Bendigo Pair Go Top 10

Bendigo Pioneers have enjoyed their best year at the AFL Draft since 2009, with two players drafted last Thursday night. What was even more pleasing for the Pioneers was the fact that their two draftees – forward Jake Stringer and midfielder Ollie Wines - were both selected in the top 10 at picks five and seven respectively.

The Pioneers had enjoyed eight previous top 10 draft selections, and it was the second time the Pioneers had seen two top 10 picks in the one draft – 2003 being the other year. Stringer and Wines join a select list of Pioneer top 10 picks that includes Dustin Martin (2009 Richmond pick 3), Joel Selwood (2006 Geelong pick 7), Colin Sylvia (2003 Melbourne pick 3), Andrew Walker (2003 Carlton pick 2 – Bendigo’s highest ever draft pick), Luke Livingston (2000 Carlton pick 4), Chris Tarrant (1997 Collingwood pick 8 – with 268 AFL games being the highest of any Pioneers draftee) and Rowan Warfe (1993 Sydney pick 9).

Bendigo Pioneers Talent Manager Ray Byrne said the draft results were great not only for Bendigo, but for the TAC Cup competition as whole.

“It is a great result for the TAC Cup with 8 of the top 10 from the competition.” 

Byrne was pleased to see two Pioneers rewarded for their seasons with AFL selection.

“Jake (Stringer) is a big strong key position player who can also pay in the middle. 

“Ollie is a strong inside team player who can play in a number of positions,” Byrne said of his two Pioneers draftees. 

Both players featured in the 2012 TAC Cup Team of the Year in the centre (Wines) and on the interchange (Stringer) and were part of AFL Victoria’s AFL Country Academy.

Western Bulldogs Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple said he sees Stringer as more than a forward option for the Bulldogs.

“He is also flexible enough to go through the midfield and win contested ball.

He suffered a well-publicised injury to his leg, but we’re confident that under a full-time professional football program, he will be able to play to his full potential.” 

Port Adelaide National Recruiting Manager Geoff Parker was surprised to see Wines still available at pick seven, and had no hesitation in selecting the Bendigo midfielder.

“Wines is going to be a very good player for us ... he is a strong bodied midfielder ... he is around 90 kilo’s so in terms of that young body shape, you are normally bring blokes in at 70 kilo’s so he does not have to put on any weight and he is a tough contested ball player the way he is built.”


Jake Stringer

Age: 18

Height: 190cm

Weight: 93kg

Junior Club: Eaglehawk JFC 

TAC Cup Season Statistics:

Games: 9

Kicks: 129 (av. 14.3)

Handballs: 69 (av. 7.6)

Marks: 45 (av. 5)

Goals: 25 (av. 2.7) 


  • Kicked nine goals in his TAC Cup season return after broken leg
  • Competed in the VFL, represented Bendigo Gold in three games at the end of the season
  • Selected in the AIS-AFL Academy
  • Member of the Vic Country Academy Squad
  • Selected as a member of the 2012 TAC Cup Team of the Year


Oliver Wines

Age: 18

Height: 187cm

Weight: 89kg

Junior Club: Echuca JFC 

TAC Cup Season Statistics:

Games: 10

Kicks: 140 (av. 14)

Handballs: 114 (av. 11.4)

Marks: 45 (av. 4.5)

Goals: 12 (av. 1.2)

Tackles: 75 (av. 7.5) 


  • Averaged 24.2 disposals for Vic Country in the 2012 NAB AFL U18 Championships
  • Won All-Australian honours
  • AIS-AFL Academy Graduate
  • Member of the Vic Country Academy Squad
  • Selected as a member of the 2012 TAC Cup Team of the Year


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