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

Medium Defenders

South Australia

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.

Northern Territory

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

Medium Defenders

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