South Australia will have five of its eight players test at this year’s AFL Combine to be held in Melbourne this week.
Highly-regarded McDonald’s SA U18 leadership group members Darcy Fogarty, Callum Coleman-Jones and Andy McPherson will be unable to complete the physical testing due to injury, as the rest of the Croweaters’ crop are under the microscope for four days at Etihad Stadium.
Fogarty and Coleman-Jones have both undergone knee surgery in the past six weeks while McPherson injured his hamstring in the Under-18 Torrens Uni Cup Grand Final last month.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, SANFL Talent Manager Brenton Phillips said each player required at least four expressions of interest from AFL clubs to receive an invite.
A total of 83 players from around Australia were in this category, while two players from Ireland will also be asked to test themselves.
Players are screened medically by AFL club doctors, with their physical measurements collated while psycho-motor and psychological testing is also undertaken.
Physically, players have their athletic traits scrutinised through exercises such as the 2km time-trial and 20m Sprint.
Skill testing also takes place, with kicking and set shots on goal a key focus for AFL scouts.
A further 21 South Australians have been invited to the state-based AFL Combine, which will be held at Prince Alfred College on Saturday October 14.
Most of these participants must have at least two expressions of interest from AFL clubs.
October 3-6 Etihad Stadium – Melbourne
Darcy Fogarty 25/9/99 192cm 92kg (Glenelg/Lucindale)
Callum Coleman-Jones 13/6/99 201cm 98kg (Sturt/Unley)
Harry Petty 12/11/99 194cm 81kg (Norwood/Wudinna)
Andrew McPherson 20/6/99 186cm 79kg (Woodville-West Torrens/Port District)
Alex Martini 30/3/99 181cm 78kg (Glenelg/Brighton)
Charlie Ballard 23/7/99 195cm 81kg (Sturt/Mitcham)
Nathan Kreuger 25/6/99 196cm 86kg (South Adelaide/Victor Harbor)
Jordan Houlahan 19/2/99 185cm 78kg (Sturt/Mount Barker)
Four South Australians are taking part in the inaugural AFLW Combine which is being held at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday October 3 and Wednesday October 4.
Norwood’s Ruth Wallace and young Glenelg trio Brianna Walling, Eloise Jones and Rebecca Allan will also be tested physically and mentally like their male counterparts in preparation for the AFL Women’s Draft on October 18.
Ruth Wallace (Adelaide Uni/Norwood)
Brianna Walling (Morphettville Park/Glenelg)
Eloise Jones (Morphettville Park/Glenelg)
Jessica Allan (Salisbury/Glenelg)