THE Bendigo Football League, VFL and TAC Cup have all proven the launching pads for four central Victorian AFL draftees the past week.
Jaden McGrath, Billy Evans, Patrick McKenna and Tyrone Downie have all earned spots on AFL lists.
McGrath and Evans were team-mates at the Bendigo Pioneers this year and will remain team-mates at the Brisbane Lions.
McGrath and Evans were drafted through the most traditional of ways - the TAC Cup.
McGrath, from Kerang, was taken by the Lions with pick No.73 in last Thursday night's National Draft.
Evans had to endure an anxious wait after he was overlooked last Thursday night.
But he didn't have to wait long to hear his name called out in Wednesday's rookie draft when he was taken with pick No.4 by the Lions.
Evans' path to the AFL began with the Kennington-Sandhurst under-13s and he was a member of this year's Sandhurst senior team that lost to Strathfieldsaye in the Bendigo Football League grand final.
McKenna was a draft bolter last Thursday night when he was taken by the GWS Giants at pick No.23.
McKenna from Gisborne, who captained the Australian under-19 cricket team last month, was drafted out of the BFL, where he this year kicked 45 goals in 18 senior games for the Bulldogs.
And Downie is headed to the Gold Coast Suns from the Bendigo Gold in the VFL.
Downie was picked by the Gold Coast Suns with selection 59 in the rookie draft and becomes the 11th player to be drafted from either the Bendigo Bombers or Bendigo Gold.