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."
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
Excluded from draft
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.
Excluded from draft
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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)