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AFL ditches top-10 countdown in draft


The AFL has ditched its top-10 countdown for revealing clubs' choices in the national draft.

For the past three years, the first 10 draft picks in the league's biggest annual recruiting meeting have been conducted behind closed doors, then revealed in reverse order.

But for the November 22 draft on the Gold Coast, picks will be announced in their correct sequence.

The countdown method was designed to add a sense of drama to the event.

But there was little suspense last year, given AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney had eight of the first 10 picks, including the top five.

And the eventual No.1 pick, Jonathon Patton, had been widely forecast before the draft.

The Giants have the opening three picks in this year's draft, having been handed the top choice as wooden spooners this year. They traded recruiting concessions for the next two selections.

The Giants are expected to take Victorian midfielder Lachie Whitfield at No.1.


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  • Doing stuff just because PR parasites say so is really stupid, and to be accused of doing so must be terribly demeaning.

    Be just a stupid if the AFL Grand Final were to be marketed with some sort of added-on GF "Entertainment" - as if any responsible Commission or CEO would dilute the One Day in September with rubbish "entertainment" by has-beens, never-weres and other transient decibel drongos.

    40 Degrees S
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    November 08, 2012, 3:21PM
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