43 TAC Cup players were selected at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft in Sydney on Friday night – 55 per cent of the 78 total players picked.
* See the full list of TAC Cup players selected in the AFL Draft further down the page.
Western Jets forward/midfielder Cameron Rayner became the TAC Cup’s seventh straight no.1 AFL Draft selection and the 17th in the competition’s 26-year history after being taken by the Brisbane Lions. He is also first no.1 selection to come from the Jets.
Rayner was one of nine TAC Cup players selected in the draft’s top 10 – the most top-10 selections from the competition since 1994 – with TAC Cup clubs providing the top eight draftees as well as 14 of the first 17 picks overall.
* Read more about the TAC Cup players selected in the top 10 of the AFL Draft further down the page.
The Eastern Ranges produced the most draftees of any TAC Cup club with nine selections, headed by Adam Cerra (pick no.5 to Fremantle) and Jaidyn Stephenson (no.6 to Collingwood).
Following the Ranges, the Bendigo Pioneers produced six draftees, ahead of the Dandenong Stingrays and Sandringham Dragons with five each, the Geelong Falcons with four, the Northern Knights, Oakleigh Chargers and Western with three each, the Murray Bushrangers with two, and the Calder Cannons, Gippsland Power and GWV Rebels with one each.
This year’s Morrish Medallist Jack Higgins (Oakleigh) was selected by Richmond with pick no.17 and Geelong’s 2017 TAC Cup premiership co-captain James Worpel was taken with pick no.45 by Hawthorn, while Sandringham’s Andrew Brayshaw (pick no.2 to Fremantle) and older brother Hamish Brayshaw (no.68 to West Coast) will both move to Western Australia after playing in two TAC Cup Grand Final campaigns together (for one premiership in 2016).
TAC Cup players who missed out on selection at the draft will have another chance to be selected to join AFL lists in Monday’s Rookie Draft.
TAC Cup players selected in the top 10 of the 2017 AFL Draft:
Pick no.1 to Brisbane:
CAMERON RAYNER (Western Jets)
Powerful 187cm forward/midfielder who burst into contention for the no.1 pick by booting consecutive bags of seven and five goals for the Jets as a bottom-ager late in last year’s home-and-away season. Played seven matches for Western this year, averaging 21 disposals per game and kicking 10 majors. TAC Cup Team of the Year member and U18 All Australian after representing Vic Metro in 2017.
* CLICK HERE to read nableague.com.au’s Draft Watch story on Cameron Rayner
Pick no.2 to Fremantle:
ANDREW BRAYSHAW (Sandringham Dragons)
Reliable 183cm midfielder and younger brother of Melbourne AFL player Angus and fellow 2017 draftee (to West Coast) Hamish who shone late in the 2017 season. Played seven matches in Sandringham’s run to the TAC Cup premiership last year before making 10 appearances for the grand finalist this year, averaging 25 disposals and six tackles per game. 2017 Vic Metro representative.
Pick no.3 to Carlton:
PADDY DOW (Bendigo Pioneers)
184cm midfielder with the ability to win the ball in close then burst from stoppages and hit the scoreboard who played just three TAC Cup matches this year. Averaged 26 disposals per game for Bendigo, producing 35 disposals and two goals before a shoulder injury ended his season in Round 16 against Gippsland. TAC Cup Team of the Year member and U18 All Australian after representing Vic Country in 2017.
* CLICK HERE to read nableague.com.au’s Draft Watch story on Paddy Dow
Pick no.4 to North Melbourne:
LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE (Dandenong Stingrays)
187cm midfielder who showed his power and speed around stoppages as well as an ability to provide a target inside 50 in six TAC Cup matches this year. Averaged 24 disposals per game and played a key role in Dandenong’s big elimination-final comeback win against Eastern with 33 disposals and one goal. 2017 TAC Cup Team of the Year member and Vic Country representative in 2016-17.
* CLICK HERE to read nableague.com.au’s Draft Watch story on Luke Davies-Uniacke
Pick no.5 to Fremantle:
ADAM CERRA (Eastern Ranges)
Skilful 186cm midfielder who played seven games as a 16-year-old in Eastern’s run to the 2015 TAC Cup Grand Final, while a knee injury limited to him to two matches for the Ranges last year. Averaged 26 disposals per game and kicked five goals in four TAC Cup matches this year before shoulder surgery ended his season in August. TAC Cup Team of the Year member and U18 All Australian after representing Vic Metro in 2017.
Pick no.6 to Collingwood:
JAIDYN STEPHENSON (Eastern Ranges)
Exciting 189cm goalkicker who took his game to a new level playing through the midfield in 2017. Kicked 33 majors in 16 TAC Cup games across 2015-16, but claimed Eastern’s best-and-fairest this year averaging 23 disposals and five tackles per game in 15 matches – while still booting 14 goals. TAC Cup Team of the Year member and Vic Metro representative in 2017.
