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Team Selection: TAC Cup – Elimination finals

THERE is no turning back now for the eight remaining TAC Cup sides as regular season form is thrown out the window in the first week of finals. The eight teams have made minimal changes to their sides, with no more than three confirmed outs from sides heading into the elimination finals.

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

Elimination Finals  – Saturday, September 8, 12pm IKON Park, Carlton North

Dandenong has a luxury of talls at its disposal and have recalled Riley Bowman to the side, who will slot into full-forward replacing Bailey Schmidt for the first elimination final. Also recalled to an extended bench are Reid Nanscawen, Corey Ellison, Luca Goonan and Ned Cahill, while Jack Toner is the other out from the Stingrays side. For the eighth placed GWV Rebels, they also have an extended bench with Elliott Lamb, Tynan Shannon, Joel O’Connell, Mitchell Burgess and Lochie Dawson named in the side. Harrison Butler and Ben Dodd are the two confirmed outs for the Rebels.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 56. M. Cumming, 41. L. Stenning HB: 58. W. Hamill, 32. D. Frampton, 10. L. Young C: 49. M.  Cottrell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 9. Z.  Foot HF: 27. L. McDonnell, 29. B. Williams, 7. J. Taylor F: 15. T. Bedford, 13. R. Bowman, 59. S. Sturt R: 36. S. Cumming, 1. S. Fletcher, 17. F. Bayne Int: 52. C. Ellison, 16. J. Frawley, 45. L. Goonan, 57. R. Nanscawen, 3. J. Plumridge, 18. M. Riordan, 2. H. Young 23P: 11. E. Cahill

In: L. Goonan, E. Cahill, R. Nanscawen, C. Ellison, R. Bowman Out: B. Schmidt,  J. Toner

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 10. J. Lohmann, 43. J. Wright, 26. R. Ranieri HB: 48. J. Cleaver, 18. B. Helyar, 5. H. Jennings C: 24. M.  Lloyd, 3. S.  Carlin, 30. I.  Wareham HF: 1. C. Craig-Peters, 20. T. Watts, 14. J. Hill F: 21. I. Grant, 6. C. Wilson, 7. M. Martin R: 29. P. Glanford, 27. E. Lamb, 2. M. Schnerring Int: 32. M. Burgess, 9. L. Dawson, 47. T. Mahony, 45. D. McEldrew, 34. J. O’Connell, 44. R. Polkinghorne, 25. T. Shannon 23P: 50. J. Ugle-Hagan

In: E. Lamb, T. Shannon, J. O’Connell, M. Burgess, L. Dawson Out: H. Butler, B. Dodd

GIPPSLAND POWER v. GEELONG FALCONS

Elimination Finals  – Saturday, September 8, 2.30pm IKON Park, Carlton North

In the second all-Country elimination final, Gippsland has made at least three changes to the team that defeated Eastern Ranges a fortnight ago. Matt Ryan, Ben Maslen and Wade Anderson have been confirmed as out, while Harrison Pepper, Boadie Motton, Austin Hodge, Josh Wykes, Aaron Young and Luke Williams are all back into the side. For the Falcons, they have gone in unchanged showing faith in the side that got the job done in the Wild Card Round against the Cannons. Geelong have added Brady Campi, Baxter Mensch and Harrison Whyte to an extended bench.

Gippsland Power

B: 12. B. Smith, 14. T. Hourigan, 15. R. Sparkes HB: 18. M. McGannon, 25. K. Reid, 7. B. Patterson C: 8. B.  Beck, 5. X.  Duursma, 29. B.  Motton HF: 9. I. Mosquito, 23. N. Gown, 20. H. Neocleous F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 11. A. Hodge R: 22. R. Henkel, 6. R. Baldi, 2. C. Serong Int: 10. L. Connolly, 13. N. Lowden, 37. H. Pepper, 35. J. van der Pligt, 32. L. Williams, 38. J. Wykes, 45. A. Young 23P: 36. M. Bentvelzen

In: H. Pepper, B. Motton, A. Hodge, J. Wykes, A. Young, L. Williams Out: M. Ryan,  B. Maslen,  W. Anderson

