Delta's lil' brother is still a chance of being drafted - I posted the following from the Under18 championship thread a few months back -
... Game 2 final scores: Queensland 9.9. 63 def NSW/ACT 7.5.47
Queensland Goalkickers: Julian Kannis 3, Brent Renouf 2, Daniel Dzufer 2, Lee Spurr 1, Rhan Hooper 1
Best players: Ricky Petterd, Wayde Mills, Gavin Urquhart, Andrew Scott, Rhan Hooper.
NSW/ACT Goalkickers: Sam Rowe 1, Malcolm Lynch 1, James Bennett 1, Kieren Jack 1, Nick Paine 1, Adam Prior 1, Dylan Addison 1.
Best: Sean Logie, David Conway, Kieren Jack, Ben Mankarious, Sam Rowe, Trent Goodrem (Delta's little brother).
He's probably now an outside chance of being picked - though Sydney might think that apart from playing form, he could be of extra promotional value up there!. A fair chance he'll be rookie listed by them if he misses out??...
Just a late update on this - following the rookie draft, Delta's little brother missed out. However, there was one interesting little story to come out of it -
Balmain boys can soar high
By Jenny McAsey
December 15, 2005
KIERAN Jack has committed the footballing equivalent of forsaking the family religion and converting to a foreign church. But in his switch from rugby league to Australian football, there are some things he can't leave behind.
Kieran, the eldest son of rugby league great Garry Jack, who played 20 Tests for Australia and 241 games for Balmain, was drafted on to the Sydney Swans rookie list on Tuesday largely because of a family trait.
"He's a tough little nut, very courageous," said Swans recruiting manager Ricky Barham of Jack, 18. As to whether such fortitude was in the genes, Victorian-based Barham can't say. "I don't know, I never saw his dad play but I heard he was pretty tough."
Tough on the field, but according to Kieran, his famous father didn't give him too much of a hard time when he made the decision four years ago to give up playing league to concentrate on Australian football. "He was a bit shocked but he has grown to enjoy it," Kieran said after training with the Swans at the SCG yesterday.
Standing beside his son outside the ground where he played his first Test for Australia against Great Britain in 1984, Jack Snr joked that he had made Kieran sleep outside when he first announced his code switch. Then he figured his teen son would soon come back to league. But four years later, Jack is happy to see his son playing a game he once regarded as sissy.
"It's fantastic, he has put in a lot of hard work over the past four or five years to put himself in the position to get picked up by an AFL club," Garry Jack said. "I didn't know a great deal about AFL four or five years ago but I have come to admire the game, the fitness of the guys and the level they play at. I'm happy for Kieran because it was his dream, his passion to play Aussie rules."
Kieran took up the game in 1998 when his Sydney primary school entered the Paul Kelly Cup, a schools competition designed by the NSW AFL to get more kids playing the code. Jack's team won the final at the SCG, and the game had found a future star.
"I just loved it right from the start. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed it," Jack said. While he has courage to spare, coming to the indigenous game at the age of 11 has left the young Jack a little behind in some other areas. "I definitely need to improve my skills, my kicking. Coming from rugby league I just used to throw the ball down but now I am getting to know the drop and working on that with the (Swans) assistant coaches," he said.
His father doesn't rate the tackling skills of the average AFL player, and reckons his son's will be superior. "That is his advantage because he grew up in a rugby league family, tackling is one of his strengths as a player and he is pretty courageous. So if they are after a midfielder who can tackle, I know he can do that," Jack said.
Barham said Kieran's attitude compensated for his skill deficiencies. "We like the way he approaches the game, the way he attacks the footy and the improvement he has made over the past few years. His skills need work but he can find the footy, he just needs to play more," Barham said.
Jack, who was captain of the NSW-ACT under-18 side at this year's national championships, was overlooked in the national draft but was one of eight youngsters taken by the Swans in the rookie draft this week. That means he will train full-time with the club and play in the Swans reserves. Rookies can only play with the senior side if they are elevated to the list to replace a long-term injured player.
Jack will become another poster boy for the AFL in its push to develop the game in NSW. Only one other NSW-based youth, Dylan Addison, was taken by an AFL club during the draft process this year. A $20,000-a-year scholarship scheme announced recently by the AFL aims to attract talented NSW athletes to the code, no matter what their sporting background, and in the long-term boost the number of draftees.
Along with Swans premiership player Lewis Roberts-Thomson - a convert from rugby union - Jack will be a role model for the scholarship holders, who will be chosen by the 16 AFL clubs after a series of Australian Idol-type auditions in Sydney next year. "It is definitely tougher to get drafted from NSW, but the opportunity is there for young kids to pursue their dream if they want it," Kieran said.