By Ant Wingard
Three Queenslanders have been selected in the second night of the NAB AFL National Draft at Marvel Stadium, all of whom were Brisbane Lions Academy graduates.
The trio are the latest crop of Academy prospects to make the leap to the AFL and take the total number of Queenslanders selected to the nation’s topflight to five following the pre-draft selections of both Connor Budarick and Matt Conroy to the Gold Coast SUNS.
The Sunshine State went without selection in the first round during the first night of the draft for the first time in two years, but that was quickly rectified in a frantic second round.
Brisbane Lions Academy, Morningside and Wynnum product Keidean Coleman became the first Queenslander off the board and found his way to the Brisbane Lions with pick 37.
The Lions were forced to outbid Essendon who first bid on Coleman to retain the lively small forward.
Coleman joins the Lions having missed out on being drafted in 2018 but was a consistent presence for Brisbane in the NEAFL where he kicked 11 goals in 18 games and was named in the NEAFL Team of the Year – the first time an Academy player had ever done so.
Noah Cumberland became the second Queenslander off the board when Richmond made a bid on the Maroochydore product with pick 43 overall.
Brisbane opted not to match the Tigers bid, meaning Cumberland’s move to Punt Road was confirmed.
Cumberland is a medium-sized forward who boasts a lively presence in front of goal and also has the ability to find the football.
Shortly after, Aspley midfielder Will Martyn made it three Queenslanders within the space of six picks as Richmond once again made a bid for a Lions’ academy product.
With the valuable draft points in mind, the Lions once again opted not to match the Tigers’ bid to ensure Martyn and Cumberland would link up once again.
Martyn raced out of the blocks in 2019 was the Lions’ best player throughout their 2019 NAB League campaign, winning the team’s most valuable player in large due to his ball-winning ability through the middle.
A ball-winning midfielder, Martyn averaged 28.8 disposals across the Lions’ five NAB League games.
The 2019 NAB AFL Draft will conclude tomorrow with the Rookie Draft.