TAC Cup Wrap: Round 16

It was another interesting weekend of TAC Cup footy with two rounds to go in the home-and-away season. Miraculously the Jets are just a game outside the eight after being placed dead last two games ago – a testament to how tight this season has been. Just 2% separates the Falcons and Chargers in first and second respectively, and there’s only 1% is between Sandringham (4th) and Murray (5th).
Plenty of top tiered talent stood out last weekend along with many others who lit up the stats sheet.

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Northern Knights (7.8.50) defeated by Western Jets (9.12.66) Saturday 19th August 10:30am, Rams Arena

Goal Kickers: J. Ross 5, D. Moore 2, S. Hayes 2, M. Doreian 2, R. Stoddart 2, J. Lynch, C. Hirst, J. Stephenson, T. Garner, T. Brown, J. Rouget
Best Players: J. Ross, T. North, J. Stephenson, R. Stoddart, S. Hayes, J. Burleigh
Goal Kickers: N. Balta 2, A. Tilley 2, J. Evans, M. Borg, L. Sholl, R. West, B. Caluzzi
Best Players: B. Bernacki, J. Bytel, A. Tilley, M. Podhajski, J. Riccardi, N. Balta

After slipping to 3-11, the Western Jets are up and about with two wins on the trot. The Jets took out the first of the triple headers at Rams Arena by 16 points, placing them just a game out of the eight. Northern fought back in the third term to cut the deficit to just three points at the last change, but the Jets restricted the Knights to just two behinds in the last quarter to secure the win.
It was potential number one pick Cam Rayner who stole the show for the second week running, claiming 28 disposals, six clearances and hitting the scoreboard with two goals. This effort was perfect timing with the recently coined “Cam Rayner Cup” approaching this weekend between North Melbourne and Brisbane. Lachie Fogarty was also impressive for the Jets, laying 10 tackles to go with his 26 disposals and two majors. Speaking of impressive, 16-year-old Darcy Cassar finished the day with four goals in an eye-catching performance. For the Knights, midfielder Alex Federico led all comers with 30 disposals to go with his 11 clearances and 10 tackles. – Dan Batten

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Oakleigh Chargers (9.9.63) defeated Sandringham Dragons (7.13.55) Saturday 19th August 1:00pm, Rams Arena

Goal Kickers: J. Higgins 3, S. Harte, J. Troiani, T. Wooller, E. Michelmore, C. Thompson, D. Stanford
Best Players: M. Day, J. Higgins, M. Warren, S. Harte, T. Wooller, L. Stacker
Goal Kickers: L. Harris 2, I. Morrisby 2, L. Barrett, A. Jarnestrom, C. Constable
Best Players: A. Brayshaw, H. Persson, H. Mclean, C. Constable, I. Morrisby, J. Crocker

The Chargers keep in touch with the Falcons, only 2% off first spot. The win on Saturday against the 4th placed Dragons. The game wasn’t without a scare or two, with the Chargers trailing at every change, before running over the top of the Dragons in the last.

Jack Higgins had 21 touches to go along with his three goals, and continues to push his draft prospects, with a strong season for the Chargers. Matthew Day was an enforcer for the Chargers with 10 tackles in the forward line.

Andrew Brayshaw had 28 touches for the Dragons, who will be rueing their wasted chances, having had more scoring shots than the Chargers. Charlie Constable had 29 touches and a goal, but couldn’t will the Dragons over the line, despite a strong midfield performance. – Ben Madden


Eastern Ranges (19.18.122) defeated Calder Cannons (9.13.67) Saturday 19th August 3:30pm, Rams Arena

Goal Kickers: J. Ross 5, D. Moore 2, S. Hayes 2, M. Doreian 2, R. Stoddart 2, J. Lynch, C. Hirst, J. Stephenson, T. Garner, T. Brown, J. Rouget
Best Players: J. Ross, T. North, J. Stephenson, R. Stoddart, S. Hayes, J. Burleigh
Goal Kickers: N. Balta 2, A. Tilley 2, J. Evans, M. Borg, L. Sholl, R. West, B. Caluzzi
Best Players: B. Bernacki, J. Bytel, A. Tilley, M. Podhajski, J. Riccardi, N. Balta

