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Quaynor, Thomas and O’Neill kicking goals early at AFL Draft Combine

POTENTIAL Collingwood Next Generation Academy (NGA) draft prospect, Isaac Quaynor aced the National AFL Draft Combine Goalkicking test last night, finishing the first evening of testing with a perfect score. Each of the players have five attempts at goal from various positions, with the Oakleigh Chargers talent kicking all five goals, despite being most suited to being a defender. Quaynor is most known for his kicking, and while he did not finish in the top 10 of the Kicking test, he was the clear standout in front of goals.

Brisbane Lions Academy member, and fellow defender, Keidean Coleman also impressed in front of the big sticks, scoring 4.1 from his five attempts, along with North Melbourne NGA prospect and top 10 hopeful, Tarryn Thomas, potential number one pick, Jack Lukosius, Northern Knights midfielder, Tom McKenzie and Irish hopeful, Mark Keane. Fellow Irish draft prospect, Jordan Morrisey scored four goals from five attempts, equal to that of top 10 hopeful and excitement machine, West Adelaide’s Izak Rankine, and Sandringham Dragons’ Angus Hanrahan.

In the kicking test, it was Thomas and Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Xavier O’Neill who proved they can use either foot, scoring 27 of a possible 30. They finished ahead of Gippsland Power overager, Matt McGannon (25) and Murray Bushrangers’ midfielder Ely Smith (24). Murray teammate, Laitham Vandermeer and Lukosius were next with 23/30. Vic Metro players, Noah Answerth, James Blanck and Metro captain, Xavier O’Halloran were all on 22, as were Allies, Chayce Jones and Nicholas Baker, and South Australian defender, Riley Grundy – brother of Collingwood’s Brodie.

NATIONAL AFL DRAFT COMBINE RESULTS

Kicking test (score out of 30)
1 – Tarryn Thomas 27
1 – Xavier O’Neill 27
3 – Matt McGannon 25
4 – Ely Smith 24
5 – Laithan Vandermeer 23
5 – Jack Lukosius 23
7 – Chayce Jones 22
7 – Noah Answerth 22
7 – Nicholas Baker 22
7 – Xavier O’Halloran 22
7 – James Blanck 22
7 – Riley Grundy 22

Goalkicking test (score out of 30)
1 – Isaac Quaynor 30
2 – Keidean Coleman 25
2 – Tarryn Thomas 25
2 – Tom McKenzie 25
2 – Mark Keane 25
2 – Jack Lukosius 25
7 – Izak Rankine 24
7 – Jordan Morrisey 24
7 – Angus Hanrahan 24

Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Preliminary Finals

THE final four became two with wins to Dandenong Stingrays and Oakleigh Chargers over Sandringham Dragons and Gippsland Power respectively. We took a look at some of the combine invitees from the day, as well as the Under 17 Futures players.

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Sandringham Dragons

Dandenong:

By: Ed Pascoe

#9 Zac Foot

Foot had his moments showing his talent with his run and ability to get forward into dangerous positions. Despite playing an outside role he was not afraid to get his hands dirty and win the contested ball in the first quarter. He kicked a nice running goal in the second quarter to add to his sides total. Foot made a few mistakes including kicking into the man on the mark in the second quarter and a few errors were made with ball in hand, but his run and strength in one on ones shone above his few mistakes. Foot finished with 14 disposals, four marks and one goal. 

 #13 Riley Bowman

Bowman had a solid outing playing in the ruck and up forward and he got better and better as the game went on. Bowman showed nice defensive efforts which was on display early with a good chase in the first quarter. He showed his nice movement for his size in a contest up forward where he was able to get around multiple opponents although he was unable to turn that into a scoring opportunity. Bowman had some wasteful kicks inside 50 but he was able to hit up Williams for a nice pass inside 50. Bowman finished with 12 disposals, eight tackles, six inside 50s and 21 hitouts. 

 #15 Toby Bedford

Bedford was impressive once again for Dandenong with his excitement around the ball really catching the eye and he proved a constant handful for Sandringham. Bedford showed his trademark dash and agility throughout all four quarters proving to be too slick and slippery to tackle. He showed his physical side with a big bump that sent his opponent over the boundary line in the second quarter and went on to kick two goals in the quarter including a lovely snap goal on the boundary. His third would come with another nice snap in the third term and he did the team things well in the last quarter with a nice kick inside 50 to Bayne in the pocket. Bedford finished the game with 12 disposals, six tackles and three goals. 

#29 Bailey Williams

Williams was the dominant big man on the ground with three goals proving a difficult matchup for the Sandringham talls Corey Watts and Charlie Dean. His first goal came from a mark and then set shot goal in the first quarter and his final two goals came in the last quarter, one coming from a lovely contested mark where he nailed the set shot and the other was much easier with him running straight into an open goal in the goal square. Williams finished the game with 11 disposals, four tackles, 14 hitouts and three goals and three behinds 

#58 Will Hamill

Hamill was very classy with his run off half-back where he showed his clean hands and movement through traffic along with his lovely left foot to hit targets. This game was not as big as last weeks but he still played his role down back rarely getting beaten and looking comfortable with ball in hand coming out of defence. Hamill finished with 13 disposals, three marks and four rebounds. 

 #59 Sam Sturt

Sturt showed why he is a highly sought after talent displaying his great hands on multiple occasions and showing off his dangerous kicking skills on his left foot. Sturt’s best quarter was his second taking some nice marks and laying some good tackles. He showed off his kicking with a nice long pass inside 50 and he showed his creativity with ball in hand with a good handball over his head which lead to a goal. Sturt’s first goal came in the third quarter with nice recovery after a marking contest and then kicking a nice snap goal. He showed his terrific judgment overhead with a nice mark on the wing in the last quarter where he managed to take the mark behind his opponent.  Sturt finished the game with 12 disposals, five marks, six tackles and two goals. 

 

Sandringham:

By: Craig Byrnes

#2 Alastair Richards

Found himself mostly behind the play and while he did not win much of the ball, he had an eye catching moment when running through the middle of the ground with pace which resulted in a goal to Mahony during the first quarter. He was very reliable defensively as well, laying 10 tackles and using his acceleration to hold his opposition up.

#7 Liam Stocker

It was a character propelling performance by the Morrish Medal winner who continued on despite nursing a shoulder complaint for a majority of the match. While he already appeared sore beforehand, a hard hit from Sam Fletcher saw Stocker go off, but he returned to the field to tough it out despite being in obvious discomfort. He fought tooth and nail for his 18 disposals and still managed to lay 10 tackles with that shoulder restriction. He looked rushed on occasions with attention from Campbell Hustwaite and Jake Frawley at the stoppages, but it was a commendable effort to fight on and it was not unnoticed.

#27 Jack Mahony

The 16 year old is a really clever and creative player, especially inside 50 where his goal sense and nous is obvious. He gets in positions where defenders get panicky when the ball hits the ground and is difficult to contain. He kicked two opportunistic goals and had good moments through the midfield as well, collecting 17 disposals. He makes things happen with ball in hand and despite being only 176cm, he has plenty of tricks for clubs to be excited about next year.

#28 James Rendell

The Brisbane father-son prospect is giving the Lions and the other clubs plenty to think about after an outstanding Preliminary Final outing. He competed well in the ruck against the likes of Bowman and Williams, but it was around the ground where he was truly influential. In tricky windy conditions, he read the ball superbly in the air to take multiple contested marks. At ground level he fought to win five clearances and if he did not win the ball, he would throw his body around or tackle. He finished with 18 disposals, seven marks and 23 hitouts to clearly be Sandringham’s best player on the day.

#29 Ben King

The top five prospect had quiet periods after a hot start, where he took four marks leading up the ground in the first quarter. Although Dandenong’s dominance meant he lacked supply and could not be as involved as previous weeks. He still managed to hit the scoreboard and was dangerous when the ball was in his area. He kicked a goal from an easy crumb in the second quarter and earned a free kick after attacking the ball at its highest point late in the game.

#33 Will Kennedy

The 198cm combine invitee did not have a huge impact on the game, starting in the forward arc and relieving Rendell in the ruck. He only won seven disposals, but had a real crack defensively laying eight tackles. He had a moment in the opposition goal square during the third quarter where he cleaned up teammate Corey Watts with a lack of communication between the two, but you could not question his attack at the ball.

#48 Josh Worrell

The bottom-aged prospect has had an impressive finals series and again looked right at home in defence for Sandringham. He is a tidy left footer who at 195cm, is capable of playing tall, sitting in the hole or manning a medium type as he did on Sam Sturt. While he gave his opponent latitude at times, he reads the play well and took a strong contested intercept mark in the final term. One to keep an eye on next year.

#52 Charlie Dean

Another bottom-aged Dragon who impressed behind the play and won plenty of the ball. He looked comfortable defensively and got into smart positions. He is a good size at 194cm and appears to possess flexibility to play different roles in the back half. Dean arguably played his best game to date for Sandringham to finish with 18 disposals and seven marks.

#72 Darcy Chirgwin

Chirgwin will be yet another 2019 draft prospect for Sandringham who proved to possess some quality forward traits on Saturday. He only won nine disposals, but looked likely every time the ball was in his area inside 50. He took a strong contested mark in the second term and kicked truly, following that up shortly with a clever dribble goal. Like Dean and Worrell, we will see Chirgwin in a couple of weeks in the U17 Futures game at the MCG on Grand Final day.

#74 Harry Reynolds

One of the bolters of the draft, Reynolds started at the first centre bounce and won early midfield possessions. He consistently got his hands first on the ball, but the faster paced game and higher quality opposition meant he fumbled on occasions and did not always have the time to release efficiently. In saying that, he is a fascinating prospect at 190cm and possesses enormous scope in his game. He finished with 15 disposals and three clearances, but you suspect he has a whole lot more than those numbers to provide as he develops.

 

Gippsland Power vs. Oakleigh Chargers

Gippsland:

By: Craig Byrnes

#2 Caleb Serong

One of the few Power players who could come away satisfied with their individual performance. He started in the midfield and gathered a couple of early touches, before spending long periods forward for the rest of the game. Obviously lacking opportunities in the front half, Serong was his usual clean and efficient self when in possession of the pill. He finally got Gippsland on the board with a well read dribble goal in the fourth term, before earning a free kick shortly after to double his and the team’s tally. He finished with 14 disposals and two goals which was a respectable effort in a big loss.

#4 Sam Flanders

Despite the dominance of the Oakleigh midfield in the first half, Flanders competed and fought hard when at the stoppages to ensure the opposition didn’t have it all their own way. He laid a physical chase down tackle on Will Kelly in the first term to earn a free kick and won a couple of eye catching clearances against the play. He took a strong body on body grab inside 50 in the third term, but was not seen as frequently as the game went on.

#5 Xavier Duursma

On an extremely tough day for Gippsland, one thing you could not question was the determination of the captain. Duursma did all he possibly could to stem the Charger’s flow of goals both offensively and defensively, but was often found lacking support against the quality opposition. He wasn’t allowed to find his usual space, which often lead to Oakleigh players hanging off him from a contested situation which affected his efficiency. He did manage to break free and hit Austin Hodge lace out inside 50 from a stoppage, but these moments were few and far between. His desperate, diving tackle efforts ensured he lost no admirers and is sure to be in first round contention come November.

#9 Irving Mosquito

It certainly was not Mosquito’s most prolific or influential outing of the year, but the Hawthorn Next Generation Academy prospect still managed to create the occasional eye catching moment. “Mozzie” looked his most dangerous at the stoppages, weaving through traffic, creating space from nothing and turning onto his left as he does best. He only won nine disposals, but clubs really like him which may lead to Hawthorn matching a bid earlier than they would like.

#11 Austin Hodge

The 19 year-old was in and out of the game playing forward and rotating through the midfield. You can never doubt his intent and courage, as proven in the first term when he attacked an aerial ball from an awkward position without question. He no doubt would have liked to get more involved in his final game for the club, but his years of commitment and outstanding character have left a lasting mark.

#12 Brock Smith

In the absence of Kyle Reid, Smith was required to play a taller role behind the ball and had to deal with constant Oakleigh entrances from the outset. He defended as well as he could have considering the quality of the attacks coming in, even taking a strong intercept mark in the first term. While he made an error in the middle of the ground in the second term that resulted in a goal, he attacked the ball at every opportunity and provided a physical presence that his teammates could not replicate.

#18 Matt McGannon

Unfortunately he did not start the game in great fashion, turning the ball over from a kick out that directly resulted in a goal. It was an uncharacteristic error, but he improved as the game went on in difficult circumstances. He has had an outstanding season and has proven to be one of the best users of the ball in the competition, on either side of his body. McGannon has his second consecutive Draft Combine coming up and will embrace to opportunity to impress the clubs again.

#23 Noah Gown

Gown was deprived of the aerial opportunities of recent weeks, but still looked ominous when the ball went in his direction. He won an excellent one on one against Kelly early, keeping his feet after competing for the mark and gathering eventually in space. He also took an extremely strong mark on the lead in the second term under extreme pressure. It was the thirteenth time in 14 matches since moving forward that he has been named in Power’s best. He has arguably been the biggest improver this year and has ended the season having given himself every chance in the November drafts.

 

Oakleigh:

By: Ed Pascoe 

#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins

Collier-Dawkins backed up his impressive game last week with an even better performance this week proving too be too quick and too strong through the midfield. Collier-Dawkins’ hands at stoppages were clean and he often got his arms free to release to running teammates. His speed around the ground was telling where he often would take the ball either with a mark or in general play and always look to play on and get the play moving. Once the rain started, Collier-Dawkins showed his best bit of play to date where he kicked a classy checkside goal on the run in the third quarter and although missing the set shot his speed to take a nice contested mark in the last quarter was impressive. Collier-Dawkins finished with 26 disposals, six inside 50s and one goal. 

#4 Will Kelly

Will Kelly had a quiet game down back, the ball did not spend much time down there but he did the defensive things well and looked composed with ball in hand. Kelly finished with eight disposals, three marks and our rebounds.

 #9 James Rowbottom

Rowbottom has been one of Oakleigh’s most consistent midfielders this year and that was also the case against Gippsland with another tough performance. Rowbottom again did his best work at the clearances using his burst of speed and clean hands to win clearances around the ground. He has struggled to hit the scoreboard this year but he had a few chances in the third quarter where he snapped a behind at a stoppage before finally kicking a goal with a nice opposite foot snap. Rowbottom finished the game with 24 disposals and one goal. 

