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AFLX draft: Five things you may have missed

REVEALED: The AFLX captains announce their starting line-ups Dangerfield, Fyfe, Betts and Riewoldt reveal where their AFLX players will line up

PATRICK Dangerfield went for Geelong teammates, Nat Fyfe stacked his midfield and Eddie Betts took Docker Bradley Hill with pick one.

While they were the headlines from the inaugural realestate.com.au AFLX Draft on Wednesday night, these are some things you may have missed.

Nat the professional

Arriving with his Clark Kent glasses and four-colour pen for extra detail, Flyers captain Nat Fyfe was clearly the most-prepared captain. Eddie Betts was in shock when he entered to see Patrick Dangerfield with a full entourage in tow. Manager Paul Connors and offsider Mel Oberhofer joined the Bolts skipper in preparation for the event, and it appears they had a fair influence. Not only had Dangerfield been conversing with vice-captain Luke Hodge over players in the build-up – including prospects with the best post-game celebrations – he selected a further seven Connors Management clients from his 12 picks. Fyfe's homework paid off – using his steal card to nab Dog Lachie Hunter from Rampage captain Jack Riewoldt thanks to the advice of lieutenant Marcus Bontempelli.

 

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May's nightmare

With Betts desperate for key backs in his Deadly line-up to contend with key forwards Riewoldt, Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron, he turned to Melbourne recruit Steven May. Thinking he was on a winner by landing one of the best key defenders in the game, he was quickly grounded by Riewoldt. "I kicked 10 on him last year," Riewoldt quipped, referring to his bag against Gold Coast in round 21 last season. The former Suns co-captain will receive some help from Fremantle backman Joel Hamling, a player Fyfe said has the best taste in music at the Dockers and should be given the task for Deadly. 

  Ruck dilemma

Cam Ellis-Yolmen v Marcus Bontempelli. It's not a conventional ruck contest but will be on show when Team Deadly meets the Flyers. With Paddy Ryder ruled out of calculations for Deadly given his restricted pre-season, Betts had to think outside the square, turning to his 190cm Crows teammate. The ruckmen will take on greater importance for the second season of AFLX, with new rules implemented to create a centre stoppage after each super goal. It will be tough for Bontempelli to break the news to Luke Beveridge, and Tom McDonald (Rampage) and Mark Blicavs (Bolts) might have equally tough conversations with Simon Goodwin and Chris Scott.

Where's Charlie?

Players with interrupted pre-seasons such as Josh Kelly (hip), Elliot Yeo (toe) Jason Johannisen (hip) and Orazio Fantasia (finger) were removed from the draft, but Blues fans will have been asking, where's Charlie Curnow? After a summer pushing brother Ed at the front of the Blues' running efforts, there would be few more suited to the fresh concept. Instead, the mercurial forward was left out of the draft pool. Betts received a scare when reminded of Chad Wingard's calf concern after selecting the new Hawk with his fourth pick. Betts also revealed he had followed up a public call-out to Lance Franklin – who is overcoming a groin setback – with a private text message. Only problem? Buddy never responded.

Charlie Curnow was overlooked by the AFLX captains. Picture: AFL Photos

Pick me, skip

Untried Tiger Patrick Naish wouldn't have been on many of the captains' radars heading into Wednesday night. However, it didn't stop him demanding to be picked by Riewoldt for Team Rampage. After overlooking Naish, Riewoldt went for Carlton speedster Zac Fisher, who had been in his ear on social media throughout the week, with some assistance from vice-captain Patrick Cripps. Asked at the end of the broadcast who they would've loved in their team, the skippers nominated Rory Sloane (Fyfe), Tom Stewart and Isaac Heeney (Dangerfield) and Alex Rance (Riewoldt).