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

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:

Alexander KemptSt Brendans/ St Pats silver streamWellington08/05/200318166.2
Angus HammettSt BedesCanterbury07/05/200317868.5
Bailee LaurensonWellington CollegeWellington09/09/200318377.3
Blake WilliamsonWhangarei Boys High SchoolNorthland24/07/200118679
Caleb MacPhersonPapanuiCanterbury20/10/200218873.9
Connor HottonSt ThomasCanterbury30/11/2003180.572.9
Daniel HowieTakapuna GrammarAuckland29/05/200019175
Douglas McJorrowScots CollegeWellington11/03/200217559.8
Ethan HaltonRosehill CollegeCounties08/06/200118374.1
Gabriel KingHutt Valley High SchoolWellington21/12/200119385
Hari BelowHeretaunga CollegeWellington23/03/2002189.572.5
Jared TaylorHutt Valley High SchoolWellington25/02/200119776
Jonah ChristiansScots CollegeWellington25/05/200118061.6
Joseph ColeAotea CollegeWellington01/05/200318361.7
Kieran CharltonSt ThomasCanterbury23/05/200218270
Kynan Stowers-SmithSt Bede's CollegeCanterbury07/11/2001182.592.7
Liam MayesRosmini CollegeAuckland11/08/2001182.572.3
Luke de RooSt BedesCanterbury19/04/200218475.5
Luke WilliamsPakuranga CollegeCounties14/06/2001178.573.7
Manny Snooks Whangarei Boys High SchoolNorthland08/06/200119188.2
Maxwell MilneOtago Boys High SchoolOtago07/10/200118768.4
Oliver GawnHutt Valley High SchoolWellington21/09/200219091
Richard EvansHutt Valley High SchoolWellington03/10/200118574.1
Sam AndersonSt Bede's CollegeCanterbury25/04/2001176.266.3
Samuel WartonKristin SchoolAuckland19/08/200218766.6
Shayden Jones-CodlinWhangarei Boys High SchoolNorthland23/09/2002185.574.6
Thijs (Tyce) TurnerHutt Valley High SchoolWellington23/07/200219065
Will RoffSt Patricks CollegeWellington08/04/200318365
William KemptSt Pats SilverstreamWellington06/09/2000193.595.1


Women’s Combine:

Abigail CottonAucklandKingsway School14/05/2002169.560.2
Alyssa ClemasAucklandGreen Bay High School11/07/2001165.554.4
Brianna GroubeAucklandPakuranga College25/03/1999164.562.9
Chelsea YoungCountiesPukekohe High School27/12/2001164.256.4
Jaimee WyattAucklandWestlake Girls High School07/01/200116557.6
Jolyn CollinsAucklandMassey High School22/10/199816361.6
Killarney MoreyAucklandEpsom Girls Grammar School04/07/2001171.575.4
Kylie McGahanAucklandWestlake Girls High School24/03/200317163.3
Petra MilneOtagoOtago Girls High School16/11/200317562
Sam LightfootWellingtonSacred Heart Wellington15/09/200017268
Shaiah Te PaihoWellingtonTawa College11/04/200117372
Taylor RademeyerAucklandPukekohe High School13/09/200115657.7
Valentina SerranoAucklandBaradene College22/10/200216056.2