NAB AFL Draft Combine: Medium Midfielders

18 TAC Cup players featured in the today’s AFL announcement of the Medium Midfielders to be invited to the NAB AFL Draft Combines to be held in October 2012 as part of its talent identification process in the lead up to the 2012 NAB AFL Draft.  

The NAB AFL Draft Combine, involving 120 players at National Level, will be held at Etihad Stadium from 2-5 October, with state Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne (6 October), Adelaide (13 October) and Perth (14 October). 

The Medium Midfield group comprises 45 players who are between 180cm and 189cm in height and play predominantly through the midfield in inside and/or outside roles and includes five All-Australians from the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and ten players who are members or graduates of the AIS-AFL Academy .

“The Medium Midfield group also includes four players who are 17 years-old and eligible for the October Mini Draft which is part of the GWS Trade Incentive Rule . They are an extremely talented group made up of Victoria’s Josh Kelly and Matt Crouch, SA’s Luke Dunstan and WA’s Jack Martin, all exciting prospects in line for one of the remaining two spots available under that rule,” said AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan. 

In all, over 200 players have been invited to test at the NAB AFL Draft Combines with other positioned groups to be released as follows: 

21 August – Medium Defenders

28August – Medium Forwards  

4 September – Tall Defenders

11 September – Tall Forwards 

18 September – Ruckmen  

2012 NAB AFL Draft Combine – National

Medium Midfielders  

Victoria

Jacob Ballard

Club : Northern Knights

D.O.B. : 26.02.1994

Height : 186cm

Weight : 82kg

“Medium midfielder with a big engine and super competitive. Can play as a rebounding defender who competes well one-on-one in marking contests and at ground level. Averaged 16.8 disposals for Vic Metro at 70.8% efficiency.”  

Matthew Crouch

Club : North Ballarat Rebels

D.O.B. : 21.04.1995

Height : 182cm

Weight : 72kg

“Prolific ball winning medium midfielder who excels at the stoppages with his clean hands and clever reading of the play. Averaged 19.2 disposals at 76.6% efficiency in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year. New member of AIS AFL Academy in 2012” 

Lachie Hunter

Club : Western Jets

D.O.B. : 13.12.1994

Height : 181cm

Weight : 78kg

“Medium midfielder with rare game sense, great agility and smartness around goals. Averaged 15.5 disposals in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and has a damaging left foot. Eligible father/son to Western Bulldogs where his father Mark played.” 

Nick Graham

Club : Gippsland Power

D.O.B. : 12.06.1994

Height : 182cm

Weight : 76kg

“Medium Midfielder who is a terrific competitor with great lateral movement and evasive ability. Strong overhead and very good by foot, he has been a prolific ball winner for Gippsland Power this year averaging 25 disposals .Can also play role up forward presenting as a target and applying good defensive pressure .” 

Joshua Kelly

Club : Sandringham Dragons

D.O.B. : 12.02.1995

Height : 180cm

Weight : 69kg

“Composed left footed medium midfielder with rare decision making ability and neat disposal. Father Phil played 62 games with North Melbourne after winning two Sandover Medals in the WAFL. Averaged 15.8 disposals and five marks. Bottom aged player and member of AIS-AFL Academy.”

Jonathon O’Rourke

Club : Calder Cannons

D.O.B. : 21.04.1994

Height : 183cm

Weight : 75kg

“Medium midfielder who is a prolific ball winner and smart user of the ball. Runs all day and makes good decisions with the football in heavy traffic. Has good game sense and an excellent mix of speed and endurance. Classy type who averaged 18.5 disposals at 77% efficiency for Vic Metro and was rewarded with All Australian honours following the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships .Another AIS-AFL Academy graduate “  

Lachie Whitfield

Club : Dandenong Stingrays

D.O.B. : 18.07.1994

Height : 184cm

Weight : 74kg

“Classy medium midfielder with rare awareness and decision-making ability complemented by skills either side with hands and feet. Is naturally gifted with speed and endurance and is strong overhead. All-Australian at NAB AFL Under-18 level in 2011 and winner of AFL Life Members Scholarship. Backed it up this year winning the Larke Medal and All-Australian honours averaging 23.2 disposals. Another player who has been through the AIS-AFL Academy.” 

Oliver Wines

Club : Bendigo Pioneers

D.O.B. : 07.10.1994

Height : 185cm

Weight : 83kg

“Strong medium midfielder with a distinct hard edge that wins him contested ball, including at the stoppages. Has elite endurance and can push forward and hit the scoreboard. Ferocious tackler who is a good overhead mark and prolific ball winner. Averaged 24.2 disposals for Vic Country in thr NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year, winning All-Australian honours. AIS-AFL Academy Graduate.” 

 

2012 NAB AFL Draft Combines – State  

Melbourne:

Ajdin Elkasovic

Club : Western Jets

D.O.B. : 06.04.1994

Height : 181cm

Weight : 73kg

 

Tom Gribble

Club : Geelong Falcons

D.O.B. : 17.10.1994

Height : 181cm

Weight : 70kg

 

Daniel Hachem

Club : Oakleigh Chargers

D.O.B. : 21.08.1994

Height : 185cm

Weight : 82kg

 

Jake Llyod

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

D.O.B. : 20.9.1993

Height : 180cm

Weight : 72kg

 

Tony Lockyer

Club: North Ballarat Rebels

D.O.B. : 06.03.1993

Height : 185cm

Weight : 83kg

 

Tim McGenniss

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

D.O.B. : 18.01.1994

Height : 180cm

Weight : 76kg

 

Josh Newman

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

D.O.B. : 22.12.1994

Height : 180cm

Weight : 74kg

 

Billy Rolfe

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

D.O.B. : 16.01.1993

Height : 182cm

Weight : 77kg

 

Josh Saunders

Club: Geelong Falcons

D.O.B. : 31.08.1994

Height : 182cm

Weight : 75kg

 

Brandon Wood

Club: Eastern Ranges

D.O.B. :  28.05.1993

Height : 185cm

Weight : 82kg




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