V/Line Cup produces big draft haul
Published: Tue 22 Dec 2015
Eleven regional Victorian footballers who previously played in the V/Line Cup were selected in the 2015 AFL Draft.
The competition for elite Under 15 players is one of the key pathways for regional footballers on their way to professional careers.
2011/12 V/Line Cup players Murray Bushrangers pair Josh Schache and Clayton Oliver were selected with picks two (Brisbane) and four (Melbourne) in the 2015 National Draft respectively, while Geelong Falcons player Darcy Parish rounded out the top five when went to Essendon.
Almost a quarter of this year's crop of draftees hailed from country Victoria, including five of the top ten prospects.
Our support of AFL Victoria and the V/Line Cup provides opportunities for young footballers in regional Victoria to develop their skills and progress to the elite level.
We also support the V/Line Umpire Academy, which is a platform for aspiring regional umpires to develope their skills for potential careers in the VFL and AFL.
2015 draftees (2011/12 V/Line Cup players)
2 - Josh Schache (Murray Bushrangers) to Brisbane Lions
4 - Clayton Oliver (Murray Bushrangers) to Melbourne
5 - Darcy Parish (Geelong Falcons) to Essendon
25 - Josh Dunkley (Gippsland Power) to Western Bulldogs
26 - Keiran Collins (Dandenong Stingrays) to Western Bulldogs
27 - Darcy Tucker (North Ballarat Rebels) to Fremantle
36 - Thomas Cole (Bendigo Pioneers) to West Coast
39 - Rhys Mathieson (Geelong Falcons) to Brisbane Lions
45 - Aidyn Johnson (Bendigo Pioneers) to Port Adelaide
47 - Sam Skinner (Gippsland Power) to Brisbane Lions
14 (rookie draft) - Thomas Papley (Gippsland Power) to Sydney
Other notable draftees since 2010
2010 - Dyson Heppell (Gippsland Power) to Essendon
2010 - Tom McDonald (North Ballarat Rebels) to Melbourne
2011 - Sam Docherty (Gippsland Power) to Brisbane Lions
2011 - Taylor Adams (Geelong Falcons) to Greater Western Sydney
2012 - Jake Stringer (Bendigo Pioneers) to Western Bulldogs
2012 - Ollie Wines (Bendigo Pioneers) to Port Adelaide
2013 - Zak Jones (Dandenong Stingrays) to Sydney
2013 - Billy Hartung (Dandenong Stingrays) to Hawthorn
2014 - Patrick McCartin (Geelong Falcons) to St Kilda
2014 - Caleb Marchbank (Murray Bushrangers) to Greater Western Sydney