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Horsham’s Darcy Tucker bound for Fremantle

FREMANTLE BOUND: Horsham's Darcy Tucker was picked up by Fremantle Dockers with pick 27 in tonight's AFL draft. It was a bittersweet moment for parents Roxanne and Leigh. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

FREMANTLE BOUND: Horsham’s Darcy Tucker was picked up by Fremantle Dockers with pick 27 in Tuesday night’s AFL draft. It was a bittersweet moment for parents Roxanne and Leigh. Picture: DEAN LAWSON


By DEAN LAWSON
Horsham footballer Darcy Tucker, 18, will pull on a Fremantle jumper after the Dockers selected him with pick 27 in Tuesday night’s AFL draft in Adelaide.
Tucker, who turns 19 in January, was at home with parents Leigh and Roxanne, other family members and friends watching the draft telecast when he heard Fremantle officials announce his name.
The announcement ended a nervous wait for the talented midfielder/half-back flanker, who at six years of age declared his plan to play in the AFL.
Tucker, who captained North Ballarat Rebels in the under-18 TAC Cup competition this year, revealed this afternoon that 14 clubs had approached him since the middle of the year.
“I was not sure where I was going to go and it certainly added to the suspense,” he said.
“They were all pretty similar in their approach and didn’t give too much away. I was just hoping my name was called out somewhere. I’ve had feelings of excitement and nerves at the same time.

STRONG SUPPORT: Darcy Tucker, front, awaits the start of the AFL draft at home with family and friends. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

STRONG SUPPORT: Darcy Tucker, front, awaits the start of the AFL draft at home with family and friends. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

“The nerves come from not knowing what’s going to happen. The excitement is because this is something I always wanted to do. I would have been devastated if my name wasn’t called out but the plan was always to play the highest level I could. There were plenty of ways to work around it if it didn’t happen.”
His father Leigh said he became nervous as the day progressed.
“Roxanne said ‘stop walking around like a cat on a hot tin roof’ so I thought I had better go and get a drink,” he said.
“As a six-year-old he said he was going to play AFL but I didn’t really see it early.
“He was always half handy but from under-14s he got better and better. I stated that if he worked hard he could actually do it. It’s such a hard industry to get into but he walked the walk and did it all himself.”

The Weekly Advertiser was lucky enough to be at the Tucker family home in Horsham when the annoucement was made. For a video of the family’s reaction, see our Facebook page HERE.

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Posted on Nov 25 2015

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1 Comment for “Horsham’s Darcy Tucker bound for Fremantle”

  1. Maryann Ellis

    Well done mate – keep up the hardwork well deserved

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