Bushies’ mixed fortunes

TWO Myrtleford stars received mixed news at the national draft last night, with Jack Crisp promoted to Brisbane’s primary list, while Matt Taberner was overlooked.
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The Lions used pick No. 86 to elevate midfielder Crisp off the rookie list but athletic forward Taberner will now turn his attention to the December 11 rookie draft.

Two of Taberner’s Murray Bushrangers teammates found AFL homes.

Katamatite defender Tom Clurey went to Port Adelaide with pick No. 29, while Seymour midfielder Josh Prudden went to Western Bulldogs with the 50th selection.

There was also good news for former Osborne forward-midfielder Dean Terlich, who was snapped up by Melbourne with pick No. 68 after being drafted from SANFL outfit Norwood.

Echuca-raised midfielder Oliver Wines, of Bendigo Pioneers, went to the Power with the seventh pick, while former Turvey Park midfielder Harry Cunningham was elevated off the rookie list at Sydney.

Bushrangers region manager Andrew Carson said all was not lost for Taberner, Benalla’s Sam Martyn and Shepparton United’s Matt Brett.

“Unfortunately there will be some boys a little bit disappointed,” Carson said.

“They have to look to the rookie draft now.

“Two live picks, a rookie upgrade and a mature age so we are pretty happy overall.”

Terlich, who played for the Bushrangers in 2006 and 2007 as well as the NSW-ACT Rams, was taken by the Swans with pick No. 61 in the 2007 rookie draft.

He joined Norwood after being delisted by the Swans after one season and was best-afield in the Redlegs’ grand final win against West Adelaide.

Carson said it was a credit to the 22-year-old’s perseverance that he again finds himself at an AFL club as a mature-age recruit.

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