EACH was drafted, all but one played at AFL level, 14 are still on lists, two have become premiership players, one is a club captain and one was before switching clubs.

It has been a decade since the 2010 under-18 All-Australian team was named and the progress, achievements, battles and drop-offs of players within that team makes for an interesting 10-year challenge.

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The under-18 representative team is picked after the national carnival each year and is viewed as one of the highest honours a draft prospect can gain.

Each season the cream of every draft crop is selected in the group, with illustrious AFL careers awaiting them. Some deliver on that promise. Others, however, fall by the wayside for varying reasons.

Here delves into the 2010 team which has stacked up strongly, with a number still key players in their AFL prime. 


B: Ben Jacobs (VM), Matthew Watson (VM), Dyson Heppell (VC)
HB: Shaun Atley (VC), Patrick McCarthy (SA), Brodie Smith (SA)
C: Jared Polec (SA), Mitch Hallahan (VC), Andrew Gaff (VM)
HF: Harley Bennell (WA), Lucas Cook (VC), Adam Treloar (VC)
F: Jayden Pitt (VC), Steven May (NT), Josh Caddy (VM)
Foll: Daniel Gorringe (SA), Anthony Miles (NSW-ACT), Tom Liberatore (VM)
Int: Sam Day (SA), Josh Bruce (NSW-ACT), Josh Green (Tas), Sam Darley (Tas) 

Coach: Robert Hyde (VC)
Assistant coach: Matthew Armstrong (Tas) 


Ben Jacobs: Started his career as a first-round pick for Port Adelaide, before returning home to Melbourne and joining the Kangaroos. Found his niche as a run-with midfielder before concussion issues have put his career on hold since 2018. 

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Jacob's effort sets up Simpkin snap

Ben Jacobs rips the ball out and sticks a tackle to give Simpkin space to snap the goal

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Matthew Watson: Another high draft choice, Watson was selected by Carlton with pick No.18 but he struggled to find a place in the Blues' defence. He was delisted at the end of 2015 after 23 senior appearances. 

Matthew Watson in action for Carlton in 2015. Picture: AFL Photos

Dyson Heppell: Burst onto the scene to be Essendon's first ever winner of the NAB AFL Rising Star with a stellar debut season across half-back. Quickly transitioned into a leading midfielder of the competition, being an All Australian and best and fairest winner. After being one of the Bombers' players suspended for the 2016 due to anti-doping breaches, Heppell returned to take over Essendon's captaincy.

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Dons skipper kicks a stunner

Brilliant piece of skill by Dyson Heppell tight in the pocket

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Shaun Atley: Has been a constant member of North's line-up throughout his career, with the speedy half-back/wingman playing 20 or more games in every season after 16 in his first. He is two games away from reaching his 200th milestone. 

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Atley executes an absolute ripper

Under pressure on his left foot, Shaun Atley snaps a great goal

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Patrick McCarthy: McCarthy played just one game for Carlton after being drafted by the Blues with their second pick in the 2010 national draft. The tall defender was delisted at the end of 2013 and returned to play in South Australia. 

Brodie Smith: A star of the competition for the Crows with his run and carry out of defence. A penetrating kick and key player for Adelaide, he missed the club's 2017 Grand Final appearance after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in its qualifying final win that season. Was named in the 2014 Virgin Australia All Australian side.

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Smith slots a blinder from the boundary

Brodie Smith kicks a brilliant goal from right on the boundary line

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Jared Polec: A fascinating career that started at Brisbane as a top-five pick, before he requested a trade home to Port Adelaide. After his best season at AFL level for the Power in 2018, the talented wingman requested a move to North Melbourne on a long-term deal. 

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Kangas' big coup: watch the best of Polec

North Melbourne gets its man, here are the highlights of Jared Polec's career

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Mitch Hallahan: The hard-at-it midfielder joined Hawthorn as it was about to embark on its historic era, and struggled to break into its senior team, managing only six games. He headed to Gold Coast at the end of 2014 where he played 20 games over three years. 

Mitch Hallahan celebrates a goal for Gold Coast in round 20, 2016. Picture: AFL Photos

Andrew Gaff: Has delivered on being pick No.4. Gaff's consistency, hard running, and damaging line-breaking ability makes him the game's preeminent wingman who is also able to play as an inside midfielder. Missed the Eagles' 2018 premiership due to his infamous punch on Andrew Brayshaw but will reach his 200th game for West Coast with two more appearances.

