Nankervis in Swans NAB Challenge squad

Toby Nankervis
Toby Nankervis

FORMER North Launceston ruckman Toby Nankervis is a chance to get his first taste of the AFL after being named in Sydney's 29-man NAB Challenge squad to face Greater Western Sydney at Canberra's Startrack Oval tomorrow night.

The 19-year-old from George Town, who the Swans selected with pick 35 in last year's national draft, impressed in the recent intraclub match, kicking three goals in the third quarter.

Last year's under-18 All Australian ruckman, who Sydney list manager Kinnear Beatson described on draft night as being "aggressive in the air and good at ground level", is the fifth draftee from last year to be named in squads this pre-season.

Burnie's Brady Grey and Devonport's Alex Pearce were in Fremantle's squad for last night's match against West Coast, while Burnie duo Maverick Weller (formerly of the Gold Coast) and Eli Templeton are in St Kilda's squad for tonight's game against the Western Bulldogs, with three players to be cut before the first bounce.

The state's number one draft pick, Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij, who was selected by the Gold Coast with pick five, is set to play against Brisbane on Sunday, coach Guy McKenna said after his side's narrow win over Essendon on Monday.

Kolodjashnij missed that match due to a tight hamstring.

Kade's brother Jake at Geelong, Devonport's Ben Brown at North Melbourne and Glenorchy's Zac Webster at Hawthorn are the other new boys yet to get a run.


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