FOUR south-west draft hopefuls yesterday began the last stage of their bids to secure a spot on an AFL club list.
Louis Herbert, Nick Bourke, Lewis Taylor and Zach Merrett were among more than a 100 prospects at Docklands for day one of the AFL draft combine.
The group received an introduction from AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan before completing reaction and peripheral vision testing.
Three of the four — the sidelined Taylor being the exception — also undertook the vertical leap test.
A foot injury will keep Taylor, a Terang Mortlake junior, from taking part in physical testing over the four days.
The hopefuls will complete the 20-metre sprint and agility test today.
The beep test is tomorrow and the three-kilometre time trial is on Friday.
They will also conduct interviews with AFL club coaches and scouts during the week.
Bourke, a Kolora-Noorat product, said the experience was daunting and exciting.
“It has been good, just being around the best kids in Australia, I suppose, in front of clubs’ eyes,” he said yesterday.
“There are different kinds of blokes around and all the recruits, it is a bit daunting but you’ve got to put it past you.”
Taylor and Bourke were part of the Geelong Falcons side which reached the preliminary final in the 2013 TAC Cup season.
South Warrnambool’s Herbert was one of North Ballarat Rebels’ best and a good chance to claim best-and-fairest honours at their presentation day this weekend.
Cobden’s Merrett, a Melbourne Grammar school boarder, played with Sandringham Dragons.
Matt Sully, a former South Warrnambool backman now at VFL club Geelong, will take part in the one-day Victorian screening session on Saturday.