 #12 Noah Answerth

Answerth was one of many dominant midfielders for Oakleigh with his clearance work and tough attitude on display at stoppages. Answerth was terrific by hand often showing good vision and ran with the ball on a few occasions to give himself time to pick the right options. A few kicks he had where slammed on the boot at stoppages which would effect his efficiency but they were often the right option. He only had the four kicks for the game often using his best feature which was his handballing. He kicked a nice long goal in the first quarter coming from a set shot from 50 meters. Answerth was a solid contributor over the four quarters and he finished the game with 23 disposals, five tackles and one goal. 

 #23 Isaac Quaynor

Quaynor did not get to show a huge amount of his talent playing in defence, but he was still able to show why he is a possible top 20 pick. Quaynor was cool and clam with ball in hand and was not afraid to take the game on. He had plenty of clearing kicks from defence and he made good decisions throughout the game. Quanyor had a solid finish to game pushing up the ground and he looks set for a big game next week finishing with 14 disposals and four rebound 50s 

 #31 Will Golds

Golds was a ball magnet on the wing for Oakleigh and he was huge in the opening quarter with his run and carry and ability to find the ball. Golds had a good mix of linking play with handballs while also getting them back and pumping the ball inside 50. As much as he is an outside player he still managed to take a nice contested mark in the second quarter. Golds’ ball use was mostly very effective especially by hand and he had a great kick inside 50 to Day in the third quarter. Golds finished the game with 26 disposals and five inside 50s. 

Weekend Wash-up: TAC Cup – Round 15

IN an action packed weekend with six games across two venues, it saw the top two lock up their position, leaving just three teams in the race for third and fourth spot. 

Gippsland Power 9.13 (67) defeated Murray Bushrangers 5.8 (38)

Gippsland Power locked up a top two spot on the weekend with an impressive 29-point win over fellow top four side Murray Bushrangers. The Power held the Bushrangers scoreless in the opening term, opening up a 16-point lead by quarter time. They extended the margin to 22 by the main break, before a Zane Barzen-inspired Bushrangers outfit hit back. They missed a few opportunities but cut the deficit to 16 by the final break, before Gippsland booted the only two goals of the final term to record a comfortable win and lock up second spot on the TAC Cup table.

Riley Baldi was sensational for the Power, racking up 31 disposals, seven marks, seven clearances, five tackles, two rebounds and a goal. Captain Xavier Duursma continued his good form with 26 disposals, three marks, six inside 50s and a goal, while key forward Noah Gown slotted three majors from 14 disposals and five marks (three contested), but could have had more, slotting four behinds. Brock Smith played one of his best games of the year in defence amassing 22 disposals, four marks, two inside 50s and seven rebounds. In defence, Kyle Reid did a great job on the competition’s leading goal kicker Hudson Garoni, while Matt McGannon was clean with his 11 touches, three marks and five rebounds.

For Murray, Mat Walker was really strong across the four quarters, picking up 18 disposals, seven marks, five tackles, four clearances and five inside 50s, while Barzen was the excitement machine up forward, booting 3.2 from 11 disposals and six marks. Bottom-ager Jimmy Boyer found plenty of the ball with 28 disposals, seven marks, six tackles, four clearances, six inside 50s and four rebounds, while ruck Floyd Bollinghaus covered the ground really well from 23 disposals, two marks, 14 hitouts and five clearances. Nick Murray (18 disposals, five marks and four rebounds) and Ed Adams (24 disposals, seven marks and five rebounds) were a couple of defenders who were busy on the day.

 

Geelong Falcons 5.7 (37) defeated by Dandenong Stingrays 7.13 (55)

Dandenong Stingrays showed why they have taken out the TAC Cup minor premiership, but not without a genuine challenge from Geelong Falcons in wet conditions at MARS Stadium. The Falcons burst out of the blocks to boot three goals to one, and lead by nine points despite the Stingrays having an extra scoring shot. From quarter time the game was more on the Stingrays’ terms, but the Falcons refused to go away. When Geelong scored the first goal of the final term, just a kick separated the sides, before Sam Sturt put the game to bed with a couple of late majors.

Captain Campbell Hustwaite was prominent for the Stingrays, racking up 24 disposals, one mark, six clearances, five tackles and four inside 50s, while Lachlan McDonnell also found his fair share of the football with 22 disposals, three marks, four clearances and a goal. Sturt was the main man up forward with three majors from 14 disposals and four marks, while Bailey Williams kept presenting amassing 10 touches, two marks, seven tackles and three behinds. Potential 2019 top pick Hayden Young had another good showing with 15 disposals, five clearances, three inside 50s and nine marks in the 18-point win.

Geelong Falcons star, Sam Walsh had another day out with 25 disposals, three marks, two clearances, three inside 50s, three rebounds and two goals, while Blake Schlensog was terrific early in the ruck for 14 disposals, six marks, seven hitouts, three inside 50s, three rebounds and a goal. Brayden Ham stood out off half-back with 18 disposals, six marks, three tackles and five rebounds, while bottom-ager Cooper Stephens had 22 disposals (16 contested), two marks, eight clearances and four inside 50s.

 

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels 11.9 (75) defeated Bendigo Pioneers 5.9 (39)

In the final game of the Country Triple Header, GWV Rebels stormed home to boot nine goals to one after half-time and run over the top of Bendigo Pioneers. The Pioneers looked good early and adapted to the conditions better than the home side, booting four goals to two in the first half to lead by eight points at the main break. But with Charlie Wilson and Tylar Watts forward, the Rebels powered home finding their kicking boots and scoring 9.3 to 1.7 to win by 36 points.

Wilson booted two goals from 26 disposals, five marks, six clearances, five inside 50s, three rebounds and nine tackles in another best on ground performance. While, Watts played one of his best games of the year, booting two goals – including a nice long-range goal off a couple of steps – from 12 disposals 10 hitouts, three clearances, three inside 50s and six tackles. Mitch Martin also worked between midfield and forward booting three goals from 21 disposals, three marks, five clearances and six inside 50s, while Jed Hill continued his good form with 19 disposals, two marks, seven clearances, six inside 50s and 1.3. Bottom-ager Toby Mahony (18 disposals, three clearances and a goal) and Ethan Harvey (23 disposals, two marks and five clearances) were others who were prominent on the day.

Noah Wheeler was Bendigo’s best player on the day, racking up 28 disposals, six marks and seven rebounds working hard throughout the four quarters, while Bailey Henderson (27 disposals, eight marks and 10 rebounds) and Brodie Kemp (26 disposals, five marks, eight clearances and a goal) were also impressive for the losing side. Hunter Lawrence had another 22 touches, while Riley Ironside, Jacob Atley and Flynn Perez all had 18 disposals.

 

Western Jets 8.6 (54) defeated by Northern Knights 9.6 (60)

In what was a thrilling contest, and the closest of the weekend, Northern Knights just got over the line against a determined Western Jets outfit. The Knights took the early ascendancy with the breeze, booting three goals to zero in the first term. Western hit back with a massive five goals to one second term to take a six-point lead into half-time. Northern regained control with a slightly inaccurate 5.4 to 2.0 term to lead by 16 points with a quarter to go. Kicking with the breeze, the Jets stormed home with five scoring shots, but could only convert the one goal, to fall six points short at the death.

Adam Carafa was huge on the inside with 20 contested possessions from his 33 disposals, and also had 10 clearances, three inside 50s and four rebounds. Bottom-ager Josh D’Intinosante booted a goal from 19 disposals, four marks, two clearances and five inside 50s, while Joel Naylor booted for goals from eight touches and four marks. Braedyn Gillard returned for his first game back from injury playing forward and had 16 disposals, three marks, two inside 50s and a goal, while Stefan Uzelac was strong at full-back with 15 disposals, five marks, four tackles and two rebounds.

For the Jets, Darcy Cassar was strong with 27 disposals, four marks, eight tackles, three clearances and eight inside 50s, while Connor Thar continues to pump out consistent performances, notching up 25 disposals (16 contested), nine clearances, nine tackles, three rebounds and a goal. Jack Watkins (26 disposals, seven clearances and nine tackles) was the other big ball winner, while Daly Andrews (14 disposals, five tackles and three rebounds) and Buku Khamis (14 disposals, three marks and three rebounds) were others who impressed

 

Eastern Ranges 5.15 (45) defeated by Calder Cannons 14.3 (87)

Calder Cannons used the strong breeze to their advantage in the win over Eastern Ranges, booting 12 goals to zero with the wind to set up a 42-point win. While the Ranges had more scoring shots, they missed time and time again with the troubling breeze, scoring 5.15, while the Cannons were deadly in front of goal booting 14 goals from 17 scoring shots. While the Cannons did not score in the second term, they booted two goals in the final term as the Ranges struggled to capitalise, only scoring two majors from their eight scoring shots. 

Jake Riccardi booted 5.1 including three in the first term, finishing with 20 disposals, 10 marks (three contested), five hitouts and four inside 50s. Lucas Cavallaro was prominent in the defensive 50 with another 10 rebounds – he was already more than 20 ahead of the next highest rebounder in the competition – from 24 disposals and three marks. Daniel Mott (22 disposals, three clearances and three inside 50s), Rhylee West (22 disposals, eight clearances and three inside 50s) and Mitch Podhajski (21 disposals, three marks, three clearances, five inside 50s and a goal) were strong through midfield and forward, while Harrison Jones had 21 hitouts from 18 disposals, three marks and three clearances.

For Eastern, Kye Quirk had 31 disposals, three marks, five clearances and three inside 50s, while Cooper Leon (28 disposals, six marks, two clearances, six inside 50s and three rebounds) and Lachlan Stapleton (24 disposals, three marks, nine tackles, three clearances and seven inside 50s) were judged Eastern’s best. Mitch Mellis had another good game with 26 disposals, two marks, two clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds, while Caleb Quirk booted 2.3 from 13 disposals and six marks (three contested).

 

Oakleigh Chargers 13.10 (88) defeated Sandringham Dragons 4.8 (32)

Oakleigh Chargers have stamped their authority as a genuine premiership contender with a thumping 56-point victory over fellow contender Sandringham Dragons. Sandringham booted the first goal through Ben King, but it was the Chargers who dominated from then on, piling on 13 of the next 16 goals to run away with a surprisingly comfortable victory, restricting the Dragons to just 23 inside 50s and beating them at their own game, having 42 more disposals and a massive 33 more marks.

Jack Ross was Oakleigh’s best with 25 disposals, eight marks, six clearances, five inside 50s, three tackles and a goal, while Trent Bianco had 27 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s. Dylan Williams booted four goals up forward – three consecutively in the second term – from 13 disposals and three marks, while Isaac Quaynor was busy once again with 17 disposals, six marks and three inside 50s. Will Kelly was good against King in the few one-on-ones they had. Will Golds (27 disposals, seven marks and five inside 50s) and James Rowbottom (26 disposals, five marks and six clearances) were also impressive for the Chargers.

For the Dragons, Liam Stocker was strong on the inside, picking up seven clearances from 22 disposals (13 contested – a team high), while Alastair Richards provided run on the outside with 24 touches, four marks, two clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds, while Josh Worrell stood up in defence with four rebounds and nine marks from 22 disposals. Corey Watts was Sandringham’s best with 12 disposals, three marks and seven rebounds, while James Rendell worked hard in the ruck from 26 hitouts, four clearances, nine disposals and two marks.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Round 14

ROUND 14 was split across two days on the weekend, and we have included notes from four games we attended, while also looking at some of the draftable players from the remaining two games and how they performed.

Eastern Ranges vs. Sandringham Dragons

By Scott Dougan

Eastern:

#11 Mitch Mellis

The classy bottom-age midfielder started terrifically, finding plenty of the ball on the inside and outside of the contest. Mellis was involved in plenty of promising passages of play when moving the ball forward, especially in the first term when he set up the Ranges’ first goal of the day. He was able to use his speed and agility to escape congestion and his ball use was exceptional. Mellis was consistent throughout four quarters and was one of the best players on the ground, gathering 29 disposals and laying six tackles.

#23 Xavier Fry

Fry was among the leading ball winners on the ground, accumulating 28 disposals, five marks and five tackles. He played in multiple positions on the day but was at his most dominant on the wing and when rebounding out of the defensive 50. Fry’s speed is one of his best attributes and he was never afraid to take the game on. He won most of his possessions on the outside of the contest and due to his high work-rate and speed, he was able to create plenty of space around the ground to make himself an attractive option for his teammates.

#24 Kye Quirk

Quirk has been one of the Ranges most reliable players this season, and Saturday was no different. He played predominately around the contest in the middle of the ground but also drifted across the half-back line throughout the match. Quirk always seems to find himself unmanned around stoppages and is able to receive the ball from his inside midfielders constantly. Quirk can win both the contested and uncontested ball but seems to lack the impact and effectiveness with his disposal at times. Another solid performance from Quirk, amassing 31 disposals, seven marks, six rebounds and three tackles.

#31 James Blanck

The key defender was faced with a difficult task early on, lining up on the Dragons versatile forward and ruckman, James Rendell. Blanck was able to read the play well and his intercept marking caught the eye. His defensive efforts were evident and he was able to spoil the ball strongly when required. He lost an important one-on-one contest in the defensive 50 in the final seconds of the first term but was not punished, with Tom Long unable to capitalise. He drifted forward occasionally and was able to make up for his error in the first term, booting a crucial goal early on in the final quarter. Blanck is an exciting key position prospect and will be one to keep an eye on when he develops physically.

Sandringham:

#6 Harry Houlahan

Houlahan was at his best in contested situations, winning the ball on the inside and feeding it out by hand to the outside runners. Houlahan was clean at ground level, laid some solid tackles and accumulated some very impressive one-touch possessions early on in the second term. He seemed to have injured his lower leg shortly after his good start in the second and was forced to position himself in the Dragons forward line after half-time. He wasn’t able to have the same impact up forward, with the scrappy contest being battled out mainly in the middle of the ground. He had 13 disposals and two tackles.

 #28 James Rendell

Rendell had a massive impact in the first term playing predominately as a ruckman but was also dangerous when moved forward. He had several effective hit-outs across the ground that gave his midfielders first use and he was able to amass plenty of possessions himself. I had queries on his fitness, with the ruckman looking spent late in the first term but he continued to work hard and was able to kick an important goal in the dying minutes. Rendell read the play well and took some strong intercept marks throughout the match – two of his best attributes. He booted the sealer for the Dragons in the final three minutes of the match, capping off a brilliant day for the big man.

