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Oakleigh makes statement with commanding win

OAKLEIGH Chargers have made one almighty statement with a huge 120-point win over the Western Jets at Ikon Park yesterday. In a half of football the Chargers booted 14 goals to five and looked every bit a premiership threat, never taking the foot off the pedal. The second half was just as impressive piling on 11 goals to one, to storm to a 20-goal victory in what seemed like a challenge back at Dandenong Stingrays.

Just 24 hours earlier, Dandenong put the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels to the sword with a 110-point thumping, and in what was a reminder of what they were equally capable of, the Chargers showed off their versatility up forward with a mammoth 25.13 (163) to 6.7 (43) victory. Much like the Stingrays, the Chargers had no shortage of winners on the day, with nearly every player contributing to the cause. So much so, the lowest disposal winner – and only player under 10 touches – was defender Charlie Beasley, who still had seven, and two rebounds. On the other end of the scale, 10 players had 20 or more disposals, as the Chargers monopolised the ball, not only winning a whopping 187 more disposals, but taking 46 more marks and had 21 more inside 50s.

It was the Chargers’ highest score of the season, and the second highest winning margin of the year, but it did not look like being a blowout early. A pinpoint perfect pass from Trent Bianco to Matthew Rowell inside 50 saw the bottom-ager convert the set shot and get the Chargers on the board, but then back-to-back goals to the Western Jets through Daly Andrews and Jack Watkins proved the sixth placed side was up for the fight. Xavier O’Neill and Matthew Day got to the right positions and gave Oakleigh back the lead, before potential Carlton father-son prospect, Oskar Manton delivered a timely blow with a perfect set shot from long range.

Jake Gasper pounced as he so often has before, on a loose ball inside 50 and converted, while Charlie Whitehead looked equally as dangerous around goals and got his first for the afternoon. When Daniel Pantalleresco found space close to goal and got one back for the Jets, the margin was just eight points with four minutes remaining in the first term. Unfortunately for the Jets, two late goals to Riley Collier-Dawkins (an impressive 50m bomb no less) and bottom-ager Dylan Williams pushed the margin out to 20 at the first change. Remarkably despite the impressive seven-goal quarter, Oakleigh talent manager Craig Notman told TAC Cup Radio they were not happy with the clearances, forward entries and work around the ground.

By half-time it would be hard not to be impressed with the Chargers’ work as they effectively ended the game with 25 minutes of unbelievable football. Jay Robertson got the ball rolling early in the term, and Williams booted another two majors either side of a Steven Kyriazis set shot. It would be the only Jets goal for the term, as Whitehead headed into the rooms with three goals to his name like Williams, while Gasper had two by the main break, and even Bailey Wraith – who was dominating in the ruck – went forward and kicked a strong set shot goal. In the blink of an eye, the margin was 59 points, and as Western Jets coach Torin Baker told TAC Cup Radio at the final break, the coaching staff knew the result from half-time, but still wanted to get something out of the second half.

Admitting so few winners across the board, the Jets skipper, Xavier O’Halloran was terrific in fighting against the tide, marking on the 50m arc and rather than passing off, took the responsibility upon himself, launching a massive set shot from 55m out and not making the umpire do any work, putting it straight through the middle. It was a little too late for the Jets however, as Atu Bosenavulagi kicked the first of his three majors, while Matthew Day joined the multiple goal kickers list with a second. Williams looked unstoppable up forward, booting another two majors to take his total to five by the final break, while Bosenavulagi and Gasper added to their goal tallies for the day with Oakleigh pushing the margin out to 91 points by the final break. The scary thing is, Oakleigh missed a number of gettable chances that could have pushed the margin beyond three figures.

It took just 75 seconds for that to happen, as Bosenavulagi converted one of the quickest goals from the first bounce with just 22 seconds passing, before less than a minute later, Williams had his sixth. Bosenavulagi kicked his fourth in the ninth minute to put the margin at 114 points, and a score of 154. With the record score for the season at 167 and record margin of 126 points – Dandenong Stingrays against Western Jets at Shepley Oval – on the line, they pushed right until the end, with the crowd wondering just how far they could go.

The last 15 minutes was a combination of missed opportunities for the Chargers, and some great defensive efforts from the Jets, who as a proud group would not have been pleased with the result. If there was anything to take out of the result, it was restricting Oakleigh to just 1.3 in that final 15-minute period. Day had a chance to break the season highest score with a shot after the siren, but pulled his set shot, meaning the Chargers had to settle for the 120-point win, and the 25 goals in the bank.

