Buddies are still together after the draft

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Jacob Kennerley is off to Geelong and will be joined by Rostrevor College and Norwood colleague Ben Jarvis. PICTURE: SARAH REED

BEN Jarvis jokes Norwood teammate and fellow Rostrevor student Jacob Kennerley “babied” him when he first moved from Port Lincoln to Adelaide two years ago.

The pair became mates as youngsters, growing up about 40 minutes away from each other – Kennerley hailed from Cummins – and played football together as juniors.

Kennerley also had a hand in Jarvis’ move to Adelaide and they lined up together in SA’s AFL under-18s championship triumph earlier this year. Now, their friendship has enjoyed another milestone, as both are heading to the same AFL club – Geelong.

The Cats selected them at the national draft on Friday – Jarvis was taken with pick No.48 and Kennerley at pick No. 50.

“It is unreal to be drafted to the same club and we can’t believe it,” Jarvis, a medium forward, said.

“Having that buddy alongside me will make it (the move) a lot easier.

“Jacob sort of babied me when I first moved to Adelaide and I’ve pretty much done everything with him since. It will be great to learn off Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield and to train with them will be unreal.”

Kennerley said being drafted was made even more special because Jarvis was heading to the Cats, too.

“We’ve played all our footy together, did our schooling together and we are best mates,,” Kennerley said.

“To be drafted with him is great and we will be there to support each other.

“I knew that he (Jarvis) was a good footballer and a great bloke, so I put the time and effort into him to get him to stay and make sure he enjoyed his time in Adelaide.”

The 185cm midfielder was eager to get to work and looked forward to developing under an AFL system.

“Geelong has a lot of stars there at the moment, so it’s a dream come true to be heading there.”