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Ten West Aussies realise draft dream



Young guns Logan McDonald, Denver Grainger-Barras and Heath Chapman have all been selected in the first round of the 2020 AFL draft, held virtually on Wednesday night.


McDonald was selected by Sydney with pick four, the first Western Australian player selected after Western Bulldogs NGA product Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was taken with pick one after the Dogs chose to match Adelaide's bid to recruit the talented forward.


Swan Districts defender Grainger-Barras was snapped up by Hawthorn with pick six, adding depth to the Hawks defensive stocks after the recent departure of James Frawley.


West Perth colts captain Chapman landed at Fremantle with pick 14, the Dockers first selection in the draft.


The intercept marking defender stays in Perth after an impressive Colts season that saw the Falcons make finals.


Perth Football Club midfielder/defender Nathan O'Driscoll was Fremantle's second selection, joining his sister Emma at the club who plays for the Dockers AFLW side.


The Dockers landed NGA product Brandon Walker with pick 50, having impressed onlookers at Colts level with East Fremantle.


Fellow NGA player Joel Western rounded out Fremantle's draft haul, taken with pick 54 after the Western Bulldogs put in an audacious bid to recruit the youngster after Fremantle initially passed with their final two selections.


West Coast recruited Luke Edwards with pick 52, son of 321 game Adelaide Crows champion Tyson Edwards having been the last club to enter the draft.


Peel Thunder speedster Isiah Winder was the Eagles second pick with pick 57, coming off a season that saw him average 28 disposals in the WAFL colts system while also exposed to league football in 2020.


East Fremantle midfielder Jack Carroll (Carlton), South Fremantle ruckman Shannon Neale (Geelong) and Subiaco wingman Tyler Brockman (Hawthorn) were the other West Australians to have their names called out on the night, Swan Districts midfielder Zane Trew overlooked.


The rookie draft will follow from midday tomorrow, giving players who werent selected another opportunity to find an AFL home.


IMAGE: The West Australian.

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