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Draft Combine: Small defs/mids/fwds

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Kym Lebois of South Australia in action during the Under 18 Championship match between South Australia and Vic Country at Etihad Stadium on June 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
South Australia's Kym LeBois

The AFL has released player biographies for all the small defenders, midfielders and forwards invited to attend the NAB AFL Draft Combine in October.

Eighty-one players will attend the 2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium from Thursday October 6 to Sunday October 9.

A further 100 players will attend State Combines in Melbourne (October 9), Adelaide (October 15) and Perth (October 16).

Medium defenders
Medium midfielders
Medium forwards
Tall defenders
Tall forwards/ruckmen

2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – National
Small Defenders, Midfielders & Forwards


Tyson Stengle                        Woodville-West Torrens / Portland
19.10.1998      Height: 171cm                        Weight: 69kg
Quick and elusive small forward with innate ability around goals to convert from crumbs and snaps. His three goals against the Allies in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships highlighted his potential.

Ben Jarman   North Adelaide / PHOS Camden                  
5.5.1998          Height: 175cm            Weight: 68kg
Small midfielder / forward who is an elite user of the ball and clean ball handler. His three goals against Vic Country at Etihad Stadium in his small forward role was impressive. Son of Darren and eligible for both the Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn under the father/son rule.

Kym LeBois   North Adelaide / Koonibba  
22.5.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 66kg
Quick and agile indigenous small forward with excellent goal sense and footy smarts. Can turn his opponents inside out with his quick change of direction. A competitive player with a neat step through traffic.


Liam Baker   West Perth / Aquinas College
27.1.1998        Height: 174cm            Weight: 67kg
Prolific ball-winning small midfielder who averaged 17.7 disposals for Western Australia at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year. Outstanding at winning the contested ball and has the good feel for the game.

Shai Bolton    South Fremantle / Forrestdale
8.12.1998        Height: 177cm            Weight: 67kg
Small indigenous midfielder / forward with electric pace who takes the game on. Smart around goal and averaged 13.5 disposals in four matches for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

Zac Fisher      Perth / Guildford Grammar
15.6.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 61kg
Left-footed small forward / midfielder who was a star for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, winning its Most Valuable Player award and All-Australian honours. Averaged 21.5 disposals, 4.5 clearances and 4.5 tackles across the four matches.


Ben Ainsworth          Gippsland Power / Morwell             
10.2.1998        Height: 179cm            Weight: 74kg
Small forward / midfielder with elite power, clean hands and goal sense. Strong overhead for his size and very good one-on-one. Earned All-Australian Under-18 honours in 2015 and won an AFL Life Members Scholarship the same year. Member of NAB AFL Academy.

Callum Brown                       Eastern Ranges / Bulleen Templestowe / Marcellin
27.4.1998        Height: 177cm            Weight: 69kg
Tenacious small midfielder / forward who wins the ball at stoppages and is creative with his hands. Has good goal sense and is a team-orientated player who averaged 19 disposals, winning All-Australian honours. Son of former Collingwood champion Gavin Brown.

Cedric Cox     North Ballarat Rebels / Camperdown / Halls Creek
19.8.1997        Height: 184cm            Weight: 70kg
Exciting versatile indigenous player from Hall Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia who moved to Camperdown in Victoria this year. Played last 10 games with the Rebels in the TAC Cup averaging 15.2 disposals where his game sense and agility were features of his exciting play at this level.

Josh Daicos    Oakleigh Chargers / Bulleen Templestowe / Camberwell Grammar
26.11.1998      Height: 178cm            Weight: 69kg
Small midfielder / forward who impressed with his one-touch hands and elite kicking in three games for Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 11 disposals in limited game time. Son of former Collingwood champion Peter Daicos.

