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Combine Wrap: Ballenden's perfect score

Callum Twomey, AFL Media  October 5, 2017 9:55 AM

Combine wrap: Day Two Nat Edwards and Callum Twomey wrap up day two of the NAB AFL Draft Combine

Brisbane Lions academy prospect Connor Ballenden showed his excellent foot skills for a key position prospect by posting a perfect score in the kicking test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

The 199cm teenager, who could attract a top-20 bid on draft night next month, had a perfect score with his six kicks, recording a 30/30 total.

He was the only player to ace the kicking test, which sees prospects kick to targets at different distances on their preferred and non-preferred foot.

Jack Higgins, Angus Schumacher, Jack Payne, Hayden McLean, Jackson Ross and Ned Reeves all scored 29 to be among the best performed as the testing got underway at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

Jack Payne in action during the 2017 AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Willson
AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 1

Ballenden had an inconsistent year and has been used in a number of different roles throughout the season – including in the ruck and across half-back – after starting the year viewed as a possible top-five selection.

Schumacher was also prominent in the goalkicking test, with the Bendigo Pioneers midfielder one of four players to record perfect scores with their five shots.

Jordan Houlahan, Ben Miller and Ross were the others to go through the test without missing a goal, including kicks on the run, as set shots and on their non-preferred side.

Ballenden kicked four goals from five shots, while possible top-10 pick Andrew Brayshaw was also one of seven prospects to kick four goals and a behind from his five attempts.

The athletic screening will begin on Thursday, with jumps, sprints and the new 'Yo-yo' test to take place across the day.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Goalkicking test (score out of 30)

  • Jordan Houlahan 30
  • Angus Schumacher 30
  • Jackson Ross 30
  • Ben Miller 30
  • Jake Patmore 25
  • Ryley Stoddart 25
  • Changkuoth Jiath 25
  • Andrew Brayshaw 25
  • Connor Ballenden 25
  • Aaron Naughton 25
  • Aiden Bonar 25

Kicking test (score out of 30)

  • Connor Ballenden 30
  • Jack Higgins 29
  • Angus Schumacher 29
  • Jack Payne 29
  • Hayden McLean 29
  • Jackson Ross 29
  • Ned Reeves 29
  • Jordan Houlahan 28
  • Hunter Clark 28
  • Lloyd Meek 28

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