OVER the moon.
That was the feeling from AFL Tasmania after three of its finest young talents had their AFL dreams realised last night.
Launceston duo Jesse Lonergan and Jackson Thurlow were so highly thought of that they were judged among the best 16 in the draft.
Midfielder Lonergan was selected by Gold Coast with pick 13, while half-back Thurlow now calls Geelong home after the Cats called out his name at pick 16.
Joining the trio is Lauderdale tall defender Sam Siggins, who is off to Adelaide thanks to pick 62.
With only 66 live picks used, it was a draft that was tougher than expected and one the state should be proud of, AFL Tasmania high performance manager Mathew Armstrong said.
“There wasn’t a lot of picks, but if it went a bit deeper we may have got Leg 1some more,” Armstrong said.
“With clubs having to drop a couple off their rookie lists it made it tougher, which is why I’m so ecstatic that those three boys were taken.
“What impresses me about all three boys is their maturity.
“They are fantastic human beings and they do everything right. They’re a special group that have worked extremely hard to get where they are, and they’ve got their chance to perform at the highest level.”
Of those who missed out last night, Armstrong felt Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden and Ben Brown and Launceston’s Josh Woolley were the unluckiest.
The next opportunity for them to join an AFL list will be in the preseason and rookie drafts on December 11.
Delisted Tasmanians such as Sam Lonergan and Jesse Crichton will now also be looking to those drafts.
Launceston midfielder Jesse Lonergan.
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