"Quite a few had not made our under-16s (development team) but they've gone away and done the hard work," Partington said.
"Getting the list from 140 candidates down to 46 players has been a difficult task for all our staff.
"It's a credit to the boys who did all the hard work and it's tough for the boys who unfortunately missed out but who will no doubt have learnt a lot from the Rebels program this pre-season and can take that back to their local clubs."
Partington reiterated the Rebels list was always fluid - players could be added and deleted anytime, depending on performance - and players must always strive to take the next step in their fitness, skills commitment and attitude.
One to watch early this season will be the 200-centimetre tall Ignatius Stewart from Ararat, a raw talent who is transitioning from basketball.
The Rebels will enter camp this weekend at Pax Hill Scout Camp with a trip to Melbourne on Saturday for AFL Victoria fitness screening and education programs.
REBELS LIST: Jake Robinson (Ararat), Keegan Mellington (Horsham Saints), Lachlan Cassidy (Ballarat), Matt Crouch (Beaufort), James Richards (Horsham Saints), Matthew Short (Redan), Joseph Symons (North Ballarat juniors), Dallas Willsmore (St Patricks College/Walpuup-Underbool), Louis Herbert (South Warrnambool), Jonathon Lanyon (Boort), Daniel Bell (Warrack Eagles), Cam McKenzie (Ballarat Clarendon College/Irymple),Liam Hoy (Warrnambool), Kyle MacKay (Redan), Shane McAuliffe (St Patricks College/East Ballarat), Daniel Butler (Lake Wendouree), Jackson Fisher (Ballarat Clarendon College/Hopetoun), Jayden Whitehead (Koroit), Josh Webster (Kalkee), Kyle Hendy (Stawell Warriors), Mitchell Bowman (North Warrnambool), Ned Mabon (Ballarat Clarendon College/Redan), Xavier Vearing (Ararat), Jordan Payne (Lake Wendouree), William Austin (Daylesford), Jayden Brennan (Emmanuel Hawks), Seamus Blake (Merrivale), Sam Bennett (North Ballarat), Matt Coleman (Minyip/Murtoa), Sam Hooper (North Ballarat Juniors), Keegan Mason (Laharum), Charles Gabbe (Horsham Demons), Mitchell Walsh (Hepburn), Jacob O'Beirne (Horsham Saints), Sam Glover (North Ballarat juniors), Tom Templeton (Portland), Ignatius Stewart (Ararat), Tyler Constable (Ballarat), Jesse Palmer (St Patricks College), Rowan Marshall (Heathmere), Thomas Lynch (Koroit), Oscar McDonald (Edenhope-Apsley/North Ballarat juniors), Eamon McCuskey (Lake Wendouree), Will Lenehan (Hamilton), Jordon May (Donald/Ballarat Clarendon College), Nicholas Weightman (Bungaree).