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Good night two for the West Aussies at the AFL draft

Josh Kempton

Four more West Australians were picked up on the second night of the AFL draft, with the Eagles and Dockers also grabbing some young talent from interstate.

With the second selection of the night at pick 23, West Coast grabbed Harry Barnett from West Adelaide, a 202cm mobile ruck who was selected in the under 18’s national carnival All-Australian team.

With pick 29, the Eagles selected Coby Burgiel, a high-impact midfielder from the Gippsland Power who has the ability to break from stoppages and hit the scoreboard.

Fremantle made Hugh Davies from Claremont their first choice in the draft at pick 33, with the 196cm key defender profiling as a strong intercept marker and efficient ball user.

The Dockers went for Tom Emmett from Sturt at pick 41, a 20 year old mid-sized forward who kicked 17 goals in 14 games for the Double Blues in the SANFL last season, before looking to add to their ruck depth with the fast-improving Max Knobel from the Gippsland Power at pick 42.

One of the draft’s more intriguing picks saw Port Melbourne’s Corey Wagner get his third chance at AFL level in purple at pick 57, with the former Demon and Roo impressing in the VFL this year after being moved from the midfield to half-back.

West Coast finished a busy draft with Noah Long from the Bendigo Pioneers at pick 58, a pocket rocket with the ability to play forward or in the midfield.

In the local prospects, key defender Jed Adams, who missed a Colts premiership with the Peel Thunder after undergoing shoulder surgery, will have the chance to learn off Steven May and Jake Lever after going to Melbourne with pick 38.

Rebounding defender Kaleb Smith was consistently compared to Liam Baker in the pre-draft process, making Richmond a natural fit for the 180cm East Fremantle product at pick 49.

The Tigers continued the Sandgroper theme by grabbing Steely Green from South Fremantle at pick 55, a mature-bodied inside midfielder who gave up sailing to focus on his football.

Draft hopefuls around the country will have another chance in the rookie draft tomorrow, and are still able to be signed by clubs throughout the pre-season supplemental selection period.

IMAGE: Freo Dockers


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