TAC Cup (football): Sandringham dragons v northern knights at Princes Park Carlton. Angus Styles from Sandringham Dragons Ethan Penrith from Northern Knights Picture: Richard Serong
TAC Cup (football): Sandringham dragons v northern knights at Princes Park Carlton. Angus Styles from Sandringham Dragons Ethan Penrith from Northern Knights Picture: Richard Serong

The AFL draftees that also nailed Year 12

IT'S hard enough trying to get drafted onto an AFL list as a teenager.

Add the prospect of completing Year 12 studies concurrently and the combined stress seems unbearable.

Yet several recent draftees seemed to strike the balance with aplomb in 2017, receiving elite scores in some subjects just weeks after realising their AFL dream.

Victorian students who complete the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) are given a study score - a grade out of 50 comparing you to all other students - for each subject at the end of the year. And if you score 40 or more in a subject, you can opt to have it published next to your name in the Melbourne newspapers.

And after cross-checking the names and schools of 2017 draftees with these results, foxfooty.com.au has discovered eight national and rookie draft picks that appeared to balance footy commitments with study superbly this year.

The best of the lot appears to be Angus Styles, who was picked up by the Sydney Swans during November's rookie draft.

Angus Styles played for the Sandringham Dragons in 2017.
Angus Styles played for the Sandringham Dragons in 2017.

A Caulfield Grammar student, Styles registered scores of 40-plus in four subjects this year: English (45), Further Mathematics (44), Business Management (43) and Psychology (43).

It's a phenomenal achievement by Styles, who was a key member of both the Sandringham Dragons' TAC Cup grand final side and his school's team this year, while he also played three of Vic Metro's four games in the Under 18 national carnival.

Fellow Caulfield Grammar student Dylan Moore also nailed a couple of Year 12 subjects.

Moore, taken by Hawthorn with Pick 67 in the national draft, scored 47 in Business Management - the highest individual study score of this year's AFL draft class made public - and 44 in Accounting. It seems a white collar-style job looms for Moore after his footy career.

Styles' Dragons teammate Andrew Brayshaw also excelled in a few subjects this year.

A week after the No. 2 draft pick signed a contract extension with Fremantle that secured him to the Dockers until the end of 2022, Brayshaw recorded a study score of 44 in English and 41 in Legal Studies.

Fremantle draftees Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw also impressed off the field.
Fremantle draftees Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw also impressed off the field.

Other top 10 picks to record 40-plus study scores were Collingwood's Jaidyn Stephenson and Fremantle's Adam Cerra.

THE AFL DRAFTEES THAT NAILED YEAR 12

Angus Styles (Sydney Swans)

School: Caulfield Grammar

Study Scores

English - 45

Further Mathematics - 44

Business Management - 43

Psychology - 43

Dylan Moore (Hawthorn)

School: Caulfield Grammar

Study Scores

Business Management - 47

Accounting - 44

Andrew Brayshaw

School: Haileybury College

Study Scores

English - 44

Legal Studies - 41

Jaidyn Stephenson (Collingwood)

School: St Joseph's College Ferntree Gully

Study Scores

Sport and Recreation (VCE VET) - 44

Jaidyn Stephenson of the Magpies meets Eddie McGuire.
Jaidyn Stephenson of the Magpies meets Eddie McGuire.

Oscar Clavarino (St Kilda)

School: Haileybury College

Study Scores

Further Mathematics - 43

Joel Amartey (Sydney Swans)

School: Mentone Grammar School

Study Scores

Physical Education - 43

Adam Cerra (Fremantle)

School: Wesley College

Study Scores

Health and Human Development - 40

Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)

School: Melbourne Grammar School

Study Scores

Business Management - 40


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