AFL Tasmania state academy coach Adam Sanders said yesterday that the state should be proud of the efforts of its seven young elite footballers who gave their all in testing this week at the AFL national draft combine in Melbourne.
Sanders returned home yesterday saying all seven were outstanding.
"All the boys were right up there in the testing components and yesterday afternoon with their beep tests and three-kilometre time trial they were right up there in the top percentile of performances," he said.
"Overall, whether it was through the speed or agility and power testing or endurance and skills - they've done a really good job."
Devonport's Alex Pearce was the standout for Tassie in the beep test recording a 15.6 result with Burnie's Eli Templeton a 15.3, Kade Kolodjashnij 14.5 and Jake Kolodjashnij 14.3.
"Toby Nankervis ran a really good beep test with a 13.3, which was second behind former Tasmanian Ben Brown as far as ruckman went and that was a pleasing result for him when it's an area that recruiters obviously want to see," he said.
Sanders said all performed well in the 3km time trial with Templeton running 10 minutes, .05 seconds, Pearce 10:06, Kade Kolojashnij 10:10, Jake Kolodjashnij 10.33, Brady Grey 10:40, Zac Webster 10:49 and Toby Nankervis 11.26, which was one of top couple of times for ruckmen.
"They were all happy with their results and put a lot of work in and hopefully they can get some just rewards.
"Alex Pearce was exceptional with his endurance and showed that he is an elite endurance athlete and not just good so hopefully someone takes a punt."
Sanders said he did not think recruiters placed a lot of emphasis on the scores from the kicking and handball skill tests having already seen the players in action during matches.
"They all performed quite well in those areas too but I can't remember scores," he said.
"Kade was very good overall and Brady Grey's testing was also over all facets.
"Brady ran a 14.6 beep and then did a 10.40 in the 3km, was second in the vertical jump and had a good speed and agility test so his testing really thrust him up the order a little bit.
"Eli was very strong across all the testing and Zac Webster was the best agility tester and very low in the speed as well.
"They all put their best foot forward that's for sure.
"A lot of boys go over and don't do a lot of testing and take the easy option but our boys did everything and put in everything they had - seeing them not able to walk or stand after the beep test - the recruiters look at that much more than the pure result.
"Everyone in Tassie should be proud of the effort they put in that's for sure."