Exciting talent line up for National Combine

The 2017 AFL New Zealand National Combine will take place on Friday April 21 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 Australian Under 17 team on April 24th at Westpac Stadium, whilst New Zealand youth teams will take part in a 2 game series.

The best 35 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, Joe Baker Thomas 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 2017 National Combine.

Full NameRegionSchoolDOBHeightWeight
Alexander KemptWellingtonSt Brendans8/5/200317565.9
Bailee LaurensonWellingtonFergusson Intermediate9/9/200317870.3
Bronson HewitsonWaitakereAvondale college13/3/2000182.577.5
Carlos Donnell-brownAucklandGreen Bay High School21/8/199818477
Couper JonesHarbourLong Bay College22/12/2000178.571.3
Declan CrannWaitakereGreen Bay High School29/5/200018571
Douglas McJorrowWellingtonScots College3/11/02174.558.4
Finn MoffatCanterburySt Bede's College21/8/200118785
George Oakley HopkinsWellingtonHeretaunga College21/8/200217667
Hari BelowWellingtonFergusson Intermediate23/3/200218370.3
Isaac PiperAucklandSt Peters College9/3/200017864.5
James DakinAucklandWestern Springs College28/5/2000177.560.8
Jonah ChristiansWellingtonScots College25/5/200117657.7
Josh MackieOtagoOtago Boys High School4/5/199918363.9
Joshua Morgan RanuiWellingtonWellington College17/7/199918897
Layton CahillCanterburyShirley Boys High School11/11/200119292
Manny Snooks NorthlandWhangarei Boys High School8/6/2001187.586.7
Mark Komene-Stowers NorthlandWhangarei Boys High School11/2/2002183.575
Maxwell HicksHarbourRosmini College15/9/1999195.576.7
Maxwell MilneOtagoOtago Boys High School7/10/200118578
Milo John CrispinWellingtonWellington College18/11/200118975.4
Misilifi FaimaloWellingtonSt Patricks College5/4/1999178.569
Mykelti LefauMelbourne22/6/199819493
Rico TuhuaWellingtonFergusson Intermediate28/11/200218667.7
Ronan MorlingCountiesRosehill College31/1/2002171.560.2
Sam WartonAucklandKristin School19/8/2002181.562.9
Taonga Stanish-Murphy NorthlandWhangarei Boys High School13/1/200318692.9
Wade McNabbCountiesRosehill College11/10/200217963.1
William KemptWellingtonSt Pats silverstream6/9/200019497