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Weekend previews: TAC Cup – Round 12b

WITH three games to cast an eye over this weekend, we look at some of the key players in each game and a number of crucial match-ups that could decide the contest.


Round 12 – Saturday, July 21, 1pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

In the first game of the round, top-of-the-table Dandenong Stingrays take on the last placed Bendigo Pioneers at home in what on face value appears to be a one-sided contest. Given the Stingrays’ big inclusions such as Bailey Williams, Zac Foot and Jake Frawley among others, it will be a tough ask for the smaller Pioneers, who have lost talented bottom-age tall Brodie Kemp to school football. However, Josh Grace will be a welcome inclusion against Williams and Stephen Cumming who are likely to cause the defence all sorts of headaches. In the midfield, both teams pride themselves on contested ball and Noah Wheeler and Hunter Lawrence will go head-to-head with the likes of Sam Fletcher and Campbell Hustwaite on the inside. Jacob Atley and Liam Marciano provide good run and carry out of the Pioneers defence, while Zac Foot and Jai Taylor provide the same for the Stingrays. Dandenong will deservedly head in as very strong favourites, but with nothing to lose, the Pioneers should throw everything at the ladder leaders and test themselves against the benchmark team.


Round 12 – Sunday, July 22, 1pm
Deakin Reserve, Shepparton

In the first of two Sunday games occurring at the same time, the fourth placed Murray Bushrangers take on the eleventh placed Eastern Ranges at Shepparton. Murray will also be strong favourites in this clash with Jacob Koschitzke returning to the defence after a huge last couple of months for the GWS GIANTS and Allies. But it is Murray’s attack which is unbelievably diverse given it contains competition leading goal kicker Hudson Garoni, the X-factor in Zane Barzen, as well as talented bottom-agers Lachlan Ash and Jye Chalcraft while Jordon Butts has shown he can kick a bag, and Bailey Frauenfelder often chips in with scoreboard pressure. The midfield duo of Ely Smith and Kyle Clarke will go head-to-head with Kye Quirk and Lachlan Stapleton, while Eastern will look to release Joel Burleigh and Mitch Mellis on the wings. James Blanck will be the man Eastern turns to in order to restrict Garoni, while Ben Cardamone and Adrian Kalcovski will look to continue their good form. Murray will be keen to take back third spot with victory here, while Eastern can gain some breathing space from Bendigo should they get up.


Round 12 – Sunday, July 22, 1pm
Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

Over at Morwell, the Gippsland Power and Western Jets do battle in what is expected to be the clear match of the weekend. The Power sits second and could pull away from its closest rivals with a win, while a victory to Western would see them regain a top four spot, and be one of three sides potentially on 32 points – with Oakleigh two points behind. A win to the Jets would also mean the Stingrays would be a massive 12 points clear on top if they defeat Bendigo. Both respective captains in Xavier Duursma and Xavier O’Halloran return to their sides, along with a host of talented inclusions such as Sam Flanders and Matthew McGannon (Gippsland) and Emerson Jeka and Buku Khamis (Western). Kyle Reid is another big inclusion for the Power and will settle the defence along with McGannon. The midfield battle will be intriguing with O’Halloran, Connor Thar and Jack Watkins taking on Duursma, Flanders and Harold Hood. Stefan Radovanovic and Daly Andrews will break open the game with their pace, while the Power will look to Tyrone Hayes and Irving Mosquito to do the same at either end. This game is hard to pick, with the home ground advantage going to Gippsland, but Western have been very good with their best side on the park. Expect it to be a thriller.

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 12b

TO complete Round 12, the remaining six teams take to country grounds, with matches in Dandenong, Shepparton and Morwell.


Round 12 – Saturday, July 21, 1pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

Two sides which bookend the TAC Cup ladder go head-to-head at Shepley Oval in the only Saturday game. The Dandenong Stingrays have an eight-point buffer on second placed Gippsland Power and will look to extend their lead on the competition with a win, while Bendigo is searching for its third win. Jamie PlumridgeJake FrawleyAngus PatersonZac Foot and Bailey Williams are among some huge inclusions for the Stingrays, while the likes of Toby Bedford and Finlay Bayne head back to school football. The Pioneers have also been hurt by school football and have a number of crucial outs. Brodie KempJames SchischkaBailey Henderson and Thomson Dow are among the outs for the game, while Josh GraceLucas Caccaviello and Bailey Waasdorp are among seven inclusions into the team.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 56. M. Cumming, 41. L. Stenning
HB: 58. W. Hamill, 5. A. Paterson, 7. J. Taylor
C: 9. Z.  Foot, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 3. J.  Plumridge
HF: 49. M. Cottrell, 52. C. Ellison, 27. L. McDonnell
F: 11. E. Cahill, 29. B. Williams, 16. J. Frawley
R: 13. R. Bowman, 1. S. Fletcher, 57. R. Nanscawen
Int: 37. B. Angwin, 6. J. Barker, 36. S. Cumming, 48. J. Stuart, 50. L. Williams
23P: 25. J. Triep

In: L. Stenning, C. Ellison, J. Plumridge, A. Paterson, J. Frawley, R. Nanscawen, B. Angwin, Z. Foot, B. Williams
Out: L. Goonan,  T. Bedford,  J. Johnson,  J. Smith,  J. Burton,  B. Nyuon,  J. Toner,  F. Bayne, S. De Koning

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 26. C. O’Shea, 11. J. Grace, 2. J. Williams
HB: 16. J. Atley, 24. N. McHugh, 3. L. Marciano
C: 25. F.  Perez, 5. N.  Wheeler, 51. B.  Waasdorp
HF: 17. R. Ironside, 41. B. Vaz, 28. C. Vick
F: 15. L. Caccaviello, 34. R. Clarke, 49. O. Perez
R: 54. M. Christensen, 43. H. Lawrence, 6. J. Rodi
Int: 53. W. Allen, 27. M. Lias, 33. J. McHale, 29. E. Roberts, 31. B. Worme
23P: 13. K. Brown

In: L. Caccaviello, M. Lias, W. Allen, C. O’Shea, J. Grace, B. Waasdorp, N. McHugh
Out: B. Kemp, D. Loveridge, W. Wallace, T. Dow, J. Schischka, B. Rowles, B. Henderson


Round 12 – Sunday, July 22, 1pm
Deakin Reserve, Shepparton

Up north, the Murray Bushrangers welcome back a familiar face in Jacob Koschitzke who has missed considerable time due to the Under 18 Academy Series and then the National Under 18 Championships. He is among the three ins with Jordon Butts and Liam FioreDylan ClarkeLiam Andrews and Josh Crawford are the three outs. Eastern Ranges have made sweeping changes with the return of school football, as key position defender James Blanck is among 12 inclusions on an extended bench including Jarrod GilbeeCaleb Quirk and Steven Kapahnke. The likes of Xavier FryBrent Bredin and Todd Garner are list among 10 outs from last round’s team.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 20. J. Bradshaw, 16. N. Murray, 52. J. Sanford
HB: 26. R. Bice, 8. J. Koschitzke, 19. J. Boyer
C: 34. T.  Boyd, 5. E.  Smith, 6. W.  Chandler
HF: 7. Z. Barzen, 2. J. Butts, 10. P. Warner
F: 12. L. Ash, 18. H. Garoni, 14. J. Chalcraft
R: 35. F. Bollinghaus, 28. K. Clarke, 53. C. Wilson
Int: 59. L. Fiore, 13. B. Frauenfelder, 23. M. Marriott, 44. L. Whyte
23P: 47. J. Butts

In: J. Butts, L. Fiore, J. Koschitzke
Out: L. Andrews,  J. Crawford,  D. Clarke

Eastern Ranges

B: 10. C. Black, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 38. M. Briggs
HB: 20. B. Cardamone, 31. J. Blanck, 52. L. Munro
C: 8. J.  Burleigh, 7. L.  Stapleton, 11. M.  Mellis
HF: 26. C. Norris, 22. C. Quirk, 46. B. White
F: 5. R. Einsporn, 18. B. McCormack, 28. L. Kruger
R: 58. R. Smith, 24. K. Quirk, 25. L. Vassis
Int: 3. H. Chinn, 30. T. Edwards, 12. J. Gilbee, 2. A. Kalcovski, 36. S. Kapahnke, 42. T. Lockman, 45. M. Zalac
23P: 61. C. Tilyard

In: L. Vassis, C. Tilyard, H. Chinn, J. Blanck, R. Einsporn, L. Kruger, L. Munro, S. Kapahnke, C. Norris, M. Briggs, C. Quirk, J. Gilbee
Out: F. Smith, T. Amarant, D. Reynolds, T. Garner, C. Leon, L. Gawel, J. Kritopoulos, J. Jaworski, X. Fry, B. Bredin


Round 12 – Sunday, July 22, 1pm
Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

Out east, Gippsland Power will look to build on their Round 11 victory against Murray Bushrangers, to knock over the Western Jets at home. Both sides have bulked up their sides with extended benches following the return of state representatives. Key defender Kyle Reid returns to the side, as do captain Xavier Duursma, and bottom-ager Sam Flanders who have been named on-ball, while Matthew McGannon slots into the backline. Bottom-ager Caleb Serongheads back to school football, while Riley Baldi is the other listed out. The Western Jets have made six confirmed changes to their side, with Josh JenkinsTyler Kolyniuk and Jai Dodemaide among the outs. Captain Xavier O’Halloran is a welcome inclusion to the side, as are bookends Buku Khamis and Emerson Jeka, who will straighten the Jets up.

