Tears in emotional AFL Draft drama


The 2020 AFL Draft went where it's never gone before - as a virtual TV event held in locations across the country.

COVID-19 restrictions forced the draft to be based out of the AFL Review Centre (ARC) where all eight rounds and and 122 picks - if needed - will be crammed into one night of mayhem.

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Melbourne teenager Jamarra Ugle-Hagan saw the event start full of emotion as his family broke down in tears following his selection with the No. 1 pick.

Ugle-Hagan was wrapped up into a hug by his mum after the Crows selected him with the first overall pick. 

However, the Bulldogs pulled off a draft coup by matching the Crows' offer because he is a product of the club's Next Generation Academy.

The selection made history on Wednesday night as Ugle-Hagan became the Western Bulldogs' first ever No. 1 draft selection.

The star prospect said straight after his selection that his father had also broken down in tears. 

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

"It means a lot, I've never seen my dad cry before, so it obviously means a lot," he said.

"I dunno, it's just an unreal experience."

The 18-year-old is also the first Indigenous player to go No. 1 in the draft since Des Headland in 1998.

The key forward is also expected to become the richest teenager in the history of the game on Wednesday night as a result of the improved economic forecasts for 2021 and the game's Total Player Payments pool.

As the No. 1 pick, Ugle-Hampton will receive a $10,000 cash payment from the draft's corporate sponsor. Speculation earlier this month suggested that with match payments of $4000, first round picks at the 2020 Draft could earn up to $200,000 in their first year in the game.

The Herald Sun reports the payments - on top of their base salary of $100,000 - would see Ugle-Hagan become the richest teenager the game has seen.The picks will be flying in right through to 10pm (AEDT) with around 60 selections expected to be made.


1 - Western Bulldogs, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

2 - Adelaide Crows, Riley Thilthorpe

3 - North Melbourne, Will Phillips

4 - Sydney Swans, Logan McDonald

5 - Sydney Swans, Braeden Campbell

6 - Hawthorn, Denver Grainger-Barras

7 - Gold Coast Suns, Elijah Hollands

8 - Essendon, Nikolas Cox

9 - Essendon, Archie Perkins

10 - Essendon, Zach Reid

11 - Adelaide Crows, Luke Pedlar

12 - GWS Giants, Tanner Bruhn

13 - North Melbourne, Tom Powell

14 - Fremantle, Heath Chapman

15 - GWS Giants, Conor Stone

16 - Port Adelaide, Lachlan Jones

17 - Collingwood, Oliver Henry

18 - GWS Giants, Ryan Angwin

19 - Collingwood, Finlay Macrae

20 - Geelong, Max Holmes

21 - Melbourne, Jack Bowey

22 - Melbourne, Bailey Laurie

23.  Collingwood, Reef McInnes

24 - Brisbane, Blake Coleman

25 - Adelaide, Brayden Cook

26 - St Kilda, Matthew McLeod-Allison


Originally published as Tears in emotional AFL Draft drama

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