#69 Corey Watts

The bottom-age key defender stands at massive 195cm and showed plenty of promising signs down back throughout the match. He was extremely important for the Dragons, reading the play well and taking plenty of intercept marks. Visually, Watts still looks like he’d be more of lockdown defender due to his body frame and size but that’s not the case. He’s extremely athletic, covers plenty of ground and his ball use is regularly reliable. One to watch for in next year’s draft.

 

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Gippsland Power

By: Craig Byrnes

Oakleigh:

#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins

The big bodied midfielder did not win huge numbers from the midfield, but it was impossible to miss the impact he had between the centre and forward arc. When he won a centre bounce clearance, he generally exploded from the contest with eye catching acceleration and bombed it deep to dangerous scoring positions. He spent time forward and almost kicked an outstanding long goal from the arc, which just went to the right. He has been having an impact since returning from the championships, but will be looking to finish the season with some higher possession games.

#5 Xavier O’Neill

After earning a draft combine invite last month, there were plenty of eyes on the Oakleigh midfielder and he produced a solid performance, if not prolific. He makes offensive movements happen at a stoppage and is slippery in a tackle, meaning he often finds himself with the ball goal-side of the contest where he can start scoring chains. He is always moving which makes him a good link up option and he runs to get in those positions. O’Neill has some improvement defensively, but could become a value midfield option come November.

#12 Noah Answerth

Running mainly through the midfield, Answerth played a fairly defensive role at the stoppages. He protected the goal-side of his opponents, which restricted Gippsland’s chances of a fast clearance from congestion. It resulted in Answerth absorbing plenty of body contact and he laid a game high 12 tackles because of it. When with the ball he was unflustered and made calm decisions to the benefit of his team. He is an unselfish player who you can truly trust with a specific role.

#13 Atu Bosenavualagi

The Collingwood Next Generation Academy prospect was in and out of the game, but always provided ground defensive pressure when the ball was in his area. He tackles with intent and wants to make his presence known without the footy. He has strong hands, but has some room for improvement with his kicking and decision making.

#17 Trent Bianco

If he wasn’t the best player on the ground, Bianco was certainly Oakleigh’s best. The ball constantly ended up in his hands from half back, where he was able to control the play and utilise his excellent skills. He began or was involved in countless scoring chains and got the ball moving with carry or just great decisions. He was able to get up the ground on occasions too, and have an influence using the ball forward of centre. There isn’t much of him at 178cm and 70 kg, but he counters that with his smarts and class. He finished the game with 40 disposals and had an enormous say on Oakleigh almost getting across the line.

#22 Dylan Williams

Started forward on Reid and took a strong overhead mark in the first term. Had a poor set shot later on, but spent time in the midfield and used the ball well going inside 50. Not a huge impact on the game, ending with 10 disposals and two behinds.

#23 Isaac Quaynor

The highly rated Collingwood NGA prospect has already made a name for himself in the back half and was given an opportunity to show his wares through the midfield on Saturday. He went to the first stoppage and struggled to get his hands on the ball through the first term, eventually giving away a poor free kick to Flanders. Although while in the midfield he was able to still produce one of his great back half strengths, brilliantly reading an opposition kick in the corridor to intercept and quickly move the ball in the opposite direction. He was returned to defence shortly after and immediately looked more comfortable, highlighted by a contested intercept mark in the third term.

#26 Jake Gasper

Gasper is a really interesting prospect after a prolific season on the scoreboard for Oakleigh. He is so dangerous inside 50 with his ability to get in the correct positions, as he showed in the third term with a clean crumb and quality snapped finish. He spent minutes in the midfield and proved to possess nous at the stoppages, winning a clearance and hitting a teammate lace out inside 50 during Oakleigh’s dominant patch. Is not blessed electrifying pace, but makes up for it with sharp touch and hands. He finished a productive day with 18 disposals, four clearances, five inside 50s and two goals.

Gippsland:

#4 Sam Flanders

Despite only winning 13 disposals for the day, Flanders had a big influence on the game through the midfield and especially forward in the final term as Gippsland fought back. He was prominent in contested situations at the stoppages both offensively and defensively, using his explosive athletic traits to charge forward or quickly wrap up an opponent. While his field kicking was occasionally scrappy, the ones he did hit were superb as displayed when finding Gown on the lead before quarter time. Two final quarter goals again proved his match winning ability, including a brilliant set shot drop punt from a tight angle.

#5 Xavier Duursma

The Power skipper was good again, this time in playing a more outside role where he found dangerous space throughout the contest. His kicking and decision making was first rate, especially when entering the forward arc and getting the ball inboard. In the third term he won a difficult ball ground ball on the boundary line before quickly turning to the corridor and finding a teammate lace out like it was second nature. It appeared he was involved in every dangerous scoring chain, ending the day with 29 disposals and eight inside 50s.

#9 Irving Mosquito

‘Mozzie’ is one of those types that doesn’t need a whole heap of the ball to have a huge influence and Saturday’s game was the perfect example. Every time he won the pill, something exciting happened and was generally to the advantage of Gippsland. In the first term he stole a ball from seemingly nowhere out of an opponent’s hands, swung onto his left foot and landed the on the chest of Gown 50 metres away inside 50. Later in the game he produced a brilliant blind turn at a stoppage to create space and superbly find Pepper inside 50 for a vital goal assist. He could have finished off a spectacularly eye catching outing with a long three bounce run goal but just missed to the left. No goals and just 10 disposals, but huge impact.

#16 Josh Smith

The big bodied, bottom aged key position player was offered some relief with the return of Rylan Henkel last week, starting the game in his natural forward role. In saying that, he spent plenty of time in the ruck, won the most hit outs for his side and competed with aggression as we’ve become accustomed to. Did not win much of the ball, but produced one of the game’s best highlights with a towering pack mark on the wing.

#18 Matt McGannon

After receiving a second consecutive draft combine invite, McGannon continued his extremely consistent ball winning form with another 21 touches. Starting generally on the wing, he ran up and down the ground and was used offensively by his teammates whenever the opportunity presented. Lost a ground ball in defensive 50 that turned into an Oakleigh goal in the third term, but made up for it with some determined defensive efforts without the ball, including an important tackle late in the game that earned a vital holding the ball.

#19 Fraser Phillips

The lightly-built bottom-ager is really starting to develop nicely and produced arguably his best game for Gippsland to date. Having produced a couple of impressive games for his local senior side Warragul in recent weeks, that experience against quality senior opposition looks to have yielded further improvement. He started the game on fire, firstly taking a strong mark on the lead before winning numerous possessions in the forward half and using his silky skills to advantage. He finished a brilliant first term with a classy running goal on his preferred left boot. While he had quiet periods for the rest of the game, he popped up again late with a beautifully weighted kick to Flanders deep inside 50.

#22 Rylan Henkel

In his second game back for Gippsland, Henkel is building his form again and was solid against Oakleigh. While he had a tough task aerially against the 102kg Lachlan Harry, he competed at every contest and was especially determined at ground level. His second efforts were noticeable, laying five tackles, winning three clearances and throwing himself at the ball. He took a leaping contested mark and is going to be a vital cog for the Power’s premiership push.

#23 Noah Gown

After kicking consecutive five goal bags, Gown was again prominent in the forward half and is clearly glowing with confidence. His leading patterns are improving with every outing and he has a presence that you can’t teach. He was strong on the lead overhead and can stick a contested mark even when out of position. He’s also developing a knack of being involved when the game is on the line, taking a huge contested pack mark that earned a 50 metre penalty. He missed the set shot that would have given Gippsland the lead, but didn’t miss his second chance. Taking a strong intercept mark on the forward flank, he was fortunate to get a second 50 metre penalty and kicked truly for the match winner. In a purple real patch!

#25 Kyle Reid

Starting the game against the smaller Dylan Williams deep in defensive 50, Reid was solid as always defensively and got to many aerial contests. While he would have liked to have stuck a few more attempted intercepts, he still managed to have a defensive impact and ran to space on the flanks to create another option when Gippsland had possession.

#29 Boadie Motton

The ultra-consistent Motton did not win as much of the ball as he usually does from the wing, but had a heavier contested workload and impact. He collected an equal game high four clearances and really fought hard in tight, but backed that defensively with a team high 10 tackles. While he could not create the space to utilise his elite releasing skills frequently, it was good to see him influence the contest in a slightly different manner.

 

Northern Knights vs. Dandenong Stingrays

By Michael Alvaro

Northern:

#1 Ryan Gardner

The bottom-ager regained some of his early-season form with good doses of dash from the back half. Assuming a starting position on the wing, Gardner worked hard to help out his defence and try to provide some run around the outside of the stoppages in the absence of speedster Lachlan Potter. He commanded the area in the second term under a heap of pressure, and still looked to take the game on despite being pinged for running too far. Perhaps the most impressive part of Gardner’s game was his lateral kicking, as he found a couple of clever options with nice showings of vision.

#16 Tom Hallebone

The raw and rangy tall had a hell of a task set for him, given he was to compete against three Dandenong phonemes is the ruck. While he has improved in the area since the start of the year, he struggled at times against the physicality of Bailey Schmidt and Riley Bowman, and against the athleticism of Bailey Williams. Still, he worked hard alongside Nicholas Barro to thwart their influence, and set up well behind the ball with long clearances coming out of the attacking or defensive 50s.

#30 Justin McInerney

While he has not had an enormous amount of exposure at TAC Cup level due to school footy commitments, McInerney has impressed in each outing with the Knights. This game was no exception, and despite not gathering  a massive amount of the ball, the Marcellin product stood out when he was near it. His speed from the wing is notable, and he showed a good knack for getting back and winning key aerial balls at half-back. With ball in hand, McInerney was calm and delivered some precise passes to keep Northern ticking when on the front foot.

#51 Jaden Collins

While he was not a key feature for Vic Metro at the Under 16 National Championships, Collins looked comfortable in his second TAC Cup outing for the Knights. Along with fellow 16 year-olds Ben Major and Ewan Macpherson, Collins took to the top level with good deal of confidence and calmly booted the second goal of the game with a sound set shot action.  As AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan watched on with interest, Collins produced a solid game playing key forward and showed enough signs to warrant remembering the name.

Dandenong:

#1 Sam Fletcher

It was by no means Fletcher’s best outing, but the Vic Country midfielder still showed glimpses of the form that warranted his call-up. Fletcher’s combination of burst and toughness in congestion allowed him to break clear and push the Stingrays forward. He was also good below his knees and snared a goal in the third term out of nothing with a sharp snap deep in the 50. The only area Fletcher seemed to struggle with at times was his awareness in more open spaces, as he was caught holding the ball and miss-hit a couple of kicks under pressure.

#2 Hayden Young

Young was one who caught the eye in patches with good bits of play throughout the game. The bottom-ager spent a lot of time in the back half where he most notably took a set of two strong overhead marks in the second term. He was another to show good form below his knees as the ball pinged around and was composed under pressure. The one blemish on Young’s game was a costly turnover in the final term with his kick-out nailing Northern’s Joel Naylor, who duly converted the opportunity.

#3 Jamie Plumridge

Probably stiff not to be mentioned among Dandenong’s best, Plumridge went about his business accumulating plenty of the ball in all areas of the ground. Plumridge’s work rate is impressive from the wing, and he was largely effective with ball in hand. While he seemed to be everywhere in the first half especially, ‘Plum’ lacked a damaging edge at times, failing to convert a long-range Jayden Short-esque hand off early on and acting more so as a link between the arcs. Plumridge’s composure and ability to keep his hands up in tackles was also good to see.

#7 Jai Taylor

The cool left-footer was another who played a more patchy game, but was effective when given the opportunity. Taylor’s repeat efforts were commendable, and he did well to flick out releasing handballs when under the pump. Taylor did well to run both ways, with some good pressure acts in the second half.

#9 Zac Foot

Foot’s speed was prevalent as per usual, and he was clean at top speed. The Vic Country stand-out found the ball both bursting from and into congestion, while delivering some smart passes inside 50 to really have an impact on proceedings. At full flight, Foot is hard to stop as he keeps running forward, and is one of the more damaging players in the draft pool

#17 Finlay Bayne 

Bayne was one of Dandenong’s two multiple goalkickers on the day, with both of his majors coming in the third term and helping the Stingrays to pull out to a game-winning lead. Sporting a headband, Bayne could have snared a couple more goals if it weren’t for inaccuracy from set shots in the first half, as he found the ball in dangerous areas. He broke through with an impressive effort from the boundary early in the third quarter, and converted from an impressive overhead mark soon after to cap off a solid day at half-forward.

#23 Campbell Hustwaite 

The co-captain was a key ball winner for the ‘Rays, working hard in-tight to set the tone for his side. Hustwaite’s competitiveness and work rate kept Dandenong in the contest, as he collected the ball well and was quick to his feet when burrowing down. He also managed to find a good amount of the ball forward of centre, marking inside 50 and finding targets of his own. It was an overall solid display, and his hard-earned holding the ball tackle on Northern’s Ryan Sturgess in the final term summed up his efforts.

#28 Bailey Schmidt 

Schmidt is an absolute man-mountain, and used his size well to dominate the ruck contests he attended. The hulking ruck also stood up in the packs and under high balls, while also showing good strength one-on-one when playing forward. He managed to clunk a couple of nice overhead marks, while also showing good form around the ground with clearances and a particularly hard tackle on Stefan Uzelac in the second term.

#29 Bailey Williams 

Williams was at his dynamic best up forward, and had a fair impact on the result with his two third-quarter goals. The mobile big-man roved well and showed good pace when chasing back towards goal, but it is always his marking that makes Williams stand out. His efforts at ground level were really impressive though, with gathers while spinning around opponents and a handy assist in the final term showing his exceptional talent.

 

Western Jets vs GWV Rebels

By: Ed Pascoe

Western:

#17 Daly Andrews

Andrews was the best midfielder on the day making the wing his own in the windy conditions. Andrews was one of the only players throughout the day who would try and move the ball along with speed and dare. A few times Andrews tried to bite off more than he could chew ducking and weaving around opponents, his agility is something to behold but I would like to see him not try and do too much and make quicker decisions. Andrews was a workhorse topping the possession count for the game with 27 disposals which included 10 inside 50s and four rebounds showing his ability to work both ways.

#33 Xavier O’Halloran

O’Halloran had his quietest performance of the year finishing with a lowly 11 disposals although he was not helped with the high amount of boundary throw ins which were near impossible to predict off the tap with the hellish wind. O’Halloran kicked two behinds which did not miss by much but would have certainly rounded out his game a bit better if they had gone through. O’Halloran when he did go for the ball attacked it hard and rarely fumbled.

