By ZAC MILBANK
SANFL will be represented by 14 players when the NAB AFL National Draft Combine returns to Melbourne this weekend for the first time since 2019.
After holding a series of state-based combines for the past two years due to Covid-19, the AFL has reintroduced the national version to be held at Marvel Stadium and the Melbourne Tennis Centre from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9.
Club interviews and medical screenings will be conducted at Marvel Stadium on Friday and Saturday, with physical testing to be held at Margaret Court Arena and the AIA Centre on Sunday.
Among the tests conducted are the vertical jump, running vertical jump, 20m sprint, agility test and 2km time trial.
Torrens University SA U18 captain Adam D’Aloia headlines the list of Croweaters, with fellow Woodville-West Torrens product Mattaes Phillipou and potential Adelaide father-son draftee Max Michalanney.
SA’s plethora of tall prospects are also among the list, including West Adelaide trio Harry Lemmey, Harry Barnett and Tom Scully, Norwood’s Phoenix Foster and North Adelaide high-flyer Isaac Keeler, who is also tied to the Crows as a Next Generation Academy player.
Essendon Next Generation Academy player Anthony Munkara, from the Northern Territory, has impressed while playing with West Adelaide while South Adelaide’s Jaiden Magor will be encouraged by receiving an invite despite missing most of the AFL U18 National Championships with an ankle injury.
AFL clubs submitted a list of their preferred players to attend the 2022 NAB AFL Draft Combine.
All players invited to attend the national Combine received nominations from at least three AFL clubs.
A South Australian NAB AFL Combine will also be held this year, a week later on Saturday October 15.