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The pre-season draft

Date: 10/02/1999
Words: 850
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 3
ADELAIDE

12 Darryl Wintel, North Adelaide, 22, 180cm, 82 kg

Mature midfielder who benefited from a pre-season with North Melbourne last year, graduating to state football with South Australia. Has trained with the Crows since last November. Adelaide football manager John Reid: "One of the reasons we put him on is that he can play league footy for us now if need be."

BRISBANE

1 David Calthorpe, Essendon 26, 179cm, 92kg

The Ted Whitten medallist and 1993 Essendon premiership hero was out of contract and, after failing to reach terms with the Bombers, was free to go to the Lions.

CARLTON

Excluded from draft

COLLINGWOOD

3 Glenn Freeborn, North Melbourne, 26, 180cm, 76kg

13 Cameron Venables, Claremont, 20, 192cm , 90kg

Freeborn, the 1996 North premiership player, was a pre-designated, ready-made pick, but Venables, a 192-centimetre key defender from Claremont who was originally a Fremantle rookie, is an interesting punt. Reputedly a tough hombre.

ESSENDON

Excluded from draft

FREMANTLE

2 Ashley Prescott, Richmond 26, 188cm, 87kg

Dockers picked up the out-of-contract Tiger, who will team up in the midfield with former teammate, new Docker captain Chris Bond.

GEELONG

No picks.

HAWTHORN

4 Anthony Rock, North Melbourne, 28, 170cm, 72kg

Busy and courageous rover with 177 games including a premiership, behind him. Reported to be in good nick after doing most of the pre-season with Essendon. Not entirely suited by the spacious Waverley Park, but that will be compensated for by using him in bursts off the bench. Hawthorn recruiting manager John Turnbull: "In the end we felt he would add to our player depth. He played 18 games last season and his style of play and approach to training will help in the education of our very young list."

MELBOURNE

9 Troy Simmons, Box Hill 19, 195cm, 88kg

Comparable in stature to the tall Matthew Bishop. Simmons has trained with Melbourne over the summer and was, of all things, a midfielder with the Eastern Ranges before a late growth spurt a couple of years ago. Not expected to play senior football this year.

NORTH MELBOURNE

11 John Spaull, Rosebud 21, 185cm, 90kg

A solid half-bank flanker who can move forward and play on a wing if needed. After playing a handful of reserves games with Carlton, has completed a full pre-season with the Blues. North coach Denis Pagan said the club hoped he would become "the type of defender" the club needs.

PORT ADELAIDE

5 Jared Poulton, Port Adelaide Magpies. 21, 184cm, 84kg.

A tough, hard-nosed, tagging half-back of great appeal to the faithful in the outer at Alberton. Port recruiting manager, Alan Stewart: "We feel he is capable of playing AFL football this year. He has a lot of courage, is quick and is local, which are the things we were looking for."

RICHMOND

6 Clay Sampson, Adelaide 22, 178cm, 79 kg

North Melbourne had its eyes on the skilful Sampson, who was a member of the Crows' 1997 premiership side. Can play at the back or up forward. Sampson spent two years with Melbourne before returning home to Adelaide at the start of 1997. He has played 37 games. Recruiting manager Greg Beck said the Tigers were looking for a player who could walk straight into the team.

ST KILDA

7 Tony Francis, Collingwood 29, 171cm, 69kg

Played 142 games as a rover since making debut in the 1990 premiership year. Injury restricted him to just 10 games last season, but has acquitted himself well during the Saints' pre-season. St Kilda coach Tim Watson: "He was our No. 1 priority going into this draft. He's been terrific. He's one of those players that has been given a second chance at AFL football and he obviously feels that he's got a lot to prove."

SYDNEY

8 Scott Russell, Collingwood 28, 180cm, 75kg

The on-baller/backman had spent most of the summer at the Whitten Oval and had been hoping to be picked up by the Western Bulldogs. A 1990 premiership player, Russell tried to dissuade the Swans from drafting him, but the 182-game veteran could not convince Swans coach Rodney Eade against the move. Eade said the club had decided to take the best player available in a "thin draft" and Russell was that man. Eade believes the former Magpie has a "minimum of three or four years" left at senior level.

