Sam Dunell believes luck is on his side.

The 22-year-old Rookie matured late into professional football, but in just one year Sam Dunell has gone from playing in the A-grade amateurs to being drafted to an elite AFL Club.

And he says his rise to the top came down to persistence and a bit of good fortune.

“Over the last 12 months it really came through. I set a few goals for myself to make the representative sides within the Old Melbournians because they have quite a good reputation with pushing through some of the young guys and giving them an opportunity,” recounted Sam.

“Luckily enough I made the Under-23 VAFA side, and then got to play in the Senior VAFA rep side as well. And at the end of the year I played the last 7 games for the Bendigo Bombers, so it happened really quickly and it was awesome.”

And Dunell isn’t discounting his AFL bloodlines for their contribution either.

“My dad played for Essendon in the eighties, so I’ve always played football and been into sport.”

“I wanted to dominate at the amateur level to get some exposure and that gave me a chance to get on a VFL List.”

Chances aside, Sam reluctantly faced the prospect of giving up on his dream of playing professional football altogether when he turned 20, going on to study commerce at university. Read more…