#38 Buku Khamis

Khamis was impressive across half-back showing of his impressive leap and composure many times throughout the day. Khamis was a spoiling machine in the windy conditions often using his impressive leap to come over packs and kill the ball across the boundary. With ball in hand Khamis was cool, clean and composed with his vision and speed by hand a feature. It certainly was not a good game to showcase his impressive marking and intercept ability but I thought he played the conditions well defending first and foremost and then being creative once he did get the ball.

#39 Stefan Radovanovic

Stiff to not get a invite to the National AFL Draft Combine, Radovanovic reminded everyone of his impressive size and power often steaming through multiple opposition with brute power. Radovanovic showcased his running power with an impressive running goal in the third quarter and an explosive clearance also in the third quarter, when he is up and running he is a hard player to stop. He played mostly in defence before getting some more midfield time later in the game, he finished with 15 disposals for the game .

GWV:

#3 Scott Carlin

Carlin had a shaky start in the windy conditions with a few errant kicks, but bounced back well to be on of the Rebels most composed and skilled players with ball in hand in the windy conditions. Carlin was among the Rebels better ball winners with 21 disposals playing the half-back role, in the second half most players on the ground just blazed away trying to get boot to ball but Carlin took the time to stay composed and pick the right options.

 

Other game notes:

Murray Bushrangers vs. Calder Cannons

Murray:

#5 Ely Smith – The rugged inside midfielder continued his superb form this season with another 32-disposal game, which featured five clearances, eight inside 50s, five tackles and two rebounds.With the recent National Draft Combine invite, it is showing he is coming into serious draft calculations.

#7 Zane Barzen – The exciting forward again hit the scoreboard, booting 2.2 for the game off 15 disposals and seven marks and is building a nice block of form mid-season ahead of the TAC Cup finals series. Another who received a National Draft Combine invitation.

#18 Hudson Garoni – One of his biggest games in terms of possessions, raking in 23 touches to go with 10 marks, four inside 50s and two goals, two behinds. Often seen as more of a mark-kick-goal player, it would be great to see him add that extra string to his bow.

Calder:

#5 Curtis Taylor – After a quiet game the week before, Taylor had a bigger influence on the game against Murray, winning more of the football up the ground, taking in 21 disposals, four marks, five clearances and working hard defensively to record three rebounds to go with his one goal.

#8 Lachlan Sholl – A huge game in the back half, Sholl had the ball on a string, racking up 31 disposals, 11 marks and four clearances to go with his five rebounds and four tackles. Seems an underrated option at the Cannons after a good national carnival with Vic Metro.

#30 Mitch Podhajski – Surely has to be getting some interest now after another huge best-on-ground performance in the midfield. A massive 35 disposals, 10 marks, seven inside 50s and four goals, Podhajski does not do a lot wrong and is right up the top of the over-agers list playing in the TAC Cup.

 

Bendigo Pioneers vs. Geelong Falcons

Bendigo:

#16 Jacob Atley – A typical performance from Atley who was clean in the back half. He finished with 14 disposals, three marks, three tackles in three rebounds in Bendigo’s heavy loss to Geelong.

Geelong:

#20 Brayden Ham – The over-ager put in another terrific performance, nailing five goals from 20 disposals and 12 marks. While he was winning the ball in space, he used his elite endurance to work over his opponents and have a strong game once again. One to keep watching over the next month.

#22 Sam Walsh – Another big game from Sam Walsh, racking up 33 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s, four rebounds and two tackles to be named best on ground. Just keeps doing the right things and is one of the key reasons you can never count Geelong out of the contest.

#30 Oscar Brownless – Won plenty of the ball in one of his higher accumulation games, picking up 27 disposals, four marks, seven clearances, eight inside 50s and five rebounds.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Round 13

A FULL round of TAC Cup action and we were at four games on the weekend, casting an eye over proceedings at Box Hill, Preston, Craigieburn and Sandringham. We also noted down some top performers in Wangaratta and Colac.

Eastern Ranges vs. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels

By: Peter Williams

Eastern:

#11 Mitch Mellis

The bottom-age midfielder won a lot of his possessions in close on the move with quick fire handballs to teammates and then ran on to receive the ball back. Early on in the contest he was one-on-one with an opponent, handballed to space to his advantage to give himself an extra second, then cleanly picked it up and handballed it off to a teammate. Finished off his hard running with a set shot goal in the final term.

#23 Xavier Fry

Created some great run and carry as well as metres gained coming out of defence. Had a few well-placed kicks, but made the odd error, which included a handball straight to Matt Schnerring just before quarter time and was made pay. He charged into the next contest and showed his intent to make up, and continued to provide drive out of defence.

#31 James Blanck

One of Eastern’s more composed users, the noticeable trait is his clean spoiling ability – he gets a fist to it well. He positions himself in the defensive hole and was okay by foot. He swung forward in the final term and presented well, giving off the hands to Chayce Black who goaled. He used some good bodywork up forward and his second efforts when down there were impressive. Showed he is capable of playing down forward if needed.

 

GWV:

#3 Scott Carlin

Had a big first term, not necessarily in terms of possessions, but each handball to space was effective. He made some good decisions by hand or foot and took a good intercept mark cleanly in the air. He delivered well inside 50 to hit-up a target as well. In the final term, he intercepted a handball from the running Adrian Kalcovski, then used his agility to sidestep him and then kick long to Charlie Wilson in the forward pocket.

#6 Charlie Wilson

The most consistent forward in the competition continued with another bag of five goals. He started a little shaky in the first term, rushing a kick inside 50 but then went forward and provided a vital target down there. His strength in the air and ability to clunk marks cleanly is something that makes him stand out compared to other forwards. Wilson was consistent across the final three quarters, booting two goals in the second term, two in the third term and one in the last quarter, mostly from set shots, with the last being an opportunistic snap in front of goal.

#14 Jed Hill

Started the game with an intercept mark at half-forward and delivered a well drilled pass inside 50 to Lochie Dawson. His transition work between midfield and forward was good; did not win a lot of the football, but continued to work hard. In the third term he was important in setting up a scoring chain, pinpointing Izaac Grant in the middle which lead to a Charlie Wilson goal down the track. He had a chance to goal in the third term, but was pushed as he kicked it, as his shot bounced through for a behind.

#20 Tylar Watts

Had a game where most of the work he did was off the ball rather than on the stats sheet. All you can ask of a big man is to contest and go for his grabs, which he did. Took a couple of big clunks, but still dropped a couple as well. His most important mark was a pack mark on the defensive goal line in the third term. He also worked hard back towards goal, spoiling a Mitch Mellis certain goal in the third term across the line. Covered the ground well.

#21 Izaac Grant

The bottom-age goal sneak has always been smart around goals and seems to find the right positions, but in this weekend’s game I was happy with his tackling pressure which is vital for a small forward. He is strong in the air, uses his body well and keeps his feet. Assisted in a scoring chain in the third term, kicking well to Harris Jennings at half-forward. Booted two goals himself as well.

#24 Matty Lloyd

Had the ball on a string for most of the day and played off half-back and along the wing. Had a lot of outside ball and could have made better decisions at times in terms of lowering the eyes, but spread well and covered a large amount of ground. Was used in transition between defence and attack quite a lot, rebounding and pumping the ball inside 50 on numerous occasions.

#30 Isaac Wareham

Another bottom-age talent who continues to have glimpses of brilliance. A perfectly weighted kick to Izaac Grant in the first term to pinpoint him in between two opponents was great. He showed cleanliness at ground level, and defensive pressure as well. Wareham ran down an opponent in the forward 50, earned a free kick and then kicked a goal on the half-time siren. Clean and strong performance.

 

Northern Knights vs Gippsland Power:

By Michael Alvaro

Northern Knights:

#1 Ryan Gardner

It was a quieter than usual day for Gardner, who built into the game slowly. The conditions set up a great opportunity for him to show off his run and carry ability, but the bottom-ager only managed to pop up in patches with his trademark dash. Opposing a red-hot Matthew McGannon on the wing for most of the contest, it proved a big test of Gardner’s two-way running, but he showed an aptitude for seeing out the game as he found more of the footy in the second half and began to carry it forward. It was good to see the Vic Metro representative continue to take the game on after being caught holding the ball in the third term, that’s what he’s best at.

#4 Tom McKenzie

Having taken on leadership responsibilities for the match, much was expected of McKenzie leading up to the first bounce. The Ivanhoe product started nicely with a goal out of nothing, booting the ball home from 50 after a scramble around the arc. It would prove to be one of his only highlights of the game though, despite accumulating a good amount of possessions and pushing his side forward from the back. McKenzie spent a heap of time through the midfield too, digging in to claim a few clearances. While his kicking out of defence was a highlight in the National Championships, the Metro star could not quite get the same form going and turned it over at times with rushed kicks out of congestion.

#7 Harrison Grace

This was one of Grace’s better performances in terms of what he was able to produce with ball in hand. The Fitzroy junior looked composed in traffic, weaving his way through danger and cooly picking out teammates with handballs. Assuming his regular position at half-forward and advancing to the wing, Grace would often be seen pushing high up the ground and working his way back towards goal, providing a good contested link between the arcs. While his time on the ball was key, Grace had other standout moments with an intercept mark in the first term leading to McKenzie’s only goal, and a strong fend off on McGannon allowing him to push the ball forward.

#17 Josh D’Intinosante

While the TAC Cup Radio team may have trouble with the pronunciation of his name at times, ‘JD’ proved once again to be largely no-fuss on the field. The bottom-ager’s attack on the ball was superb early on, as he beat two opponents to the punch with an impressive gather in the first term. He went on to produce a smart checkside goal in the same quarter, and narrowly missed an opportunistic dribbler later on. While he had a large amount of midfield minutes, D’Intinosante looked so dangerous forward of the ball and his smarts inside 50 helped him snare a second goal late in the piece to round out a solid performance.

 

Gippsland Power:

#4 Sam Flanders

Flanders continued his impressive form with another strong outing in multiple roles. Assuming his most natural half-forward position to start the game, the Vic Country goalkicker was hard at the contest early despite limited opportunity. His high flies for marks in the first half were a standout, and he brought that facet of his game with him in a move to half-back. Remaining a kick behind the ball, Flanders set up well and was able to quell a lot of the Knights’ attacks. With the game on the line and Gippsland needing goals, the bottom-ager was swung back forward with immediate impact, booting the first major of the final term to spark the Power’s onslaught. Flanders’ repeat efforts and ability to find a way to constantly win the ball was terrific, and was matched by his efficient use by foot.

#5 Xavier Duursma

The skipper led from the front right off the bat, and his first quarter goal stemmed the flow of a surging Knights outfit. Duursma was terrific in the midfield congestion, snatching his fair share of hard ball gets and showing a good five-meter burst to push his side forward from the midfield. While his explosiveness from stoppages was a highlight, his goal in the last term to seal the win after getting absolutely poleaxed by Northern’s Joel Randall summed up his game pretty nicely.

#9 Irving Mosquito

There’s always a bit of buzz about the Power when Mosquito is near the ball, and he once again provided some nice moments. The Hawthorn Next Generation Academy prospect played mostly deep forward under the presence of big-man Noah Gown, and made an ideal start with his long-range set shot goal in the opening term. While he drifted in and out of the game at times, he came right back into it with a courageous contested mark late on, as well as a good bit of foot-candy in the final quarter which led to one of Gown’s five goals.

#12 Brock Smith

While it was not one of his best games, Smith was still able to pitch in with some moments that remind us why he has stood out as a bottom-ager. He showed clean hands early when the game was being hotly contested, and stood up well under some immense pressure in defence. A solid outing.

#18 Matt McGannon

McGannon was once again prolific throughout the game, accumulating a wealth of possessions from the wing and half-back. Despite making a horror start with a turnover leading to Tom McKenzie’s goal, the over-ager provided solidarity to protect his defence and rebound accordingly. He had a couple of nice runs in the third term, helping himself to a bounce or two, and was damaging with both inside 50 entries and exits. At times during the second half he did turn the ball over with long balls forward, where he may have found a shorter target under less pressure, but overall it was another solid outing.

#22 Rylan Henkel

Henkel played his role well in the ruck, and used his sizeable leap to help the Gippsland midfield get on top. He did well to follow up with some tackles and took a couple of marks around the ground to help provide an exit out of the Power’s defence.

#23 Noah Gown

Gown was again in sensational form, matching last week’s haul of five goals in a solid forward display. While he was not in the game at all times, he managed to hit the scoreboard when given the opportunity and began to dominate in the last quarter with strong marks on the lead deep into the pocket. His goals undoubtedly came at crucial moments, with his fourth and fifth pushing Gippsland into the lead late on. Gown could well have ended up with six or seven majors, but sprayed almost identical opportunities with snaps that ended up out on the full. While his marking on the lead and presence inside 50 were a standout, Gown also found other avenues to goal with a sneaky one off the ground, and one where he worked his opponent under the ball nicely to head into an open goal.

#25 Kyle Reid

The red-headed full-back was as solid as ever, continuing the breakout form he showed in the National Under 18 Championships. He was fierce early, crashing contests and having a real go with some hard tackles. His ability to win one-on-ones and turn defence into rebound is sensational, and he was rarely beaten when long balls came his way as he reads the ball so well. The TAC Cup Radio team summed up his game nicely, describing him as being “cool in a crisis”, which was largely needed for Gippsland as they kept within touch going into the final term.

#29 Boadie Motton

While he was quiet for parts of the game, Motton showed glimpses of his best form and ran hard to push the pace when going forward. There’s not much of Motton, but he was good overhead and pulled down some crucial marks in positions where he needed to. His run and carry proved dangerous, and he was rewarded with a big long-range goal on the fly in the second term.

 

Calder Cannons vs. Dandenong Stingrays

By: Ed Pascoe

Calder:

#5 Curtis Taylor

With his first game since coming back from playing National Championships, Taylor had a very quiet game by his standards finishing the game with only 11 disposals and no goals. Taylor showed nice movement on the wing early in the game, getting out of trouble with ease. He dropped an easy mark late in the first quarter, with the windy conditions being considered as a factor but it was his lack of second effort really stood out in that contest recording no tackles for the game. Taylor however did start the second quarter well competing hard in the midfield almost winning a classy clearance with his good judgement and movement when receiving the ball from the tap out. In the third quarter he took some nice marks and his kicking was solid. Taylor like many of his teammates struggled in the last quarter.

