Are the state combine invites out?
I don’t have an account so I don’t know the exact players but Paul Amy alluded to 17 in total for Dandenong
COMBINE their national and state combine invitations and the Dandenong Stingrays are only one player short of a starting 18.
In a remarkable haul that reflects their position on top of the TAC Cup ladder, the Stingrays have 17 players off to the AFL testing programs in October.
Zac Foot, William Hamill, Riley Bowman, Toby Bedford and Bailey Williams are attending the national combine.
And last night Mitch Riordan, Jai Nanscawen, Lachlan McDonnell, Bailey Schmidt, Steve Cummings, Jai Taylor, Sam Fletcher, Jamie Plumridge, Sam Sturt, Matthew Gahan and Lachie Young learned they had been tapped for the state combine, which required nominations from at least two AFL clubs. Jake Frawley is down for “Rookie Me’’ testing (one nomination).
Dandenong Stingray William Hamill hunts the footy. Picture: Valeriu Campan
But as much as the Stingrays were thrilled with the long list, they thought there was a glaring omission: co-captain Campbell Hustwaite.
The tenacious left-footer has had a fine season and is probably leading the club best and fairest. Some think he’s also a chance to win the TAC Cup’s Morrish Medal.
Fin Bayne was also overlooked. He kicked two goals and had a pile of possessions in last Saturday’s victory over the Northern Knights.
The Dandenong Stingrays state combine invitees:
Mitch Riordan (Beaconsfield): midfielder who hasn’t played since injuring his knee at the nationals. First played TAC Cup as a 16-year-old and now the Stingrays’ co-captain.
Jai Nanscawen (Rosebud): has played little football this year owing to an ankle injury, but he’s a small, elusive and clever forward. Close to resuming after his long lay-off.
Lachie McDonnell (Noble Park): one of the best kicks in the club and uses the ball neatly off half back, a wing and at half forward. Is also a star volleyballer.
Bailey Schmidt (Seaford): the ruckman/key forward missed his 16th year of football owing to a broken leg. Has good hands and a dash of aggression.
Jai Taylor (Red Hill): speedster who has worked diligently to improve his kicking. Look for him on the bigger grounds later in the season.
Sam Fletcher (Red Hill): wins no awards for style with his kicking but dexterous with his hands, could find the ball while blindfolded and is quick off the mark. Some Stingrays officials thought he would go to the national combine.
Jamie Plumridge (Beaconsfield): neat right-footer who played a lot of football as a 17-year-old. Kicks the ball well and can slot goals from the wing and half forward.
Steve Cummings (Rosebud): key position player with a basketball background and has risen sharply in the past 12 months. Played for the NT with distinction in the national Under 18 championships.
Matthew Gahan (Red Hill): was training with VFL club Frankston as a 17-year-old before being sent to the Stingrays a few weeks out from the season. Has been a stand-out with his intercept marking and decision making across half back.
Lachie Young (Mornington): 19-year-old defender who caught the eye in stints for Frankston in the VFL. Also showed out in a Young Guns match.
Jake Frawley (Pearcedale): given a 19-year-old season after hurting his knee as a bottom-ager. Can play as a forward, defender and midfielder.
Sam Sturt (Mt Eliza): bit of a bolter; played his first match for the Stingrays last Saturday after earning rave reviews playing in the forward line for Peninsula Grammar under the coaching of Brett Lovett.
Matthew Gahan has bolted onto the AFL draft radar. Picture: AFL media.
FULL STATE COMBINE INVITES
Riley Bice Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy
Jeromy Lucas GWS Giants Academy
Nick Murray Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy
James Peatling GWS Giants Academy
Guy Richardson GWS Giants Academy
Mathew Walker Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy
Michael Mummery NT Thunder
Izaak Wyatt Southern Districts
Caleb Graham GC Suns Academy
Darcy Marsh Brisbane Lions Academy
Tom Matthews Brisbane Lions Academy
Lachlan McDonald GC Suns Academy
Finn Betterman Glenelg
Connor Bristow Norwood
ChrisBurgess West Adelaide
Declan Carmody Glenelg
Kade Chandler Norwood
Oscar Chapman North Adelaide
Tate Coleman South Adelaide
Jacob Collins Norwood
Job Colwell South Adelaide
Tobin Cox Glenelg
Darcy Fort Central District
Martin Frederick Woodville-West Torrens
Nathan Kreuger South Adelaide
Tom Lewis Sturt
Mihail Lochowiak Sturt
Tyler Martin Norwood
Aaron Nietschke Central District
Matthew Nunn Norwood
Kai Pudney Woodville West Torrens
Isaac Saywell Norwood
Jake Tarca South Adelaide
Casey Voss Sturt
Callum Wilkie North Adelaide
Werribee’s former Fremantle defender Sam Collins. Picture: AFL media.
