William named in third AFL combine group

Medium Defenders named for 2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine

Queensland’s Reuben William is amongst the third group of players – Medium Defenders – announced by the AFL to attend the 2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine in October at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Born in South Sudan, William moved to Queensland at five years of age.

Described as an “Instructive player who also tackles strongly”, William showed  lighting speed and good ball use from defence in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 17 possessions and eight handball receives.

A member of Brisbane Lions Academy, William has also honed his skills through club footy, with Zillmere and Wilston Grange.

He played five matches in the TAC Cup for Queensland, his 28 disposals against top side North Ballarat his most outstanding performance.

Also named in this group was Aspley’s Josh Wagner, whose brother Corey – a 2015 Queensland Under 18 player – has also been invited to test.

AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said: “The skill set of the Medium Defender has expanded well beyond the ability to close down dangerous forwards to now becoming playmakers who can set up the game on the rebound often using their extreme pace or evasive ability as their X- Factor, as well as often having pin-point accuracy by hand and foot. This group has a depth of talent sure to impact the AFL in the years to come.”

Eighty-two players will attend the 2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium from Thursday October 8 to Sunday October 11.

State Combines will be held in Melbourne (October 11), Perth (October 18), Adelaide (October 19) and Sydney (October 26). 

The remaining positions groups will be released as follows:

Tall Forwards/Rucks   September 9

Tall Defenders            September 16

Small Def/Mid/For      September 23                         


2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine – National

Medium Defenders


Thomas Cole              Sandhurst/Bendigo Pioneers

28/05/1997      Height: 185cm            Weight: 76kg

Classy medium defender/midfielder who is highly skilled with his ball use by either hand or foot. Can play in a range of roles for his team and thrives in contested situations. Averaged 14.3 possessions and 4.2 tackles in six games at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Member of NAB AFL Academy. Has impressed also with step up to VFL level in three matches with Geelong. Averaged 25 disposals with the Pioneers in 2015.


Benjamin Crocker    Oakleigh Chargers/Kew Comets

19/02/1997          Height: 185cm        Weight: 81kg

Medium defender/forward who is a fierce competitor. Outstanding overhead both as a lead up player when forward and in contested situations. Is a versatile player who can go into the midfield to make an impact. Averaged 15.4 possessions, 6.6 handball receives and four marks in five games at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Member of the NAB AFL Academy. Impressed when progressed to play two matches at VFL level with Port Melbourne this year.


Thomas Doedee         Geelong Falcons/St Joseph’s

1/03/1997            Height: 187cm        Weight: 80kg

Medium defender who excels one-on-one, is strong overhead and clean below his knees. Solid performer for Vic Country in four matches in NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year after representing his state in basketball at Under-18 level last season. Team orientated player who averaged 12 disposals in 11 matches with the Falcons this year. Capable of playing on taller or smaller players in defence.


Tyrone Leonardis     Northern Knights/North Heidelberg

22/02/1997          Height: 182cm        Weight: 78kg

Medium defender/midfielder who possesses a terrific step through traffic when in possession. Disposes of the ball neatly on his preferred left foot and is prepared to take the game on. Averaged 13 possessions and three tackles in five games at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. At TAC Cup level, has averaged 17.6 disposals at 75 percent efficiency in 12 matches this year.


Alex Morgan             Oakleigh Chargers/Forest Hill

28/01/1996          Height: 180cm        Weight: 80kg

Dashing medium defender with damaging foot skills on both sides and also creative with his hands. Has good step through traffic and was impressive for Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, playing four matches and averaging 17 disposals. 19-year-old who has also averaged 20 disposals in his matches with the Chargers this year.


Bailey Rice                 Beaconsfield/ Dandenong Stingrays
10/02/1997       Height: 184cm           Weight: 81kg
Medium midfielder/defender with excellent speed and power, regularly on display when bursting from the stoppages or defensive 50. Is a versatile player, being able to play in various roles within the team. Son of former Carlton premiership player Dean Rice and is eligible for Carlton or St Kilda under the father-son rule. Averaged 22 disposals (75 percent efficiency) and 4.5 rebound 50s in 11 games with the Stingrays and represented Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships this year.


Darcy Tucker            Horsham Saints/North Ballarat Rebels

23/01/1997                  Height: 184cm             Weight: 78kg

Left footed medium midfielder who loves to run and carry when distributing the ball. Very good with his hands in contested situations, regularly disposing the ball effectively via hand to his team mates.  Averaged 17.5 possessions, 9.8 handball received and 2.7 inside 50s in six games at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. All-Australian at Under-18 level in 2014. Member of NAB AFL Academy. Has averaged 24 disposals with the Rebels this year.


