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SANFL cements premier state league status
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, June 11 2008 @ 01:27 pm ACST

I should also mention that while flyinghigh's point that most players in state leagues are not likely to play AFL is generally true, there certainly are exceptions. Firstly quite a few of the SA U18s boys drafted each year have already played some SANFL level - guys like Carlton's Bryce Gibbs had a full year there.

But also slightly older recruits do get drafted from the state leagues - for the SANFL players like Alwyn Davey (Darwin to South Adelaide to Essendon), Matthew Stokes (Darwin to Woodville-West Torrens to Geelong premiership) and Trent Hentschel (Darwin to Woodville-West Torrens to Adelaide). For the VFL, Aaron Edwards went from Frankston to North Melbourne.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN