AFL Draft 2022: Full recap of West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers’ picks on night two of the draft


Our two WA clubs took raw ruck giants among their crop of draftees as the action concluded on day two. Here’s who Freo and West Coast recruited.

WEST COAST

South Australian ruckman Harry Barnett said he was “lost for words” after being snapped up by West Coast in another draft surprise.

Having already recruited two midfielders – East Perth’s Reuben Gibney and Swan Districts’ Elijah Hewett – as first round selections on Monday, the Eagles didn’t have to wait long for their first pick on day two.

With Pick 23, West Coast took West Adelaide’s Barnett as they eye a long-term replacement for Nic Naitanui.

202cm Barnett said he was happy to move to Perth to get his opportunity and said working alongside Naitanui would be massive.

“I’m lost for words. This is silly,” he said.

Camera IconHarry Barnett (right) flies. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

“Obviously Nic Nat is a massive role model.

“To actually learn from him is unreal. It’s second to none.”

Barnett has already played senior SANFL football and comes with big wraps.

“We liken him to Brodie Grundy,” AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said.

“He takes a thumping mark up forward. his ruck craft is developing. he’s the perfect size to get across to the West Coast Eagles and maybe be helped along by Nic Naitanui.”

Barnett (right) lays a tackle on Will Ashcroft.
Camera IconBarnett (right) lays a tackle on Will Ashcroft. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

The Eagles then selected Victorian midfielder Coby Burgiel at pick 29. The speedy onballer is set to give West Coast another dimension in the midfield alongside Gibney and Hewett.

“There’s another targeted move,” Draft expert Mick Ablett said.

Coby Burgiel on the move.
Camera IconCoby Burgiel on the move. Credit: Kelly Defina/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

“They’ve gone for leg speed. He’s going to love the quick deck at Optus Stadium.

“He’s the sort of player you want getting it forward of centre.”

Coby Burgiel (left).
Camera IconCoby Burgiel (left). Credit: Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

West Coast then added small forward Noah Long, who overcame injury this season to get drafted from country Victoria.

Long had a knee injury during the pre-season and then suffered a collarbone injury. That forced the onballer to learn to play as a forward upon return.

Noah Long.
Camera IconNoah Long. Credit: Albert Perez/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

But Sheehan said he had the ability to be more than a forward in the AFL.

“I liken him to Dion Prestia or Luke Ball,” Sheehan said.

“He’s got power and speed and goalkicking ability.”

FREMANTLE

Fremantle have reinforced their key defensive stocks with their first pick of the draft, drafting Claremont’s Hugh Davies with pick 33.

Having sat out the first night of the draft, the Dockers finally entered the action in the second round and opted to stay local.

And after losing Griffin Logue to North Melbourne in the off-season, the Dockers turned to the key defender for reinforcements.

The Tigers star has worked closely with former Eagles backman Eric Mackenzie and like him, Davies can play on the opposition’s second or third tall and also uses the ball well.

“He showed fantastic improvement from last year after getting dropping out of our State 18s summer program,” WA Football Commission state talent manager Adam Jones said earlier this year.

“He worked his way back into the winter program squad and his intercept marking has been fantastic and his ability to play proactively as a defender.

“He had some injuries late so he didn’t get to test but I’m very hopeful that he’ll get an opportunity.”

Hugh Davies (left) takes a strong mark.
Camera IconHugh Davies (left) takes a strong mark. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

At pick 41, Fremantle granted Sturt Football club forward Tom Emmett an early birthday present.

Set to turn 21 on Wednesday, the mature ager tested at the South Australian combine after attracting some serious AFL interest.

Tom Emmett going through the agility test at the draft combine.
Camera IconTom Emmett going through the agility test at the draft combine. Credit: James Elsby/AFL Photos

It caps off a remarkable four years for Emmett. Then 16, Emmett was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after months of feeling unwell.

Emmett overcame the health scare and made his SANFL debut this year and is now a Docker, overcoming adversity to become one of the draft’s feel-good stories.

Tom Emmett (right) collides with Michael Laudato.
Camera IconTom Emmett (right) collides with Michael Laudato. Credit: Mark Brake/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

One pick later, the Dockers drafted Gippsland Power big man Max Knobel.

Max Knobel marks.
Camera IconMax Knobel marks. Credit: Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

Knobel is the son of Tiger, Saint and Lions ruckman Trent, who played against Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir five times.

The 206cm ruck giant looms as the perfect replacement for Rory Lobb.

Max Knobel (left).
Camera IconMax Knobel (left). Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Fremantle added to their defensive stocks at pick 57, drafting former North Melbourne and Melbourne 19-gamer Corey Wagner.

Wagner, 25, was first drafted to the Kangaroos in 2015 before starring for VFL side Port Melbourne in 2022 after moving to half-back.

The running machine averaged 22 disposals for Borough in the VFL in 15 games and 28 in the final five matches to be named in the 40-player VFL Team of the Year Squad.

Fremantle passed on their remaining selections.



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