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Draft Combine: Tall defenders

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Jack Scrimshaw of Vic Metro poses during the Under 18 Championship portrait session at Etihad Stadium on June 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Jack Scrimshaw of Vic Metro poses during the Under 18 Championship portrait session at Etihad Stadium on June 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)

The AFL has released player biographies for the tall defenders invited to attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine in October.

2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – National

Tall Defenders


South Australia

 Brennan Cox Woodville West Torrens/Woodville South  

13.8.98            Height: 194cm            Weight: 90kg 

Tall defender who is strong overhead, mobile and a good decision-maker under pressure. Strong in the one-on-one contests and was a very consistent performer for South Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships winning All-Australian honours.

Western Australia

Griffen Logue           Swan Districts /Guildford Grammar

13.4.98            Height: 193cm            Weight: 92kg             

Big bodied tall defender who showed dash, clean hands and ability one-on-one in key defensive role for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year. Long left-footer who has progressed through the grades to senior football at Swan Districts and is acquitting himself well at that level.

Josh Rotham             West Perth/Whitfords           

25.2.98            Height: 192cm            Weight: 79kg

Tall defender with elite pace and natural spring who provided great rebound from defence for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year. Strong overhead mark and distributes the ball well by hand and foot. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.


Jack Maibaum          Eastern Ranges/Knox/ Melbourne Grammar

27.4.98            Height: 193cm                        Weight: 90kg 

Tall defender who consistently nullified the opposition's best tall forward in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships showing outstanding agility, poise and clean hands earning All-Australian honours.

Jack Scrimshaw        Sandringham Dragons/ Beaumaris/Haileybury Grammar   

4.9.98             Height: 193cm                        Weight: 80kg

Lightly built left footer who can play a variety of roles including in defence, midfield and forward. Shows poise and distributes the ball effectively particularly by hand. Strong overhead and is rangy, athletic type. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.

Sam McLarty                        Oakleigh Chargers/Beverley Hills JFC/Yarra Valley Grammar

11.5.98            Height: 193cm            Weight: 93kg

Tall defender/ forward who is mobile, agile and an excellent pack mark. Averaged six marks and 14 possessions for Oakleigh Chargers and represented Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year.

Jordan Ridley            Oakleigh Chargers/Knox       

20.10.98          Height: 192cm            Weight: 79kg

Versatile type who can play in defence, midfield or forward. Prolific ball winner for the Oakleigh Chargers averaging 19 disposals and five marks and playing two matches for Vic Metro this year.


Harrison Macreadie Henty/ Kings School/ GWS Giants Academy          

11.4.98            Height: 196cm            Weight: 89kg 

Dashing tall defender from the Riverina who has relocated to Kings School in Parramatta as part of the GWS Academy. A penetrating kick and strong overhead with the ideal frame to potentially play on the tall forwards at AFL level. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.

Ryan Garthwaite      Murray Bushrangers/ Corowa-Rutherglen   

30.6.98            Height: 192cm            Weight: 84kg 

Tall defender who excels in one-on-one contests and is strong overhead. Reliable type who can play on a tall or small forwards and provide good rebound from defence. Overcame a number of injuries to show his promise with the Allies this year.


Declan Watson          Aspley/Brisbane Lions Academy     

17.9.98            Height: 194cm            Weight: 80kg

Tall defender who impressed for both Queensland and the Allies in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships as a rebounding defender. Averaged 16 disposals and six marks for the Allies and has impressed for the Brisbane Lions in the NEAFL this year.

Elliot Himmelberg   Redlands/Mt Gravatt             

4.6.98             Height: 196cm            Weight: 84kg

Versatile tall defender or tall forward who relocated from NSW/ACT in last 12 months and is therefore in the overall Draft pool. Athletic type who shows impressive mobility, ball-winning ability averaging 16 disposals for Queensland and playing for the Allies this year. Brother Harrison debuted for the GWS Giants this year.


2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – State

Tall Defenders

Harrison Bult          Western Jets/Keilor/PEGS         VIC

29.5.98            Height: 197cm            Weight: 91kg   

Mason De Wit        Dandenong Stingrays /Mt Eliza/Flinders SC     VIC

5.3.98          Height: 191cm    Weight: 83kg   

Kane Keppel           Eastern Ranges/Norwood JFC   VIC

7.10.97            Height: 193cm            Weight: 87kg   

Jarrod Korewha      North Ballarat Rebels/Koroit     VIC

8.5.98              Height: 192cm            Weight: 81kg   

Will Leslie                  Gippsland Power/ Sale           VIC

18.4.98            Height: 191cm            Weight: 83kg   

Max Spencer            Palm Beach/Currumbin            QLD

4.10.97            Height: 190cm            Weight: 83kg   

Lachlan Cameron         West Adelaide/Mitcham        SA

3.1.98              Height: 192cm            Weight: 88kg

Cooper Jones              Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst Marist Dockers       VIC

25.11.98          Height: 194cm            Weight: 80kg

Sean Masterson          Gippsland Power/Ellinbank   VIC

23.9.98            Height: 192cm            Weight: 77kg

Liam McKay              Dandenong Stingrays/Edithvale Aspendale  VIC

9.3.98              Height: 191cm            Weight: 81kg

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