AFL Draft Combine: Medium Defenders

The AFL today released the names of the Medium 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 six players from Victoria, three from South Australia, two from Northern Territory, one from Tasmania and one from Western Australia.  

A further 22 Medium Defenders will attend State Draft Combines in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in October.  

AFL National Talent Manager, Kevin Sheehan, said Medium Defenders who have been invited to this year’s Draft Combines are likely to attract a great deal of attention. 

“AFL Clubs will look at all aspects of the way the Medium Defenders test but no doubt the Nathan Buckley Kicking Test is one that will be a special focus for those players, given the responsibility to clear the defensive 50 . 

“Their repeat speed measured by the 30 metres by six efforts, combined together with their finishing skills, will be closely dissected at the Draft Combine,” he said. 

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine - National

Medium Defenders

Victoria:

Jed Bews

Club: Geelong Falcons

Age: 17

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 78 kg

“Is a very athletic and versatile player who is extremely reliable as a defender and looks most comfortable behind the ball or on a wing where he gets to play the back of the contest.  Is an effective decision maker who is composed with the ball in his hands. Son of Andrew Bews and is eligible for Geelong under the father/son rule.”

Matthew Buntine

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Age: 17

Height: 188 cm

Weight: 85 kg

“Part of the 14th intake into the AIS/AFL Academy winning the Ben Mitchell Medal voted on by his peers for his on and off field performances.  Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships however injury curtailed his overall impact but was at his best in the final game versus Vic Metro.  Is a good size, strong and courageous overhead, has a good feel for the game and uses the ball well.  Is hardly beaten in one on one contests.”

Sam Docherty

Club: Gippsland Power

Age: 17

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 85 kg
“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships winning best on ground honours versus WA in one of the two games he played . Reads the play well and is a dasher from defence. Is a good kick, especially under pressure.”

Brandon Ellis

Club: Calder Cannons

Age: 18

Height: 181 cm

Weight: 83 kg

“ Represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under 18 championships averaging 18.2 disposals a game at 75.8% effective.  Is a well built defender who reads the play very well. Is team oriented and is an excellent kick. Rewarded with All Australian Under 18 honours.”

Jack Johnstone

Gippsland Power

Age: 18

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 82 kg

“Rebounding half back who can also go on ball or up forward; reads the play very well, is a sound decision maker and is clean with his hands.” 

Josh Tynan

Club: Gippsland Power

Age: 17

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 76 kg

“Represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships averaging 15.6 disposals.  He can play on talls or smalls and provides good run and drive from the defensive end. Cool and composed player who is  also good one-on-one and overhead.”

2011 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State

Medium Defenders

Melbourne:

Jaxon Cooke

Club: Western Jets

Age: 18

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 89 kg

Ben Drummond

Club: Calder Cannons

Age:  18

Height: 181 cm

Weight: 74 kg 

Hal Hunter

Club: Calder Cannons

Age: 18 

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 86 kg 

Damien Johnstone

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Age: 18

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 75 kg 

Piva Wright

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Age:  18

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 94 kg 

Shaun Wyatt

Club: Gippsland Power

Age:  17

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 76 kg




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