FOUR HOPEFULS SET FOR DRAFT
Four WRFL draft hopefuls are feeling nervous and excited at the prospect of fulfilling their childhood dreams of making it onto an AFL list.
St Albans young gun Buku Khamis, Werribee Districts star Daly Andrews and St Bernards duo Xavier O’Halloran and Lachlan Sholl are all in contention to get their names called out at the NAB AFL Draft over the next two days.
Khamis, who was born in South Sudan, is an Under 18 All Australian and a Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy member.
He played with WRFL club St Albans between 2012 and 2016, winning two league Best and Fairest medals in the process.
The youngster also represented the WRFL at two AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championship carnivals and was a part of the David Rodan Squad four years ago.
Khamis has had a decorated junior football career and has always been destined for bigger and better things.
He has played with the Western Jets for the past two seasons, making AFL recruiters stand-up and notice the talent he has to offer.
Vic Metro team mate Daly Andrews has also impressed, turning heads at the Under 18 National Championships.
The 18-year-old was invited to the Draft Combine last month, which meant at least five clubs were interested in seeing the Werribee Districts star.
Andrews has played with the Tigers for two seasons. Previous to that he played with Werribee Centrals.
He also represented the league twice at the Vic Metro Junior Championships in 2014 and 2015 and won the Under 13 Division 1 Best and Fairest Award in 2013 and Under 11 Division 1 Best and Fairest in 2011.
Earlier this year, he told the WRFL, that if he were to get drafted it would be a dream come true.
“It would mean everything to me to be lucky enough to land on an AFL list,” Andrews said.
“It would give me the opportunity to continue to develop my footy in an elite environment, learning from the best.”
Xavier O’Halloran enters the draft as one of the most qualified young leaders, having captained Vic Metro, the Western Jets and St Bernard’s.
At the Combine he ranked highly for the sprint and agility tests and has become a highly regarded midfielder. Experts expect the midfielder to be taken in the second round.
During his time with St Bernard’s he won two premierships, the Under 16 flag in 2015 and the Under 17 Premiership in 2016.
Finally, Lachlan Sholl, who played his junior football alongside great mate O’Halloran is also a chance to get drafted.
The 18-year-old played his junior football with St Bernard’s, more recently he has been playing with the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup.
Sholl’s family has a great history in the AFL, his father Brett played 35 games for Carlton. His dad’s cousins Craig and Brad also played at the elite level. Craig played 235 games for North Melbourne and Brad played 171 games with both the Cats and the Roos.
Sholl had a successful junior career with St Bernard’s, he was involved with six Grand Finals, winning three premierships.
Could he follow in his families footsteps and be drafted? We will find out later today or tomorrow.
Follow the WRFL’s live coverage of the Draft across social media today and tomorrow.
When: November 22, 7pm
Where: Marvel Stadium
TV: Fox Footy 7pm
Round 2 onwards
When: November 23, 12pm
Where: Marvel Stadium
TV: Fox Footy 12pm
November 23, 6pm