National Combine - Tall Defenders

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

The national list includes nine players from Victoria, three from Western Australia and two from Tasmania.  

A further 11 Tall Defenders will attend State Draft Combines in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in October. 

AFL National Talent Manager, Kevin Sheehan, said an exciting level of talent has been shown by the Tall Defenders Forwards invited to this year’s Draft Combines. 

“Tall defenders are much sought after in the Draft to potentially be able to match up on a powerful AFL tall forward; they must have very good repeat speed, sure hands and be composed under pressure,” said Mr. Sheehan.

“The Draft Combine tests for repeat speed with its six by 30 metre test with three players pitted against each other while the “Matthew Lloyd Clean Hands Test’ evaluates sure ball handling and composure. Both tests produce vital information when assessing tall defenders.” 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine - National

Tall Defenders                                   

Victoria:

Andrew Boseley

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 194cm

Weight: 80kg

“Played three games for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.  He is a great attacking player and he constantly marks the ball from opposition forward entries.”


Alex Brown

Club: Oakleigh Chargers

Age: 17

Height: 191cm

Weight: 80kg

“Represented Vic Metro in two games at the NAB AFL Under 18 championships, averaging 14.5 disposals and 4 marks.  He has very good pace and mobility for a player of his size and he can play tall and small especially when back. He is a very good mark and spoils well with his closing speed.” 

Ben Darrou

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Age: 17

Height: 190cm

Weight: 93kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the AFL Under 18 Championships averaging 14.5 disposals, 4 marks 4.5 tackles per game.  His kicking is a real feature and combined with his vision make him a real attacking weapon from defence. He possesses good natural size and athletic ability and he does not shirk any contests.” 

Simon Deery

Club: Gippsland Power

Age: 17

Height: 192cm

Weight: 84kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships playing two games and averaging 3.5 tackles a game.  He can play either end and have an impact on the game.” 

Sam Frost

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Age: 17

Height: 194cm

Weight: 87kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships averaging 14 disposals a game. He is a hard runner who loves to back himself to win the footy and take the game on. He is very good overhead and also has a huge leap.” 

Jordan Kelly

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Age: 18

Height: 191cm

Weight: 81kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships averaging 10 disposals and three tackles a game.  He is a good size and has the ability to win his own ball.  He has a good long kick and can play well one on one.” 

Tim Mohr

Club: Casey Scorpions

Age: 22

Height: 195cm

Weight: 98kg

“Former Tasmanian who reads the play well and has the ability to come off his opponent and impact the contest. He is rarely beaten one on one and strong in the air. He can set up counter attacks from defense. He has averaged 15.6 disposals and four marks in VFL this year.” 

Michael Talia

Club: Calder Cannons

Age: 18

Height: 191cm

Weight: 87kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships providing good run and drive from the defensive end, averaging 16.2 disposals and 5.5 marks.  He is extremely competitive and a very good overhead mark.  He capped off the championships with All Australian Honours.” 

Adam Tomlinson

Club: Oakleigh Chargers

Age: 17

Height: 192cm

Weight: 85kg

“Part of the 14th intake into the AIS/AFL Academy. Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships playing back and forward.  He is a very good athlete with great passion for the game. He uses the ball well and takes a very strong mark in a contested situation and presents well when he plays forward.” 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State

Tall Defenders

Melbourne:

Jarrod Bouman

Club: Box Hill Hawks

Age: 21

Height: 196cm

Weight: 90kg 

Ben Kerton

Club: Northern Knights

Age: 17

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 86 kg

Shaun Marusic

Club: Gippsland Power

Age:  19

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 90 kg 

Hugh Sandilands

Club: Port Melbourne

Age: 22

Height: 189 cm

Weight: 90 kg




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