AFL Listed Players

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.

Despite his side’s struggles during its premiership defence, Bontempelli was again exceptional in 2017 and claimed a second-consecutive best and fairest.

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

AFL games: 85
AFL goals: 78


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.

He enjoyed a superb debut season with the Tigers, playing mostly as a forward during the club’s drought-breaking premiership campaign.

AFL games: 117
AFL goals: 97


Nick Coffield (Eltham)

Another product of the Eltham Football Club, Coffield was taken by St Kilda at pick No. 8 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

He had been touted as a first-round draft selection for much of the season after a dominant 2017 campaign for the Northern Knights and Vic Metro.

The 18-year-old captained the Knights throughout the TAC Cup season and finished second in the best and fairest, despite missing three games.

Coffield was dominant during the AFL Under-18 Championships and was selected at half-back in the All-Australian team after being named in Vic Metro’s best players in all four games.

He averaged 22 disposals at a disposal efficiency rate of 74 per cent during the Championships.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


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 59 matches.

Cor enjoyed a career-best campaign in 2017, playing 23 matches including all three of the Giants’ finals.

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

AFL games: 59
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.

His career reached its pinnacle in 2017 when he led the Tigers to their first flag since 1980.

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: 198
AFL goals: 118


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.

Fiorini played 13 matches in 2017, averaging 21 disposals per game.

AFL games: 15
AFL goals: 7


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.

Gresham continued to show great promise in his second season, playing all 22 games and kicking 30 goals.

AFL games: 40
AFL goals: 41


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 78 of a possible 93 games over the past three seasons and has become a key part of the Tigers’ defence.

Grimes had a career-best season in 2017, playing all 25 games – including the grand final – and finishing fifth in the best and fairest in the Tigers’ premiership campaign.

AFL games: 104
AFL goals: 3


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.

Hrovat featured in all 22 matches in his first season with the Kangaroos.

AFL games: 52
AFL goals: 28


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.

He scored his second selection in the All-Australian team in 2017.

AFL games: 140
AFL goals: 108


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 kicked 10 goals in 13 VFL appearances in 2017.

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 made his AFL debut in Round 22, 2017 and racked up 18 disposals in the Bulldogs’ loss to Hawthorn.

AFL games: 1
AFL goals: 1


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.

Macpherson played eight AFL games in 2017 and also claimed the Suns’ NEAFL Player of the Year award.

AFL games: 12
AFL goals: 5


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.

He made his AFL debut in Essendon’s ANZAC Day victory over Collingwood in Round 5, 2017.

AFL games: 2
AFL goals: 0


Lachlan Murphy (Diamond Creek)

Murphy was selected by Adelaide with pick No. 38 in the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft.

A star junior footballer at Diamond Creek, Murphy represented the league at under-13, under-14 and under-15 level.

He was overlooked in the 2016 draft despite a standout season in the TAC Cup for the Northern Knights, where he claimed the club’s best and fairest.

However, he put the disappointment aside and made the move to Adelaide in the hunt of keeping his AFL dream alive.

The decision paid off, with Murphy rewarded after an impressive year for the Crows – where he played 18 SANFL games to finish fourth in the best and fairest award.

He also won the Dean Bailey Award as the club’s most dedicated development player.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Jack Petruccelle (Epping)

Petruccelle was snapped up by West Coast at pick No.38 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

After juggling football and basketball commitments throughout his junior career, Petruccelle burst into draft contention this year with an eye-catching campaign for the Northern Knights.

The Epping speedster impressed across each line during the TAC Cup season and showed his versatility for Vic Metro during the Under-18 Championships.

His 2.87 seconds for 20m at the Draft Combine

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.

He made an immediate impact with the Tigers and was an integral part of the club’s premiership side – averaging 27 dipsosals per game during the 2017 finals series.

AFL games: 117
AFL goals: 37


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.

One of the game’s best rebounding defenders, Shaw won the Giants best and fairest in 2015 and was named in the All-Australian team in both 2015 and 2016.

AFL games: 262
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 in his debut season before being upgraded to Richmond’s senior list.

He played 16 of Richmond’s first 18 games in 2017, before losing his place in the senior team ahead of the club’s successful finals series.

AFL games: 32
AFL goals: 8


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 have restricted Sier to just 18 VFL games in his first two seasons with the Magpies.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Matthew Signorello (West Preston-Lakeside 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.

Signorello spent the 2017 season with Adelaide’s SANFL side and played all bar one game in his first season of senior football. An inside midfielder in junior ranks, he was used in less-familiar role on a wing in 2017.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Derek Smith (Fitzroy Stars)

Smith was added to Richmond’s list as a Category B rookie, with the Tigers using their first-ever selection in the Next Generation Academy Program.

Smith joined the club’s Next Generation Academy Program in 2016 after two seasons with the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup.

He went on to play five VFL games for Richmond in 2017, as well as making two appearances for the Fitzroy Stars late in the season.

Smith impressed across half-back in his five VFL appearances, with his field kicking one of his key strengths.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Sam Switkowski (Research and Panton Hill)

Switkowski was selected by Fremantle with No. 73 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

The Research junior, who also played senior football with Panton Hill, won the Northern Knights best and fairest in 2014.

