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Tippa Mk2 sounds interesting... Dunkley sounds more than useful.Adam Tipungwuti and Kyle Dunkley lead list of mid-season draft father-sons, brothers and cousins
Liam Twomey, Herald Sun
May 15, 2019 12:00pm
You know their names — but not necessarily their faces.
This year’s mid-season draft has thrown up a host of sons, brothers and cousins who are itching to get their shot at the big time.
And when it comes to recognisable names, there’s not too many more eye catching than Tipungwuti.
The cousin of Essendon livewire Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Northern Territory Thunder excitement machine Adam Tipungwuti is hot on the radar of clubs searching for an extra pinch of x-factor.
Tipungwuti is one of the most unique stories in the mid-season draft, with the small forward clocking up plenty of frequent flyer miles in the NEAFL.
The 22-year-old is essentially left to his own devices during the week, as he is based on the Tiwi Islands.
While the Thunder train together, Tipungwuti hones his skills with one other teammate, who is also based on the Island, before diving into his own running and weight sessions.
Tipungwuti’s unwavering commitment to his unique training circumstances is exactly why he would thrive at the next level, according to NT Thunder coach Darren Reeves.
Reeves has seen firsthand just how deep the “electric” forward’s trick bag is and the impact his presence has on opposition defenders.
“His pressure is outstanding, he’s got electric leg speed and … guys panic when he is in the area,” Reeves said.
“He is just so clever and he can do pretty much anything. He is also desperately keen to have an opportunity at it (the next level).
“I’ve got no doubt, to get him into a system somewhere, he’s got so many tricks up his sleeve, in a full-time environment he would be an exciting player.”
In testing at last year’s “Rookie Me” combine, which was aimed at mature age draft hopefuls, Tipungwuti finished in the top five for the agility test and the vertical jump test.
He has already caught the attention of clubs ahead of this month’s mid-season draft, and was one of 22 players to be selected to undergo medical testing in the lead up to draft night on May 27.
Also on that list was Kyle Dunkley, the brother of Western Bulldogs premiership player Josh.
Overlooked after injury interrupted his top age draft year, Dunkley returned to the Gippsland Power as an over-age player and has latched onto his second chance.
He has split his time between the NAB League outfit and Footscray VFL where he produced a near best on ground performance against a Box Hill side sporting Jarryd Roughead.
Power region manager Peter Francis sees plenty of similarities between Kyle and Josh.
“He’s that good, hard inside mid,” Francis said of the younger Dunkley.
“Similarly to Josh, he can win a fair bit of ball on the outside as well. He is really strong overhead, he hits the scoreboard.
“Josh in his 19th year, he played in a premiership with the Bulldogs. There is no reason why Kyle can’t walk straight into AFL football and make an impact.”