Falcons get four drafted

Updated: November 24, 2015
Darcy Parish was the first Geelong Falcon drafted after being selected with pick five by Essendon. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT
Darcy Parish was the first Geelong Falcon drafted after being selected with pick five by Essendon. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

Darcy Parish was the first Geelong Falcon drafted after being selected with pick five by Essendon. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

THE Geelong Falcons reputation as a breeding ground for AFL talent continues to be enhanced after the club again provided three first round selections in the 2015 national draft held in Adelaide.

Midfielder Darcy Parish (Winchelsea) was chosen by Essendon at pick five, Torquay’s Charlie Curnow joins older brother Ed at Carlton after the Blues snared him at pick 12 while St Joseph’s defender Tom Doedee was the big bolter of the first round, snapped up by Adelaide at selection 17.

It matched the Falcons’ 2009 draft crop when Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne), Gary Rohan (Sydney) and Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide) were all first round selections.

Bell Park on-baller Rhys Mathieson is heading north after being picked up by the Brisbane Lions at pick 39.

Parish was Essendon’s first selection and said once Melbourne decided to by-pass him at pick four, he felt he was headed to the Bombers.

The 18-year-old said working on the family’s farm at Winchelsea with dad Glen over the past few weeks had helped take his mind off the draft in the lead-up.

“I’ve been flat-out on the farm with dad, bailing hay but very thankful to the Bombers for reading out my name,” Parish said.

“To stay in my state, I’m over the moon and I can’t wait to get started and get stuck into pre-season.

“One of my main strengths is my competitiveness. I just compete hard and try and help in any way I can.”

Parish grew up as a Collingwood supporter and said being on the “other” side of the traditional Anzac Day clash “will be interesting” in 2016 and beyond.

New Bombers coach John Worsfold says the club are excited to get Parish.

“We’re pretty excited that we had the opportunity (to get him),” Worsfold said.

“He’s been on the recruiters’ radar for a while and we thought, ’gee if we end up with him, we’ll be pretty happy.’

“He adds something a little bit different to what we have on our list.”

Curnow was relieved to put a few days of controversy behind him having been arrested for allegedly being drunk in a public place and refusing a breath test in Geelong in the early hours of last Friday.

The big man was subjected to a massive media scrum when he faced the media at the end of the night.

“I let a lot of people down,” Curnow,

“I’m just lucky enough that Carlton had the faith to pick me up.

“I look forward to putting my best foot forward, in that sense, and trying to earn some respect back from people that I may have lost it by winning the respect of the players.

Doedee’s selection created a buzz in the draft room. Twelve months ago he was playing basketball for Vic Country and local footy for St Joseph’s before deciding to give the Falcons and TAC Cup a go.

A stunned Doedee said he didn’t expect to attract any interest until the draft reached the mid-way stage, but revealed the Crows had been interested in him for quite a while.

“They’ve been interested in me all year,” Doedee told K-ROCK Football.com.au moments after his name was read out by new Crows coach Don Pyke.

“They were even interested last year when I was playing at St Joey’s. They even wanted to list me as a (category) `B’ rookie when I was playing basketball.

“I’m still shaking; I can’t believe it.”

New Crows coach Don Pyke says Doedee is a unique talent.

“He’s a really strong competitor, great athleticism, really good attitude and character,” Pyke said.

“He ticks a lot of boxes and just what we were looking for to add to the program.

“I think he’s going to be an exciting player for us. He comes in with good game awareness.”

Mathieson is highly rated for his contested ball ability and said he’s eager to head to Brisbane and join his new teammates.

“Brisbane told me they were going to pick me but they didn’t think they would get me that late,” Mathieson said.

“As soon as pick 39 came up I said to my mum `I’m going to go here’ because I knew they were pretty keen on me and five seconds later my name was called out. I’ve been bombarded with texts – my phone hasn’t stopped.

“I’m not nervous at all. I’m very excited to go up there. The Lions are rebuilding so pumped to be part of it and hopefully I can get a few games under my belt.”

New coach Justin Leppitsch likened Mathieson’s selection to that of former Geelong Falcon in Lewis Taylor in 2013.

“We think it’s a bit of a steal. We rated the kid in the teens,” Leppitsch said.

“To get him so high was a huge pick for us, and to get four (under-18) All-Australians in a draft is a good effort.

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