Brandon White         Beaconsfield/Dandenong Stingrays

13/01/1997          Height: 188cm        Weight: 77kg

Well rounded medium midfielder/defender with excellent closing speed. He makes very good decisions and distributes the ball well on his preferred foot. Quality mark overhead for a player of his size. Averaged 15.3 disposals (72 percent efficiency) and 2.2 tackles for the Stingrays this year and impressed in three games for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.


South Australia


Cameron Hewett                   North Adelaide/Broughton Mundoora

26/02/1997          Height: 189cm        Weight: 76kg

Very clever defender/midfielder with good football smarts and game sense. Rarely loses his feet in the contest and also spreads hard to create opportunities for his team mates. Excels at the stoppages where he uses his body to ensure he gets first opportunity to extract the ball. Played two games for South Australia at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 19 disposals and 4.5 clearances. Brother of Sydney Swan George Hewett.


Stephen Tahana                    North Adelaide/Gaza 

2/02/1997            Height: 183cm        Weight: 78kg

Medium midfielder/defender who has excellent speed and agility, regularly displayed when rebounding from defence. Shows great ability with his clean hands in the contest and has a team first attitude with his work in defence. Averaged 12.3 possessions and three tackles over sixgames at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Member of NAB AFL Academy, he won South Australia’s MVP at Under-16 level in 2013. Already played six matches at senior level in North Adelaide over the last two years.




Reuben William Wilston Grange/Zillmere

7/10/1997            Height: 182cm        Weight: 74kg

Born in South Sudan, moved to Queensland at five years of age. Showed lighting speed and good ball use from defence in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 17 possessions and eight handball receives. Instructive player who also tackles strongly. Member of Brisbane Lions Academy. Also played five matches in TAC Cup for Queensland with his 28 disposals against top side North Ballarat an outstanding performance.


2015 NAB AFL Draft Combine – State

Medium Defenders


Jack Agostino             West Adelaide            SA

11.6.1997        Height: 182cm                   Weight: 77kg


Tom Anderson            Oakleigh Chargers      VIC

3.9.1997          Height: 189cm                   Weight: 68kg


Daniel Beddison         Oakleigh Chargers      VIC

18.8.1997        Height: 189cm                   Weight: 80kg


Anthony Brolic           Eastern Ranges           VIC

12.9.1996        Height: 183cm                Weight: 86kg


Thomas Faul                NSW/ACT Rams        ACT

24.1.1996        Height: 186cm               Weight: 85kg


James Harrold             East Fremantle            WA

6.2.1997          Height: 183cm             Weight: 79kg


Jack Irvine       NSW/ACT Rams                    NSW

2.11.1997        Height: 188cm            Weight: 80kg


Chris Jansen    Central District                       SA

12.7.1995        Height: 189cm            Weight: 83kg


Ben Long        NT Thunder/St Marys             NT

21.8.1997        Height: 180cm            Weight: 60kg


Brad Lynch     Swan Districts            SA

11.7.1997        Height: 187cm            Weight: 70kg


Jake Marshall              Murray Bushrangers    VIC

13.2.1997        Height: 180cm            Weight: 75kg


Ben  McCarthy           Geelong Falcons         VIC

16.10.1997      Height: 185cm            Weight: 76kg


David Mennen            Murray Bushrangers    VIC

16.12.1996      Height: 186cm            Weight: 80kg


Marlon Pickett            South Fremantle          WA

6.1.1992          Height: 187cm            Weight: 83kg


Bailey Rogers              Claremont       WA

22.3.1997        Height: 184cm            Weight: 80kg


Ben Simpson   North Ballarat Rebels VIC

14.11.1997      Height: 185cm            Weight: 75kg


Andrew Tashevski-Beckwith Sandringham Dragons            VIC

18.5.1997        Height: 183cm            Weight: 83kg


Matthew Taylor          Perth                WA

27.3.1997        Height: 187cm           Weight: 86kg


Theo Thompson          Sandringham Dragons            VIC

25.7.1997        Height: 185cm            Weight: 81kg


Josh Wagner                Aspley             QLD

24.6.1994        Height: 189cm            Weight: 81kg

Lachlan Walker           Oakleigh Chargers      VIC

5.6.1997          Height: 187cm            Weight: 80kg         


Francis Watson           Claremont       QLD

29.9.1995        Height: 186cm            Weight: 79kg         


The NAB AFL Draft Combine is part of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL.

NAB has been Footifying Australia since 2002 through the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program which comprises the following elements:

· NAB AFL Rising Star
· NAB AFL Draft
· NAB AFL Draft Combine
· NAB AFL Trade Period
· NAB AFL Under-18 Championships
· NAB AFL Academy
· NAB AFL Under-16 Championships



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