NOTABLE NAMES AHEAD OF THE AFL DRAFT
Certain to go to Carlton with the No.1 pick. Massive wraps on Weitering, with AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan saying the backman’s running ability is equivalent to Chris Judd at the same age.
The son of former Brisbane player Laurence Schache is set to go to the Lions with the No.2 selection. A strong mark and an accurate left-foot kick makes him an obvious prospect as Brisbane rebuilds.
Likely to be the first player to come under the new live bidding system at the draft. Melbourne will probably nominate the Swans academy graduate at No.3 and Sydney will match that bid. A ready-made senior player.
If Parish is not the best-credentialled midfielder in this year’s draft, he’s among the top few. The Geelong Falcons young gun secured his second All-Australian selection at the under-18 nationals.
In the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week when he was arrested after allegedly refusing to take a breath test. A likely top-10 selection, but will the off-field drama affect what clubs think of him? The popular comment about the younger brother of Carlton’s Ed is “contested beast”.
The grandson of Collingwood great Murray Weideman is clearly a talent, but he has been sidelined for several months with an ankle stress fracture.
Key position player
Faded towards the end of the season, but still impressed at the national under-18 championships and for local side West Adelaide. A very strong mark who can play in a variety of positions.
HARRY AND BEN MCKAY
Key position players
The twins from Gippsland should go high in the draft. Ben has emerged as a bolter with strong form late in the season.
Rice is eligible to go to Carlton and St Kilda under the revised father-son system because his dad Dean played 100 games for the two clubs. He has chosen the Saints.
First-round selection order (any live bids on the night will affect this)
6. Gold Coast
14. St Kilda
16. Gold Coast
17. North Melbourne
19: Carlton (on-traded compensation pick)