Our Tasmanian draft hopefuls have again been put through their paces at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, with Thursday testing players’ jumping, athleticism and speed. 

Chayce Jones was again impressive, recording top 10 finishes in the standing vertical jump, running vertical jumps and agility, while Fraser Turner, Nicholas Baker and Tarryn Thomas also did nothing to hurt their draft hopes.

Check out how our four Tasmanians at the Draft Combine fared on Thursday.

Standing Vertical Jump

A simple test of footy’s spring-heeled, the vertical jump requires players to take off from two feet with no preliminary steps or shuffling. A Yardstick measuring device determines their leap, with the height reached subtracted from the players’ standing reach height to give the relative jump result.

Chayce Jones led the way for the Tasmanian contingent, clinching a top 10 finish with a 66cm effort. Nic Baker was the next best Tasmanian draft hopeful with a 61cm jump.

Chayce Jones impressed on Thursday. IC: AFL Photos

 

Rank # name cm
1 57 Smith, Ely 77
2 24 Vandermeer, Laitham 72
2 27 Jarvis, Ben 72
4 29 Rankine, Izak 70
5 9 Mosquito, Irving 68
5 30 Scott, Bailey 68
7 22 Quaynor, Isaac 67
7 45 Rozee, Connor 67
7 66 Khamis, Buku 67
10 6 Jones, Chayce 66
10 20 Hamill, Will 66
10 32 Sprague, Charlie 66
10 54 O’Halloran, Xavier 66
10 60 West, Rhylee 66
10 62 Grundy, Riley 66
10 63 Idun, Connor 66
10 84 Williams, Bailey 66
14 Baker, Nicholas 61
46 Turner, Fraser 56
34 Thomas, Tarryn 54

 

RUNNING VERTICAL LEAPS

In this test, players stand five metres to the side of a Vertec and take a straight-line approach, jumping vertically off their outside leg and reaching as high as possible with the inside hand. This action is very similar to that of a ruckman at a bounce.

The player aims to tap the rotating ‘fingers’ of the Vertec to the side with their outstretched hand at the maximum height of the jump. Players take three jumps from each side: when taking off using left leg, the player uses their right hand, and vice-versa.

Fraser Turner in action at the combine. IC: AFL Photos

Running Vertical Jump (Right Foot)

Chayce Jones was a standout jumping off his right foot, finishing in second with a

Rank # name cm
1 85 Sturt, Sam 91
2 6 Jones, Chayce 85
3 18 Duursma, Xavier 83
4 57 Smith, Ely 82
5 22 Quaynor, Isaac 81
5 62 Grundy, Riley 81
5 55 O’Neill, Xavier 81
8 45 Rozee, Connor 79
8 60 West, Rhylee 79
9 9 Mosquito, Irving 78
9 13 Answerth, Noah 78
14 Baker, Nicholas 71
46 Turner, Fraser 60
34 Thomas, Tarryn 60

Running Vertical Jump (Left Foot)

Rank # name cm
1 84 Williams, Bailey 94
2 6 Jones, Chayce 91
3 45 Rozee, Connor 88
3 24 Vandermeer, Laitham 88
5 57 Smith, Ely 86
5 22 Quaynor, Isaac 86
5 20 Hamill, Will 86
5 27 Jarvis, Ben 86
9 55 O’Neill, Xavier 84
9 4 Foot, Zac 84
9 41 Hately, Jackson 84
9 30 Scott, Bailey 84
14 Baker, Nicholas 76
46 Turner, Fraser 71
34 Thomas, Tarryn 71

 

Nic Baker puts in the hard yards. IC: AFL Photos

 

20m Sprint

This one’s all about speed. The player starts in the ‘crouch’ or ready position and sprints as fast as possible, making sure they don’t decelerate before reaching the final gate. Each player is allowed three attempts (with at least two minutes’ break between each) and their best times for the 5-, 10- and 20-metre sectors are recorded, regardless of which attempt they were from.

No Tasmanians finished in the top 10 for this Sprint, however, Chayce Jones and Fraser Turner both only just finished outside with strong efforts.

Rank # name sec
1 43 McKenzie, Tom 2.904
2 45 Rozee, Connor 2.91
3 20 Hamill, Will 2.914
4 29 Rankine, Izak 2.93
5 63 Idun, Connor 2.945
6 84 Williams, Bailey 2.946
7 55 O’Neill, Xavier 2.957
8 54 O’Halloran, Xavier 2.96
9 67 King, Ben 2.965
10 85 Sturt, Sam 2.966
13 6 Jones, Chayce 2.97
14 46 Turner, Fraser 2.976
34 Thomas, Tarryn 3.108
14 Baker, Nicholas 3.163

 

Tarryn Thomas takes a breather. IC: AFL Photos

Agility

Footy at the elite level requires all sorts of skills but agility is one of most important. In this test, the player starts from an upright position in line with the start gate. The idea is to weave in and out of the poles – without touching or knocking them over – and get to the end of the course as quickly as possible.

A run will be stopped and restarted if the player touches or knocks over any pole. Players run the course three times at maximum effort (with 2-3 minutes recovery between tests). The best of the three times is recorded.

Chayce Jones was again a standout, finishing in sixth spot with a time of 8.270.

Rank # name sec
1 29 Rankine, Izak 8.039
2 54 O’Halloran, Xavier 8.063
3 60 West, Rhylee 8.216
4 20 Hamill, Will 8.222
5 61 Blanck, James 8.258
6 6 Jones, Chayce 8.270
7 27 Jarvis, Ben 8.308
8 45 Rozee, Connor 8.326
9 57 Smith, Ely 8.328
10 85 Sturt, Sam 8.396
21 14 Baker, Nicholas 8.518
34 Thomas, Tarryn 8.806
46 Turner, Fraser 8.839

 

Yo-Yo Test

Similar to the ‘Beep Test’, with players required to run between cones that are placed 20-metres apart at timed intervals. Participants have a 10-second recovery period between sprints where they need to jog to another cone and get back to the starting point before going again.

First introduced to the Draft Combine last year, players have stated that although the Yo-Yo test doesn’t go for as long as the Beep Test, it is at a higher intensity.  A player’s score is the total distance covered before they were unable to keep up with the recording.

Fraser Turner, known as being an endurance runner, impressed with a top 10 finish, while Chayce Jones only finished one level before Turner, landing a place just outside the top 10.

Rank # name IR2 level
1 8 McHenry, Edward 22.2
2 48 Walsh, Sam 22.1
2 3 English, Luke 22.1
4 52 Golds, Will 21.8
5 54 O’Halloran, Xavier 21.6
5 50 Brownless, Oscar 21.6
7 20 Hamill, Will 21.4
7 57 Smith, Ely 21.4
7 21 McLennan, Jez 21.4
7 56 Sholl, Lachlan 21.4
7 46 Turner, Fraser 21.4
12 6 Jones, Chayce 21.3
34 Thomas, Tarryn 20.4
14 Baker, Nicholas 20.1