Gippsland Power

B: 40. Z. Hurley, 25. K. Reid, 12. B. Smith
HB: 1. T. Hayes, 14. T. Hourigan, 18. M. McGannon
C: 8. B.  Beck, 28. H.  Hood, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 20. H. Neocleous, 23. N. Gown, 7. B. Patterson
F: 9. I. Mosquito, 11. A. Hodge, 33. B. Thorson
R: 16. J. Smith, 4. S. Flanders, 5. X. Duursma
Int: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 42. T. Howard, 34. J. Hume, 19. F. Phillips, 15. R. Sparkes, 35. J. van der Pligt, 45. A. Young
23P: 44. M. Toussaint

In: K. Reid, S. Flanders, X. Duursma, M. McGannon
Out: C. Serong,  R. Baldi

Western Jets

B: 15. M. Hearne, 41. L. Rzanovski, 36. J. Rice
HB: 25. S. Johnson, 38. B. Khamis, 39. S. Radovanovic
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 7. J.  Watkins, 6. L.  Rocci
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 37. H. Murphy, 10. S. Kyriazis
F: 1. J. Hazik, 45. A. Clarke, 49. D. Pantalleresco
R: 47. D. Walters, 33. X. O’Halloran, 12. C. Thar
Int: 48. A. Britten, 18. B. Colley, 24. J. Honey, 31. E. Jeka, 23. M. Maguang, 22. O. Manton, 2. T. Rudic
23P: 8. J. Kellett

In: X. O’Halloran, E. Jeka, M. Maguang, B. Khamis, L. Rzanovski, B. Colley, J. Hazik, T. Rudic
Out: D. Bolkas, J. Jenkins, A. Tanner, T. Kolyniuk, J. Dodemaide, J. Klaromenos

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 11

WITH the National Under 18 Championships done, a number of Victorian players return to their TAC Cup clubs as teams enter the last two months of competition.


Round 11 – Saturday, July 7, 10:45am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

In the first game of the round, Calder Cannons host Western Jets at RAMS Arena. The Cannons welcome back co-captain Mitch Podhajski and skilful defender Lachlan Sholl among five inclusions, while the horribly unlucky John Roumeliotis is out after sustaining a fourth ACL injury in as many years – best wishes with recovery – as well as Cooper Lamb, Ben Rigoni and Sam Graham. For the Jets, they have two huge inclusions to add serious speed to their line-up with Stefan Radovanovic and Daly Andrews added to the side with an extended bench, as Jack Papachatzakis is the only confirmed out at this stage.

Calder Cannons

B: 9. C. Barton, 38. B. Newman, 43. L. Cavallaro
HB: 48. S. Ramsay, 23. D. Hanna, 8. L. Sholl
C: 27. T.  Browning, 51. W.  Jury, 55. A.  Righele
HF: 40. L. Johnson, 29. J. Riccardi, 7. S. Skidmore
F: 57. J. Kemp, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 10. H. Minton-Connell
R: 21. H. Jones, 30. M. Podhajski, 1. D. Mott
Int: 53. M. Abou-Eid, 42. N. Croft, 44. N. Gentile, 36. P. Mahoney, 25. J. Martin, 3. I. Moussa
Emg: 4. K. Baker, 59. J. Middleton, 14. J. Taylor

In: P. Mahoney, N. Gentile, M. Podhajski, L. Sholl, N. Croft
Out: C. Lamb, B. Rigoni, J. Roumeliotis, S. Graham

Western Jets

B: 15. M. Hearne, 37. H. Murphy, 22. O. Manton
HB: 48. A. Britten, 36. J. Rice, 25. S. Johnson
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 39. S.  Radovanovic, 6. L.  Rocci
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 45. A. Clarke, 27. J. Klaromenos
F: 8. J. Kellett, 49. D. Pantalleresco, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 7. J. Watkins, 12. C. Thar
Int: 3. K. Bharathi, 13. D. Bolkas, 1. J. Hazik, 24. J. Honey, 4. J. Jenkins, 19. T. Kolyniuk, 30. L. Pettigrove, 46. A. Tanner, 16. C. White

In: J. Hazik, T. Kolyniuk, S. Radovanovic, D. Andrews
Out: J. Papachatzakis



Round 11 – Saturday, July 7, 11:30am
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Both Sandringham and Northern have brought in a host of players to name extended benches ahead of their clash on Saturday morning. The only confirmed out for the Dragons is Finn Maginness, while Ryan Byrnes, Nicholas Burke and Joshua Le Grice are among five inclusions. The Knights have swung the axe with seven confirmed outs, including Cameron Wild, Nicholas Mayne and Brody Bell, but they welcome back some big ins. Ryan Gardner, James Lucente, Joel Naylor and Nicholas Barrow are among those who return to the Northern team.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 18. A. Seaton, 69. C. Watts, 46. L. Witts
HB: 11. N. Stamatis, 33. W. Kennedy, 45. J. Voss
C: 19. S.  Forbes, 6. H.  Houlahan, 53. H.  Ralphsmith
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 48. J. Worrell, 35. G. Grey
F: 13. T. Brimble, 70. J. Bell, 52. C. Dean
R: 59. A. Courtney, 7. L. Stocker, 2. A. Richards
Int: 36. M. Bergman, 51. N. Burke, 66. R. Byrnes, 72. D. Chirgwin, 39. J. Florent, 38. J. Le Grice , 61. F. McAsey, 21. D. McNeish, 14. R. O’Meara

In: R. Byrnes, N. Burke, J. Bell, M. Bergman, J. Le Grice
Out: F. Maginness

Northern Knights

B: 6. X. Naish, 33. J. Randall, 22. M. Wild
HB: 11. R. Sturgess, 28. S. Uzelac, 15. O. White
C: 1. R.  Gardner, 8. A.  Carafa, 30. J.  McInerney
HF: 24. R. Bowkett, 12. J. Naylor, 7. H. Grace
F: 17. J. D’Intinosante, 18. S. Brazier, 27. J. Lucente
R: 19. N. Howard, 36. K. Yodgee, 13. S. Philp
Int: 31. N. Barro, 37. K. Brandt, 42. A. Castagna, 51. J. Collins, 20. P. Della Rocca, 38. B. Nikolovski, 32. I. Rossi, 57. R. Seakins, 52. J. Trudgeon

In: K. Yodgee, N. Barro, R. Seakins, R. Gardner, J. Lucente, A. Castagna, J. Collins, J. Trudgeon, I. Rossi, J. Naylor
Out: C. Wild, C. Simonsen, N. Mayne, J. Watson, J. Davies, J. Boyd, B. Bell



Round 11 – Saturday, July 7, 2pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In an afternoon game at Warrawee Park, the Oakleigh Chargers face the Eastern Ranges with a number of changes for both sides. Oakleigh have lost Matt Rowell who played for Vic Metro yesterday, as well as Zac Hart and Daniel Scala, but welcome back a host of important players including Dylan Williams, Lachlan Bugeja and Xavier O’Neill. Eastern has made at least five changes with Brent Bredin, Riley Clausen and Steven Kapahnke among the outs, while tackling machine Lachlan Stapleton, Callum Norris and Cooper Leon are among the inclusions.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 74. H. Mastras, 36. C. Beasley, 15. K. Schreiber
HB: 81. M. Emmett, 30. B. Wraith, 16. L. Westwood
C: 35. X.  Fry, 32. J.  Ross, 31. W.  Golds
HF: 26. J. Gasper, 33. M. Warren, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 7. J. Robertson, 22. D. Williams
R: 49. N. Bryan, 2. L. Bugeja, 5. X. O’Neill
Int: 17. T. Bianco, 48. M. Bowman, 20. F. Elliot, 39. S. Fernandez, 62. T. Graham, 64. J. Jordon, 19. D. Romero, 28. O. Simpson, 50. V. Zagari

In: L. Bugeja, T. Graham, D. Williams, S. Fernandez, V. Zagari, M. Bowman, H. Mastras, X. Fry, X. O’Neill
Out: C. Oglethorpe,  W. James,  M. Rowell,  H. Shugg,  Z. Hart,  D. Scala

Eastern Ranges

B: 10. C. Black, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 16. T. Garner
HB: 23. X. Fry, 45. M. Zalac, 19. J. Kritopoulos
C: 57. C.  Leon, 20. B.  Cardamone, 11. M.  Mellis
HF: 24. K. Quirk, 51. D. Reynolds, 46. B. White
F: 14. L. Gawel, 18. B. McCormack, 32. F. Smith
R: 58. R. Smith, 8. J. Burleigh, 7. L. Stapleton
Int: 15. T. Amarant, 30. T. Edwards, 5. R. Einsporn, 27. J. Jaworski, 2. A. Kalcovski, 28. L. Kruger, 42. T. Lockman, 26. C. Norris, 22. C. Quirk

In: M. Zalac, F. Smith, T. Amarant, C. Leon, L. Stapleton, T. Edwards, L. Gawel, C. Norris, B. White
Out: L. Vassis, S. Kapahnke, R. Clausen, K. Crosby, B. Bredin



Round 11 – Saturday, July 7, 2pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

Down the highway, Dandenong Stingrays will look to increase their lead at the top-of-the-table against Geelong Falcons. Four massive inclusions outline an impressive looking Dandenong side. AFL Academy ruck Riley Bowman headlines the ins, with Toby Bedford and Will Hamill returning from Vic Country duty as well, while key defender Sam De Koning also returns. Bailey Schmidt is out of the side, as is Heath Briggs. For the Falcons, they have made some massive changes to the side that failed to kick a goal a fortnight ago. Brayden Ham, Zac Knights, Nicholas Conway and Charlie Harris are among seven confirmed outs, while some important inclusions are key defenders Dane Hollenkamp and Connor Idun, as well as Blake Schlensog who will straighten the Falcons up in attack.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 56. M. Cumming, 25. J. Triep
HB: 58. W. Hamill, 20. S. De Koning, 48. J. Stuart
C: 27. L.  McDonnell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 7. J.  Taylor
HF: 6. J. Barker, 21. J. Johnson, 49. M. Cottrell
F: 11. E. Cahill, 36. S. Cumming, 8. J. Smith
R: 13. R. Bowman, 17. F. Bayne, 15. T. Bedford
Int: 46. L. Bellinvia, 19. J. Burton, 32. D. Frampton, 45. L. Goonan, 3. J. Plumridge, 35. F. Stellato, 39. J. Toner, 44. C. Weightman

In: T. Bedford, W. Hamill, R. Bowman, S. De Koning
Out: H. Briggs,  B. Schmidt

Geelong Falcons

B: 31. C. Cartledge, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 40. J. Clark
HB: 3. K. Rayner, 39. C. Idun, 21. L. Smith
C: 5. W.  Batson, 9. B.  Morton, 2. S.  Torpy
HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 48. B. Schlensog, 19. B. Ritchie
F: 17. S. Ham, 45. T. Richardson, 42. H. Spiller
R: 44. S. Conway, 10. B. Mensch, 6. D. Madigan
Int: 43. J. Jewell, 11. C. Karpala, 29. B. Miller, 23. T. Nyak, 32. F. Parish, 14. P. Smith

In: D. Hollenkamp, T. Richardson, C. Idun, C. Karpala, P. Smith, B. Schlensog, B. Miller, S. Conway
Out: C. Harris, J. Grigsby, Z. Knights, C. Tanis, B. Ham, J. Muhor, N. Conway



Round 11 – Sunday, July 8, 12pm
Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

In the first Sunday game, Gippsland and Murray have made minimal changes, opting to keep their line-ups relatively settled. Caleb Serong is a huge inclusion for the home side, joining Harvey Neocleous and Mason McGarrity among the ins, while Harrison Pepper and Trent Baldi are the confirmed outs for the game. For the Bushrangers, Ben Kelly and Wilson Mack are the two confirmed outs, while Jake Bradshaw and Nick Murray are back into the Murray team to assist the defence.

