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Prospects Impress at Final Day of Testing

In a test unfamiliar to college basketballers, athletes excelled with impressive times in the 3km test. It was the final test of the 2013 AFL International Combine in LA today.

David Grzesiak from Wisconsin excelled with an elite time of 10mins 34sec, while ruck prospects 204cm Taylor Broekhuis (11min 24sec), 200cm Nathan Healy (11min 28sec) and 208cm Olatunji Kosile (11min 38sec) showed very impressive endurance in the unfamiliar and grueling test.

Records Broken at USA AFL International Combine

USA athletes attending the AFL International Combine in Los Angeles have broken records today.

Three athletes, David Grzesiak from the University of Wisconsin, Matt Sauey from the University of North Florida, and Cliff Ederine from the University of Eastern Washington, broke the standing  vertical jump record of 85cm with 86cm leaps to become the best ever preformers in 18 years of testing.

The overall performances of the group really impressed the six AFL club representatives in attendance.

AFL US Combine Underway

The athletes attending this year’s AFL US Combine have traveled from all across the US. This year's pool of players have come from basketball backgrounds primarily and also includes USAFL player David Grzesiak of the Chicago Swans.

Day one of the combine included a warm welcome from AFL Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan and an address by Sydney Swans Premiership player Tadhg Kennelly, who is regarded as one of the most success international recruits in AFL history.

The list of athletes attending and highlights from their college careers can be found below:

AFL Talent Combine Returns to the USA

The USAFL is pleased to announce the second AFL USA International Combine will be conducted in Los Angeles from Sunday April 14 to Tuesday April 16. Seventeen athletes from universities across the country will showcase their talents during the three-day event.

Watch the AFL NAB Cup Live and FREE!

This week the AFL launched their new online viewing service, AFL TV. This is a subscription based service, not available in Australia or New Zealand, offering live streaming and on demand replays of Australian Football League matches. The service will be offered for free during the NAB Cup and a regular season pass will set you back around $120 for all games during the year, however there are other subscription choices available.

What's In Store For 2013?

The USAFL Board met over the weekend of January 12-13 in Austin, Texas for the Board's Annual Planning Meeting. A large number of topics were discussed and debated. The final outcomes will be communicated and implemented over coming months. A brief outline of the main accomplishments include:

AFL Affiliation

The AFL International Affiliate Agreement, which is in place through 2016 was reviewed and accepted as well as the 2013 AFL Grant Conditions and the 2012 Financial Report, which will be submitted to the AFL on February 1 as part of the 2012 Annual Report.

Revolution Treated Like Saints

A group of USA Revolution players and coaches joined the St Kilda Saints in their 2013 high altitude preseason training camp December 1-2 at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Before taking the field Saturday morning, Saints Coach Scott Watters addressed the Revolution players and coaches, welcoming them to the training camp. The Revolution players then joined Saints players in team warm-ups, mingling with the likes of Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke, Nick Dal Santo, and Leigh Montagna.

Saints Open Door to Revolution

Several USA Revolution players will join Australian Football (AFL) club St Kilda (the Saints) in their high altitude training camp in Boulder, Colorado this weekend after the team’s arrival on Tuesday. USA Revolution Coach Matt Bishop is pleased that his players will finally have the chance to be involved in an AFL camp being undertaken in the United States.

Bombers meet Denver Dogs

After another exhausting day of high-altitude training, the playing group caught up with seven time USAFL champions the Denver Bulldogs for dinner.

Eleven members of the Bulldogs playing group, including a few Bombers supporters, jumped at the chance to dine with their favourite players.

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