#8 Lachlan Sholl

Sholl had a shaky start to the game with a few fumbles but he really lifted as the game went on often setting up the play with his run and good disposal. He took a quality contested mark in the second quarter and worked hard down the wing to hit up a target on his non-preferred kicking inside 50. Sholl did not fumble in the second term with his work by hand a standout feature. He continued this into the third quarter winning plenty of the ball at half back he finished the game with 27 disposals.

#30 Mitchell Podhajski

Podhajski was the standout midfielder over both teams winning 33 disposals in a well rounded game that included a set shot goal in the first quarter and half a dozen marks and tackles. Podhajski had a few poor kicks inside 50 as both sides tried to adjust to the windy conditions, but his kicking improved as the game went on with some nice penetrating kicks. He roved well at stoppages and his handballs and vision where a step above anyone else in the midfield for the day, his work rate was important as was his voice around the contest.

 

Dandenong:

#9 Zac Foot

Foot had a quiet game recording only 11 disposals and just the one behind which was a running shot at goal hitting the post in the last quarter. Foot took some nice marks in the first quarter when plenty of taller players struggled in this area, kicking wasn’t at his best in the first quarter but it got better as the game went on. Despite the low disposal count Foot still competed hard when the ball was there to be won which was promising from a smaller player, he will be hoping to bounce back and hit the scoreboard next week after having one of his better games last week.

#13 Riley Bowman

The conditions did not suit Bowman, who had one of his quieter games for the year recording only 10 disposals and no goals. Bowman did his best work in the ruck winning plenty of hit outs, with the amount of talls Dandenong had he spent a lot of time on the bench swapping with players such as Bailey Williams, Bailey Schmidt and Stephen Cumming. Apart from a kick into the man on the mark, his disposal was good throughout the day especially by hand, second efforts could have been there more often but when he did he laid a good tackle.

#29 Bailey Williams

Williams was the standout big man on the ground despite some wayward kicking at goal early on. His first nice mark in the opening quarter was followed by an absolute howler kick that went out on the full, he would however not make the same mistake with another strong mark later in the game leading to a goal.  The windy conditions made it tough for the talls but he still managed to take plenty of good marks and if he was not able to mark it, he at least flew at the contests showing his intent. Williams would repeat his goal kicking woes in the third quarter, but one of those missed shots came from a fantastic contested mark. Despite the wind playing a big part in the missed shots, he was still the standout key forward through the day, always looking like a threat. He finished the game with two goals, eight marks and 17 disposals.

#58 Will Hamill

Despite a slow start to the year Hamill earned selection for the National AFL Draft Combine. He started the game in the midfield and despite his light frame he was able to win some of his own ball with his clean hands and slick handballs really standing out in the first quarter. Hamill was a very composed player throughout the day, he was caught once for holding the ball which was no fault of his own. Though his speed has been questioned at times, it is his class and agility that often gives him ample time to use his lethal left boot. Hamill was moved to half-back after the first quarter taking a few nice intercept marks and hitting some lace out passes by foot. He finished the game with 14 disposals.

 

Sandringham Dragons vs. Bendigo Pioneers

By: Owen Leonard

Sandringham:

#7 Liam Stocker

Leading the Sandringham midfield, it was a typically authoritative performance from the Dragons onballer, with 21 kicks from 35 disposals, four marks, five tackles and a goal. While Stocker’s ability to rest forward and hit the scoreboard has been notable this season, he played purely through the midfield in the absence of usual stalwarts Bailey Smith, Alastair Richards, Harry Houlahan and Kai Owens. In windy conditions at Trevor Barker Oval, the first-round prospect kicked a freakish left-foot goal in the second term. After appearing to miss its intended target, the Sherrin — aided by the breeze — had a mind of its own, somehow evading the Pioneers’ defence before bouncing through for a miracle major. The Haileybury product was bumped crudely into the fence in the dying stages, but appeared unscathed as the final siren sounded, confirming an eight-point Dragons victory.

#28 James Rendell

The Brisbane Lions father-son prospect did his draft chances no harm with a solid display despite unfavourable weather for key-position players. Rendell managed a game-high seven marks, to go with 20 hitouts and 18 disposals. Applied impressive pressure for a big man, too, laying four tackles. Also managed a pair of behinds in blustery conditions.

#39 Jai Florent

The younger brother of Sydney Swans midfielder Ollie, Florent is starting to secure his position in the Dragons line-up with an impressive two-goal effort on Sunday. Playing as a small forward, the bottom-ager found enough of the football — while applying strong pressure around the goals with five tackles — to warrant further selection. Gaining vital experience at TAC Cup level this season, Florent could be one to watch in 2019.

 

Bendigo:

#16 Jacob Atley

Managing 19 disposals and six marks across the backline, the younger brother of North Melbourne regular Shaun and Port Adelaide midfielder Joe, Jacob Atley provided speed, skill and leadership out of defence, and was among the better players on the ground in a tight encounter on Sunday afternoon. Since winning a junior league best and fairest in 2014, the Bendigo skipper’s talent has been obvious. While his stats haven’t stood out throughout his 2018 TAC Cup campaign, Atley’s ability to break the lines is sure to have club recruiters taking notice.

#20 James Schischka

Another among the best in Sunday’s affair, Schischka’s intercept marking ability was prominent in a close loss. The impressive key-defender plays a game similar to that of West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern, and his capacity to read the play is exceptional, seemingly unfazed by the wind-affected, unpredictable direction of the Sherrin. Drifted forward at stages, but was unable to convert in the howling wind after a good grab inside-50 early in the final quarter. Finished the game with 16 disposals, four marks and six tackles.

#25 Flynn Perez

It was a more-than-respectable performance from the Bendigo midfielder, who contributed well with 17 disposals, four marks and five tackles. Since surviving an injury scare a month ago after a heavy landing from a contested mark playing school football, Perez has compiled a consistent string of games together, and has become one of the Pioneers’ most dependable performers.

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Other games’ notes:

Murray Bushrangers vs. Western Jets

Murray:

#5 Ely Smith – The inside midfielder had 18 disposals, starting finishing strongly with 12 disposals in the second half. He was strong at the stoppages, racking up nine clearances, including four centre bounce clearances. Smith also finished with four inside 50s and two rebounds in a solid performance.

#7 Zane Barzen – After three goals last week, Barzen finished Round 13 with two majors from four scoring shots, to go with 14 disposals and six marks. He started with a bang in the first term, racking up six disposals before booting the opening goal in both the second and third terms.

#18 Hudson Garoni – The TAC Cup leading goal kicker was at his dominant best in the air. Not kicking a bag like he has in past weeks, Garoni was still too strong for his opponents, taking a game-high 10 marks, including three contested to go with his 15 disposals, three inside 50s, and impressively, two rebounds. The stats showed the amount of ground he covered during the game.

Western:

#33 Xavier O’Halloran – When Murray applied the pressure in the final term, O’Halloran was one to stand up, having six final quarter kicks – three more than any other Jet. He finished with 16 disposals, seven clearances, six inside 50s and booted a goal against the flow early in the final term.

#38 Buku Khamis – The rebounding defender certainly had his hands full with Murray’s efficiency inside 50. He had the three rebounds to go with 18 disposals – including 10 kicks at 100 per cent efficiency! Khamis took five marks, one of which was contested.

#39 Stefan Radovanovic – Named in Western’s bests, Radovanovic found the ball and used it well, kicking at 70 per cent by foot. He took a couple of marks and had four rebounds, getting back to the form he has showed throughout the season, using his dash to advantage.

 

Geelong Falcons vs. Oakleigh Chargers

Geelong:

#20 Brayden Ham – Ham’s superb season continued on the weekend, playing off half-back and having five rebounds to go with his 20 disposals and showing his versatility to play at either end once again. He is not afraid to attack the contest, winning the majority of his possessions one-on-one and shows strength by extracting the ball and kicking forward.

#22 Sam Walsh – Not much to be said about Walsh that has not been said before. Another 33-disposal game to go with six inside 50s, six rebounds and six clearances. He covers the ground incredibly well, wins the ball with ease and hurts the opposition whenever he goes near it. Laid six tackles on the weekend too which was good to see highlighting his ability to impact the contest.

#41 Cooper Stephens – The bottom-age prospect racked up 17 disposals and laid a strong seven tackles on the weekend, as well as having five clearances.

Oakleigh:

#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins – Not usually a handball-dominant player, Collier-Dawkins found little space, having to work in close and deliver 14 handballs in his 15 disposals, winning the majority in tight. He had three clearances, two inside 50s and laid a team-high 10 tackles showcasing his intent to win the footy.

#23 Isaac Quaynor – The Collingwood Next Generation Academy member was Oakleigh’s best player at Colac, playing further up the ground than his usual half-back flank. He amassed 21 disposals, four tackles, four inside 50s and two clearances. He showed good composure and class around the contest to help move the ball out of dangerous areas.

#26 Jake Gasper – The exciting small forward was able to find the ball up the ground, while still having an impact on the scoreboard. Gasper booted 3.2 from 18 disposals, laying nine tackles and having four clearances and three inside 50s to go with it. He continues to press his claim with consistent performances throughout the season.

Eighty invited to National AFL Draft Combine

VIC Metro has dominated the nominations for the National AFL Draft Combine with more than one third of the invitees coming from Metro, and more than half from Victoria. South Australia’s title-winning side has the next most with 13, including mature-ager Shane McAdam. Sturt’s McAdam is one of two mature agers to be invited to the combine, with Werribee’s Josh Corbett also gaining an invite. Western Australia has 11 invitees, while Tasmania and Queensland (four each) and NSW-ACT (three) round out the total nominees with no Northern Territory player invited.

There are six Northern Academy-tied players invited – Nick Blakey (Sydney), Kieren Briggs (GWS GIANTS), Keidean Coleman and Connor McFadyen (Brisbane), and Dirk Koenen and Bailey Scott (Gold Coast). Additionally there are a raft of father-sons, such as Oscar BrownlessRhylee WestWill KellyBen Silvagni and Joel Crocker, whilst Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne), Jarrod Cameron (West Coast), Irving Mosquito (Hawthorn) and Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood) are others tied to Next Generation Academies.

In terms of individual clubs, Oakleigh Chargers (eight), Sandringham Dragons (seven), Geelong Falcons and Dandenong Stingrays (both five), Murray Bushrangers, Western Jets, Calder Cannons and Gippsland Power (all four) lead the way, with the remaining four TAC Cup clubs having a nominee each. For interstate clubs, Sturt and Perth both have three players invited.

The 80 players will test in front of clubs from October 2-5.

National AFL Draft Combine invitees:

NSW-ACT [3]
Nick Blakey (Sydney Academy)
Kieren Briggs (GWS Academy)
Jacob Koschitzke (Murray Bushrangers)

Queensland [4]
Keidean Coleman (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Dirk Koenen (Gold Coast Academy)
Connor McFadyen (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Bailey Scott (Gold Coast Academy)

South Australia [13]
Jez McLennan (Central District)
Ben Jarvis (Norwood)
Izak Rankine (West Adelaide)
Tom Sparrow (South Adelaide)
Jackson Hately (Central District)
Jacob Kennerley (Norwood)
Connor Rozee (North Adelaide)
Luke Valente (Norwood)
Shane McAdam (Sturt)
Hayden Sampson (South Adelaide)
Riley Grundy (Sturt)
Jack Lukosius (Woodville West Torrens)
Hugo Munn (Sturt)

Tasmania [4]
Nicholas Baker (Lauderdale)
Chayce Jones (Launceston)
Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)
Fraser Turner (Clarence)

VFL [1]
Josh Corbett (Werribee)

Vic Country [19]
Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers)
Toby Bedford (Dandenong Stingrays)
Thomas Berry (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Riley Bowman (Dandenong Stingrays)
Oscar Brownless (Geelong Falcons)
Jye Caldwell (Bendigo Pioneers)
Xavier Duursma (Gippsland Power)
Zac Foot (Dandenong Stingrays)
Will Hamill (Dandenong Stingrays)
Connor Idun (Geelong Falcons)
Matt McGannon (Gippsland Power)
Ned McHenry (Geelong Falcons)
Irving Mosquito (Gippsland Power)
Kyle Reid (Gippsland Power)
Ely Smith (Murray Bushrangers)
Charlie Sprague (Geelong Falcons)
Laitham Vandermeer (Murray Bushrangers)
Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)
Bailey Williams (Dandenong Stingrays)

Vic Metro [25]
Daly Andrews (Western Jets)
Noah Answerth (Oakleigh Chargers)
James Blanck (Eastern Ranges)
Zak Butters (Western Jets)
Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)
Riley Collier-Dawkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
Joel Crocker (Sandringham Dragons)
Will Golds (Oakleigh Chargers)
Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)
Will Kelly (Oakleigh Chargers)
William Kennedy (Sandringham Dragons)
Buku Khamis (Western Jets)
Ben King (Sandringham Dragons)
Max King (Sandringham Dragons)
Tom McKenzie (Northern Knights)
Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets)
Xavier O’Neill (Oakleigh Chargers)
Isaac Quaynor (Oakleigh Chargers)
James Rowbottom (Oakleigh Chargers)
Lachlan Sholl (Calder Cannons)
Ben Silvagni (Oakleigh Chargers)
Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)
Liam Stocker (Sandringham Dragons)
Curtis Taylor (Calder Cannons)
Rhylee West (Calder Cannons)

Western Australia [11]
Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts)
Jordan Clark (Claremont)
Luke English (Perth)
Damon Greaves (East Perth)
Luke Foley (Subiaco)
Ian Hill (Perth)
Tom Joyce (East Fremantle)
Dillon O’Reilly (East Fremantle)
Tyron Smallwood (Claremont)
Sydney Stack (Perth)
Durak Tucker (Peel Thunder)

Weekend previews: National U18 Championships – Vic Country vs. Vic Metro

SOME of Victoria’s top talent will run out onto the Melbourne Cricket Ground as a curtain raiser to the Carlton-Collingwood game on Sunday, when Vic Country takes on Vic Metro on the hallowed turf. Both sides have made quite a few changes, with Vic Country bringing in five debutants, while Vic Metro has two.