Geelong Falcons

B: 40. J. Clark, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 7. C. Harris HB: 20. B. Ham, 31. C. Cartledge, 21. L. Smith C: 8. E.  McHenry, 6. D.  Madigan, 22. S.  Walsh HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 39. C. Idun, 9. B. Morton F: 36. C. Sprague, 48. B. Schlensog, 2. S. Torpy R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 41. C. Stephens Int: 37. B. Campi, 10. B. Mensch, 34. C. Page, 32. F. Parish, 3. K. Rayner, 42. H. Spiller, 13. H. Whyte 23P: 15. T. Bruhn

In: B. Campi, B. Mensch, H. Whyte

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. WESTERN JETS

Elimination Finals  – Sunday, September, 9, 11am IKON Park, Carlton North

On Sunday, Oakleigh Chargers have made just the two confirmed changes from the side that belted the GWV Rebels by 15 goals in the final round. Will James and Daniel Scala are out, while overager Noah Answerth, Xavier O’Neill, Charlie Beasley, Matthew Day and Will Golds are back into the side to beef up the Chargers’ best 22. For the Jets, they have not made a change to their winning formula against Eastern Ranges last week, as Blake Colley, Jake Hazik and David Fruscalzo were named in an extended team.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 4. W. Kelly, 16. L. Westwood HB: 17. T. Bianco, 36. C. Beasley, 23. I. Quaynor C: 31. W.  Golds, 9. J.  Rowbottom, 11. M.  Rowell HF: 26. J. Gasper, 7. J. Robertson, 10. C. Whitehead F: 8. N. Anderson, 22. D. Williams, 13. A. Bosenavulagi R: 30. B. Wraith, 32. J. Ross, 12. N. Answerth Int: 1. R. Collier-Dawkins, 6. M. Day, 20. F. Elliot, 38. Z. Hart, 64. J. Jordon, 5. X. O’Neill, 33. M. Warren 23P: 44. W. Phillips

In: N. Answerth , X. O’Neill, C. Beasley, M. Day, W. Golds Out: W. James,  D. Scala

Western Jets

B: 48. A. Britten, 37. H. Murphy, 15. M. Hearne HB: 25. S. Johnson, 38. B. Khamis, 39. S. Radovanovic C: 17. D.  Andrews , 7. J.  Watkins, 20. D.  Cassar HF: 3. L. Failli, 31. E. Jeka, 24. J. Honey F: 10. S. Kyriazis, 45. A. Clarke, 49. D. Pantalleresco R: 47. D. Walters, 12. C. Thar, 33. X. O’Halloran Int: 18. B. Colley, 29. D. Fruscalzo, 1. J. Hazik, 22. O. Manton, 28. J. Papachatzakis, 6. L. Rocci, 2. T. Rudic 23P: 16. C. White

In: B. Colley, J. Hazik, D. Fruscalzo

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Elimination Finals  – Sunday, September 9, 1.30pm IKON Park, Carlton North

In the last elimination final of the weekend, both Sandringham Dragons and Murray Bushrangers have made at least three changes for Sunday’s match. Callum Jones, Nicholas Burke, Troy Brimble, Finn Maginness, Kai Owens and Jack Mahony have all been included in the extended side, while Jack Bell, Jeremy Goddard and Oscar McMaster are the three confirmed outs. For the Bushrangers, they are the only side to have named just 23 players this weekend, with Robert Paradzayi, Ben Kelly and Kai Davies all into the side for Rory Quinn, Cameron Wilson and Will Christie.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 18. A. Seaton, 69. C. Watts, 48. J. Worrell HB: 53. H. Ralphsmith, 52. C. Dean, 2. A. Richards C: 19. S.  Forbes, 8. K.  Owens, 12. C.  Jones HF: 66. R. Byrnes, 29. B. King, 23. A. Hanrahan F: 72. D. Chirgwin, 33. W. Kennedy, 27. J. Mahony R: 28. J. Rendell, 7. L. Stocker, 74. H. Reynolds Int: 13. T. Brimble, 51. N. Burke, 17. J. Denborough, 38. J. Le Grice , 26. F. Maginness, 61. F. McAsey, 11. N. Stamatis 23P: 35. G. Grey

