TAC Cup stars chosen in Rookie Draft

The TAC Cup’s reputation of producing AFL players was further enhanced this morning when 12 of the competition’s brightest young stars were picked up in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

Those chosent his morning join the 26 TAC Cup exports selected in last week's NAB AFL Draft.

Dandenong Stingrays defender James Harmes was the first to named today, snapped up by Melbourne with second pick in the Rookie Draft.

Harmes was closely followed by North Ballarat Rebels utility Louis Herbert (Gold Coast Suns) and Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Will Maginness (West Coast Eagles), who went at No.4 and No.5 respectively.

Maginness was one of four Oakleigh players to be selected with Jake Kelly (the son of Craig Kelly) finding a new home at Adelaide, James Toohey secured by Geelong and New Zealander Shem Tatupu joining Hawthorn as an international rookie.

Fellow Kiwi Kurt Heatherley has also joined the Hawks after playing with the Sandringham Dragons this season.

Geelong Falcons teammates Nic Bourke and Sam Russell were both given a chance to reach the elite level but in very different circumstances.

Bourke won’t have to travel far from his home in Noorat after being snared by Geelong, while Russell is heading to Port Adelaide to begin his AFL journey.

Highly talented forward Dallas Willsmore (North Ballarat Rebels) was chosen by Hawthorn with pick 17, while Murray Bushrangers duo Max King (Melbourne) and Kayne Turner (North Melbourne) joined the AFL ranks.


No Players Name Club from Club
2 James Harmes Dandenong Stingrays / Devon Meadows Melbourne
4 Louis Herbert North Ballarat Rebels Gold Coast SUNS
5 Will Maginness Oakleigh Chargers / Glen Iris JFC West Coast Eagles
13 Samuel Russell Geelong Falcons / Newtown & Chilwell Port Adelaide
15 James Toohey Oakleigh Chargers Geelong Cats
17 Dallas Willsmore North Ballarat Rebels / WalpeupUnderbool FC Hawthorn
19 Max King Murray Bushrangers / Wagga Tigers Melbourne
25 Kayne Turner Murray Bushrangers/ Kiewa Sandy Creek FC North Melbourne
31 Nick Bourke Geelong Falcons / KoloraNoorat Geelong Cats
40 Jake Kelly Oakleigh Chargers / Glen Iris JFC The Gladiators Adelaide
61 Kurt Heatherley Sandringham / NZ Hawthorn
65 Shem-Kalvin Tatupu Oakleigh Chargers / NZ Hawthorn



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