AFL: WA players hoping to be snared in 2018 draft
YOUNG football hopefuls from all around the country are gearing up for the event that could make or break their dreams of becoming a star.
This year’s AFL draft will be run over two days, with the opening round to be called on Thursday night and the remainder of the selections to follow on Friday.
There are many WA players among this year’s bumper crop hoping to make an AFL list.
We take a look at some of the names expected to get picked up early.
Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts/Centrals): The exciting younger brother of Brisbane’s Charlie Cameron.
Played an instrumental role for WA in this year’s AFL Under 18 Championships, justifying the West Coast Eagles’ decision to nominate the small forward as a Next Generation Academy pick.
The nomination means the Eagles will have first access on Cameron if a bid is made for him at the draft.
Jordan Clark (Claremont/Guilford Grammar): A defender who could be a great pick up for any club, with strong hands and smart game sense.
He won the MVP award in the AFL Under 18 Championships and made the All-Australian Under 18 team.
Has already proved he can run around with the bigger, older bodies after playing five league games for Claremont this season, including two in the finals.
Touted to be the first WA player to be picked in this year’s draft.
Luke Foley (Subiaco/Sorrento Duncraig): A complete package with high work ethic, strong contested marking ability and clean skills by hand and foot.
Foley was also a junior champion in middle distance running, making him a good athletic prospect.
He played three games for WA in the AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging more than 17 possessions and putting himself in the frame to be taken in the middle of the draft.
Ian Hill (Perth/South Perth): Could there be three Hills running around for the Dockers?
The younger second cousin of Fremantle’s Brad and Stephen, Hill has a lightning turn of speed unmatched by many, which makes him a dangerous prospect in front of goal.
The small forward is also known for taking some spectacular marks.
Despite a shoulder injury keeping him out of a number of games this year, expect him to go early.
Tom Joyce (East Fremantle/Melville): AFL teams eager for a midfielder who can run and run and run should look no further than Joyce.
He is touted for his fast hands and constant efforts to pressure and tackle when he doesn’t have the ball.
A hip operation saw him only play 3 games for the East Fremantle colts this season, averaging 20 possessions a game, but he’s definitely one to look out for.
Sydney Stack (Perth/Federals): Versatile player who can play as a small forward or a midfielder.
Stack is known for being a prolific ball winner, regardless of whether it’s contested or uncontested, and his skills at the AFL Under 18 Championships saw him receive All-Australian honours.
He also played three senior games for Perth this year, where he averaged 14 disposals and kicked a goal.
Other names who could get picked up
Jason Carter (Claremont/Port Wyndham)
Luke English (Perth/Manning)
Damon Greaves (East Perth/Busselton)
Will Hickmott (Subiaco/Sorrento Duncraig)
Louis Miller (East Perth/Dunsborough)
Dillon O’Reilly (East Fremantle/East Fremantle)
Tyron Smallwood (Claremont/Royals)
Durak Tucker (Peel Thunder/Bunbury)