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Internationals invited to AFL Combine for first time

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The AFL today historically announced the seventh group of players, its International prospects, who will attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine to be held at Etihad Stadium from October 2-5, as part of its talent identification process in the lead up to the 2012 NAB AFL Draft.

 AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said this is an exciting time for the game with potential AFL talent from six countries outside of Australia attending our NAB AFL Draft Combine for the first time - including players from the USA, PNG, New Zealand, Ireland, Nauru and China.

“Over the last few years the AFL has been preparing for this with AFL International Combines being held in the USA, South Pacific, China and Europe, in search of potential talent.”

“It’s a glimpse in to the future of the AFL to see 10 internationals in amongst the best talent from around Australia,” said Mr. Sheehan.
 
The NAB AFL Draft Combines involve 115 players at National Level, with state Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne (October 6), Adelaide (October 13) and Perth (October 14).
 
In all, over 200 players have been invited to test at the NAB AFL Draft Combines with the last positioned group - the ruckmen - to be released next week.
 
“It’s a glimpse in to the future of the AFL to see 10 internationals in amongst the best talent from around Australia,” said Mr. Sheehan.
 
The NAB AFL Draft Combines involve 115 players at National Level, with state Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne (October 6), Adelaide (October 13) and Perth (October 14).
 
In all, over 200 players have been invited to test at the NAB AFL Draft Combines with the last positioned group - the ruckmen - to be released next week.
 
The players are:
 
Papua New Guinea
Brendan Beno
Bougainville
Height: 170cm
Weight: 62kg
DOB: 10.08.94
“Quick and agile small midfielder, who has played on a wing for Redland FC in the NEAFL this year. Courageous player, who attacks the ball aggressively, and works well defensively where his tackling is first class. Can push forward and play the small forward role, where he has good goal sense and a terrific defensive work rate. Played for the South Pacific in the 2011 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships, kicking five goals against Tasmania. Currently holds an International Scholarship with the Brisbane Lions.”
 
Gideon Simon
Mt Hagan
Height: 172cm
Weight: 71kg
DOB: 30.10.94
“A strongly built small midfielder who has good speed and outstanding lateral movement in traffic. He has good awareness and decision making skills and is a neat right foot kick. Performed very strongly in the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships in 2011 before injury ended his campaign. A Richmond International Scholarship holder, he impressed all with his professionalism and diligence when spending two months with Richmond in the second half of this year playing matches with Coburg in the VFL.”
 
China
Chen Shao Liang
Guangdong Province, Chao Zhou
Height: 184cm
Weight: 72kg
DOB: 19.08.92
“Medium defender type with brilliant leg power. His vertical jump is in the rare category. A standing jump of 86cm and a running jump of 99cm at the China Combine in July were reflective of his background in volleyball and basketball. An exciting athlete that has excelled at school in short distance track events and displays a real desire to learn the game and improve. Is the first player to be selected from the AFL China Academy program in Guangzhou, Southern China.”
 
 
 
Nauru
Yoshi Harris
Boe District
Height: 183cm
Weight: 89kg
DOB: 20.02.94
“Strongly built medium forward from Nauru that possesses very strong hands and is a reliable set shot for goal. His marking ability overhead coupled with his rare vertical leap make him a very dangerous target in the air however he also has the ability to compete at ground level. A current GWS International Scholarship holder who thrives in the contest, he also looks to impose himself either on the lead or in a one-on-one marking dual. Has played at Campbelltown in Sydney during 2012.”
 
New Zealand
Kurt Heatherley
Bay of Plenty
Height: 193cm
Weight: 95kg
DOB: 01.01.95
“Tall defender who is extremely quick, agile and competitive. Has adapted to the AFL code rapidly this year after relocating from Hamilton (NZ) to Caulfield Grammar where he studies and continues to learn the finer points of the game. Was one of New Zealand’s eye catching players when it played the Australian Under 17 team in Wellington (NZ) in January this year. Has been impressive in defence for the Sandringham Dragons since debuting late in the year in the TAC Cup, after having a background in basketball, rugby and cricket in New Zealand. A current Hawthorn scholarship holder.”
 
Ireland
Emmett Bradley
Derry
Height: 192cm
Weight: 83kg
DOB: 20.02.93
“A tall midfielder/forward from Watty Graham’s Glen in the province of Ulster, who displays a very good level of leadership, highlighted by him captaining his club to the Derry and Ulster Football Championships at minor level. An athletic type of player with the ability to win his own ball, Emmett can also use both sides of his body efficiently and does impact the scoreboard quite regularly. Impressed for the European Legion youth team against the Australian Under-18 team in Surrey, England in April 2012.”
 
Sean Hurley
Kildare
Height: 195cm
Weight: 91kg
DOB: 02.03.92
“A tall midfielder/key position player from County Kildare in the Leinster Province. His endurance base, athleticism and overhead marking are real strengths. He is a pure competitor and has a genuine appetite for the one-on-one contest, whilst being a sound kick on his preferred right foot. This year he played football with Kildare in the All-Ireland Senior Championship. A very promising player with a desire to learn and impressed as a representative of the European Legion youth team vs the Australian Under-18 team in Surrey, England in April 2012.”
 
USA
Benjamin Shearry
Idaho
Height: 195cm
Weight: 102kg
DOB: 22.04.90
“A very powerful and explosive athlete who comes from a basketball background at California-Riverside. Tested in the rare category for speed and agility at the USA Combine, producing a 2.92sec 20m Sprint, as well as an 8.08 second AFL Agility time. The type of athlete that could potentially play as a key forward or in defence, he reads the ball in flight very well and possesses an outstanding leap. A smart reader of the game of basketball who has shown the ability to transition those skills to AFL, he became the first player in his colleges history to record 40 or more blocked shots as well as 40 or more steals in the same season.” 
 
Eric Wallace
Winston-Salem
Height: 197cm
Weight: 105kg
DOB: 13.12.88
“An extremely impressive athlete with a basketball background at Seattle University. His power is incredible, testing in the rare category for speed (2.93 secs) in the 20m Sprint at this year’s USA Combine as well as an excellent time of 8.15 secs in the AFL Agility Test. Once considered to be in the Top-100 High School basketball players, his appetite for the contest and competitiveness is first class. Has excellent strength in the contest and would be suited as a key forward/defender due to his impressive leap and willingness to impose himself. Was one of only two small forwards in US College basketball to average over 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 40 minutes.”
 
Yannick Crowder
Stone Mountain
Heihgt: 201cm
Weight: 98kg
DOB: 26.06.90
“Powerfully built athlete who comes from a basketball background at Florida A&M. Has the potential to become a ruckman/key defender with good speed, agility and competitiveness. Displays an excellent ability to read the play as well as the ball in flight, this is highlighted in his Top 10 ranking for blocked shots and offensive rebounds within his college basketball conference. An impressive athlete with the largest hand span (27cm) at the USA Combine as well as a standing reach of 272cm. One of only five players in the entire NCAA to average more than one steal, three blocks and four offensive rebounds per 40 minutes of game time.”

 

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Internationals invited to AFL Combine for first time
Authored by: 00Bock on Tuesday, September 18 2012 @ 07:47 am ACST

Great motivation for any junior development worldwide. Hope they all go well at the draft!

Does the international shoolarship effect the draft in any way?