As the primary spherical of this 12 months’s 2019 NAB AFL Draft came about at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday evening, Thomson Dow was watching the motion along with his household over 300 kilometres away at their Swan Hill house.
Anticipating he could be chosen in a later spherical, Dow stated he “wasn’t actually anticipating a lot”.
However when Richmond had its flip at choose 21, the ultimate choice of the evening, it was his identify that was referred to as out.
“I used to be at house with mum, dad, two of my brothers and my grandad,” he stated.
“When Richmond picked me up, it was very thrilling. I’m over the moon and nonetheless can’t consider it’s occurred.
“I’m pumped. Based mostly off the success (Richmond has) had previously few years, it’s the place to be, so I couldn’t be happier to be at Tigerland.”
At 182cm and 72kg, the explosive midfielder has impressed along with his clear, inventive palms and wonderful decision-making.
He represented Vic Nation in each recreation on the Nationwide Championships this 12 months, averaging 18 disposals per recreation.
His trademark agility noticed him end third within the agility take a look at on the AFL Draft Mix, and that, paired along with his tempo, has shortly turn into the cornerstone of his recreation.
“I like to make use of my agility and tempo the place I can and use that to burst away from stoppages and from my opponent and get inside-50s and be as damaging as I can,” he stated.
It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the brand new Tiger, who travelled along with his household to Melbourne on Thursday morning to start his new chapter.
It wasn’t the primary time the Dow household have skilled an AFL draft first-hand.
Dow’s older brother Paddy was drafted by Carlton at choose three within the 2018 draft. Paddy, now 20, has confirmed a relentless pillar of help for Dow all through his soccer journey.
“He’s been fairly good with me by way of simply recommendation and communication issues and if I ever have any questions,” Dow stated.
“He’s at all times there to talk to as a result of he’s already completed all of it previously two years.”
Dow, who turned 18 in October, packed up his life two years in the past to attend boarding faculty at Geelong Grammar and pursue soccer alternatives.
The ensuing maturity he developed over these years is ready to carry him in good stead as he prepares for his subsequent large transfer.
“It makes the transfer simpler as a result of I’ve already completed it earlier than,” he stated.
“Being in Melbourne and nearer to my mates and brothers is superior and I’m stoked.”
Dow stated he was thrilled to be following within the footsteps of fellow Bendigo Pioneers product and Richmond famous person Dustin Martin.
“He’s among the finest within the league so to be enjoying alongside him is an absolute honour,” Dow stated.