Student Achievement: Hunter Clark & Tom De Koning Year 12 MacKillop

AFL Stars

We were delighted to learn that two of our students were among the talented, young hopefuls picked in last week’s NAB AFL Draft.  Year 12 MacKillop student and Dandenong Stingrays midfielder, Hunter Clark was selected by St Kilda Club (Pick No.7) while Tom De Koning, also a Year 12 MacKillop student and Dandenong Stingrays player, was chosen by Carlton (Pick No.30). This follows Bridie Kennedy’s selection by Carlton in the 2017 AFLW draft back in October. Interestingly, all three students hail from the same homeroom, MacKillop 2, mentored by none other than Mrs Simone Brick, who must have been born under a lucky (footy) star!

In a TAC Cup interview earlier this year, Dandenong Stingrays Talent Manager Mark Wheeler described Hunter as a medium-sized defender who can also play as an inside midfielder.  “His strength as a back-line player is that he reads the ball so well and creates time and space, so he’s got plenty of time to make decisions. He’s very proficient on both sides of his body by foot and as brave as they come,” said Wheeler.

Dandenong Stingrays ruck and son of former Footscray player Terry De Koning, Tom also represented Vic Country in the U18 Championships this year. According to Carlton’s GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni: “For a 200cm player Tom is excellent with his feet and incredibly athletic for his size.”

We wish our AFL stars all the very best!


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Hunter Clark 

Tom De Koning