Dyson’s made for Essendon


Dyson’s made for Essendon

Welcome home: there was huge excitement at the Year 12 formal on Friday night as Dyson Heppell celebrated his draft selection. He is with Georgie Wray-McCann, Dyson

EVERYTHING was happening as Dyson Heppell dreamed.
He was speaking to boyhood idol, and Essendon coach James Hird about becoming an AFL footballer with the club he has supported since he was a boy.
Dyson would be staying in Victoria, selected with pick number eight in the 2010 AFL National Draft.
What he would not have dreamed, or even considered, was making the plans with his new coach in a tent near the beach at Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
“(Essendon list manager) Adrian Dodoro rang up and said: ‘We’ve got Hirdy on board and we’re coming around to have a chat’. I brought them into the little tent and we sat around and had a bit of a chat,” Dyson said shortly after being selected.
“It was a bit weird when Hirdy walked in. It was a massively surreal feeling. He wanted to know me and my family and it was a pretty informal discussion.”
In a range of see-sawing opinions, Dyson went from certain Brisbane player, and bounced around as a possible selection to other clubs before ending up at Essendon.
Speculation about a past groin injury was a growing concern, but Heppell quashed any rumours pre-draft.
“I was getting calls from clubs and they were asking: ‘What’s wrong with your groin, I knew nothing was wrong. It’s all good and I’m fine,” he said.
Should Dyson debut in Round one as part of Essendon’s new look midfield, he will be doing so against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, which will draw a large crowd.
It is predicted that a large South Gippsland contingent will head to the game to see Leongatha’s newest draft star.
Wallis follows dad
MITCH Wallis, the son of former Bulldogs and Leongatha player Steve was drafted under the father/son selection at pick number 22 to the Western Bulldogs.
Wallis was the key factor in thwarting Gippsland Power’s premiership hopes this year, racking up 47 possessions in a best on ground performance for Calder Cannons.
His dad, a former captain, played 261 games for the side and represented Victoria on three occasions.
Mitch will be hoping to perform similarly when he gets on the big stage.
From Yarram to Sydney
JED Lamb’s magical foot skills will take him from the small town of Yarram to Australia’s most populous destination – Sydney – after he was picked up as number 21 in the AFL draft.
The 18-year-old has been described as the best young sharpshooter, and will be looking to cement a spot in the Swans’ forward line next season.
As a team-mate to Dyson Heppell for Gippsland in the Under 18 TAC competition, the pair combined beautifully.
But on Sunday, April 3 they may face off as rivals should both be selected for their clubs in Round Two matches.
Talks with Sheedy
Young Stony Creek footballer, Cameron Stone, could be a surprise selection for new team, Greater Western Sydney.
Stone, who flew up to “Schoolies Week” on the Gold Coast on Saturday after attending his Year 12 formal, spoke for some time with GWS coach Kevin Sheedy and recruiting staff at Melbourne Airport.
Apparently they were very interested in Stone, taking measurements and asking him about his plans post-school.
Stone, a fast utility player, has trained with Gippsland Power and was a member of Stony Creek’s premiership team of 2009 and runner-up team in 2010. Stone may have his chance at the Rookie Draft coming up on Tuesday, December 7.
GWS has selections one to eight and the Gold Coast has selection nine and first selection in each subsequent round.
Another Stony Creek player, Brenton Byrnes has been training with Essendon and he is a chance at the Rookie Draft as well.
Delisted St Kilda player, Robert Eddy, could be picked up in the AFL Pre-Season draft next Tuesday, November 30.

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