Boyd Woodcock North Adelaide
Rhyan Mansell North Launceston
Jake Aarts Richmond VFL
Brett Bewley Williamstown
Sam Collins Werribee
Will Hayes Footscray VFL
Nick Hind Essendon VFL
Marty ■■■■ Collingwood VFL
Ethan Phillips Port Melbourne
Corey Rich Frankston
Jacob Atley Bendigo Pioneers
Stephen ■■■■■■■ Dandenong Stingrays
Sam Fletcher Dandenong Stingrays
Matthew Gahan Dandenong Stingrays
Hudson Garoni Murray Bushrangers
Noah Gown Gippsland Power
Brayden Ham Geelong Falcons
JedHill GWV Rebels
Austin Hodge Gippsland Power
Zane Keighran Bendigo Pioneers
Matty Lloyd GWV Rebels
Essendon dasher Nick Hind is one of the VFL players invited to the state combine.
Lachlan McDonnell Dandenong Stingrays
Jai Nanscawen Dandenong Stingrays
Finbar O’Dwyer Murray Bushrangers
Jamie Plumridge Dandenong Stingrays
Mitch Riordan Dandenong Stingrays
Bailey Schmidt Dandenong Stingrays
Sam Sturt Dandenong Stingrays
Jai Taylor Dandenong Stingrays
CharlieWilson GWV Rebels
LachlanYoung Dandenong Stingrays
Frank Anderson South Croydon
Joseph Ayton-Delaney Oakleigh Chargers
Atu Bosenavualagi Oakleigh Chargers
Kyle Dunkley Oakleigh Chargers
Mason Fletcher Calder Cannons
Xavier Fry Eastern Ranges
Jake Gaspar Oakleigh Chargers
Sam Graham Calder Cannons
Harry Houlahan Sandringham Dragons
James Jordan Oakleigh Chargers
Josh Kemp Calder Cannons
Justin McInerney Northern Knights
Mitchell Podhajski Calder Cannons
Stefan Radovanovic Western Jets
James Rendell Sandringham Dragons
Harry Reynolds Sandringham Dragons
Alistair Richards Sandringham Dragons
Jack Ross Oakleigh Chargers
Jason Carter Peel Thunder
Dylan CurleyEast Fremantle
Oliver Eastland Claremont
Kody Eaton East Fremantle
Harry Edwards Swan Districts
Patrick Farrant Swan Districts
Ethan Hansen Perth
Wil Hickmott Subiaco
Corey Hitchcock Claremont
Jack Mayo Subiaco
Tom Medhat West Perth
Louis Miller East Perth
Luke Moore South Fremantle
Rylie Morgan Claremont
Matthew Parker South Fremantle
Jarvis Pina Peel Thunder
Tyson Powell Peel Thunder
Regan Spooner South Fremantle
James Sturrock Peel Thunder
Tobe Watson Swan Districts
Ryan Hebron Sydney University
Joey Reinhard Sydney Swans Academy
Adam Tipungwuti Western Magpies
Matthew Green NT Thunder
Ryan Gilmore GC Suns Academy
Jack Tomkinson Brisbane Lions Academy
Lachlan Gadomski Kingborough Tigers
Matthew McGuinness Lauderdale
Ben Cavarra Williamstown
Jay Lockhart Casey Scorpions
Hayden McLean Sandringham
Kieran Strachan Port Melbourne
Charlie Thompson Richmond
Jordan Butts Murray Bushrangers
Kyle Clarke Murray Bushrangers
Sam Conway Geelong Falcons
Jake Frawley Dandenong Stingrays
Matt Neagle Wodonga Raiders
Tye Browning Calder Cannons
Daniel Hanna Calder Cannons
Cody Hirst Eastern Ranges
@THE_DON1 I liked the look of Hayden McLean last year in the TAC Cup final and I noticed last week when I flicked onto the VFL that he has been playing VFL footy this year after being overlooked. He is in the Rookie Me screening invites above.
What are your thoughts on him and what is holding him back from being drafted?
He is very slow and injury prone which doesn’t help him, I had him as a late-rookie selection and that hasn’t changed
Tobe Watson? Parents were taking the P155 surely?
Also Mason Fletcher and…
Matty Lloyd GWV Rebels
JYE CALDWELLget him disco seen enough
Is there footage of him anywhere?
Hasn’t played very much football this year due to injury. Reminds me of Nathan freeman for that reason
Caldwell goals with the first highlight and at 3.37
I was at this game live last year btw, also had 20+ disposals
Very impressive kid, would take him as a late pick due to his size and years of development he will need to be AFL ready
Disappointed I won’t be there to see Aaron Nitschke make his league debut against Norwood this week. Have known his family for many years and coached Aaron at country cup cricket. Has had a pretty good good season for both the SA u18’s and Centrals U18’s. Got promoted to SANFL reserves and had 25 touches last game and then last week had 39 touches in their U18’s. Would be great to see him picked up in the draft
Apart from ball winning what else do you think he has going for him to be selected in the draft?
I’d love to see how he goes against men in the SANFL but believe he handled himself well against the bigger bodies in the Reserves. For me he is a little too wirey still but I think he has pretty good skills by hand and foot and has a decent burst of pace. What stood out for me is he seemed to have a pretty good brain and footy smarts compared to some of the others from his age and he doesn’t try to overdo it
Apart from the pace which I havnt really seen him use that pretty much sumes up my thoughts on him
23 disposals and a goal from your boy in the seniors
I assume from the numbers that he’s a mid, what type? What are Aaron’s characteristics.