Find out more about the medium defenders who have been invited to the AFL Draft combines in October.
The medium defenders list includes 11 players and features two Under-18 All-Australians from South Australia, Alex Villis and Sam Walker. A further 14 medium defenders will be tested at the State Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Eighty 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).
2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – National
Alex Villis Norwood / Eastern Ranges
20.8.1998 Height: 182cm Weight: 70kg
Medium defender/midfielder with good speed and agility who uses the ball exceptionally well by hand and foot. Had an impressive performance for South Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 15 disposals and winning All-Australian honours. Has already progressed to senior level with Norwood in the SANFL.
Sam Walker Glenelg / South Gambier
16.3.1998 Height: 187cm Weight: 80kg
Medium defender who provided consistent rebound for his team throughout the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and excelled one on one .Excellent user of the ball by hand and foot averaging 14.5 disposals at 86 percent efficiency and five contested possessions winning All-Australian honours.
Jarrod Berry North Ballarat Rebels / Horsham Saints
5.2.1998 Height: 191cm Weight: 80kg
Versatile defender/midfielder with excellent athletic ability and game sense. A prolific ball-winner who won Vic Country's Most Valuable Player award in 2014 and All-Australian honours last year before injury interrupted his 2016. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.
Taylin Duman Oakleigh Chargers / Norwood
18.4.1998 Height: 193cm Weight: 75kg
Tall defender/midfield/forward who is a prolific ball-winner with elite footy smarts. Sets the play up from defence with his creative hands and vision. Averaged 15.2 disposals for Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Bailey Morrish Dandenong Stingrays / Beaconsfield / Hallam SC
18.5.1998 Height: 186cm Weight: 76kg
Medium defender who uses the ball well on his preferred left foot and shows dash from defence. In his first year in the TAC Cup with Stingrays and has averaged 13 disposals and 3.5 rebounds in 16 matches.
Harry Morrison Murray Bushrangers / Benella
12.11.1998 Height: 182cm Weight: 73kg
Medium defender/ midfielder with neat disposal skills and is a smart decision maker. Shows dash from defence and has overcome ACL injury last year and lower back issues earlier in the year to return to Bushies in last six weeks. Averaged 15.5 disposals over last two years in TAC Cup.
Tom Williamson North Ballarat Rebels / Ararat
12.12.1998 Height: 188cm Weight: 79kg
Skilful medium defender/midfielder who can break games open with his speed. Shows good awareness and footy smarts and is a prolific ball-winner for the North Ballarat Rebels. Represented Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year.
Alex Witherden Geelong Falcons / St Joseph's / Geelong College
10.9.1998 Height: 184cm Weight: 78kg
Medium defender who is a long penetrating kick, has clean hands and wins his own ball. Has good speed and a neat step through traffic. Suffered a leg injury that disrupted his season but is making a full recovery. Member of the NAB AFL Academy.
Harry Perryman Collingullie / GWS Giants Academy
19.12.1998 Height: 184cm Weight: 75kg
Versatile medium defender/forward who had an outstanding representative year, winning Most Valuable Player awards for NSW/ACT (Division Two) and then the Allies (Division One) in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Super-competitive and strong overhead and a good user of the ball, he averaged 16 disposal for the Allies and achieved All-Australian honours.
Isaac Cumming Broken Hill / GWS Giants Academy
11.8.1998 Height: 183cm Weight: 72kg
Medium defender with good closing speed and ball-winning ability. Represented NSW/ACT and the Allies in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, using the ball effectively by hand and foot. Also played Under 18s at North Adelaide this year and represented the GWS Giants in the NEAFL.
Ben Long NT Thunder / St Marys / Melbourne GS
21.8.1997 Height: 183cm Weight: 71kg
Nineteen-year-old defender who attacks the ball with real purpose and has excellent speed. His 22 disposal game for Northern Territory versus NSW/ACT was impressive, as was his game for the Allies vs Vic Country. Also played in the VFL with Footscray late this year.
2016 NAB AFL Draft Combine – State
Jamie Hampton West Adelaide / Pioneer NT
16.10.1998 Height: 186cm Weight: 76kg
Ryan Hebron Sydney Swans Academy / North Shore NSW/ACT
3.5.1997 Height: 185cm Weight: 81kg
Liam Mackie Glenelg SA
24.08.1998 Height: 186cm Weight: 73kg
Luke Meadows West Perth WA
16.11.1994 Height: 185cm Weight: 88kg
Chad Pearson South Fremantle WA
14.2.1998 Height: 191cm Weight: 82kg
Edward Phillips Oakleigh Chargers / Caulfield Grammar VIC M
29.03.1998 Height: 186cm Weight: 76kg
Ari Sakeson Sandringham Dragons East Brighton VIC M
30.07.1998 Height: 191cm Weight: 79kg
Callum Searle Oakleigh Chargers / Waverley Blues VIC M
12.11.1998 Height: 185cm Weight: 79kg
Steven Slimming Sturt /Unley SA
8.2.1998 Height: 182cm Weight: 73kg
Tom Stewart Geelong VFL / South Barwon VIC
15.03.1993 Height: 190cm Weight: 90kg
Matthew Taylor Perth / Chittering WA
27.03.1997 Height: 187cm Weight: 81kg
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels / Trentham VIC C
20.02.1998 Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg
Dylan Whimpress South Adelaide / Freeling SA
4.9.1998 Height: 186cm Weight: 70kg
Noah Hura Peel Thunder Mandurah Centrals WA
31.1.1998 Height: 187cm Weight: 78KG