Eastern (6th) increased the gap between them and Northern Knights in 7th place to three wins in their comfortable 55 point win over the Cannons. The final game of the Saturday triple-header was relatively even at half-time, but a seven-goal-to-two third quarter put the result beyond doubt.
Draft bolter Jackson Ross starred again on Saturday, snagging five goals straight from his 15 disposals. Dylan Moore led the way in the midfield for Ranges, finishing with 30 disposals, six clearances, eight inside 50s and two goals. Top-10 prospects Jaidyn Stephenson (25 disposals, five clearances) and Sam Hayes (13 disposals, 30 hit-outs, two goals did nothing to harm their chances either. For Calder, Jack Bytel gathered 29 disposals and laid a whopping 15 tackles in the guts while father-son prospect Rhylee West (23 disposals, eight tackles and a goal) – son of Bulldogs star Scott – was also prominent. – Dan Batten

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Geelong Falcons (12.11.83) defeated Murray Bushrangers (9.7.61)

Goal Kickers: A. Garner 3, L. Noble 2, J. Henderson 2, F. O”Gorman 2, D. Handley 2, J. Worpel
Best Players: H. Benson, J. Walters, H. Elliot, M. Chafer, J. Jaska, C. Parish
Goal Kickers: J. Richards 4, D. Langlands 3, B. Paton, J. Wilson
Best Players: D. Langlands, J. Richards, J. Butts, B. Paton, L. Vandermeer, N. Murray

The Falcons held onto their top spot with a sold win at home against the Bushrangers, and will be looking to finish the season minor premiers. The Falcons led all game, but a third quarter resurgence from the Bushrangers sent a momentary scare through the league leaders, before steadying the ship in the last quarter.

For the Falcons, Cassidy Parish continued his form with 19 touches and four score assists, and continued to show off his class. James Worpel had 23 touches, nine tackles and a goal, and was everywhere, with 16 disposals by foot.

For the Bushrangers, Benjamin Paton had 28 touches and a goal, including 15 contested possessions and seven tackles. Doulton Langlands was best on for the Bushrangers with 14 touches and three goals, and was influential all around the ground.- Ben Madden

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Greater Western Victoria Rebels (5.14.44) defeated Dandenong Stingrays (13.13.91)

Goal Kickers: A. Shepherd 2, L. Dawson, D. Cox, M. Schnerring
Best Players: F. Appleby, J. Johnston, C. Wellings, A. Domic, L. Meek, A. Shepherd
Goal Kickers: L. Young 3, A. Bonar 2, J. Nanscawen 2, B. Williams 2, B. Morrish, M. DeWit, L. Davies – Uniacke, H. Clark
Best Players: J. Davies, M. DeWit, A. Paterson, H. Clark, A. Bonar, L. Young

The Rebels continue to languish at the bottom of the ladder, with the Stingrays getting a great away win. The Rebels will be kicking themselves over their inaccuracy, having 19 scoring shots but only kicking five goals. The Stingrays had control the whole game, and never looked like dropping it.

For the Rebels, Callan Wellings had 26 touches and six clearances, and was amongst the best in an otherwise disappointing performance. Jordan Johnston laid eight tackles and had 22 touches, and will hope to see his teammates lift for next week.

For the Stingrays, Hunter Clark had 22 disposals and a goal, as well as nine tackles, and was unlucky not to be considered best on for Dandenong. Luke Davies-Uniacke is set to go top 10, and did his chances of that no harm with 18 touches, a goal and three score assists.- Ben Madden

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Gippsland Power (13.11.89) defeated Bendigo Pioneers (10.12.72) Sunday 20th August 1:00 PM, Mars Stadium

Goal Kickers: J. Hudson 3, K. Reid 2, I. Mosquito 2, A. Quigley 2, N. Hogan, N. Lowden, R. Henkel, W. Stephenson
Best Players: C. Porter, N. Hogan, J. Hudson, B. Motton, C. Serong, L. Carroll
Goal Kickers: A. Byrne 2, B. Daniels 2, P. Dow 2, J. Brander 2, J. Caldwell 2
Best Players: J. Caldwell, P. Dow, A. Mertz, J. Brander, D. Henderson, B. Daniels

Gippsland kept themselves inside the top-8 with a 17 point win over the Pioneers on Sunday afternoon. The Power sit two points behind the Knights and a win ahead of both Calder and Western coming into the penultimate round. Bendigo remain in bottom spot after a fairly disappointing TAC Cup season.
Paddy Dow has shot into top-5 calculations and is possibly even a contender for the number one pick. Dow lit up the stats sheet, collecting 34 touches and six clearances to go with two majors. For the Power, inside midfielder Nick Hogan (23 disposals, 10 clearances and a goal) dominated in the coalface and Jack Hudson (13 disposals, eight marks) was the leading goal-kicker on the ground with three to his name. High end prospect Jarrod Brander had an impressive outing, booting two goals and claiming 21 disposals in his first game for the Pioneers for the year. – Dan Batten

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