He enjoyed an impressive Under-18 Championships for Vic Metro that season, but was overlooked in his initial draft year.

He went on to play 27 VFL games for the Box Hill Hawks and a further 20 games in the development league before being drafted.

In 2017 he kicked 19 goals in 12 VFL appearances.

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.

Vlastuin has since become a dependable half-back flanker and has featured in 78 of the Tigers’ past 93 games.

He overcame injury midway through the 2017 season to play a vital role in Richmond’s push towards the premiership, which included a starring role in the qualifying final win over Geelong.

AFL games: 96
AFL goals: 20


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 won the ANZAC Day medal in 2013 and was elevated to Essendon’s leadership group in 2015.

Zaharakis accumulated his most disposals in a season in 2017, amassing 590 disposals in 23 matches.

AFL games: 170
AFL goals: 112


AFLW

Shae Audley (Hurstbridge and Diamond Creek Women’s)

A fierce in-and-under midfielder, Audley began playing junior football with the Hurstbridge Football Club.

She joined Diamond Creek Women’s in 2008 and was selected by Carlton with the No.46 draft pick in the inaugural Women’s Draft.

Audley featured for the Blues in the inaugural AFLW match against Collingwood and didn’t miss a match in the 2017 AFLW season.

She is also a two-time netball best and fairest in the Northern Netball League, where she represents Hurstbridge.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 2


Deanna Berry (Mernda, Epping and 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.

She received the Round 7 Rising Star nomination after finishing with 11 disposals, two goals and three marks in the Demons’ 54-point win over Fremantle.

Berry was traded to the Western Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2017 AFLW season.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 5


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.

She won a Rising Star nomination after collecting a match-high 18 disposals in the Magpies’ six-goal win over GWS in Round 6. She also laid five tackles.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 0


Tiahna Cochrane (Bendigo Women’s)

Cochrane was recruited to the Blues via pick No.5 in the 2017 AFLW rookie draft.

The youngster was a standout for Bendigo in the inaugural NFLW Division 1 season, winning the Coaches Player of the Year award and steering the Thunder to the premiership.

Cochrane featured in the coaches votes in 12 of 14 home and away matches in 2017.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Jessica Dal Pos (Darebin)

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

She won the Giants’ best and fairest in the inaugural season of the AFLW and was named in the AFLW All Australian side.

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.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 1


Kerryn Harrington (Bendigo Women’s)

Harrington joined Carlton a rookie in May 2017.

She was a star for Bendigo during the 2017 NFLW Division 1 season, finishing third in the competition best and fairest count.

Harrington was also fifth on the goal kicking table and starred in the Thunder’s grand final win over Diamond Creek Women’s.

Ironically, she also featured for the Creekers’ VFLW side – playing seven matches during the 2017 season.

The code-hopper excelled as a basketballer, spending the majority of her sporting career playing for Bendigo Spirit in the Women’s National Basketball League. She also represented Australia at the 2009 and 2011 under-19 junior World Championships.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Tanya Hetherington (Diamond Creek Women’s)

Hetherington will head north for the 2018 AFLW season after being chosen by GWS Giants at pick 17 in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

The Creekers VFLW co-captain returned to football this season after a long injury layoff and helped lead her club to the VFLW grand final.

She also made one appearance in the Northpark NFLW Division 1 competition this season.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0

 


Reni Hicks (Diamond Creek Women’s)

19-year-old Hicks was selected by Carlton at pick 29 in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

The former rugby player was rewarded for a strong year in defence for Diamond Creek. It was her first season at the club after crossing from Bendigo.

Like fellow AFLW players Chloe Molloy and Tanya Hetherington, Hicks also made an appearance for Diamond Creek in the inaugural Northpark NFLW Division 1 season.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


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.

Hunt was selected as one of two Round 1 nominees for the inaugural AFL Women’s Rising Star award.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 0


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.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 4


Chloe Molloy (Whittlesea and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Molloy was selected by Collingwood with pick 3 in the 2017 AFLW Draft after a standout 2017 season, where she starred for Diamond Creek in the VFLW and for the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup Girls.

She was the joint winner of the TAC Cup Girls best-and-fairest and was also the competition’s leading goal kicker, before also winning the VFLW goal kicking and Rising Star awards.

The 18-year-old booted nine goals in Diamond Creek’s Northpark NFLW Division 1 opening round win over La Trobe University, before spending the remainder of the season in the Creekers’ VFLW team.

She played her junior football at Whittlesea, before switching codes to basketball and only returning to football 12 months ago.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Rebecca Privitelli (St Damian’s)

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

She played five matches for the Blues in the 2017 AFLW season, before being picked up by the GWS Giants as a free agent at season’s end.

Privitelli 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.

AFLW games: 5
AFLW goals: 1


Louise Stephenson (St Damian’s)

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

Injury sidelined her for much of the inaugural AFLW season, before playing in the Giants’ final three matches.

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

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

Stephenson has since played senior football with Melbourne Uni.

AFLW games: 3
AFLW goals: 0