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Five of the SMJFL’s brightest rising stars are among 80 players from around the country invited to this year’s NAB AFL Draft Combine in October.

The four-day trial tests a player’s skills and athletic abilities, and is the first step for these young men as they chase their AFL dream.

Tim Taranto (Mordialloc-Braeside JFC), Oli Florent (Beaumaris FC and Cheltenham JFC), Jack Scrimshaw (Beaumaris FC), Andrew McGrath (East Brighton Vampires JFC) and Hamish Brayshaw (Hampton AFC) will all have the opportunity to showcase their wares in front of the watchful eye of AFL talent scouts ahead of November’s NAB AFL National Draft.

All five are aligned to SMJFL pathway partner Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup), and were all members of the Vic Metro squad that won this year’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Gun half back McGrath was co-captain of the Vic Metro team and later earned All-Australian honours for his standout performances throughout the carnival.

Taranto was also named in the All-Australian team, while Brayshaw also has ties to the AFL as the younger brother of Melbourne jet Angus Brayshaw.

More than 100 players will also be tested at state screenings in October, which could provide other SMJFL stars the opportunity to showcase their AFL potential and put forward their case for draft selection.

Congratulations to all five SMJFL boys on their selection and we wish them all the very best at the Draft Combine.