That wraps up our live coverage of this year's draft .... But it's certainly far from over. Stay with this website for the expert analysis from the best in the business Emma Quayle, news on the ground from Michael Gleeson and Andrew Stafford. And for a complete list of this year's picks, click HERE.
Initial, off the top thoughts... I really like Brisbane's group. Aish and Taylor #wow— Emma Quayle (@emmasq) November 21, 2013
NEWS FLASH ... Ricky Petterd gets to the Sydney Swans. That's a third AFL club for him. Petterd picked up with the No.90 selection.
Well, we're deep into the fifth and sixth founds - the territory where players get recycled (usually rookie elevations) by their clubs. Ed Curnow (Carlton), Sam Dwyer (Collingwood), Brett Goodes (Western Bulldogs) and Dane Rampe (Sydney) are some of the offerings.
OK, let's look at the stuff that really matters ... What about some of the best names of the draft ...
Kade Kolodjashnij (Gold Coast)
Jake Kolodjashnij (Geelong)
Jarman Impey (Port Adelaide)
Aliir Aliir (Sydney Swans)
Tom Barrass (West Coast) .... that's a great footy name!
Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
Mitch Honeychurch (Western Bulldogs)
Lauchlan Dalgleish (Essendon)
We're well into the third round of the draft. Check out a full list of the selections so far click HERE.Back to top
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! We've got our first 'pass' of the draft ... the Giants decide enough is enough and don't use the No.48 pick. No more bids!
So, the Tassie twins are sorted out. With Kade heading to the Gold Coast, Jake Kolodjashnij has just been snapped up by Geelong.
That stand-out name among the young guns, a player clubs shied away from last year, Dayle Garlett, finds his way to Hawthorn with pick No.38 overall. Fascinating.
Here comes Essendon ... The Bombers get their first selection (who can forget those draft penalties?), No.26 overall: Zachary Merrett goes to Essendon.
We're racing through the picks now ... up to selection No.25. But the Brisbane Lions are taking their time!Back to top
A quick re-cap of the top 10:
1 - Tom Boyd
2 - Josh Kelly
3 - Jack Billings
4 - Marcus Bontempelli
5 - Kade Kolodjashnij
6 - Marcus Scharenberg
7 - James Aish
8 - Luke McDonald
9 - Christian Salem
10 - Nathan Freeman
Melbourne goes for Christian Salem with their first round pick, No.9 overall. That leaves Collingwood with the next pick to choose Nathan Freeman. Magpies have used their two top 10 selections.
Freeman is a line-breaking midfielder who finished first in the repeat sprint at the Draft Combine. Speed + stamina are his go #piespicks— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) November 21, 2013
And the best name of the draft, Kade Kolodjashnij, goes to the Gold Coast with pick No.5. James Aish goes to the Brisbane Lions with the next selection.
The top three selections are locked in: Tom Boyd, Josh Kelly and Jack Billings. They represent Eastern Rangers, Sandringham Dragons and Oakleigh Chargers respectively. A great start for Victoria!
The Giants don't mess around, do they?Back to top
There it is ... it's official. Thomas Boyd goes to the Giants with the No.1 pick. Simply no surprises at all ...
The big fella gets presented on stage. Boyd is adamant that his selection was no certainty until his name was all read out. "Until we get our name read out, it's all hearsay," Boyd says.
This is a seriously long preamble from Demetriou and other AFL folk .... The night is getting milked for everything that it's worth. We even just got a reminder for everyone to turn off their mobile phone!
AFL boss Andrew Demetriou is welcoming all guest to the draft function ... and, naturally, special congratulations to the Hawthorn Football Club for their premiership victory. So much water seems to have passed under the bridge since then.Back to top