Thun­der young guns head­ing to AFL com­bines

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT -

FOUR Peel Thun­der play­ers have been se­lected for AFL com­bines later this year.

For­mer Rock­ing­ham Rams prod­uct Aaron Naughton (18), who has been in out­stand­ing form for Peel Thun­der’s league side, was one of 10 WAFL foot­ballers chosen for the na­tional com­bine at Dock­lands Sta­dium from Oc­to­ber 3 to 6.

Naughton, ex­pected to be one of the first West Aus­tralians taken at this year’s na­tional draft, has im­pressed in each of his four WAFL games.

His for­mer Rams team­mate Da­mon Cramer (19), who also plays in the league side, was se­lected for the State AFL draft com­bine on Oc­to­ber 15, along with exBal­divis play­ers Jor­dan Boullineau (18) and Lach­lan Mitchell (18), who play for Peel Thun­der colts.

The four are hav­ing sen­sa­tional years af­ter be­ing part of the WA un­der-18s side that won three of its four matches at the AFL Un­der-18 Cham­pi­onships, de­spite en­ter­ing the car­ni­val as un­der­dogs.

The com­bines boost the play­ers’ chances of be­ing drafted by AFL clubs at the end of the year.

Peel player devel­op­ment man­ager John Deitz said Naughton was nom­i­nated by three clubs, while the other three were nom­i­nated by two clubs.

“They will do a bat­tery of phys­i­cal tests and some in­ter­views,” he said.

Deitz said the com­bine gives AFL clubs a good look at the play­ers and tests them phys­i­cally.

“They can see how they per­form un­der pres­sure,” he said.

The club has re­cruited strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Dave Nor­ton to help pre­pare the play­ers for the com­bines.

“Dave helped Josh Schoen­feld (drafted by Gold Coast) pre­pare for the com­bine in 2015 and he is re­ally keen to help the boys out,” Deitz said.

The Man­durah Coastal Times will pub­lish pro­files on the play­ers from next week.

Lach­lan Mitchell, Da­mon Cramer, Aaron Naughton and Jor­dan Boullineau at train­ing ear­lier this week.

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