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Dockers land local guns in draft



Fremantle has taken WA products Jye Amiss and Neil Erasmus with their two opening selections in the 2021 AFL Draft, which took place on Wednesday night.


The Dockers took East Perth product Amiss with their first pick at pick 8, the sharpshooting left footer filling the club's need for a key forward.


Two picks later they recruited big bodied midfielder Erasmus, the young Subiaco young gun staying at home after an injury riddled draft year.


West Coast had pick 14 and selected mid sized defender Campbell Chesser, the Sandringham product off to the Eagles after two injury and covid depleted seasons prior to being selected.


West Coast slid two spots down the draft order after trading their first pick with Port Adelaide, still able to select their man despite moving down the board.


North Melbourne took South Australian young gun Jason Horne-Francis with the first pick in the draft, the South Adelaide midfielder off to Arden Street as the club's first ever number one pick.


Two father son selections were made in the opening round, Sam Darcy son of former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke joining the Kennel at pick two and Nick Daicos finding his way to the Pies at pick 4.


Other WA products to be selected included Jacob Van Rooyen, the Claremont product off to reigning premiers Melbourne with pick 19 while Colts team mate Angus Sheldrick went to Sydney with the previous pick.


Finn Callaghan got to the Giants with pick 3, while Gold Coast selected exciting ruck/forward Mac Andrew at pick 5 after bidding for Daicos.


Gun small forward Josh Rachele ended up at Adelaide with pick 6, midfielder Josh Ward drafted by Hawthorn with pick 7 and intercept defender Josh Gibcus snared by Richmond with pick 9 either side of Fremantle's two top ten picks.


Highly touted midfielder Matt Johnson was overlooked for the opening round, expected to be picked up early in the second round of the draft.


The remainder of the draft takes place Thursday night, with the rookie draft to follow on Friday.


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