Nervous wait for North Eastern duo

Big time: former Mintaro-Manoora junior and SA MVP Harry Schoenberg is almost certain to be picked up by an AFL Club at this year's draft to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Photo: Peter Argent.
Big time: former Mintaro-Manoora junior and SA MVP Harry Schoenberg is almost certain to be picked up by an AFL Club at this year's draft to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Photo: Peter Argent.

Two former North Eastern Football League juniors will be glued to the TV ahead of the AFL Draft this week.

Harry Schoenberg and Lachie McNeil, teammates at Woodville-West Torrens, have both nominated for this year's draft and will be anxiously waiting to hear their names called out on Wednesday or Thursday night.

Mintaro-Manoora's Schoenberg has been much talked about since the AFL Under 18 Championships.

The classy ball-winner was named as South Australia's Most Valuable Player for the carnival and an All-Australian.

He received an invitation to test at the AFL Draft Combine as a result.

Experts have tipped Schoenberg to be plucked somewhere between the mid-to-late second round.

SA Under 18s coach and Academy manager Tony Bamford had nothing but praise for Schoenberg ahead of the draft.

"Harry has developed very well over the past 12 months, he is now considered an elite midfielder for his age group at SANFL level," he said.

"His game has grown in areas such as transition running, movement and timing around stoppages and his field kicking has really improved.

"He was a standout midfielder for us at the AFL National Championships this year and he proved at that level that he could match it with the best midfielders in the country."

Former South Clare product Lachlan McNeil, picture in action for Woodville-West Torrens in last years SANFL U18 Grand Final.

Former South Clare product Lachlan McNeil, picture in action for Woodville-West Torrens in last years SANFL U18 Grand Final.

McNeil, formerly of South Clare, also played a key role for the Croweaters but missed out an invitation to test.

However he is still a chance to be picked up through the Rookie Draft following a strong campaign for the Eagles reserves.

Bamford said McNeil possessed rare talent for his age.

"He has always been considered to be a tough, hard-nosed inside mid who works as hard in defence as he does in offence, something that is rare in under 18 players with talent," he said.

"His contribution to the Under 18 team during the nationals was evident to his coaches and his teammates."