In: C. Jones, N. Burke, T. Brimble, F. Maginness, K. Owens, J. Mahony Out: J. Bell,  J. Goddard,  O. McMaster

Murray Bushrangers

B: 11. E. Adams, 59. L. Fiore, 55. R. Paradzayi HB: 34. T. Boyd, 16. N. Murray, 19. J. Boyer C: 26. R.  Bice, 5. E.  Smith, 10. P.  Warner HF: 7. Z. Barzen, 2. J. Butts, 6. W. Chandler F: 12. L. Ash, 18. H. Garoni, 13. B. Frauenfelder R: 35. F. Bollinghaus, 9. M. Walker, 38. D. Clarke Int: 20. J. Bradshaw, 58. E. Hollands, 40. N. Irvine, 3. B. Kelly 23P: 50. K. Davies

In: R. Paradzayi, B. Kelly, K. Davies Out: R. Quinn, C. Wilson, W. Christie

Team Selection: Murray Bushrangers vs. Oakleigh Chargers

WHILE many eyes will be on the National Under 18s Championships this weekend, anyone keen to head to the country for some TAC Cup action can witness a standalone game between the Murray Bushrangers and Oakleigh Chargers. With no school football on, Oakleigh receives the bulk of its non-Vic Metro representatives back into the side, meaning they will give the Bushrangers a real challenge on the weekend.

In terms of team selection, Murray have lost five of their most consistent players to National Championships duties, with Hudson Garoni, Laitham Vandermeer and Zane Barzen all out to play for Vic Country, while Jacob Koschitzke will represent the Allies against his Bushrangers teammates. Kai Davies is the other omission to the team, while Mark Marriott and Will Chandler are among six inclusions to the team.

Oakleigh have made wholesale changes with 13 players coming into the side for an extended interchange, but they lose a number of players to Vic Metro duties. Isaac Quaynor, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Noah Answerth all depart the Chargers outfit, but with Matt Rowell, Zac Hart, Jack Ross and Bailey Wraith among the inclusions, there are some positives at the selection table with quality heading out of the team.

The result of this game is simple in terms of ladder position – if Murray wins, they move into third ahead of the Western Jets, whereas if Oakleigh triumphs, they take Murray’s place inside the top four. As the only game on this weekend for the TAC Cup, expect there to be plenty of interested onlookers keeping an eye on the match.

Murray still has its starting midfield in this game , with Ely Smith, Dylan Clarke and Kyle Clarke in the centre, while Bailey Frauenfelder, Jye Chalcraft and Mathew Walker provide good support up forward. Jordon Butts has been thrown forward in the absence of Garoni, while Ajak Dang will be asked to take a key position down back to cover Butts. Jake Bradshaw and Jimmy Boyer will provide run off half-back, while Ben Kelly and Marriott are the tall timber for the Bushrangers.

For the Chargers, Matt Rowell and Dylan Williams lead a number of talented players for next year’s draft, while Xavier O’Neill, Jack Ross and Lachlan Bugeja will be key ball winners in the midfield. Atu Bosenavulagi and Daniel Scala provide the crumbs up forward, while Wraith and Matt Warren will hold down the key position posts in defence. Bailey Griffiths, Trent Bianco and Hart are among others who could influence the game with strong performances.

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 8 – Saturday, June 9, 1pm Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta

Murray Bushrangers

B: 34. T. Boyd, 22. A. Dang, 15. R. Quinn
HB: 19. J. Boyer, 16. N. Murray, 20. J. Bradshaw
C: 13. B.  Frauenfelder, 28. K.  Clarke, 55. R.  Paradzayi
HF: 6. W. Chandler, 2. J. Butts, 9. M. Walker
F: 14. J. Chalcraft, 3. B. Kelly, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 38. D. Clarke, 5. E. Smith
Int: 11. E. Adams, 17. N. Amery, 26. R. Bice, 48. R. Goodley 23P: 52. J. Sanford

In: R. Quinn, R. Goodley, J. Sanford, W. Chandler, R. Paradzayi, M. Marriott
Out: H. Garoni,  L. Ash,  K. Davies,  L. Vandermeer,  Z. Barzen,  J. Koschitzke