Dandenong Stingrays’ inside midfielder Mitch Riordan will play off half-back and returns after missing the second game due to the injury he sustained in game one. He missed facing off at Adelaide Oval, but returns for the All-Victorian clash, along with plenty of fresh faces. GWV Rebels’ slick ball user Scott Carlin, Stingrays’ pair Will Hamill and Hayden Young, Bendigo Pioneers’ Zane Keighran and tall forward/ruck Blake Schlensog, from the Geelong Falcons, have been named in the team. A trio of Murray Bushrangers are out in Hudson Garoni, Zane Barzen and Lachlan Ash, while Matty Lloyd, Jai Taylor and Matt McGannon (injured) are also out from the Vic Country side.

For Vic Metro, injury has forced the selectors hand with Calder Cannons’ Jack Evans, Western Jets’ Daly Andrews, and Oakleigh Chargers pair Ben Silvagni and Isaac Quaynor all out of the side. It will be particularly disappointing for Silvagni and Quaynor with the potential Carlton father-son and Collingwood Next Generation Academy member, missing out on playing before their sides do battle at the G’. Bottom agers Dylan Williams and Matt Rowell are out, as is Northern Knights’ Thomas Hallebone. James Blanck and bottom-ager Ryan Gardner make their Metro debuts, while Riley Collier-Dawkins, Joe Ayton-Delaney, James Rendell, Angus Hanrahan and Alastair Richards all return to the side after missing game two.

Vic Metro will head in as favourites for the clash after winning its first two matches, while Vic Country is yet to get on the board at the 2018 National Championships. Regardless of the result, Metro’s grand final will effectively come in the final round against South Australia, given the use of the head-to-head system rather than percentage. Should Metro lose this game and defeat South Australia – Metro take the title. If they win and lose to South Australia, they cannot win the title regardless of how much they win this by. For Country, they will be hoping to score a win against their closest rival, and will look to use its extra speed across the ground to cause headaches. Metro have the ace in the pack with Ben King up forward, and the midfield has been functioning strongly. Sam Walsh, Xavier Duursma and Sam Fletcher will need to be at their best to match it with the highly contested brand of football Metro will bring. Both teams have plenty of capable rebounders and goal scorers which make it an entertaining contest.

VIC COUNTRY

B: 20. Cooper Stephens – 39. Connor Idun – 13. Thomas Berry
HB: 18. Mitch Riordan – 25. Kyle Reid – 17. Hayden Young
C: 10. Zac Foot – 19. Sam Fletcher – 6. Laitham Vandermeer
HF: 30. Oscar Brownless – 38. Blake Schlensog – 8. Ned McHenry
F: 14. Sam Flanders – 36. Riley Bowman – 3. Toby Bedford
R: 29. Bailey Williams – 5. Xavier Duursma – 2. Sam Walsh
INT: 34. Scott Carlin – 12. Caleb Serong – 11. Zane Keighran – 1. Will Hamill – 16. Jake Frawley
EMG: 27. Zane Barzen – 24. Matty Lloyd

In: M. Riordan, B. Schlensog, S. Carlin, Z. Keighran, W. Hamill, H. Young
Out: M. Lloyd, J. Taylor, M. McGannon, Z. Barzen, H. Garoni, L. Ash

VIC METRO

B: 25. Stefan Radovanovic – 29. James Blanck – 2. Joe Ayton-Delaney
HB: 23. Buku Khamis – 27. Will Kelly – 12. Tom McKenzie
C: 13. Lachlan Sholl – 15. Bailey Smith – 10. Xavier Fry
HF: 3. Zak Butters – 34. James Rendell – 6. Curtis Taylor
F: 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 36. Ben King – 4. Rhylee West
R: 37. Joe Griffiths – 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins – 8. James Rowbottom
INT: 19. Jack Bytel – 16. Noah Answerth – 11. Ryan Gardner – 7. Angus Hanrahan – 20. Alastair Richards
EMG: 1. Jack Mahony – 35. Thomas Hallebone – 5. Matthew Rowell

In: J. Ayton-Delaney, J. Blanck, J. Rendell, R. Collier-Dawkins, R. Gardner, A. Hanrahan, A. Richards
Out: J. Evans (Inj), D. Andrews (Inj), B. Silvagni (Inj), I. Quaynor (Inj), D. Williams, M. Rowell, T. Hallebone

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.

GEELONG FALCONS v. WESTERN JETS

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.

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

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.

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

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.

GIPPSLAND POWER v. CALDER CANNONS

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.

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

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.

Scouting notes: Allies vs. Vic Country

THE National Under 18s Championships first round got underway yesterday, with Allies taking on Vic Country. We watched the game with Peter Williams and Michael Alvaro noting down the Allies players, while Ed Pascoe looked at the Vic Country players.

Allies:

#8 Baxter Norton – He plays as that pressure player who can slot into any position. He laid a number of strong tackles on opponents, including one in the second term on the much bigger Bailey Williams. He forced a miskick from Oscar Brownless in the third quarter, and his follow-up pressure locked the ball up at a stoppage at half-forward. He laid a good tackle in the fourth term to lock the ball up 30m from the Allies goal. He also took the game on a couple of times, including a good run out of defence.

#9 Blair Rudock – Fantastic closing speed and good pressure, Rubock always gave the ball carrier something to think about. He played through the midfield but also covered areas around the ground, laying a good mark in defence, and later on showing off a good vertical leap to mark over the top of a Country opponent.

#10 Chayce Jones – One of the Allies best across four quarters, putting in another consistent performance. He was clean at ground level or in the air – a one-grab player, and seemed to be everywhere from defence to attack and of course through the midfield. He racked up a number of clearances and has a nice kicking technique. He intercepted a kick-out and nailed the set shot from 35m and then kicked a second goal from long range. He has a quick first few steps and is able to kick well under pressure, winning the ball on the inside or outside.

#11 Keidean Coleman – The most noticeable trait for Coleman is his cleanliness at ground level. He is a long kick of the football and has good vision on the run. He puts pressure on the opposition ball carrier, and can pinpoint bullets to teammates, such as a perfect pass to Michael Mummery at half-back in the third term, and a weighted kick to Chayce Jones in the last quarter. He had the second last kick of the day with a pass in the road of Kieren Briggs who dribbled home a goal in the dying seconds. The main blemish was taking a step out of the goal square when kicking out, causing a ball-up.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill – Laid a number of fierce tackles on opponents and showed quick hands under pressure. He took a strong mark at half-back under immense pressure in the third term, and was brave not long after to do the same thing, but was spoiled. He had a quick shot on goal but missed.

#13 Ethan Jackson – Strong at the contest and is able to stand up in a tackle. He generally picks the right option under pressure and handballed well to Fraser Turner in the third quarter but the shot from Turner missed. Had his own shot on the run in the final term but it went to the right and missed.

#16 James Peatling – Grabbed the ball on the wing and nullified a contest in the opening term by sliding across the boundary line. He took a good mark in space in the second term, but his set shot from 30m missed to the left. He handballed to a teammate early in the fourth quarter, pinpointing him through a couple of Vic Country opponents.

#18 Lachlan McDonald – Seemed to fin the ball at half-forward and half-back. A long kick, he put it to dangerous areas deep, and also provided a target leading out of the forward 50. McDonald took a good mark running back with the flight in the third term with the backline under pressure.

#19 Bailey Scott – Probably the Allies best in the first term, seemingly everywhere with a snap on goal which bounced through. He was clean at ground level, showed quick hands and put pressure on the opposition ball carrier. He was a little quieter later in the match, but laid some good tackles. Scott took a strong mark at half-forward but made a poor decision to handball to a teammate under pressure. He made up for it not long after, reading the ball drop off hands up forward and snapping a great goal.

#20 Fraser Turner – Another Allies midfielder who was busy throughout the game. He showed plenty of hard running and put good pressure on the ball carrier. He had a nice shot on goal while being tackled in the second term, capitalising through the big sticks. Turner had another shot on goal in the third term but it went out on the full. Throughout the match he found space through his gut running.

#23 Michael Mummery – Did a few nice things throughout the match, showing good speed and spun out of trouble early in the game. Was not a huge possession winner, but popped up at times.

#25 Ryan Gilmore – Not a bad performance from the defender who attacks the contest hard. He produced a good spoil in the opening term, then smothered a shot on goal. He fended off an opponent not long after but his own kick was smothered. Gilmore is quick and is strong overhead. He is clean winning it at full speed and showed plenty of courage throughout the match.

#26 Thomas Green – Bottom-ager Green started well with a couple of nice front and centre snares at the stoppages, keeping his arms free above his head in order to dish the ball out. Despite his good clearance work, his output around the contest slowed a bit in the approach to half time and he was thrown forward to good effect in the third term. He managed to back a handy goal from a long-range set shot and put on some hard tackles to keep the ball locked in the Allies 50.

#28 Matthew Green – Despite standing at 189cm, there is not much of Matthew Green. He has the perfect rangy figure for a running outside player, and he assumed his position on the wing for most of the game. Like his namesake Thomas, Green started well with some good follow up efforts around the ball and a nice chase in the first quarter to set the tone for his side.

#31 Connor McFadyen – McFadyen began the game inside the forward 50 but after a very quiet first half, was thrown into the centre bounce to find more of the ball. He made an immediate impact with the first clearance of the third quarter, followed up by a Kouta-esque pick up which led to a goal assist, and additional clearances around the ground. At 190cm, he is not quite tall enough to hold down a key forward role, but looked comfortable as a prototypical modern day midfielder. He showed surprising agility and moved well in traffic, dishing out some deft handballs in the clinches.

#36 Matthew McGuiness – Another of the Allies’ big-bodied utilities, McGuiness found it hard to break into the game at times. He did not accumulate possessions at his usual rate, but had some good moments in the second half to make his presence felt. His run down effort in the third term was admirable, and his diving smother to stop a snap on goal in the last quarter was one of his highlights.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke – Koschitzke was used in various roles throughout the day as part of a major rotation of the Allies big-men. Starting forward, the GWS Academy product also took up a good amount of the ruck duties forward of centre and did not look entirely out of place. With the Allies magnet-board shuffled heavily in the second half, Koschitzke was thrown into defence to quell the influence of his Murray Bushrangers teammate Hudson Garoni. While Garoni proved dangerous and continued to dominate on the lead, Koschitzke took a couple of handy intercept marks and made some good decisions in the back half.

#40 Kieren Briggs – Briggs played a key hand in bringing the Allies home with three last quarter goals. The highlight was easily his third goal – a smart dribbler from deep in the 50 with an opponent closing in. The versatile tall was able to find space well and looked dangerous one-out when forward. He spent most of the first half rucking, leaping well and most notably showing off his clean hands overhead in tough conditions. As an over-ager, Briggs certainly put his name down as one to watch further with his performance.

#44 Caleb Graham – Graham started the game at full-back and looked comfortable in defiance of the ball flooding into the Allies defence early. Despite direct opponent Hudson Garoni finding space on the lead on a couple of occasions, the Gold Coast Suns Academy member was rarely beaten one-on-one or at ground level. He showed good desperation in the wet conditions and save the Allies’ blushes early on with spoils, tackles, and dives for the ball. With Garoni getting on top, Graham was moved to centre half forward in the third quarter and provided a reliable first option coming out of the midfield.

#45 Jack Tomkinson – The bullocking Queenslander spent his day taking on the bulk of the ruck duties against two very worthy Vic Country adversaries, and held his own with 32 hit-outs. At 200cm and 100kg, Tomkinson has the physical edge over most rucks at this level, but certainly had his work cut out for him with the leap of Bailey Williams in particular. He used his body well at the stoppages, but could work on getting off the ground more often in the ruck contests.

#46 Tarryn Thomas – It was a quiet day by Thomas’ now highly lofty standards, but he still managed to look dangerous wherever he was played. After attending the first centre bounce, Thomas was shifted to a deep forward position during most of the second and third terms, applying some decent pressure and tackling well. He continues to show great ability below his knees and his trademark twists and turns, always looking to make something happen with ball in hand. He also has the tendency to use his hips well when winning the ball off the deck, protecting the ball and eliminating his opponent in one motion. With the game up for grabs, he was thrown back into the middle in the last quarter and behind the ball late on where he took a nice pack mark.

#47 Nicholas Baker – Donning a helmet, Baker was not all that hard to spot as he went about his business in the back half. He is another prospect who is forced to play both tall and small, and he played a good sweeping role for the Allies. Baker’s defensive pressure stood out early on with a couple of acts sparing his side a further deficit, and he was able to impact the contest through his work rate and smart positioning.

#48 Dirk Koenen – Playing largely in tandem with Baker, Koenen made his way to a good number of aerial contests down back, while doing his best to sweep the ball out of there. He had a few fumbly moments and slipped up a bit in the wet, but made good decisions by foot which proved important.

Vic Country:

#2 Sam Walsh – Walsh was the standout midfielder on the day for Vic Country with his run and skill a feature for all four quarters. Walsh in the wet conditions was clean with his hands all day at ground level and overhead, he took a nice contested intercept mark in the third quarter and he quickly played on with a kick inboard and then quickly following up with the receive handball where he would continue to run and hit a long switch kick. Walsh showed impressive movement and composure with ball in hand where he would spin one way and then the other way keeping the opposition on their toes while also helping him take the best option which he often did. One passage of play stood out in the second quarter where he ran into the incoming Tarryn Thomas and he just turned on a dime and managed to get away. The kick was ineffective, but the way he was able to avoid trouble was eye-catching. Walsh was impressive at winning the ball at stoppages after half-time which he had to do with the injuries to key inside midfielders Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan. Walsh’s kicking this year has not been as good as he would like but his kicking on this day was first class with one such kick inside 50 in the last quarter where he lowered his eyes and found a target.

#3 Toby Bedford – Bedford was energetic as a small forward for all four quarters often putting on great pressure and tackling with intent. He had one excellent chase down tackle in the first quarter and he would continue to buzz around the forward 50 and be a threat. What really impressed was his multiple efforts to tackle and get involved in the play, he was also very clean with his hands and often made good decisions with the ball. He got to play around the ball more in the last quarter often getting involved in defence, he showed nice vision under pressure in one bit of play although his handball was a but too long the vision he showed in that situation was impressive.

#4 Jye Caldwell – Caldwell unfortunately had his game cut short with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter. Caldwell managed to make an impact in the first quarter however, where he kicked a goal on the run on his opposite foot. He would continue to work hard at stoppages and lay some solid tackles and work deep in defence to help his defenders. Caldwell had some shaky kicks on his left foot but it was good to see him at least try and use it instead of trying to go back on his right and be corralled with the kick.

