Wendy Pilgrim delighted to see Port Adelaide draft grandson Lachie Jones

DRAFTED: Port Adelaide selected Lachie Jones with pick 16 in the 2020 AFL Draft. Photo: Supplied.

DRAFTED: Port Adelaide selected Lachie Jones with pick 16 in the 2020 AFL Draft. Photo: Supplied.

Of the 59 players selected at this year's AFL Draft, only a select few had a idea of what colours they were going to be donning in 2021.

For Lachie Jones, he lived out a childhood dream by being selected by childhood club Port Adelaide at pick 16 on Wednesday - much to the delight of grandmother Wendy Pilgrim, who resides in Bordertown.

Due to being a Next Generation Academy (NGA) player, Port Adelaide had first access to the talented defender who has built an impressive football resume, despite not playing an AFL game.

Jones was one of Woodville-West Torrens' best players in their 2019 SANFL U18 premiership victory against South Adelaide, before tasting success at league level this year against North Adelaide.

With two premiership medals over the past two years, the defender walks through the doors of one of the AFL's premiership contenders, with many tipping him to make an immediate impact in his debut season.

Despite playing for Bute/Paskeville Football Club on the Yorke Peninsula in his junior days, Jones has a unique connection to Bordertown, with mother, Vicki, spending her youth in the town.

She eventually moved away from the town in her adult years, before meeting her husband, Ben.

Mrs Pilgrim was incredibly excited to see her grandson realise his childhood dream, and over the past few days she has been busy collecting every newspaper which displays the draftee.

She said despite plenty of talk about his playing ability, the decision on whether to keep his iconic moustache and mullet is on everyone's lips.

"They are always having a go at him about his mullet haircut and moustache," Mrs Pilgrim joked.

"One of his comments on Facebook was 'what are you going to do with that Lachie? Are you going to keep it or lose it? - he said "we'll wait see what the other boys think I should do."

Regardless of what he looks like, Mrs Pilgrim is excited to cheer her grandson on from sidelines, but don't expect her to change her allegiances to Port Adelaide anytime soon.

"I said to Lachie, I have been a Geelong support since I was nine years old and I can't change," Mrs Pilgrim said.

"Vicki is an Essendon supporter, but she said when Lachie plays for Port she'll be supporting him."

The heated rivalry between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows has resulted in numerous brutal clashes since the first Showdown in 1997, and safe to say, Jones doesn't have a soft spot for the Crows.

"When Lachie played in the SANFL grand final back in October, we went down for it and we had some photos taken along the boundary," Mrs Pilgrim said.

"I was having my photo taken with Lachie while grandad is standing in the background, and he goes 'grandad, I don't like your jacket' - he had his Crows jacket on."

Like many members of the family, Mrs Pilgrim is eagerly looking forward to watching the young defender potentially play for Port Adelaide next season.

"We won't get to every game, but we'll wait until the draw comes out - if he plays against Geelong we'll probably go," Mrs Pilgrim said.

While the fans at Alberton will quickly fall in love with their newest draftee, it's fair to say that one of Lachie Jones' biggest fans lives here in Bordertown.

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