Click here for interviews and to follow the progress of the SANFL players testing at the AFL and AFLW Combine in Melbourne this week.
Find out what Eagles forward Jack Lukosius had to say when he fronted a large media pack after a busy morning of testing at Marvel Stadium on Thursday.
West Adelaide speedster Izak Rankine claimed top honours in the Agility Test, posting the fastest time at the AFL Combine of 8.04 seconds on Thursday morning.
Central District’s Jackson Hately and North Adelaide’s Connor Rozee pushed each other along to just fall shy of Level 22 in the Yo-Yo Test on Thursday afternoon.
Bulldog Jez McLennan overcame an early warning in his Yo Yo Test to eventually push through to a very respectable Level 21.4, the same as South’s Tom Sparrow who outlasted West’s Rankine and Norwood’s Ben Jarvis.
Lukosius was the last man standing in his group of tall players for the Yo Yo Test, reaching Level 21.3 to edge out a fellow Croweater in Sturt’s Hugo Munn.
Lukosius, Rankine, Rozee and Jarvis were among the Croweaters to break the 3-second barrier in the 20m Sprint Test on Thursday morning.
— SANFL (@SANFL) October 4, 2018
Lukosius displayed his stylish set shot technique by nailing 4.1 in the Goal Kicking Test on Wednesday night.
Plenty of practice on the left-foot paid dividends for Sturt’s Riley Grundy in the Field Kicking Test on Wednesday night.
And it appears he got his brother Brodie’s approval……
Better kick than me 😕
— Brodie Grundy (@brodiegrundy) October 3, 2018
West’s Izak Rankine and South’s Tom Sparrow also posted solid results in the Field Kicking Test on Wednesday night.
2018 AFL COMBINE RESULTS
Standing vertical jump
Ely Smith – 77cm
Laitham Vandermeer – 72cm
Ben Jarvis (Norwood) – 72cm
Izak Rankine (West) – 70cm
Irving Mosquito – 68cm
Bailey Scott – 68cm
Isaac Quaynor 67cm
Connor Rozee (North) – 67cm
Buku Khamis – 67cm
Chayce Jones – 66cm
Will Hamill – 66cm
Charlie Sprague – 66cm
Xavier O’Halloran – 66cm
Rhylee West – 66cm
Riley Grundy (Sturt) – 66cm
Connor Idun – 66cm
Bailey Williams – 66cm
Running vertical jump (right foot)
Sam Sturt – 91cm
Chayce Jones – 85cm
Xavier Duursma – 83cm
Ely Smith – 82cm
Isaac Quaynor – 81cm
Riley Grundy (Sturt) – 81cm
Xavier O’Neill – 81cm
Connor Rozee (North) – 79cm
Rhylee West – 79cm
Irving Mosquito – 78cm
Noah Answerth – 78cm
Running vertical jump (left foot)
Bailey Williams – 94cm
Chayce Jones – 91cm
Connor Rozee (North) – 88cm
Laitham Vandermeer – 88cm
Ely Smith – 86cm
Isaac Quaynor – 86cm
Will Hamill – 86cm
Ben Jarvis (Norwood) – 86cm
Xavier O’Neill – 84cm
Zac Foot – 84cm
Jackson Hately (Central) – 84cm
Bailey Scott – 84cm
Tom McKenzie – 2.904 seconds
Connor Rozee (North) – 2.91 seconds
Will Hamill – 2.914 seconds
Izak Rankine (West) – 2.93 seconds
Connor Idun – 2.945 seconds
Bailey Williams – 2.946 seconds
Xavier O’Neill – 2.957
Xavier O’Halloran – 2.96 seconds
Ben King – 2.965 seconds
Sam Sturt – 2.966 seconds
Izak Rankine (West) – 8.039 seconds
Xavier O’Halloran – 8.063 seconds
Rhylee West – 8.216 seconds
Will Hamill – 8.222 seconds
James Blanck – 8.258 seconds
Chayce Jones – 8.270 seconds
Ben Jarvis (Norwood) – 8.308 seconds
Connor Rozee (North) – 8.326 seconds
Ely Smith – 8.328 seconds
Sam Sturt – 8.396 seconds
Ned McHenry – level 22.2
Sam Walsh – 22.1
Luke English – 22.1
Will Golds – 21.8
Xavier O’Halloran – 21.6
Oscar Brownless – 21.6
Will Hamill – 21.4
Ely Smith – 21.4
Jez McLennan (Central) – 21.4
Lachlan Sholl – 21.4
Fraser Turner – 21.4
Kicking test (score out of 30)
Tarryn Thomas 27
Xavier O’Neill 27
Matt McGannon 25
Ely Smith 24
Laithan Vandermeer 23
Jack Lukosius (Eagles) 23
Chayce Jones 22
Noah Answerth 22
Nicholas Baker 22
Xavier O’Halloran 22
James Blanck 22
Riley Grundy (Sturt) 22
Goalkicking test (score out of 30)
Isaac Quaynor 30
Keidean Coleman 25
Tarryn Thomas 25
Tom McKenzie 25
Mark Keane 25
Jack Lukosius (Eagles) 25
Izak Rankine (West) 24
Jordan Morrisey 24
Angus Hanrahan 24
Sturt’s Shane McAdam has revealed a slight calf strain will keep him out of all of the physical testing at the AFL Combine, however, he has still met with several AFL clubs during this week.