Gippsland Power

B: 14. T. Hourigan, 23. N. Gown, 12. B. Smith
HB: 1. T. Hayes, 40. Z. Hurley, 7. B. Patterson
C: 8. B.  Beck, 2. C.  Serong, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 34. J. Hume, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 9. I. Mosquito, 16. J. Smith, 33. B. Thorson
R: 22. R. Henkel, 11. A. Hodge, 6. R. Baldi
Int: 28. H. Hood, 42. T. Howard, 21. M. McGarrity, 19. F. Phillips, 43. Z. Skinner, 15. R. Sparkes, 44. M. Toussaint, 35. J. van der Pligt, 45. A. Young

In: C. Serong, H. Hood, H. Neocleous, F. Phillips, M. McGarrity
Out: H. Pepper,  T. Baldi

Murray Bushrangers

B: 7. Z. Barzen, 16. N. Murray, 20. J. Bradshaw
HB: 19. J. Boyer, 34. T. Boyd, 28. K. Clarke
C: 52. J.  Sanford, 5. E.  Smith, 53. C.  Wilson
HF: 6. W. Chandler, 2. J. Butts, 13. B. Frauenfelder
F: 26. R. Bice, 18. H. Garoni, 14. J. Chalcraft
R: 23. M. Marriott, 38. D. Clarke, 12. L. Ash
Int: 30. L. Andrews, 35. F. Bollinghaus, 41. J. Crawford, 39. M. Holt, 10. P. Warner, 44. L. Whyte

In: F. Bollinghaus, J. Bradshaw, M. Holt, N. Murray, J. Crawford
Out: B. Kelly, W. Mack



Round 11 – Sunday, July 8, 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the final game of the round, Bendigo Pioneers host the GWV Rebels in a clash of bottom four sides. The Grace brothers are back in with Daine and Josh Grace returning for the Pioneers on an extended bench, along with overager Bailey Henderson, Hunter Lawrence and Liam Marciano, while Daniel Keating is among three outs for the team. For the Rebels, Tom Berry and Scott Carlin are two huge inclusions, while Isaac Wareham and Josh Chatfield are among four outs for the visitors.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 21. D. Loveridge, 31. B. Worme, 2. J. Williams
HB: 59. B. Rowles, 32. W. Wallace, 20. J. Schischka
C: 25. F.  Perez, 5. N.  Wheeler, 26. O.  Perez
HF: 16. J. Atley, 41. B. Vaz, 17. R. Ironside
F: 14. T. Dow, 8. B. Kemp, 29. E. Roberts
R: 54. M. Christensen, 6. J. Rodi, 33. J. McHale
Int: 13. K. Brown, 34. R. Clarke, 60. L. Fitzgerald, 11. J. Grace, 10. D. Grace, 18. B. Henderson, 43. H. Lawrence, 3. L. Marciano, 58. J. Tillig, 28. C. Vick

In: D. Grace, R. Clarke, H. Lawrence, J. Grace, B. Henderson, M. Christensen, L. Marciano
Out: D. Keating,  Z. Shelton,  M. Johnson

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 1. C. Craig-Peters, 18. B. Helyar, 35. C. Hinkley
HB: 24. M. Lloyd, 8. H. Butler, 44. R. Polkinghorne
C: 41. B.  Dodd, 13. T.  Berry, 5. H.  Jennings
HF: 21. I. Grant, 40. I. Thomas, 14. J. Hill
F: 7. M. Martin, 6. C. Wilson, 2. M. Schnerring
R: 29. P. Glanford, 3. S. Carlin, 27. E. Lamb
Int: 32. M. Burgess, 48. J. Cleaver, 9. L. Dawson, 28. C. Giddings, 16. E. Harvey, 10. J. Lohmann, 47. T. Mahony, 20. T. Watts

In: C. Giddings, R. Polkinghorne, E. Harvey, S. Carlin, J. Lohmann, T. Berry
Out: J. Mawson, I. Wareham, D. McEldrew, J. Chatfield

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 10

IN the first of two Futures rounds, TAC Cup sides are able to play 24 players and show off mostly bottom-age talent in what is a round for recruiters to look to 2019 and beyond. There is still plenty of good top-age talent on show despite the Victorian sides facing off at the MCG, with Murray Bushrangers having some massive inclusions to their side.


Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 10.30am
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

In one of three morning games, the Eastern Ranges will look to make it three consecutive wins when it hosts Calder Cannons at Box Hill on Saturday. The Ranges have lost Xavier Fry and James Blanck to Vic Metro duties, preferring to grace the hallowed turf at the MCG on Sunday. Eastern has named an extended bench with Todd Garner (brother of Port’s Joel), Cooper Leon and James Ross brought into the team. For the Cannons, Shane Skidmore returns to the side, joined in the squad of 24 with Jeremy O’Sullivan, Cooper Lamb and Anthony Righele.

Eastern Ranges

B: 1. B. Bredin, 21. J. Ross, 20. B. Cardamone
HB: 57. C. Leon, 18. B. McCormack, 25. L. Vassis
C: 4. R.  Clausen, 7. L.  Stapleton, 11. M.  Mellis
HF: 3. H. Chinn, 14. L. Gawel, 28. L. Kruger
F: 5. R. Einsporn, 58. R. Smith, 27. J. Jaworski
R: 36. S. Kapahnke, 8. J. Burleigh, 24. K. Quirk
Int: 10. C. Black, 43. K. Crosby, 53. J. Drake, 16. T. Garner, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 2. A. Kalcovski, 52. L. Munro, 26. C. Norris, 22. C. Quirk

In: C. Leon, T. Garner, L. Munro, T. Hallett-Tauali’i, J. Ross, C. Black
Out: J. Blanck,  X. Fry

Calder Cannons

B: 9. C. Barton, 38. B. Newman, 43. L. Cavallaro
HB: 35. S. Graham, 23. D. Hanna, 48. S. Ramsay
C: 27. T.  Browning, 53. M.  Abou-Eid, 7. S.  Skidmore
HF: 1. D. Mott, 29. J. Riccardi, 12. J. O’Sullivan
F: 40. L. Johnson, 41. J. Roumeliotis, 10. H. Minton-Connell
R: 54. C. Lamb, 25. J. Martin, 42. N. Croft
Int: 21. H. Jones, 51. W. Jury, 3. I. Moussa , 55. A. Righele, 19. B. Rigoni, 14. J. Taylor

In: S. Skidmore, J. O’Sullivan, J. Taylor, C. Lamb, A. Righele
Out: N. Walsh, J. Middleton, N. Doyle, B. Reddick


Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 10.30am
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

Down the western side of the bay, Western Jets will look to bounce back against a Northern Knights side that moved up to sixth with an important win over GWV Rebels last week. Both sides have named extended interchanges, with Carlton father-son prospect Oskar Manton and Western Bulldogs’ father-son prospect Tyler Kolyniuk among the nine possible inclusions for Futures Round. Tom Warner, Tristan Rudic and Jack Crawford are among the outs for the Jets. For the Knights, Oscar White and Justin McInerney are a couple of important inclusions to the side, joined by Adam Carafa and Richmond father-son prospect Xavier Naish in the side. Nicholas Kitchell is among five confirmed outs for the visitors.

Western Jets

B: 15. M. Hearne, 37. H. Murphy, 30. L. Pettigrove
HB: 48. A. Britten, 28. J. Papachatzakis, 25. S. Johnson
C: 20. D.  Cassar, 36. J.  Rice, 6. L.  Rocci
HF: 27. J. Klaromenos, 45. A. Clarke, 22. O. Manton
F: 8. J. Kellett, 49. D. Pantalleresco, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 12. C. Thar, 7. J. Watkins
Int: 3. K. Bharathi, 13. D. Bolkas, 29. D. Fruscalzo, 24. J. Honey, 4. J. Jenkins, 19. T. Kolyniuk, 26. W. Smyth, 46. A. Tanner, 16. C. White

In: D. Bolkas, K. Bharathi, D. Pantalleresco, J. Kellett, A. Tanner, T. Kolyniuk, O. Manton, C. White, W. Smyth
Out: T. Warner,  E. Bentley,  J. Crawford,  J. Dodemaide,  T. Rudic

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 28. S. Uzelac, 6. X. Naish
HB: 17. J. D’Intinosante, 33. J. Randall, 22. M. Wild
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 8. A.  Carafa, 15. O.  White
HF: 7. H. Grace, 9. C. Simonsen, 27. J. Lucente
F: 18. S. Brazier, 20. P. Della Rocca, 38. B. Nikolovski
R: 19. N. Howard, 11. R. Sturgess, 13. S. Philp
Int: 31. N. Barro, 10. B. Bell, 24. R. Bowkett, 55. J. Boyd, 37. K. Brandt, 54. Z. Costello, 40. N. Mayne, 53. J. Watson, 44. C. Wild

