About us

AFL Draft Central is the number one place for AFL Draft content and is the only online website 100% dedicated to the AFL Draft.

AFL Draft Central was founded in late 2015, bringing together some of the best writers from Bound for Glory News’ Rising Stars team and a enthusiast group of writers to cover the AFL Draft right across Australia.

In its inaugural year AFL Draft Central had more than 750,000 viewers to the website, as well as over 10,000 combined followers on its social media accounts.

Want to join our growing team? Contact us via email editor@afldraftcentral.com.au

Our team:

Editing Team:

Chief Editor: Peter Williams

One night back in 2012, after watching an under 18s championships game that there was not enough coverage of the junior development leading into the AFL. He founded the Rising Stars team at Bound For Glory News and from there it has grown into the AFL Draft Central website you see today. Peter thanks the likes of Matt Balmer and Alex Takle in particularly for their ongoing suppport and dedication to the site. Peter covers all teams, but in particular Greater Western Victoria Rebels and Geelong Falcons, given he is based in the south west. Peter is also the site’s photographer.

Writers:

Sub-Editor and Draft Analyst: Matt Balmer

Matt Balmer joined the team ahead of the 2015 season and has become known as an accurate draft analyst with his monthly Power Rankings a hit on AFL Draft Central. Matt joined the editing team last season and is responsible for majority of our social media posts. As the social media manager, the work you see on our Facebook and Twitter pages is largely due to Matt’s hard work. In the TAC Cup, Matt covers Sandringham Dragons and Oakleigh Chargers primarily, but is our expert in APS football.

Email: mattbalmer@afldraftcentral.com.au

Alex Takle

Alex  was the first member to join Bound For Glory News back in 2013, coming on as assistant editor. He continued in the role for two seasons and while living in the bush has juggled university studies, full-time work and his writing for AFL Draft Central. Alex is the go-to person for all things Murray Bushrangers and has a wide scope of knowledge across the draft crop each year.

Billy Friend

Billy joined the AFL Draft Central team last year  and has already been busy covering TAC Cup games across the metropolitan area from RAMS Arena to Warrawee Park and will feature prominently in the draft profiles at the end of the year.

Brandon Hutchinson

Brandon joined the team at the start of the 2017 season and covers home games of the Dandenong Stingrays and Western Jets. He will be responsible for draft profiles on players from those teams and has also seen a number of other games over the course of the season.

Chloe Molloy

Chloe is an aspiring AFLW player and has been touted as a potential number one draft pick in the inaugural women’s draft later this year. Chloe joined the team in the middle of the 2017 season to be AFL Draft Central’s newest Life of a Footballer writer, as well as contribute other pieces throughout the year. The only seriously talented current footballer on the team, Chloe combines her passion of football with writing and is keen to get into the media industry in the future.

David Chapman

David joined the AFL Draft Central team at the start of the 2017 season. Based in South Australia with an ongoing passion for junior development, David has brought plenty of insight into the SANFL and its talented footballers. He is responsible for bringing readers a SANFL wrap each week.

Duncan Robertson

Duncan joined the team for the 2015 season and has a firm grasp on all things Eastern Ranges. He is often seen walking the boundary at Box Hill or at the local APS game and not afraid to ‘claim’ a player he likes. Duncan juggles his hard scouting work with a full-time job and parenting and AFL Draft Central applauds his efforts.

Jack Carter

Jack is one of the newer writers in the team, joining ahead of the 2017 season. Jack will be the person bringing readers all the Greater Western Victoria Rebels profiles and can be found braving the icy chills at the redeveloped Eureka Stadium throughout the year.

Luke McAlister

Luke is our most experienced South Australian writer. Having had a passion for the under 18s for many years, Luke joined the Rising Stars team and has followed on with AFL Draft Central providing accurate analysis of South Australia’s prospects. Now joined by David Chapman and Tom Wyman, the South Australian contingent is growing and expect there to be plenty more in the future from the state.

Madelyn Friend

Madelyn is an ex-Victorian who moved to New Caledonia via Canberra for work. While she has not been able to attend games due to the TAC Cup not expanding to other countries, she provides commentary throughout the year and soaks in as much information as possible about the draft crop.

Michael Alvaro

Michael is one of a two-pronged attack at Preston City Oval where he teams up with Peter Bonadio. Having joined in 2015, he will be seen at every Northern home game, as well as the under 18s championships and any games at Punt Road or Ikon Park. He and Peter will be responsible for the Northern Knights profiles later in the year.

Pat Gheller

Pat is a passionate sportsman himself and is knowledgeable about the APS football system and local Oakleigh Chargers catchment area, Pat contributes via the annual AFL Draft Central Phantom Draft and provides commentary throughout the year.

Peter Bonadio

Peter is the other part of the two-pronged attack at Preston City Oval. Combining with Michael Alvaro, Peter knows Northern Knights inside and out, and together they will be stocking up on draft profiles for the Knights, while also having a solid understanding of players across the TAC Cup.

Sam Mills

Sam joined the team back in 2014 and has been with AFL Draft Central ever since. A current footballer, Sam juggles his university studies, football and passion for writing, and is the key man for games at Shepley Oval. He continues to attend Sunday games at Dandenong or Frankston and keeps an eye out on the aspiring Stingrays moving through the draft crops.

Tom Wyman

Tom is one of the newest writers at AFL Draft Central havign joined in the middle of the 2017 season. Tom is based in South Australia and was a keen follower of the website before joining. He has already contributed several pieces and will continue to attend SANFL games and keep an eye on the pulse of South Australian football.