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Why Eagles are excited: the best of Andrew Gaff

Watch the best highlights of re-signed Eagle Andrew Gaff

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Harley Bennell: It's been an injury-cruelled and at times controversial career for Bennell, who started as a Gold Coast's No.2 pick before heading to Fremantle, where calf issues took hold of his career. After four years and two games for the Dockers he departed last year, but has been given one last chance in the AFL with Melbourne via the supplemental rookie rules.

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To Hell and Back: Desperate Harley's pledge to Demons

Melbourne puts Harley Bennell through a searching interview before offering a the former No.2 draft pick a lifeline, plus the latest from a gruelling pre-season

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Lucas Cook: The only player from the side who never made his AFL debut. Melbourne used pick 12 on the marking forward, but he didn't fire at VFL level and after two years was cut by the Demons.

Adam Treloar: One of the genuine stars of this group. A game-changing midfielder who was an original Greater Western Sydney pick-up as a 17-year-old. He made this line-up as a bottom-ager and had to wait until 2012 for his AFL debut. After 79 gams with the Giants, Collingwood won the battle for his services at the end of 2015.

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Treloar at his terrifying best

Adam Treloar was absolutely everywhere in his side's demolition of the Suns

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Jayden Pitt: One of the sad stories. Pitt's AFL career was cut short by a heart irregularity that he discovered after joining the Dockers. He retired at the end of 2013 due to the risk associated with the condition, but has been involved in football since as an assistant coach at Geelong Falcons in the NAB League.

Tendai Mzungu and Jayden Pitt celebrate in the 2012 NAB Cup. Picture: AFL Photos

Steven May: May signed with Gold Coast as one of its priority zone selections from the Northern Territory, which was part of its list build concessions. Despite being named as the under-18 full forward, May became one of the competition's best defenders at the Suns, where he was captain, before leaving for Melbourne. 

Josh Caddy: Caddy is one of four players in this team who were originally selected by the Suns before heading elsewhere. He left before anyone, with his request to head to Essendon after one season knocked back. He went to Geelong a year later, before being traded to Richmond at the end of 2016. That proved to be a brilliant call, as he has featured in the Tigers' two flags. He is one of the two players to have tasted flag success from the 2010 under-18 All Australian group.  

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Caddy kicks a cracker from the pocket

What a goal by Josh Caddy

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Daniel Gorringe: The ruckman was a top-10 pick in 2010 for Gold Coast but never could hold down a regular spot for the Suns. After 22 games he headed to Carlton as a back-up option but featured only four times at senior level. 

Anthony Miles: A three-club player who began his journey with the Giants, before he headed to Richmond for more opportunity. The tough and contested midfield thrived for the Tigers but was squeezed out of the senior line-up as Richmond peaked. He remains on Gold Coast's list.  

Anthony Miles during the round 15 match between Sydney and Gold Coast at the SCG in 2019. Picture: AFL Photos

Tom Liberatore: The Bulldogs' father-son pick-up was a key member of the club's drought-breaking premiership win in 2016. Liberatore, whose dad is Brownlow medallist Tony, has suffered two significant knee injuries in his career. 

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Libba lands a blow with his lovely left

A quick snap from Tom Liberatore finishes off quality ball movement from the Dogs

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Sam Day: The tall forward has been a Suns regular since being a top-three pick in 2010. A dislocated hip injury in the pre-season ahead of the 2017 campaign saw him miss a full year, and he had to earn his spot in Gold Coast's forward line last year.

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Day dazzles with marvelous mid-air hack

Sam Day bags one of the goals of the round with some creative genius

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Josh Bruce: Bruce became a three-club player when he switched to the Western Bulldogs from St Kilda last trade period as he sought a longer contract. The competitive key forward was originally at Greater Western Sydney, which had priority access to the Canberra product.  

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Bruce reins in an absolute screamer

Josh Bruce takes a brilliant mark at full stretch over Michael Hurley

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Josh Green: The crafty small forward kicked 107 goals from 81 games with Brisbane, before Essendon gave him an AFL lifeline. He booted 25 goals from 24 games in two seasons in the red and black before being delisted at the end of 2018.  

Sam Darley: Darley started his career with the Giants, and like Treloar, as an pre-draft signing, meaning he was selected in the under-18 All Australian side as a bottom-ager. Finished his AFL career at the Western Bulldogs before captaining Richmond's VFL side.