In: J. Watson, A. Carafa, X. Naish, O. White, J. Boyd, C. Simonsen, N. Howard, J. McInerney, B. Nikolovski
Out: L. Waldron, J. Zapantis , N. Kitchell, M. Sindrivanis, E. Frawley



Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 10.30am
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Oakleigh Chargers and Sandringham Dragons face off in a match that will see nearly the entire team change with at least 15 confirmed changes to the home side, and 13 confirmed changes for the visitors. With no school football on this week, the likes of Matt Rowell, Jack Ross, Oliver Simpson, Charlie Beasley and Bailey Wraith return to the Chargers outfit, while over-age prospects Bailey Griffiths and Matthew Day – the latter booting seven goals last week – as well as midfielders Sam Harte, Lachlan Bugeja and Xavier O’Neill are all out of the team. For the Dragons, Liam Stocker returns from injury, joined in the side along with Will Kennedy and Harry Houlahan, and bottom-agers Fischer McAsey, Jai Florent and Finn Maginness. Dawit McNeish, Nicholas Stamatis and St Kilda father-son prospect Tyson Milne are among the omissions from the team.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 36. C. Beasley, 30. B. Wraith, 37. C. Oglethorpe
HB: 64. J. Jordon, 81. M. Emmett, 15. K. Schreiber
C: 17. T.  Bianco, 16. L.  Westwood, 31. W.  Golds
HF: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 26. J. Gasper, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 11. M. Rowell, 7. J. Robertson, 21. H. Shugg
R: 49. N. Bryan, 32. J. Ross, 20. F. Elliot
Int: 48. M. Bowman, 35. X. Fry, 62. T. Graham, 38. Z. Hart, 78. W. James, 19. D. Romero, 25. D. Scala, 28. O. Simpson, 33. M. Warren

In: H. Shugg, D. Romero, W. Golds, T. Bianco, M. Warren, C. Whitehead, W. James, J. Ross, O. Simpson, N. Bryan, L. Westwood, C. Oglethorpe, B. Wraith, M. Bowman, J. Jordon, M. Rowell, K. Schreiber, C. Beasley, Z. Hart
Out: L. Bugeja,  N. Dempsey,  B. Griffiths,  P. Bohan,  M. Tighello,  M. Day,  J. Kreuzberger,  M. Fewings,  K. Jones,  T. Hogan,  S. Harte,  V. Zagari,  J. May,  X. O’Neill,  K. Viccars

Sandringham Dragons

B: 12. C. Jones, 69. C. Watts, 18. A. Seaton
HB: 45. J. Voss, 33. W. Kennedy, 48. J. Worrell
C: 19. S.  Forbes, 6. H.  Houlahan, 53. H.  Ralphsmith
HF: 13. T. Brimble, 20. H. Bede, 17. J. Denborough
F: 39. J. Florent, 52. C. Dean, 10. S. Sofronidis
R: 59. A. Courtney, 8. K. Owens, 7. L. Stocker
Int: 51. N. Burke, 64. L. Butler, 66. R. Byrnes, 72. D. Chirgwin, 41. J. Goddard, 43. C. Langford, 26. F. Maginness, 61. F. McAsey, 46. L. Witts

In: H. Ralphsmith, F. McAsey, L. Stocker, W. Kennedy, C. Jones, L. Witts, S. Sofronidis, A. Seaton, F. Maginness, J. Florent, J. Denborough, S. Forbes, N. Burke, J. Worrell, C. Dean, L. Butler, H. Houlahan
Out: J. Mifsud, N. Bufalo, T. Milne, J. Cowden, J. Griffiths, T. Deane-Johns, M. Butera, D. McNeish, N. Stamatis, X. Verdnik, R. O’Meara, J. Rendell, K. Yorke



Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 1pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

Dandenong are four points and percentage clear of second place on top of the table, and will look to maintain their advantage against the GWV Rebels at Shepley Oval on Saturday. The Rebels could almost be on a two-game winning streak had they not faded late against the Northern Knights in challenging conditions at MARS Stadium. The Stingrays have named an extended bench with Jai Taylor returning from Vic Country duty, while Stephen Cumming, Finlay Bayne and Daniel Frampton are among other important inclusions. Top bottom-ager Hayden Young will have a chance to run around on the MCG, as does Will Hamill, while Jack Harmes is another omission from the side. For the Rebels, Scott Carlin will pull on the Big V this Saturday, and his half-back spot will be taken by fellow Vic Country member Matty Lloyd. Angus Gove and Connor Giddings are the other outs, while Toby Mahony and Harrison Butler are among the five inclusions.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 56. M. Cumming, 25. J. Triep
HB: 35. F. Stellato, 32. D. Frampton, 7. J. Taylor
C: 27. L.  McDonnell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 3. J.  Plumridge
HF: 6. J. Barker, 21. J. Johnson, 49. M. Cottrell
F: 17. F. Bayne, 28. B. Schmidt, 8. J. Smith
R: 36. S. Cumming, 11. E. Cahill, 31. H. Briggs
Int: 19. J. Burton, 20. S. De Koning, 45. L. Goonan, 57. R. Nanscawen, 24. B. Nyuon, 5. A. Paterson, 48. J. Stuart, 39. J. Toner, 44. C. Weightman

In: L. Goonan, J. Johnson, C. Weightman, J. Burton, F. Stellato, J. Stuart, J. Toner, H. Briggs, J. Triep, D. Frampton, J. Taylor, S. Cumming, F. Bayne
Out: L. Stenning,  H. Young,  J. Ocaa,  W. Hamill,  J. Harmes,  W. Geurts,  J. Carosella,  B. Angwin,  L. Williams

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 48. J. Cleaver, 18. B. Helyar, 1. C. Craig-Peters
HB: 5. H. Jennings, 8. H. Butler, 24. M. Lloyd
C: 32. M.  Burgess, 9. L.  Dawson, 30. I.  Wareham
HF: 14. J. Hill, 11. J. Chatfield, 40. I. Thomas
F: 21. I. Grant, 45. D. McEldrew, 2. M. Schnerring
R: 29. P. Glanford, 6. C. Wilson, 27. E. Lamb
Int: 41. B. Dodd, 35. C. Hinkley, 47. T. Mahony, 7. M. Martin, 39. J. Mawson, 20. T. Watts

In: H. Butler, D. McEldrew, B. Dodd, M. Lloyd, T. Mahony
Out: C. Giddings, A. Gove, S. Carlin



Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 2pm
Windy Hill, Essendon

Gippsland Power and Bendigo Pioneers will make the trip to Windy Hill on Saturday with the game broadcast via the TAC Cup website and TAC Cup Radio. Gippsland welcomes back Irving Mosquito from a hamstring injury after the live-wire just missed out on getting up for last week’s game. Brett Thorson and Zac Skinner are among five other inclusions for the Power, while Nick Lowden and Mason McGarrity are the two confirmed outs. For the Pioneers, they have made a raft of changes with Zane Keighran getting his chance to strut his stuff on the MCG – at the Pioneers loss – while they also lose Josh Grace, Phil Moi Moi, Liam Marciano and Lucas Caccaviello who are all out from the game. Coming in are Thomson Dow (brother of Carlton’s Paddy), Lewis Fitzgerald and AFL Academy member Brodie Kemp.

Gippsland Power

B: 15. R. Sparkes, 14. T. Hourigan, 35. J. van der Pligt
HB: 1. T. Hayes, 40. Z. Hurley, 7. B. Patterson
C: 8. B.  Beck, 9. I.  Mosquito, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 30. T. Baldi, 23. N. Gown, 34. J. Hume
F: 11. A. Hodge, 16. J. Smith, 37. H. Pepper
R: 22. R. Henkel, 12. B. Smith, 6. R. Baldi
Int: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 10. L. Connolly, 42. T. Howard, 31. B. Macfarlane, 19. F. Phillips, 43. Z. Skinner, 33. B. Thorson, 44. M. Toussaint, 45. A. Young

In: T. Howard, B. Thorson, M. Toussaint, Z. Skinner, J. Hume, I. Mosquito
Out: N. Lowden,  M. McGarrity

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 2. J. Williams, 31. B. Worme, 21. D.  Loveridge
HB: 59. B. Rowles, 32. W. Wallace, 20. J. Schischka
C: 25. F.  Perez, 5. N.  Wheeler, 49. O.  Perez
HF: 16. J. Atley, 41. B. Vaz, 17. R. Ironside
F: 14. T. Dow, 23. D. Keating, 8. B. Kemp
R: 22. M. Johnson, 43. H. Lawrence, 6. J. Rodi
Int: 13. K. Brown, 60. L. Fitzgerald, 29. E. Roberts, 42. Z. Shelton, 28. C. Vick, 58. Tillig

In: R. Ironside, B. Kemp, E. Roberts, T. Dow, L. Fitzgerald, Z. Shelton, J. Tillig, D. Loveridge
Out: L. Caccaviello, Z. Keighran, J. Grace, P. Moi Moi, J. McHale, N. McHugh, L. Marciano



Round 10 – Saturday, June 23, 2.15pm
Avalon Airport Oval (Chirnside Park), Werribee

In the final game of the round, Geelong Falcons host Murray Bushrangers at Werribee, with Geelong losing Blake Schlensog to Vic Country duty and Dane Hollenkamp is also out, while Richmond father-son prospect Zac Knights, as well as Nicholas Conway and Jay Dahlhaus are among the inclusions. The young Falcons side will have a massive challenge on its hands facing the Murray Bushrangers who remarkably have three Vic Country inclusions. Key forward Hudson Garoni, the classy Zane Barzen and the bottom-age revelation Lachlan Ash are among the inclusions. Interestingly, Barzen has been named at half-back, with Ash named in a forward pocket. Jake Bradshaw, Noah Amery and Edward Adams are among the outs.

