2022 AFL Draft Combine invitees announced

68 of the nation’s brightest AFL Draft prospects have been included in this year’s list of national combine invitees. The AFL announced today which players would be selected for the prestigious annual event, set to take place in Melbourne through October 7-9.

Vic Country is the region with the largest share of talent, producing 19 invitees. Headlining the bumper crop are top 10 hopefuls Jhye Clark and Aaron Cadman, while rising Gippsland Power gun Bailey Humphrey is among his club’s strong cohort.

On the Metro side of things, all bar one player – Lewis Hayes (Eastern Ranges) – hail from the prolific Oakleigh Chargers and Sandringham Dragons regions. The Chargers boast a high of nine invitees, including likely top 10 trio George Wardlaw, Elijah Tsatas, and Matthew Jefferson.

Top five talents Will Ashcroft and Harry Sheezel are the leading Dragons, with the former one of many club-tied talents to watch. Fellow Brisbane Lions father-son candidate Jaspa Fletcher is one of two Queenslanders involved, while Alwyn Davey Jr will be on the radar of Essendon fans.

Also tied to the Bombers is Next Generation Academy (NGA) talent Anthony Munkara, though he, Cameron Mackenzie (St Kilda), and Isaac Keeler (Adelaide) are unlikely to end up at their aligned clubs due to the new top 40 bidding rules.

While the Allied states and territories boast a total of 10 invitees, there are 13 from South Australia and 12 from the West. At this year’s National Championships, those three sides managed one win apiece but clearly have some top-end prospects to put on show come season’s end.

Having been a state-based exercise for the last couple of years, there will be room for expansion on the nationwide list this year should more players pop up with big performances. More names may be added, on top of the usual state-based combines.


Vic Country 
Jaxon Binns (Dandenong Stingrays)
Hugh Bond (GWV Rebels)
Coby Burgiel (Gippsland Power)
Aaron Cadman (GWV Rebels)
Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons)
Brayden George (Murray Bushrangers)
Oliver Hollands (Murray Bushrangers)
Bailey Humphrey (Gippsland Power)
Henry Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays)
Max Knobel (Gippsland Power)
Jacob Konstanty (Gippsland Power)
Noah Long (Bendigo Pioneers)
Toby McMullin (Sandringham Dragons)
Caleb Mitchell (Murray Bushrangers)
Olivier Northam (Geelong Falcons)
Jack O’Sullivan (Oakleigh Chargers)
Mitch Szybkowski (Dandenong Stingrays)
Cooper Vickery (Gippsland Power)
James Van Es (GWV Rebels)

Vic Metro 
Will Ashcroft (Sandringham Dragons)
Charlie Clarke (Sandringham Dragons)
Alwyn Davey (Oakleigh Chargers)
Blake Drury (Oakleigh Chargers)
Max Gruzewski (Oakleigh Chargers)
Lewis Hayes (Eastern Ranges)
Olli Hotton (Sandringham Dragons)
Matthew Jefferson (Oakleigh Chargers)
Cameron Mackenzie (Sandringham Dragons)
Harry Sheezel (Sandringham Dragons)
Luke Teal (Oakleigh Chargers)
Elijah Tsatas (Oakleigh Chargers)
George Wardlaw (Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Weddle (Oakleigh Chargers)

South Australia 
Harry Barnett (West Adelaide)
Adam D’Aloia (Woodville-West Torrens)
Will Dowling (North Adelaide)
Phoenix Foster (Norwood)
Isaac Keeler (North Adelaide)
Harry Lemmey (West Adelaide)
Jaiden Magor (South Adelaide)
Max Michalanney (Norwood)
Mattaes Phillipou (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jakob Ryan (Glenelg)
Nick Sadler (Sturt)
Tom Scully (West Adelaide)
Will Verrall (South Adelaide)

Western Australia 
Jed Adams (Peel Thunder)
Edward Allan (Claremont)
Jedd Busslinger (East Perth)
Harry Cole (Claremont)
Hugh Davies (Claremont)
Tyrell Dewar (Subiaco)
Sam Gilbey (Claremont)
Reuben Ginbey (East Perth)
Steely Green (South Fremantle)
Jed Hagan (East Fremantle)
Elijah Hewett (Swan Districts)
Darcy Jones (Swan Districts)

New South Wales 
Jason Gillbee (Bendigo Pioneers)
Nick Madden (GWS Academy)
Harry Rowston (GWS Academy)

Northern Territory 
Lloyd Johnston (NT Thunder)
Anthony Munkara (NT/West Adelaide)

Shadeau Brain (Brisbane Academy)
Jaspa Fletcher (Brisbane Academy)

Seth Campbell (Tasmania Devils)
Lachlan Cowan (Tasmania Devils)
Tom McCallum (Tasmania Devils)

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