Picking the best for both sides was a difficult task with Oakleigh genuinely having 15 or more players who could force their way into the bests, while for Western, there were only a handful who stood up in disappointing day which saw one of the premiership contenders put in an eye-opening performance. By the final siren, Williams was the best on ground with six goals from 15 touches and eight marks (two contested), while fellow bottom-agers Noah Anderson (23 disposals, five marks and six inside 50s) and Rowell (22 disposals and seven marks) just kept winning the football.

Joe Ayton-Delaney was superb in defence with 24 disposals, three inside 50s and three rebounds, while James Jordon played an underrated role through the midfield that is not represented on the stats sheet with 20 disposals, six marks and three inside 50s. Bosenavulagi’s four goals from 17 disposals and four marks was the best performance of his season, and any Collingwood fans hoping to snare him cheaply would be cursing under their breath with a terrific performance, including a dazzling run through midfield putting on the jets to burn off Buku Khamis. Collier-Dawkins stepped up as well, with 20 disposals, four marks, three clearances and three inside 50s, while Jack Ross had a team-high seven clearances from 24 disposals. Wraith’s ruckwork to beat opposing man mountain Darren Walters despite giving away massive centimetres and kilograms was superb, having 35 hitouts from 11 touches. Whitehead and Gasper’s three goals each were other highlights, but the list could go on in what was arguably the performance of the season.

For the Jets, O’Halloran never stopped trying and constantly put his body on the line for 17 disposals, two marks, six clearances, eight inside 50s and a goal in what was a clear best on for the Jets. Khamis could also hold his head high in defence with four rebounds from 15 disposals and six marks (one contested), while Watkins (21 disposals, three marks, four clearances, four inside 50s and a goal), Connor Thar (18 disposals, five marks, five clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds) and Manton (11 disposals, two marks and one goal) also kept trying. But with only four players amassing more than 12 touches and half the side not reaching double figures, it was a day to forget in a season which had plenty of highlights.

With Oakleigh to meet Gippsland Power next weekend, there is little doubt that Power coach, Leigh Brown will have plenty of work to do in the lead-up to the big clash.

OAKLEIGH 7.2 | 14.6 | 20.10 | 25.13 (163)
WESTERN 4.0 | 5.1 | 6.3 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:

Oakleigh: Dylan Williams 6, Atu Bosenavulagi 4, Jake Gasper 3, Charlie Whitehead 3, Jay Robertson 2, Matthew Rowell, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Xavier O’Neill, Bailey Wraith.
Western: Jack Watkins, Xavier O’Halloran, Daly Andrews, Oskar Manton, Steven Kyriazis, Daniel Pantalleresco.

ADC BEST:

Oakleigh: Dylan Williams, Atu Bosenavulagi, James Jordon, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Joe Ayton-Delaney, Noah Anderson.
Western: Xavier O’Halloran, Buku Khamis, Jack Watkins, Connor Thar, Oskar Manton, Jack Papachatzakis.

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 14

WITH three rounds left, and just one round with teams depleted due to school football, the race for top four is heating up with some interesting clashes this weekend, and plenty of changes at the selection table.

EASTERN RANGES v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 14 – Saturday, August 4, 10.45am
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

In the first game of the round, Sandringham Dragons travel to Box Hill for a must-win game for their top four hopes and a week off before finals. The Dragons have only made two confirmed changes with star midfielder, Liam Stocker out of the side, as is Jackson Hannah. Kai Owens, Harry Houlahan and Charlie Dean are among five inclusions named in an extended team. Eastern has made a lot more changes with Jarrod Gilbee, Lachlan Stapleton and Cooper Leon among nine confirmed outs, while the likes of Harvey Chinn, Brent Bredin and Jordan Jaworski return to the side for the game.

Eastern Ranges

B: 1. B. Bredin, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 37. J. Weichard
HB: 8. J. Burleigh, 31. J. Blanck, 24. K. Quirk
C: 54. J.  Sullivan, 23. X.  Fry, 46. B.  White
HF: 2. A. Kalcovski, 45. M. Zalac, 40. D. Brereton
F: 10. C. Black, 18. B. McCormack, 9. J. Duffy
R: 58. R. Smith, 19. J. Kritopoulos, 11. M. Mellis
Int: 3. H. Chinn, 4. R. Clausen, 53. J. Drake, 27. J. Jaworski, 59. J. Nathan, 26. C. Norris, 33. B. Tahlambouris
23P: 55. B. Willis

In: J. Sullivan, H. Chinn, B. Willis, J. Drake, R. Clausen, B. Tahlambouris, J. Duffy, J. Weichard, J. Jaworski, J. Kritopoulos, B. Bredin
Out: L. Vassis,  F. Smith,  R. Einsporn,  C. Leon,  L. Stapleton,  T. Edwards,  M. Briggs,  J. Gilbee,  Z. Pretty

