Draft class shaping as best in a decade

This year’s AFL draft class could be the most successful for the Colac district since 2007, when Birregurra’s Lachie Henderson, pictured with mum Vonnie, and Lorne’s Jack Steven, with dad Peter, found AFL homes.

This year’s AFL drafts are shaping up as the most successful for the Colac district in 10 years.

Geelong Falcons regional manager and renowned talent scout Michael Turner said Colac’s Ethan Floyd and Cooper Stephens, and Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish were all genuine chances to find AFL homes in tonight’s national draft or Monday’s rookie draft.

He said Colac’s Jarrod Walters, who did a private testing with Fremantle, and Adam Garner, Essendon, were unlikely to be drafted but would have plenty of offers from VFL clubs.

If the five get selected, it will be the first time at least four Colac district footballers were drafted in the same year since the 2007 national draft, when Birregurra’s Lachlan Henderson, pick eight to Brisbane, Lorne’s Jack Steven, pick 42 to St Kilda, Camperdown’s Easton Wood, pick 43 to Western Bulldogs, and Lorne’s Jaxson Barham, who was a father-son selection at pick 61 to Collingwood, achieved their AFL dreams.

“You could go back even further to 2000 and 2001 when Amon Buchanan, Andrew Siegert and Luke Hodge all got drafted,” Turner said.

“When I do my draft calculations, Colac is the most productive area whether that’s the Colac district league or the Colac footy club,” he said.

“It’s produced some good players, and you’ve still got some rippers coming through like the younger Cooper Stephens and Campbell Tanis.”

Turner said Floyd, Stephens and Parish were all likely to get drafted either late in the national draft, or in the rookie draft.

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