The results are in!
And a number of AFL draft prospects have put in strong showings after a COVID-19 interrupted season.
While some prospects didn’t get on the park due to state restrictions, others flourished in a short period of time after the coronavirus crisis.
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In the end, 125 players took part in the combine, held in multiple locations due to COVID-19 stopping players descending on Victoria.
A large chunk of academy prospects from across the country took part, as well as three father-son prospects.
Underage Australia steeplechaser Harry Sharp smashed the 2km time trial record, running a time of 5 minutes 28 seconds.
Collingwood Next-Generation Academy member Reef McInnes took out the 20m sprint in Victoria, but the testing was undertaken with a strong tailwind.
“There were some outstanding performances including that of Harry Sharp who smashed the 2km record by 22 seconds with his time of 5 minutes 28 seconds,” AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said.
“It may well give him a significant competitive advantage over an AFL opponent going forward in his preferred wing position. He’s a dual track athlete and aspiring AFL player at Caulfield Grammar via St Patrick’s College Ballarat and playing in the NAB League for the GWV Rebels. He’s also the current 2000 metres Australian steeplechase champion on the track.”
“Others to really catch the eye with their results include those who excel in both the speed and endurance tests with both Nathan O’Driscoll and Nik Cox adding to their already highly regarded playing potential.
“Cox at 200cm and with the versatility to play back or forward, recorded 2.98 seconds for the 20 metre sprint, just outside the top 10 but was ranked 4th in the 2km run with his outstanding 6 minutes and 5 seconds for a player of his size.”
“O’Driscoll finished in the top 10 for the 2km (6 minutes 23 seconds) and 8th in the 20 metres (2.93 seconds) increasing his potential to match it athletically with players at the AFL level,” Sheehan said.
“Godfrey Okerenyang from Wagga Wagga in the Riverina of NSW has already represented his State at AFL Under 16 level in 2018. He’s relatively new to the code with Sudanese heritage but he’s in the GWS GIANTS Academy as a pursues an AFL dream. Okerenyang ran 2.86 seconds in the 20 metre sprint and recorded 92cm for his running Vertical Jump.”
“Like many aspiring AFL prospects, he’s already an elite talent in another sport being the Australian Under-18 100 metres Champion winning that title in 2019.”
The AFL Draft will be held in the week commencing Monday December 7.
2KM TIME TRIAL
5min 28s – Harry Sharp (Vic Country/GWV Rebels)
5:52 – Fraser Rosman (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
6:02 – Liam Kolar (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)
6:05 – Nikolas Cox (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)
6:10 – Sam Berry (Vic Country/Gippsland Power)
6:11 – Ryan Angwin (Vic Country/Gippsland Power)
6:17 – Matthew Allison (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons)
6:17 – Finlay Macrae (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
6:20 – Heath Chapman (Western Australia/West Perth)
6:23 – Nathan O’Driscoll (Western Australia/Perth)
6:23 – William Bravo (Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays)
20M SPRINT (NON-VIC)
2.86 seconds – Godfrey Okerenyang (NSW/GWS Giants Academy)
2.873 – Isiah Winder (Western Australia/Peel Thunder)
2.898 – Aiden Fyfe (Queensland/Gold Coast Suns Academy)
2.90 – Braeden Campbell (New South Wales/Sydney Swans Academy)
2.907 – Brodie Lake (Northern Territory/Southern Districts)
2.910 – Marc Sheather (New South Wales/Sydney Swans Academy)
2.912 – Carter Michael (Queensland/Brisbane Lions Academy)
2.931 – Nathan O’Driscoll (Western Australia/Perth)
2.935 – Jack Briskey (Queensland/Brisbane Lions Academy)
2.953 – Isaac Chugg (Tasmania/Tasmania Devils)
20M SPRINT (VIC)
2.779 seconds – Reef McInnes (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
2.801 – Max Holmes (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
2.870 – Liam Kolar (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)
2.880 – Seamus Mitchell (Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers)
2.887 – Zavier Maher (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)
2.893 – Joshua Eyre (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons)
2.896 – Fraser Rosman (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
2.897 – Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
2.906 – Will Phillips (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
2.923 – Liam McMahon (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)
*Due to COVID-19 Protocols, Victoria Combine testing was completed outside on a different surface and exposed to potential tailwind
RUNNING VERTICAL JUMP – RIGHT LEG
92cm – Godfrey Okerenyang (NSW/GWS Giants Academy)
92 – Isiah Winder (Western Australia/Peel Thunder)
91 – Seamus Mitchell (Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers)
91 – Archie Perkins (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
90 – Chris Walker (Western Australia/East Fremantle)
87 – Denver Grainger-Barras (Western Australia/Swan Districts)
87 – Joshua Eyre (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons)
86 – Shannon Neale (Western Australia/South Fremantle)
86 – Liam McMahon (Vic Metro/Northern Knights)
84 – Aiden Fyfe (Queensland/Gold Coast Suns Academy)
84 – Jack Carroll (Western Australia/East Fremantle)
84 – Isaac Chugg (Tasmania/Tasmania Devils)
RUNNING VERTICAL JUMP – LEFT LEG
99cm – Dominic Bedendo (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)
95 – Godfrey Okerenyang (NSW/GWS Giants Academy)
95 – Aiden Fyfe (Queensland/Gold Coast Suns Academy)
94 – Jack Briskey (Queensland/Brisbane Lions Academy)
94 – Kellen Johnson (Western Australia/West Perth)
94 – Brodie Lake (Northern Territory/Southern Districts)
94 – Eddie Ford (Vic Metro/Western Jets)
94 – Sam Berry (Vic Country/Gippsland Power)
93 – Chris Walker (Western Australia/East Fremantle)
93 – Joshua Eyre (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons)