Two rounds in, the TAC Cup ladder has started to take shape with some interesting results already being thrown up. Geelong Falcons sit at the top after a couple of dominating performances, with three teams starting 2-0, and three other teams still looking for their first win in 2017. Round 3 is set to be hotly contested with some teams seeking to restore some confidence, whilst others are aiming to continue their unbeaten streak. Follow @benmaddentweets
Calder Cannons (8.6.54) def by Western Jets (11.19.85)
Goal Kickers: S. Graham 2, M. Moustafa 2, D. Hanna, J. Riccardi, S. Skidmore, C. Taylor
Best Players: M. Podhajski, J. Riccardi, P. Brookes, C. Taylor, J. Velissaris, D. Hanna
Goal Kickers: J. Hazik 2, J. Smith, H. Murphy, Z. Butters, B. Khamis, C. Rayner, X. O”Halloran, L. Smart, T. Xerri, J. Dundon
Best Players: J. Dundon, L. Fogarty, H. Bult, Z. Butters, C. Rayner, X. O’Halloran
The scoreline flattered the Cannons, with some wayward kicking by the Jets meaning there was only a five goal buffer between the two teams in the end. In fact, most of the team got involved, with 10 different goalkickers, and only Jake Hazik getting multiple. The Jets lead at every change, and had a four goal buffer at quarter time, with the 3.7-0.1 scoreline setting the tone for the goalkicking for the rest of the day.
Mitch Podhajski was the best for the Cannons, with 26 disposals, including 17 kicks (15 of which were effective). Sam Graham and Mohammed Moustafa both chipped in with two goals. Meanwhile, for the Jets, Judah Dundon had 30 disposals (and 15 handball receives) including 24 kicks, 16 of which were effective. Lachlan Fogarty also had 30 disposals, with the Jets’ midfield giving their forwards the best use of the ball. This was further exemplified by the Jets winning the ruck battle 37 hitouts to 24.
Geelong Falcons (19.16.130) def Dandenong Stingrays (8.5.53)
Goal Kickers: G. Miers 5, T. McCartin 3, J. Reid 3, L. Noble 2, O. Brownless, E. McHenry, S. Walsh, H. Benson, D. Handley, J. Worpel
Best Players: J. Worpel, C. Parish, J. Jaska, T. McCartin, G. Miers, L. Noble
Goal Kickers: F. Bayne 2, T. Roberts, R. D’Arcy, D. Morris, A. Zijai, B. Williams, T. Dekoning
Best Players: M. Riordan, W. Hamill, F. Bayne, M. Cotter, J. Plumridge , L. Young
The Stingrays went down to the home ground of the Falcons, and copped a fair beating on the back of a great team performance. The first quarter was close, ending at 3.4-3.3, before the Falcons kicked away in the 2nd quarter and never looked back. Gryan Miers chipped in with five in a commanding display for the Falcons, picking up 23 disposals along the way, and is now sitting 3rd in the goalkicking with six for the year.
For the Stingrays, William Hamill fought valiantly, with 17 disposals, five marks, and four tackles. Overall though, the Stingrays were simply outclassed, and other teams in the competition are sitting up and taking notice, after the Falcons inflicted a similar result on the Rebels and now sit 1st with a percentage of 259%.
Murray Bushrangers (7.13.55) def Gippsland Power (4.7.31)
Goal Kickers: J. Wilson 2, I. Wallace, A. Hicks, B. Kelly, M. Walker, D. Smith
Best Players: B. Paton, J. Koschitzke, J. Richards, F. Bollinghaus, K. Clarke, S. Beasley
Goal Kickers: S. Masterson 2, W. Stephenson, C. Porter
Best Players: T. Bindley, C. Jiath, B. Daniel, K. Drew, S. Masterson, J. Patterson
The Bushrangers got the win in a bit of a scratchy game at Ikon Park, with Jessy Wilson and Sean Masterson the only multiple goalkickers for the game with two each. It was close up until half time, before the Bushrangers put some distance between them and the Power, and a last quarter effort from the Power wasn’t enough, with some inaccurate kicking from both sides.
Ben Paton starred for the Bushrangers with 24 disposals, six marks and two tackles to be named best on for the Rangers. Floyd Bollinghaus was influential in the ruck with 14 touches, 7 tackles and 24 hitouts to give his midfielders the best use of the ball. For the Power, Travis Bindley had 15 touches, whilst Masterson chipped in with two goals.
Oakleigh Chargers (13.14.92) def Eastern Ranges (10.11.71)
Goal Kickers: T. Wooller 4, J. Higgins 2, M. Day 2, C. Whitehead, J. Troiani, X. O’Neill, S. Harte, C. Thompson
Best Players: N. Boucher, D. Stanford, J. Hewitt, E. Phillips, T. Wooller, W. Golds
Goal Kickers: J. Stephenson 3, S. Hayes 2, T. North, T. Hollins, X. Fry, D. Moore
Best Players: R. Stoddart, J. Lynch, A. Cerra, S. Hayes, D. Moore, J. Garner
The Chargers got up against the Ranges, but not without a bit of a scare, with the 3QT margin only two goals. However, the Chargers lead at every change to make this a pretty comfortable victory.
For the Chargers, Toby Wooller had eight tackles to go along with his 4 goals, making it a pretty complete performance from the centre half forward. Nathan Boucher was another standout with 22 touches, whilst Jack Higgins had the ball on a string with 30 touches, including 22 effective. For the Ranges, Adam Cerra had it 26 times, including 17 effective, whilst Sam Hayes fought valiantly with two goals.
Sandringham Dragons (10.15.75) def Northern Knights (7.7.49)
Goal Kickers: S. Williams 3, J. Amartey 2, H. Brayshaw, W. Walker, L. Barrett, M. King, I. Morrisby
Best Players: A. Brayshaw, L. Barrett, C. Constable, A. Jarnestrom, W. Walker, S. Williams
Goal Kickers: P. Naish 2, S. Binion, N. Coffield, V. Nativo, M. Lentini, J. Shea
Best Players: M. Dreher, M. Baker, J. Petruccelle, P. Naish, M. Lentini, N. Coffield
The Dragons played a blinder of a last quarter to run out winners over the Knights by 26 points, with the Knights leading at the last change 6.4-5.9. Joel Amartey stood up in the last to kick two crucial goals, and the Dragons proved too strong.
For the Dragons, Andrew Brayshaw was arguably best on, with 27 disposals and nine tackles, in a commanding midfield effort, and demonstrating that he’s one to watch. Sebastian Williams also chipped in with three goals and 21 disposals. For the Knights, Nick Coffield had 15 effective kicks in his 21 disposals, whilst Max Dreher had 26 touches and eight marks, as well as three tackles.
Greater Western Victoria Rebels (14.12.96) def by Bendigo Pioneers (16.12.108)
GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS
Goal Kickers: A. Domic 2, D. Cox 2, K. Gray, L. Meek, T. Reed, C. Wilson, L. Wareham, T. Berry, J. Chatfield, A. Harvey, A. Shepherd, N. Wheeler
Best Players: C. Wellings, T. Berry, T. Reed, L. Meek, A. Domic, M. Lloyd
Goal Kickers: B. Daniels 4, L. Davis 3, L. Wallace 2, L. O”Brien 2, B. Henderson 2, J. Caldwell, M. Harvey, K. Farrell
Best Players: P. Dow, B. Daniels, B. Henderson, J. Caldwell, C. Sheahan, L. O’Brien
The Pioneers got an away win against the GWV Rebels in a game that was very back and forth. The Rebels lead by three goals at the main break, before the Pioneers put on the afterburners in the 3rd, kicking five goals and keeping the Rebels goalless, after an eight goal quarter from the Rebels in the 2nd. The Rebels had 12 goalkickers in what was an even performance, but just fell short.
For the Pioneers, Brent Daniels kicked four goals and had three contested marks in a great forward performance. Paddy Dow had 21 touches, 17 of which were effective. He also had three marks and three tackles. For the Rebels, Callan Wellings was a standout, with 35 touches, though he’d be hoping for a more efficient performance next week with only 19 of those effective, including 14 ineffective kicks.