State Draft Combine and Rookie Me invitees confirmed
AFL NSW/ACT will have six players representing the region at the 2018 NAB AFL State Draft Combine, as well as another three in the Rookie Me Combine in Melbourne this October.
After the nomination of Nick Blakey (Sydney Swans Academy), Kieren Briggs and Jacob Koschitzke (both GIANTS Academy) for the national 2018 NAB AFL Draft Combine two weeks ago, this takes the region’s showing to 12 men’s players taking part in club testing.
Three women’s players – Alyce Parker, Alexia Hamilton and Brianna McFarlane – will also take part in the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft Combine, which will also take place in the same week.
Players from this year’s Allies squad invited to attend the State Draft Combine include Jeromy Lucas, James Peatling, Guy Richardson and Mathew Walker – all GIANTS Academy members. Riley Bice and Nick Murray, also of the GIANTS Academy will test as well.
Invited to the Rookie Me Combine are Ryan Hebron (Sydney University NEAFL), Joey Reinhard (Sydney Swans Academy) and Adam Tipungwuti (Western Suburbs Magpies – AFL Sydney).
The Rookie Me Combine offers mature-age footballers (18-28 years old) the chance to be tested in front of AFL recruiters.
AFL NSW/ACT State Manager of Talent and Coaching, Darren Denneman says he is pleased for all players invited to Melbourne.
“The number of players from New South Wales and the ACT attending Combines this year illustrates the great work being done at all levels,” says Denneman.
“We wish our representatives well.”