#5 Xavier Duurmsa – Duursma had a quiet game starting in defence, he used the ball well early with his hands at ground level and handballs good in the wet conditions. He did some nice things later on before going forward in the last quarter where he had a nice front and square rove although the kick was nicely smothered by the Allies defender. Not long after that he laid a hard tackle and he should have been rewarded with a shot on goal.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer – The over-ager showed nice run and carry from half-back especially in the first quarter. One such play early in the game stood out where he marked on the wing with a kick down the line that he would end up following up and receiving then kicking nicely inside 50 which would lead to a shot at goal for Garoni. Late in the quarter he showed great attack at the contest, he would then lay a nice tackle then follow up with a run and fake finally handballing out wide to a teammate. Some of his handballs in the second quarter were very slick, with one handball done in the blink of an eye which was put perfectly to the advantage of Bedford who was running at full pace. In the last quarter he showed good evasion getting around multiple opponents in the forward half.

#8 Ned McHenry – McHenry played an excellent game working hard to win the ball while also working hard defensively with some great chases and hard tackles. McHenry’s quick clean hands were a feature in the first quarter along with his nice movement at stoppages. He would keep up his pressure and attack on the ball in the second quarter with a great bit of play in the forward half where he attacked the ball at speed evading an opponent and running into open goal, he would miss the shot but what he did to get into that position caught the eye. In the third quarter he would continue to lay plenty of hard tackles while also getting around his teammates at stoppages and gave plenty of encouragement around the ball.

#10 Zac Foot – Foot had a mixed game, it was not ideal conditions for a running wingman, but he worked hard to impact contests. His hands in the wet were mostly clean, especially in the second quarter with a few nice pickups on the run. Foot made a number of mistakes, but what impressed was his efforts to win the ball back and make up for his mistakes and in the wet conditions that’s all you could ask for.

#12 Caleb Serong – Despite a quiet first half Serong would finish the game strongly, usually a midfielder for Gippsland he played most of the game as a forward and he showed plenty of his midfield traits with some nice ground level gathers and clean hands. His attack on the ball and second efforts up forward where important in the second half and he just continued to get involved as the game went on, he missed a snap goal in the last quarter but he did well to even get a boot to it so quickly with pressure coming. What really stood out with his game was how he was able to improve as the game went on and how effective he was when going for the ball and distributing the ball by hand.

#13 Tom Berry – Usually a midfielder for the Rebels, Berry played mostly as a forward in the first half. He had a nice rove from a pack although fumbling he quickly regathered the ball and snapped at goal which was only just touched. His attack on the ball and pressure was his standout feature in the second quarter he would later be sent into defence in the second half. Berry did some very gutsy things in defence, one bit of play he went back with the flight with no thought for his body, he would continue to put his body on the line and impact the contests at ground level and overhead with some nice spoils. Berry used the ball quickly in defence he had both a great kick and a poor kick in the last quarter trying to take the game on.

#14 Sam Flanders – Flanders was arguably the most dangerous small forward in the game constantly getting to dangerous spots, he would also put on a lot of pressure and would attack the contests up forward. His first goal came from a kick of the ground in the goal square and his second goal came with a classy snap in the third quarter where he had worked hard beforehand to lock the ball inside 50. He had a nice bit of play in the midfield in the last quarter where he just whacked into Allies gun Tarryn Thomas and then followed up the loose ball from a stoppage having a run and delivering a nice pass to the 50m arc.

#15 Lachlan Ash – Bottom ager Ash had quiet second half, but his first half was full of eye catching moments with his quick ball movement and agility impressing. One such play stood out in the first quarter where he would sidestep an opponent in defence stay composed and hit a nice switch kick under pressure. He had some really good efforts competing hard in a 2-on-1 at half-forward attacking the contest hard and won the ball.  He had some good efforts deep in defence where he just worked the ball to the boundary to kill the ball.

#18 Mitchell Riordan – Riordan had his day cut short getting injured late in the second quarter, he had a quiet first quarter but he worked hard in the second quarter putting on some good pressure around the stoppages while also cracking in hard with his attack on the ball which got him rewarded with a free kick in the middle of the ground.

#19 Sam Fletcher – Fletcher was a hard worker in the midfield laying plenty of tackles and getting to plenty of stoppages where he would use his clean hands at the clearances. He was rewarded for a good tackle in the second quarter and he would continue winning multiple tackles over every quarter. Fletcher’s clean hands at the stoppages stood out where he rarely fumbled and was able to release the outside running players. Fletcher would use his clean hands late in the game to take a lovely contested mark, his kicking throughout the day was not a feature and his speed hindered him at times but his constant effort over four quarters couldn’t be faulted.

#25 Kyle Reid – Reid had a mixed bag in defence, his kicking was shaky early on with a few poor kicks but one of his pickups on the run in the wet was impressive for a player his size. Reid continued to do some great defensive efforts with a good intercept mark deep in defence where he quickly played on, his quick ball movement was a positive with a bit of play in the last quarter standing out where he took a nice intercept mark, he would quickly play on with a kick and follow up his kick with some dash and a nice rebound kick. He laid a good tackle late in the last quarter and was rewarded with a free kick and he would then deliver a nice kick inside 50.

#26 Matt McGannon – The over-ager showed some nice movement and kicking from half-back and he would often take kick-outs and deliver nicely. McGannon hit the target often by foot and would often follow up his kicks with good run and carry. Decision making under pressure would be something he can work on because he is damaging with time and space.

#27 Zane Barzen – Barzen spent most of his time on a wing despite playing as a forward for the Murray Bushrangers. Barzen took multiple lead up marks in the first quarter he also took an intercept mark but his kick inside 50 was a bit too wide. Barzen has a presence in the air which he showed later in the last quarter taking a nice mark floating from the side, eh would miss the set shot at goal however. Barzen had some promising moments but if he is to play more time on the wing he needs to be stronger over the ball and not be so easily pushed off as he was on a few occasions during the day.

#28 Bailey Schmidt – Schmidt had a solid game in the ruck, what impressed most was his follow up work and attack on the contest. He had a good spoil in the third quarter where he followed up nicely with a hard tackle. Other than a poor kick over the head of his teammate in the third quarter, his ball use was otherwise solid and he showed some promising signs when following up his ruck work.

#29 Bailey Williams – Williams won plenty of taps especially early in the game with his superior leap, he would often run hard to follow up his ruck work throughout the day. Williams showed some nice movement for his size with a nice side step and long kick inside 50 in the first quarter and a lovely piece of play late in the second quarter where he would tap the ball on along the wing, gather the ball then handball and would end up following that up kicking a nice running shot at goal.  He would have a quiet second half but he would take a fantastic contested mark on the lead in the third quarter; his tap work and leap would prove an asset for all four quarters.

#30 Oscar Brownless – Brownless toiled hard for a lot of the day playing forward and through the midfield. He started the game well with some good attack and desperation around the ball and used the ball well by hand, he would have a quiet second quarter before getting more involved in the third with some nice pressure in the forward half with his efforts leading to Flanders goal in the third quarter and he showed good courage going back with the flight in one contest. Brownless impressed with some good tackles and he competed well in the air in the last quarter.

#31 Brock Smith – The Gippsland defender had a quiet game but his hardness at the contest was still a feature. He was tasked with the job on dangerous Allies player Tarryn Thomas when he was resting forward and Smith more than held his own with that match up often letting him know where he was and putting on constant body contact and pressure.

#35 Hudson Garoni – Garoni worked hard in the first quarter, he took a nice contested mark only to kick a behind but he would later capitalise with a chest mark then go back and slot the set shot goal. He was good with his hands with one good handball to McHenry while Garoni was on the ground, he kicked his second goal from a free kick and almost had his third with the next centre clearance where he lead out and took a nice mark only to miss the set shot from 50. He would add another point in the last quarter coming from an impressive contested mark on the lead.

#37 Dane Hollenkamp – Hollenkamp did not do a lot wrong playing as a key defender, he often used the ball well and his defensive work was top notch with some solid spoils. He had one good bit of play in the second quarter where he showed desperation to work the ball towards the boundary. His best bit of play came in the last quarter where he attacked the ball hard, had a run and then kicked truly out of defence.

#39 Connor Idun – Toiled hard in defence and often used the ball well and quickly by hand. Idun took some nice intercept marks throughout the day including some timely spoils and good tackles. Idun did well to win the ball and take some marks but his ball movement was often slow not taking the first option and would end up just kicking long down the line and if Idun is going to make that next step it would be promising to see him use the ball quicker after a mark like he does in general play because his quick hands in general play were fantastic.

TAC Cup preview: Round 2

TEAMS have welcomed back some big guns for their round two TAC Cup matches, while others have lost some stars due to injury. Among those omitted from their sides are top prospects Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers) and Tom Berry (GWV Rebels), while Max King (Sandringham Dragons) and Jye Caldwell (Bendigo Pioneers) are back after missing the opening round due to injury and cricket respectively.

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES 

Round 2 – Thursday, March 29, 7.30pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Both Calder Cannons and Eastern Ranges will fight it out under lights at RAMS Arena tonight in search of their first win. Calder went down to Western Jets in last Friday’s season opener by just four points in a thrilling clash, while Eastern were outplayed by Oakleigh Chargers in the wet at Frankston. Calder will look to use its home ground advantage to get on top of Eastern, while the Ranges will be hoping to showcase their skills in weather other than torrential rain.

There was a lot to like about Calder’s performance in round one despite the loss, breaking even with the Jets in clearances, with co-captains Mitch Podhajski (six) and Jack Bytel (five) leading the way on the inside. Clearances were also a strength for Eastern, amassing 39 in the wet – just one short of Oakleigh which was remarkable considering the 50-point deficit by the final siren. But the most noticeable different between the games was the fact that Eastern won four out of six centre clearances, while Calder went down 14-9 – 17 more in that game compared to the Saturday morning contest.

In the back half, Ben Cardamone will be looking to lead the Ranges out of defence and back up his seven rebounds, but could also have his work cut out for him should he line-up on AFL Academy member Curtis Taylor. The Cannons’ forward was damaging inside 50 last week, booting three goals from 12 disposals and three marks. Cannons’ full-forward Jeremy O’Sullivan finished the game with three majors and four marks (two contested). Eastern’s James Ross could be given the job on O’Sullivan – laying six tackles and picking up eight disposals of his own on the weekend. Fellow key position defender James Blanck made the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Team of the Week in round one, taking four of Eastern’s 12 marks in round one, and took one of only two contested marks for the game. He also had 11 disposals and six rebounds.

On the weekend Eastern had 200 disposals, 118 less than their opponents, while Calder had 324 – 42 more than their opponents. But the Ranges also brought the heat, laying a whopping 106 tackles, plus 17 on Oakleigh, while Calder laid 41, 11 less than Western. Based on those statistics, the Cannons will look to possess the ball and think their way through each possession, while Eastern will look to pressure the ball carrier and force turnovers. It is almost impossible to compare the games from round one given the conditions Eastern played in, but they will look to bring the same intensity while increasing their offensive output. Kye Quirk and Cody Hirst are other names who performed in round one, while Lachlan Sholl and Jack Evans were strong in the midfield and defence respectively.

Calder Cannons

B: 4. K. Baker, 26. M. Fletcher, 33. J. Evans
HB: 3. I. Moussa , 36. P. Mahoney, 48. S. Ramsay
C: 35. S.  Graham, 30. M.  Podhajski, 8. L.  Sholl
HF: 27. T. Browning, 38. B. Newman, 1. D. Mott
F: 23. D. Hanna, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 5. C. Taylor
R: 60. D. Pretty, 42. N. Croft, 20. R. West
Int: 16. J. Bytel, 43. L. Cavallaro, 11. J. Firebrace, 45. C. Kosmas, 10. H. Minton-Connell, 49. J. Westphal

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, 8. J.  Burleigh, 11. M.  Mellis
HF: 9. J. Duffy, 45. M. Zalac, 27. J. Jaworski
F: 5. R. Einsporn, 18. B. McCormack, 17. C. Hirst
R: 42. T. Lockman, 7. L. Stapleton, 2. A. Kalcovski
Int: 4. R. Clausen, 41. J. Corless, 39. C. Daraio, 14. L. Gawel, 12. J. Gilbee, 32. F. Smith

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS vs. BENDIGO PIONEERS 
Round 2 – Friday, March 30, 11.30am
Deakin Reserve, Shepparton

Murray Bushrangers and Bendigo Pioneers head into their round two encounter with different form lines. The Bushrangers were surprised by Gippsland in round one, while the Pioneers stormed home to run over the top of the GWV Rebels courtesy of a four goals to one final term. Murray lost slick star Zane Barzen to injury in the first quarter last week, while the Pioneers regain gun midfielder/forward Jye Caldwell following the conclusion of his cricket commitments. Both sides have extended benches, with a host of top talent coming in for their first games of the season.

Looking at the home side in round one, the Bushrangers had a few high possession getters, as debutant Lachlan Ash racked up 28 disposals (at 82 per cent efficiency) off half-back to accompany seven marks and eight rebounds in a quarter-back type role. The Bushrangers won the rebounds battle with 38-30 against Gippsland, but struggled to put scores on the board with the same number of inside 50s, while Gippsland had a whopping 54. Laitham Vandermeer went inside 50 six times, while Hudson Garoni (five), Jake Bradshaw (four) and Kyle Clarke (four) were other ball movers on the day. The Bushrangers still had 317 disposals, with Ash leading the way from Ely Smith (24), Clarke (23) and Vandermeer (20).

