With the dust now settled from Wednesday night’s National Draft, we take a look at how your side fared from the big night, along with who was seen as the best pick and who will be the draft smokey in 2019.
Who arrived: Steph Tabaillou (Western Crows), Seb Serrano (Southern Saints), Troy Brown (Southern Saints), Garrett Beck (Northern Suns)
Who left: Declan Crann (Western Crows), Chris Bailey (Northern Suns)
Best Pick: Troy Brown
Smokey for 2019: Sam Anderson
Comment: The defending Premiers had another successful night at the draft following their picks 12 months ago. The additions of Steph Tabaillou and Seb Serrano will add depth to their already experienced midfield. AFLNZ Academy graduates Sam Anderson and Ethan Halton were New Zealand’s best during their U18 campaign in Melbourne and will be key additions to the squad. Troy Brown was picked up late in the draft but from his history playing for the Saints, Brown knows how to kick a goal. The new look forward line of Brown and (James) McKenzie will be lethal in 2019. Watch out!
In other news: Draft round up: Serrano welcomed back via the Giants
Who arrived: Ben Hick (Southern Saints), Chris Bailey (Central Giants), Matt Kemp (Western Crows), Tom Hayhoe (Southern Saints), Lewis Gill (Northern Suns)
Who left: Tim Stokes (Western Crows), Josh Sedgwick (Southern Saints), Jonathon Ilaua (Southern Saints), Garrett Beck (Central Giants)
Best Pick: Patrick Landy
Smokey for 2019: Lachlan Salmon
Comment: Picking Patrick Landy at number 1 was a huge coup for the Northern Suns. With Josh Allen already retained, the Suns will be able to rotate the key position of the ruck in 2019 and move a big man forward. They used their priority picks to lure new captain Ben Hick, Chris Bailey and Matt Kemp to the side and will add a big amount of experience. University Blues rising star Lachlan Salmon is relatively unknown in the community but has a lot of talent and will be one to watch.
In other news: Draft round up: Landy to rise with the Suns
Who arrived: Josh Sedgwick (Northern Suns), Jonathon Ilaua (Northern Suns)
Who left: Ben Hick (Northern Suns), Tom Hayhoe (Tom Hayhoe), Seb Serrano (Central Giants), Patrick Gibbs (Western Crows)
Best Pick: Travis Walker
Smokey for 2019: Harley Jenkins
Comment: The Southern Saints picked key forward Travis Walker as their number 1 and will complement Alex Fakatoumafi up front. Academy graduates Jevaan Croft and Finn Moffat will flourish under experienced squad members and will look to make an impact early on. Rising star Harley Jenkins will be one to watch and was a steal so late in the draft.
In other news: Draft round up: Saints nab Croft, Walker and Farris
Who arrived: Tim Stokes (Northern Suns), Declan Crann (Central Giants), Blake Nahu (Central Giants), Patrick Gibbs (Southern Saints)
Who left: Zac Maio (Southern Saints), Steph Tabaillou (Central Giants)
Best Pick: Jay Green
Smokey for 2019: James Considine
Comment: The Crows couldn’t believe their eyes when Jay Green wasn’t selected in the first two picks on Wednesday night’s draft. The Auckland AFL Best and Fairest will add a huge amount of experience and knowledge to the squad and is a potential Premiership Best and Fairest winner. Chris Mundell and the coaching staff also lucked out on selecting talented midfielder Blake Nahu. James Considine was another late selection and the key forward knows how to take a strong mark and kick a bag of goals. Overall, they selected a good mix of talent and experience.
In other news: Draft round up: Western Crows select good mix of talent
*The views expressed in this in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of AFL New Zealand.