Cats strengthen their draft hand with Suns’ first-round pick in 2020


It took eight picks on night two with the remaining rounds of the draft at Marvel Stadium before a Victorian club landed a player. That happened when North Melbourne bid for Hawthorn father-son Finn Maginness and saw the bid matched by the Hawks. North then traded their pick to Essendon for pick 35 and a future second-round pick.

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When Essendon finally did get a pick they made a bid for Keidean Coleman, a Brisbane academy player, at pick 37 which was one place ahead of where the Lions were due to have a pick. The move forced the Lions to scramble to try to trade to preserve picks they would lose by matching the bid.

Protracted trade talks between Brisbane, West Coast Eagles and the Swans in a three-way trade exhausted the nominal five-minute window that clubs have to make a decision. The clock was stopped making a farce of the idea that there is a time limit on trades and bids. Earlier the computer system had shut down while North were on the clock for one of their selections. Eventually the Lions did match Essendon’s bid and with the next pick the Bombers took 202cm ruck prospect Nick Bryan.

Matching the Essendon bid meant that when Richmond bid on two Brisbane academy players, mid-forwards Noah Cumberland and Will Martyn with successive picks at 43 and 44, the Lions were unable to match the bids.

Collingwood had to wait until 40 before having a pick and when they did they took Jay Rantall, a hard running midfielder who had the best two-kilometre time trial.

Before the night began Port and Brisbane did an odd trade where Port leap-frogged one spot over Brisbane. Port had pick 22 and Brisbane 23 and they switched them with Brisbane giving a future second-round pick and getting back Port’s fourth round in order to convince them to let them jump ahead of them one spot in the draft. Brisbane took Devon Robertson with that pick.



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