Seven Ex-AFL players in NEAFL Mini Draft

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
Brad DALE

 

Sandgate Wilston Grange Broadbeach
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.

Twitter: @seanmelrose.

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