BH draft fancy misses the cut

Friday, 23rd November, 2012

Mitch Clisby showed great form for North Adelaide this season. Mitch Clisby showed great form for North Adelaide this season.

By Ben Sheffield

Former West Robins' player and AFL hopeful, Mitch Clisby, missed out on being selected by an AFL club in last night's AFL Draft on the Gold Coast, despite speculation that he was on the radar of the Brisbane Lions.

The 22-year-old, who plays for North Adelaide in the SANFL, had been considered a real chance of being selected in the draft and had been picked
in a couple of phantom drafts in the lead up to the event.

He had a breakout season this year when he played as a running half back in the Roosters' team that reached the Preliminary Final.

Interestingly, the Brisbane Lions picked Mitch's North Adelaide teammate, Sam Mayes, with their first selection, pick eight.

The Lions then selected East Fremantle player Marco Paparone at pick 23 and Michael Close from North Ballarat at pick 32.

Their next pick came at pick 86, at which point they upgraded one of their rookies, Jack Crisp. Under the draft rules, once a team uses a pick to upgrade a rookie listed player, they are unable to select any new players from outside their own club.

After the selection of Crisp, all picks from each club were used to upgrade rookie listed players or not used at all. It is the second time that Mitch has missed out on being picked up by an AFL club, after a tilt at the draft several years ago.

In 2008, at 18 years of age, Mitch nominated for the national, pre-season and rookie drafts but was overlooked, despite being viewed by many as a certain pick.

The option remains for Mitch to nominate in this year's preseason and rookie drafts which are being held on December 11.

Should he not nominate or not be selected by an AFL club, Mitch will continue to play for North Adelaide with which he has recently signed a two-year deal.

But should he succeed he will join the likes of Adelaide Crows forward Taylor Walker, the Brisbane Lions' Brent Staker and former Fremantle and Essendon player, Dean Solomon, as Broken Hill players who have made it onto the list of an AFL club.

Fellow local Heath Caldwell and ex-locals Harrison Cumming and Tom Derham all nominated for the draft but were also overlooked for a spot on an AFL list.