GWS Giants No. 1 draft pick models game on Kurt Tippett, Tom Hawkins

21 November 2013 1:25 PM

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GWS Giants No. 1 draft pick models game on Kurt Tippett, Tom Hawkins

GWS Giants No. 1 draft pick Tom Boyd has modelled his game on a man who last night instantly became his rival: Swans star forward Kurt Tippett.

There were no surprises when Boyd was taken by GWS with its first pick or when midfielder Josh Kelly was snared at No. 2 at last night's AFL's national draft on the Gold Coast.

While it had a sense of predictability about it, Boyd was still emotional as he shared the moment with parents Geoff and Anita.

"I've been waiting for this for just about as long as I can remember,'' Boyd said. "I always wanted to be an AFL player."

The 200cm power forward from the Eastern Ranges TAC Cup team revealed how he has modelled his game on fellow key big men Tippett and Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins.

"I've definitely spent a lot of time watching them and there are plenty of traits that I would love to emulate from their games.

"Kurt (Tippett) and Tom Hawkins are the main ones I've looked at being those tall powerful forwards rather than a (Matthew) Pavlich or a (Jarryd) Roughead who are a little bit smaller.

Another parallel with Tippett could be his ability to play as a back-up ruckman.

The departure of Shane Mumford to the Giants means Tippett is highly likely to spend time in the ruck and if Leon Cameron needs Boyd to play a similar role he is happy to oblige.

"I rucked all my junior years until I was 15 when I was shifted forward," Boyd said.

"Tippett is a great example of the forward who can ruck. He injects himself into the game by getting himself around the ball and in the ruck contests which is something I've found really helpful for me.

"If the game hasn't rolled my teams way to get around the ball and get the speed of the contest is really helpful."

Boyd's arrival at the Giants now sets up the tantalising prospect of him lining up alongside Jeremy Cameron and Jonathon Patton. While the football world has been anticipating the trio lining up together, the teenager hasn't.

"It's only crossed my mind when people mention it, to be totally honest," Boyd said.

"I'm more looking forward to getting started and getting into pre-season and what that is going to entail.

"Those guys are superb players and this is more of a chance to learn off them and what it takes to be a key forward at AFL level.

"I'm a boy going into a man's game and it will take some time to mature before I can play against the big guys."

Boyd brings the tally of No. 1 draft picks at the Giants to four, following Lachie Whitfield (2012), Jonathon Patton (2011) and Tom Scully (2009 with Melbourne).

"I'm definitely aiming to have an impact next year and I hope I can play as many games as possible," Boyd said.

"I'm not setting any limitations on what I can achieve, I have to get through 14 weeks of pre-season which is a challenge in itself."

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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