AFL Draft Combine - Medium Midfielders

The AFL have released the names of the Medium Midfielders 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 South Australia, one from Western Australia and one from Tasmania.  

A further 31 Medium Midfielders will attend State Draft Combines in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in October.  

AFL National Talent Manager, Kevin Sheehan, said an impressive list of Medium Midfielders have been invited to this year’s Draft Combines. 

“Four of the last six number one choices in the NAB AFL Draft have been Medium midfielders with Carlton’s Marc Murphy (2005) and Bryce Gibbs (2006), along with Melbourne’s Tom Scully (2009) and Gold Coast Suns’ David Swallow (2010) all being selected as the best young player in the country. 

The Draft Combine tests for speed and agility, essential elements for a midfielder, along with kicking efficiency which is rated using the kicking test developed by Nathan Buckley,” said Mr. Sheehan. 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine - National

Medium Midfielders                                   

Lachlan Dalgleish

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

Age: 18

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 77 kg

“A long penetrating left foot kick, who plays as a half forward or wingman. He has a high ability to kick multiple goals. A real dasher who ran third in a heat of the Stawell Gift this year.”

Nick Haynes

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Age: 19

Height: 191 cm

Weight: 76 kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 championships, playing three matches.  He has great agility, a good overhead mark and very good running and aerobic capacity.” 

Elliott Kavanagh

Club: Western Jets

Age: 18

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 78 kg
“Part of the 14th intake into the AIS/AFL Academy.  He has excellent endurance and game sense. He had an injury interrupted year but is now back on track. Uses the ball well, is a strong mark overhead, a good decision maker. He is a real competitor and enjoys winning the contested ball.”
 

Jackson Merrett

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 70 kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. He has a terrific work rate and his run and carry is game breaking. His ability to find space and work to position is very good.” 

Jack Newnes

Club: Northern Knights

Age: 18

Height: 184 cm

Weight: 73 kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 14 possessions. He reads the ball well and is versatile enough to play back, midfield or forward. He has a penetrating kick, good user inside and he is a solid tackler.” 

Sebastian Ross

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

Age: 18

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 82 kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 14.5 possessions and four tackles a game.  His strengths are his work rate, contested footy, preparation and leadership. He is the cousin of Jobe Watson.”

Tom Sheridan

Club: Calder Cannons

Age: 17

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 76 kg

“Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 14 possessions. He has very good endurance and has the ability to bring others into the game by clever use of the ball by hand or foot.” 

Liam Sumner

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Age: 18

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 73 kg

“Part of the 14th intake into the AIS/AFL Academy. Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 14.8 possessions. He is a very quick and agile midfielder. He uses the ball well, breaks the lines and is ferocious at the contest.  He is very good overhead and he has some real penetration with his kicking.” 

Dom Tyson

Club: Oakleigh Chargers

Age: 18

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 82 kg

“Left footer who represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 22 disposals a game, 11 contested possessions and 3.6 tackles. He has the ability to dispose of the ball even when under pressure or being tackled. He is a very clean player and a good decision maker. He was awarded All Australian honours.” 

Max Warren

Club: Eastern Ranges

Age: 18

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 78 kg

“He is a smart user by hand or foot and he can play inside or outside. He is poised with the ball and very agile.” 

Jason Williams

Club: Calder Cannons

Age: 17

Height: 188 cm

Weight: 78 kg

“He has a strong ability to carry the ball and break the lines. He marks well and has shown he is dangerous when pushing forward. He is very competitive and tackles strongly. He is the cousin of former Hawk and Bomber, Mark Williams.” 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State

Medium Midfielders  

Matthew Arnott

Club: Oakleigh Charges

Age: 17

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 82 kg 

George Curnow

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 80 kg 

Ned Fallon

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Age:  17

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 82 kg 

Jesse Field

Club: Eastern Ranges

Age: 18

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 80 kg 

Will Gleeson

Club: Northern Knights

Age: 17

Height: 189 cm

Weight: 79 kg 

Haydn Hector

Club: Gippsland Power

Age: 18

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 79 kg

Jordan Keras

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 17

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 84 kg  

Sam Kerridge

Club: Bendigo Pioneers

Age: 18

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 82 kg 

Jake Lloyd

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

Age: 17

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 72 kg 

Fraser Lucas

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 65 kg 

Ryan Monaghan

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 18

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 78 kg 

Doug Morris

Club: Northern Knights

Age: 17

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 85 kg 

Coleman Schache

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

Age: 17

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 76 kg 

Damien Volta

Club: Eastern Ranges

Age: 18

Height: 181 cm

Weight: 74 kg




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