The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) has been a major breeding ground for the 2018 NAB AFL Draft class, with nine former SMJFL players drafted by AFL clubs.
Four of those players were selected in the first round (three in the top seven picks), with Max King and Ben King (East Sandringham), Bailey Smith (East Malvern) and Liam Stocker (East Sandringham) all taken in the first part of the draft conducted on Thursday night.
A further five were picked up in later rounds on Friday, with James Rowbottom (Prahran JFC), Jack Ross (Waverley Park Hawks), Noah Answerth (East Malvern), Joel Crocker (St Kilda City) and Atunaisa Bosenavulagi (Caulfield Bears/Waverley Park Hawks) all drafted by AFL clubs.
Max King was taken by St Kilda at pick 4 while his brother Ben is headed north after Gold Coast drafted him with pick 6. Smith was taken by the Western Bulldogs at pick 7 and Stocker to Carlton at pick 19 to round out the first-round selections.
Rowbottom was taken at pick 25 by Sydney, Ross is headed to Punt Road with Richmond at pick 43, Answerth was taken by Brisbane at pick 55, Crocker was taken by North Melbourne at pick 69 and Bosenavulagi was selected by Collingwood with pick 77.
SMJFL players taken in 2018 NAB AFL Draft
Max King (East Sandringham) – Pick 4, St Kilda
Ben King (East Sandringham) – Pick 6, Gold Coast Suns
Bailey Smith (East Malvern) – Pick 7, Western Bulldogs
Liam Stocker (East Sandringham) – Pick 19, Carlton
James Rowbottom (Prahran JFC) – Pick 25, Sydney Swans
Jack Ross (Waverley Park Hawks) – Pick 43, Richmond
Noah Answerth (East Malvern) – Pick 55 – Brisbane
Joel Crocker (St Kilda City) – Pick 69, North Melbourne
Atunaisa Bosenavulagi (Caulfield Bears/Waverley Park Hawks) – Pick 77, Collingwood