Sandringham Dragons

B: 14. R. O’Meara, 69. C. Watts, 16. J. Paul
HB: 55. J. Cowden, 52. C. Dean, 50. T. Deane-Johns
C: 36. M.  Bergman, 66. R.  Byrnes, 25. O.  McMaster
HF: 3. T. Fogarty, 10. S. Sofronidis, 11. N. Stamatis
F: 1. T. Long, 28. J. Rendell, 58. K. Yorke
R: 59. A. Courtney, 6. H. Houlahan, 8. K. Owens
Int: 67. J. Brazionis, 13. T. Brimble, 24. H. Ferdinand, 39. J. Florent, 65. L. Lamble, 22. C. Millar, 40. M. Scott
23P: 35. G. Grey

In: L. Lamble, M. Scott, K. Owens, C. Dean, H. Houlahan
Out: J. Hannah, L. Stocker

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 14 – Saturday, August 4, 2pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In a clash with serious top four ramifications, Oakleigh Chargers host Gippsland Power at Warrawee Park. With school football having its final round, the likes of Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson are among six changes out of the side, while Trent Bianco and Matt Warren return with nine inclusions in an extended side. Gippsland on the other hand, have made just the two confirmed changes, with Harold Hood and Tyrone Hayes out of the side, while Riley Baldi and Harrison Pepper are among five inclusions to the Power side which can lock up a top four spot with a win here.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 24. S. Harte, 66. N. Dempsey, 16. L. Westwood
HB: 17. T. Bianco, 76. H. Leonard, 27. J. May
C: 20. F.  Elliot, 23. I.  Quaynor, 35. X.  Fry
HF: 26. J. Gasper, 33. M. Warren, 5. X. O’Neill
F: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 22. D. Williams, 25. D. Scala
R: 65. L. Harry, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins, 12. N. Answerth
Int: 48. M. Bowman, 2. L. Bugeja, 39. S. Fernandez, 56. M. Fewings, 71. T. Hogan, 55. J. Sticca, 42. K. Viccars
23P: 21. H. Shugg

In: L. Westwood, H. Shugg, M. Fewings, S. Fernandez, T. Hogan, T. Bianco, M. Warren, M. Bowman, J. Sticca
Out: T. Graham,  J. Robertson,  N. Anderson,  B. Jepson,  M. Day,  M. Rowell

Gippsland Power

B: 4. S. Flanders, 14. T. Hourigan, 12. B. Smith
HB: 8. B. Beck, 25. K. Reid, 7. B. Patterson
C: 18. M.  McGannon, 35. J.  van der Pligt, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 16. J. Smith, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 11. A. Hodge, 23. N. Gown, 9. I. Mosquito
R: 22. R. Henkel, 6. R. Baldi, 5. X. Duursma
Int: 10. L. Connolly, 37. H. Pepper, 19. F. Phillips, 43. Z. Skinner, 15. R. Sparkes, 33. B. Thorson, 32. L. Williams
23P: 34. J. Hume

In: H. Pepper, F. Phillips, R. Baldi, Z. Skinner, L. Connolly
Out: H. Hood, T. Hayes

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 14 – Saturday, August 4, 2pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

In the other Saturday game, it is Northern Knights’ turn to face the juggernaut that is the Dandenong Stingrays. The Stingrays have secured a top two place and need one more win to lock up the minor premiership. In this game, they have recalled Corey Ellison, Matthew Cumming and Jeremy Burton among six inclusions to an extended bench, while Angus Paterson, Lachlan Stenning and Jaxon Stuart are the three confirmed outs. For the home side, some young talent comes into the side including Under 16s Vic Metro captain Ewen Macpherson, as well as top-age prospects Tom Hallebone and Justin McInerney, and bottom-age talents Nathan Howard and Adam Carafa. Oscar White, Tom McKenzie and Josh D’Intinosante are among some big losses for the Knights from this game.

Northern Knights

B: 1. R. Gardner, 33. J. Randall, 11. R. Sturgess
HB: 5. L. Potter, 9. C. Simonsen, 28. S. Uzelac
C: 25. J.  Davies, 13. S.  Philp, 30. J.  McInerney
HF: 22. M. Wild, 12. J. Naylor, 44. C. Wild
F: 24. R. Bowkett, 51. J. Collins, 18. S. Brazier
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 8. A. Carafa, 7. H. Grace
Int: 35. K. Agosta, 31. N. Barro, 10. B. Bell, 58. N. Cox, 19. N. Howard, TBC E. Macpherson, 36. K. Yodgee
23P: 60. B. Major

In: K. Yodgee, A. Carafa, K. Agosta, N. Cox, E. Macpherson, T. Hallebone, B. Major, N. Howard, J. McInerney
Out: T. McKenzie,  J. Lucente,  O. White,  I. Rossi,  J. Trudgeon,  J. D’Intinosante