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 36. C. Beasley, 33. M. Warren, 35. X. Fry
HB: 15. K. Schreiber, 30. B. Wraith, 16. L. Westwood
C: 31. W.  Golds, 2. L.  Bugeja, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 26. J. Gasper, 7. J. Robertson, 22. D. Williams
F: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 6. M. Day, 25. D. Scala
R: 79. B. Griffiths31, 5. X. O’Neill, 32. J. Ross
Int: 17. T. Bianco, 43. P. Bohan, 38. Z. Hart, 24. S. Harte, 34. C. Leon, 19. D. Romero, 21. H. Shugg
23P: 29. F. Elliot

In: L. Westwood, P. Bohan, B. Wraith, H. Shugg, D. Romero, W. Golds, C. Leon, M. Warren, J. Ross, C. Beasley, K. Schreiber, M. Rowell, Z. Hart
Out: I. Quaynor, U. Chol, M. Fewings, S. Elliott, S. Fernandez, R. Collier-Dawkins, N. Answerth , H. Leonard, J. May, K. Viccars

Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Round 6

IN Round 6 we battled the rain up at Craigieburn, and visited Preston City Oval and MARS Stadium for this round’s scouting notes. Here are some of the extended Victorian squad players who stood out.

 

Northern Knights vs. Murray Bushrangers:

By: Michael Alvaro

Northern Knights: 

#3 Braedyn Gillard

The skipper was once again one of the Knights’ major ball-winners throughout the day, accumulating in all areas of the ground. While his strengths lie in his clearance work, Gillard showed some good burst from the stoppages to set his side forward. It was a timely adjustment to his tendencies in the first half, where he often flicked out handballs to open space without any real intent, but with his side needing a lift it was obvious that he was keen to take the game by the scruff of the neck. One of his better plays was a two-bounce run from centre-wing which he finished off by lowering his eyes and finding a target inside 50, leading to a Joel Randall goal.

#7 Harrison Grace

This was one of Grace’s better games for the year, again splitting his time between the centre bounces, wing, and half forward. He was able to find a decent amount of the ball while also contributing the kind of pressure that he has become known for. Grace really started to come into the game during the third quarter, working in tandem with his skipper to win the ball in tight areas and wrestle back some momentum. His best moment came in the final term where he laid a huge tackle on Murray’s Kai Davies despite the game being all but over – that’s just the kind of player he is. A promising part of his game was also his composure, making good decisions in traffic.

#16 Tom Hallebone

Like Grace, this was one of Hallebone’s better outings so far as he consistently showcased clear improvements in his game. On paper, the ruck battle between he and Mark Marriott looked to be an even one with both players standing at 201cm and weighing in at just over 85kg. The Knights ruckman won out though, with his hitouts to advantage and deft touches highlighting the chemistry he has with his midfielders. His lean build often sees him outmuscled against some of the competition’s more monsterous ruckmen, but his bodywork has improved and he looked more comfortable while engaging. ‘T-Bone’ tended to roam a kick behind the ball and act as a kickout target, but his contested marking wasn’t quite there and he found himself running under a lot of high balls. Still, he showed some good signs while resting forward in the third quarter with a few nice marks on the lead to cap off a decent game for him.

 

Murray Bushrangers:

#4 Laitham Vandermeer

The overager was everywhere early on, setting the tone for his Murray teammates. His work rate was impressive, finding the ball in all sorts of areas as he ran around like an energizer bunny in the opening half, despite copping a couple of heavy knocks. It’s easy to see why he has cemented a spot on the wing over the last couple of years, with his slick set of wheels and brave use of the ball. His tendency to play on instinctively became infectious throughout the Bushrangers side, and it really allowed them to put some serious pressure on the Knights defence. He also ventured forward quite a lot and managed to bag one of Murray’s four second quarter goals with a booming set shot from the arc.  

#7 Zane Barzen

While he took some time to stamp his mark on the game, Barzen provided a couple of highlights that reminded onlookers of why there was so much promise surrounding him coming into the year. Having started on the wing, Barzen found his feet playing as a deep-lying forward where he was able to express himself through his trademark aerial marking. He worked well alongside tall Hudson Garoni to dominate in the air with some strong grabs and a nice hanger. He has a pretty casual style and is a natural footballer, but will need to work on impacting more contests, more often in order to become a complete forward. He looked most dangerous in the third quarter as Murray put on five goals, but his came in the second from a classy boundary-line snap.  

