Garth­waite drafted to Rich­mond

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

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.

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