1991 AFL draft


When the competition was known as the Victorian Football League (VFL), the league introduced the first incarnation of a draft system in 1981, where teams had two selections each of interstate players determined by reverse finishing position order.[1] This was introduced as an equalisation strategy in response to the increasing transfer fees and player salaries at the time, which in combination with declining attendances, threatened to derail the league. It was also a result of the failure of country zoning, introduced in the late 1960s, which had led to a systematic inequality whereby the clubs with the best zones, like Carlton and Hawthorn, could dominate over clubs with poorer zones like Melbourne.

In 1986, the first VFL draft was held. The draft saw players tied to zones based on their location of residence, with each club having first call on players falling within that zone. The West Coast Eagles received access to all West Australian players, while the Brisbane Bears received six concessionary picks before the other clubs.

Draft rules

The minimum draft age was 16. Clubs were allowed to select only one WA player each and South Australia was off-limits because of the introduction of Adelaide. Players in Queensland and NSW/ACT could only be selected by clubs other than the Brisbane Bears and Sydney Swans respectively, if the player was older than 19 and not required by the 'local' club. Faced with these restrictions the league reduced the number of choices from eight to six. In exchange for the SA moratorium, the Crows were excluded from the draft (they could pick any South Australian, but only South Australians).


The talent pool was clearly shallow and most clubs shied away from investing too much hope in the draft. A number of the Victorian clubs, notably Richmond and Fitzroy, couldn't afford to recruit established players so stuck with country footballers and young unproven youngsters. Clubs were believed to be looking to Tasmania as perhaps the only recruiting ground which hadn't been ravaged. The Under-19's competition was still in operation and clubs had only to list players who had been drafted, and those over the age of 19. Essendon and North Melbourne at this point for example had very talented reserves sides drawn from their metropolitan zones (these zones would later provide the basis for the Northern Knights Under-18 teams).

Pre-draft picks

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new team
1Jason BallWest CoastSwan Districts (WAFL)103

Pre-draft trades

PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames played with club
Colin AlexanderBrisbaneCollingwood5
Russell JeffreyBrisbaneSt Kilda8
Rod OwenBrisbaneMelbourne9
Brendon RetzlaffBrisbaneCollingwood15
Ron De IulioCarltonNorth Melbourne104
Earl SpaldingCarltonMelbourne102
Greg WilliamsCarltonSydney109
Brad HardieCollingwoodBrisbane2
Gary PertCollingwoodFitzroy70
Brad RoweCollingwoodBrisbane51
Tony WoodsCollingwoodFitzroy18
Sean DenhamEssendonGeelong142
Russell EvansEssendonNorth Melbourne0
Shane StrempelEssendonBrisbane0
Paul AbbottFitzroyHawthorn26
Brad BoydFitzroyCollingwood70
Dale FlemingFitzroyHawthorn13
Ashley MatthewsFitzroyCarlton6
Peter SartoriFitzroyCarlton23
Tony CampbellFootscrayMelbourne35
Darren MorganFootscraySydney0
Ricky JacksonFootscrayMelbourne0
Bernard TooheyFootscraySydney40
John BarnesGeelongEssendon144
Colin GasdenGeelongNorth Melbourne0
John McNamaraGeelongNorth Melbourne0
Geoff MilesGeelongWest Coast20
Jason TaylorHawthornFitzroy80
Michael PickeringMelbourneRichmond015
Tim BourkeNorth MelbourneGeelong0
Richard DennisNorth MelbourneCarlton13
Stevan JacksonRichmondWest Coast21
Steven O'DwyerRichmondMelbourne5
Todd BremanRichmondWest Coast25
Craig O'BrienSt KildaEssendon52
Adrian FletcherSt KildaGeelong22
Darren FlaniganSt KildaGeelong8
Lawrence BinghamSt KildaHawthorn22
Darren KapplerSydneyFitzroy59
Gavin RoseSydneyCollingwood55
Stuart WigneySydneyFootscray1
Simon Minton-ConnellSydneyCarlton46
Paul GowWest CoastFootscray0
Paul HardingWest CoastSt Kilda43
Trent NicholsWest CoastRichmond4
David ReganWest CoastRichmond4

