Falcons pair ready made – Turner

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Updated: November 9, 2015
Darcy Parish gets his handball under pressure in Geelong Falcons' TAC Cup loss to Gippsland Power. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT
Darcy Parish gets his handball under pressure in Geelong Falcons' TAC Cup loss to Gippsland Power. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

Darcy Parish gets his handball under pressure in Geelong Falcons’ TAC Cup loss to Gippsland Power. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

GEELONG Falcons regional manager Michael Turner has declared Darcy Parish and Rhys Mathieson ready-made AFL players for whichever clubs selects the pair in the upcoming national draft.

Parish is tipped to be snapped up within the first few picks of the November 24 draft while Mathieson could go anywhere inside the first round.

The Falcons could again have three first round picks with key big man Charlie Curnow also expected to be taken early.

The last time that happened was in 2009 with Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne), Gary Rohan (Sydney) and Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide).

In 2011 Devon Smith and Taylor Adams headed to GWS as first round selections while last season the Falcons provided the No.1 pick in key forward Paddy McCartin (St Kilda).

Parish and Mathieson have enjoyed strong seasons both at the Falcons and for Vic Country in the under-18 national championships.

Both earned All-Australian selection and were named in the TAC Cup Team of the Year for the second straight year, the first Falcons players to achieve that feat since Jimmy Bartel in 2001.

“Rhys and Darcy will be capable of playing AFL football next year; whether or not that’s round one that’s hard to call at this stage,” Turner declared.

Turner said there was lot of similarities between Parish and Geelong captain Joel Selwood and, while he didn’t test strongly at the recent AFL Combine, clubs rate his football smarts and ability to read the game.

“AFL clubs talk about speed all the time and there’s speed in being able to read the play and he does that very well,” Turner said of the Winchelsea product Parish.

“He’s gone before anyone else can use their speed. AFL clubs have already earmarked him as a future 200-game AFL player.

“He’s been as good as any kid that’s been through this program.”

Turner said Mathieson’s appearance for Geelong’s VFL side late in the season against eventual grand finalist Box Hill confirmed to AFL recruiters he was ready to step into senior footy.

“He’s a ball hunter and a combative, contested ball player,” Turner said.

“I watched him the game he played for Geelong in the VFL and he won all the contested possessions and beat Will Langford. If the clubs are after that type of player then he might go a bit earlier.”

Turner said defender Tom Doedee, key forward Brett Blair, midfielder Will Sexton and 2015 best and fairest Harrison Kol to attract some interest.

Doedee could be a late national draft selection while the rookie draft on November 27 shapes as the best hope for Blair, Sexton and Kol to find a new home.

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