The Double Blues’ creative forward kicked 31 goals from 17 games in his debut Macca’s League season after playing for Scotch Old Collegians in Division 2 of the Adelaide Football League last year.
And the 23-year-old – who previously played for Claremont in the WAFL – threatened to turn heads at Marvel Stadium given he tested strongly at the WA State Combine in 2015.
Three years ago, McAdam equalled West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui’s record in the running vertical jump (102cm), finished first in the 20m sprint (2.89 seconds) and second in the agility test (8.04 seconds).
“He was disappointed he didn’t get drafted in his draft year but now … he’s trying to do everything he can to get drafted again,” Former Sturt coach Marty Mattner told The Advertiser.
“He can do everything – chase, tackle, take a pack mark, be a lead-up forward. Hopefully he gets an opportunity.”
McAdam will be one of the ”oldest” players invited to the AFL Combine, with the majority of mature-aged prospects invited to the SA State Combine to be held at Prince Alfred College on Saturday October 13.
The nephew of Magarey Medallist Gilbert McAdam will be among a host of talented teenagers headlined by star duo Jack Lukosius (Eagles) and Izak Rankine (West).
North Adelaide premiership player Connor Rozee will be eager to continue his rapid rise after banking an impressive Macca’s League finals campaign across half-back with the Roosters.
Central District’s Jackson Hately capped off his strong season by winning the Powerade Breakthrough Player award while his Bulldog team-mate Jez McLennan rose to the occasion with an All-Australian jumper earned with his eye-catching intercept marking.
South Adelaide’s Hayden Sampson – the son of premiership Crow Clay Sampson – also played an important role as a small forward for the McDonald’s SA U18 team while helping guide the Panthers into the U18 Torrens Uni Cup Grand Final.
Double Blues defender Riley Grundy – the younger brother of Colllingwood ruckman Brody Grundy – is another to keep an eye on as he refines his craft as a key defender.
McDonald’s SA Under-18 captain Luke Valente will be the only Croweater unable to test physically at the AFL Combine after he suffered a knee injury while playing for Rostrevor College in August.
A total of 120 players will attend four days of physical and mental testing as well as undertaking club interviews at Marvel Stadium from October 2 to October 5.
2018 AFL COMBINE INVITEES
(Name, DOB, Height, Weight, SANFL Club, Local Club)
Jackson Hately, 21/10/00, 190cm, 81kg, Central District, Walkerville
Jez McLennan, 7/9/00, 183cm, 81kg, Central District, Tanunda
Connor Rozee, 22/1/00, 185cm, 71kg, North Adelaide, South Augusta
Ben Jarvis, 27/7/00, 188cm, 77kg, Norwood, Lincoln South
Jacob Kennerley, 16/6/00, 184cm, 76kg, Norwood, Cummins Ramblers
Luke Valente, 8/5/00, 186cm, 80kg, Norwood, Walkerville
Hayden Sampson, 2/3/00, 177cm, 67kg, South Adelaide, Myponga Sellicks
Tom Sparrow, 31/5/00, 182cm, 81kg, South Adelaide, Bridgewater/Callington
Shane McAdam, 28/5/95, 185cm, 84kg, Sturt, Scotch OC
Hugo Munn, 3/4/00, 199cm, 93kg, Sturt, Unley
Riley Grundy, 28./7/00, 195cm, 79kg, Sturt, Mitcham
Izak Rankine, 23/4/00, 180cm, 76kg, West Adelaide, Flinders Park
Jack Lukosius, 9/8/00, 194cm, 95kg, Woodville-West Torrens, Henley
South Adelaide’s Nikki Gore and North Adelaide’s Katelyn Rosenzweig are the two South Australian representatives at the 2018 AFLW Combine as they push for selection in the AFLW Draft on October 23.
Gore, who played in this year’s SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League premiership with the Panthers, was unable to take part in the skills testing due to a dislocated finger but was satisfied with reaching Level 15 in the Yo-Yo endurance test.
Rosenzweig, who was the leading goal kicker in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League this year, was pleased with her unblemished record in the goal kicking test on Tuesday night.
2018 AFLW COMBINE INVITEES
Nikki Gore, 11/12/00, 164cm, South Adelaide, Christies Beach
Katelyn Rosenzweig, 29/6/00, 173cm, North Adelaide/Central District, Salisbury
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