2018 Men’s and Women’s National Combine Athletes announced

12 Apr, 2018

The 2018 AFL New Zealand National Combine will take place on Monday April 23rd at the ASB Sport Centre in Wellington and will test the best up and coming AFL players in the country.


The combine will be just one part of a showcase week for AFL New Zealand, tying in with the ANZAC Day weekend. The New Zealand Senior team will continue its rivalry against the AFL’s Under 17 Academy team on April 24th at Westpac Stadium, whilst New Zealand youth teams will take part in a 2 game series.

The best 30 Male and 15 Female Athletes from around the country are selected from the AFL New Zealand Academy and flown to Wellington to complete testing in front of AFL talent scouts.

Attendees will complete a variety of tests in front of AFL New Zealand staff and AFL team representatives and each of the events within the programme has a focus on fun and looks to provide those involved with motivation to improve themselves in varying facets of skill and fitness.

Vertical leap, Agility, 20 metre Sprint and the Beep test are all measured at the National Combine.

The Combine Programme can also provide opportunities for New Zealand selection, AFL International Scholarships and potentially the commencement of an AFL career.

Former New Zealand AFL player and now current NZ 7’s player Sam Dickson was spotted by then Head Coach Gordon Tietjens during the 2012 National Combine and has been a regular in the national Seven’s side for the past three years including being selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Current AFL signings, Kurt Heatherley and Barclay Miller have been involved with previous combines which has lead to AFL International Scholarships with Hawthorn and St Kilda.


Congratulations to all athletes selected for the 2018 National Combine.


Men’s Combine:

Name School Region DOB Height Weight
Alexander KemptSt Brendans/ St Pats silver stream Wellington08/05/200318166.2
Angus HammettSt Bedes Canterbury07/05/200317868.5
Bailee LaurensonWellington CollegeWellington09/09/200318377.3
Blake Williamson Whangarei Boys High School Northland 24/07/200118679
Caleb MacPherson PapanuiCanterbury20/10/200218873.9
Connor Hotton St ThomasCanterbury30/11/2003180.572.9
Daniel HowieTakapuna GrammarAuckland29/05/200019175
Douglas McJorrowScots CollegeWellington11/03/200217559.8
Ethan HaltonRosehill CollegeCounties08/06/200118374.1
Gabriel King Hutt Valley High School Wellington 21/12/200119385
Hari BelowHeretaunga CollegeWellington23/03/2002189.572.5
Jared Taylor Hutt Valley High School Wellington25/02/200119776
Jonah Christians Scots CollegeWellington25/05/200118061.6
Joseph ColeAotea CollegeWellington01/05/200318361.7
Kieran Charlton St ThomasCanterbury23/05/200218270
Kynan Stowers-SmithSt Bede's CollegeCanterbury07/11/2001182.592.7
Liam MayesRosmini CollegeAuckland11/08/2001182.572.3
Luke de RooSt Bedes Canterbury19/04/200218475.5
Luke WilliamsPakuranga CollegeCounties14/06/2001178.573.7
Manny Snooks Whangarei Boys High School Northland08/06/200119188.2
Maxwell MilneOtago Boys High School Otago07/10/200118768.4
Oliver Gawn Hutt Valley High School Wellington 21/09/200219091
Richard Evans Hutt Valley High School Wellington03/10/200118574.1
Sam AndersonSt Bede's CollegeCanterbury25/04/2001176.266.3
Samuel WartonKristin School Auckland19/08/200218766.6
Shayden Jones-CodlinWhangarei Boys High SchoolNorthland23/09/2002185.574.6
Thijs (Tyce) TurnerHutt Valley High School Wellington 23/07/200219065
Will RoffSt Patricks CollegeWellington08/04/200318365
William Kempt St Pats Silverstream Wellington 06/09/2000193.595.1


Women’s Combine:

Name Region School DOB Height Weight
Abigail Cotton AucklandKingsway School 14/05/2002169.560.2
Alyssa Clemas AucklandGreen Bay High School 11/07/2001165.554.4
Brianna GroubeAuckland Pakuranga College25/03/1999164.562.9
Chelsea YoungCountiesPukekohe High School 27/12/2001164.256.4
Jaimee WyattAucklandWestlake Girls High School07/01/200116557.6
Jolyn CollinsAucklandMassey High School 22/10/199816361.6
Killarney MoreyAucklandEpsom Girls Grammar School04/07/2001171.575.4
Kylie McGahanAucklandWestlake Girls High School24/03/200317163.3
Petra Milne Otago Otago Girls High School 16/11/200317562
Sam LightfootWellington Sacred Heart Wellington 15/09/200017268
Shaiah Te PaihoWellingtonTawa College 11/04/200117372
Taylor RademeyerAucklandPukekohe High School 13/09/200115657.7
Valentina SerranoAucklandBaradene College22/10/200216056.2


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