Jarvis and Kennerley drafted to Cats

Local footballers Ben Jarvis and Jacob Kennerley will start their AFL careers together at Geelong in 2019.

The pair were taken by Geelong Football Club in the third round of the 2018 AFL National Draft.

The pair have spent plenty of time together as teammates already, both representing South Australia in the Under 18 Championships this year and attending the AFL draft combine.

Mr Jarvis, who was pick 48, watched the draft while home in Port Lincoln.

The former Lincoln South player said he was excited to be drafted by Geelong as they had some great mentors.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed,” he said.

“I wasn’t really expecting to be picked so early… then it hit me and we started getting all these phone calls.”

Mr Jarvis said himself and Mr Kennerley were good friends and that the move would be made a lot easier thanks to that.

The pair impressed earlier this year at the AFL draft combine, with Mr Jarvis finishing in the top eight in three events and Mr Kennerley breaking the record for the two kilometre time trial.

Cummins footballer Mr Kennerley quickly followed as the number 50 pick.

He was watching the draft in Adelaide.

The former Ramblers footballer said he was excited and thrilled for the move.

“It was a nervous wait,” he said.

“Everyone was emotional and excited, mum and grandma shed a few tears and everyone was throwing their hand ups and embracing.”

Pictured: Local draftees Ben Jarvis and Jacob Kennerley.