Inner East Review
Tuesday, 5 December 2023

Massimo to Dons as third draft pick

By Nicholas Galea
June 7 2022 - 5:00am
Massimo D'Ambrosio (left) who goes to Essendon as the Bombers' number three pick, and Jacob Bauer, who comes to the Tigers from South Australia
Massimo D'Ambrosio (left) who goes to Essendon as the Bombers' number three pick, and Jacob Bauer, who comes to the Tigers from South Australia

Although there was no VFL last weekend for the Tigers, there was still plenty happening courtesy of the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft, with Western Jets defender Massimo D'Ambrosio - who played three games for Richmond's VFL team this season - going to Essendon as No.3 pick.

Richmond also drafted key forward Jacob Bauer, who crosses over from the North Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL, as its 10th pick.

D'Ambrosio, 19, performed well against his new team when he collected 25 disposals against the Bombers in the VFL Dream Time game, which saw the Tigers win by 33-points. He averaged 27.7 disposals across his four NAB League matches this year.

Unfortunately, D'Ambrosio is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in his final VFL game for Richmond against the Swans but will return to the field in a few weeks, after some minor rehabilitation.

Bauer, also 19, has had a hot start to his state league career after kicking 16 goals in six games for the Roosters.

The key forward prospect made the move to South Australia earlier this year in a bid to boost his AFL draft chances after two years in the Sydney Swans Junior Academy, which has proved to be a wise decision.

Bauer looks set to make his VFL debut in the near future.


After playing the last three seasons with AFLW team Carlton, Grace Egan will return to the Yellow and Black for the upcoming 2022 AFLW season after a four-way trade was agreed with Carlton, Collingwood and Hawthorn.

Egan is no stranger to Richmond having been a former VFLW player for the Tigers between 2018 and 2019 and was part of the Tiger's inaugural Women's program.

She suffered serious earlier this year with a punctured lung and broken ribs sidelining her, but she will be ready for next season.

Libby Graham comes to the Tigers from the GWS Giants in exchange for its No. 68 selection at the upcoming 2022 AFLW Draft. The 176cm defender will provide some much-needed support down back after Harriet Cordner suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January this year.

The 2022 NAB AFLW Draft is set to be held later this month on June 29, where the Tigers hold selections 38, 52 and 86, while the season seven of the AFLW will start on August 25.


In VAFA Division One, it was a successful weekend for the Kew Football Club with all six of its team's recording victories, making it the perfect way for the club to celebrate its Past Players and Supporters Day.

Kew also celebrated its 35-year reunion for its Reserves Premiership in 1987, its 60th year since its Senior Premiership in 1962 and its 90th since its triumph in 1932.

The Seniors recorded a stirring two-point win over Glen Eira, 7.12.54 to 8.4.52, with Darcy Cotchett putting in a strong performance, alongside Lachlan Brown and Nathan Sambevski. The Reserves also held on for a thrilling six-point win, despite some inaccurate kicking from both clubs, 5.14.44 to 4.14.38. After trailing by three-points at three quarter time, the side's sole goal in the final quarter was ultimately enough to snare the four points.


In the William Bucks Premier Women's, Kew kicked four goals to one in the second half to record a 19-point win over Melbourne University Women's, 6.4.40 to 3.3.21, while the Reserves also secured their fourth win of the year to celebrate the return of Janika Verosaari, in what was her first game back post ACL surgery.

Michael Cochrane, the president of the Kew Football Club, could not have been more ecstatic with how the day unfolded.

"It was a really big day for the club, and in my time at the Kew it was one of the most special days I've been involved in," he said.

"We probably had 150-odd past players come along and it was something to see all the past players out on the balcony cheering the Senior Men's over the line in the few seconds of the match against another great community football club in Glen Eira."

Kew also celebrated club stalwart Ian Job's 60 years of service to the club.

"It was pretty awesome to have all the past players in attendance, because even though we had all the different eras there, the is probably one consistent link between them all and that is 'Jobby'."

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