from Albury he represented the NSW/ACT U18s team which won Division 2 this year in the AFL national championships.

70 Wade Skipper (West Perth)

18, 198cm, 92kg

Tall young ruckman drafted with an eye to the future.

78, 83 Passed selection

How they fared

The Doggies, once devoted to recycling in the Carlton-Kangaroos style, have taken a turn towards a youth policy since Scott Clayton arrived at the club. Their first choice, Jordon McMahon, was highly rated by a number of clubs and might easily have been picked in the top four. He will need time, however, to fill out before he can become a regular senior player.

Recruiting manager Scott Clayton:

``We've got some exciting players. We went pretty young and we'll give them time to develop. It's up to us now."

 
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