Four NAB League Boys players are among the fourth positional grouping announced for October’s 2019 NAB AFL Draft Combine: Tall Defenders.
The AFL Draft Combine will be held in Melbourne from Tuesday October 1 to Friday October 4, with the 11 total Tall Defenders to undergo various tests in front of AFL clubs alongside several other positional groupings among the 79 overall invitees.
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“The AFL benchmark for Tall Defenders this year is the seemingly unpassable West Coast Eagles defender Jeremy McGovern and first time Virgin Australia AFL All Australian defender Harris Andrews,” AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said. “Both are outstanding readers of the ball in flight and superb intercept-markers.
“The AFL Clubs will watch the tall prospects’ every move at the NAB AFL Draft Combine in search for a point of difference that can add to their teams.”
See Kevin Sheehan’s comments on the NAB League Boys players named in the Tall Defenders grouping for the 2019 NAB AFL Draft Combine below.
SAM DE KONING (Dandenong Stingrays)
Tall defender who is athletic, mobile and can move forward to impact the game. His intercept marking is a feature of his game down back, where he also shows plenty of dash. An excellent decision-maker on when to mark or spoil, he was a consistent performer for Vic Country in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, earning NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian honours after averaging 12.5 disposals and 4.8 marks. His brother Tom is with Carlton and his father Terry played for the Western Bulldogs.
BRODIE KEMP (Bendigo Pioneers)
Tall defender/forward who excelled down back in the early rounds of the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships before going forward and providing a dangerous marking target in the last two matches. He reads the play exceptionally well in either role with his overhead marking elite. He had an outstanding 2019 Under-18 Championships, averaging 20 disposals and 6.5 marks. His precision kicking was also a feature in him winning 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian honours. He ruptured his ACL in a College game after the Championships but is on the road to a full recovery.
FISCHER McASEY (Sandringham Dragons)
Tall defender whose intercept marking was a feature of his 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships playing for Vic Metro. He also showed precise decision-making ability on when to spoil or mark and controlled his position throughout the Championships, winning 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian honours. A one-touch player, he averaged 14.5 disposals and 6.5 marks to win Vic Metro’s MVP. Also shown ability at school and NAB League level to go forward and be a dangerous marking target.
JOSH WORRELL (Sandringham Dragons)
Left-footed tall defender with very good closing speed and repeat efforts. A versatile type who played back, midfield and forward in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and showed strength overhead and sound goalkicking technique. He averaged 10.8 disposals, 3.8 marks and 1.8 goals across the Championships, including kicking four goals against Western Australia. He injured his shoulder late in the year and missed the NAB League finals.