TAC Cup Wrap: Round 7

The Calder Cannons have (finally) fired! Calder recorded their first win for the season on the weekend, putting the Power to the sword away from home. They still remain a game clear on the bottom of the ladder, but a tightly congested middle of the table means nothing is out of the question from here on. Two wins split fourth from 11th, with Geelong Falcons still sitting undefeated on the top of the ladder with a monster percentage of 207.
Ranges gun Tom North headlined Round 7’s performances with a match-winning effort at Box Hill City Oval.


Geelong Falcons 16.16.112 defeated Northern Knights 7.5.47

Goal Kickers: A. Garner 4, G. Miers 3, D. Hollenkamp 2, E. Floyd 2, D. Handley, M. Chafer, C. Parish, J. Reid, J. Walters
Best Players: B. Cockerill, L. Noble, A. Garner, E. Floyd, C. Parish, C. Stephens
Goal Kickers: P. Della Rocca 3, H. Grace, S. Binion, R. Loton, C. Farchione
Best Players: J. Petruccelle, S. Binion, C. Farchione, J. Ciranna, P. Della Rocca, O. Wilson

The Falcons maintained their unbeaten run on Saturday afternoon with a 65-point win over the 5th place Knights. Northern were down by just four points at the first change before a Falcons onslaught in the second term, booting seven goals to one. The Knights did their best to peg this back in the third but the Falcs finished strongly to claim another percentage boosting win.
There were plenty of contributors for Geelong with eight players exceeding the 20 disposal mark. Cassidy Parish led the disposal count (yes, grass is also green) with 33 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 12 clearances, seven inside 50s and a goal. Bayley Cockerill was named best on for the Falcs, winning 28 disposals and booting the ball inside 50 seven times. Forwards Adam Garner (18 disposals, 8 marks and four goals) and TAC Cup leading goalkicker Gryan Miers (16 disposals, seven marks and three goals) both hit the scoreboard, as did Northern Knight’s Patrik Della Rocca (seven touches and three goals). Jack Petruccelle lead the way for the Knights with 25 disposals, nine inside 50s and two score assists and Joel Grace was prominent in the ruck winning 37 hitouts – the most of any player in Round 7 – to go with his six disposals.


Murray Bushrangers 13.11.89 defeated Sandringham Dragons 9.12.66

Goal Kickers: R. Bice 3, D. Johnston 3, H. Garoni, J. Butts, Z. Barzen, T. Boyd, B. Paton, R. Bruce, J. Lane
Best Players: Z. Barzen, S. Beasley, R. Bice, K. Clarke, N. Oakes, W. Donaghey
Goal Kickers: H. Brayshaw 2, A. Trusler 2, A. Forbes, A. Sakeson, H. Persson, J. Rendell, H. Mclean
Best Players: H. Brayshaw, H. Mclean, M. Lohan, L. Barrett, J. Denborough, A. Forbes

It was a battle between second and third at Norm Minns Oval and the second placed Murray Bushrangers came out with a comfortable 23-point win. Scores were tied at quarter time but from then on Sandringham struggled to hit the scoreboard, scoring four goals to nine for the rest of the match. The Bushies are a game clear of Oakleigh in third position and look to be the major challenger to Geelong, whereas Sandringham are now in fourth place on the back of the loss.
Exciting bottom-ager Zane Barzen was named as the Bushies best player, collecting 17 disposals, nine marks, two score assists and 1.2. Ten of his 12 kicks hit the target, with those two ineffective kicks being behinds. Riley Bice (15 disposals) and Daniel Johnston (12 disposals, 11 hitouts) both kicked three goals for the Bushies. Ben Paton topped the disposal tally for Murray with 26 disposals, four inside 50s and a goal.
His brother starred earlier in the TAC Cup season, but last weekend it was Hamish Brayshaw’s time to shine. It was a pretty complete performance for Brayshaw, with the over-ager getting 32 disposals, eight clearances, eight marks and two goals. He also had the most marks of any player this week with 11 (two contested). Tall prospect Hayden McLean was among the best for Sandy with 16 disposals, 21 hit-outs and a goal.


Gippsland Power 12.13.85 defeated by Calder Cannons 18.9.117

Goal Kickers: A. Quigley 3, W. Stephenson 2, C. Henness, K. Drew, B. Motton, C. Porter, K. Reid, I. Mosquito, S. Masterson
Best Players: A. Quigley, C. Porter, K. Drew, G. Cocksedge, M. McGannon, B. Beck
Goal Kickers: M. Podhajski 6, J. Velissaris 2, M. Moustafa 2, D. Hanna 2, J. Bygate, J. Firebrace, N. Balta, J. Riccardi, J. Bytel, M. Borg
Best Players: M. Podhajski, J. Bytel, B. Huggard, D. Hanna, N. Balta, M. Moustafa

Calder Cannons rejoice, you are now on the board! The Cannons brought up their first win of the 2017 season last weekend, defeating Gippsland at home by 32 points. Calder led all day at Morwell Football Ground in a somewhat surprising result, despite an understrength Power lineup.
Most of the plaudits must go to Mitch Podhajski, who starred with 23 disposals, 10 marks (4 contested) and a whopping six goals. The 190cm product has spent most of his time in the defensive half this season, with this performance proving he is more than competent at both ends of the ground. Bottom-agers Jack Bytel and Lachlan Sholl were also impressive for the Cannons. Bytel was unstoppable in the clinches all day, claiming 34 disposals (17 contested), 10 clearances and a goal, while Sholl was efficient off half back with 26 disposals and 8 rebound 50s. Forward Mohammed Moustafa (13 disposals, 2.5) would have had a huge day if he had kicked straight and the talented Noah Balta (13 disposals, 15 hitouts, two contested marks and a goal) was also among the best. Kim Drew was the leading ball-getter for the Power with 25, but Aaron Quigley was their clear best, finishing with 20 disposals, five tackles, five inside 50s and three goals.


