Thursday, April 26, 2018

Four Bushrangers drafted for AFL

David Lee December 6, 2017

FOUR Murray Bushrangers players will be taking on the big leagues, after being drafted for the AFL.

With selection 7, Hawthorn selected Wodonga Bulldogs,’ Harry Jones, while with Pick 8, St Kilda Football Club selected Doulton Langlands from North Albury. Charlie Spargo was drafted with selection 29 to the Melbourne Football Club, while Ben Paton was taken with selection 46 to the St Kilda Football Club.

Wodonga’s Harry Jones was probably the most improved player at the Murray Bushrangers in 2017 and had an excellent start to the season and was set to play for Victoria Country before a stress reaction in his back was discovered which ended his season early. Statistically Jones was the best contested ball player for the first eight games of the season in the TAC before his injury

North Albury’s, Doulton Langlands is a superb athlete with excellent strength and speed. Langlands played with Greater Western Sydney in the NEAFL early in the season and Allies during the U18 National Championships. Langlands improved as the year progressed after a couple of niggling injuries in the first half of the year.

Albury’s, Charlie Spargo didn’t appear for the Bushrangers’ this year after playing Greater Western Sydney Academy early in the season. He then went on to school football with Melbourne Grammar before playing Allies in the National Carnival. Spargo injured his shoulder in the first round of the nationals, which required surgery and ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

After non-selection in the draft last season, Paton returned to the Bushrangers’ as an overage player and excelled at club, state and national level. Originally from Mitta, North Albury has been Paton’s club over the past two seasons. Paton played as a small/medium defender this year in TAC Cup after excelling as a midfield/forward in 2016.