#12 Lachlan Ash

The bottom-ager looked right at home across half back with mature decision making and some slick movement telling the story of his game. While he plays like a typical running half back who rebounds on the outside, Ash also showed a hard-edge and wasn’t afraid to dig in when needed. He tackled hard and had an impressive moment of courage as he went back with the flight to take a contested mark in the third term. He was one of the more effective ball users throughout the day in blowy conditions, and was quite capable on both feet.

#18 Hudson Garoni

There are plenty of big-bodied forwards who have benefited from the TAC Cup zoning rules over the years, plonking themselves forward and easily beating their direct opponent one on one. Hudson Garoni is cut from a different cloth – bringing a good work rate, dynamic repeat leads, and ground-level prowess back to the art of being a key forward. He was hit up from the very first centre clearance, setting the tone for much of the day as he worked well up the ground and was a constant threat inside 50, ending up with two goals. One of them came after taking a massive speckie in the final term from a rain-catcher, and his hands were very good all day.

#23 Mark Marriott

While he may have been narrowly out-pointed in the ruck battle over the course of the game, Marriott showed a good hunger for the contest and moved well around the ground. His repeat efforts were important, and while he might not always have the highest of disposal counts, his work at the base of the stoppages proved to be valuable. Like Hallebone, he was moved forward for some of the second half, but couldn’t quite find the goals.

#28 Kyle Clarke

Clarke was one of many impressive cogs through the Murray midfield and forward line. He looked lively wherever he went and in particular, created some good opportunities for his side in the forward half. Clarke’s work at the stoppages was notable as he was constantly on the move, allowing him to generate shots on goal from nothing. Despite failing to sink one through the big sticks, Clarke’s impact was notable and his clean use was outstanding in tough conditions.

 

Calder Cannons vs. Western Jets

Calder:

#5 Curtis Taylor

Did not hit the scoreboard, but still won plenty of the ball. He took a number of marks across the ground spreading and was able to direct the ball forward and keep it moving in transition. He had a number of inside 50s on the night and his kick-to-handball ratio stands true in wet weather football.

#8 Lachlan Sholl

Like many players in the first half plagued by poor conditions, started slowly before really turning it on in the second half. He was crucial out of defence, rebounding from thr back half on a number of occasions and having the ball on a string in the second half. He used it well, spreading from half-back to the midfield and was constantly used in transition.

#33 Jack Evans

Another solid game from the defender who pushed further up the ground in the match, having more impact at the stoppages and going inside 50. Instead of being the key architect out of defence, he was found to be more of a playmaker going inside 50, and was effective when the going was tough early, and in the final term. Was reliable by hand or foot.

 

Bendigo:

#20 James Schischka

Another consistent performance from the midfielder who was a more prominent ball winner for the Pioneers. He spreads well and was able to kick the ball clear out of defence on a number of occasions. Schischka is good with his hands and had a big final term trying to get the Pioneers back into the contest late.

 

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels vs. Oakleigh Chargers

By: Cameron Ross

GWV Rebels

#3 Scott Carlin

Carlin played on the wing today and was really important for his side in the first quarter. The Rebels were having a hard time adjusting to the windy conditions and were under constant pressure from the opposition. Carlin lead the way, by taking the game on and creating run under pressure. This released the pressure on the midfield and helped the Rebels to get to quarter time without much damage on the scoreboard. Played an “outside” style of game today, looking for pockets of space and being an outlet at stoppages.

 

#14 Jed Hill

Signature game from Hill, where he would be quiet for five minutes and then would do something breathtaking. Two examples of this today, the first being in the third quarter where he pounced on the loose ball and picked it up with one hand before stepping around his opponent and cleanly disposing of the ball to a teammate. The second was in the final term where he had the ball spoiled but kept his feet as the ball hit the deck and snapped on his opposite boot from 35 out. The latter was greeted with cries of amazement and applause by the MARS Stadium crowd. Not only was Hill important up forward, but this season he has proven his ability to be a defensive forward. Hill laid some big tackles and would chase down lost causes, one resulting in a Chargers turnover, and a possession for his teammate. Another classy game from a classy player.

