Following from last Monday’s announcement of the 80 players invited to the National Combine, 100 players from around the country have been nominated by clubs to attend the State Combine.
Each state will run individual tests, with clubs sent the data to analyse before November’s draft. Similar to the process for the national combine, each club nominated a list of players that they wanted to see test. To receive an invite to the AFL State Combine, players must receive at least two expressions of interest from AFL clubs.
280 players were nominated for the State Combines. Only 100 received required two (or more) nominations. Back end of #AFLDraft wide open.
— Brett Anderson (@BAndersonSEN) August 4, 2016
Vic Metro midfielder Luke Bunker averaged 22 disposals in the Under 18 championships and headlines the list of names that was released by the AFL today.
One of the big surprises invited to the combine is Alex Mastromanno. Mastromanno missed the Sandringham Dragons Under 18 cut earlier in the year and has dominated the APS school boy competition kicking just under 35 goals for Brighton Grammar.
Mastromanno also booted four goals at U19 Level for the VAFA representative team and has kicked seven goals in two senior VAFA games for Old Brighton.
Tasmania have a sole invite to the combine with Harrison Pearce making the list of a 100. The Glenorchy midfielder has a superb dash of speed but has missed a large chunk of football this season with an injury.
Former Gold Coast Sun, Andrew Boston, who played 16 games from 2013-15 has been named after a dominant season for Southport in the NEAFL.
Dandenong Stingray exciting small forward Sam Fowler will also test and provides a real point of difference in the draft pool. The 169cm player nicknamed “Rat” is the third leading goal kicker in the TAC Cup, with 33 goals this season.
After a strong last quarter performance on Sunday, Oakleigh Charger tall Nick Larkey has made the cut. The utility has played at both ends of the ground throughout the year and will likely be seen as a project for clubs looking for a tall.
Nick Larkey with a few disposals this quarter. The Larkey squad behind the goals pleased. pic.twitter.com/nUZcYTeGr5
— AFL Draft Central (@afldraftcentral) June 24, 2016
Western Bulldogs father-son hopeful Michael Romero will also be there and the Dogs will be keeping a close eye on him. Romero has spent his time at Calder and in the Footscray VFL side, along with playing his school football at St Kevin’s College throughout the season. Romero is the son of Jose, who played 211 AFL games.
Numerous brothers of current AFL footballers have also been nominated with Corey Lyons (brother of Jarryd), Zach Guthrie (brother of Cam), Will Leslie (brother of Jack) and Jamie Hampton (brother of Curtly) making the list.
Northern Territory (3)
South Australia (17)
Vic Country (18)
Mason De Witt
Vic Metro (28)
Western Australia (16)