NELSON Bay AFL player Lisa Steane is one step closer to becoming part of the inaugural women’s competition after being invited to take part in the GWS Giants draft combine this weekend.
Steane, who was part of the Marlins women’s grand-final winning team this year and named the Black Diamond AFL league’s best and fairest, is one of 50 draftees who has been invited to the Giants’ headquarters at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, September 25 for the combine.
The women attending Sunday’s combine were picked based on their performances through the women’s academy and state programs, as well as those who were identified as part of the recently completed Elite Athlete Talent search.
GWS Giants women’s coach Tim Schmidt said Sunday’s combine will be mini version of the AFL combine, however will also include matches.
“Apart from the testing we will also play matches as many of the girls identified via the Elite Athlete Talent search have never played a game of football so this will give us an opportunity to assess them in match conditions,” he said.
Schmidt also stressed that players who have not been invited to the combine are not out of contention to be drafted.
“Whilst Sunday does give us the opportunity to assess a number of players it does not rule out the possibility of players being drafted who have not been invited,” he said.