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 32. D. Frampton, 56. M. Cumming, 12. M. Gahan
HB: 58. W. Hamill, 36. S. Cumming, 10. L. Young
C: 27. L.  McDonnell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 3. J.  Plumridge
HF: 9. Z. Foot, 29. B. Williams, 7. J. Taylor
F: 17. F. Bayne, 13. R. Bowman, 52. C. Ellison
R: 28. B. Schmidt, 1. S. Fletcher, 2. H. Young
Int: 6. J. Barker, 49. M. Cottrell, 16. J. Frawley, 57. R. Nanscawen, 8. J. Smith, 61. S. Sturt, 50. L. Williams
23P: 19. J. Burton

In: J. Smith, S. Sturt, J. Burton, C. Ellison, M. Cumming, L. Williams
Out: A. Paterson, L. Stenning, J. Stuart

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 5, 12pm
Albury Sports Ground, Albury

In the annual Albury game, Murray Bushrangers host the Calder Cannons with both sides making a handful of changes. Talls, Jordon Butts and Floyd Bollinghaus are among the outs, while Noah Amery and Ben Kelly return to the side. For Calder, Shane Skidmore, Jake Riccardi and bottom-age Western Bulldogs father-son prospect Oliver Liberatore are all into the side, while Nathan Croft, Ned Gentile and Anthony Righele are among the outs for the match.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 34. T. Boyd, 59. L. Fiore, 19. J. Boyer
HB: 12. L. Ash, 8. J. Koschitzke, 16. N. Murray
C: 13. B.  Frauenfelder, 5. E.  Smith, 53. C.  Wilson
HF: 26. R. Bice, 18. H. Garoni, 6. W. Chandler
F: 14. J. Chalcraft, 7. Z. Barzen, 9. M. Walker
R: 23. M. Marriott, 38. D. Clarke, 28. K. Clarke
Int: 17. N. Amery, 3. B. Kelly, 55. R. Paradzayi, 42. J. Smart
23P: 31. W. Mack

In: N. Amery, B. Kelly, J. Smart, W. Mack
Out: F. Bollinghaus,  T. Matthes,  J. Butts,  P. Warner

Calder Cannons

B: 9. C. Barton, 38. B. Newman, 43. L. Cavallaro
HB: 48. S. Ramsay, 23. D. Hanna, 8. L. Sholl
C: 27. T.  Browning, 51. W.  Jury, 3. I.  Moussa
HF: 7. S. Skidmore, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 14. J. Taylor
F: 19. B. Rigoni, 29. J. Riccardi, 5. C. Taylor
R: 59. J. Middleton, 1. D. Mott, 30. M. Podhajski
Int: 15. O. Liberatore, 36. P. Mahoney, 52. B. Reddick, 32. M. Simpson
Emg: 53. M. Abou-Eid, 46. S. Callander, 39. L. Sultana
23P: 18. S. Shorten

In: S. Skidmore, P. Mahoney, J. Taylor, O. Liberatore, J. Riccardi
Out: N. Gentile, A. Righele, D. Torcia, N. Croft

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 5, 1pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

Further south west in Bendigo, the Pioneers host the Geelong Falcons, with the home side making at least five changes to the side. The Perez brothers are out of the side for the game, while Bailey Henderson and Braydon Vaz are among eight inclusions to an extended team. They will hopefully provide some added spark and composure against the Falcons. For Geelong, Logan Taylor and Ben Miller are out of the Round 14 side, while Bailey Scott and Lachlan Peck (23rd player) are two of four players added to the side.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 41. B. Vaz, 32. W. Wallace, 2. J. Williams
HB: 16. J. Atley, 24. N. McHugh, 5. N. Wheeler
C: 17. R.  Ironside, 43. H.  Lawrence, 51. B.  Waasdorp
HF: 26. C. O’Shea, 52. A. Mertz, 20. J. Schischka
F: 15. L. Caccaviello, 22. M. Johnson, 3. L. Marciano
R: 54. M. Christensen, 33. J. McHale, 39. D. Clohesy
Int: 53. W. Allen, 30. L. Davis, 36. A. Gundry, 18. B. Henderson, 27. M. Lias, 21. D. Loveridge, 37. C. McCarty
23P: 47. S. Conforti

In: D. Loveridge, A. Mertz, L. Davis, B. Henderson, B. Vaz, S. Conforti, A. Gundry, M. Johnson
Out: L. Tenace,  N. Kay,  R. Clarke,  F. Perez,  O. Perez

Geelong Falcons

B: 3. K. Rayner, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 42. H. Spiller
HB: 20. B. Ham, 31. C. Cartledge, 21. L. Smith
C: 7. C.  Harris, 22. S.  Walsh, 6. D.  Madigan
HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 39. C. Idun, 16. B. Scott
F: 2. S. Torpy, 48. B. Schlensog, 13. H. Whyte
R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 41. C. Stephens
Int: 40. J. Clark, 24. D. Fenton, 10. B. Mensch, 9. B. Morton
23P: 47. L. Peck