For Bendigo, they made the most of their opportunities considering they too had just 38 inside 50s, seven less than their opponents in round one. Will Holt was the difference up forward with five goals to lead all-comers in the TAC Cup. Expect versatile tall Tom Boyd or inclusion Nick Murray to get the job on Holt. Bailey Henderson was an important figure with eight inside 50s from 29 disposals, providing plenty of dash on the outside, while Zane Keighran (28 disposals, 10 marks, four clearances and six inside 50s) was arguably the Pioneers best, along with Noah Wheeler (24 disposals, four marks, four clearances, five inside 50s and five tackles). In the final quarter onslaught it was Henderson and Liam Marciano (both nine disposals) who stood up for the Pioneers in round one.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 22. A. Dang, 16. N. Murray, 15. R. Quinn
HB: 12. L. Ash, 34. T. Boyd, 28. K. Clarke
C: 26. R.  Bice, 17. N.  Amery, 13. B.  Frauenfelder
HF: 6. W. Chandler, 18. H. Garoni, 54. F. O’Dwyer
F: 9. M. Walker, 8. J. Koschitzke, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 5. E. Smith, 4. L. Vandermeer
Int: 20. J. Bradshaw, 14. J. Chalcraft, 38. D. Clarke, 33. F. Ellis, 3. B. Kelly, 25. B. St John

In: E. Dayman, J. Boyer, N. Murray, F. O’Dwyer, M. Oates
Out: C. Hill,  Z. Barzen

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 16. J. Atley, 24. N. McHugh, 51. B. Waasdorp
HB: 9. Z. Keighran, 8. B. Kemp, 25. F. Perez
C: 18. B.  Henderson, 43. H.  Lawrence, 57. A.  Smith-Ralph
HF: 1. M. Goodwin, 20. J. Schischka, 3. L. Marciano
F: 35. Z. Denahy, 45. W. Holt, 17. R. Ironside
R: 23. D. Keating, 5. N. Wheeler, 4. J. Caldwell
Int: 7. L. Chisholm, 34. R. Clarke, 14. T. Dow, 11. J. Grace, 10. D. Grace, 50. K. Lloyd, 47. J. Sala, 52. K. Walker, 19. T. Walters, 2. J. Williams

In: J. Caldwell, T. Dow, J. Schischka, J. Grace

 

GIPPSLAND POWER vs. DANDENONG STINGRAYS 
Round 2 – Friday, March 30, 1.30pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve, Morwell

In the other game on Friday, two sides that had some impressive wins face-off, with Gippsland Power taking on Dandenong Stingrays. The Power were too strong for Murray Bushrangers, while the Stingrays rolled a highly-touted Falcons outfit in what was predicted to be the game of the round. Now Dandenong heads down the highway to face the Power, who had a massive 54 inside 50s against the Bushrangers last week. The Stingrays had 50 of their own and restricted Geelong to just 28, so the battle through the midfield is expected to be exciting.

Matthew McGannon was a large reason behind Gippsland’s drive in round one, with seven rebound 50s – almost 25 per cent of his team’s total – while Brett Thorson led the way with seven inside 50s. Others that got the ball deep were Xavier Duursma (five), Irving Mosquito (four), Harvey Neocleous (four) and Fraser Phillips (four). Ryan Henkel led the way in the ruck with 17 hitouts in round one, but he is an omission this week, with replacement Levi Munns certainly set to have his work cut out trying to tame the likes of Riley Bowman and Bailey Williams. It was also Gippsland’s bottom-agers such as Sam Flanders and Caleb Serong who drove the Power to victory with a combined 39 disposals between them.

For Dandenong, they controlled the ball going forward and played a slower, more contested game against the Falcons, having just 279 disposals but booting 15.10 – remarkably a score every 11 disposals. The Stingrays tend to be a shared cohort and Campbell Hustwaite led the way with 21 disposals, but had seven clearances, five inside 50s, eight tackles and booted two goals in a very impressive performance. Will Hamill also looked the goods with 19 disposals, three marks and six tackles, while Aaron Darling returned from a season-long injury to boot three goals from six disposals as a damaging small forward. Twins Stephen and Matthew Cumming both played their first competitive games for the Stingrays with Stephen rotating through the ruck.

The Stingrays won a lot of their disposals at ground level, taking just 47 marks, but comfortably beat their opponents in contested possessions, something Gippsland will need to do if they are to knock off the visitors. Meanwhile the Stingrays cannot afford to give the Power time and space on the outside as they have some fantastic users of the football that can hit pinpoint passes.

Gippsland Power

B: 12. B. Smith, 25. K. Reid, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 8. B. Beck, 23. N. Gown, 18. M. McGannon
C: 29. B.  Motton, 11. A.  Hodge, 2. C.  Serong
HF: 9. I. Mosquito, 33. B. Thorson, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 27. L. Munns, 5. X. Duursma, 13. N. Lowden
Int: 6. R. Baldi, 26. W. Broadbent, 17. G. Cocksedge, 10. L. Connolly, 14. T. Hourigan, 3. M. McGannon, 7. B. Patterson, 35. J. van der Pligt, 38. J. Wykes

In: L. Munns, B. Patterson, G. Cocksedge, W. Broadbent
Out: R. Henkel

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 32. D. Frampton, 56. M. Cumming, 2. H. Young
HB: 16. J. Frawley, 5. A. Paterson, 58. W. Hamill
C: 3. J.  Plumridge, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 7. J.  Taylor
HF: 17. F. Bayne, 29. B. Williams, 42. J. Nanscawen
F: 15. T. Bedford, 28. B. Schmidt, 14. A. Darling
R: 13. R. Bowman, 18. M. Riordan, 47. J. Hickey
Int: 37. B. Angwin, 31. H. Briggs, 33. J. Carosella, 49. M. Cottrell, 36. S. Cumming, 9. Z. Foot, 12. M. Gahan, 27. L. McDonnell

In: M. Gahan, B. Angwin

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS vs. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 
Round 2 – Saturday, March 31, 2pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

In a top-of-the-table clash, Sandringham Dragons meet Oakleigh Chargers at RAMS Arena. Last week both sides had impressive victories in the wet over Northern Knights and Eastern Ranges respectively. With both teams among the strongest in the league, it is anticipated to be an exciting clash. Max King will add to an already strong line-up at full-forward, joining his brother Ben who was impressive down back last week with 14 disposals, sneaking forward in the final term to boot two goals.

Bailey Smith was the star of the show for the Dragons against the Knights, as he amassed 37 disposals (22 contested), four marks, seven tackles, 12 clearances and eight inside 50s in a complete performance. Liam Stocker (19 disposals, nine tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s) was also impressive, a prime mover in the midfield, while Will Kennedy moved well for a key forward, laying seven tackles and booting a goal from 14 disposals. Bottom-age ruck Andrew Courtney had 20 hitouts, assisted by James Rendell with eight, as well as six inside 50s. Alastair Richards was another player who worked well across the ground, collecting 18 disposals, three clearances and four inside 50s.

For Oakleigh, it was an even contribution as well, playing keepings-off in the wet, restricting the Ranges to just 200 disposals while notching up 318 of their own. Noah Anderson (25), Xavier O’Neill (23), Riley Collier-Dawkins (22), Matt Rowell (22), Noah Answerth (22) and Jack Ross (22) all found plenty of the ball, while combining for 23 clearances and 23 inside 50s – the latter of which was equal to the entire Eastern side. O’Neill hit the scoreboard with two crucial goals, as did small forward Daniel Scala. Collier-Dawkins had a round-high four score assists showing he has the ability to indirectly hurt the opposition on the scoreboard. The big question will be whether or not Oakleigh can contain Smith and the Dragons from beating them at their own possession game, or whether the Dragons tall timber will stretch the Chargers’ defence.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 19. S. Forbes, 69. C. Watts, 23. A. Hanrahan
HB: 6. H. Houlahan, 29. B. King, 9. R. Macdermid
C: 8. K.  Owens, 7. L.  Stocker, 10. S.  Sofronidis
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 33. W. Kennedy, 18. A. Seaton
F: 27. J. Mahony, 31. M. King, 48. J. Worrell
R: 28. J. Rendell, 5. B. Smith, 2. A. Richards
Int: 20. H. Bede, 36. M. Bergman, 72. D. Chirgwin, 59. A. Courtney, 12. C. Jones, 26. F. Maginness, 21. D. McNeish, 53. H. Ralphsmith, 11. N. Stamatis

In: M. King, A. Hanrahan, H. Bede

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 33. M. Warren, 16. L. Westwood
HB: 23. I. Quaynor, 30. B. Wraith, 22. D. Williams
C: 17. T.  Bianco, 8. N.  Anderson, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 38. Z. Hart, 4. W. Kelly, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 32. J. Ross, 7. J. Robertson, 25. D. Scala
R: 79. B. Griffiths31, 12. N. Answerth , 5. X. O’Neill
Int: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins, 14. K. Dunkley, 35. X. Fry, 65. L. Harry, 34. C. Leon, 9. J. Rowbottom, 18. B. Silvagni, 28. O. Simpson

In: C. Leon, L. Harry, X. Fry

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. WESTERN JETS 
Round 2 – Saturday, March 31, 4.15pm

In the second game of the double header, Northern Knights take on Western Jets. The Knights were soundly beaten by the Sandringham Dragons in the wet at Frankston last week, while Western got up in a thriller against Calder Cannons in the season opener. In round one the Knights’ defensive pressure could not be questioned, laying 94 tackles and having 41 rebounds. Ryan Gardner led the way with double-figure rebounds and 22 disposals, while captain Braedyn Gillard had 22 disposals (16 contested), five tackles and six clearances.

The Knights looked to Gillard and Tom McKenzie in the midfield, with the pair amassing 11 of the team’s 26 clearances in round one. Tom Hallebone performed strongly in the ruck, having 17 hitouts, a performance he would like to repeat against the 199cm, 109kg man mountain that is Darren Walters. Around the ground the Knights had plenty of contributors including defender Lachlan Potter (16 disposals, three marks) and forward Patrik Della Rocca (nine disposals, three marks, four tackles and three inside 50s). Josh D’Intinosante was one of the more impressive debutants on the day, collecting 16 disposals, two marks, two clearances, five inside 50s and laying five tackles.

The Jets only had three more clearances than the Knights in their clash with Calder, but had an impressive 47 inside 50s. Captain Xavier O’Halloran was outstanding with 10 inside 50s to go with his 22 disposals, eight clearances and a goal. Connor Thar had four clearances to go with his 20 disposals, while Stefan Radovanovic was good off half-back with 14 disposals, four marks and five rebounds. Aaron Clarke caused all sorts of issues for Calder last week with his 194cm frame helping him boot three goals to be the leading goal kicker for the Jets. Bottom-ager Darcy Cassar was another impressive player, amassing 19 disposals (at 74 per cent efficiency), and will continue to impress throughout the season.

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 28. S. Uzelac, 5. L. Potter
HB: 1. R. Gardner, 33. J. Randall, 9. C. Simonsen
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 3. B.  Gillard, 15. O.  White
HF: 8. A. Carafa, 12. J. Naylor, 20. P. Della Rocca
F: 17. J. D’Intinosante, 21. M. Baker, 40. N. Mayne
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 4. T. McKenzie, 10. B. Bell
Int: 35. K. Agosta, 41. X. Bateman, 24. R. Bowkett, 18. S. Brazier, 34. Z. Hudson, 27. J. Lucente, 43. J. Murphy, 6. X. Naish, 13. S. Philp

In: S. Uzelac, J. Naylor, X. Bateman

Western Jets

B: 28. J. Papachatzakis, 37. H. Murphy, 41. L. Rzanovski
HB: 39. S. Radovanovic, 38. B. Khamis, 6. L. Rocci
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 33. X.  O’Halloran, 18. B.  Colley
HF: 24. J. Honey, 31. E. Jeka, 7. J. Watkins
F: 20. D. Cassar, 45. A. Clarke, 2. T. Rudic
R: 47. D. Walters, 36. J. Rice, 11. Z. Butters
Int: 25. S. Johnson, 10. S. Kyriazis, 22. O. Manton, 30. L. Pettigrove, 12. C. Thar, 35. T. Warner

In: J. Jenkins

 

GEELONG FALCONS vs. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS 
Round 2 – Sunday, April 1, 1pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

In the final game of the round, two sides that suffered round one losses were the Geelong Falcons and GWV Rebels. The Falcons were inaccurate against the Dandenong Stingrays, finishing with 6.11, three of which came in the final term. The Rebels, on the other hand, were in control for most of the game but were outlasted by a fast-finishing Bendigo Pioneers outfit. Tom Berry sat out the last term with concussion and has failed to get up this week which will be a huge loss for the Rebels, so they will look to their other midfielders to step up.

Geelong has no shortage of talented talls, with Sam Conway and Sam Christensen replaced by Dane Hollenkamp and Tom Richardson in the side for round two, while Blake Schlensog will look to build on his performance from round one after a solid 12 disposals, 11 hitouts, five inside 50s and a goal. Through the midfield it was the Falcons big guns that shone brightest, with Ed McHenry picking up a whopping 11 clearances to accompany his 26 disposals, two marks, five inside 50s, five tackles and four rebounds. Sam Walsh (26 disposals, four clearances and nine tackles) and Oscar Brownless (19 disposals, five marks and seven tackles) performed strongly, while Charlie Sprague was impressive up forward with three goals from 16 disposals.

The Rebels will hope the likes of Scott Carlin, Lochie Dawson and Charlie Wilson stand up in Berry’s absence this weekend. With Berry missing the last quarter, the Rebels had just 50 disposals to the Pioneers’ 91, and took just three marks for the term – the Pioneers took 22. Carlin was ultra-impressive across four quarters, finishing the game with 30 disposals (15 contested), six clearances, four inside 50s, four tackles and five rebounds, while Wilson booted two goals from 20 touches and eight clearances, and Dawson had seven clearances and four inside 50s to go with his 24 disposals. Key forward Tylar Watts had six disposals and seven hitouts and will look to be a target this weekend, while the dangerous Jed Hill will hope to continue his form after adding two goals to his 11 disposals and five marks.

Geelong Falcons

B: 7. C. Harris, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 25. L. Taylor
HB: 40. J. Clark, 39. C. Idun, 13. E. Floyd
C: 6. D.  Madigan, 22. S.  Walsh, 3. K.  Rayner
HF: 30. O. Brownless, 48. B. Schlensog, 2. S. Torpy
F: 16. B. Scott, 31. C. Cartledge, 36. C. Sprague
R: 45. T. Richardson, 8. E. McHenry, 20. B. Ham
Int: 38. S. Bourke, 1. J. Dahlhaus, 10. B. Mensch, 4. C. Mulgrew, 21. L. Smith, 27. N. Young

In: D. Hollenkamp, T. Richardson, L. Smith, J. Muhor, B. Scott
Out: S. Christensen,  C. Tanis,  S. Conway

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 18. B. Helyar, 43. J. Wright, 34. J. O’Connell
HB: 5. H. Jennings, 8. H. Butler, 31. C. Perks
C: 3. S.  Carlin, 2. M.  Schnerring, 25. T.  Shannon
HF: 11. J. Chatfield, 7. M. Martin, 14. J. Hill
F: 15. K. Councillor, 20. T. Watts, 21. I. Grant
R: 29. P. Glanford, 6. C. Wilson, 9. L. Dawson
Int: 36. M. Bidmade, 12. A. Gove, 19. J. Henderson, 10. J. Lohmann, 47. T. Mahony, 39. J. Mawson

In: J. Mawson, C. Perks, C. Craig-Peters, J. Bibby
Out: B. Annett, T. Berry