* CLICK HERE to read nableague.com.au’s Draft Watch story on Jaidyn Stephenson
Pick no.7 to St Kilda:
HUNTER CLARK (Dandenong Stingrays)
Classy 186cm midfielder/defender who backed up a promising 12-game bottom-age season as a running half back by winning Dandenong’s 2017 best-and-fairest following a move into the midfield. Averaged 27 disposals and six tackles per game as well as kicking 11 goals in 13 matches to prove his toughness in the contests. 2017 TAC Cup Team of the Year member and Vic Country representative in 2016-17.
Pick no.8 to St Kilda:
NICK COFFIELD (Northern Knights)
Versatile 190cm defender who this year captained the Knights to their first TAC Cup finals campaign since 2013. Averaged 21 disposals per game as well as kicking 13 goals in 12 matches, backing up his bottom-age 2016 season in which he appeared in all 18 games for Northern. TAC Cup Team of the Year member and U18 All Australian after representing Vic Metro in 2017.
Pick no.10 to Carlton:
LOCHIE O’BRIEN (Bendigo Pioneers)
Hard-running 184cm wingman who battled a niggling knee injury throughout 2017 after a promising 2016 season as a bottom-ager in which he impressed with his skills in space in the TAC Cup and at the NAB AFL U18 Championships. Made just three appearances for Bendigo this year averaging 24 disposals per game. Vic Country representative in 2016 and 2017.
All TAC Cup players selected in the 2017 AFL Draft:
|Pick no.||First name||Surname||AFL club||TAC Cup club||Junior club|
|2||Andrew||Brayshaw||Fremantle||Sandringham Dragons||Hampton Rovers FC|
|3||Paddy||Dow||Carlton||Bendigo Pioneers||Swan Hill FC|
|4||Luke||Davies-Uniacke||North Melbourne||Dandenong Stingrays||Rye FC|
|6||Jaidyn||Stephenson||Collingwood||Eastern Ranges||Ferntree Gully Eagles|
|7||Hunter||Clark||St Kilda||Dandenong Stingrays||Mount Martha FC|
|8||Nick||Coffield||St Kilda||Northern Knights||Eltham|
|10||Lochie||O’Brien||Carlton||Bendigo Pioneers||South Mildura FC|
|11||Aiden||Bonar||GWS||Dandenong Stingrays||Seaford FC|
|13||Jarrod||Brander||West Coast||Bendigo Pioneers||Wentworth District FC|
|14||Matthew||Ling||Sydney||Geelong Falcons||St Mary’s|
|16||Ed||Richards||Western Bulldogs||Oakleigh Chargers||Hawthorn Citizens FC|
|17||Jack||Higgins||Richmond||Oakleigh Chargers||East Malvern FC|
|23||Will||Walker||North Melbourne||Sandringham Dragons||Hampton Rovers FC|
|25||Noah||Balta||Richmond||Calder Cannons||Essendon Doutta Stars|
|27||Brent||Daniels||GWS||Bendigo Pioneers||Nyah Nyah West United|
|29||Charlie||Spargo||Melbourne||Murray Bushrangers||Albury FC|
|30||Tom||De Koning||Carlton||Dandenong Stingrays||Mount Martha FC|
|33||Tom||McCartin||Sydney||Geelong Falcons||St Joseph’s|
|34||Patrick||Naish||Richmond||Northern Knights||Ivanhoe FC|
|35||Oscar||Clavarino||St Kilda||Dandenong Stingrays||Berwick FC|
|36||Charlie||Constable||Geelong||Sandringham Dragons||East Sandringham FC|
|38||Jack||Petruccelle||West Coast||Northern Knights||Epping|
|39||Nathan||Murphy||Collingwood||Sandringham Dragons||East Sandringham FC|
|41||Toby||Wooller||Brisbane||Oakleigh Chargers||Camberwell FC|
|45||James||Worpel||Hawthorn||Geelong Falcons||Bell Park|
|46||Ben||Paton||St Kilda||Murray Bushrangers||Mitta United FC|
|47||Sam||Hayes||Port Adelaide||Eastern Ranges||Ferntree Gully Eagles|
|50||Tyler||Brown||Collingwood||Eastern Ranges||Templestowe FC|
|51||Kane||Farrell||Port Adelaide||Bendigo Pioneers||Castlemaine FC|
|57||Gryan||Miers||Geelong||Geelong Falcons||Grovedale Tigers|
|60||Joel||Garner||Port Adelaide||Eastern Ranges||Wandin FC|
|67||Dylan||Moore||Hawthorn||Eastern Ranges||Rowville Hawks FC|
|68||Hamish||Brayshaw||West Coast||Sandringham Dragons||Hampton Rovers FC|
|69||Lloyd||Meek||Fremantle||GWV Rebels||SMW Rovers FC|
|70||Angus||Schumacher||Carlton||Bendigo Pioneers||Strathfieldsaye FC|
|71||Jackson||Ross||Hawthorn||Eastern Ranges||South Belgrave FC|
|72||Tristan||Xerri||North Melbourne||Western Jets||Caroline Springs|
|74||Callum||Porter||Western Bulldogs||Gippsland Power||Officer FC|