AFL Listed Players

Player

Biography

Marcus Bontempelli
(Eltham)

The No. 4 pick in the 2013 AFL National Draft, Bontempelli has emerged as one of the competition's star players.

In 2016 he claimed the Western Bulldogs best and fairest in the club's drought-breaking premiership year and was named in the All Australian team.

Bontempelli was runner-up to Lewis Taylor for the 2014 AFL Rising Star award.

AFL games: 63
AFL goals: 58

Josh Caddy
(Eltham)

Caddy was selected by Gold Coast with pick No. 7 in the 2010 AFL Draft.

He played 24 games for the Suns over two seasons before moving to Geelong where he played 71 games in four seasons.

Caddy was traded to Richmond during the 2016 trade period

AFL games: 95
AFL goals: 76

Aidan Corr
(Macleod)

Corr was recruited by the GWS Giants with pick number 12 in the 2012 AFL Draft.

He made his debut in Round 6, 2013 and has since gone on to play 36 matches, including 19 during the 2015 season.

The defender played his junior football at Macleod and played five senior matches with the Roos in from 2011 to 2012.

AFL games: 36
AFL goals: 1

Trent Cotchin
(West Preston and Reservoir)

After being selected with pick No. 2 in the 2007 AFL National Draft, Cotchin has gone on to become one of the AFL’s premier midfielders.

In November 2016 the Richmond skipper was retrospectively awarded the 2012 Brownlow Medal with Sam Mitchell after Jobe Watson handed back the medal as a result of Essendon's supplements program.

Cotchin is a three-time winner of Richmond's best and fairest, the Jack Dyer Medal, and also claimed the Leigh Matthews Trophy Winner in 2012 as the AFL Coaches Association Best Player.

AFL games: 173
AFL goals: 101

Daniel Currie
(Eltham)

Currie was first selected by Sydney with pick No. 49 in the 2006 AFL National Draft but was delisted three seasons later without playing a senior game.

An impressive year in the SANFL saw him selected by North Melbourne with pick No. 56 in the 2012 draft.

He played four games for the Kangaroos in 2014, before being traded to the Gold Coast Suns during the 2015 trade period.

The ruckman featured in four games for the Suns during the 2016 season.

AFL games: 8
AFL goals: 5

Brayden Fiorini
(Research and Greensborough)

After an outstanding back half of the 2015 TAC Cup season, Fiorini was
drafted by Gold Coast with pick No. 20 in the 2015 AFL National Draft.

A ball magnet, he averaged more possessions per game than any player in the TAC Cup that season, at an average of disposals.

He made his debut in Round 22, 2016 against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium, before racking up 26 disposals the next week in the Suns season-ending match against Port Adelaide.

AFL games: 2
AFL goals: 0

Jade Gresham
(South Morang)

Gresham made history when he was recruited to St Kilda with pick No. 18 in the 2015 AFL National Draft.

He became the first South Morang Football Club player to be recruited to an AFL club since the draft’s inception in 1986.

Gresham played 18 games in his debut season for the Saints, finishing with 11 goals and an average of 15 disposals per game.

He finished sixth in the AFL Rising Star award and produced a contender for Goal of the Year for a brilliant solo effort against Geelong in Round 14.

AFL games: 18
AFL goals: 11

Dylan Grimes
(Hurstbridge)

Grimes was selected by Richmond in the 2010 Pre-Season Draft.

Despite an injury-plagued start to his career, Grimes was elevated to the club’s leadership group in 2013.

He has played 53 of a possible 68 games over the past three seasons and has become a key part of the Tigers' defence.

AFL games: 79
AFL goals: 2

Nathan Hrovat
(Mill Park)

The 21st pick in the 2012 AFL National Draft, Hrovat played seven games for the Western Bulldogs in his first season.

He went on to feature in 30 matches for the club over four years.

The midfielder was traded to North Melbourne during the 2016 trade period in the search of more opportunities at senior level.

AFL games: 30
AFL goals: 14


Michael Hurley
(Macleod)

Selected by Essendon with pick No. 5 in the 2007 AFL National Draft, Hurley has impressed as both a key forward and defender.

He played his junior footy with Macleod and played four games with the senior side as a 16-year-old in 2006 - including the club's Grand Final loss to Greensborough.

Hurley's best season at AFL level was in 2015 when he was named in the All-Australian team and finished runner-up in the Bombers' best and fairest.

