Month: August 2011

Falcons invited to show wares

Courtesy of the Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG Falcons pair Jai Sheahan and Sam Gordon could be keenly sought after by AFL clubs later this year after being chosen to attend this year’s Draft Combine.

Sheahan and Gordon have been named among the group of tall forwards invited to showcase their talents at the draft camp in early October at Etihad Stadium.

The duo are the first of what is expected to be many Falcons invited to take part in the Combine, which has been relocated from the AIS in Canberra to Melbourne.

The group of tall forwards was the first of eight player classifications to be released by the AFL ahead of this year’s combine. The remaining groups will be released in coming weeks.

Sheahan had been on the radar of Greater Western Sydney last year as one of the 17-year-olds the Giants could pre-list ahead of their entry into the AFL next year.

The 195cm Newtown & Chilwell big man is enjoying a consistent season with the Falcons and is among the TAC Cup leading goalkickers with 26 from 13 games.

“His form dropped off late last year and he started this season low on confidence and out of form,” Falcons regional manager Michael Turner said of the 18-year-old.

“But it’s a credit to our coaching staff to have got him back playing well as a key forward.”

Gordon, who hails from Camperdown but attends Geelong Grammar, started the year strongly with the Falcons, kicking 10 goals in the first three games before returning to play in the APS.

“He played state footy (for Vic Country) with mixed results and he got injured at the end of the carnival,” Turner said.

“But he’s now recovering and he’ll finish off the season with us. If he has a strong end to the season I’m sure he’ll get drafted or rookie-listed.”

AFL national talent manager Kevin Sheehan said the quality of tall forwards invited to this year’s combine is very impressive.

“In the 25 years of the draft only two tall forwards have been taken at No.1, with St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (2000) and Melbourne’s rising star Jack Watts (2008) both having that honour,” Sheehan said.