Two Lions heading to the AFL Combine
- Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Written by: Michael Barr | Photo: Kim Johnson / Doc Fetherstonhaugh
Two of Subiaco’s most talented youngsters Michael Wood and Dominic Sheed have been invited to participate in Novembers AFL Combine.
The two young guns will be tested amongst the best talent in Australia as the AFL looks towards the off-season draft.
Sheed has had a break out year playing four games for the Subiaco league side in 2013 before embarking as captain of the Western Australia 18’s.
The versatile midfielder impressed onlookers with prolific performances in the AFL National U18’s which resulted in Sheed being awarded the Larke medal for the best player at the tournament.
Michael Wood has also emerged as a shining talent for the Lions in 2013; elevated to the senior team after kicking 25 goals in seven games at Colts level.
The key position player has since kicked 17 goals from nine games for the league side; proving to be a more than handy forward option for senior coach Jarrad Schofield.
Colts coach Steven Armstrong has been an integral part in the development of the boys; and is ecstatic with their invitation to the 2013 combine.
“It all happened pretty fast and I’m extremely happy with the opportunity they’ve been given.” Said Armstrong
“Dom Sheed came back from the State 18’s last year and showed determination to get back to full fitness after a serious groin injury. His dedication on the track transferred onto the field. He’s such a hungry player that works hard in and out; but can also go forward and kick a goal. So his success was always self-driven.”
“Michael has also developed substantially in the last two years. We featured him as a full forward last year at Colts level where he developed into a dangerous goal-kicker. This year we gave him a bit of freedom playing him as a roaming forward player; and he really took to the challenge. Because of his basketball background he has the ability to learn and adapt to various roles; and this has made him a very versatile player.”
As a former AFL player and Larke Medal winner himself, Steve Armstrong is no stranger to the process; offering a few words of advice for the youngsters.
“The future is completely up to them. There’s always going to be outside influences which will become distractions for the boys; but it’s up to them to focus on the next three months and enter the combine physically and mentally prepared. “
The two players will now look to prepare for the November Combine with Sheed returning from a collarbone injury sustained at the Championships and Michael Wood focusing on bettering himself at League level.