AFL games: 119
AFL goals: 105

   

Ben Lennon
(Macleod)

Lennon was drafted to Richmond with pick No. 12 in the 2013 AFL National Draft.

He played his junior football in the Yarra Junior Football League, before playing under-19 and senior football with Macleod in 2010 and 2011.

Lennon was named the Rising Star nominee after Richmond's Round 22 win against Essendon during 2015, where he recorded 16 disposals and nine marks.

AFL games: 19
AFL goals: 9

Mitchell Lewis
(Wallan and Whittlesea)

Mitchell Lewis was one of the most talked-about selections in the 2016 National Draft, when selected by Hawthorn at No. 76.

Ironically, he was selected by the Hawks just one month after they traded out premiership heroes Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.

Lewis started his junior football career with Wallan, before spending the 2013 season with Whittlesea’s under-15 side.

Standing 198cm and 92kg, Lewis made 19 TAC Cup appearances for Calder Cannons during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0

          

Patrick Lipinski
(Eltham and Montmorency)

Lipinski was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 28 in the 2016 National Draft.

He featured among the Northern Knights’ best players in nine of his 12 TAC Cup matches in 2016, overcoming a mid-season hand injury that forced him to miss the AFL Under-18 National Championship.

Lipinski began his football career with Montmorency, before moving to Eltham in 2012.

He enjoyed a standout 2015 season for the Panthers, where he led the Under-17 Blue goal kicking with 51 majors in 12 matches.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0

Darcy Macpherson
(Diamond Creek)

The son of former Footscray player Steve Macpherson, Darcy was selected by the Gold Coast Suns with pick No.21 in the 2015 Rookie Draft.

He was promoted to the Suns senior list early in the 2016 season and made his debut against Melbourne in Round 7.

After impressing at senior level, a knee injury sustained in Round 9 sidelined Macpherson for much of his debut season.

AFL games: 4
AFL goals: 2

      

Ben McNiece
(Northcote Park)

McNiece signed as Essendon’s inaugural Next Generation Academy player in November 2016.

The defender was eligible as a Category B Rookie for the position on Bombers' list as his mother Christine was born in India.

McNiece played 85 senior games for Northcote Park between 2010 to 2016 and was an integral part of the club's 2012 premiership success.

He represented the NFL in its interleague clash against the VAFA in 2015 and was named in the back pocket in the 2013 Division 1 Team of the Year.

McNiece joined Essendon's VFL team in 2015 and took out the club's Best First Year Player after impressing in 13 appearances.

He was elevated to vice-captain in 2016 and finished third in the Bombers' best and fairest.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0

Dion Prestia
(West Lalor)

Initially hailing from West Lalor, Prestia was taken by the Gold Coast Suns with pick 9 in the 2010 AFL National Draft.

He had a breakout season in 2013, finishing runner-up in the club's best and fairest award after averaging 25 possessions across his 20 games.

He served as vice-captain of the Suns from 2014 to 2016.

After two injury-plagued years Prestia was granted a trade to Richmond at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

AFL games: 95
AFL goals: 30

Heath Shaw
(Diamond Creek)

Shaw debuted in 2006 and played 173 games for Collingwood, including the 2010 grand final win over St Kilda.

He won the Michael Tuck medal in 2011 as best afield in Collingwood’s NAB Cup premiership win.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season Shaw was traded to Greater Western Sydney and has continued to flourish.

Arguably the games best rebounding defender, Shaw won the Giants best and fairest in 2015 and was named in the All-Australian team in both 2015 and 2016.

AFL games: 237
AFL goals: 39

Jayden Short
(Mill Park and Bundoora)

Short was selected by Richmond with selection 11 in the 2014 Rookie Draft.

He was promoted to the senior list in March 2016 and made his debut in Round 2, where he impressed with three majors against Collingwood at the MCG.

Short went on to play 16 matches and was upgraded to Richmond's senior list at the conclusion of the season.

AFL games: 16
AFL goals: 6

Brayden Sier
(Banyule)

Sier proved to be the surprise of the 2015 National Draft when he was selected by Collingwood at pick No. 32.


He was the youngest player selected in the 2015 draft – having played just two TAC Cup games for the Northern Knights and not attending the national or state draft combines.