Geelong Falcons

B: 23. T. Nyak, 40. J. Clark, 3. K. Rayner
HB: 20. B. Ham, 31. C. Cartledge, 21. L. Smith
C: 7. C.  Harris, 9. B.  Morton, 35. C.  Tanis
HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 42. H. Spiller, 32. F. Parish
F: 17. S. Ham, 51. N. Conway, 2. S. Torpy
R: 50. J. Grigsby, 10. B. Mensch, 6. D. Madigan
Int: 5. W. Batson, 38. S. Bourke, 43. J. Jewell, 33. Z. Knights, 12. J. Muhor, 19. B. Ritchie

In: J. Jewell, W. Batson, Z. Knights, N. Conway, J. Dahlhaus, J. Muhor, S. Bourke
Out: C. O’Connor,  N. Young,  D. Hollenkamp,  Z. Mongelli,  B. Campi,  B. Schlensog

Murray Bushrangers

B: 30. L. Andrews, 59. L. Fiore, 55. R. Paradzayi
HB: 7. Z. Barzen, 34. T. Boyd, 19. J. Boyer
C: 26. R.  Bice, 5. E.  Smith, 53. C.  Wilson
HF: 6. W. Chandler, 2. J. Butts, 10. P. Warner
F: 12. L. Ash, 18. H. Garoni, 14. J. Chalcraft
R: 23. M. Marriott, 38. D. Clarke, 28. K. Clarke
Int: 13. B. Frauenfelder, 3. B. Kelly, 31. W. Mack, 52. J. Sanford, 44. L. Whyte, 46. K. Williamson

In: H. Garoni, L. Andrews, L. Ash, C. Wilson, Z. Barzen, W. Mack
Out: N. Amery, J. Bradshaw, R. Quinn, E. Adams

Weekend previews: TAC Cup – Round 9

THERE are five games this weekend in the TAC Cup, with Sandringham Dragons and Eastern Ranges having a weekend off ahead of their standalone clash on June 30 – during the school holidays. The five games throw up some interesting possibilities given ladder positions as we pass the halfway mark of the 2018 TAC Cup season.


Round 9 – Saturday, June 16, 11am Avalon Airport Oval (Chirnside Park), Werribee

Both sides head into this Round 9 clash relatively understrength with all of Western’s Vic Metro representatives out of the side, while Geelong just has the returning Dane Hollenkamp, and Blake Schlensog (who has been named as a Vic Country emergency) in the team. A win for the Jets is crucial given a loss could mean they drop outside the top four, while victory would potentially see them move to second on the TAC Cup table with a Gippsland loss. For Geelong, a big win could see them jag eighth spot off the Cannons, but a loss could see them slip one spot to eleventh on the table. Western has a relatively stable clearance midfield with Jaden Rice, Connor Thar and Jack Watkins all able to extract the ball from a stoppage. They will likely take advantage of a Geelong side without its first choice midfield, however Baxter Mensch has been a big ball winner and clearance player this season, while Charlie Harris on the wing and Brayden Ham at half-forward can also win the footy and impact up the ground. It is great to see Titit Nyak back in the team after a long absence through injury, with Geelong’s defence remaining relatively untouched given the 1-2 combination of Hollenkamp and Cooper Cartledge has been solid for the Falcons. Without Emerson Jeka, the Jets will look to Aaron Clarke and the 190cm Tom Warner to provide the tall timber. Steven Kyriazis and last week’s best on ground Darcy Cassar are set to do the ground level work. Given the outs it is hard to predict a winner in this one, with the Jets likely to prevail in the midfield battle, but Geelong has had a lot of continuity this season with its top-end talent at either school football or out for AFL Academy duties.


Round 9 – Saturday, June 16, 2.15pm Shepley Oval, Dandenong

If we are talking about top-end talent missing, then you need not go further than this game with the most representatives from both of the Victorian sides – Dandenong for Country and Oakleigh for Metro – having a big impact on the team selection. Both teams will be relying on their bottom-agers and non-school football players, in a game that resulted in Oakleigh getting up in Round 5. This time around the Chargers are digging deep into their list, and it will take a mighty challenge to up-end the in-form Stingrays, who welcome back potential number one pick next year Hayden Young, as well as Will Hamill and Bailey Schmidt – the latter having played for Vic Country last week. For Oakleigh, Bailey Griffiths will hope to take advantage in the ruck in what will be a fantastic battle with Schmidt, as the Chargers have Xavier O’Neill, Lachlan Bugeja and Sam Harte among others through the midfield who can win plenty of the football. They will go up against Dandenong skipper Campbell Hustwaite, Hamill, and Lachlan McDonnell who has been in good form. Angus Patterson will line-up at full-forward as Matthew Cumming and Sam De Koning hold down the key defensive posts. The likes of Matthew Gahan and Jamie Plumridge will look to create some run out of the back half. For the Chargers, they have a number of defensive forwards who can kick goals including Atu Bosenavulagi and Daniel Scala, while over-ager Tom Hogan has the unique opportunity to face his teammates from last year, crossing from the Stingrays in the off-season after missing out on being drafted last year.


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 12pm Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

The TAC Cup Radio team head up to Bendigo for the clash between the Pioneers and Murray Bushrangers. The Pioneers had a really competitive effort last week against the Western Jets, levelling with just a few minutes left on the clock, before going down by seven points. The Bushrangers had a disappointing loss to a strengthened Oakleigh side, feeling the brunt of missing many players for Vic Country and Allies duty. It does not get any easier for the Bushrangers, losing one of last week’s best in Mathew Walker to Allies duty, and a couple of consistent defenders in Nick Murray and Ajak Dang to injury. Mark Marriott was impressive in his first game back from injury and will look to press for Vic Country claims with a good performance here, taking on another in-form ruck in Daniel Keating. With Ben Kelly and Jordon Butts lining up in the forward line, the Bushrangers will look to stretch the Pioneers defence, especially given Bendigo has lost full-back Josh Grace for this match. The 191cm William Wallace will have his hands full with the 202cm Kelly and 197cm Butts, and given the strength in the Bushrangers midfield, Bendigo defence will need to be on its game. Arguably the most important players for the Pioneers are Noah Wheeler, Zane Keighran and Hunter Lawrence, who will rotate through that midfield and just simply have to win the clearances. The Perez brothers – Oscar, an overager and Flynn, a bottom-ager – were impressive last week and will hope to continue that form. James Schischka is a Vic Country player who will be keen to impress for a call-up, while Liam Marciano has been consistent out of defence. For the Bushrangers, Ely Smith continues to tick boxes week-in, week-out, Dylan and Kyle Clarke are always busy, and the forward line that contains Bailey Frauenfelder and Jye Chalcraft is always going to be dangerous. The Bushrangers will be looking to bounce back after a big loss last week, but at home in Bendigo, and after a really promising performance last week, you cannot rule out the Pioneers, either.


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 1pm Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

Over in Morwell, the Gippsland Power take on the Calder Cannons. Gippsland were missing most of its top-end talent through resting for Vic Country representation last round, but it mattered little as they stormed past the Geelong Falcons, and now welcome back hard nosed defender/midfielder Brock Smith and livewire forward Irving Mosquito – the latter of whom has returned from injury. While the likes of Xavier Duursma, Sam Flanders, Caleb Serong, Matt McGannon and Kyle Reid will be in Adelaide for Vic Country’s clash with South Australia, the Power are in a very good position. They sit second and could well be top-of-the-table by round’s end if Oakleigh can upset first placed Dandenong on Saturday. For Calder, they are eighth, but have the GWV Rebels, Geelong Falcons and Eastern Ranges chomping at their heels. They also lose a truckload of top-end talent for this game, with AFL Academy members Jack Bytel and Curtis Taylor, co-captain Mitch Podhajski, and Vic Metro representatives Lachlan Sholl and Jack Evans all out. Consistent key position player Daniel Hanna returns, as do a number of solid bottom-agers, but there is no doubting Calder will be looking for something special from its next tier of players to come away with the win. John Roumeliotis made a successful return from injury, and he and Jake Riccardi might pose some problems for the Gippsland defence with their strength, while Tye Browning and Sam Graham are always players that can get their hands on the ball. For Gippsland though, they have a relatively stable team despite some of the big outs. They will be looking to capitalise with Rylan Henkel rucking to Smith along with Mosquito and Riley Baldi looking like an ominous prospect, as is the forward line with Noah Gown and Josh Smith who have been known to hit the scoreboard. Couple that with the fact Jake Van der Pligt and Ryan Sparkes have been in good form rebounding out of defence, and Gippsland look to be clear favourites in this one. The Cannons changes do bring an air of unpredictability about them however, with backs against the wall, anything can happen.


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 1pm MARS Stadium, Ballarat

In the final game of the round, the GWV Rebels host the Northern Knights. The Rebels are coming off a great away win over Calder Cannons and will be keen to make it two on the trot and three for the season. The Knights on the other hand, will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing loss at home to the Eastern Ranges, and get a win in what is expected to be a typical Ballarat day – wild and windy. The Rebels lose Tom Berry and Matty Lloyd to Vic Country duties which will hurt given their influence on the contest. But Scott Carlin remains in the side despite being named as an emergency for Vic Country, and one would expect he might be an omission from the next round for the All-Victorian battle at the MCG. Carlin and Harris Jennings will look to provide run out of defence, while the returns of Josh Chatfield and Izaac Grant will give the home side another dimension. Given Charlie Wilson rotates forward, a forward combination with Chatfield, Grant, Wilson, Jed Hill and Tylar Watts suddenly looks a lot more dangerous and capable of kicking a winning score. It does not help with Northern losing its two in-form rebounding defenders, bottom-agers Ryan Gardner and Lachlan Potter for the match, however Stefan Uzelac was best on for the Knights last week, while Mitch and Cameron Wild will be keen to stand up in the absence of their teammates. Northern also have a damaging forward line, with Sunny Brazier continuing to kick goals, Josh D’Intinosante ever-dangerous and Harrison Grace the smooth mover from midfield through to half-forward. Ryan Sturgess and Kobe Brandt are others who have shown signs throughout the season what they are capable of, and will test themselves against Matt Schnerring, Ben Annett and the in-form Elliot Lamb. While both sides are more than capable of a win here, I am leaning towards the Rebels at home, with some key forward inclusions and some big losses for the Knights in defence. But it honestly is a fairly 50/50 contest.

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 9

ANOTHER round, another five games of TAC Cup action to take place, with the Sandringham Dragons and Eastern Ranges game postponed until June 30. The five games have plenty of changes as school football returns and the National Championships continue, over the weekend.


