There’s something special about Harry

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The first round of the 2022 NAB AFL Draft was held at Marvel Stadium last night with North Melbourne using pick #3 to select Harry Sheezel coming from the Ajax Football Club.

Hailing from the country’s only Jewish football club, Ajax, located in Melbourne’s inner south-eastern suburbs, the No.3 draft pick has a wealth of community support. It’s the club where his father Dean played more than 150 games for the Ajax Senior Club. And, the club Harry debuted for when he was 16 years old on ANZAC day last season alongside his cousin Toby.

“There hasn’t been as many Jewish footballers lately to make it into the AFL … Everyone (in the community) has been so supportive and living it with me, in a sense,” Sheezel told

“I hope to be pretty inspiring for younger kids as well because I feel like the Jewish community is really into sport as well, they love their footy, so hopefully I can inspire a few more kids to hopefully go down the same path.”

The Ajax community came together at Gary Smorgon Oval to watch the AFL Draft set up on the big screen, the anticipation and build-up wasn’t too long in the making as the Kangaroos used their first selection of the night to bring Sheezel to the club.


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North Melbourne media caught up with Harry Sheezel immediately after his selection, to find out more about the bright young star, click here.

Oli Hotton (Hampton Rovers) is expected to have his name read out this evening as the AFL draft continues.