In: D. Fenton, L. Peck, B. Scott, H. Whyte
Out: B. Miller, L. Taylor

 

WESTERN JETS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 5, 2pm
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

In the final game of the round, the Western Jets host the GWV Rebels at Williamstown. Both teams have made minimal changes, with Noah Shaw and Aaron Britten the two confirmed outs for the Rebels. Meanwhile, Josh Kellett, Oskar Manton and Jack Papachatzakis are three of five inclusions to the Jets team. The Rebels have also only made a few changes with Isaac Thomas and Toby Mahony among the outs while Angus Gove, Mathew Clarke and Ben Annett back into the side on an extended bench.

Western Jets

B: 15. M. Hearne, 37. H. Murphy, 22. O. Manton
HB: 25. S. Johnson, 38. B. Khamis, 39. S. Radovanovic
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 7. J.  Watkins, 24. J.  Honey
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 31. E. Jeka, 2. T. Rudic
F: 49. D. Pantalleresco, 45. A. Clarke, 26. W. Smyth
R: 47. D. Walters, 12. C. Thar, 33. X. O’Halloran
Int: 18. B. Colley, 1. J. Hazik, 27. J. Klaromenos, 10. S. Kyriazis, 28. J. Papachatzakis, 6. L. Rocci, 41. L. Rzanovski
23P: 8. J. Kellett

In: J. Papachatzakis, O. Manton, J. Klaromenos, J. Kellett, W. Smyth
Out: N. Shaw,  A. Britten

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 48. J. Cleaver, 43. J. Wright, 10. J. Lohmann
HB: 3. S. Carlin, 18. B. Helyar, 5. H. Jennings
C: 24. M.  Lloyd, 27. E.  Lamb, 30. I.  Wareham
HF: 21. I. Grant, 11. J. Chatfield, 6. C. Wilson
F: 14. J. Hill, 7. M. Martin, 2. M. Schnerring
R: 29. P. Glanford, 16. E. Harvey, 1. C. Craig-Peters
Int: 4. B. Annett, 23. M. Clarke, 9. L. Dawson, 12. A. Gove, 44. R. Polkinghorne, 25. T. Shannon, 20. T. Watts
23P: 26. R. Ranieri

In: T. Shannon, J. Wright, R. Ranieri, A. Gove, M. Clarke, B. Annett
Out: E. Ajang, I. Thomas, T. Mahony

Weekend previews: TAC Cup – Round 10

AFTER a five-game round last week, the full set is back for Round 10 with all 12 teams taking part in the first of two Futures Rounds. In Futures Rounds, squads are extended to 24, and at least 11 bottom-age players must be in the side. This gives recruiters a chance to get a glimpse of the bottom-age talent coming through the ranks and get an idea about where players sit for 2019.

 

EASTERN RANGES v. CALDER CANNONS

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

It would have been hard to believe a few rounds ago, but Eastern Ranges head into the home clash with Calder Cannons on a hot streak, having picked up two consecutive wins and looking strong. They play yet another game there and come up against a Calder Cannons side that took it right up to the Gippsland Power despite the Cannons missing the majority of their best 22. Calder’s two key forwards are in good form, with Jake Riccardi booting four goals in the final term last round to single-handedly ensure the Cannons snatched two points, while John Roumeliotis is building up some consistency after missing three years through knee injuries. Daniel Hanna is rock solid in defence, while Lucas Cavallaro had another consistent performance out of the back half last week and looks to be a danger man in this clash. For Eastern, the loss of Xavier Fry and James Blanck will hurt, but the midfield that got the job done against Bendigo Pioneers is still intact with Lachlan Stapleton, Joel Burleigh, Kye Quirk and Mitch Mellis forming a good quartet in the centre. Ben Cardamone has been consistent in defence. This is set to be a close contest.  

 

WESTERN JETS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

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

The Western Jets will be disappointed their winning streak was broken last week, with their depth tested against an impressive Geelong Falcons outfit. The Northern Knights on the other hand will be pleased they got over the line against GWV Rebels in tough conditions at MARS Stadium following a good final term. Oscar White and Justin McInerney both return to the visitors team in what will be a boost for the Knights in the clash, while a couple of potential father-son prospects are in for the Jets in Oskar Manton and Tyler Kolyniuk. Western’s strength is in its midfield, similar to Northern, and it will be a great contest to watch Connor Thar, Jack Watkins and Jaden Rice go head-to-head with McInerney, White and Ryan Sturgess among others in a deep midfield group. Aaron Clarke and Steven Kyriazis can cause headaches up forward for the Jets, while talented bottom-ager Josh D’Intinosante has been named at half-back after an impressive game on-ball last week. Patrik Della Rocca, Sunny Brazier and Harrison Grace provide three different elements to the Knights’ forward line, while Hamish Murphy and Darcy Cassar are others who have been important players for the home side this season.  