 

Oakleigh Chargers

#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins

Collier Dawkins spent a lot of time forward today and had an opportunity to win the game for his side with the last kick of the game. Unfortunately, he missed, but his efforts in the final quarter were a big reason his side got as close as they did. Collier Dawkins had repeat inside 50’s and was dangerous in the air and at ground level. He kicked one goal in the final term but could easily have kicked three.

#13 Atu Bosenavulagi

He had an outstanding first quarter, kicking two goals and asserting his physicality in the contest. Bosenavulagi was quiet after quarter time and was caught holding the ball while attempting to break tackles too often. Good tacklers such as Lohmann and Dawson were able to curb his influence as his intention to take on the tackler became obvious.

#22 Dylan Williams

Big game from Williams he took at least three intercept marks, some that were heavily contested. His skills were outstanding on a day that was difficult to take overhead marks and kick accurately. Williams created important run for the Chargers out of defence, especially with the wind, where he would dash out of defence and then kick the ball long.

#23 Isaac Quaynor

Quaynor had a solid game and worked extremely well with Williams down in defence. He took a couple of nice intercept marks, but was beaten at times by Wilson and Giddings one on one. Quaynor laid a few huge tackles and showed some dash out of the backline. He is an exciting player to watch and one who is clearly willing to put it all on the line for his team. He had a courageous bit of play in the final term going back with the flight only to get cleaned up by his own ruckman. Quaynor proved his toughness by quickly bouncing to his feet and continuing the game.

Future prospects star in under 15s V/Line Cup

Credit: AFL Victoria
Credit: AFL Victoria

AS the nation’s top under 18s players go head to head in a series of tests at the National AFL Draft Combine, AFL Draft Central has fast forwarded to the 2019 AFL Draft. It might seem a while off yet, but here are 30 players who impressed at the V/Line Cup last week. For those who do not know, the V/Line Cup is for the best under 15s as a pathway onto the TAC Cup under 16s lists and then the under 18s lists. We have listed the players that were named among the best in both games, led the competition’s goal kicking over the two games and a few that have ties to current players.

Top V/Line Cup players in alphabetical order:

Josh Bibby

Warrack Eagles (North Ballarat Rebels)

11/07/2001 | 185cm | 64kg

Likely to grow into a tall midfielder, Bibby impressed in the V/Line Cup learning from his senior experience with Warrack in the Wimmera Football League. He played seven senior games this year and managed six goals, while playing 10 under 17s matches for 17 goals.

 

Gennaro Bove

South Barwon (Geelong Falcons)

14/01/2002 | 173cm | 75kg

A nippy bottom-ager, Bove is not eligible to be picked up by an AFL club until 2020, but he stood out against the North Ballarat Rebels Two in the V/Line Cup booting five goals. Impressed in the Barwon AFL Under 14 Grading with nine goals in four games.

 

Ned Cahill

Mt Eliza (Dandenong Stingrays)

11/01/2001 | 174cm | 69kg

Ned Cahill was a standout for the Stingrays in both their games in the V/Line Cup. Playing for Mount Eliza, Cahill has booted 15 goals from 10 games, showing his capability of having an impact on the scoreboard.

 

Jakob Cocks

Jeparit/Rainbow Storm (North Ballarat Rebels)

24/05/2001 | 184cm | 70kg

A talented junior who has remarkably already tasted senior action, Cocks was named among the best on both occasions for the Rebels in the V/Line Cup. It would not have been surprising at his home club, where he has been named in the best on 12 of a possible 15 occasions playing in the under 17s. Started playing senior football at 14 years of age.

 

Kai Davies

Lavington (Murray Bushrangers)

07/11/2001 | 184cm | 77kg

Kai Davies was named among the best on both occasions for the North East Border side, particularly impressing in the team’s victory over Gippsland Power Two. Playing in the under 16s for Lavington in the Albury Wodonga Junior Football League, Davies played five matches, booting three goals.

