Grovers keep it in family, first Antoni and now hopefully Cameron
Cameron and Antoni Grover want to keep the family name at the forefront of WA football.
As East Perth colt Cameron, 18, nervously heads into his first AFL draft on Thursday, he has received advice from his first cousin, veteran Fremantle defender Antoni.
“He called before the state draft camp just for a bit of guidance and that sort of thing,” Cameron said.
There will be an 11-year difference between the pair if Cameron gets a call-up on Thursday, with Antoni drafted by the Dockers back in 1999.
The veteran defender begins Dockers pre-season training next week, adding he will watch this Thursday’s AFL draft with anticipation.
“It’s exciting for all kids at Cameron’s age when the draft is coming up, but especially when someone from your own family is involved,” Antoni said.
“It would be terrific (if Cameron being drafted). It’s something that every kid dreams of, and to play with him would be great.
“He’s a pretty easygoing guy and trains really hard. My advice to him was keep your head down and bum up, train hard and get the respect of your teammates.”
Antoni also said AFL recruiters’ obsession with mature-age picks could also wash away any disappointment of not being initially drafted.
“The good thing about AFL recruiting these days is they’re always looking at mature-age recruits now,” he said.
“So if you do miss out you still have a chance and an opportunity when you’re a bit older to make it.”
Nonetheless, Cameron a quick and able midfielder is every chance to make the cut.
He played well for the Royals’ colts side this season, pushed his way into their reserves side, and performed well at the state draft camp.