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Gippsland Power pair Caleb Serong (#2) and Sam Flanders (#4) celebrate a goal for Vic Country - Photo Kate Mitchell.

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Gippsland Power pair Caleb Serong (#2) and Sam Flanders (#4) celebrate a goal for Vic Country - Photo Kate Mitchell.

Gippsland's Caleb and Sam go first in AFL National Draft

Two Gippsland Power players are heading interstate after the first round of the AFL National Draft.

Caleb Serong of Warragul was selected at pick 8 by the Fremantle Dockers.

A short time later the Gold Coast Suns snapped up Moe boy Sam Flanders at pick 11, after a brilliant year with Power and with Vic Country.

"Some of those games, even in the Australian team, playing against the bigger bodies helped me a bit to come in," Sam said last night at Marvel Stadium, speaking to TRFM and Gippsland's Gold.

Sam was one of a number of Draft prospects to come from Lowanna College, Moe.

"Lowanna College, they've done an amazing job getting us boys in, and Moe Football Club as well."

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Sam will be joined on the Gold Coast by number one draft pick Matt Rowell from the Oakleigh Chargers.

The boys played against each other in the NAB League semi finals and Matt says he's keen to play alongside the Moe boy.

"He played really well that day.. he's a super talent.

"I can't wait for him to be my teammate and train with him because he's got a lot of talent and I reckon he'll be great for the club," said Matt.

Meanwhile last night's other Power draftee, Caleb Serong, said last night he was very excited to be going west.

"I was very nervous before hand but to hear my name called out was really exciting.

"This year's Draft was all really close and everyone was pretty tight, especially with live trading, so you never really know.

"So I'm really pleased to be called out by Fremantle with pick 8 and I can't wait to get started," Caleb said.

The National Draft continues tonight with around seven other Gippsland Power players still in contention.

They include Charlie Comben, Brock Smith, Leo Connolly, Fraser Phillips, Ryan Sparkes, Riley Baldi and Hawthorn Next Gen Academy player Harry Pepper.

A further opportunity awaits after tonight's final rounds of the AFL Draft at tomorrow's Rookie Draft.


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