1991 mid-season draft

PickPlayerRecruited fromRecruited by
1 Ashley Byrne Box Hill Hawks Brisbane Lions
2 David Giles Clarence Fitzroy
3 Ernie Hug Prahran Sydney
4 Fraser Murphy Carlton Collingwood
5 Athas Hrysoulakis Prahran Richmond
6 Mark Naley South Adelaide Footscray
7 Brendan Parker Tongala Carlton
8 Michael Ryan St Mary's Hawthorn
9 Grant Williams Sandy Bay Melbourne
10 Stephen Zamykal Williamstown North Melbourne
11 Trevor Spencer Melbourne Geelong
12 Jason Briggs Robinvale St Kilda
13 David McMurray Keilor Essendon
14 Simon Kenny Kedron Grange Brisbane Lions
15 David Morrison Melbourne Fitzroy
16 Mark Stockdale Traralgon Sydney
17 Dean Strauch Golden Square Collingwood
18 Shane Fell Glenorchy Richmond
19 Paul Brown Dandenong Footscray
20 Trevor Robinson Sturt Carlton
21 Simon Palmer Western Suburbs Hawthorn
22 Stephen Wearne Sandringham Melbourne
23 Passed N/A North Melbourne
24 Steven Handley Swan Districts Geelong
25 Justin Pascoe Whorouly St Kilda
26 Rod Saunders North Adelaide Essendon
27 Peter Bennett North Adelaide Brisbane Lions
28 Alan Thorpe Tatura Fitzroy
29 Damian Hogan Sale Sydney
30 Passed N/A Collingwood
31 David Preston Grovedale Footscray
32 Passed N/A Carlton
33 Ross Hart Golden Point Hawthorn
34 Dean Smith St Joseph's Geelong
35 Passed N/A St Kilda
36 David Ryan Terang Brisbane Lions
37 Daryl Argus Kyabram Footscray
38 Passed N/A Carlton
39 Shaun Ballans Lara Hawthorn
40 Darren Enever Werribee Geelong
41 Passed N/A St Kilda
42 Tony Lithgow Casterton Geelong
43 Brad Nicholls Bell Park Geelong
44 Robert Gilbert South Barwon Geelong

1991 national draft

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new team
1John HuttonBrisbaneClaremont18
2Marcus SeecampFitzroyEast Perth51
3Darren KowalMelbourneClaremont105
4Andrew McGovernSydneyClaremont29
5Jason NorrishMelbourneClaremont20
6Paul BurtonSydneyClaremont0
7Jeremy GuardFitzroyClaremont68
8Michael SymonsEssendonSubiaco109
9Stephen O'ReillyGeelongSwan Districts36
10Andrew LamprillMelbourneHobart33
11Leigh WillisonGeelongEast Perth3
12Rob MaloneSt KildaClaremont0
13Shane CrawfordHawthornFinley (VCFL)305
14Fabian FrancisBrisbaneSouthern District (NT)22
15Kieran O'DwyerHawthornBarooga (NSW)0
16Daniel MetropolisWest CoastSubiaco108
17Anthony ColeSydneyNorth Hobart0
18Matthew HoggCarltonFootscray114
19Phil GilbertMelbourneClaremont25
20Brett CookFitzroyBroken Hill (NSW)25
21Willie DickEssendonPerth7
22Simon CrawshayHawthornHawthorn19
23Mathew McKayMelbourneHawthorn0
24Kane MorphettWest CoastEast Fremantle0
25Steven DaviesWest CoastSubiaco0
26Ben HerraldHawthornHawthorn0
27Terry BoardBrisbaneFitzroy0
28Cale O'KeefeCarltonSouth Launceston0
29Mathew ConnellWest CoastSubiaco3
30Kane PurcellCollingwoodNorth Shore (T)0
31Haydon KilmartinMelbourneNorth Hobart0
32Micah BerryMelbourneMelb. Gr. (APS)0
33Paul MorrishFitzroyEssendon20
34Tim LengNth MelbourneNth Melbourne0
35Darryl DonaldGeelongWangaratta (VCFL)0
36Jason DullardMelbourneEssendon0
37Ryan O'ConnorEssendonUlverstone63
38Jamie RundleFootscrayDandenong (VFA)0
39Richard TaylorHawthornHawthorn4
40Nick WhiteMelbourneRichmond0
41Todd CurleyCollingwoodWest Perth3
42Peter FreemanWest CoastSt Kilda0
43David StrooperSydneyFitzroy32
44Brett ShollCarltonNth Melbourne35
45Gary BarrowFootscrayEssendon6
46Bruno ItalianoCollingwoodSouth Fremantle0
47Glenn MantonEssendonEssendon21
48Kevin MitchellEssendonClaremont0
49Todd HawesRichmondSwan Districts0
50Bruce HandoNth MelbourneSt Arnaud (VCFL)0
51Shaun BrookerRichmondSydney0
52Mathew HendersonHawthornMorwell (VCFL)0
53Alistair GraySt KildaCarey Grammar (APS)0
54Leigh SnooksCarltonDerinallum (VCFL))0
55Glenn HoffmanRichmondEssendon0
56Andrew DunkleySydneyNorth Launceston217
57Anthony McDonaldCarltonCarlton0
58Justin PickeringFootscrayRichmond0
59Greg TurnerCollingwoodSouth Fremantle0
60James BillingtonEssendonSubiaco0
61Michael AddisonSt KildaCarey Gr. (APS)0
62Peter MacleanGeelongSeymour (VCFL)0
63Brendan BowerEssendonRichmond3
64Chris BarrettFitzroyGeelong4
65Heath ShephardBrisbaneBurnie Hawks (T)4
66Nick RoneyRichmondNorth Launceston0
67Shane EllenFootscrayFootscray (VCFL)11
68Mathew BellSydneySydney0
69Brad ShollNorth MelbourneNorth Melbourne2
70Jon ListerCollingwoodSandy Bay (T)0
71Luke ChambersBrisbaneBrisbane0
72Michael ShieldsSt KildaSt Kilda0
73Cameron BurkeGeelongWarragul (VCFL)0
74Brendan KrummelWest CoastEast Fremantle9
75Travis EdmondsHawthornSwan Districts0
76Matt RendellBrisbaneFitzroy13
77Jay BurtonRichmondSubiaco0
78Mathew DicksonCarltonSandhurst (VCFL)0
79Bevan SmillieCarltonEssendon0
80Damian RyanFootscrayCoburg (VFA)0
81Brendan BarrowsCollingwoodClaremont0
82Scott MorrisonSt KildaNth Melbourne0
83Peter JacksGeelongBallarat YCW (VCFL)0
84Alistair BurkeHawthornHawthorn0
85John KennedyRichmondHawthorn0
86Jamie MadiganFootscrayFootscray0
87Sam JonesSt KildaSandy Bay3
88Aiden BussellHawthornWhorouly (VCFL)0
89Paul DimattinaRichmondRichmond0

