NAB AFL Draft Combines: Tall Forwards

The AFL today released the names of the Tall Forwards who will attend the 2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines to be held at national and state level beginning October 4. 

The national list includes 11 players from Victoria, three from Western Australia and one player from Tasmania.  

A further 14 Tall Forwards will attend State Draft Combines in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in October. 

AFL National Talent Manager, Kevin Sheehan, said the level of talent shown by the Tall Forwards invited to this year’s Draft Combines is very impressive. 

“In the 25 years of the Draft only two tall forwards have been taken at number one, with St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (2000) and Melbourne rising star Jack Watts (2008) both having that honour. 

“This year’s NAB AFL Draft Combine will be held for the first time at Etihad Stadium with a purpose  built hardwood sports floor used for the sprints, agility, vertical jumps and the beep test adding to the overall experience,” Mr Sheehan said.

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine - National

Tall Forwards  

Victoria:

Michael Bussey

Club: Eastern Ranges/Rowville FC

Age: 18

Height: 196cm

Weight: 81kg
“Part of the 13th intake into the AIS/AFL Academy.  Showed his versatility when he represented Vic Metro at the Under 18 Championships; can play back/forward or midfield.  He is very athletic and starting to have a physical presence with his defensive skills.”
 

Tom Curran

Club: Oakleigh Chargers/Wesley College

Age: 17

Height: 195cm

Weight: 86kg

“Represented Vic Metro in three games at the Under 18 Championships. He is a hard working key position player, son of former Hawk Peter Curran. Is very well built, a good kick and loves the hard contests.” 

Jake Hammond

Club: Oakleigh Chargers/Blackburn FC

Age: 18

Height: 190cm

Weight: 82kg
“Has a terrific pair of hands and his judgment in marking contests is excellent. He is a very good left foot kick, especially for goal, has very good endurance (14+ beep) for his size and is also very agile.”
 

Dylan Orval

Club: Oakleigh Chargers/ Caulfield Grammar

Age: 18

Height: 192cm

Weight: 81kg

Has an excellent leap and is a very good overhead mark, both contested and on the lead. He is a booming kick with good accuracy. Makes smart decisions by both hand and foot. Knee injury put him out of Nationals. Father, Mark, played at Collingwood.” 

Jackson Paine

Club: Sandringham Dragons/ Melbourne Grammar

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 86kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the Under 18 Championships.  He is a very strong key position player who runs very hard at the contest and has the ability to split open a pack with his strong marking.” 

Jonathon Patton

Club: Eastern Rangers/ Scoresby FC

Age: 18

Height: 197cm

Weight: 95kg

“Member of the 13th intake in the AIS/AFL Academy.  He represented Vic Metro at the Under 18 Championships averaging nine marks and 3.6 goals per game, and winning All-Australian honours. He is a true power forward, is very tall, athletic and good overhead.” 

Xavier Richards

Club: Sandringham Dragons/Xavier College

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 81kg

“Represented Vic Metro in three games at the Under 18 Championships. He is a very athletic player who is very quick and agile and is good on the lead. Brother, Ted, plays for the Sydney Swans.” 

Jai Sheahan

Club: Geelong Falcons/ Newton FC

Age: 18

Height: 195cm

Weight: 83kg

“An exceptional kick of the ball with either foot, he is a good decision making and looks a classy player in space. Been in very good form of late.” 

Lachlan Smith

Club: Murray Bushrangers/ Benalla FC

Age: 17

Height: 190cm

Weight: 80kg

“Has a good pair of hands, either on the lead or in contested marking situations.  He reads the ball well in the air and his field kicking and decision making skills are very good.” 

Jordan Staley

Club: Gippsland Power/ Foster FC

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 90kg

“Represented Vic Country in three games at the Under 18 Championships averaging 12.3 hit outs a game in a ruckman/tall forward roll. Attacks the ball with vigour in the air.  He is an excellent long and accurate kick at goal.” 

Patrick Wearden

Club: Murray Bushrangers/ Kyabram

Age: 17

Height: 191cm

Weight: 75kg

Is a long kick and strong mark, reads the game well and can be dangerous around goals. Very athletic player with good repeat speed.”

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State

Tall Forwards 

Melbourne:

Brett Eddy

Club: Collingwood

Age: 21

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 89 kg 

Callum Sinclair

Club: Port Melbourne

Age: 21

Height: 200 cm

Weight: 95 kg 

Jack Fenner

Club: Calder Cannons

Age:  18

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 88 kg 

Sam Gordon

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 192 cm

Weight: 90 kg 

Jackson Coleman

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Age: 19

Height: 196 cm

Weight: 90 kg 

Jackson Starcevich

Club: Morningside

Age: 18

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 83 kg

Fraser Thurlow

Club: Southport

Age: 18

Height: 195 cm

Weight: 89 kg 

OTHER STATES 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine - National

Tall Forwards  

Tasmania:

Julian Dobosz
Club: North Hobart
Age: 18
Height: 193cm
Weight: 85kg
“Very smart player inside 50 averaging 3.8 goals in 4 matches in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Reads the ball well in flight, positions himself cleverly in the marking contest, has sure hands and an accurate shot for goal.”

 

Western Australia:
Joel Hamling
Club: Claremont
Age: 18
Height: 194cm
Weight: 78kg

“Mobile forward playing in the Colts in WAFL who can also play in defence. Impressive for WA against NT and Tasmania in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging five marks.” 

Shane Kersten

Club: South Fremantle

Age: 18

Height:  190cm

Weight: 88kg

“Powerful forward who is strong overhead and a long kick. Kicked five goals against Queensland in the 2010 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships as a 17 year old but missed 2011 Championships due to injury.” 

Fraser McInnes

Club: Perth

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 87kg

“Tall forward/ruckman who is strong overhead and reads the game very well. Left footer who presents well as a target. Missed Under 18 Championships due to injury.”                        

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State

Tall Forwards 

Adelaide:

Luke Rander

Club: Norwood

Age: 18

Height: 195 cm

Weight: 85 kg 

Tom Sandercock

Club: Port Adelaide

Age: 18

Height: 195 cm

Weight: 83 kg 

Nicholas Dinham

Club: Norwood

Age: 18

Height: 197 cm

Weight: 88 kg 

Ben Gazzola

Club: Norwood

Age: 20

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 87 kg 

Tom Pinyon

Club: Sturt

Age: 18

Height: 196 cm

Weight: 94 kg 

Cameron Shenton

Club: Norwood

Age: 20

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 78 kg 

Perth:

Alex Devitt

Club: Peel Thunder

Age: 18

Height: 191 cm

Weight: 80 kg 

A total of 104 players from all states and territories will attend the 2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine at national level at Etihad Stadium with names for this and for the State Draft Combines to be released in the following positional groups.

NEXT: Tall Defenders announced August 9

 




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