NORTH Ballarat Rebels draft hopefuls were greeted with an intense first day of testing as the AFL’s national draft combine kicked off at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne yesterday.
Four Rebels – Louis Herbert, Sam Bennett, Matt Crouch and Dallas Willsmore – began the combine with a series of medical tests to determine their height, weight and skin fold levels.
They also faced a battery of psychomotor tests, which were designed to establish their reaction times and peripheral vision limits.
“It was a pretty quiet drive down this morning, and the boys were definitely nervous,” North Ballarat Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said.
“But I’m confident that we’ve given them the proper physical and mental preparation over the past five weeks.
“We’ve had some really good results during the preparation, and they’re definitely capable of impressing.”
The quartet was also put through interviews with several potential AFL suitors and began their physical testing with standing and vertical jump tests.
“They would have had to walk into an interview room containing seven or eight AFL club staff members, including the head coach, which would have no doubt been daunting for them,” Partington said.
The quartet will tackle several more medical tests today.
Also on the day’s agenda will be sprint and agility examinations.