College Football Captains into the Big League

Congratulations to 2018 Football Captain Ned McHenry and 2017 Captain Oscar Brownless who were selected in the AFL draft.

Ned was chosen by Adelaide at pick 16, the first round of the draft and Oscar is heading to Kardinia Park as a Father Son draftee, following in his dad Billy’s footsteps.

Ned, a small pressure forward, found a home in Adelaide. Draft expert Kevin Sheehan said “his infectious nature would make him an asset to any club. More than that, as a player he’s elite with his endurance running, he’s very smart around the goals.”

Ned said he had no worries moving interstate. “I’ve kind of moved around a little bit in my life, coming from the country to Geelong, so I feel like I’m really lucky having a lot of different friendship groups around the place.”

“I like to play with great intensity and I’m pretty consistent with my training in that regard. I try to train those good habits so then it comes naturally and translates into my game.’’

Ned models his style on Crows star vice-captain Rory Sloane. “It’s always tough to model your game on one person but I do love the way Rory Sloane goes about it,’’ he said. “I love the way he tackles and his intent around the contest, so I look forward to meeting him.

After much hype Oscar Brownless officially became a Cat in round 5 today. A steal at pick 74, the tough running midfielder said it was be a dream come true to play for Geelong. “It sounds cliché but it is true. It has been since as early as I can remember,” he said.

Oscar backed up his exciting form for the Geelong Falcons and Vic Country with an impressive draft combine, in which he finished seventh in the 2km time trial and fifth in the yo-yo running test.

Geelong talent ID manager Troy Selwood said Brownless hadn’t left a stone unturned in his draft preparation.

“Oscar couldn’t really have done anymore to give himself the opportunity to get drafted this year. He’s been a really consistent performer for the Falcons and Vic Country,” Selwood said.

“What we like about Oscar is he’s another versatile player and we’ve got no problem playing him in defence, inside or outside midfield or across half forward.”

He’s really coachable and disciplined, and this kid will do everything he can to have a long successful AFL career.”

Geelong College Principal Dr Peter Miller wished both boys the best of luck in the next step of their journey. “It is wonderful to see students take the next step towards their dreams. The College community will be watching their development and will look forward to seeing them take to the field in the AFL. Both boys were leaders in our football program for a reason and I hope their they will be known for their character as much as their football skills."

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