The Newsroom recaps last night’s 2015 AFL Draft top 10.
Pick 1 – Carlton Football Club – Jacob Weitering
The number one draft pick is 18-year-old Jacob Weitering from the Mount Eliza Football Club. The Blues’ newest addition is an adamant marking defender and stands at 194cm. Weitering was awarded this year’s Ben Mitchell Medal for the best and fairest in the NAB AFL Academy, as well as earning U18 All-Australian honours.
Pick 2 – Brisbane Lions – Josh Schache
The Lions selected key position player Josh Schache as their first draft pick and second overall. The 18-year-old is 198cm tall, weighs 100kg, and is well-regarded for his goal kicking efficiency, scoring 24 goals in six games for the Murray Bushrangers last year. Schache was the recipient of this year’s Larke Medal for Division One best and fairest, as well as taking home the Vic Country MVP. He also received U18 All-Australian honours.
Pick 3 – Sydney Swans – Callum Mills
The Swans selected Callum Mills as their first draft pick and third overall. The former North Shore midfielder grew up as a Swans supporter, and despite a season ruined by shin and foot injuries, the U18 All-Australian rover was picked by Sydney. He’s posited as a prolific ball winner as well as being strong overhead. Mills was also a member of the Swans Academy and NAB AFL Academy.
Pick 4 – Melbourne Demons – Clayton Oliver
Averaging 25 possessions (15 contested) last season in the TAC Cup, Clayton Oliver is known as a ball winner, and was selected by Melbourne as their first pick and fourth overall. Having received the Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup’s best and fairest, Oliver is the second Murray Bushrangers player to be selected in the top 10 this year.
Pick 5 – Essendon Bombers – Darcy Parish
The Bombers used their first pick to bring in the former Geelong Falcons midfield/forward star Darcy Parish, an U18 All-Australian member. Known for his speed and agility, Parish is a member of the NAB AFL Academy and will look to make an instant impact in the upcoming AFL season.
Pick 6 – Essendon Bombers – Aaron Francis
The Bombers had consecutive draft picks and chose Aaron Francis at sixth. The West Adelaide 18-year-old is a key position player; standing at 191cm, he is well known for his athleticism and height. Francis scored six goals in six games at the NAB AFL U18 Championships, earning himself U18 All-Australian honours.
Pick 7 – Greater Western Sydney Giants – Jacob Hopper
GWS used their first pick in the draft to select North Ballarat Rebels midfielder, Jacob Hopper. Hopper was a highly regarded prospect at the GWS Giants Academy and the NAB AFL Academy for his ball-handling skills and composure. He was awarded the NSW/ACT MVP after a stellar campaign scoring three goals in three games and averaging 19.7 kicks.
Pick 8 – Gold Coast Suns – Callum Ah Chee
The Gold Coast Suns used their first pick to select Callum Ah Chee at eight overall. The South Fremantle medium forward is compared to Hawthorn’s four-time premiership star Cyril Rioli as possessing elite pace and agility. The NAB AFL Academy prospect is renowned for taking high-flyers and was nominated for Mark of the Year against the Northern Blues earlier this year. Callum is the younger brother of Port Adelaide star, Brendan Ah Chee.
Pick 9 – Melbourne Demons – Sam Weideman
Sam Weideman is a forward from the Eastern Ranges and was selected as Melbourne’s second draft pick and ninth overall. Standing at 195cm and weighing at 94kg, the 18-year-old made an impression for the NAB AFL Academy against Werribee and Northern Blues, but injury kept him out of the NAB AFL U18 Championships. Sam Weideman is the grandson of Murray Weideman, who played two Premierships for Collingwood, in 1953 and as captain in 1958.
Pick 10 – Carlton Football Club – Harry McKay
Harry McKay was selected as Carlton’s second draft pick and tenth overall; he is the youngest player in this year’s top 10. The 17-year-old ruckman stands at 200cm and weighs in at 94kg. McKay can also play forward, having scored five goals in five games at the NAB AFL U18 Championships. The former Gippsland Power gun also received U18 All-Australian honours after a solid campaign earlier this year.
To get the full list of last night’s AFL draft, click here. – Anthony Johnston
Top photo of this year’s top ten draftees from the AFL’s official Facebook page.