Connor Ballenden in action during the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media.



Brisbane Lions’ NEAFL premiership player Connor Ballenden showed his excellent foot skills for a key position prospect by posting a perfect score in the kicking test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

The 199cm Lions Academy prospect, who could attract a top-20 bid on draft night next month, had a perfect score with his six kicks, recording a 30/30 total.

The 18-year-old was the only player to ace the kicking test, which sees prospects kick to targets at different distances on their preferred and non-preferred foot.

Meanwhile, fellow premiership player Jack Payne scored 29 to be among the best performed as the testing got underway at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the goalkicking test, Ballenden kicked four goals from five shots to be among the top performers.

Speaking to yesterday, Ballenden said he was looking forward to taking his opportunities after a big year.

“I’m just really looking forward to the week itself, it’ll be an awesome experience,” he said.

“I only get to do this once, before the draft and yeah, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time now.”

The athletic screening will begin on Thursday, with jumps, sprints and the new ‘Yo-yo’ test to take place across the day.

See the full kicking leaderboards on the AFL website here.



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