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Galway Star Divilly Shines At AFL Women’s Combine

Galway star footballer Olivia Divilly was the stand-out performer at the Australian Football Women’s League (AFLW) combine in Melbourne.

Divilly, who played a key role in leading the Tribeswomen to an All-Ireland final this year, has attracted plenty of praise for her display in the drills.

The Kilkerrin-Clonberne player came first in the Yo-Yo test, which is an endurance exercise that requires participants to complete shuttle runs over a short distance. It is also similar to the well-known beep test.

Divilly finished the test at level 17.2, which is the third best-ever result in AFLW records. She also came second in the 20-metre sprint after clocking a time of 3.258 seconds.

There was also a two-kilometre time trial at the combine, with Divilly finishing second in that drill in a time of 7:48.

Divilly is one of the three Irish women who was invited to compete at the combine which finished on Wednesday night. Meath star Vikki Wall and Saoirse Noonan of Cork are also in Melbourne, although Noonan was unable to test due to a knee injury.

Their performances at the combine could lead to a deal with an AFLW club.

The three Irish players have been given permission to nominate for the entire country in the upcoming NAB AFLW Draft on 22 October, according to the AFL website.

Meanwhile, local players must choose a region in the state-based draft.

If local players aren’t picked up in the draft by a team in their nominated area, they can be selected as a free agent by a side outside of their zone if there are spots available.

Source: RTE. Visit RTE

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