Haileybury AFL Draft Success
Haileybury congratulates our very own Max King (OH 2018), Ben King (OH 2018) and Liam Stocker (OH 2017) on their respective selections in the AFL draft.
Max is off to St. Kilda (pick 4), Ben to Gold Coast (pick 6) and Liam to Carlton (pick 19).
St Kilda supporter Max, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury playing for Haileybury in April, has been completing rehab at the Saints’ headquarters in recent months.
It was said that he could have easily been pick No.1 in any other NAB AFL Draft, but now after becoming the No.4 overall pick he will have the chance to replicate the feats of his childhood idol – Nick Riewoldt – in St Kilda's forward line.
Up north, his twin brother Ben, one of the most highly rated swingmen in the Draft, will have the opportunity to fill the shoes of either Tom Lynch or Steven May in Gold Coast's new-look side after being snagged by the Suns with pick No.6.
The King brothers, who became the first twins to be drafted inside the top 10, will soon be separated by distance but say they will never lose touch.
"It'll be a bit different because we've never really been apart, but no doubt we'll be in contact and I'll follow his career closely, and I'm sure he'll do the same with me," Max King said.
It wasn’t just the twins who were celebrating on Thursday night!
As Adelaide was on the clock with Pick 19, the Blues swooped and made an eye-catching move trading their 2019 first-round pick, in exchange for the Crows’ Pick 19 and 2019 first-round pick.
The move allowed for the Blues to get Liam Stocker, who’ll provide top midfield support for Patrick Cripps and an emerging group.
The former Haileybury College student went into the draft rated as one of the best midfielders after a fine 2018 TAC Cup season highlighted by his victory in the Morrish Medal. He averaged 23 disposals and five tackles per game.
It was enough for the Blues to claim him despite him missing the Under 18 national championships with a broken jaw.
We wish them all the very best in their footballing careers and will continue to keep a keen eye on the Draft as more of our Haileybury students hit the spotlight.