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The Age

Draftees fast becoming centre of attention

Author: By EMMA QUAYLE
Date: 30/09/2010
Words: 265
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 7
BRAD Harvey was having a very good draft combine. On Tuesday, the Eastern Ranges half-back notched the best standing vertical leap, jumping 75 centimetres, just short of Nic Naitanui's record.

Yesterday morning, he ran 2.784 seconds to break the 20-metre sprint record and become the fastest player ever tested in 17 years, only to hear half an hour later that the record was no longer his.

Joel Wilkinson, a former long and triple jumper, posted times of 2.763 , 2.821 and 2.74 in his three attempts to pinch it away. Both players beat Danyle Pearce's record of 2.79 seconds, set in 2004, and later battled it out again in the repeat speed test.

Harvey finished the six 30-metre sprints in a combined 23.46 seconds, before Wilkinson nudged him out again, with 23.4 seconds.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but he beat me pretty convincingly, so good on him," said Harvey, who enjoyed the pressure of coaches and recruiting scouts lining the basketball court for his 20-metre test.

"It gets you pumped up. I'm pretty competitive, so I like that, and it's good to have some healthy competition with Joel here."

Wilkinson, who captained the Queensland under-18 team and is studying to be an orthopaedic surgeon, felt as though he was running quickly, but had no clue how fast until his time was called out.

"I was shocked, really. It was just natural adrenalin," the defender said.

Geelong utility Billie Smedts posted the best agility run (7.90 seconds) ahead of Calder Cannons onballer Dion Prestia (8.00) and Oakleigh Charger Viv Michie (8.01).

Harvey and Kieran Harper, a clever forward from the Eastern Ranges, notched the best running vertical jump of 88 centimetres.

 
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