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1986 VFL Draft

The 1986 VFL Draft was the first formal draft to provide recruitment opportunities to clubs participating in Australian rules football's elite Victorian Football League. Held after the end of the 1986 season, it consisted only of the National Draft itself.

National Draft

All twelve established clubs, along with one of the two teams set to debut in the competition, the Brisbane Bears, were given one pick in each of the five rounds, a total of 65 overall. Brisbane received the first selection in every round, and six pre-draft selections, as well as complete access to all players from Queensland.

The other new side, West Coast, was also granted similarly exclusive home-state rights. However, with the superior range of players available from the West Australian Football League, the club withdrew from the draft.

The order of the remaining picks was set in the reverse of the previous season's finishing positions.

In addition, the established Victorian clubs maintained sole recruitment options on players from the relevant Metropolitan and, for the last time, Country Zones. This meant that even before the draft had started, the most sought-after footballers from Victoria were already signed, and therefore unavailable for selection.

The restricted pool of available draftees meant the majority of those chosen in the 1986 National Draft came from South Australian and Tasmanian clubs. Meanwhile, although the minimum age for eligible players was 16, many were actually into their twenties, unlike the contemporary teenage selections. Also of note is the significant number of those picked either did not join the club that selected them at all, or at least did not do so straight away.

A prime example was the number one draft pick, Martin Leslie. Leslie served out the remaining two years of his contract with Port Adelaide, winning All-Australian honours at the Adelaide Bicentennial Carnival in the process. Only then did he moved to Brisbane, making his debut as a 26-year-old in 1989 and going on to play over 100 times during the course of seven seasons. In contrast, the second selection overall, the similarly aged Steven Sims, opted to remain in South Australia rather than join the St Kilda Football Club.

Although many other 1986 draftees never played in a senior match, several did go on to make their name as footballers, among them Melbourne's Steven Febey and Darrin Pritchard of Hawthorn. However, the most notable of the draft's recruits was Alastair Lynch, picked by Fitzroy at number 50 overall, who eventually passed the major milestone of 300 appearances, which included three victorious Grand Finals with the Brisbane Lions.

Pre-Draft Selections

Player Recruited from Australian Football League clubs
Matthew Campbell North Adelaide Brisbane Bears
Stephen Connelly Central District Brisbane Bears
Ben Harris Port Adelaide Brisbane Bears
Neil Hein Norwood Brisbane Bears
Colin McDonald Woodville Brisbane Bears
Mark Mickan West Adelaide Brisbane Bears

National Draft Selections

Round Pick Player Recruited from Australian Football League clubs
1 1 Martin Leslie Port Adelaide Brisbane Bears
1 2 Steven Sims West Torrens St Kilda
1 3 Steven Febey Devonport Melbourne
1 4 Richard Anderson Norwood Richmond
1 5 Michael Taylor Port Fairy Geelong
1 6 Richard Cousins Central District Footscray
1 7 Chris Lindsay West Torrens North Melbourne
1 8 Grantley Fielke West Adelaide Collingwood
1 9 Andrew Payze West Torrens Essendon
1 10 John Brinkkotter Barooga Sydney
1 11 Jason Taylor New Norfolk Fitzroy
1 12 Dominic Fotia West Torrens Carlton
1 13 Clayton Lamb West Adelaide Hawthorn
2 14 Scott Adams Clarence Brisbane Bears
2 15 Andrew Wickham Latrobe St Kilda
2 16 Matthew Febey Devonport Melbourne
2 17 Trent Nichols Sandy Bay Richmond
2 18 Mark O'Keefe Warrnambool Geelong
2 19 Matthew Mansfield Glenorchy Footscray
2 20 Brenton Harris South Adelaide North Melbourne
2 21 David Robertson North Adelaide Collingwood
2 22 Kieran Sporn West Adelaide Essendon
2 23 Lyndon Dakin Lonford Sydney
2 24 Mathew Armstrong Hobart Fitzroy
2 25 Doug Smart North Adelaide Carlton
2 26 Darrin Pritchard Sandy Bay Hawthorn
3 27 Adam Garton Glenelg Brisbane Bears
3 28 Darren Mansell Penola St Kilda
3 29 Craig Walker North Hobart Melbourne
3 30 Matthew Sexton Sandhurst Richmond
3 31 Glen Keast North Gambier Geelong
3 32 Wayne Mahney Port Adelaide Footscray
3 33 Malcolm Shippen Moulamein North Melbourne
3 34 Craig Kelly Norwood Collingwood
3 35 Peter Reid Sturt Essendon
3 36 Donald Thompson Albury Sydney
3 37 Chris Duthy Glenelg Fitzroy
3 38 Simon Minton-Connell North Hobart Carlton
3 39 Matthew Queen Glenorchy Hawthorn
4 40 Stephen Williams Port Adelaide Brisbane Bears
4 41 Brett Jaffray Latrobe St Kilda
4 42 Anthony Lovell Glenorchy Melbourne
4 43 Andrew Gray St Patricks, Ballarat Richmond
4 44 Tim Britt Dunnstown Geelong
4 45 James Pyke Norwood Footscray
4 46 Gary Brooker Casterton North Melbourne
4 47 Brendan Hogan Assumption College Collingwood
4 48 Stephen Riley North Adelaide Essendon
4 49 Craig Elias Eastlake Sydney
4 50 Alastair Lynch Hobart Fitzroy
4 51 Andrew Herring Wynyard Carlton
4 52 Robin McKinnon West Adelaide Hawthorn
5 53 Michael Templeton Woodville Brisbane Bears
5 54 Paul Page Kennington St Kilda
5 55 Darren Jarman North Adelaide Melbourne
5 56 Greg Whittlesea Sturt Richmond
5 57 Michael Billman Boort Geelong
5 58 Perry Meka Lemnos Footscray
5 59 Wayne Morrissey Northern United North Melbourne
5 60 Wayne Tanner Norwood Collingwood
5 61 Andrew Underwood Sturt Essendon
5 62 Laurie Menhenut Tocumwal Sydney
5 63 Peter Winter West Adelaide Fitzroy
5 64 Darren Newlan Golden Square Carlton
5 65 Tony Symonds Glenelg Hawthorn

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