Kennerley and Jarvis impress at AFL Draft Combine

DRAFT: The two 18-year-old footy stars, Ben Jarvis from Port Lincoln and Jacob Kennerley from Cummins.
DRAFT: The two 18-year-old footy stars, Ben Jarvis from Port Lincoln and Jacob Kennerley from Cummins.

Local footy players impressed at this years AFL Draft Combine event in Melbourne, with Jacob Kennerley breaking the record for the two kilometre time trial and Ben Jarvis finishing in the top eight in three events.

The pair were a part of a group of 85 potential draftees chosen to compete in nine events to display their athletic ability and relevant footy skills in front of AFL clubs.

Cummins footballer Jacob Kennerley set a new two kilometre time trial record, taking out the event in 6.04 minutes, beating the previous record of 6.09 minutes.

“It was awesome being involved with the AFL system, I learnt a lot of things and we got to meet some pretty important people too,” he said.

“If i’m honest I didn’t want to leave.”

The former Ramblers player said himself and Mr Jarvis had three weeks to train for the event after their season in the SANFL with the Norwood U18s had finished.

“In my position I do a lot of running during the season,” Mr Kennerley said.

“I carried over most of my fitness from the season and tried to maintain it for the draft.

“The most important thing was trying to stay relaxed and level headed.”

Port Lincoln footballer Ben Jarvis finished in the top eight in three of the nine events, displaying to clubs his prospective talent as a forward.

“It was a good experience, but it was pretty daunting,” he said.

“We did most of the testing on the Thursday, but we had medical screenings, interviews and reaction tests before that which was quite intense.”

Mr Jarvis finished a tied second in the standing vertical jump with 72 centimetres, seventh in the agility test and eighth in the running vertical jump on his left foot.

The former Lincoln South player said the dream is the AFL, but if not he would like to continue his study into university or take up a trade.

Both boys are Rostrevor College year 12 boarders in Adelaide and will finish their SACE studies later this year.

Mr Kennerley moved to the Adelaide college for year 9 and Mr Jarvis moved in year 11.

The pair said they had no plans yet for watching the 2018 AFL Draft picks in November, but they would likely be spent with family and friends.

The first round of the draft is announced on November 22 from 7pm and the second round onwards begins on November 23 from 10am.

The AFL Draft Combine tests prospective talent in three vertical jump events, a two kilometre time trial, a 20 metre sprint, an agility test, the YoYo test and two kicking tests.

This year’s event was held October 2 to 5 at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium.