2018 SA AFL COMBINE

Published on: Oct 17 2018 | Author: Zac Milbank |

Click here to see all of the results from the 2018 SA AFL Combine held at Prince Alfred College on Saturday.

Woodville-West Torrens midfielder Kai Pudney enhanced his chances of being selected by Port Adelaide after displaying his versatility in winning the endurance-based Yo-Yo Test and the Agility Test.

The 2018 McCallum Tomkins Medallist showed plenty of stamina to outlast Norwood’s Isaac Saywell in the Yo-Yo Test as he became the only player to reach Level 22.

Pudney also turned heads when he posted the equal fifth fastest time of 7.90 seconds in the Agility Test, drawing level with former Geelong and Carlton player Billie Smedts in 2010. Fremantle Dockers veteran Stephen Hill still owns the record with 7.77 seconds in 2008.

Saywell also pushed himself in front of AFL recruiters after showing off his speed to only trail South’s Jake Tarca (2.96 seconds) in the 20m Sprint with a time of 2.97 seconds while also being edged out by only Pudney in the Yo-Yo Test.

The unheralded Redleg also posted strong results in the Jumping Tests to claim top honours in the Standing Vertical Jump (80cm) and second in the Running Vertical Jump (94cm) behind Sturt’s Mihail Lochowiak, who reached as high as 96cm.

Hard-working Sturt midfielder Tom Lewis, a member of the McDonald’s SA U18 leadership group this year, was the best of the small players in the Yo-Yo Test with Level 21.4 while also finishing equal third in the Agility Test with 8.15 seconds.

20m Sprint
Jake Tarca (South) 2.96 seconds
Isaac Saywell (Norwood) 2.97 seconds
Jacob Collins (Norwood) 2.98 seconds

Yo-Yo Test
Kai Pudney (Eagles) Level 22.1
Isaac Saywell (Norwood) Level 21.6
Tom Lewis (Sturt) Level 21.4
Martin Frederick (Eagles) Level 21.3

Agility Test
Kai Pudney (Eagles) 7.90 seconds
Boyd Woodcock (North) 8.09 seconds
Tom Lewis (Sturt) 8.15 seconds
Job Colwell (South) 8.15 seconds

 

Running Vertical Jump
Mihail Lochowiak (Sturt) 96cm
Issac Saywell (Norwood) 94cm
Kade Chandler (Norwood) 93cm

 

Standing Vertical Jump
Isaac Saywell (Norwood) 80cm
Boyd Woodcock (North) 73cm
Kade Chandler (Norwood) 73cm

A mixture of teenage and mature-age talent will feature at the annual SA AFL Combine to be held at Prince Alfred College on Saturday morning.

As many as 24 players were on the initial list to be screened in front of AFL recruiters but two – South’s Nathan Kreuger (Geelong) and West’s Chris Burgess (Gold Coast) – have since been chosen as mature-age selections during the AFL Trade Period.

In total, 20 will be put through their paces on October 13, with Norwood’s Matthew Nunn already completing his testing and North’s Oscar Chapman sidelined with a foot stress fracture.

Roosters premiership defender Callum Wilkie and lead Central District ruckman Darcy Fort are among the other mature-age talents asked to put their best foot forward.

Livewire North forward Boyd Woodcock, pictured above in the SANFL Macca’s League Grand Final, will be looking to add to the momentum he built during the finals series which yielded eight goals including three in the title-decider against Norwood.

”To be able to perform well in SANFL Finals is something that a lot of players haven’t got the opportunity to do,” Woodcock told SANFL TV at the West End Chimney Ceremony.

”I had that opportunity and I guess I was able to take it with both hands. With the SA Combine coming up, I will be doing a few fast twitch sessions with my mates to get that little bit more fitness and go from there.”

Other players of interest include U18 Torrens Uni Cup MVP Aaron Nietschke, who thrived when elevated to Macca’s League level for the final three matches while Eagles wingman Kai Pudney will look to enhance his chances after winning the U18 McCallum Tomkins Medal.

Sturt defender/midfielder Casey Voss – the son of Brisbane premiership hero and current Power assistant coach Michael Voss, will also be put under the microscope with fellow Double Blues midfielder and McDonald’s SA Under-18 leadership group member Tom Lewis.

Similar to the AFL Combine held earlier this month, players will be screened and measured medically while also undertaking interviews with AFL scouts.

They will also undertake the 20m Sprint, Agility, Running Vertical Jump, Stand Vertical Jump and Yo-Yo Tests.

2018 SA AFL COMBINE INVITEES

1ChandlerKadeNorwood173cm73kg
2WoodcockBoydNorth Adelaide174cm68kg
3TarcaJakeSouth Adelaide175cm75kg
4CarmodyDeclanGlenelg177cm70kg
5CoxTobinGlenelg177cm78kg
6FrederickMartinWoodville-West Torrens178cm74kg
7ColemanTateSouth Adelaide179cm70kg
8LewisTomSturt179cm80kg
9BettermanFinnGlenelg180cm73kg
10BristowConnorNorwood180cm70kg
11NunnMatthewNorwood181cm78kg
12ColwellJobSouth Adelaide182cm80kg
13VossCaseySturt183cm75kg
14LochowiakMihailSturt184cm82kg
15NietschkeAaronCentral District184cm77kg
16PudneyKaiWoodville West Torrens186cm78kg
17ChapmanOscarNorth Adelaide187cm72kg
18SaywellIsaacNorwood187cm81kg
19MartinTylerNorwood188cm80kg
20CollinsJacobNorwood189cm81kg
21WilkieCallumNorth Adelaide191cm87kg
24FortDarcyCentral District205cm99kg

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