SIX NEW CATS
JOIN THE LITTER IN 2011 DRAFT
Ben Jensen 24 November 2011
drafted six new players in today's AFL National Draft, including father-son
selection Jed Bews and 29 year old Orren Stephenson
out of relative obscurity from North Ballarat.
The Cats did not have a 'round one' pick, trading their pick 26 to the
Gold Coast Suns in exchange for notional second round picks 32 and 34,
which they used to draft Joel Hamling and Shane Kersten. The two West
Australian forwards join recruits from Glenelg Jordan Murdoch and Lincoln
McCarthy, taken with picks 48 and 66, the last picks in rounds two and
three respectively. Beanpole Stephenson was pick 78 in round four, while
Bews, taken with the father-son rule, only cost the Cats pick 86 in
round five. Barring any shock retirements, this should be Geelong's
list for 2012, with no room left for any more draftees under the Pre
Season draft in December, though the club should add some new rookies
from the Rookie Draft.
Draft statement from the Cats, featuring recruiting Tsar Stephen Wells'
Pick 32: Joel Hamling, Claremont/Cable
Wells says: "We didn't see a lot of him until this year because
he was living in Broome, but right from the start, when we saw him play
in the under-18s with Claremont in Perth, we liked what we saw. Over
the course of the year Joel demonstrated the skill-set that we thought
was worthy of drafting."
Pick 34: Shane Kersten, South Fremantle/Lakes Junior
Wells says: "He's got a tremendous amount of talent. You are always
prepared in the draft for whoever comes through, so we don't take too
much notice of the ratings done before the draft. We just get our own
list together and see who comes through."
Pick 48: Jordan Murdoch, Glenelg/Port Macdonnell
Wells says: "We like Jordan's ability to kick goals and his tremendous
athleticism. He's got a lot of development left to go, but we liked
what we saw of Jordan. There were a couple of games at the start of
the year, playing for Glenelg under-18s, where he kicked multiple goals
and showed outstanding speed. Putting that together with everything
we learnt about him over the course of the year, that's why we rated
Pick 66: Lincoln McCarthy, Glenelg/Bordertown
Wells says: "We think he'll be able to play in the midfield, so
we don't think he's just a speedy small forward. He's also got a long
way to go with his development, but we're happy to have him on board.
We hope he comes to our club and learns from the guys how to be an AFL
player. He's got a good attitude towards the defensive part of the game
in the forward line."
Pick 78: Orren Stephenson, North Ballarat/Redan
Wells says: "He was one player that we came in with a plan to select
with that pick. The thinking is that we've got three very good young
ruckman and we thought we needed another ruckmen to complement them.
We could've drafted another young one and watched him develop, but we
think Orren has earned his chance as a mature player. It was a big decision,
considering he's 29, but he's healthy, hasn't had any major injuries,
and has played a lot of VFL games against other listed AFL players.
Orren knows that we wouldn't have drafted him if Brad Ottens was still
playing, but we thought that we needed an experienced ruckman to come
in and complement what our young players will be able to deliver next
Pick 86: Jed Bews, Geelong Falcons/Leopold (father-son)
Wells says: "Very happy to bring him to the club. He earned it
in his own right. We wouldn't have been surprised at all if someone
had bid for him in the draft process, but we're very happy he's at Geelong."
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