The elimination weekend didn’t prove to be as tight as we initially hoped, with three of the four games being 50 plus margins. However, the one game that didn’t end as such looked like being that way, until an inspired Stingrays outfit pegged back a 50-point margin to (somehow) snatch victory from Eastern’s grasp. Nonetheless, there was still plenty of standout individual performances that will have draft scouts licking their lips – particularly Brisbane, Gold Coast and Carlton after Luke Davies-Uniacke’s display.
Here are the players who lit up the stat sheet in the first week of TAC Cup Finals:
Oakleigh Chargers 15.14.104 defeated Northern Knights 4.10.34
Goal Kickers: T. Wooller 3, C. Thompson 2, D. Stanford 2, J. Hewitt 2, E. Richards, S. Harte, J. Roughsedge, J. Troiani, L. Stacker, H. Longbottom
Best Players: H. Longbottom, D. Williams, J. Roughsedge, E. Richards, T. Wooller, M. Day
Goal Kickers: P. Naish, B. Gillard, J. Petruccelle, E. Penrith
Best Players: M. Harman, N. Coffield, A. Federico, S. Binion, M. Dreher, M. Lentini
The Chargers burst out of the blocks and continued their work throughout, ending the match 70-point victors. The eighth placed Knights had a tough assignment up against the top-of-the-table Chargers and were out of the contest all day, kicking just 1.6 in the second half.
Injury stricken Jack Roughsedge continued his strong recent form with a formidable 28 disposals, including 10 clearances, 16 contested possessions and a goal. Toby Wooller was a force up forward booting 3.3 and clunking 10 marks (four contested) to go with his 22 touches, while Charlie Thompson (22 disposals, 2.2, five score assists) also did his bit. Nick Coffield (25 disposals, six clearances) was the leading ball-getter for the Knights, while Matt Harman (38 hit-outs, three contested marks) dominated in the ruck.
Dandenong Stingrays 14.7.91 defeated Eastern Ranges 11.12.78
Goal Kickers: R. D”Arcy 3, W. Hamill 2, J. Nanscawen 2, A. Bonar, F. Bayne, B. Williams, C. Hustwaite, L. Davies – Uniacke, J. Plumridge , R. Bowman
Best Players: L. Davies – Uniacke, O. Clavarino, H. Clark, J. Davies, J. Bateman, R. Bowman
Goal Kickers: J. Ross 2, J. Rouget 2, T. Mynott 2, T. Brown, J. Garner, M. Doreian, J. Stephenson, C. Hirst
Best Players: J. Stephenson, M. Doreian, D. Moore, J. Garner, J. Lynch, T. Brown
The Stingrays pulled off an upset 13-point win against the Ranges after being down by a whopping 50 points at half-time. Eastern had no answer for the Stingrays in the second half, conceding 12 goals to two as Dandenong stormed into a Preliminary Final. The Ranges will be left thinking what could have been while Dandy will face off against Geelong at Simonds Stadium next Sunday.
Luke Davies-Uniacke was the standout in his best performance for the year, finishing 33 touches, 21 contested possessions, six clearances and a goal. His partner in crime in the midfield Hunter Clark laid a monumental 16 tackles to with his 24 disposals and nine clearances. Riley D’Arcy booted three goals for the winners, while Ranges top-10 prospects Jaidyn Stephenson (30 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal) and Sam Hayes (21 disposals, four contested marks, 24 hit-outs) were also impressive.
Geelong Falcons 16.11.107 defeated Gippsland Power 3.4.22
Goal Kickers: L. Noble 3, G. Miers 3, S. Walsh 2, C. Sprague, F. O”Gorman, D. Handley, J. Worpel, H. Benson, M. Chafer, J. Henderson, A. Garner
Best Players: E. Floyd, M. Ling, S. Walsh, J. Henderson, G. Miers, L. Noble
Goal Kickers: W. Stephenson, I. Mosquito, X. Duursma
Best Players: B. Beck, W. Leslie, A. Quigley, X. Duursma, W. Stephenson, S. Masterson
It was a rather one-sided affair at MARS Stadium as the Gippsland Power were crushed by a superior Falcons side. Coming off an uplifting win against the Stingrays last week, the Power struggled to get their hands on the footy, losing the disposal count 373-262. In fact, they failed to score a goal after quarter time, managing just three behinds due to a stringent Geelong defensive unit.
Ethan Floyd provided plenty of run with his 34 disposals and eight inside 50s, adjudged best on ground by the Falcons and the boys on TAC Cup Radio. Gryan Miers (24 disposals, three goals) and Liam Noble (16 touches, three goals) were busy up forward while talented bottom-agers Ed McHenry (25 disposals, 11 tackles) and Sam Walsh (24 posssessions, 10 tackles, two goals) had a significant impact on the contest. It was a quiet day for the Power with Aidan Quigley (23 touches) leading the way.
Sandringham Dragons 19.11.125 defeated Murray Bushrangers 11.8.74
Goal Kickers: W. Walker 4, H. Brayshaw 3, L. Harris 2, M. King 2, A. Brayshaw 2, A. Jarnestrom, S. Williams, A. Trusler, C. Constable, I. Morrisby, G. Nagle
Best Players: A. Jarnestrom, Q. Montanaro, J. Amartey, K. Owens, W. Walker, J. Hille
Goal Kickers: Z. Barzen 2, H. Garoni, N. Oakes, W. Donaghey, D. Langlands, J. Wilson, M. Walker, A. Hicks, R. Bice, P. Warner
Best Players: B. Paton, D. Langlands, W. Donaghey, N. Murray, L. Vandermeer, M. Walker
In the last game of the elimination final round, reigning premiers Sandringham booked themselves a date in the Prelim final with a convincing 51-point win over Murray. The Bushrangers led the contest at quarter time, but it was the Dragons who took complete control of the game from thereon, piling on 17 goals in the next three quarters.
Will Walker (25 disposals, four goals) and Hamish Brayshaw (25 touches, eight inside 50s, three goals, five score assists) were the leading ball-winners and the leading goal kickers for the Dragons in what was a phenomenal display from the pair. Hamish’s younger brother Andrew Brayshaw also hit the scoreboard booting 2.2 from his 20 touches of the pill. Ben Paton won his own footy for the Bushrangers, collecting 25 disposals and 15 contested possessions.