Zane Duursma receives his North Melbourne guernsey from club champ Michael Firrito

1. He'll be the third Duursma in the AFL/W

With Zane arriving at Arden Street as pick No.4 in the 2023 AFL Draft, it's clear that the Duursma family is a talented one. Versatile 23-year-old Xavier - Zane's older brother - was taken by Port Adelaide in the first round of the 2018 draft before switching to Essendon in October after 73 games at Alberton, while older sister Yasmin, 19, has notched 11 appearances for the Power in the AFLW over two seasons.

"Xavier's been a pretty big influence on me in these last couple of pre-seasons, especially this one … so, he's been a pretty big influence," Zane told in March. "'Yaz' (Yasmin) is there to have a chat with every now and then about what she goes through."


2. He already has some notable experience 

Outstanding form for Vic Country saw the forward rewarded with minutes in the VFL. The talented teenager pulled on a Casey Demons guernsey for two games in 2023 and averaged 11 disposals while gaining some valuable experience with the competition's reigning premiers. He also mixed it with Melbourne's best at Gosch's Paddock, training with the likes of Christian Petracca and Jack Viney.

3. He knows how to hit the scoreboard  

Duursma is no stranger to kicking a score. The smooth-moving youngster has booted more than 30 goals in each of his past two seasons with the Gippsland Power in the Coates Talent League, as well as nine goals through six games for Vic Country over 2022 and 2023. In one of those games for Country earlier this year, Duursma locked himself into top-five draft pick contention when he kicked four goals from 22 disposals and 10 marks to steer his side to a win over Vic Metro.

4. He's an all-round athlete

The naturally gifted Duursma stands at 189cm and has the athleticism that allows him to rise high for grabs as well as trump opponents at ground level. His exciting leap was on showcase during the 2023 AFL Draft Combine when he recorded a running vertical jump of 97cm, which was just 1cm behind fellow Vic Country player Darcy Wilson, who finished highest for the test.


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5. He can pinch-hit in the guts

With the Roos also bringing in highly touted young onballer Colby McKercher with the second overall pick in this year's draft, the Kangaroos look set when it comes to midfield looks and layouts. However, given his clean hands, craftiness, and excellent play-reading skills, Duursma could easily find himself working with the likes of Jy Simpkin, Luke Davies-Uniacke, and George Wardlaw in the engine room throughout periods of the 2024 season and beyond.


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