Colin O’Riordan and Darragh Joyce set to impress AFL scouts

Both players are expected to excel in the ball handling tests, like Paddy Brophy last year

Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan first impressed as an Under-16 on the Tipperary All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan first impressed as an Under-16 on the Tipperary All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Tipperary and Kilkenny could each have a first AFL rookie if all goes well for Colin O’Riordan and Darragh Joyce at this week’s NAB AFL Draft Combine.

Starting on Thursday over 80 draft prospects, from varying sports and countries, will convene at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne to “test in front of recruiters and meet clubs in a four-day job interview”(AFL).

Among the key tests the duo will be put through are a 20m sprint, an agility speed test, a jump test (standing vertical jump, running vertical jump), a beep test, a 3km time trial, a handball/clean hands test, a kicking test and a goalkicking test.

Both players are expected to excel in the ball handling tests, much like Kildare’s Paddy Brophy did this time last year in securing himself a contract with West Coast Eagles.

Last year he scored 26 out of 30 to record the joint highest score in ‘the clean hands test’, while he was also joint second in the goalkicking test and among the top scorers in the 20m sprint. His time of 2.93 seconds seen him finish in joint sixth along with Tyrone’s Conor McKenna.

McKenna has already made his debut for the Essendon club after also finishing third in the agility test and seventh in the repeat sprint results 12 months ago.

Both this year’s possible recruits are particularly interesting picks - with both hailing from hurling counties - much like Cork hurler Setanta Ó hAilpín who joined Carlton in 2005.

Joyce is a younger brother of Kilkenny senior centre back Kieran, and has impressed with and captained the Kilkenny minors to All-Ireland glory in 2014. Like a number of current Kilkenny senior panellists such as Walter Walsh or Ger Aylward before him, he plays his football with his school Good Counsel in Wexford.

Joyce has already caught the eye of Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans scouts with his skills and game awareness impressing recruiters during a European draft in DCU last December.

O’Riordan is a more active dual star, while he was a key player for the Tipperary Under-21 hurlers this year he really caught the eye for the county’s footballers who reached the All-Ireland Under-21 decider but ultimately lost to Tyrone.

His performances were rewarded as he was named Under-21 footballer of the year, and he has already cemented his place on the county’s senior football team - but he has made it clear that his intention is to pursue a professional deal down under.

He told reporters last month that “of course you’re going to miss home but you only get this opportunity once. You’d have to go out there with the attitude that you’re setting up for life over there and this is where your future lies.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.