Talented trio invited to state combine

Werribee young guns Bior Malual, Jake Riccardi and Louis Pinnuck have been invited to attend Victorian State Draft Combines in early October after eye-catching performances at VFL level in 2019.

Riccardi was one of eight VFL players invited to the Victorian State Draft Combine to be held on Friday October 4th, while Malual and Pinnuck will join Port Melbourne’s Callum Searle at the Rookie Me Combine on Saturday October 5th.

Players needed to receive at least two nominations from AFL clubs to be invited to attend the State Draft Combine, which will assess each player’s strength and skills through several tests in front of AFL clubs.

VICTORIAN STATE DRAFT COMBINE

#32 Jake Riccardi – 16 matches, 34 goals (#2), averaging 11.3 disposals, 5.3 marks (#6)

The richly talented 19-year-old athletic forward has risen rapidly in VFL ranks after graduating from the Calder Cannons at the end of 2018. Despite his age and inexperience, Riccardi has stepped up to be Werribee’s focal point in attack in 2019 with his contested marking, agility and goalkicking nous all highlights of his developing skillset. He sits second on the VFL’s goalkicking table with 34 majors and has kicked goals in all bar one game, as well as two or more on ten occasions.

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#22 Bior Malual – 15 matches, 18 goals, averaging 13 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles

Malual has taken his second VFL opportunity with both hands after spending 2016 and 2017 playing development league footy with the Northern Blues. Despite his slight build, ‘Bior’ uses his elite footy IQ, excellent running ability and deep bag of tricks to his full advantage, making him a unique and exciting player to watch. The recently-turned 23-year-old is improving at a rapid rate and has become a vital cog in Werribee’s arsenal.

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#21 Louis Pinnuck: 14 matches, averaging 15.4 disposals, five marks, 2.2 tackles

The 20-year-old third-year defender is enjoying a productive season in Werribee’s back half, with his versatility proving to be a valuable asset. Despite standing at 185cm, Pinnuck has the agility and strength to play tall and the speed and skill to take the smalls. Often seen dashing off half-back and flying for intercept marks, the Strathmerton/Murray Bushrangers product has many strings to his bow, and at his age has plenty of development left.

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AARON FETTER

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