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

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

A mid-season clash between Oakleigh Chargers and Sandringham Dragons does not always bring about too many top-age talents given the National Championships and school football commitments, but there is plenty to like about both sides when they go head-to-head at Warrawee Park tomorrow. The Dragons will look to address a form slump due to the amount of upheaval to their side, losing four of the past five games. Meanwhile the Chargers have also slipped, albeit defeating the Murray Bushrangers a couple of weeks ago. A win to Oakleigh could see the Chargers back in the top four, while it could also mean the Dragons drop outside the top eight. On the other side of the coin, the Dragons could move to sixth, and sit just four points behind the Chargers in fifth, with a victory. In line with Futures Round, Oakleigh has gone in with a young, but talented side, with Matt Rowell headlining the bottom-agers after returning from Vic Metro duties. He, Trent Bianco and Bailey Wraith will be important inclusions, in a side that looks to have plenty of grunt, speed and class. After a big day out last week, Matt Day will be a loss up forward, while Sam Harte and Lachlan Bugeja have been consistent, however Atu Bosenavulagi is finding some good form, and Jack Ross is a crucial inclusion as well. For the Dragons, their side might look even stronger on paper, with the return of many players from school football. Key position players Fischer McAsey and Will Kennedy return to the fold to provide some quality height, while Kai Owens, Liam Stocker and Harry Houlahan will provide a good core midfield that will challenge the Chargers.  

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

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

Dandenong has been the benchmark in the competition this season, and can move eight points clear on top with a victory here and an unlikely loss to Gippsland. For the Rebels, they can leapfrog Geelong into ninth and be just percentage away from Calder in eighth with a win. GWV will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing final term against Northern Knights last weekend. Stephen Cumming is an important inclusion into the team, allowing Bailey Schmidt to go forward more often for the Stingrays, while Finlay Bayne returns to the team due to a bye in school football. Jai Taylor also slots back into the team after representing Vic Country last week, and a midfield of Campbell Hustwaite, Jamie Plumridge and Lachlan McDonnell is always going to be challenging, while Reid Nanscawen was another who stepped up for the Stingrays in Round 9. For the Rebels, they lose Scott Carlin who has been a slick ball user off half-back, but regain Matty Lloyd in the same position, while retaining what on paper could be the most underrated forward line. With Josh Chatfield, Jed Hill, Izaac Grant and Charlie Wilson all rotating through there, the speed and goal sense is high, it will just be putting it all together for four quarters. The Stingrays will head in as strong favourites for the clash, but the Rebels could trouble them with their speed up forward.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

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

In an afternoon game, Gippsland Power hosts Bendigo Pioneers at Windy Hill in a venue about halfway between both locations. The Power will be disappointed they only took two points away from their clash against Calder Cannons at home, their second draw of the season at the venue. While the Pioneers notched up another defeat, this time to Eastern Ranges leaving them outright bottom of the table with nine straight losses. They will hope to turn it around with a good win here, but will have to do so without a series of important players. Zane Keighran, Liam Marciano, Josh Grace, Phill Moi Moi and Lucas Caccaviello have all been consistent players of late and will be sorely missed, but the return of AFL Academy member Brodie Kemp will be important for the Pioneers. Along with in-form ruck Daniel Keating and the Perez brothers – Oscar and Flynn – tearing it up on the wings, the Pioneers still have plenty of speed around the ground and capable of getting it inside 50. For the Power, they bring back live-wire Irving Mosquito who did not quite come up last week from a hamstring injury, but seems right to go now, and will be keen to play well in the hope of a Vic Country call-up in the final game against South Australia at GMHBA Stadium. The Power midfield is very strong with Brock Smith, Riley Baldi, Bailey Beck, Boadie Motton and Mosquito forming a really consistent base at the feet of Rylan Henkel. Austin Hodge can play forward or through the midfield, and Tyrone Hayes, Ryan Sparkes and Jake Van Der Pligt provide plenty of speed and rebound out of defence. Gippsland head in as very strong favourites, but they were last week, so they will be hoping to learn from the lessons and grab the four points here.

