Garthwaite drafted to Richmond
Corowa’s Ryan Garthwaite will have to get used to big city living after he was picked up by Richmond Football Club in 2016 AFL Draft on Friday.
The 18-year-old Murray Bushrangers star has been given the opportunity of a lifetime from Richmond who used their 72nd pick on the youngster.
Garthwaite becomes the first player from the Ovens and Murray club to head to the top level since David Teague, who played in the Corowa premiership side in 2000 and was taken by North Melbourne at the rookie draft later that year.
Garthwaite, a 192cm, 84kg backman from the GWS Academy is a backline player who can play either tall or small. He is an excellent intercept-marking back man who reads the flight well and is strong in one-on-one contests.
He’s potentially the best one-on-one key defender of this year’s class, losing just two of his defensive on-on-one contests during the TAC Cup season.
After he was arguably Murray’s best player in its TAC Cup grand final loss — he finished with 24 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and a kicking efficiency of 83 percent — Garthwaite recorded the equal-best score in the clean hands test at the national combine.
Garthwaite officially moved to Melbourne on Sunday and started training with his new teammates on Monday morning.
Corowa’s Ryan Garthwaite was picked up by Richmond Football Club in the 2016 AFL Draft on Friday.