Bendigo Pioneers’ AFL National Draft history

FUTURE STAR: Dustin Martin ahead of the 2009 National Draft. Martin is now a premiership player, Brownlow medallist and Norm Smith medallist with Richmond.
FUTURE STAR: Dustin Martin ahead of the 2009 National Draft. Martin is now a premiership player, Brownlow medallist and Norm Smith medallist with Richmond.

ROWAN Warfe and Ashley Thomspson were the first two in 1993 and on Friday night the Rural Bank Bendigo Pioneers have the opportunity to add more names to their list of AFL draftees.

The AFL’s 2017 National Draft will be held in Sydney, with the Pioneers having one of their strongest hands with the likes of Paddy Dow, Jarrod Brander, Brent Daniels, Lochie O’Brien, Kane Farrell, Angus Schumacher and Bailey Henderson all on the draft radar.

The contingent of strong chances comes 20 years since the Pioneers produced their greatest draft haul when seven players – including a pair of 200-gamers in Chris Tarrant and Dean Solomon – were drafted in 1997.

Bendigo Pioneers AFL National Draft history:

1993

No.9 – Rowan Warfe (Fitzroy)

No.37 – Ashley Thompson (Sydney)

RELATED – WARFE BACKS SWANS

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1995

No.20 – Nick Carter (Fitzroy)

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1996

No.10 – Nathan Brown (Western Bulldogs)

No.52 – Damien Lock (Carlton)

No.53 – Michael Braun (West Coast)

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1997

No.8 – Chris Tarrant (Collingwood)

No.18 – Mark Alvey (Western Bulldogs)

No.20 – Dean Solomon (Essendon)

No.30 – Paul McMahon (North Melbourne)

No.39 – Matt Blake (Melbourne)

No.52 – Jordan Doering (Carlton)

No.82 – Nathan Thompson (Hawthorn)

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1998

No.26 – Michael O’Brien (West Coast)

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1999

No.28 – Brent Guerra (Port Adelaide)

No.41 – Kane Munro (West Coast)

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2000

No.4 – Luke Livingston (Carlton)

No.14 – Daniel Harris (North Melbourne)

No.44 – Josh Hunt (Geelong)

No.61 – Callan Beasy (Carlton)

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2001

No.13 – Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda)

No.14 – Ashley Watson (North Melbourne)

No.16 – Rick Ladson (Hawthorn)

No.19 – Daniel Elstone (Hawthorn)

No.80 – Hugh Foott (North Melbourne)

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2002

No.19 – Troy Selwood (Brisbane)

No.50 – Josh Thewlis (Sydney)

No.53 – Adam Selwood (West Coast)

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2003

No.2 – Andrew Walker (Carlton)

No.3 – Colin Sylvia (Melbourne)

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FAB FOUR: Bendigo brothers Troy (75), Adam (187), Joel (249) and Scott (154) Selwood, pictured in 2007, have played a combined 665 AFL games.

FAB FOUR: Bendigo brothers Troy (75), Adam (187), Joel (249) and Scott (154) Selwood, pictured in 2007, have played a combined 665 AFL games.

2005

No.46 – Travis Baird (Western Bulldogs)

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2006

No.7 – Joel Selwood (Geelong)

No.58 – Daniel Connors (Richmond)

No.73 – Andrew Collins (Richmond)

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2007

No.15 – Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne)

No.22 – Scott Selwood (West Coast)

No.47 – Toby Thoolan (Collingwood)

No.70 – Eljay Connors (St Kilda)

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2009

No.3 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)

No.57 – Jordan Williams (Hawthorn)

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2010

No.31 – Ariel Steinberg (Essendon)

RELATED – STEINBERG A BOMBER

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2011

No.27 – Sam Kerridge (Adelaide)

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2012

SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Robbie Tarrant was working as a teller at the Bendigo Bank Strath Hill branch before he was drafted by North Melbourne with pick No.15 in 2007.

SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Robbie Tarrant was working as a teller at the Bendigo Bank Strath Hill branch before he was drafted by North Melbourne with pick No.15 in 2007.

No.5 – Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs)

No.7 – Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide)

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2014

No.73 – Jaden McGrath (Brisbane)

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2015

No.36 – Tom Cole (West Coast)

No.45 – Aidyn Johnson (Port Adelaide)

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2016

No.32 – Joe Atley (Port Adelaide)

No.42 – Kobe Mutch (Essendon)

No.50 – Kayle Kirby (Collingwood)

No.70 – Fergus Greene (Western Bulldogs)

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NATIONAL DRAFTEES BY CLUB

West Coast – 6

Carlton – 5

North Melbourne – 5

Western Bulldogs – 5

Hawthorn – 4

Port Adelaide – 4

Richmond – 3

Essendon – 3

Collingwood – 3

Brisbane – 2

Fitzroy – 2

Geelong – 2

Melbourne – 2

St Kilda – 2

Sydney – 2

Adelaide – 1

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TRIPLE TREAT: Nick Dal Santo, Daniel Elstone and Rick Ladson were all top 20 picks in the "super draft" of 2001. Ladson was part of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership team.

TRIPLE TREAT: Nick Dal Santo, Daniel Elstone and Rick Ladson were all top 20 picks in the "super draft" of 2001. Ladson was part of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership team.

MOST GAMES BY PIONEER DRAFTEES

322 – Nick Dal Santo

268 – Chris Tarrant

255 – Brent Guerra

249* – Joel Selwood

228 – Michael Braun

219 – Nathan Brown

212 – Josh Hunt

209 – Dean Solomon

202 – Andrew Walker

187 – Adam Selwood

179 – Nathan Thompson

178* – Dustin Martin

171 – Ben McGlynn (rookie selection)

163* – Jarryn Geary (rookie selection)

163 – Colin Sylvia

160 – Daniel Harris

154* – Scott Selwood

125 – Rick Ladson

​*denotes still playing

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PREMIERSHIP PLAYERS

Dean Solomon – 2000

Michael Braun – 2006

Adam Selwood – 2006

Joel Selwood – 2007, 2009, 2011

Josh Hunt – 2007, 2011

Brent Guerra – 2008, 2013

Rick Ladson – 2008

Jake Stringer – 2016

Dustin Martin – 2017