Blues take Weitering in AFL draft

Key defender Jacob Weitering has gone to Carlton as the No.1 pick in this year’s AFL national draft.

There were no surprises in the opening picks of the draft, held on Tuesday night at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

It would have been a massive shock if the Blues had not gone for the Dandenong Stingrays backman, who turns 18 later this month.

Brisbane recruited key forward Josh Schache with the second pick.

Then the AFL’s new and complicated live bidding system was used for the first time as Melbourne nominated Sydney academy player Callum Mills with the No.3 selection.

The Swans matched the bid, using some of their picks lower in the draft order to match the Demons’ selection and take Mills.

As they missed out with the third pick, Melbourne had the No.4 selection and used that on draft bolter Clayton Oliver.

Rebuilding Essendon had the next two picks, recruiting midfielder Darcy Parish and defender Aaron Francis.

Gold Coast at No.7 nominated GWS academy player Jacob Hopper and the Giants predictably gave up the No.11 among other lower selections to match the bid.

Then the Suns recruited Callum Ah Chee, the younger brother of Port Adelaide player Brendon Ah Chee, at No.8.

Sam Weideman, the grandson of Collingwood premiership captain Murray Weideman, went to Melbourne at No.9.

Carlton’s next pick at 10 was used to recruit tall utility Harry McKay, whose twin brother Ben is also a draft candidate.

Adelaide’s first pick at No.11 went on forward Wayne Milera.

Then Carlton’s third pick at 12 was used to select Charlie Curnow, the younger brother of Blues player Ed.

Charlie was arrested in Geelong last Friday for allegedly being drunk in a public place and refusing a breath test.

There was speculation about whether that would affect his draft prospects, but he was expected to be recruited between picks eight to 14.

Richmond then had two nominations that went to live bids, with GWS taking Matt Kennedy at 13 and Brisbane academy player Eric Hipwood going to the Lions with the No.14 selection.

The Tigers finally had a successful bid when they recruited Daniel Rioli, who calls Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli his uncle, at No.15.

Then came two early surprises, with Adelaide being outbid by GWS at No.16 on Harrison Himmelberg and the Crows using pick 17 to recruit Tom Doedee.

St Kilda’s first pick at No.18 was used to nab Jade Gresham and No.19 was used by the Hawks on Ryan Burton.

Gold Coast rounded out the top 20 by picking Brayden Fiorini.

Harry McKay’s twin brother Ben went to North Melbourne at No.21.

Hawthorn recruited Kieran Lovell at 22 and Carlton’s fourth choice was used on David Cunningham at 23, ending the first round.

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