1992 pre-season draft

#PlayerRecruited byRecruited fromGames with new team
1 Ashley Green Brisbane Bears Essendon 23
2 Gavin Exell Fitzroy Geelong 5
3 Mark McQueen Richmond Richmond 34
4 Damien Mellow Sydney Swans Adelaide 0
5 Mark Athorn Carlton Sydney Swans 15
6 Greg Jones Footscray St Kilda 0
7 Alex Ishchenko North Melbourne Brisbane Bears 70
8 Ross Napoli Collingwood Essendon 0
9 Alan Schwartz Essendon Essendon 0
10 Michael Ford St Kilda Footscray 2
11 Wayne Henwood Melbourne Sydney Swans 1
12 Tim McGrath Geelong North Melbourne 219
13 Tim Watson West Coast Eagles Essendon 0
14 Ricky Nixon Hawthorn St Kilda 8
15 Jason Jones Brisbane Bears Darwin (NTFL) 0
16 Danny Sexton Fitzroy North Melbourne 0
17 David Honybun Richmond Richmond
18 Alan Thorpe Sydney Swans Fitzroy 3
19 Paul McCormack Carlton Dandenong (VFA) 14
20 Mark Majerczak Footscray Carlton 0
21 Marty Christensen North Melbourne Geelong 2
22 Ross Johns Collingwood Carlton 0
23 Paul McMaster Essendon Carlton 0
24 Steven Clark St Kilda Melbourne 6
25 Andy Goodwin Melbourne Richmond 17
26 Garry Phillips Geelong Geelong
27 David Ogg West Coast Eagles Brisbane Bears 0
28 Ernie Hug, Jr. Hawthorn Prahran (VFA) 0
29 Darren Bartsch Brisbane Bears West Adelaide (SANFL) 0
30 Simon Taylor Fitzroy Montmorency 0
31 Brad Gwilliam Richmond West Coast Eagles 4
32 Allan McKellar Footscray Sydney Swans
33 Rohan Welsh Dandenong (VFA) Carlton
34 Paul Satterley Footscray Footscray 0
35 Leigh Tudor North Melbourne North Melbourne
36 Paul Docherty Collingwood Essendon 0
37 Glenn Kilpatrick Essendon North Melbourne 0
38 Dale Kickett St Kilda West Coast Eagles
39 Ben Judd Melbourne Sturt (SANFL) 0
40 Ben Graham Geelong Geelong
41 Jason Disney Richmond West Coast Eagles 0
42 Austin McCrabb Geelong Hawthorn
43 Matthew Clarke Richmond Brisbane Bears
44 Simon Dennis Richmond Richmond
45 Andrew Peck Sydney Swans Sydney Swans 0
46 Paul Tuddenham Carlton Collingwood
47 Glenn Page Sydney Swans North Melbourne
48 Derek Percival Collingwood Collingwood 0
49 Justin Peckett St Kilda St Kilda
50 Cristian O'Brien Melbourne Melbourne
51 Campbell Black Southport Brisbane Bears 0
52 Adam Jones Xavier College Richmond 0
53 Phil Krakouer Footscray Sydney Swans
54 Jeremy Smith Carlton Carlton
55 Michael Scoon North Melbourne North Melbourne 0
56 Pass - Carlton


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