Round 9 – Saturday, June 16, 11am
Avalon Airport Oval (Chirnside Park), Werribee

Both Geelong and Western have thrown the magnets around at the selection table due to Victorian commitments meaning many of their next tier players will be thrust into the spotlight. Dane Hollenkamp returns from Vic Country last weekend, and is among seven changes to the Falcons side, including Titit Nyak, Jack Grigsby and Charlie Harris. Among the omissions are Cooper Stephens (Vic Country), Bailey Scott, overager Ethan Floyd and potential Richmond father-son Zac Knights. For Western, they have named an extended bench heading into the weekend’s action, but have some huge outs due to Vic Metro duties. Buku Khamis, Zak Butters, Stefan Radovanovic and Daly Andrews all come out to represent Vic Metro, while bottom-age star Emerson Jeka and last round’s match winner Malwal Maguang are also out. The Jets making the side include potential Carlton father-son Oskar Manton, Josh Jenkins, Blake Colley and 23rd player Jai Dodemaide.

Geelong Falcons

B: 37. B. Campi, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 23. T. Nyak
HB: 3. K. Rayner, 31. C. Cartledge, 21. L. Smith
C: 7. C.  Harris, 9. B.  Morton, 35. C.  Tanis
HF: 20. B. Ham, 42. H. Spiller, 32. F. Parish
F: 48. B. Schlensog, 45. T. Richardson, 2. S. Torpy
R: 50. J. Grigsby, 10. B. Mensch, 6. D. Madigan
Int: 40. J. Clark, 17. S. Ham, 18. Z. Mongelli, 27. N. Young
Emg: 5. W. Batson, 38. S. Bourke, 43. J. Jewell
23P: 19. B. Ritchie

In: N. Young, D. Hollenkamp, S. Ham, C. Harris, J. Grigsby, Z. Mongelli, T. Nyak
Out: F. Wilson,  Z. Knights,  E. Floyd,  R. Hayden,  L. Taylor,  C. Stephens,  B. Scott

Western Jets

B: 25. S. Johnson, 37. H. Murphy, 28. J. Papachatzakis
HB: 22. O. Manton, 41. L. Rzanovski, 6. L. Rocci
C: 48. A.  Britten, 7. J.  Watkins, 18. B.  Colley
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 45. A. Clarke, 2. T. Rudic
F: 4. J. Jenkins, 35. T. Warner, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 36. J. Rice, 12. C. Thar
Int: 5. M. Chak, 21. J. Crawford, 29. D. Fruscalzo, 15. M. Hearne, 24. J. Honey, 27. J. Klaromenos, 30. L. Pettigrove
23P: 9. J. Dodemaide

In: L. Pettigrove, O. Manton, J. Klaromenos, A. Britten, B. Colley, J. Jenkins, J. Papachatzakis, J. Dodemaide, M. Hearne
Out: E. Jeka, M. Maguang, S. Radovanovic, D. Andrews , B. Khamis, Z. Butters


Round 9 – Saturday, June 16, 2.15pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

Both Dandenong and Oakleigh have named extended benches for their clashes, with the Stingrays making at least five changes to their line-ups. Bottom-age top prospect Hayden Young returns to the side, as does tall Bailey Schmidt and Will Hamill which will strengthen the team. They have however lost three players to Vic Country duties, with AFL Academy member Riley Bowman, Jai Taylor and Jake Frawley all having booked their plane tickets to Adelaide Oval on Sunday. As school football returns, Oakleigh finds itself digging deep into its list, with plenty of bottom-age players filling out the squad. Among the outs are Dylan Williams (Vic Metro), Trent Bianco and Jack Ross who were among the best last week, as well as talls Bailey Wraith and Matthew Warren. Coming into the line-up is Tom Hogan, Patrick Bohan and Matthew Fewings among others.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 20. S. De Koning, 41. L. Stenning
HB: 3. J. Plumridge, 56. M. Cumming, 2. H. Young
C: 49. M.  Cottrell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 27. L.  McDonnell
HF: 37. B. Angwin, 43. W. Geurts , 11. E. Cahill
F: 6. J. Barker, 5. A. Paterson, 8. J. Smith
R: 28. B. Schmidt, 33. J. Carosella, 57. R. Nanscawen
Int: 46. L. Bellinvia, 58. W. Hamill, 38. J. Harmes, 47. J. Hickey, 55. J. Ocaa, 35. F. Stellato, 48. J. Stuart, 50. L. Williams
23P: 24. B. Nyuon

In: B. Schmidt, H. Young, F. Stellato, W. Hamill, J. Stuart, L. Bellinvia, J. Smith, W. Geurts , B. Nyuon
Out: L. Goonan,  J. Frawley,  S. Cumming,  J. Taylor,  R. Bowman

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 56. M. Fewings, 43. P. Bohan, 76. H. Leonard
HB: 39. S. Fernandez, 71. T. Hogan, 50. V. Zagari
C: 24. S.  Harte, 35. X.  Fry, 27. J.  May
HF: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 7. J. Robertson, 26. J. Gasper
F: 25. D. Scala, 6. M. Day, 42. K. Viccars
R: 79. B. Griffiths31, 2. L. Bugeja, 5. X. O’Neill
Int: 66. N. Dempsey, 20. F. Elliot, 62. T. Graham, 69. K. Jones, 75. J. Kreuzberger, 52. H. Stubbings, 77. M. Tighello
23P: 81. M. Emmett

In: H. Stubbings, T. Graham, M. Emmett, N. Dempsey, P. Bohan, M. Tighello, J. Kreuzberger, M. Fewings, S. Fernandez, K. Jones, T. Hogan, V. Zagari, H. Leonard
Out: D. Williams, L. Westwood, B. Wraith, W. Golds, T. Bianco, M. Warren, J. Ross, K. Schreiber, C. Beasley, Z. Hart


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 12pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the abnormality game of the round, both Bendigo and Murray have made minimal changes to their sides for Round 9. Bendigo have made three changes for the match after a close defeat against Western in Round 8, with Ben Worme and Brady Rowles named in the team which has one extra on the bench, but Josh Grace has been omitted from full back. The Pioneers outs are Bailey Waasdorp and Ethan Roberts. For Murray, the first loss since Round 1 has only resulted in minimal changes with Mathew Walker (Allies), Ajak Dang and Nick Murray omissions, while four players have come into the side, including Luke Whyte as 23rd man. Edward Dayman and Ky Williamson are others brought into the team.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 41. B. Vaz, , 2. J. Williams
HB: 3. L. Marciano, 32. W. Wallace, 20. J. Schischka
C: 25. F.  Perez, 5. N.  Wheeler, 49. O.  Perez
HF: 16. J. Atley, 46. L. Tenace, 48. P. Moi Moi
F: 9. Z. Keighran, 36. A. Gundry, 28. C. Vick
R: 23. D. Keating, 43. H. Lawrence, 6. J. Rodi
Int: 15. L. Caccaviello, 33. J. McHale, 24. N. McHugh, 59. B. Rowles, 31. B. Worme
23P: 13. K. Brown

In: B. Rowles, B. Worme
Out: E. Roberts, B. Waasdorp, 11. J. Grace

Murray Bushrangers

B: 20. J. Bradshaw, 59. L. Fiore, 55. R. Paradzayi
HB: 19. J. Boyer, 34. T. Boyd, 10. P. Warner
C: 11. E.  Adams, 28. K.  Clarke, 15. R.  Quinn
HF: 26. R. Bice, 2. J. Butts, 6. W. Chandler
F: 14. J. Chalcraft, 3. B. Kelly, 13. B. Frauenfelder
R: 23. M. Marriott, 5. E. Smith, 38. D. Clarke
Int: 17. N. Amery, 32. E. Dayman, 52. J. Sanford, 46. K. Williamson
Emg: 30. L. Andrews, 57. R. Goodley, 31. W. Mack
23P: 44. L. Whyte

In: K. Williamson, E. Dayman, L. Whyte, L. Fiore
Out: M. Walker, A. Dang, N. Murray


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 1pm
Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

Gippsland and Calder have gone with largely different approaches ahead of Round 9. The Power have made only the one definite change – with Will Broadbent out – while the Cannons have made a mix of forced and unforced changes for a minimum of eight for the clash. Brock Smith returns from Vic Country duty, while Irving Mosquito will liven up the Power after returning from a hamstring injury. For the Cannons, they lose a lot of talent with Curtis Taylor, Jack Bytel, Jack Evans and Lachlan Sholl all out to make the trip north with Vic Metro, while co-captain Mitch Podhajski is among a further four changes. Swingman Daniel Hanna, Harrison Minton-Connell and Sam Graham are among the ins for Calder as they hope to bounce back from their inaccurate showing against GWV Rebels last week.

