Tasmanian football sensations among top 20 picks in AFL draft

Tasmanian football fans are celebrating ‘one of the greatest’ AFL drafts after three players were selected in the top 20 tonight.

18-year-old Launceston player Colby McKercher was drafted as the second overall pick by North Melbourne in the AFL draft, marking the highest-ever draft position for a Tasmanian Devils player.


“I didn’t really have an idea, I kind of had an inkling it might be North Melbourne,” McKercher said.

“I’m super excited, they have a super exciting list and obviously Clarko (coach Alastair Clarkson) coming along. The future’s bright and I’m keen to be a part of it.”

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McKercher’s grandfather was emotional as he watched his 18-year-old grandson’s dream come true.

“Pop has been a big figure in my life and probably got me started on football. I just love hanging out with him,” McKercher said.

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Ryley Sanders made history for Launceston and Tasmanian football by being selected at pick six by the Western Bulldogs.

“I had a good inkling I could end up at the Doggies. They’ve got so many great players I can learn off,” Sanders said.


James Leake was snapped up by GWS at pick 17.


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