Sport

Andrew Boston snapped by up Gold Coast in the rookie draft

Andrew Boston of Broadbeach, Queensland.
Andrew Boston of Broadbeach, Queensland. Scott Barbour - Getty Images

WHILE Kurt Tippett finally got to his new home of choice, Sydney, another Queenslander was yesterday more than happy to be staying in his own backyard.

Although the highest-rated footballer from the Sunshine State in last month's National Draft - and expected to be heading to a Melbourne-based club - Andrew Boston was completely overlooked.

The 18-year-old from Broadbeach was however snapped up yesterday by Gold Coast in the rookie draft (No.55 overall) after the club had taken Victorian Leigh Osborne (No.2) with its first and only other selection.

"It was definitely disappointing," the young midfielder said of last month's setback.

"But, I tried not to get too down ... and looked to the rookie draft and pre-season draft."

Already a graduate of the Suns Talent Academy, Boston was invited to train with the club two weeks ago.

He said, "I've just been working hard trying to put my best foot forward".

Taken a pick after Boston yesterday was his Queensland U18 teammate Jordon Bourke, who joined South Australian Nick Hayes (No.6 overall) in being added to the Brisbane Lions' rookie list.

The son of former Geelong and Bears ruckman Damian, Bourke is described by Lions list manager Robb Kerr as a "leading forward whose marking is his strength".

Redland's Adam Oxley, 20, was somewhat of a surprise selection at No.35 by Collingwood, while fellow Queenslander Ricky Petterd was taken at No.7 by Richmond after being axed by Melbourne.

Earlier, as expected, months of speculation ended when controversial ex-Adelaide forward Tippett was picked up at No.11 in the pre-season draft by the Swans.

The 25-year-old is unable to play until round 13 when he will have served his 11-match suspension for his involvement in the Crows' salary cap breach.

Delisted Carlton defender Brett Thornton was the first player taken in the pre-season draft, given a lifeline by the GWS Giants.

Topics:  afl kurt tippett



"Eco-cretins" sabotage shark nets, risk swimmers' lives

A blacktip shark caught in a shark net at the end of last year.

Since 2015, there have been 22 shark attacks in New South Wales.

Best hotel in the world found in Cabarita

FIRST CLASS: Cabarita Beach's Halcyon House has taken out the top gong for best hotel in the world.

Halcyon House named best hotel.

Driver gets jail after pursuit ends in flames on the M1

YOU'RE FIRED: A car burns on Pacific Motorway at Wooyung after police deployed road spikes to end a pursuit that began at South Grafton.

Jail time for teen who led police on car chase.

Local Partners

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ocean views of Coolangatta

1405/3 McLean Street, Coolangatta

Check out this week's feature property.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Which Northern Rivers towns boomed in 2016?

BOOM TOWNS: While Ballina properties continued to attract top dollar in 2016, it was areas to the south that experienced price hikes, including Wardell, Evans Head and Woodburn.

Click on our map to find the median sale price in your town

Expansion plan pays off

Mark Stapleton, Sharon Styman and Peter Ross from Investrent Property Management are going from strength to strength after opening an office in Murwillumbah.

Murwillumbah move a winner for property management team

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!