Monday the 20th marked the end of the 2017 NEAFL Mini Draft with clubs Palm Beach Currumbin, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Labrador all bidding on players at the Southport event.
The Mini Draft started on the 15th of March with the Aspley and Redland drafts, though those player alignments took place over email correspondence due to smaller numbers.
NEAFL Operations Coordinator Brad Howard spoke about the draft and was encouraged by the continuous communication between the QAFL and NEAFL leagues.
“The pleasing thing from our end is that, over the four years since this arrangement has been in place we’ve had 80 players go from QAFL clubs into the NEAFL and we’ve had 78 players go back the other way,” said Howard.
The mini draft is a facility that allows players from NEAFL clubs who have not been selected to play in a given round, to go back and play for their assigned QAFL club.
Should these NEAFL players earn a spot in their NEAFL side, they return to play their footy in the NEAFL.
“It’s almost a reverse draft, I suppose, in terms of what the usual format is. Obviously in the AFL draft the number one pick is always the best player and so on, where as the concept of this draft, is that primarily the QAFL clubs are trying to select players who they think might play a fair bit of QAFL football,” said Howard.
Out of all the QAFL clubs the Sandgate Hawks will have the most new players walk through their doors with a total of 10, while Morningside will only gain two new faces, as a large contingent of NEAFL players are already aligned with the Panthers from previous seasons.
Seven of the draftees have played at AFL level, perhaps the most notable being Clay Cameron (SUNS) and Jackson Paine (Lions/Collingwood) going to Mt Gravatt and ex SUNS player Seb Tape, who was drafted to Labrador.
Complete list of player alignments:
|Morningside||Mt Gravatt||Western Magpies|
|Eddie MALLAN||Gavin GROSE||Jack GOODALL|
|Henry JOYCE||Craig MALONE||Scott MILLER|
|Ryan HOLMAN||Adam BOON||Adrian WILLIAMS|
|Will WOLBERS||Jonah LICHT||Matt THOMSON|
|Luke ROGERSON||Harrison HUNKIN||Brenton SAUNDERS|
|Peter YAGMOOR||Lachlan NILAND-ROWE||Doug LAWRENCE|
|Darcy CAMERON-REEVES||Kyle WALSH||Jackson ALLEN|
|James RAYNER||Brad HOWARD||Mitch STALLARD|
|Hayden BERTOLI-SIMMONDS||Aaron CHRISTENSEN||Cal CARSELDINE|
|Damian STEVEN||Clay CAMERON||Luca MASON|
|Isaiah EDWARDS||Jarrod HUDDY||Nick WELLER|
|James O’DONNELL||Dylan ADKINS||Boyd BAILEY|
|Oliver RITCHIE||Jackson PAINE||Stephen MILLS|
|Jack ROLLS||Sam MICHAEL|
|Michael HUTCHINSON||Matt PAYNE||Adam MCKENZIE|
|James NELIS||Reece TOYE||Blake ERICKSON|
|Nick JACKSON||Jack STANLEY||Andrew BOSTON|
|Ryan THOMSON||Fletcher McIVOR||James HOLLAND|
|Joey DAYE||Matt ARGUS||Seb ROGERS|
|Soul CORMICK||Daniel HENDERSON||Brandon CHADWICK|
|Tim BUTTERWORTH||Clinton FRENCH||Ryan PANTIC|
|Thomas RUDOLPH||Lachlan NIXON-SMITH||Jake CALVERT|
|Matt ALLMAN||Gareth HUNT||Jai LYONS|
|Jordan HAYDEN||Blake NELIS|
|Daniel JOSEPH||Nate DENNIS|
|Ed BARLOW||Adam HUGHES|
|Ben WARREN||James IVES|
|Palm Beach||Surfers Paradise||Labrador|
|Nick CROWLEY||Hadyn KIEL||Robert CLEMENTS|
|Tom THYNNE||Dylan MUTU||John ANTHONY|
|Isaac FRANKS||Jordan KERAS||Fraser THURLOW|
|Jon CROAD||Jessie MOFFA||Dyson BUDARICK|
|Guy DICKSON||Wade HANCOCK||Connor WEST|
|Mitch JOHNSON||Brady EGAN||Josh BAXTER|
|Jed TURNER||Matt DORAN||Tom HOWARD|
|Wes TATE-TURVEY||Troy RISSMAN||Seb TAPE|
|Todd GRAYSON||Hamish SHEPHEARD||Matt FOWLER|
By Sean Melrose.