Rookie draft provides lifelines

Rookie draft provides lifelines

DISCARDED Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri will play for his third AFL club after Geelong threw him a lifeline at Monday’s rookie draft.

The 29-year-old kicked 166 goals in 99 games in stints with Essendon and the Bulldogs but was cut by the Dogs after a wretched two-year period.

Crameri served a season-long doping ban from his time with the Bombers in 2016 then had his 2017 campaign limited to two AFL games due to a hip injury.

The Rookie Draft followed the Pre-season draft where just one player was selected.

The AFL initially advised there would be no Pre-season draft on Monday afternoon after all clubs indicated they would not take part.

But it went ahead after Carlton had a change of heart and selected former Port Adelaide defender Cam O’Shea.

That move meant that Jackson Edwards, the son of Adelaide champion Tyson Edwards, joined the Crows as a rookie under the father-son rule.

Edwards was available to be chosen by rival clubs after Adelaide decided to nominate him as a rookie under the rule, but the move paid off after he made it through the national and pre-season drafts.

The rookie draft was the last opportunity for clubs to add players to their 2018 squads.

Former North Melbourne veteran Lindsay Thomas (Port Adelaide), ex-Carlton forward Dylan Buckley (Greater Western Sydney) and discarded Gold Coast winger Matt Shaw (Carlton) were also among the delisted players to be given another chance at the elite level.

A host of players were re-drafted as rookies by the clubs that delisted them ahead of free agency and the national draft.

Sydney gave 2012 premiership defender Alex Johnson another chance to resurrect his career after four knee reconstructions.

Claye Beams (Brisbane), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Adelaide), Sam Reid (GWS), Lewis Pierce (St Kilda), Roarke Smith (Western Bulldogs) and Adam Oxley (Collingwood) were also offered lifelines.

Players of note to miss out include Richmond’s Ben Lennon, Geelong’s Tom Ruggles, Sydney’s Michael Talia and Carlton’s Blaine Boekhorst.

© AAP 2017

2018 AFL ROOKIE DRAFT

Pick No.
Player
Origin Club
Club

1
Claye Beams
Brisbane Lions / Mudgeeraba
Brisbane Lions

2
Joshua Jaska
Geelong Falcons / Anglesea
Gold Coast Suns

3
Matt Shaw
Gold Coast Suns / Dandenong Stingrays
Carlton

4
Thomas Murphy
Dandenong Stingrays / Somerville JFC
North Melbourne

5
Bailey Banfield
Claremont / Claremont JFC
Fremantle

6
Flynn Appleby
GWV Rebels / Cohuna Kangas FC
Collingwood

7
Harrison Jones
Murray Bushrangers / Wodonga
Hawthorn

8
Doulton Langlands
Murray Bushrangers / St. Patricks JFC
St Kilda

9
Billy Gowers
Footscray Bulldogs / Oakleigh Chargers
Western Bulldogs

10
Pass
Pass
Melbourne

11
Trent Mynott
Eastern Ranges / Rowville Hawks FC
Essendon

12
Lindsay Thomas
North Melbourne / Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide

13
Ryan Burrows
South Fremantle / Roleystone JFC
West Coast Eagles

14
Angus Styles
Sandringham Dragons / East Malvern JFC
Sydney Swans

15
Dylan Buckley
Carlton / Fitzroy JFC
GWS Giants

16
Stewart Crameri
Western Bulldogs / Maryborough
Geelong Cats

17
Patrick Wilson
Sturt / Woodville South
Adelaide Crows

18
Liam Baker
Subiaco / Lake Grace / Pingrup FC
Richmond

19
Nicholas Holman
Central District / Murray Bushrangers
Gold Coast Suns

20
Gordon Narrier
Northam Barons / Northam Barons
North Melbourne

21
Stefan Giro
Norwood / Hope Valley JFC
Fremantle

22
Brody Mihocek
Port Melbourne / Burnie Dockers
Collingwood

23
David Mirra
Box Hill Hawks / Rowville Knights
Hawthorn

24
Lewis Pierce
St Kilda / Mount Eliza JFC
St Kilda

25
Roarke Smith
Western Bulldogs / Sunbury Kangaroos
Western Bulldogs

26
Pass
Pass
Essendon

27
Tony Olango
NT Thunder / St Marys
West Coast Eagles

28
Joel Amartey
Sandringham Dragons / Beaumaris FC
Sydney Swans

29
Sam Reid
GWS Giants
GWS Giants

30
Matthew Hayball
Geelong Cats / Roxby Downs Junior FA
Geelong Cats

31
Cam Ellis-Yolmen
Adelaide Crows / Flinders Park
Adelaide Crows

32
Mackenzie Willis
Gold Coast Suns / Tigers FC
Gold Coast Suns

33
Adam Oxley
Collingwood / Redland AFC
Collingwood

34
Dallas Willsmore
Hawthorn / GWV Rebels
Hawthorn

35
Callan England
Claremont / Wembley Downs JFC
West Coast Eagles

36
Alex Johnson
Sydney Swans / Oakleigh Chargers
Sydney Swans

37
Pass
Pass
GWS Giants

38
Lachlan Murphy
Adelaide FC / Diamond Creek
Adelaide Crows

39
Pass
Pass
Gold Coast Suns

40
Pass
Pass
GWS Giants

41
Jackson Edwards
Glenelg / Henley
Adelaide Crows

42
Pass
Pass
GWS Giants

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