 

Sam De Koning

Mt Martha (Dandenong Stingrays)

26/02/2001 | 179cm | 59kg

The name might sound familiar for TAC Cup watchers and it is – De Koning is the brother of Tom who caused a splash with nine goals against Northern Knights. At 179cm he will have a lot of growing to do if he is to match his brother, but has the same skinny build.

 

Brad Edwards

St Joseph’s (Geelong Falcons)

25/02/2001 | 170cm | 60kg

Edwards was a productive goal scorer for the Falcons, booting five goals in two games and among Geelong’s best. The small forward booted 25 goals in 15 games for St Joseph’s only finishing goalless on two occasions.

 

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Garfield (Gippsland Power)

16/01/2002 | 179cm | 73kg

Fourteen year-old Fitzpatrick booted a goal in each of his two V/Line Cup games and was another impressive player for the Power. At 179cm and 73kg, expect him to become a medium midfielder with a fair bit of size by the time he reaches TAC Cup level.

 

Rogan Goonan

Emerald (Eastern Ranges)

24/04/2001 | 170cm | 55kg

Goonan might be small in stature but he has a knack for kicking goals. His 170cm and 55kg size has not stopped him booting 23 goals from 14 games as a bottom ager for Emerald, following on from his impressive 68 goals from 14 games at an average of 4.86 per game in the under 14s last year. Was Yarra Ranges’ best across the V/Line Cup and one to watch if he grows.

 

Rhys Goodley

Benalla Giants (Murray Bushrangers)

06/02/2001 | 187cm | 80kg

A good size already, Goodley booted seven goals in his two games for North East Border Two. He has booted 68 goals in the past two seasons for the Benalla Giants in the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League.

 

Izaac Grant

Hepburn (North Ballarat Rebels)

02/07/2001 | 179cm | 65kg

Possibly one of the greatest junior goal kicking machines of all time. In the past three years he has booted a total of 367 goals from 57 games for his age group at a remarkable average of 6.4 goals per game. Excited to see what he will grow to, with the hope he becomes that medium half-forward in time. Booted three goals in his two games for the Rebels at the V/Line Cup.

 

Liam Herbert

South Warrnambool (North Ballarat Rebels)

01/03/2001 | 183cm | 70kg

Brother of former Gold Coast Suns’ rookie Louis, Herbert has had a huge season for the Roosters, booting 13 goals from eight matches as a bottom-ager and celebrated the club’s premiership. Another solid performer in the V/Line Cup for the Rebels.

 

Tom Holland

Upwey Tecoma (Eastern Ranges)

25/03/2001 | 180cm | 69kg

Holland was a solid contributor for Yarra Ranges in his two games in the V/Line Cup. Named among the best, he took his game to another level after playing 12 games for the under 16s in the Yarra Ranges Junior Football League this season.

 

Sam Howard

Thurgoona (Murray Bushrangers)

16/06/2001 | 180cm | 75kg

Another player who had a superb V/Line Cup, Howard was named in the top two players for North East Border Two in both his matches. Howard also finished with five goals, including a best-on-ground three-goal performance against Gippsland Power Two.

 

Riley Ironside

Kyabram (Bendigo Pioneers)

22/11/2001 | 179cm | 69kg

A talented athlete across a range of disciplines, Ironside is a member of the under 15s AFL Goulburn Murray Academy. He was named best on ground in both his matches in the V/Line Cup and one of the top players for the tournament.

 

Cameron Johnston

Cobram (Murray Bushrangers)

Johnston was Goulburn Murray Two’s top performer in the V/Line Cup, named in the best twice. He has stepped up as a bottom-ager playing under 17s for Cobram this year, playing 17 matches named in the best six times.

 

Isaac Kenna

Kolora-Noorat (North Ballarat Rebels)

23/08/2001 | 175cm | 57kg

Isaac Kenna had a break-out season for Warrnambool and District club Kolora-Noorat, booting his maiden century shortly after his fifteenth birthday. The feat was made all the more impressive considering he plays primarily midfield, but enjoyed bags of 19 and 17 goals during the year. Kenna capped off his year named in the best for both V/Line Cup matches.