Andrew McGrath     Sandringham Dragons / East Brighton / Brighton Grammar
2.6.1998          Height: 179cm            Weight: 75kg
Dashing defender / midfielder who is a prolific ball-winner and a great distributor. A tough competitor, he's strong in the air and provides terrific rebound. Winner of Vic Metro's Most Valuable Player award and co-captain.


Brandan Parfitt        NT Thunder / Nightcliff / North Adelaide           
27.4.1998        Height: 179cm            Weight: 78kg
Small midfielder who is hard and courageous in his attack on the ball. Awarded All-Australian honours in 2015. Averaged 26 disposals for Northern Territory in Under-18 matches this year before playing for the Allies, averaging 12 disposals and five tackles. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.

2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – State
Small Defenders, Midfielders & Forwards

Dan Allsop      Dandenong Stingrays / Red Hill / Padua SC VIC
23.3.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 64kg

Rohan Armstrong       Claremont / South Alice        NT     
18.5.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 65kg

Tarir Bayok    East Perth / Ellenbrook          WA   
8.3.1998          Height: 174cm            Weight: 71kg

Hayden Blythe            Calder Cannons / Glenroy      VIC
5.2.1998          Height: 181cm            Weight: 73kg

Andrew Boston           Southport / Gold Coast Suns  QLD  
23.3.1994        Height: 182cm            Weight: 84kg

Louis Cunningham     Oakleigh Chargers / Bulleen Templestowe   VIC
24.2.1998        Height: 182cm            Weight: 78kg

Sam Fowler    Dandenong Stingrays / Dromana / Padua SC                        VIC
2.11.1998        Height: 169cm            Weight: 66kg

Jordan Harper Canberra         NSW/ACT    
3.9.1993          Height: 181cm            Weight: 79kg

Jermaine Jones           North Ballarat Rebels / Heywood      VIC
29.9.1998        Height: 177cm            Weight: 76kg

Kayle Kirby    Bendigo Pioneers / Tyntynder           VIC   
31.8.1998        Height: 181cm            Weight: 86kg

Nelson Lane    Eastern Ranges / Heathmont  VIC
14.2.1998        Height: 179cm            Weight: 74kg

Lachlan Murphy         Northern Knights / Diamond Creek / Ivanhoe Grammar            VIC   
4.12.1998        Height: 173cm            Weight: 74kg

Tyson Pickett  South Fremantle         WA   
20.12.1997      Height: 182cm            Weight: 79kg

Reece Piper     Dandenong Stingrays / Berwick        VIC
30.12.1998      Height: 177cm            Weight: 75kg

Jake Pitman    Norwood / Golden Grove       SA     
1.8.1998          Height: 177cm            Weight: 77kg

Cam Polson    Sandringham Dragons / Haileybury Grammar          VIC
11.3.1998        Height: 177cm            Weight: 76kg

Willie Rioli    Glenelg / Tiwi Islands                        NT     
4.6.1995          Height: 177cm            Weight: 75kg

Michael Romero         Footscray VFL / Calder Cannons       VIC   
9.10.1998        Height: 175cm                        Weight: 70kg

Ben Ronke      Calder Cannons / St Bernard’s           VIC
18.12.1997      Height: 181cm            Weight: 75kg

Liam Ryan      Subiaco           WA   
2.10.1996        Height: 184cm            Weight: 76kg

Keanu Shandley          Claremont       WA   
10.9.1998        Height: 181cm            Weight: 70kg

Sam Simpson  Geelong Falcons / St Joseph’s           VIC   
14.6.1998        Height: 179cm            Weight: 64kg

Calvin Thorne Peel Thunder                 WA   
16.2.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 62kg

Isaac Wallace Murray Bushrangers / Wodonga        VIC   
22.7.1998        Height: 178cm            Weight: 82kg

Matt Wilson   Sydney Swans             NSW/ACT    
30.8.1997        Height: 178cm            Weight: 68kg

Stan Wright    East Perth / Augusta Margaret River             WA   
18.3.1998        Height: 175cm            Weight: 79kg

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