OUTSIDE midfielder Jackson Ross was best-on-ground for the Eastern Ranges in their win over GWV Rebels, earning him AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Round.
Ross collected an equal match-high 23 disposals (74 per cent efficiency), took seven marks and booted five goals.
Ross was an unlucky exclusion from the Vic Metro squad in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, but has been one of Haileybury College’s best players in the APS school boy competition, where the ‘Bloods’ are undefeated and in the box seat to claim the APS premiership.
Ross spent time up forward but also played through the middle, where he laid six tackles, collected five clearances and brought the ball inside 50 on five occasions.
His opening quarter was important in ensuring the Ranges would get out to a fast start – after their previous game saw them start slow.
Ross started with 11 disposals and six marks in the opening quarter, helping Eastern out to a 11-point lead.
Coming into this game, Ross was averaging 20 disposals and five inside 50s in the TAC Cup this season.
He becomes the third Eastern Ranges player to win the award.
AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Round:
Round One: Max King (Sandringham Dragons)
Round Two: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets)
Round Three: Will Stephenson (Gippsland Power)
Round Four: Aaron Trusler (Sandringham Dragons)
Round Five: Jordan Johnston (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Round Six: Sam Hayes (Eastern Ranges)
Round Seven: Thomas North (Eastern Ranges)
Round Eight: Harry Benson (Geelong Falcons)
Round Nine: Callum Porter (Gippsland Power)
Round Ten: Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets)
Round Eleven: Toby Wooller (Oakleigh Chargers)
Round Twelve: Jackson Ross (Eastern Ranges)