Northern Knights midfielder Jett McLachlan produced the best Yo-Yo test result at the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys Testing Day. Picture: Martin Keep/AFL Photos

More than 400 players took part in the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys Testing Day at Thornbury’s Narrandjeri Stadium on Saturday.

The testing event, conducted by Rookie Me, took place on the eve of the 2024 Coates Talent Boys season, which kicks off next weekend with Round 1 matches to be played on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.

The 2024 Coates Talent League Boys Testing Day saw players from all 12 Victorian-based Coates Talent League programs put their athletic skills to the test.

Players completed a range of athletic testing that included the standing vertical jump, running vertical jump, 20m sprint, AFL agility test and Yo-Yo IRT-2 test.

The 2024 cohort recorded the highest average result on the Yo-Yo test across the past four years, with an average score of 20.6 on the endurance test. Jett McLaughlan of the Northern Knights led the way with a score of 22.4.

Western Jets midfielder Daniel Snell achieved the highest running vertical jump across all pre-season testing conducted throughout the country this year. Snell, whose father Jason played 68 games for Geelong, produced an effort of 102cm.

Archie Taylor of the GWV Rebels ran the fastest 20m sprint with a time of 2.796 seconds, while Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Douglas Kerr topped the AFL Agility test in a time of 7.724 seconds.

Below are the top 10 results recorded by players from Victorian-based clubs at the 2024 Coates Talent Boys Testing Day.

20m Sprint

Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 2.796 sec
Julian Callahan (Gippsland Power/Leongatha) 2.863
Kade Dwyer (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton Swans) 2.872
Jack Gerardi (Western Jets/West Footscray) 2.874
Thomas Legudi (Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie) 2.878
Blake Leidler (Oakleigh Chargers/Surrey Park) 2.879
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 2.882
JayDe Varlet (Dandenong Stingrays/Beaconsfield) 2.884
Cody Anderson (Eastern Ranges/Healesville) 2.885
Ben Seers (Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris) 2.886

Standing Vertical Jump

Harley Hicks (GWV Rebels/Lake Wendouree) 83cm
Gabriel Stumpf (Northern Knights/Warrandyte) 79
James Allison (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 77
Daniel Snell (Western Jets/Yarraville Seddon Eagles) 77
Luke Trainor (Sandringham Dragons/Old Brighton) 77
Floyd Burmeister (GWV Rebels/Redan) 76
Brady Hall (Geelong Falcons/Colac) 75
Ryan Muir (Eastern Ranges/Wantirna South) 75
Nash Ramage (Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca United) 75
Jack Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 75

Running Vertical Jump (Right)

Floyd Burmeister (GWV Rebels/Redan) 95cm
Nash Ramage (Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca United) 95
Coen Ainsworth (Murray Bushrangers/Wodonga) 90
Finn O’Sullivan (Oakleigh Chargers/Koroit) 90
Gabriel Stumpf (Northern Knights/Warrandyte) 90
Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 90
Ollie Hannaford (GWV Rebels/Sandhurst) 89
Harry Armstrong (Sandringham Dragons/Ormond) 87
Ned Renfree (GWV Rebels/East Point) 87
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 86

Running Vertical Jump (Left)

Daniel Snell (Western Jets/Yarraville Seddon Eagles) 102
Ben Rongdit (Geelong Falcons/Colac) 98
Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 96
Matt Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 96
James Allison (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 95
Ned Renfree (GWV Rebels/East Point) 95
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 93
Ryan Muir (Eastern Ranges/Wantirna South) 93
Thomas Sims (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 93
Jack Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 93


Jett McLaughlan (Northern Knights/Diamond Creek) Level 22.4
Archie Caldow (GWV Rebels/East Point) 22.2
Josh Dolan (Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris) 22.1
Jeremy Newsome (Eastern Ranges/Healesville) 22.1
Harry Albon (Calder Cannons/Craigieburn) 21.8
Nedd Bennett (GWV Rebels/East Point) 21.8
Ryan Commandeur (Northern Knights/St Mary’s) 21.8
Liam Farrar (Northern Knights/Diamond Creek) 21.8
Patrick Said (Calder Cannons/Sunbury) 21.8
Zach Travers (Sandringham Dragons/Old Brighton) 21.8

AFL Agility

Douglas Kerr (Oakleigh Chargers/Ashburton) 7.724 sec
Oskar Taylor (Eastern Ranges/Upwey Tecoma) 7.764
Lachy Dovaston (Eastern Ranges/Blackburn) 7.777
Sebastian Murphy (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.787
Ollie Hannaford (GWV Rebels/Sandhurst) 7.788
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 7.807
Sam McDonald (GWV Rebels/Ballarat) 7.858
Jake Woodward (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.866
Nedd Bennett (GWV Rebels/East Point) 7.876
Thomas Sims (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.909


The 2024 Coates Talent League Boys home-and-away season will be played across 19 rounds, commencing the weekend of March 23-24. The final home-and-away round will be played the weekend of August 24-25.

Teams from Victoria and Tasmania will compete across the full home-and-away season, while the five academy programs from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory will each feature in up to four matches between Rounds 3-8.

Wildcard Round will be played the weekend of August 31-September 1, ahead of a three-week knockout finals series which will culminate with the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys Grand Final the weekend of September 21-22.

Sandringham Dragons are the Coates Talent League Boys reigning premiers after last year securing a second-consecutive premiership triumph with a 43-point Grand Final victory over Eastern Ranges.

Please click here to view the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys fixture or view on the Coates Talent League app.


The Coates Talent League Testing Days for boys and girls were conducted by the AFL’s Official Coaching Technology Partner, Rookie Me.

All Coates Talent League programs will have access to the Rookie Me PLAY app during the 2024 season. PLAY manages all aspects of game day, from start to finish, in a centralised app.

For more information on Rookie Me PLAY, please visit