TAC Cup Wrap – Round 14

Another round has been run and won in the TAC Cup competition and the Chargers sit on top of the ladder, a game ahead of the fast-starting Falcons. The Bushrangers amassed the highest score of the season against the Pioneers, and the only real upset for the round was Gippsland’s nail-biting two-point win over the Stingrays away from home.

There were plenty of big performers this week, with Bailey Smith’s 44 possession game and an eight goal haul from leading goalkicker Daniel Johnson being the standouts.

Oakleigh Chargers 11.11.77 defeated Calder Cannons 6.8.44


Goal Kickers: T. Wooller 4, N. Reeves 2, J. Troiani 2, D. Williams, C. Whitehead, M. Day
Best Players: I. Quaynor, S. Harte, T. Wooller, J. Ayton-Delaney, N. Reeves, A. Bosenavulagi


Goal Kickers: D. Landt 2, J. Evans, T. Browning, J. Bytel, B. Caluzzi
Best Players: J. Bytel, L. Cavallaro, B. Huggard, J. McNicol, D. Landt, P. Mahoney

Oakleigh continued their winning run with a 33-point victory over the Calder Cannons on Saturday morning. The Chargers sit a game ahead on top with another fairly easy matchup next week against the last placed Jets. Calder managed to not get blown away in this one, virtually stalemating the 28-point half-time deficit.

While the Chargers appear firmly at the top of the ladder, Toby Wooller has lost the title of leading goalkicker in recent weeks. He did nothing to hurt his chances on the weekend, despite Daniel Johnson’s 8 goal outing, bagging four goals and taking six grabs (four contested) from his 14 disposals. Wooller could have caught up further to Johnson if he kicked straight, ending with a 4.5 return.  Samuel Harte (34 disposals, 10 tackles, three score assists) and Jack Bytel (34 disposals, 20 contested possessions, nine clearances and a goal) led the way for their respective sides, while Luke Stacker also got plenty of footy with 29 touches and 12 marks.

Sandringham Dragons 13.11.89 defeated Western Jets 9.5.59


Goal Kickers: A. Trusler 4, W. Walker 3, J. Hale 2, H. Mclean, J. Gorman, J. Bakes, R. Macdermid
Best Players: W. Walker, A. Trusler, B. Smith, Q. Montanaro, H. Mclean, G. Nagle


Goal Kickers: B. Graham 2, J. Noonan, S. Syme, B. Khamis, L. Smart, S. Radovanovic, J. Hazik, O. Manton
Best Players: Z. Butters, T. Xerri, S. Radovanovic, C. Thar, J. Mould, X. O”Halloran

Sandy looked to be in a bit of danger at three quarter time, but a barnstorming six-goal-to-one last quarter saw the Dragons run out confortable victors by 30 points. The last placed Jets gave the Dragons quite a scare, holding them goalless in the third quarter before the floodgates opened. Sandringham will be relieved they woke up in the last, as a loss would have put them equal on points with Dandenong in fifth.

Aaron Trusler (15 disposals, four majors) got the job done on the scoreboard for the Dragons along with Will Walker (30 disposals, nine clearances and three goals) who was named as the Dragons’ best player. Bailey Smith may consider himself a bit hard done by after a monster 44 disposal display, racking up 10 clearances, 22 contested possessions and 13 inside 50s. The Jets had a pretty consistent performance across the board, with Zak Butters (26 disposals including 21 kicks) topping the disposal count and Nicholas Stuhldreier having an impact inside (24 disposals, six tackles, eight clearances).

Eastern Ranges 10.11.71 defeated Northern Knights 9.8.62


Goal Kickers: C. Hirst 4, J. Lynch, K. Urquhart, S. Hayes, J. Rossiter, M. Doreian, J. Ross
Best Players: C. Hirst, R. Stoddart, J. Lynch, M. Doreian, H. Nolan, J. Stephenson


Goal Kickers: K. Agosta 3, B. Gillard 2, M. Andrews, S. Binion, N. Coffield, B. Laschko
Best Players: M. Andrews, B. Gillard, J. Grace, K. Agosta, A. Fable, N. Coffield

The Ranges managed to skip ahead of the Knights on the ladder with their nine-point win at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday. The home side led by 13-points at half-time and from there were able to hold their lead. Eastern (7-7) remain three games behind Dandenong in 5th spot while Northern (6-1-7) are just two points behind the Ranges in 7th.

Cody Hurst was the difference for the end for the Ranges, snagging four goals along with 19 disposals and six tackles. Kye Quirk led the way for Eastern with 28 touches, while Sam Hayes was imposing in the middle (17 disposals, 30 hitouts, seven clearances and a goal) Braedyn Gillard was the leading possession getter on the ground, booting two goals to go with his 36 disposals and seven clearances. Marcus Lentini was busy yet again with 31 disposals (23 kicks) and a goal.

