Finn O’Dwyer

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

Carl­ton Pick 66 The Carl­ton Foot­ball Club se­lected Finn O’Dwyer with pick No.66 in this year’s 2018 NAB AFL Draft.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Mur­ray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup com­pe­ti­tion, O’Dwyer has been de­scribed as a lively 190cm for­ward who can prove trou­ble­some for the op­po­si­tion’s de­fence.

His read­ing of the game as well as his agility and burst of speed are his as­sets.

Board­ing at Xavier Col­lege for the last three years, O’Dwyer was one of 126 play­ers in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the state-based com­bine test­ing ses­sions, as part of the 2018 AFL Com­bine.

“It’s pretty un­real, some­thing I would not have ex­pected in my wildest dreams,” O’Dwyer told the Chron­i­cle on Satur­day morn­ing.

“I was pretty sur­prised, I just saw it on TV watch­ing at home.”

O’Dwyer said be­ing at Xavier Col­lege over the last few years helped him take ad­van­tage of their fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources but ad­mit­ted the trav­el­ling to games for Bushrangers was tough.

“But you do it be­cause you love the game,” he said.

Although a Tigers fan, O’Dwyer said he would have been happy to go any­where but was pleased it was a Mel­bourne based club and is look­ing to meet and learn from ev­ery­one at Carl­ton.

“They have got pretty good lead­ers in Docherty (Sam), Cripps (Patrick), McGovern (Mitch) this year. They have also got Set­ter­field (Will) drafted, who I have met a few times.”

Lo­cally ‘O’Dwyer said he ben­e­fited from grow­ing up next door to the Howe boys, Dan who now plays for Hawthorn and Lach who has played VFL and was a dom­i­nant ruck for Yar­ra­wonga in Ovens & Mur­ray League this year.

“I have been grow­ing up with the boys as long as I can re­mem­ber, in the back yard just rous­ing each other.”

O’Dwyer also men­tioned Yar­ra­wonga’s Kyle Arhibald and Bron­son Schofield who have as­sisted his de­vel­op­ment with ex­tra train­ing and also Xavier Col­lege teacher Daryl Ma­honey who has been very sup­port­ive of Finn over the past few years.

Af­ter visit­ing Carl­ton at their home base at Ikon Park a cou­ple of weeks ago O’Dwyer said he im­me­di­ately felt wel­comed and is pleased to be join­ing close mate from Xavier Col­lege fa­ther-son draftee Ben Sil­vagni and joked he might have to bunk in with him for a while.

Carl­ton’s GM of List Man­age­ment and Strat­egy Stephen Sil­vagni said the club was de­lighted with the qual­ity tal­ent it has landed dur­ing the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and Rookie Draft.

“We couldn’t be hap­pier with the qual­ity of play­ers and peo­ple we have brought into the Carl­ton Foot­ball Club,” Sil­vagni said.

“Both Ben (Sil­vagni) and Finn are ver­sa­tile play­ers who we be­lieve will add some great flex­i­bil­ity to our play­ing list and strong depth which is im­por­tant as we take our next, ex­cit­ing step as a club.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sil­vagni, the rangy and ver­sa­tile prospect is one to watch.

“I’ve ac­tu­ally had my eye on him for a num­ber of years,” Sil­vagni said.

“He’s schooled him­self at Xavier Col­lege, but he hasn’t played a lot of footy over the last cou­ple of years. He’s had some in­juries, play­ing with the Bushrangers.

“He’s grown quite a bit over the last 12 months and we still see that he’s got some grow­ing left in him. We think it’ll be a bit of a slow process to get his body up to AFL foot­ball.

“But he’s an elite de­ci­sion-maker, he’s got ex­cel­lent skills and he com­petes very well play­ing in a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions.”

Finn also thanked par­ents Liz and Frank O’Dwyer who have been fully sup­port­ive of his foot­ball jour­ney but also heaped praise on his older brother Jack who he de­scribed as also be­ing very sup­port­ive and some­one who he al­ways strived to play with even if he was up a cou­ple of age groups.

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