2023 AFL Draft: 64 New Players Selected, Notable Choices and Emotional Moments
The end of the 2023 AFL draft saw 64 new players find their respective teams. The event was covered live by Wide World of Sports, marking the conclusion of the draft class of 2023. The last pick was Reece Torrent, selected by the Brisbane Lions. With the national draft now completed, the rookie draft is the next event on the calendar, due to take place the following day.
The Clubs That Passed
Several heavyweight clubs, including Collingwood, St Kilda, Geelong, Fremantle, and the Western Bulldogs, decided to pass on their remaining selections. This move effectively ended the draft and began the transition towards the upcoming rookie draft.
Emotions Ran High
One of the most notable moments of the night was when Arie Schoenmaker was finally selected by St Kilda. The high emotions were palpable during his interview with Fox Footy, as he expressed his elation and relief at being chosen.
Among the noteworthy selections was Oliver Wiltshire, who was chosen by Geelong. Wiltshire is expected to follow in the illustrious footsteps of Tom Stewart. However, a particularly poignant moment came when Calsher Dear was taken by Hawthorn as a father-son selection. This selection was a tribute to his late father, Norm Smith Medallist Paul Dear, who passed away in 2022.
In conclusion, the second night of the 2023 AFL draft was a rollercoaster of emotions for both the players and their fans. It is now time for these new draftees to step up and prove their worth on the field. We wish them the best of luck in their AFL careers.
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