Torrens University SANFL U18 Testing Results

Strongly-built Woodville-West Torrens forward Tyler Welsh in action last year. Picture - Peter Argent


Woodville-West Torrens premiership forward Tyler Welsh has displayed his explosiveness as a host of exceptional performances arose from Torrens University SANFL U18 preseason testing.

Welsh, a key member of last year’s Torrens University SA U16 championship-winning side and a dominant figure in the Eagles’ victorious U16 outfit, has quickly forged a reputation as a powerful, strong-marking focal point.

But the son of former Crow Scott Welsh has also underlined his speed, posting an eye-catching time of 2.92 seconds to equal South Adelaide’s Taylor Goad and Norwood’s Will Rowlands in the 20m Sprint.

Not eligible for selection until the 2024 AFL Draft, Welsh will be considered as a father-son choice by Adelaide, where Scott played 129 games and kicked 270 goals from 2000 to 2007.

Last year’s Torrens University SA U16 captain, Sid Draper, showed off his running prowess across multiple disciplines.

The smooth-moving South Adelaide midfielder finished just behind Welsh in the 20m Sprint with a time of 2.94 seconds while also recording a Yo-Yo score of Level 21.5 which placed him equal fourth across players tested from all eight SANFL clubs.

But if that wasn’t enough, the younger brother of Collingwood utility Arlo Draper logged the third fastest Agility Test in South Australia since 2011 with a time of 7.80 seconds.

Like Welsh, Draper will be among the impressive crop of Croweaters available at the 2024 AFL Draft.

Exciting Glenelg forward Ashton Moir, a member of the AFL Talent Academy, not surprisingly claimed honours in the Running Vertical Jump (Right Foot) by reaching a competition-best 92cm.

Tiger teammates Izayah Kean (79cm) and Harry Francis (94cm) won the Standing Vertical Jump and Running Vertical Jump (Left Foot) respectively while AFL Talent Academy member Kane McAuliffe registered 70cm in the Standing Vertical Jump.

North Adelaide’s Josh Koster proved his has plenty of endurance after winning the Yo-Yo Test at Level 21.7 to edge out South’s Nicholas Schroder and Central’s Beau Ryan on 21.6.

20m Sprint

Player SANFL Club Time (Seconds)
Tyler Welsh Woodville-West Torrens 2.92
Taylor Goad South Adelaide 2.92
Will Rowlands Norwood 2.92
Jacob Newton Norwood 2.93
Sid Draper South Adelaide 2.94
Harley Barker Sturt 2.94
Jules Piro Sturt 2.95
Pat Toole Woodville-West Torrens 2.95
Oscar Talbot West Adelaide 2.95
Joel Cartwright South Adelaide 2.96

Agility Test

Player SANFL Club Time (Seconds)
Sid Draper South Adelaide 7.80
Jonty Koehne West Adelaide 7.92
Judd Hansen West Adelaide 7.99
Logan Evans Norwood 8.02
Ben Hogan Norwood 8.09
Jaylen Sochacki West Adelaide 8.09
Harley Barker Sturt 8.13
Darcy Hudson Woodville-West Torrens 8.13
Dyson Sharp Central District 8.14
Nicholas Schroder South Adelaide 8.17

Yo-Yo Test

Player SANFL Club Level
Josh Koster North Adelaide 21.7
Nicholas Schroder South Adelaide 21.6
Beau Ryan Central District 21.6
Sid Draper South Adelaide 21.5
Riley McDonald Central District 21.5
Anders McShane Glenelg 21.5
Zac Schwarz Woodville-West Torrens 21.5
Connor Mills Sturt 21.4
Isaiah Clothier Glenelg 21.4
Harry Dodd Woodville-West Torrens 21.4

South Adelaide’s Sid Draper performed strongly in the Agility and Yo-Yo Tests.

Standing Vertical Jump

Player SANFL Club Height (cm)
Izayah Kean Glenelg 79
Zac Schwarz Woodville-West Torrens 75
Matthew Brown Norwood 74
Jack Walters Glenelg 73
Brody Wilton Central District 72
Will Rowlands Norwood 72
Kane McAuliffe North Adelaide 70
Ariel Rothe Central District 70
Ethan Gurney West Adelaide 69
Kalan Caputo North Adelaide 69

Running Vertical Jump (Right Foot)

Player SANFL Club Height (cm)
Ashton Moir Glenelg 92
Noah Algate North Adelaide 92
Jacob Newton Norwood 91
Kane McAuliffe North Adelaide 89
Will Rowlands Norwood 87
Matthew Brown Norwood 86
Izayah Kean Glenelg 86
Lucas Camporeale Glenelg 86
Riley Shepherdson Glenelg 85
William James North Adelaide 85

Running Vertical Jump (Left Foot)

Player SANFL Club Height (cm)
Harry Francis Glenelg 94
Samuel Burbridge West Adelaide 92
Luke Candy Glenelg 90
Jayden Matz Central District 90
Sam Waltham Sturt 90
Zac Schwarz Woodville-West Torrens 88
Matthew Brown Norwood 88
Blake Thredgold Sturt 88
Finn Crouch Glenelg 87
Jack Michalanney Norwood 87
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