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AFL Draftees

Below is a list of local players who have been drafted by AFL clubs from the Ballarat Junior Football Netball League.

Name - Local Club - Years Played/ Clubs/ Games/ Goals

Brad Cassidy - Ballarat - 1996/1997 - Fitzroy/Collingwood - 16/10
Cassidy was drafted in 1994 by Fremantle. He was delisted at the end of 1995 after playing no games. Fitzroy picked him up with pick 49 in the 1995 drafted. He played 14 games. Collingwood drafted him at the end of 1996 after the Lions merged with the Bears. He was delisted after one season.

Mark Orchard - East Point - 1995/2000 - Collingwood/Sydney - 86/15 
Orchard played 12 games for Collingwood from 1995-96 before being traded to Sydney as part of the Anthony Rocca deal. After 41 games in two seasons with the Swans; he requested a trade back to Collingwood with Paul Licuria in exchange for a third round pick (Nic Fosdike). He played 33 games across two seasons for the Pies before being delisted. 

Tony Bourke - East Point - 1995/1999 - Carlton - 4 /0 
After being drafted in 1994; injury sidelined him until 1998. He made his debut that year where he played four games. He didn't make an appearance in 1999 in a super side and was delisted. 

Drew Petrie - Ballarat - 2001/2017 - North Melbourne/West Coast - 332/444
A five time North Melbourne leading goal kicker; all Australian in 2011; International Rules representative and 300 game player. He was delisted by North after 316 games before being secured by West Coast in the 2017 Rookie Draft where he played a further 18 games before retiring. 

Stephen Owen - North Ballarat City - 2005/2007 - Geelong - 0/0
Injury and illness hampered his time at the Cats before being delisted without a game to his name. 

Nathan Brown - Ballarat - 2008/Current - Collingwood/St Kilda - 152/7
Brown played 130 games at full back for the Pies over nine years, including the 2010 premiership and best first year player (Harry Collier Trophy) in 2008. He moved to St Kilda at the end of 2016 as a restrict free agent. 

James Frawley - East Point - 2007/Current - Melbourne/Hawthorn - 187/24
Chip spent eight seasons at Melbourne for 138 games; All Australian (2010) and two International Rules appearances. He moved to Hawthorn as a free agent for the 2015 season and became a premiership player that year. 

Shaun Grigg - Redan - 2007/Current - Carlton/Richmond - 192/93
AFL Rising Star nominee in 2008 for Carlton where he played 43 matches. He was asked to be traded from Carlton at the end of 2010 and was secured by Richmond in a deal for Andrew Collins. He became a premiership player in 2017 and also represented Australia.

Michael Jamison - North Ballarat - 2007/2016 - Carlton - 150/2
Picked up in the 2007 Rookie Draft, Jamison played 150 games in the backline for Carlton and was elevated to the leadership group after just 34 games. He captained the team in 2010 in a game against Essendon; the year he was Best Clubman at Carlton. Injury hampered much of his career, retiring at the end of 2016. 

Mitch Brown - Ballarat - 2007/2016 - West Coast - 94/13
Drafted by the Eagles with Pick 16 in the 2006 draft; the defender from Ballarat and the North Ballarat Rebels made his debut for the Eagles in Round One of 2007. He would play in the backline and occasionally pushed forward. He was a Rising Star nominee in 2009 and Chris Mainwaring medal winner in 2012.  Injury hampered his 2008; 10; 11 and 15 seasons. His twin brother Nathan previously played at Collingwood before moving to St Kilda at the end of 2016.

Nathan Brown - Ballarat - 2008/Current - Collingwood/St Kilda - 152/7
Drafted by Collingwood with Pick 10 in the 2006 draft. He didn't play until Round One in 2008 where he shut down Matthew Pavlich in front of 45,000 fans. He held himself well against Jonathon Brown and Matthew Richardson; and earned a Rising Star nomination in his 10th game. He won the Harry Collier trophy as best first year player.
Brown celebrated his 50th game in the 2010 AFL Grand Final Replay; a game where he celebrated as a premiership player.
He joined St Kilda at the end of 2016 as a restricted free agent.
Twin brother to Mitch (2007/2016)

Nick Suban - Bacchus Marsh - 2009/2017 - Fremantle - 156/60 
Drafted by Fremantle as a midfielder; Suban was a Rising Star Nominee in 2009. He was the Vic Country Under 18s captain in 2008. Suban was delisted at the end of 2017. 

Jordan Roughead - Lake Wendouree - 2010/Current - Western Bulldogs - 126/28
A backman and defender; Roughhead was a premiership player in 2016; and won the Tony Liberatore Most Improved Player award in the same season.He kicked a goal on debut in 201.

Andrew Hooper - East Point - 2010/2012 - Western Bulldogs - 7/7
A Larke Medal winner for the AFL Under 18 Championships with David Swallow; his height appeared to impact him after being overlooked in the 2009 drafted. He impressed in his second season but was delisted at the end of 2012. 

Ben Mabon - North Ballarat City - 2010/2012 - North Melbourne - 0/0 
Magon was a ruckman who was delisted after not player a game with North. 

Brad Crouch - Ballarat - 2013/Current - Adelaide - 61/21
AFL Rising Star nominee in 2013 after missing 2012 due to being drafted a year earlier than permitted. He finished second in the rising star to Jaeger O'Meara in 2013. He played in the 2017 Grand Final loss to Richmond. A high possession winner in the midfield. 

Dom Barry - East Point - 2013/Current - Melbourne/Port Adelaide - 5/0 
Barry played two International Rules game for Australia in 2013 before making his AFL debut in 2014. He lost the desire to play the game after that season; returning to Central Australia. He played with Glenelg in 2016 and was eventually drafted by Port Adelaide at the end of 2017. 

Matt Crouch - Ballarat - 2014/Current - Adelaide - 72/17 
Made his debut in 2014 and impressed instantly. 2014 AFL Rising Star Nominee; Showdown Medal winner in 2016; Age Player of the year in 2017; All Australian team representative in 2017; Grand Final player in 2017 and won the club's best and fairest in 2017. A super year and super career ahead of him. AFLPA Under 22 team of the year. 

Dan Butler - Lake Wendouree - 2015/Current - 23/30
Made debut in 2017 after being drafted in 2014 draft due to injury. Improved in 2016 that had him offered a contract in 2017. His debut in Round One of 2017 had him play 23 games that year; AFL Rising Star nominee; Cosgrove Jenkins Award for best first year player and played in the 2017 premiership.