Queenslanders nab senior AFL spots

Queensland’s Joel Tippett could add to his AFL games tally, after North Melbourne elevated him to their senior list today.

Former Southport player, Tippett, was picked up by the Kangaroos in last year’s rookie draft after a standout season for West Adelaide in the SANFL, and impressed over pre-season, earning him a call up to the senior list.

Tippett previously spent time on the rookie lists at Brisbane and the Gold Coast SUNS, playing two games for the SUNS in 2011.

The key defender played every practice match for North Melbourne this pre-season and the Kangaroos football director, Geoff Walsh, said the elevation was just reward for his hard work.

“He certainly has deserved this elevation after some strong performances down back for us this pre-season,” Walsh told nmfc.com.au.

“After two stints on Rookie Lists at other clubs, it’s a credit to Joel and really highlights his level of perseverance.

“He’s had steady form in defence over the summer and it has definitely warranted his elevation.”

Tippett will take the place of, Tom Curran, on the senior list, after the young forward was placed on the long term injury list this week.

It’s been a good week for Queensland rookies, with the Gold Coast SUNS’ Andrew Boston and Port Adelaide’s Brent Renouf both also elevated to the senior list.

Boston replaced Zac Smith on the SUNS primary list, after the ruckman was placed on the long-term injury list.

The 19 year old played eight games for the GC SUNS in 2013, and continued his strong form into the pre-season NAB Challenge and practice matches.

Renouf has been upgraded to the Power’s senior list, after Jarrad Redden was placed on the long-term injury list.

A 2008 premiership ruckman with Hawthorn,  Renouf was traded to Port Adelaide at the end of the 2011 season, before being downgraded to the rookie list at the end of last year.

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