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Photo: Kate Mitchell (Sam Flanders, Nikia Webber, Caleb Serong & Shanara Notman)

12 Head To Draft Combine

12 Head To Draft Combine

Photo: Kate Mitchell (Sam Flanders, Nikia Webber, Caleb Serong & Shanara Notman)

Twelve of Gippsland Power's Stars Will Push Their Draft Cases This Week

A total of twelve representatives from Gippsland Power will head to Melbourne this week, in an attempt to boost their draft stocks at the National, State and AFLW Draft Combines.

The men's National Combine begins on Tuesday (Oct 1) and finishes Friday, the women's Combine will also take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the men's State Combine runs on Friday and Saturday.

Prospects need to be nominated by at least four clubs to earn an invitation to the National Combine, while those who have attracted interest from a handful of clubs test at the State Combine.

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The Combine will look slightly different this year, moving from its usual home at Marvel Stadium to a shared approach between the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena due to a clash with a UFC event at Marvel this Sunday.

Gippsland Power's Female Talent Manager Chelsea Caple said the club was ecstatic to have such a strong representation.

"Its been fantastic to have so many players both boys and girls at such a high level, Peter Francis and I are really excited that hopefully we can see them all off to AFL Clubs" said Caple.

Speaking about her draft hopefuls in Nikia Webber and Shanara Notman, Caple said the duo will give it there all.

"Both Nikia and Shanara have been playing their footy with Casey VFL at the moment, so a really good opportunity for them to show all the other clubs what they can do"

"This opportunity only happens once in a lifetime so they need to make the most of it, I'm sure they will".

Six of the Power players selected for Vic Country duties will head to the national combine, headlined by highly touted pair Caleb Serong and Sam Flanders who are both firming as high selections.

Key position player Josh Smith, utility Harry Pepper and midfielders Leo Connely and Ryan Sparkes will showcase their skills at the State Combine.

During testing the players will do a mix of athletic tests including an agility test, 2km time trial and yo-yo test, though in a shake up the skills tests will not be held this year.

Players will also have medical screening and interviews with perspective clubs who may wish to draft the players in November.

National Combine: Riley Baldi, Charlie Comben, Sam Flanders, Fraser Phillips, Caleb Serong & Brock Smith

AFL W Combine: Shanara Notman & Nikia Webber

State Combine: Leo Connely, Harry Pepper, Ryan Sparkes & Josh Smith

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