Local AFLW Draft Combine invitees named
The AFL has today released the names of the 45 players invited to the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft Combine to be held in Melbourne in early October.
Four players will attend from the New South Wales and ACT region, two more than the year prior.
Western Sydney’s Georgia Garnett and Brenna Tarrant have been invited to test following their starring roles for the AFL NSW/ACT Rams and Eastern Allies during the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Both were named the joint-NAB MVPs for the Rams in Round One of the Championships, while Tarrant also made the final 2019 NAB AFLW All-Australian side.
Newcomer to the AFL NSW/ACT Talent Pathway, Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook of Dubbo has also been asked to attend after a breakout performance on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
From the 2017/2018 Rams flock, Georgia Breward of Grafton has also been asked to attend. After undergoing surgery following an ACL injury during the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships, Breward’s work with the Gold Coast Suns Academy – now that she is ‘over-age’ and lives so close to the Queensland border – has seen her invited to test.
AFLW Clubs each shortlist their preferred players to attend the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft Combine with each of the 45 players invited receiving at least one AFLW Club nomination.
43 players selected for the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft Combine participated in the year’s NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships with 14 players selected in the 2019 NAB AFLW All-Australian Team.
The 2019 NAB AFLW Draft Combine will test players skills, agility and strength through a series of tests including the 20-metre sprint and vertical jump, along with goal kicking and marking tests.
AFL Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said the Draft Combine is the final chance players will get to showcase their skills before the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.
“The Draft Combine will see the country’s best young female talent showcase their skills on and off the field in front of AFLW club recruiters,” Ms. Livingstone said
“Following a successful 2019 NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships, Club recruiters will get their final chance to assess on-field skills as well as conducting one-on-one interviews with players throughout the week.”
The 2019 NAB AFLW Draft Combine will move from Marvel Stadium for the first time, with the new venue to be confirmed by the end of August.
The NAB AFLW Draft Combine is part of the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFLW.
The NAB AFL Women’s Rising Stars Program consists of the following elements:
– NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star
– NAB AFL Women’s Draft
– NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine
– NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships
– NAB AFL Women’s Academy
NAB has proudly supported footy for over a decade, providing boys and girls with a clear pathway from NAB AFL Auskick to the big time.