Seagulls draft hopefuls wait for their AFL chance
Up to five Seagulls are in contention to be drafted at the AFL Draft being held at Marvel Stadium over the next two days.
Michael Gibbons, 23, Midfielder
The two-time J.J Liston Medallist had a personal best season averaging 28 disposals, 5 tackles and 7 clearances saw Gibbons finish with the second most disposals in 2018. His match in round 21 against Casey Demons showed why he is one of the premier midfielders in the VFL finishing with 32 disposals, 10 tackles and 2 goals. A host of VFL accolades since he joined the Seagulls in 2014 include a premiership (2015), a Norm Goss Medal as best-afield in the grand final (2015), a Frank Johnson Medal as best representative player (2016), two JJ Liston Trophies (2016, 2018), a Williamstown best and fairest (2018) and three consecutive team of the year appearances (2016-17-18).
Ben Cavarra, 21, Small Forward / Midfielder
A former Morrish Medallist, the midfielder turned small forward has been a livewire finishing with 32 goals and 34 goals respectively in his two seasons with the Seagulls. Averaging 2 goals a game in 2018 along with 5 tackles, Cavarra continued to show why he is one of the best pressure small forwards in state league footy which has been rewarded with consecutive VFL Team of the Year honours whilst at Williamstown.
Brett Bewley, 23, Midfielder
Went to another level in 2018 finishing fourth in league disposals and runner-up to Gibbons in the Club Best & Fairest. The racking left-footer had a season high of 39 disposals, 8 tackles against the Northern Blues in round 6 which he backed up with a 36 disposal match the following week against Geelong. Bewley made the VFL Team of the Year for the second consecutive year and equalled the Draft Combine yo-yo test with a 22.4.
Lachlan Schultz, 20, Small Forward
A match winning 3 goal display under the bright lights of Saturday night football against Richmond in this year’s Qualifying Final showed everyone his endless potential. Schultz loved playing against Richmond this year as he kicked four goals in a big win in Round 19 and 3 goals in the round 10 clash at home. Kicked 24 goals whilst averaging 15 disposals and 3 tackles per match in which his second half of the season was instrumental in the Seagulls run into the finals.
Jack Charleston, 25, Small Defender
A season best in 2018, his dash, determination and dependability saw Charleston as one of the best defenders in the VFL. Rarely beaten throughout the season, he finished Third in the Club’s Best & Fairest and after 118 VFL matches including the 2015 premiership, he may get the opportunity to show his worth as a premier state league small defender at AFL level.
A live telecast of the AFL National Draft will be shown on Fox Footy from 7pm Thursday night, whilst the reminder of the Draft continues from 12pm on Friday with the Rookie Draft at 6pm on Friday night.