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

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

In the final game of the round, an understrength young Geelong Falcons side meets an almost full-strength Murray Bushrangers outfit in what will be a great challenge for the Falcons. Vic Country selection has not done the Falcons much favours, losing Dane Hollenkamp and Blake Schlensog in what will be exciting for Geelong to see them on the MCG, but more so for the opposition with key position forward and TAC Cup leading goal kicker Hudson Garoni, X-factor Zane Barzen, and talented bottom-ager Lachlan Ash, all returning to the Bushrangers side. Couple that with the fact a virtually untouched midfield of Ely Smith, Dylan Clarke and Kyle Clarke has been performing, and Geelong will need to be at its best to topple the Bushrangers. For Geelong, Brayden Ham continues to put his hand up to recruiters with another four goals last week, named at half-back this week. Baxter Mensch has not slowed down pulling in big numbers and clearances week-in, week-out, while acting captain Cooper Cartledge will be tasked with leading a young defence – while potentially given the job on the in-form Garoni. The match is likely to see what the bottom-agers can do for the Falcons, while the Bushrangers will be supremely confident they can take the four points in this clash.

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 10

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

EASTERN RANGES v. CALDER CANNONS

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

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

Eastern Ranges

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

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

Calder Cannons

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

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

WESTERN JETS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

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

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

Western Jets

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

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

Northern Knights

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

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

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

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

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

Oakleigh Chargers

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

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

Sandringham Dragons

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

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

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

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

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

Dandenong Stingrays

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

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

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

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

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

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

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

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

Gippsland Power

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

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

Bendigo Pioneers

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

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

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

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

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

Geelong Falcons

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

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

Murray Bushrangers

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

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

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 9

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

GEELONG FALCONS v. WESTERN JETS

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

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

Geelong Falcons

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

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

Western Jets

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

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

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

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

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

Dandenong Stingrays

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

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

Oakleigh Chargers

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

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

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

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

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

Bendigo Pioneers

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

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

Murray Bushrangers

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

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

GIPPSLAND POWER v. CALDER CANNONS

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

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

Gippsland Power

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

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

Calder Cannons

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

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

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

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

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

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

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

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

Northern Knights

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

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

TAC Cup weekend preview: Round 1

IT is back. The TAC Cup competition returns after a couple of fantastic weeks with the girls on centre stage. Now the boys join them to show the complete development pathway. The metropolitan sides face off against each other, while the country sides also clash in an action-packed weekend.

Calder Cannons vs. Western Jets

TWO metropolitan sides keen to bounce back after missing finals last year kick-off the season tonight, with Calder Cannons hosting Western Jets at RAMS Arena. Both sides came close to reaching finals, but ultimately fell short with inconsistent form at either end of the season.

The Cannons have a core group of top-end talent, led by Curtis Taylor, Jack Bytel and Rhylee West, while Mason Fletcher and Jack Evans will hold down their last line of defence. For the Jets, their strength lies in their depth with few holes across their line-up. Western have one of the best half-back lines in the league with Oskar Manton, Buku Khamis and Stefan Radovanovic lining up there, although the latter is likely to play inside. Emerson Jeka and Zac Butters will be two forwards to keep an eye on, while Xavier O’Halloran will win plenty of inside ball.

 

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Eastern Ranges

In the first of a double header metropolitan clash, Oakleigh Chargers host Eastern Ranges at Skybus Stadium in Frankston. The Chargers won the minor premiership last year but bowed out in the preliminary final. The Ranges made the finals but lost to Dandenong despite being in control in the first half.

Oakleigh has been famous for serious top-end talent in past years, but in 2018 the Chargers have highlighted greater depth rather than a couple of stars. Xavier O’Neill, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Isaac Quaynor are all ones who will be talked about this season, while bottom-agers Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson and Dylan Williams are a trio likely to just keep getting better. Eastern will look to a team approach to win the game with Adrian Kalcovski, Kye Quirk and Xavier Fry leading the midfield, and Ben Cardamone steadying down back.

 

Northern Knights vs. Sandringham Dragons

For the second game at Skybus Stadium, last year’s grand finalists Sandringham Dragons clash with the Northern Knights. The Knights were bundled out in a one-sided contest against Oakleigh in the elimination final last year, but will be keen to start out strong in season 2018.

Northern’s midfield duo of Tom McKenzie and Braedyn Gillard will hope to match the Dragons at the stoppages, but will need to limit the influence of the slick Bailey Smith. The Dragons also have the much talked about King twins lining up this weekend with Max and Ben up opposite ends of the ground. Sandringham have greater depth than last year when they reached the grand final and with the top stars in for the weekend, will be tough to beat.

 

GWV Rebels vs. Bendigo Pioneers

In a rematch of last year’s first round clash, the GWV Rebels host Bendigo Pioneers at Mars Stadium. The Pioneers got the better of the Rebels in the corresponding fixture last season, but the Rebels will be confident of their chances in this clash.

