GEELONG FALCONS officials expect Colac district AFL draft hopefuls Darcy Parish and Ben McCarthy to test well in the running side of this week’s national and state combines.
Winchelsea’s Parish, touted as a potential top-10 draft pick, is among 76 players invited to the four-day national combine at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium to test in front of AFL recruiters.
The combine, for players who received interest from at least five AFL clubs, starts tomorrow.
McCarthy, of Colac, is among 123 players invited to the state screenings, which will follow on from the national combine.
Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said Parish, a hard-running midfielder, and McCarthy, a speedy running defender, had continued to train with Geelong’s high-performance team since the Falcons’ season ended on September 13.
National combine officials will put the players through rigorous testing including fitness assessments, medical checks, AFL club interviews as well as psychomotor testing, including testing reaction time, decision making and peripheral awareness.
“The high-performance team has taken them two nights a week for extra running and conditioning, specifically designed for the testing they’re going to be doing,” Allthorpe said.
“Mick Turner has also prepared the boys for the interview side of things, we talk to them one-on-one a fair bit so we think they’re as prepared as they can be,” he said.
Parish will join fellow highly-rated Falcons Rhys Mathieson and Charlie Curnow at the national combine, while emerging tall Tom Doedee will also attend following a breakout season.
McCarthy is among five Falcons invited to the state screening, although Baden Remmos is unable to do physical testing after injuring a knee in TAC Cup finals.
Lachlan McCartney, Will Sexton and Brett Blair will also attend the state screening.
“It’s a great result to have so many from our program, a few of the guys like Baden, Ben and Lachie have really stepped up and improved this season,” Allthorpe said.
“The Colac district guys should test well, Darcy will be super competitive in the running, and Ben’s strength is his speed, that’s what he’ll test well in,” he said.