WEST COAST

No picks

WESTERN BULLDOGS

10 Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, Oakleigh Chargers, 18, 195cm, 95kg

16 Daniel Wulf, Dandenong Stingrays 18, 187cm, 78kg

McKenzie-McHarg is a tall, powerfully built key-position prospect who enjoyed notable athletic success at Scotch College while Wulf, a defender who put together a fine 1998 with the Stingrays, was one of the 100-or-so select players invited to the AFL draft camp held last October.

Rookie list

1. Brisbane - Shannon Rusca (Southern Districts)

2. Fremantle - Darren Bolton (Peel Thunder)

3. Collingwood - Jeremy Sharpen (North Shore)

4. Hawthorn - John Baird (Eastern Ranges)

5. Geelong - Derek Wirth (Brisbane Lions)

6. Carlton - Heath Culpitt (Castlemaine)

7. Port Adelaide - Scott Bassett (Port Adelaide)

8. Richmond - Robert Taylor (Richmond supp)

9. West Coast - Simon Duckworth (West Perth)

10. St Kilda - James Gowans (Werribee)

11. Sydney - Gerard Bennett (Geelong)

12. Melbourne - Troy Broadbridge (Port Magpies)

13. Western Bulldogs - Christopher Dunne (Assumption College)

14. Kangaroos - Winis Imbi (Essendon Rookie)

15. Adelaide - Stuart Brown (Norwood)

16. Brisbane - pass

17. Fremantle - Ashley Clancy (Subiaco)

18. Collingwood - Matthew Manfield (Richmond)

19. Hawthorn - Glen Bowyer (Hawthorn Rookie)

20. Geelong - Daniel O'Brien (Gippsland Power)

21. Carlton - Damian Lang (Carlton)

22. Port Adelaide - Tim Massierowski (C District)

23. Richmond - Teghan Henderson (Calder)

24. West Coast - Mark Pearson (West Perth)

25. St Kilda - Chris Gowans (Werribee)

26. Sydney - Paul Allison (North Hobart)

27. Melbourne - Cameron Ramsay (Oakleigh)

28. Western Bulldogs - Matthew Pearce (W. Jets)

29. Kangaroos - Kent Kingsley (North Melbourne)

30. Adelaide - Dean Howard (West Adelaide)

31. Brisbane - pass

32. Fremantle - Antony Grover (Subiaco)

33. Collingwood - Craig Anderson (Essendon Supp)

34. Hawthorn - pass

35. Geelong - Kaine Marsh (North Shore)

36. Port Adelaide - Don Webb (Gippsland Power)

37. Richmond - pass

38. West Coast - Andrew Taylor (Perth)

39. St Kilda - Garth Pickford (North Ballarat)

40. Sydney - Brett Kirk (North Albury)

41. Western Bulldogs - Adam Contessa (W.Bull)

42. Kangaroos - Marcus Nalder (Bendigo Pioneers)

43. Adelaide - Matthew Golding (Glenelg)

44. Brisbane - Jeff Cooper (Northern Eagles)

45. Fremantle - Andrew Smith (Subiaco)

46. Collingwood - Troy Kirwen (Collingwood)

47. Hawthorn - pass

48. Port Adelaide - pass

49. St Kilda - Chad Davis (Oakleigh Chargers)

50. Sydney - Jeremy Jacques (NSW/ACT Rams)

51. Western Bulldogs - pass

52. Kangaroos - Ryan Pagan (Nth Melb supp)

53. Adelaide - Jarrod Twitt (Sturt)

54. Brisbane - Trent Knobel (Broadbeach)

55. Hawthorn - pass

56. Port Adelaide - pass

57. St Kilda - pass

58. Adelaide - Linden Stevens (Adelaide)

59. Brisbane - Scott Ralph (Morningside)

60. Hawthorn - pass

61. St Kilda - pass

62. Adelaide - Scott Mathews (Port Adelaide)

 
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