Panthers Impress at the AFLW Draft Combine
South Adelaide draft hopefuls, Gypsy Schirmer and Tahlita Buethke, put their skills on display during the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft Combine.
The build-up to the AFLW Draft is nearly over, and the draft prospects from around the country have taken part in their state's Draft Combine in hopes of bettering their chances come draft day.
From the six South Australians that were invited to take part in this year's NAB AFLW Draft Combine, two of them are proud Panthers and they both performed extremely well.
Gypsy Schirmer, a product of the Panthers Junior Talent Pathway, finished first out of the South Australian contingent in the 20-Metre Sprint, with a time of 3.295 seconds.
"A bit shocked if I'm honest," Gypsy said when asked about her sprint results. "My pace has always been an upside to my game and enjoy showcasing it when I can."
"So, to get that result was quite special, considering all the talent in the SA combine this year," she said.
Gypsy Schirmer competes in the AFL agility test during the South Australian AFLW Draft Combine. Image: Mark Brake/AFL Photos
Gypsy's other results also included finishing within the top three for the Agility Test (8.610 seconds), the Running Vertical Jump (48cm) and the Standing Vertical Jump (45cm).
This means that, out of the six tests performed at the Draft Combine, Gypsy finished within the top three for four of them.
Overall, Gypsy says the Draft Combine was a "very rewarding experience".
"It's the kind of experience you watch and follow all through your football career hoping to one day be able to do it yourself, so to have the opportunity was very exciting," Schirmer said.
Tahlita Buethke, who is also a product of the Panthers Talent Pathway, displayed her signature pace with some impressive results from the Draft Combine.
From the South Australian contingent of invitees, Tahlita finished first in the Agility Test with a time of 8.517 seconds.
"I know I have the speed because I came from netball and that's what we worked on lots. I was hoping I would get a good time for this test," Tahlita said when asked about her agility results.
"Getting invited to the Draft Combine was just an unreal experience and I hope more girls get the opportunity to have a go at the Daft Combine," she said.
Tahlita Buethke runs in the 20 metre sprint during the South Australian AFLW Draft Combine. Image: Mark Brake/AFL Photos
These two Panther Pathway Products, one from McLaren in the Great Southern Football League and the other from Christies Beach in the Southern Football League, have both been consistent performers for South Adelaide's senior side for the past two seasons.
"They (South Adelaide) have given me the ability to play football in a semi-professional environment to really elevate my game and gain exposure in the process," Schirmer said.
"Which has allowed me to grasp these opportunities along the way which I am very grateful for," she said.
"The skills and professionalism that I have learnt from South, both on and off the field, will be valuable for whatever the next stage is in my career."
Schirmer was also the recipient of the Balfours Scholarship for aspiring footballers to assist with her preparation going into her draft year.
These proud Panthers will learn what the next stage in their football careers are when the AFLW Draft kicks off on Tuesday, July 27, from 6pm.
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