The Simply Energy NAB AFL Draft Combine came to a close on Friday with athletes partaking in a gruelling 2km time trial at The Holden Centre, rounding out the four-day event.
Many of the WA hopefuls showed their high-quality endurance once again on Friday morning, seeing 11 athletes break the seven-minute barrier mark.
East Fremantle’s Jeremy Sharp was again the standout with a time of 6.12 to finish 0.3 ahead of teammate Jai Jackson.
Luke Jackson brought his fantastic combine to a close with a time of 6.21, showing recruiters his 20.8 in the Yo Yo Test yesterday was no fluke.
Chad Warner and Mitch Georgiades showed great endeavour to finish with 6.29 and 6.35 respectively, while Elijah Taylor impressed onlookers with 6.39.
State Talent Manager Adam Jones was thrilled with the results each athlete put up across the week in Melbourne, believing recruiters would be pleased with the all-round ability of many players.
“All the boys put in a phenomenal amount of effort to prepare for the National Combine and the results show that their preparation was at an elite standard,” Jones said.
“To see a number of players perform well in different categories shows recruiters their capability as athletes as well as footballers.
“It’s a fitting way to finish the year for a special group of players that have come through the WA Talent Pathway.”
“We will monitor the boys over the next month as they take a break before the National Draft in late November.”
The WA players will return to Perth tonight.
2km Time Trial results (minutes):
Jeremy Sharp: 6.12
Jai Jackson: 6.15
Luke Jackson: 6.21
Chad Warner: 6.29
Mitch Georgiades: 6.35
Elijah Taylor: 6.39
Ronin O’Connor: 6.40
Trey Ruscoe: 6.48
Jaxon Prior: 6.50
Callum Jamieson: 6.50
Trent Rivers: 6.57
Ben Johnson: 7.04