Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

In the Name of the Father, Schache Officially a Lion; AFL National Draft Top Two Goes to Plan

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

In the Name of the Father, Schache Officially a Lion; AFL National Draft Top Two Goes to Plan

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Byline: TERRY MALLINDER APN SPORTS BUREAU

AFL: You couldn't help but think fate had intervened to deliver Josh Schache to the Brisbane Lions.

After a sensational national under-18 championships campaign, in which he kicked a record 24 goals for Vic Country and won the Larke Medal as the carnival's best player, Schache had been pegged as the No.1 pick in this year's National Draft.

And, in turn, he appeared destined to indeed follow in the footsteps of his late father, Laurence, and play for Brisbane, which was anchored to the bottom of the ladder.

However, when the Lions upset the finals-bound Western Bulldogs in the last round, pushing them past Carlton on the table, it was thought they had shot themselves in the foot.

Fortunately, for all those wanting a fairytale finish, another kid named Jacob Weitering would prove too good an asset to pass up and the Blues selected the key defender as the top draft pick at the Adelaide Convention Centre last night.

It would leave the Lions to pounce on Schache, whose dad spent two seasons with Brisbane in 1991-1992, when known as the Bears, and who had sadly passed away at the age of just 34 due to a rare heart condition, cardio amyloidosis.

Then only five, young Schache was with his father at the time he collapsed at the family home in Adelaide. They had been sitting on the couch, watching TV, before his dad went to leave the room. Schache says it is still his most vivid memory.

Speaking to APN yesterday after the first of what will be many press conferences during his career, Schache said there had always been a "link with Brisbane and maybe having the opportunity to go up there if it all works out".

Laurence played just 29 games for the Bears as a full-forward, but had his moments, such as kicking six goals in a match against Adelaide.

"It's very exciting just to be able to represent the club that my dad played for," Schache said.

Schache spoke about "how your life can change pretty quickly". …

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