Gippsland Power

B: 15. R. Sparkes, 14. T. Hourigan, 35. J. van der Pligt
HB: 13. N. Lowden, 40. Z. Hurley, 7. B. Patterson
C: 8. B.  Beck, 9. I.  Mosquito, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 23. N. Gown, 45. A. Young
F: 11. A. Hodge, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 22. R. Henkel, 12. B. Smith, 6. R. Baldi
Int: 10. L. Connolly, 1. T. Hayes, 3. M. McGannon, 21. M. McGarrity, 20. H. Neocleous, 37. H. Pepper, 43. Z. Skinner
23P: 31. B. Macfarlane

In: B. Smith, Z. Skinner, I. Mosquito, M. McGannon
Out: W. Broadbent

Calder Cannons

B: 17. N. Doyle, 38. B. Newman, 3. I. Moussa
HB: 9. C. Barton, 23. D. Hanna, 43. L. Cavallaro
C: 27. T.  Browning, 53. M.  Abou-Eid, 25. J.  Martin
HF: 19. B. Rigoni, 29. J. Riccardi, 47. J. Topham
F: 40. L. Johnson, 41. J. Roumeliotis, 10. H. Minton-Connell
R: 54. C. Lamb, 42. N. Croft, 35. S. Graham
Int: 4. K. Baker, 51. W. Jury, 1. D. Mott, 48. S. Ramsay, 52. B. Reddick, 55. A. Righele, 13. N. Walsh
23P: 21. H. Jones

In: D. Hanna, C. Lamb, H. Jones, H. Minton-Connell, J. Topham, S. Ramsay, L. Johnson, N. Walsh, J. Martin, A. Righele, S. Graham
Out: J. Evans, S. Callander, N. Gentile, M. Podhajski, J. Bytel, C. Taylor, L. Sholl, J. Horo


Round 9 – Sunday, June 17, 1pm
MARS Stadium, Ballarat

Both GWV Rebels and Northern Knights have made minimal changes to their sides compared to others, with four and five changes respectively. Tom Berry and Matty Lloyd are out to represent Vic Country, while the exciting Josh Chatfield and Izaac Grant will light up the forward line for the Rebels. The Knights lose bottom-agers Lachlan Potter and Ryan Gardner who are among five outs, as well as key defender Joel Naylor. Coming into the team is Kye Agosta, Sam Philp and Nicholas Kitchell among eight inclusions, of which three will be named as emergencies.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 1. C. Craig-Peters, 18. B. Helyar, 12. A. Gove
HB: 3. S. Carlin, 48. J. Cleaver, 5. H. Jennings
C: 4. B.  Annett, 9. L.  Dawson, 32. M.  Burgess
HF: 39. J. Mawson, 20. T. Watts, 40. I. Thomas
F: 21. I. Grant, 11. J. Chatfield, 14. J. Hill
R: 29. P. Glanford, 2. M. Schnerring, 6. C. Wilson
Int: 28. C. Giddings, 35. C. Hinkley, 27. E. Lamb, 7. M. Martin
Emg: 36. M. Bidmade, 47. T. Mahony, 34. J. O’Connell
23P: 30. I. Wareham

In: B. Helyar, J. Chatfield, I. Grant, I. Thomas
Out: J. Ross,  J. Wright,  M. Lloyd,  T. Berry

Northern Knights

B: 48. E. Frawley, 28. S. Uzelac, 44. C. Wild
HB: 22. M. Wild, 33. J. Randall, 59. J. Zapantis
C: 37. K.  Brandt, 10. B.  Bell, 25. J.  Davies
HF: 24. R. Bowkett, 20. P. Della Rocca, 7. H. Grace
F: 27. J. Lucente, 18. S. Brazier, 40. N. Mayne
R: 31. N. Barro, 11. R. Sturgess, 17. J. D’Intinosante
Int: 35. K. Agosta, 39. N. Kitchell, 13. S. Philp, 47. M. Sindrivanis, 14. E. Tsitsis, 58. R. Uwandu, 50. L. Waldron
23P: 54. Z. Costello

In: Z. Costello, K. Agosta, R. Uwandu, S. Philp, J. Zapantis , L. Waldron, M. Sindrivanis, E. Frawley
Out: L. Potter, R. Gardner, J. Hart, Z. Hudson, J. Naylor

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 3

WITH the looming AFL Academy practice match against North Melbourne’s VFL side, there are changes galore at TAC Cup level as the next tier of players get their chance to impress for their club in a bumper round three. The weekend features a triple header at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday, while the Metro sides clash at Williamstown, Sandringham and Preston in their games.


Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 10am
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

After an impressive one-point win over the GWV Rebels in Round 1, the Bendigo Pioneers succumed to a strong Murray Bushrangers outfit. The Pioneers stuck with them for most of the game, but a second half frenzy saw the Bushrangers boot eight goals to one to win by 56 points in the end. Meanwhile Gippsland Power went down to Dandenong Stingrays, after being in front by a point at the final break. the eventual four-goal margin could have been much worse considering the Stingrays had a whopping 28 more inside 50s than the Power. A week earlier, the Power upset the Bushrangers, so both the teams head into round three win an even keel of wins and losses.

Bendigo cops the loss of Academy stars harder than Gippsland with Joe Atley and Jye Caldwell both outs, as the Pioneers named an extended bench. For the first time we might see twins Daine and Josh Grace take the field together for the first time in a TAC Cup match, while the Pioneers strong inside brigade will be looking to match the Power at the stoppages. Gippsland has included three players into the side, including returning ruck Rylan Henkel, after Gippsland lost the hitout count to Dandenong by 33. Given the omissions for the Pioneers, Gippsland will head into the game confident, especially considering how well its defence has held up this season thanks to Matthew McGannon, Brock Smith, Bailey Beck and Ryan Sparkes. But Bendigo will be every chance to get the points on its home turf at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 43. H. Lawrence, 11. J. Grace, 57. A. Smith-Ralph
HB: 18. B. Henderson, 24. N. McHugh, 8. B. Kemp
C: 7. L.  Chisholm, 5. N.  Wheeler, 51. B.  Waasdorp
HF: 3. L. Marciano, 20. J. Schischka, 2. J. Williams
F: 50. K. Lloyd, 45. W. Holt, 52. K. Walker
R: 23. D. Keating, 9. Z. Keighran, 17. R. Ironside
Int: 15. L. Caccaviello, 35. Z. Denahy, 14. T. Dow, 1. M. Goodwin, 10. D. Grace, 37. C. McCarty, 33. J. McHale, 26. C. O’Shea, 29. E. Roberts, 28. C. Vick

In: L. Caccaviello, C. McCarty, E. Roberts, C. Vick, C. O’Shea, J. Grace, J. McHale
Out: J. Atley,  J. Caldwell,  J. Sala,  F. Perez

Gippsland Power

B: 12. B. Smith, 25. K. Reid, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 8. B. Beck, 23. N. Gown, 18. M. McGannon
C: 14. T.  Hourigan, 11. A.  Hodge, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 9. I. Mosquito, 38. J. Wykes, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 22. R. Henkel, 5. X. Duursma, 2. C. Serong
Int: 6. R. Baldi, 26. W. Broadbent, 10. L. Connolly, 13. N. Lowden, 3. M. McGannon, 27. L. Munns, 7. B. Patterson, 33. B. Thorson, 35. J. van der Pligt

In: R. Henkel, B. Patterson, W. Broadbent



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 12.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the second game at Queen Elizabeth Oval, the undefeated Dandenong Stingrays take on the blistering pace of the GWV Rebels. The Stingrays passed both their early round tests with flying colours, dispatching reigning premiers Geelong Falcons and holding off a determined Gippsland outfit. GWV Rebels could also be 2-0 had it not been for a disappointing last quarter against Bendigo in round one which saw the Rebels lose a 20-point advantage at the final break to go down by a point to the Pioneers. Last round was a different story as the Rebels put the game to bed by half-time against the Falcons and looked a completely different side with their run and carry.

Dandenong will lose two of its twin towers in Riley Bowman and Bailey Williams, as well as the injured Aaron Darling which will cost them some serious firepower up front, so all eyes will be on Jai Nanscawen to see if he can match his six-goal effort from the weekend. Both sides have named an extended bench, but the Rebels are aware of the height the Stingrays possess, bringing in tall bottom-ager Mathew Clarke for his debut should he be named in the final squad. They have a mosquito fleet up forward with ruck/forward Tylar Watts named as a surprise centre-half back. The midfield of Scott Carlin, Lochie Dawson and Matt Schnerring will need to continue its strong form to match it with Campbell Hustwaite, Will Hamill and Mitch Riordan.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 32. D. Frampton, 56. M. Cumming, 2. H. Young
HB: 16. J. Frawley, 5. A. Paterson, 12. M. Gahan
C: 27. L.  McDonnell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 7. J.  Taylor
HF: 17. F. Bayne, 52. C. Ellison, 49. M. Cottrell
F: 15. T. Bedford, 28. B. Schmidt, 42. J. Nanscawen
R: 36. S. Cumming, 58. W. Hamill, 18. M. Riordan
Int: 37. B. Angwin, 31. H. Briggs, 33. J. Carosella, 20. S. De Koning, 9. Z. Foot, 47. J. Hickey, 57. R. Nanscawen, 3. J. Plumridge

In: R. Nanscawen, M. Gahan, B. Angwin, C. Ellison, S. De Koning
Out: A. Darling,  R. Bowman,  B. Williams

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 8. H. Butler, 43. J. Wright, 34. J. O’Connell
HB: 5. H. Jennings, 20. T. Watts, 31. C. Perks
C: 19. J.  Henderson, 3. S.  Carlin, 25. T.  Shannon
HF: 14. J. Hill, 11. J. Chatfield, 6. C. Wilson
F: 47. T. Mahony, 18. B. Helyar, 7. M. Martin
R: 29. P. Glanford, 9. L. Dawson, 2. M. Schnerring
Int: 4. B. Annett, 36. M. Bidmade, 23. M. Clarke, 15. K. Councillor, 1. C. Craig-Peters, 12. A. Gove, 21. I. Grant, 10. J. Lohmann

In: C. Craig-Peters, M. Clarke, B. Annett
Out: J. Mawson



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 2.00pm
Williamstown Football Ground

Western Jets fans could probably avoid any more nail-biters for a while, having escaped with the four points in round one against Calder Cannons by that exact margin, before going down to Northern Knights by just eight points. For Eastern, they have struggled a little, going down to contender Oakleigh Chargers, before losing to Calder Cannons under lights at Rams Arena last week. With a nine-day break though, Eastern will be refreshed to tackle the Jets down at blustery Williamstown.

Both sides are relatively strong given the sole omission for the AFL Academy game is Jets defender Buku Khamis. The Jets midfield is where the game could be won or lost for them, given Xavier O’Halloran, Stefan Radovanovic and Connor Thar are lining up in the midfield. Radovanovic could drop back to defence, particularly with the loss of Khamis, while up front, the small centre-half forward Zac Butters and talented bottom-age prospect Emerson Jeka will cause headaches as could last week’s four-goal forward Steven Kyriazis. For Eastern, Ben Cardamone is in sensational form, as are most of the Eastern defenders with Xavier Fry, James Blanck and Kye Quirk forming a strong half-back line. Adrian Kalcovski will look to wrestle some of the momentum through midfield, while Mitch Mellis provides a dash of class up forward.

