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Carlton snares midfielder Sam Walsh with No. 1 draft pick then stuns by giving up 2019 top spot

Staff writers, November 23, 2018 7:43AM News Corp Australia Network

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Number 1 pick Sam Walsh (centre). Picture: AAP media_cameraNumber 1 pick Sam Walsh (centre). Picture: AAP


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AFL: No. 1 AFL draft pick Sam Walsh plans to make an immediate impact* at Carlton, confident the AFL strugglers are about to start climbing the ladder. 

There are big expectations on the 18-year-old midfielder and while he is going to a club that only won two games this season, Walsh is pleased to be joining the Blues.

New co-captains Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty presented Walsh with his Carlton jumper on stage.

“I love watching my AFL footy and to see the journey that Carlton have been on over the last couple of years, I’m just stoked* when you meet Sam Docherty and Paddy Cripps,” he said.

“To get started with them and hopefully be part of something they’re building towards, it seems to be a pretty good journey.”

With live trading used for the first time, Carlton surprised the crowd after gifting next year’s first-round pick to the Crows, who gave up pick No. 19 and their own first-round pick next year.

Blues list boss Stephen Silvagni made the risky trade to take Sandringham Dragons midfielder Liam Stocker.

If Carlton struggle again next year and Adelaide bounce back into the finals, the deal will be a steal for the Crows. The SA club could possibly win the flag and have the No. 1 pick at the 2019 draft if the Blues take the wooden spoon* again.

“That’s all speculation* — what happens if we finish on top of the Crows? It is what it is,” Silvagni said.

“The season will take care of itself and what we do know is we’re really happy to bring a good player through the door … This is going to happen more and more — if you travel to the United States, this happens a lot.”

Gold Coast picked South Australians Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine with the second and third selections.

Cameron Smith (left) of Australia celebrates his birdie on the 14th hole with teammate Marc Leishman. Picture: AAP media_cameraCameron Smith (left) of Australia celebrates his birdie on the 14th hole with teammate Marc Leishman. Picture: AAP

GOLF: World Cup of Golf joint leaders Australia are confident a patient approach will be enough to keep them near the top of the leaderboard during the unpredictable* foursomes today.

The 28 teams at the $9 million World Cup in Melbourne are preparing for the event’s tougher format, which involves partners hitting alternate* shots using one ball.

Australia will tee off at Metropolitan Golf Club in the second-last group on day two in a share of the lead at 10-under-par, having put themselves in a solid position for a run at a sixth World Cup title in yesterday’s four-ball (best ball) round.

Aussie Cameron Smith said reducing mistakes would keep them high on the leaderboard.

“It’s great we’re tied for the lead because you don’t have to force anything and foursomes is not the format you want to be catching up in,” Smith said. “We’re in a good spot to play smart and hit into the centre of greens.”

Australia are joined on top of the leaderboard by England duo Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter, as well as Koreans Byeong Hun An and Si Woo Kim.

Marcus Harris of Victoria reaches his double century. Picture: AAP media_cameraMarcus Harris of Victoria reaches his double century. Picture: AAP

CRICKET: Australian Test team hopeful Marcus Harris says he’d welcome the chance to open the batting for Australia with Victorian teammate Aaron Finch.

The 26-year-old has won a place in the 14-man squad for the opening two Tests of the summer against India, and he says a move to Victoria helped his rise to the edge of earning a baggy green*.

Harris left his native* Western Australia in 2016, earning the description of “mediocre”* from then Warriors coach Justin Langer on the way out. Both men were able to joke about it yesterday, when it was announced the pair would be teaming up once again in the Test squad.

“Did I say he was mediocre with flashes of brilliance? Yeah, I did, because that’s what he was,” Australian coach Langer said.

“I used to throw millions of balls to him … and then he’d get 20 and I’d want to shake him every time and say ‘you’re getting 20, that’s mediocre’.

“What he’s done to his great credit is he’s become a consistent opening batsman with flashes of brilliance. That’s why he’s been selected to play for Australia.”

Harris acknowledged his performances had improved while playing for Victoria.

“I’ve had a good couple of years at the Vics. It’s been great to be a part of a successful side and I’ve fed off that,” he said.

“It’d be great to bat with Finch down the other end. To have someone down the other end that’s familiar with me would be really good.”

Lamar Patterson of the Bullets in action against the Illawarra Hawks. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraLamar Patterson of the Bullets in action against the Illawarra Hawks. Picture: Getty Images

BASKETBALL: Lamar Patterson’s Aussie adventure hit full steam last night as he steered Brisbane to a 104-85 NBL win against Illawarra at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Patterson’s fifth game in the league was everything his NBA history promised.

The former Atlanta Hawk had 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

For Brisbane, the result was a relieving boost to a season resting on five wins and six losses. The Hawks left Brisbane with their seventh defeat from 10 games.


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impact: influence

stoked: pleased

wooden spoon: last spot on the ladder

speculation: guessing

unpredictable: hard to know what will happen

alternate: every other or every second thing

baggy green: cap awarded to Australian Test team members

native: place you are born

mediocre: ordinary or not very good



1. Which player was picked at No. 2 in the AFL draft?

2. Which countries are joint leaders in the World Cup golf?

3. How did Justin Langer describe Marcus Harris when he played for WA?

4. How many points did Lamar Patterson shoot?


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