Dandenong Stingrays 14.8.92 defeated by Gippsland Power 14.10.94


Goal Kickers: C. Hustwaite 3, R. D”Arcy 3, H. Clark 2, J. Nanscawen 2, T. Murphy, F. Bayne, M. Cotter, T. Dekoning
Best Players: H. Clark, W. Hamill, C. Hustwaite, M. Cotter, J. Davies, M. DeWit


Goal Kickers: A. Hodge 3, S. Flanders 3, C. Serong 3, X. Duursma 2, K. Drew, R. Henkel, N. Hogan
Best Players: S. Masterson, C. Serong, B. Smith, N. Hogan, C. Porter, C. Henness

A tense finale saw Gippsland Power hold on for a two-point victory over the Dandenong Stingrays at Frankston Oval. Dandenong came home with the breeze in the last quarter down by 10 points and fell just short of a determined Power outfit. The win broke the Stingrays’ six game winning streak in the competition, but they still remain two games clear in 5th place. However, the real story was an U16 trio of debutants that all starred on Saturday afternoon.

Top 10 hopeful Hunter Clark was an unstoppable force for Dandenong, racking up 34 disposals, seven clearances, 10 inside 50s and booting two goals in his side’s narrow loss. Campbell Hustwaite (19 disposals) and Riley D’Arcy (14 disposals) both snagged three home for the home side while U16 pair Sam Flanders, Caleb Serong also finished with three apiece in their TAC Cup debuts, along with Austin Hodges. Tom De Koning was the dominant ruckman on the ground with 42 hitouts and 13 disposals, seven tackles and a goal.

Bendigo Pioneers 10.14.74 defeated by Murray Bushrangers 23.18.156


Goal Kickers: D. Henderson 2, R. Turner 2, T. Walters, A. Byrne, W. Donnan, L. Davis, K. Farrell, M. Harvey
Best Players: J. Warde, D. Henderson, K. Farrell, B. Henderson, A. Byrne, L. Davis


Goal Kickers: D. Johnston 8, J. Richards 4, J. Butts 3, Z. Barzen 3, J. Lane 2, M. Marriott, L. Vandermeer, N. Richards
Best Players: J. Butts, D. Johnston, J. Richards, N. Murray, L. Vandermeer, D. Bond

Wow – how about that scoreline. Murray Bushrangers piled on the biggest TAC Cup score for the year, thrashing the Pioneers by 82 points away from home. Four Bushies players kicked three goals or more on Sunday afternoon in an emphatic display against the 11th placed Bendigo. Surprisingly, the home side actually led at quarter time before a 21 goal onslaught by Murray.

For the visitors it was Daniel Johnson who stole the show with a whopping eight goal haul from his 16 disposals, clunking six marks (2 contested) and two score assists. This wasn’t enough to be named best on by the Bushies however, with Jordon Butts taking out BOG honours, finishing with 20 touches, nine marks, three majors, seven inside fifties and five score assists. Joe Richards may consider himself hard done by as well after winning 21 disposals, six marks and kicking four goals along with six score assists. Despite the domination, Pioneers ball magnet Darby Henderson led the possession count with 33 and two goals, while Nick Richards (30 disposals, six clearances, seven tackles and a goal) and Ben Paton (29 disposals) were also busy.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels 5.12.42 defeated by Geelong Falcons 14.14.98


Goal Kickers: J. Johnston, L. Essenwanger, L. Dawson, D. Cox, T. Morrish
Best Players: F. Appleby, T. Morrish, J. Johnston, C. Wellings, L. Meek, A. Domic


Goal Kickers: L. Noble 4, A. Garner 3, J. Worpel 2, T. McCartin 2, M. Chafer 2, D. Handley
Best Players: C. Stephens, H. Benson, C. Parish, J. Worpel, T. McCartin, A. Garner

The Geelong Falcons cruised to a 56-point win away from home against the 10th placed Rebels. It was just a goal the difference at quarter time but there-on it was the Falcs who took control of the contest. Geelong still sit a game behind the Chargers in second spot, and they face an up-and-about Gippsland line-up next week. On the other side of the ledger, the Rebels have another tough assignment against the 3rd place Bushrangers.

Callan Wellings led the way for both sides with 30 touches, 12 marks and six tackles and was the only Rebels player to eclipse the 20 disposal mark. For the Falcons, Adam Garner (20 disposals, 12 marks, 3 goals) and Liam Noble (15 disposals, six tackles, four goals) had an impact up forward. Garner cost himself a bag with wayward kicking, finishing with 3.5. Cassidy Parish was influential in the clinches yet again with 19 of his 26 disposals won contested, while Sam Walsh topped the stats sheet for the visitors with 29 touches. Lloyd Meek (31 hitouts, 17 disposals, five clearances) impressed in the ruck for the Rebels.


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