Western Jets

B: 28. J. Papachatzakis, 37. H. Murphy, 6. L. Rocci
HB: 22. O. Manton, 41. L. Rzanovski, 36. J. Rice
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 33. X.  O’Halloran, 25. S.  Johnson
HF: 2. T. Rudic, 11. Z. Butters, 7. J. Watkins
F: 45. A. Clarke, 31. E. Jeka, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 39. S. Radovanovic, 12. C. Thar
Int: 20. D. Cassar, 32. N. Ellis, 24. J. Honey, 30. L. Pettigrove, 26. W. Smyth, 35. T. Warner

In: N. Ellis, J. Jenkins, W. Smyth
Out: B. Colley,  B. Khamis

Eastern Ranges

B: 20. B. Cardamone, 21. J. Ross, 26. C. Norris
HB: 23. X. Fry, 31. J. Blanck, 24. K. Quirk
C: 3. H.  Chinn, 2. A.  Kalcovski, 17. C.  Hirst
HF: 9. J. Duffy, 42. T. Lockman, 45. M. Zalac
F: 4. R. Clausen, 18. B. McCormack, 11. M. Mellis
R: 41. J. Corless, 7. L. Stapleton, 8. J. Burleigh
Int: 39. C. Daraio, 53. J. Drake, 16. T. Garner, 12. J. Gilbee, 19. J. Kritopoulos, 58. R. Smith, 25. L. Vassis

In: L. Vassis, T. Garner, J. Drake, J. Kritopoulos, R. Smith
Out: L. Gawel, F. Smith, J. Jaworski, R. Einsporn



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 3.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the final game of the Bendigo Triple Header, Murray Bushrangers and Geelong Falcons clash in what will see a number of top prospects miss due to the AFL Academy game. For the Bushrangers, they got the points against Bendigo Pioneers last week following a surprising loss to the young Gippsland Power side in round one. The reigning premiers on the other hand, are still searching for their first win, not having too much to smile about in the opening seven quarters of the season, but did find form with a six-goal last quarter against the GWV Rebels in round two.

Murray will miss Hudson Garoni and Matthew Walker due to the AFL Academy game, on top of Zane Barzen who injured himself in round one. Barzen would be missing from the game as well anyway given he is also AFL Academy. Their losses will be offset by Geelong’s dangerous duo of Ed McHenry and Sam Walsh missing on the weekend which means the Falcons will look to Oscar Brownless. The exciting bottom-age Cooper Stephens will join Brownless and Baxter Mensch in the midfield, while the consistent Ely Smith and Kyle Clarke will look to control the clearances. Over-ager tall Jordon Butts returns for his first game of the season in a side which is very tall given Ben Kelly and Mark Marriott remain in the side, with the duo looking to take advantage in the ruck against 188cm Falcon Tom Richardson.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 14. J. Chalcraft, 16. N. Murray, 15. R. Quinn
HB: 33. F. Ellis, 34. T. Boyd, 4. L. Vandermeer
C: 12. L.  Ash, 5. E.  Smith, 29. C.  Hill
HF: 13. B. Frauenfelder, 8. J. Koschitzke, 54. F. O’Dwyer
F: 26. R. Bice, 25. B. St John, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 17. N. Amery, 28. K. Clarke
Int: 20. J. Bradshaw, 2. J. Butts, 6. W. Chandler, 38. D. Clarke, 22. A. Dang, 3. B. Kelly

In: E. Dayman, J. Boyer, C. Hill, J. Butts, M. Oates
Out: H. Garoni,  M. Walker

Geelong Falcons

B: 40. J. Clark, 31. C. Cartledge, 7. C. Harris
HB: 39. C. Idun, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 3. K. Rayner
C: 13. E.  Floyd, 10. B.  Mensch, 6. D.  Madigan
HF: 20. B. Ham, 36. C. Sprague, 16. B. Scott
F: 51. N. Conway, 48. B. Schlensog, 12. J. Muhor
R: 45. T. Richardson, 41. C. Stephens, 30. O. Brownless
Int: 38. S. Bourke, 9. B. Morton, 28. C. O’Connor, 25. L. Taylor, 2. S. Torpy, 27. N. Young

In: C. O’Connor, L. Handley, F. Wilson, C. Stephens, B. Morton, N. Conway, F. Parish, J. Muhor
Out: E. McHenry, L. Smith, J. Dahlhaus, C. Mulgrew, S. Walsh



Round 3 – Sunday, April 8, 10.45am
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The in-form Sandringham Dragons take on the Calder Cannons in an early game on Sunday. The Dragons have notched up two early wins on the back of some fantastic form, thrashing the Northern Knights and then running over the top of Oakleigh Chargers last weekend. For Calder, it has been a mixed bag, narrowly going down to Western Jets in the season opener, before a big win over Eastern Ranges in a clash which is 10 days prior to Sunday’s match.

The Cannons defenders will be breathing a sigh of relief with Max King missing due to the AFL Academy match. The man mountain took nine marks (six contested) and booted eight goals against Oakleigh, but he will miss Sunday’s match, as will his brother Ben who has been in strong form. Bailey Smith will also miss the game due to AFL Academy commitments, but he was injured in round two and did not play following his 37-disposal game in round one. While the Dragons talls have been weakened a little, Calder’s top midfielders have been plucked out with dangerous trio Curtis Taylor, Rhylee West and Jack Bytel all heading to Etihad Stadium for the AFL Academy match. It means the likes of over-agers Dylan Landt – who returns for his first match – and Mitch Podhajski will need to lead the way, against an in-form midfield which includes Alastair Richards and Dawit McNeish.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 19. S. Forbes, 69. C. Watts, 23. A. Hanrahan
HB: 6. H. Houlahan, 10. S. Sofronidis, 12. C. Jones
C: 8. K.  Owens, 7. L.  Stocker, 53. H.  Ralphsmith
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 33. W. Kennedy, 18. A. Seaton
F: 27. J. Mahony, 28. J. Rendell, 48. J. Worrell
R: 30. E. Casey, 2. A. Richards, 21. D. McNeish
Int: 20. H. Bede, 70. J. Bell, 36. M. Bergman, 72. D. Chirgwin, 59. A. Courtney, 41. J. Goddard, 15. R. Ladds, 26. F. Maginness, 11. N. Stamatis

In: J. Bell, J. Goddard, R. Ladds, M. Bergman, H. Bede, E. Casey
Out: B. King,  M. King,  R. Macdermid

Calder Cannons

B: 4. K. Baker, 26. M. Fletcher, 33. J. Evans
HB: 35. S. Graham, 43. L. Cavallaro, 8. L. Sholl
C: 10. H.  Minton-Connell, 42. N.  Croft, 3. I.  Moussa
HF: 27. T. Browning, 29. J. Riccardi, 40. L. Johnson
F: 11. J. Firebrace, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 1. D. Mott
R: 54. C. Lamb, 2. D. Landt, 30. M. Podhajski
Int: 17. N. Doyle, 36. P. Mahoney, 48. S. Ramsay, 7. S. Skidmore, 39. L. Sultana, 49. J. Westphal

In: S. Skidmore, L. Johnson, N. Gentile, L. Sultana, C. Lamb, B. Rigoni, N. Doyle, J. Riccardi, D. Landt
Out: D. Hanna, D. Pretty, J. Bytel, C. Taylor, R. West, B. Newman



Round 3 – Sunday, April 8, 2.00pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

In the final game of the round, two sides sitting on one win apiece will clash at Preston City Oval. The Northern Knights bounced back from a heavy defeat in the rain to Sandringham Dragons, with a win against Western Jets in round two. Oakleigh Chargers looked set to make it two wins from two games with a 10-point lead at half-time against Sandringham, but a Max King-inspired effort saw the Dragons storm past the Chargers in the second half.

Isaac Quaynor is the sole AFL Academy member missing from the match, which speaks volumes of Oakleigh’s depth. Former Dandenong Stingrays tall Tom Hogan has joined the Chargers this season as an over-ager, with the Bonbeach junior growing six centimetres and about 14kg since pre-season measurements 12 months ago. He will look to get first hands to Xavier O’Neill, Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell among others, while Ben Silvagni will be a key target up forward. The classy Dylan Williams and Trent Bianco will lead the way in defence with Joseph Ayton-Delaney and Noah Answerth providing good strength back there. For the Knights, Braedyn Gillard has swapped spots with bottom-age forward Josh D’Intinosante on the team sheet, with the latter joining the consistent Tom McKenzie in the midfield. Joel Naylor is lining up at centre-half forward with the versatile Mark Baker at full-forward, while Ryan Gardner and Lachlan Potter will look to provide plenty of rebound out of defence for Northern.

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 28. S. Uzelac, 5. L. Potter
HB: 1. R. Gardner, 33. J. Randall, 11. R. Sturgess
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 10. B.  Bell, 15. O.  White
HF: 24. R. Bowkett, 12. J. Naylor, 3. B. Gillard
F: 40. N. Mayne, 21. M. Baker, 6. X. Naish
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 4. T. McKenzie, 17. J. D’Intinosante
Int: 18. S. Brazier, 8. A. Carafa, 20. P. Della Rocca, 7. H. Grace, 23. J. Hart, 13. S. Philp, 9. C. Simonsen, 22. M. Wild, 44. C. Wild

In: R. Sturgess, M. Wild, C. Wild, J. Hart, S. Brazier
Out: J. Lucente,  J. Murphy

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 33. M. Warren, 22. D. Williams
HB: 12. N. Answerth , 30. B. Wraith, 17. T. Bianco
C: 4. W.  Kelly, 8. N.  Anderson, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 38. Z. Hart, 7. J. Robertson, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 14. K. Dunkley, 18. B. Silvagni, 25. D. Scala
R: 71. T. Hogan, 5. X. O’Neill, 9. J. Rowbottom
Int: 36. C. Beasley, 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins, 6. M. Day, 35. X. Fry, 65. L. Harry, 34. C. Leon, 37. C. Oglethorpe, 32. J. Ross

In: T. Hogan, C. Leon, L. Harry, C. Oglethorpe, C. Beasley, X. Fry, M. Day
Out: O. Simpson, B. Griffiths, I. Quaynor, L. Westwood