He spent the majority of his draft season dividing his commitments between school side Marcellin and NFL club Banyule.

Injuries restricted Sier to just eight VFL games in his first season on Collingwood's list.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


                

Matthew Signorello
(West Preston and South Morang)

Signorello was the second NFL junior selected in the 2016 National Draft when  selected by Adelaide with pick No. 62.

An NFL interleague representative at both Under-13 and Under-14 level, Signorello played the majority of his junior football with West Preston-Lakeside, before joining South Morang in 2013 and spending two years with the Lions.

He spent most of the 2016 season with Ivanhoe Grammar, winning the team’s best and fairest, and averaged 23 disposals per game in eight TAC Cup appearances with the Northern Knights to finish fifth in the club’s best and fairest.

Signorello’s ball-winning ability at stoppages is considered his major strength.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Nick Vlastuin
(Eltham)

Vlastuin was picked up by Richmond with pick No. 9 in the 2012 National Draft.

He debuted in Round 5 and played 18 games in his debut season, finishing sixth in the AFL Rising Star award.

Over the past three years Vlastuin has become a dependable half-back flanker and has featured in 62 of the Tigers' past 68 games.

AFL games: 80
AFL goals: 18

David Zaharakis
(Eltham)

Zaharakis made his debut for Essendon in 2009 and instantly made a name for himself by booting the winning goal on ANZAC Day with the last kick of the game.

In 2011 he became the youngest player in 30 years to win the Bombers' best and fairest. He also won the ANZAC Day medal in the same season.

He was elevated to Essendon's leadership group in 2015.

AFL games: 147
AFL goals: 101

AFL WOMEN'S

Deanna Berry
(Mernda, Epping, Montmorency)

A product of the Mernda Football Club, Berry was a standout coming through the junior ranks.

After playing against the boys until the under-14s, she made the move to Epping to play in the NFL's Youth Girls competition, before returning to Mernda to start up the Demons' under-18 girls side.

As a 17-year-old she led the Victorian Women's Football League Division 2 goal kicking in 2015, with 43 majors for Montmorency.

Berry then joined Melbourne Uni in the VFL Women's in 2016 before being selected by Melbourne at pick No. 9 in the inaugural AFL Women's draft.

Brittany Bonnici
(Wallan)

Bonnici began her football career with Wallan Junior Football Club.

She spent four seasons with the Magpies between 2008 to 2011 before transferring to St Albans.

She was selected by Collingwood with pick No. 27 in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.

 

Jessica Dal Pos
(Darebin)

Dal Pos was one of three priority players selected by Greater Western Sydney before the 2016 AFL Women's draft.

A product of the Darebin Women's Football Club, Dal Pos represented the NFL at the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships.

She has won NFL premierships as both a player and coach of the Falcons.

Bailey Hunt
(Montmorency)

Hunt was selected by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 60 in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.

She spent three seasons with Montmorency, two of which she played in the NFL's Under-18 and Under-19 girls competitions.

She joined Melbourne Uni in 2016 and played 15 matches in the VFL Women's competition.

       

Kirsty Lamb
(Yarrambat and Diamond Creek Women's)

Lamb was selected by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 138 in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.

She began her football career with Yarrambat before switching to Diamond Creek Women's in 2009.

She represented the NFL at the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships in 2009 and has since gone one to play in the VFL Women's competition with Diamond Creek Women's.

Lamb is also a star cricketer and has represented the Melbourne Renegades in the Women's Big Bash League.

Rebecca Privitelli
(St Damian's)

Privitelli was selected by Carlton with pick No. 142 in the AFL Women's draft.

She began her football career with St Damian's and played in the Northern Football League in 2011.

During that season she kicked 51 goals to steer her side to the grand final.

She has since played senior football for the Eastern Devils and Darebin.

Privitelli is the inaugural head coach of the Northern Knights' girls program.

Louise Stephenson
(St Damian's)

Stephenson was one of three priority players selected by Greater Western Sydney before the 2016 AFL Women's draft.

She began her football career with St Damian's and played in the Northern Football League in 2011.

In her sole season in the NFL, Stephenson finished equal-second in the Youth Girls best and fairest count and represented the league in the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships.

She has since gone on to play four seasons of senior football with Melbourne Uni, featuring in 21 matches in the VFL Women's competition in 2016.

All game tallies are correct at the conclusion of the 2016 AFL season.