Round 12 saw the third and final Futures Round take place – where teams had to play a minimum of 11 players eligible for the 2018 draft – and guess what, Geelong are no longer on top! Oakleigh’s big win over the Falcons saw them leap into top spot for the first time this season, with the Falcs and the Bushrangers now separated by percentage alone in 2nd and 3rd spot.
Let’s take a closer look at who lit up the stats sheet last weekend:
Calder Cannons 8.7.55 defeated by Dandenong Stingrays 10.18.78
Goal Kickers: L. Sholl 2, J. Firebrace, N. Walsh, C. Taylor, I. Moussa, B. Caluzzi, J. Riccardi
Best Players: B. Bernacki, B. Caluzzi, L. Sholl, L. Cavallaro, M. Fletcher, C. Taylor
Goal Kickers: B. Schmidt 2, J. Plumridge 2, A. Young 2, L. McDonnell 2, R. Bowman, R. D”Arcy
Best Players: W. Hamill, R. Bowman, L. Young, J. Bateman, D. Frampton, M. Cotter
A see-sawing encounter saw the Dandenong Stingrays run away with a 23-point win at Ramas Arena. The Cannons will see this one as a lost opportunity considering they lead by 11 points at three quarter time, conceded five goals to one behind in the last quarter.
For the victors, Mitch Cotter and Aaron Zijai were crucial in the coalface. Cotter had 24 disposals (18 contested), won 11 clearances and laid five tackles, while Zijai racked up 23 touches (16 contested), six clearances and a game high 12 tackles. Jamie Plumridge booted two goals to go with his 21 possessions and six inside-50s. Cannons ball magnets Ben Caluzzi (29 disposals and a goal) and Brad Bernacki (26 disposals) were in the thick of it yet again.
Geelong Falcons 6.8.44 defeated by Oakleigh Chargers 12.12.84
Goal Kickers: C. Sprague 3, E. McHenry, F. O”Gorman, L. Noble
Best Players: C. Stephens, J. Henderson, B. Schlensog, C. Idun, C. Sprague, L. Noble
Goal Kickers: M. King 2, D. Stanford 2, D. Scala 2, J. Rowbottom, S. Harte, J. Troiani, H. Longbottom, A. Bosenavulagi, C. Thompson
Best Players: M. King, M. Warren, I. Quaynor, D. Stanford, N. Reeves, L. Cunningham
We have a NEW leader! The Chargers continued their run in the Futures Rounds with a comprehensive 40-point win over the Geelong Falcons, and now sit on top of the table. The Falcons have now lost their past two games, largely due to their heavy representation for Vic Country during the National Championships. They do play bottom placed Western Jets next week, though, so I doubt their losing streak will go on any longer.
Matthew King was named as Oakleigh’s best, collecting 22 disposals (16 kicks), five clearances, six rebound 50s and two goals. Joseph Ayton-Delaney led the possession count for the Chargers with 26 touches and six tackles, while Ned Reeves put on a commanding display in the ruck with 42 hitouts – 13 more than any other player this round – to go with his 10 disposals. For the Falcons, Charlie Sprague booted three goals and Bayley Cockerill won 24 disposals and six clearances.
Greater Western Victoria 7.13.55 defeated by Eastern Ranges 12.8.80
GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS
Goal Kickers: J. Johnston 2, E. Lamb, I. Johnson, L. Essenwanger, S. Carlin, C. Wilson
Best Players: C. Wellings, T. Reed, T. Berry, I. Johnson, A. Domic, S. Carlin
Goal Kickers: J. Ross 5, K. Urquhart 3, L. Woodward 2, M. Doreian, A. Kalcovski
Best Players: J. Ross, H. Nolan, M. Doreian, K. Urquhart, C. Hirst, L. Woodward
The Rangers snapped a two game winning streak on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Rebels by 25 points away from home. Eastern led at every change, leading the contest by 38 points at three quarter time against the Rebels without a host of their top tier talent. The Rebels remain in 9th place on the ladder while the Ranges sit in 7th position, and will fancy their chances of jumping up in the back end of the year.
Jackson Ross had the honour of being named the Footy Prophet Player of the Week after lighting up Eureka Stadium with 23 disposals, seven marks, six tackles and five goals. Harrison Nolan’s marking prowess was on display 17 disposals and seven marks (four contested) while Kieran Urquhart booted three majors from his six disposals. For the Rebels, Callan Wellings racked up 23 disposals, nine clearances and six inside 50s but was wasteful in front of goal with three behinds. Lukas Essenwanger won his own footy from the ruck with 16 disposals (11 contested possessions), 15 hitouts and a goal and Trent Reed laid 12 tackles to go with his 22 disposals and eight clearances.
