Inaugural NZ Combine a success

The inaugural New Zealand Hawks AFL Combine wound up yesterday at the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington with some outstanding results from several attendees.

Boys aged from 14-18 were flown into Wellington from around the country with the intention of impressing recruiters from Australian AFL teams.

The boys were given a taste of the AFL as they were put through speed, agility, endurance and skills testing.

St Kilda helped run the combine with their staff instrumental in setup, showing their experience and professionalism. The Saints players were highly involved and quick to aid participants and pass on their knowledge and experience.

Recruiters were impressed by several of the attendees and it shouldn’t be long before we hear about more New Zealand talent being signed on to AFL scholarships.

The attendees were identified by AFLNZ staff at school and regional combines held throughout the country with many already excelling in other representative sports including rugby, soccer and volleyball.

Top results were:

20m Sprint:

Maia Westrupp 2.8s

Alex Frew 2.86s

Set Going 2.93s

Agility Test

Brock Messenger 7.98s

Maia Westrupp 8.01s

Hugo Phillips 8.16s

Vertical Leap

Maia westrupp 80cm

Seth Going 78cm

Alex Frew 73cm

Endurance (Beep Test)

Brock Messenger 15.00

Seth Going 14.08

Fletcher Barclay 14.03