2013 International AFL Combine

Here is information about an international Australian Football combine in 2013. These international combines use the same tests as conducted at the AFL Draft Combine. Here are details about a US combine in LA, an international combine in Dublin, and a combine in New Zealand.

USA Combine

Seventeen ex-college basketball players attended the AFL's 2013 USA Combine held in LA.

North Dakota forward Patrick Mitchell received a international rookie contract from the Sydney Swans following his performance at this combine.

Decathlete and American Football player David Grzesiak was also impressive, jumping 86cm in the standing vertical jump (as did Matt Sauey and Cliff Ederine), also excelling in the 3 km time trial, winning in 10 minutes and 34 seconds, almost a minute ahead of second-placed Taylor Broekhuis.

Participants

Here are the details of just the best performing participants out of the 17 that attended the combine.

NAME Height UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND
Akeen Johnson 195cm St Francis College Basketball
Cliff Ederine
194cm Eastern Washington Basketball
David Grzesiak 195cm University of Wisconsin Track decathlete - Olympic trials, football
Demario Hines 201cm IPFW High school and college basketball
Jamell Harris 203cm Eastern Michigan University Basketball
Matt Sauey 201cm University of North Florida Soccer and basketball
Olatunji Kosile
208cm UMES Basketball and soccer

Top Performances

Speed (20m sprint)

rank NAME Result Height UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND
1 Akeen Johnson 2.86.sec 195cm St Francis College Basketball
2 Olatunji Kosile
2.97sec 208cm UMES Basketball and soccer
3 Jamell Harris 3.02sec 203cm Eastern Michigan University Basketball

Agility (AFL agility run)

rank NAME Result Height UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND
1 David Grzesiak 8.11sec 195cm University of Wisconsin Track decathlete - Olympic trials, football
2 Cliff Ederine 8.13sec 194cm Eastern Washington Basketball
3 Demario Hines 8.14sec 201cm IPFW High school and college basketball

Standing vertical jump

rank NAME Result Height UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND
=1 David Grzesiak 86cm 195cm University of Wisconsin Track decathlete - Olympic trials, football
=1 Matt Sauey 86cm 201cm University of North Florida Soccer and basketball
=1 Cliff Ederine
86cm 194cm Eastern Washington Basketball

Running vertical jump

rank NAME Result Height UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND
1 Cliff Ederine   102cm 194cm Eastern Washington Basketball
=2 Matt Sauey 101cm 201cm University of North Florida Soccer and basketball
=2 David Grzesiak  101cm 195cm University of Wisconsin Track decathlete - Olympic trials, football

European Combine - Dublin

24 athletes (23 from Ireland and one from England) were invited to the European Combine held at Dublin City University in Ireland. The list comprised of mostly Irish athletes, predominantly from Gaelic football backgrounds. The combine was held over two days 12th – 13th February, 2013. The athletes were put through their paces by former Sydney Swans Premiership winner and Kerry footballer Tadhg Kennelly. Two successful athletes were selected to attend the 2013 AFL Draft Combine in October.

Invited: Bill Maher (Tipperary), Gavin Burke (Dublin), Ger Leech (Westmeath), James Laverty (Belast, ARFLI), Cormac Costello (Dublin), Conor Carville (Derry), Cameron Cope (Wolverhampton), Shane Walsh (Galway), Niall Scully (Dublin), Eric Lowndes (Dublin), Paddy Brophy (Kildare), Ronan Daly (Roscommon), Shane Carthy (Dublin), Niall Grimley (Derry), Daniel Flynn (Kildare), Che Cullen (Fermanagh), Lee Cullen (Fermanagh), Adam Gallagher (Mayo), Ethan Rafferty (Armagh), Damien Cahalane (Cork), Hugh McFadden (Donegal), Steven O'Brien (Tipperary), Philip Quirke (Tipperary), Pádraig Lucey (Killarney).

Below is the top 3 results for each test.

Standing Vertical Jump

  1. Cameron Cope – 70cm
  2. Damien Cahalane – 64cm
  3. Shane Walsh – 64cm

Running Vertical Jump

  1. Cameron Cope – 84cm
  2. Eric Lowndes – 84cm
  3. Damien Cahalane – 82cm

Agility Run

  1. Daniel Flynn – 8.09sec
  2. Shane Carthy – 8.11sec
  3. Cameron Cope – 8.17sec

20m Sprint Test

  1. Cameron Cope – 2.94sec
  2. Paddy Brophy – 2.97sec
  3. Damien Cahalane – 2.99sec

Beep Test

  1. Paddy Brophy – 14.7
  2. Eric Lowndes – 14.2
  3. Niall Scully – 14.2

New Zealand Combine

The AFL held its second New Zealand combine at the ASB Indoor Stadium Kilbernie in Wellington on the 24th of January 2013. The National Combine involved 40 participants from Northland, Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury.

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