Gippsland Power 4.8.32 defeated by Sandringham Dragons 5.3.33
Goal Kickers: W. Leslie 2, J. Hudson, M. McGannon
Best Players: B. Beck, M. McGannon, C. Porter, B. Motton, L. Carroll, K. Drew
Goal Kickers: K. Owens, W. Walker, A. Jarnestrom, M. King, I. Morrisby
Best Players: A. Jarnestrom, G. Nagle, L. Harris, W. Walker, K. Owens, J. Amartey
It was a nail-biting finish at Casey Fields with the visitors coming from behind to steal a one point win from the clutches of defeat. The Dragons had kicked just two goals for the game until the 23rd minute mark of the final quarter before piling on three majors in the last five minutes.
Bottom age prospect Max King slotted the major to put the Dragons in front to go with his 11 disposals. Bailey Smith got busy for the second week in a row, leading the possession count with 32 disposals and 10 tackles and Geordie Nagle also eclipsed the 30 disposal mark to go with his nine tackles and nine rebound 50s. Alfred Jarnestrom was prolific in the clinches for the Dragons, claiming 27 touches and 11 clearances. The Power didn’t have many big ball winners, but Callum Porter had a round-high 14 tackles to go with his 20 disposals. Will Leslie was the only multiple goalscorer on the ground with two majors and 12 disposals.
Western Jets 7.11.53 defeated by Murray Bushrangers 9.7.61
Goal Kickers: A. Bouris 2, M. Young, J. Haddara, J. Crawford, B. Graham, X. O”Halloran
Best Players: J. Mould, N. Stuhldreier, X. O”Halloran, J. Rice, M. Young, R. Ham
Goal Kickers: H. Garoni 2, D. Johnston 2, K. Clarke 2, M. Walker, W. Donaghey, D. Smith
Best Players: A. Hicks, M. Marriott, Z. Barzen, J. Wilson, K. Clarke, W. Donaghey
The Murray Bushrangers are now level on wins with the Geelong Falcon after their eight point win over the bottom-placed Western Jets. The first Futures Round looked promising for the Jets but two losses since have brought them back to earth as they fight to get themselves off the ladder. The Bushies weren’t without a scare in this one, scoring just the one behind in the last quarter.
Angus Hicks led the way for the Bushrangers winning 32 disposals, 10 clearances, 18 contested possessions and laying nine tackles in a stellar performance. Hudson Garoni (12 disposals) and Daniel Johnson (7 disposals) both hit the scoreboard with two goals. For the Jets, Nick Stuhldreier had 24 disposals and laid five tackles while Joshua Mould was named as their best with 22 touches and six marks (two contested).
Northern Knights 9.10.64 defeated Bendigo Pioneers 6.13.49
Goal Kickers: K. Agosta 2, S. Binion 2, A. Fable, R. Bowkett, R. Loton, P. Della Rocca, C. Farchione
Best Players: M. Dreher, M. Lentini, S. Binion, K. Yodgee, A. Fable, M. Harman
Goal Kickers: W. Hamilton 2, A. Byrne 2, L. Fitzgerald, D. Henderson
Best Players: M. Kemp, K. Betson, A. Mertz, C. Sheahan, L. Fitzgerald, Z. Keighran
The Knights responded to their draw the week before with a win against Bendigo by 15 points. Both sides squandered opportunities but the Pioneers were more ultimately more wasteful with their disappointing 6.13. Interestingly enough, Northern were the only home side to win on the weekend, a very odd occurance for TAC Cup footy.
Marcus Lentini had a case of leather poisoning on Sunday, collecting 37 disposals (including 20 kicks) and 11 marks at a formidable 92% efficiency, however, only six of his possessions were won contested. Max Dreher (28 disposals, seven tackles, five rebound 50s) and Christian Farchione (27 disposals, eight marks) also had no trouble getting their hands on the footy. Sam Binion could have had a bag if he’d kicked straight, booting 2.3 from his 15 disposals. As is often the case, Darby Henderson led the disposal count for the Pioneers with 33 disposals, six clearances and a goal, while Laine Fitzgerald (31 disposals, 13 marks) and Matthew Harvey (27 disposals, 12 marks) got plenty of it on the outside.