Six try out for AFLW spots

Charlotte Simpson from St Josephs. (supplied)

Six Geelong Falcons teenagers have been invited to the AFLW Draft Combine in Melbourne today (May 25).

Ash Van Loon and Elizabeth Dowling from St Marys, Charlotte Simpson and Mia Van Dyk from St Josephs, Analea McKee from Geelong Amateur and Grace Purcell from Barwon Heads will be doing their best to impress club recruiters ahead of the draft on June 29.

This year’s NAB AFLW Draft Combine will be held across 10 locations, with 106 players invited to attend. This includes 78 players eligible for the NAB AFLW Draft for the first time, and a further 28 open-age players.

The 2022 NAB AFLW Draft Combine will feature one physical test, with all players to complete a 2km time trial.

The reduction in testing at this year’s combine takes into consideration changes to AFLW timelines, the significant amount of pre-season testing that was conducted nationally earlier this year and state league finals being staged in the lead up to the draft.

AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said players invited to the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft Combine represented the next crop of AFLW stars.

“We are very excited about the high level of talent within this group of future stars of the AFLW,” Sheehan said.

“The 2022 version of the NAB AFLW Draft Combine will be shorter than those held in previous years, however the on-field performance of this group of players over the past season has provided a great indication that they will have a huge impact on the NAB AFLW competition.”