Draft 2013: Pies take a punt

The highest 10 picks in this 12 months’s Draft, headed by new GWS Large Tom Boyd.

Nice Western Sydney choose Tom Boyd first overall in the AFL Draft, adding the Eastern Ranges forward to their impressive stock of expertise.

The Top 10 of the AFL 2013 national draft: (L-R) Tom Boyd, GWS; Josh Kelly, GWS; Jack Billings, St Kilda; Marcus Bontempelli, We

The Top 10 of the AFL 2013 nationwide draft: (L-R) Tom Boyd, GWS; Josh Kelly, GWS; Jack Billings, St Kilda; Marcus Bontempelli, Western Bulldogs; Kade Kolodjashnij, Gold Coast Suns; Matt Scharenburg, Collingwood; James Aish, Brisbane Lions; Luke McDonald, North Melborne; Christian Salem, Melbourne; and Nathan Freeman, Collingwood. Supply: News Corp Australia

COLLINGWOOD has once more landed a surprise slider on the national draft, confident it may possibly appropriate Matthew Scharenberg’s power feet issues.


In a golden one-two punch, the Pies took defender Scharenberg and lightning onballer Nathan Freeman inside the highest 10, giving coach Nathan Buckley five first-spherical draft picks in 12 months.

Sandringham Dragons midfielder Nathan Freeman is thought for his explosive velocity and intelligence within the clearances and seems a tantalising prospect for clubs on the 2013 AFL Draft.

However Scharenberg’s start to the season could be delayed by up to six months, with serious considerations over bone stress reactions in both of his ft.

The South Australian was rated a prime-three expertise for most the year but has been unable to run since August and has not set a timeline for his restoration.

The Western Bulldogs additionally punted on the upside of uncooked 194cm midfielder Marcus Bontempelli at decide four, giving its onball division a new dynamic twist.

Northern Knights midfielder Marcus Bontempelli will hope his sensible end to the 2013 AFL season will likely be rewarded with a prime 10 decide in this yr’s National Draft.

Even with a full cupboard of inside midfielders, the Canine fell in love with his Scott Pendlebury-like strikes that came to the fore in an excellent finish to the 12 months.

All eyes can be on Victorian Tom Boyd at the AFL draft, with the highly-rated forward expected to be recruited because the number one choose by the GWS Giants.

Higher Western Sydney welcomed spearhead Tom Boyd and running machine Josh Kelly with picks No.1 and No.2.

Sandringham Dragons midfielder Josh Kelly is prone to rating a spot at GWS with pick two in the 2013 AFL Draft following an outstanding TAC Cup season.

It means the franchise membership has plundered eight of the past 9 top-three picks, in an unprecedented domination of the AFL talent pool.


Early yesterday, the Pies have been still agonising over the decision to choose between star South Australian Scharenberg and James Aish at No.6, who surprisingly slid outdoors prime-five calculations this week.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley with new recruit Matt Scharenberg. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley with new recruit Matt Scharenberg. Image: Wayne Ludbey Supply: News Corp Australia

Dual-premiership Norwood midfielder Aish, who was thought-about a probable high-two choose for many of the year, fell to Brisbane in a dream begin for Justin Leppitsch’s tenure as new coach.

Melbourne additionally confronted a tough call, but favoured the versatility of highly effective midfielder Christian Salem over the explosive velocity of Sandringham teammate Freeman.

A giant-bodied midfielder with a exact kick, Sandringham Dragons star Christian Salem is expected to be a top 15 AFL Draft pick in 2013.

Salem’s sublime left-foot ought to help sharpen the Dees’ ball-use.

Richmond also obtained its man Ben Lennon, including a lot-needed polish and x-factor to its half-ahead line.

Ben Lennon will hope his razor sharp proper boot would be the difference over his fellow AFL hopefuls at this yr’s Nationwide Draft.

Carlton dominated against bolstering its thin key forward stocks and as an alternative elected for clearance king Patrick Cripps at No.13, to assist renew an ageing midfield brigade.

Collingwood is the only finalist prior to now nine years to scoop two prime-10 picks. The Pies paired-up premiership linchpins Dale Thomas and Scott Pendlebury (2005) and Ben Reid and Nathan Brown (2006).

Last year, the Pies loaded up with three-first spherical decisions and picked up one of many steals of the draft when gun ruckman Brodie Grundy slipped to No.18.

Grundy overcame a again downside to pip Darren Jolly for the club’s first ruck place within the elimination closing loss to Port Adelaide.



1. Tom Boyd – GWS

2. Josh Kelly – GWS

three. Jack Billings – St Kilda

four. Marcus Bontempelli – Bulldogs

5. Kade Kolodjashnij – Suns

6. Matthew Scharenberg – Collingwood

7. James Aish – Brisbane

eight. Luke McDonald – North Melbourne

9. Christian Salem – Melbourne

10. Nathan Freeman – Collingwood



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Aish’s Sun could be on the rise

James Aish at home with his family ahead of Thursday's AFL National Draft. He's with parents Jill and Andrew and siblings

James Aish at dwelling together with his household ahead of Thursday’s AFL Nationwide Draft. He is with dad and mom Jill and Andrew and siblings Phoebe and Nick. Picture: Sarah Reed. Source: Information Corp Australia


With Victorians Tom Boyd and Josh Kelly all but locked in for the top two choices, Aish may fall anywhere from picks three to seven together with to the Suns who have decide five.


He has met with St Kilda which has choose three “a couple of times” but the Saints and Western Bulldogs who have pick 4 are believed to be keen on two other Victorians.

It means Aish could land at Gold Coast after spending every week living with Suns captain Gary Ablett this season as a part of the AIS program.

The 18-yr-old and his family will join fellow Croweater Matthew Scharenberg on the Gold Coast for the draft the place they are expected to be the first two South Australians chosen.


SA might produce up to eight of the highest 30 draftees with Trent Dumont, Luke Dunstan, George Hewitt, Darcy Hourigan, Malcolm Karpany and James Battersby additionally extremely rated.

“Clearly I am fairly excited that it’s finally come to this stage,” Aish mentioned.

“I’m looking forward to it and seeing hopefully a variety of SA boys (get drafted) especially after (profitable) the nationwide championships.”

With neither Adelaide or Port Adelaide having a pick inside the highest 20, Aish is getting ready to nearly certainly move interstate to observe his dream.

“It is a bit surreal, I’ve solely just turned 18 so I’ve had to get the whole lot sorted the final couple of days, banking, cellphone and all that,” he said.

“However it will likely be a superb challenge and can make me develop up a bit faster.”

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