The West Coast Eagles have taken Harley Reid with the top pick in the AFL draft, as the highly anticipated event unfolds with several surprises.
West Coast Eagles’ Top Pick
The West Coast Eagles made a strategic decision in selecting 18-year-old Harley Reid with their first number one pick in 27 years, despite speculation of trading for more picks.
Key Selections in the First Round
Other notable first-round selections included Tasmanian Colby McKercher by North Melbourne, and Gold Coast matching a bid for Jed Walter. The draft also saw the Kangaroos and Hawks making significant acquisitions.
Live Blog Updates and Reactions
The evening culminated in Carlton selecting Ashton Moir as the final pick of the night, showcasing optimism and anticipation for the remainder of the draft.
Remaining Rounds and Expectations
The draft continues with the remaining rounds, as a new set of players look forward to being selected on the second night and teams prepare for potential additional offers for the top pick.
Club Satisfaction and Expectations
Various clubs expressed their satisfaction with the draft picks, with West Coast, North Melbourne, Adelaide, and Gold Coast emerging as particularly content with their selections from the first round.
Detailed Roundup of First-Round Selections
The selection process saw exciting acquisitions such as Lance Collard by St Kilda and Harry DeMattia by Collingwood, demonstrating the range of talent and potential within this draft class.