The AFL New Zealand National Combine is to be held on Friday the 21st of April at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington at 5.00pm.
The combine will be just one part of a showcase week for AFL New Zealand, tying in with the ANZAC Day weekend. The NZ Hawks senior team will continue its rivalry against the AFL Academy team on April 24th whilst New Zealand youth teams will take part in a 2 game series against the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League from South East Victoria and NSW Independent Schools.
Attendees will complete a variety of tests in front of AFL New Zealand staff and AFL team representatives.
The combine will consist of: 20m Sprint, AFL Agility, Standing Vertical Leap, Beep Test, Clean Hands Test, Kicking Test
The Combine Programme is underpinned by an exciting testing format that provides participants with the opportunity to compete in a number of skills and athletic testing.
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, Beep test, Clean Hands and Kicking tests are all measured at the National Combine.
The Combine Programme can also provide opportunities for New Zealand Hawks selection, AFL International Scholarships and potentially the commencement of an AFL career.
The best 35 athletes are selected from the AFL New Zealand Academy and flown to Auckland to complete testing in front of AFL talent scouts.
Players listed below come from a range of Secondary Schools throughout New Zealand with participants from the Bay of Island College in Northland to Wakatipu High School in the Otago Region. Athletes aged between 13 and 18 with a variety of back grounds including Volleyball, Soccer, Rugby and Athletics.
2016 athletes are listed below.
|Sebastian Serrano||5||Auckland||Sacred Heart College|
|Josh Hook||6||Otago||Kavanagh College|
|Alvin Grant||7||Harbour||Northcote College|
|Isaac Piper||8||Auckland||St Peters College|
|Jacob Tucker||9||Harbour||Northcote College|
|Lewis Barrow-Young||10||Harbour||Northcote College|
|Wade McNabb||11||Counties||Waiau Pa|
|Ben Armstrong||12||Northland||Bay of Island College|
|Tekopa Tipene-Thomas||13||Waikato||Fraser High School|
|Levi Boyd||14||Waitakere||Rutherford College|
|Braedyn Collins||15||Harbour||Rosmini College|
|Joel Brown||16||Auckland||St Pauls College|
|Bronson Hewitson||17||Waitakere||Avondale college|
|Josh Mackie||18||Otago||Otago Boys High School|
|Misilifi Jr Faimalo||19||Wellington||Porirua College|
|Dawson Nanai||20||Auckland||Southern Cross Campus|
|Heta Scarf-Matthews||21||Otago||Otago Boys High School|
|Declan Crann||22||Waitakere||Green Bay High School|
|Brad Affleck||23||Otago||Otago Boys High School|
|Hoani Rogers-Brown||24||Northland||Dargaville High School|
|Hayden Johnston||25||Otago||Otago Boys High School|
|Joseph Alesich-Tamariki||26||Auckland||Rosmini College|
|Chai Proctor||27||Otago||Wakatipu High|
|Shaun Hanning||28||Wellington||St Patricks College Silverstream|
|Joshua Morgan-Ranui||29||Wellington||Wellington College|
|Blake Nahu||30||Bay of Plenty||Western Heights High School|
|Alastair Maisey||31||Auckland||Lynfield College|
|Zeon McNabb||32||Counties||Rosehill College|
|Aaron Kohai||33||Bay of Plenty||Edgecumbe College|
|Jackson Rolleston||34||Waikato||Tai Wangana|
|William Warbrick||35||Auckland||Rotorua Boys High School|
|William Kempt||36||Wellington||St Patricks College Silverstream|
|Jirah Momoisea||37||Auckland||St Pauls College|
|Kahurangi Robinson||38||Bay of Plenty||Western Heights High School|
|Sam Green||39||Wellington||Wellington College|
|Maxwell Hicks||40||Auckland||Rosmini College|