Eastern Ranges 14.13.97 defeated Bendigo Pioneers 11.2.68

Goal Kickers: T. North 3, C. Hirst 3, J. Duncan 2, J. Lynch, J. Rouget, T. Brown, K. Urquhart, J. Jaworski, A. Kalcovski
Best Players: T. North, J. Lynch, H. Nolan, K. Quirk, J. Stephenson, T. Brown
Goal Kickers: B. Henderson 3, M. Harvey 2, P. Moi Moi, L. Wallace, T. Campbell, L. Fitzgerald, R. Turner, K. Betson
Best Players: A. Mertz, M. Kemp, D. Henderson, M. Harvey, B. Henderson, T. Campbell

The Ranges have their season back on track after their second win on the trot, ending up victors by 29 points against Bendigo. Eastern are now a game outside the top five in seventh place, the Pioneers currently sitting around the bottom in 10th position. The home side came out of the blocks early with six goals to Bendigo’s two in the first quarter and maintained this steady lead until the final siren.
It was the Tom North show at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday afternoon. North had a day out, collecting a monumental 43 disposals, 12 clearances and three goals in a game changing performance. Cody Hirst booted three goals from his eleven disposals and Josiah Duncan also potent up forward with 18 disposals, eight marks, four score assists and four goal assists. Tall defender Harrison Nolan impressed in defence with 16 disposals and seven marks (three contested). Kye Quirk (31 disposals, nine marks) was also busy for Eastern.
Darby Henderson had the ball on a string for Bendigo, claiming 41 disposals and nine rebound 50s. Bailey Henderson (10 disposals, 3 goals) was Pioneers’ leading goal-kicker while Laine Fitzgerald (27 disposals, six inside 50s) and Matthew Harvey (27 disposals, seven marks, two goals) were among the high disposal getters.


Greater Western Victoria Rebels 11.5.71 defeated Western Jets 9.9.63

Goal Kickers: C. Wilson 2, J. Antonio 2, J. Johnston 2, A. Gove, A. Domic, J. Hill, L. Wareham, L. Meek
Best Players: A. Domic, T. Reed, C. Wellings, L. Meek, J. Taurau, C. Henson
Goal Kickers: Z. Butters 3, M. Young 2, B. Khamis 2, B. Graham 2
Best Players: N. Stuhldreier, C. Thar, J. Mould, B. Khamis, J. Rice, L. Hitch

The Greater Western Victoria Rebels managed to sneak away with a win at Eureka Stadium against the Western Jets, despite trailing by 10 points at three quarter time. The Rebels had 73 less disposals than the Jets but it was their tackling that was the big difference, laying 32 more tackles than their opposition. Western remain in 11th place on the TAC Cup ladder while GWV have risen from eighth to sixth on the back of the win.
It was a team effort for the Rebels who had just three players exceed the 20 disposal mark, compared to eight for Western. Lloyd Meek played his usual ruck/forward role to great effect, winning 15 disposals (12 contested possessions), two contested marks, nine hit-outs and a goal. Aiden Domic (19 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s, one goal) and Trent Reed (21 disposals, 13 contested possessions, nine tackles) were named as the Rebels two best players.
Nicholas Stuhldreier is certainly a bit of a mouthful but he was prolific on Sunday with 34 disposals, 11 tackles, six clearances and two score assists. Jaden Rice had a game high eight clearances and a whopping 19 of his 23 disposals were won contested. Connor Thar (28 disposals, five clearances) got plenty of footy while Zak Butters (23 disposals, three clearances, three goals) and Buku Khamis (14 disposals, nine marks and two goals) were also impressive.


Dandenong Stingrays 5.10.40 defeated by Oakleigh Chargers 20.9.129

Goal Kickers: B. Williams 4, R. Piper
Best Players: M. Cotter, T. Bedford, B. Williams, H. Clark, A. Paterson, C. Hustwaite
Goal Kickers: T. Wooller 4, J. Higgins 4, D. Scala 4, D. Stanford 3, L. Bugeja 2, C. Searle, S. Harte, T. O”Sullivan
Best Players: J. Higgins, T. Wooller, L. Bugeja, S. Harte, I. Quaynor, D. Scala

The Oakleigh Chargers have slotted themselves into third place on the TAC Cup ladder after a thumping 89-point win over Dandenong away from home. The Chargers stars stepped up and the Stingrays simply had no answer. Dandenong have lost their past two games and currently sit in eighth place, up against the in-form Ranges next week.
Jack Higgins was a class act on Sunday, winning 20 disposals at 90% efficiency, seven marks (two contested) and having a major impact up forward with four goals and four score assists. His performance proved once again that he has more than one string to his bow. The same can be said for the impressive Toby Wooller, who continued his promising four with 16 disposals, eight marks (four contested) and four majors. The grandson of Cats legend Fred Wooller has been playing both up forward and through the midfield. Daniel Scala was also impressive with four snags and 13 disposals (10 contested possessions).
For the Stingrays Bailey Williams was a lone hand up forward for the Stingrays, booting four goals and winning disposals, clunking six marks (four contested) and 36 hitouts in a commanding performance for the bottom-ager. Hunter Clark (27 disposals, eight clearances, 15 contested possessions, seven inside 50s) and Mitch Cotter (27 disposals, 19 contested possessions) racked up the Sherrin for the home side.


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