Falcons Draft Profiles

Updated: November 21, 2015
Harry Kol will be hoping to follow in dad Michael's footsteps in playing AFL. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT
Harry Kol will be hoping to follow in dad Michael's footsteps in playing AFL. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

Harry Kol will be hoping to follow in dad Michael’s footsteps in playing AFL. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

THE Geelong Falcons proud history of supplying talent to the AFL will continue in the upcoming draft week.

Darcy Parish, Charlie Curnow – despite his Friday indiscretion – and Rhys Mathieson are certainties to find homes, while Tom Doedee is also a strong chance have his name called out.

K-ROCK Football.com.au TAC Cup specialist Bradley Green spoke with Falcons Talent Manager Michael Turner about those on the radar of AFL clubs.

Darcy Parish

Age: 18
Height: 181cm
Weight: 73kg
Position: Half-back/On-baller
Home Club: Winchelsea
Falcons regional manager Michael Turner says: “Darcy has been as good as any kid that’s been through our program. Depending on what club he goes to, he’s very capable of playing senior football next year. He’s done everything – he’s been in the AFL Academy, been a dual All-Australian, named in the TAC Cup of The Year twice, he’s just a great footballer. AFL clubs have already earmarked him as a future 200-game AFL player.”

Charlie Curnow

Age: 18
Height: 191cm
Weight: 95kg
Position: Forward/Midfield
Home Club: Torquay/Geelong College
Turner says: “I told every AFL Club at the start of the year he was potentially the No.1 pick. But then he got injured and that took him out of the national championships. He’s still a developing player but there’s massive upside to Charlie. He can play a lot of different positions; we played him at full back and centre half-back as well as up forward and in the middle. He could end up as a ruck-rover like Nat Fyfe.”

Rhys Mathieson

Age: 18
Height: 185cm
Weight: 79kg
Position: Midfield
Home Club: Bell Park
Turner says: “Rhys is definitely a top 20 pick and possibly could go top 10, depending on what clubs are looking for. He’s a ball hunter, a real combative and contested ball player. I watched his game for Geelong in the VFL and he won all the contested possessions and beat (Hawthorn-listed) Will Langford. If the clubs are after that type of player then he might go a bit earlier. He’s a footy bogan – he just can’t get enough of it.”

Tom Doedee

Age: 18
Height: 187cm
Weight: 80kg
Position: Defender
Home Club: St Joseph’s
Turner says: “A lot of AFL clubs rate him the best one-on-one defender in Victoria. They know he’s a basketballer and that he’s got to learn a lot more about the game. But, like Curnow, Tom has got a lot of upside. Parish and Mathieson are going to improve when they get to an AFL club, but they’re ready to go. Doedee and Curnow, because they haven’t been in football programs all that much, they’ve got a massive upside to them.”

Brett Blair                

Age: 18
Height: 188cm
Weight: 79kg
Position: Key forward
Home Club: South Barwon
Turner says: “AFL recruiters can look back to Brett’s first game of the year where he kicked five goals in the first quarter against the Northern Knights at Preston and also our first final he kicked five and laid off some really good passes to Charlie Curnow. There’s a lot of raw talent there that needs to be captured and he needs to be educated on a lot of things. If he’s not drafted then he’ll come back and play with us next season as a 19-year-old.”

Will Sexton

Age: 18
Height: 175cm
Weight: 76kg
Position: Half-Back/Midfielder
Home Club: South Barwon
Turner says: “Will is a really hard worker who played for Vic Country in the national championships. That side was the best Vic Country team that I’ve ever seen and will dominate the draft over the next two years. Will played some good games for them and AFL clubs like him because he’s a good decision maker and an elite kick. He’s as good a kick as I’ve seen.”

Harrison Kol

Age: 19
Height: 181cm
Weight: 69kg
Position: Half-back/Wing/Half-forward
Home Club: St Mary’s
Turner says: “Harry won our best and fairest this year and there’s been interest in him. He’s pretty quick; he had the fastest mobility test in Australia at the start of the year and he can play inside and outside and I’ve seen him play really well in the wet, which is a real tick for him. I think he can play in all three areas; he can give run off the back line, on the wing he’s very good and he goes forward when you want him to. So he’s a very versatile player.”


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