 

William Lewis

Mt Martha (Dandenong Stingrays)

24/05/2001 | 175cm | 73kg

Lewis is a well built midfielder/forward who has managed eight goals in seven games for the Mounties, named in the best on five occasions. In the V/Line Cup he booted two goals against Gippsland Power One in an impressive display.

 

Mason McGannon

Leongatha (Gippsland Power)

30/01/2001 | 176cm | 61kg

A lightly framed player, McGannon booted three goals in his two V/Line Cup games, named in his side’s best against Yarra Ranges. McGannon has played 17 games for Leongatha in the Central Gippsland league, finishing the season with three best on grounds.

 

Fraser Phillips

Warragul (Gippsland Power)

15/05/2001 | 181cm | 59kg

Fraser Phillips was a solid contributor to Gippsland Power Two in the V/Line Cup, named in the best twice and has continued on from his 17 games and seven goals in the Warragul under 16s. Also booted a goal in his sole under 18s appearance.

 

Will Quirk

Myrtleford (Murray Bushrangers)

05/03/2001 | 190cm | 82kg

Well developed key position player, Quirk was named best on ground in a tight two-point loss to Gippsland Power One. He also booted a goal in his other game for the tournament. Remarkably, Quirk has managed 10 games playing seniors for Myrtleford, booting two goals and was named among the best against Wodonga.

 

Ned Nash

Lake Wendouree (North Ballarat Rebels)

06/03/2001 | 176cm | 72kg

A strong performance in the V/Line Cup from the Ballarat Football League’s 2015 under 14s league best and fairest. Named in the top two performers in both his matches, he has followed on from a strong season last year to boot 15 goals in 20 matches for the under Lake Wendouree 16.5s, named in the best nine times.

 

Oliver Poole

Torquay (Geelong Falcons)

12/02/2001 | 190cm | 79kg

Key position player who has impressed for the Falcons named in the best for both V/Line Cup matches. Has taken part in both the Barwon AFL Under 16 Grading and Buckley’s Cup, performing admirably.

 

Mitch Reed

Cobden (North Ballarat Rebels)

14/08/2001 | 174cm | 66kg

A smaller midfielder whose brother Trent is a bottom-ager at the Rebels. Missed out on premiership glory in the under 16s after a grand final loss, but is another one to keep an eye on for Rebels in the future.

 

Brett Robbins

Simpson (Geelong Falcons)

31/01/2001 | 180cm | 74kg

A late call-up to the Falcons’ V/Line Cup squad, Robbins wasted no time having an impact, named in the best in the Falcons’ heavy loss to the Pioneers. Backed it up against the Rebels in the second game where he remarkably played against Simpson teammate Jack Hookway with the pair zoned to different clubs.

 

Joel Shannon

Congupna (Murray Bushrangers)

Joel Shannon was a top performer for Goulburn Murray, named in the best three against Bendigo Pioneers Two and Yarra Ranges. Playing in the under 17s for Congupna, Shannon was among the best in nine of 19 games.

 

Zac Skinner

Moe (Gippsland Power)

26/03/2001 | 193cm | 73kg

Brother of Brisbane Lions’ Zac, the beanpole ruck will be hoping he can have better luck with injury than his brother. If he possesses the same talent, watch out for him.

 

Brock Smith

Moe (Gippsland Power)

13/03/2001 | 186cm | 74kg

Big bodied player from Gippsland, Smith booted four goals in his two V/Line Cup games and was one of the Power’s best players for the tournament. Playing for Newborough under 14s, Smith has booted 25 goals in 15 games, named among the best on six occasions.

 

Jacob Watson

St Mary’s (Geelong Falcons)

24/09/2001 | 188cm | 78kg

At 188cm and 78kg, Watson should be a genuine key position player by the time he reaches TAC Cup level. Watson booted six goals in the V/Line Cup, having had a strong year with 12 goals from four games in the AFL Barwon Under 16 grading and 18 goals in 13 games in the Buckley’s Cup.

 

Josh Worboys

Cobden (North Ballarat Rebels)

18/05/2001 | 187cm | 79kg

A readymade size already, Worboys stepped up in the V/Line Cup, named among the best in both his matches for the Rebels. Worboys managed to play in an under 18.5s flag with Cobden, finishing with eight games to go with his 15 games for the under 16s.