The Rebels will be well serviced off half-back by Scott Carlin and through the midfield with the returning Tom Berry – who missed the second half of 2017 through injury. Tylar Watts will hold down a key position post, with the rotating ruckman aiming to dominate deep this season. The Pioneers will miss Jye Caldwell, who is still playing school cricket for Geelong Grammar, but will be aided by the inclusions of Jacob Atley and Bailey Henderson in the back half to sure up the ball movement.

 

Murray Bushrangers vs. Gippsland Power

Two of last year’s finalists that were bundled out in the elimination finals stage clash in the first round this season. Murray Bushrangers went down to Sandringham Dragons, and Gippsland Power were overwhelmed by Geelong Falcons in the first week of finals last season. This time around the sides will meet in the middle of their respective highways for a huge clash at Swinburne Centre (Punt Road).

The Rolls Royce for Murray is Zane Barzen, an imposing half-forward of key position height who rolls through the midfield. Along with Barzen, Murray have a host of tall options such as Mark Marriott and Hudson Garoni who will both attract recruiters gazes. For Gippsland, captain Xavier Duursma will lead the team through the midfield with his balanced style and inside grunt. Irving Mosquito will undoubtedly create an air of excitement inside 50, while down back, Matthew McGannon will use his foot skills to hurt teams on the rebound.

 

Geelong Falcons vs. Dandenong Stingrays

In the clash of the round, Geelong Falcons host Dandenong Stingrays in a blockbuster Sunday afternoon game. Scheduled for GMHBA Stadium, the match is predicted to be a ripper of a contest given both sides are genuine premiership contenders. With full-strength line-ups, there will be plenty on show for recruiters to get an early gauge on the form of some players.

Geelong’s key strength lies in its midfield with arguably the strongest triple threat in Sam Walsh, Ned McHenry and Oscar Brownless lining up in the guts. Naturally the Falcons defence and forward structures are sound, but its midfield is all class. For the Stingrays, there are plenty of names to watch across the team sheet, but the return of former AFL AIS Academy member Aaron Darling is the story of the day. Bailey Williams, Riley Bowman and Mitch Riordan are just a few other names to keep an eye on, while the Cumming twins will play their first game for the Stingrays since crossing from basketball.

Editors predict tight year for TAC Cup teams

AFTER a long off-season, the TAC Cup boys are ready to follow their female counterparts in kicking off their 2018 campaigns this weekend. In what is predicted to be a super year for draft talent, there is no shortage of future AFL stars across the 12 TAC Cup clubs and we are excited to bring you plenty of content throughout the year.

Rewind to last year and the Geelong Falcons took out the premiership, defeating Sandringham Dragons in a thrilling grand final for the ages, coming down to a last-second miss by the Dragons to hand the Falcons a drought-breaking win. It was a lot closer by the final siren than many predicted after Geelong hero Gryan Miers booted seven goals as the country side looked set to run away with the contest in the final term. But to the Dragons credit, they fought back and took it up to the Falcons, narrowly missing out on back-to-back flags.

Both sides are expected to be around the mark once again, as both teams have no shortage of AFL AIS Academy stars and some envious depth. Sam Walsh and Ned McHenry lead the Falcons’ midfield brigade, while Oscar Brownless is a developing utility with strong bloodlines. Connor Idun, Blake Schlensog and Charlie Sprague are potential X-factors this season for the reigning premiers. For Sandringham, it is hard to look past the much talked about King twins, with Max and Ben both expected to be top 10 picks – if not both top five. Captain Bailey Smith will not be far behind them after an outstanding bottom-age season, while Joel Crocker is another to keep in mind for this year.

Other country teams expected to be around the mark are Dandenong Stingrays and Murray Bushrangers, with Dandenong having a wealth of AIS AFL Academy talls and smalls, while Murray has an experienced list for the season ahead. Reeling off some names for the Stingrays, Bailey Williams, Riley Bowman, Stephen Cumming and Matthew Cumming are four top-end talent talls who are likely to fill holes across the key position posts, while Sam Fletcher and Mitch Riordan will impact through the midfield along with the dangerous Jai Nanscawen up forward. For Murray, Zane Barzen is the top prospect with all the class in the world, while talls Hudson Garoni, Mark Marriott, Ben Kelly and the pint sized Kyle Clarke are others to watch.

Looking across to the metropolitan regions, Oakleigh Chargers and Calder Cannons are other sides likely to challenge at the business end of the season. Oakleigh are perennial achievers, and it will be no surprise to see them near the top of the ladder again. The Chargers have midfielders Xavier O’Neill and Charlie Whitehead leading the attack, while Isaac Quaynor will be a key in defence. Joseph Ayton-Delaney and Riley Collier-Dawkins are other players to keep an eye on, with a mosquito fleet likely to cause headaches for opposition clubs. For the Cannons, their AFL AIS Academy members in Curtis Taylor, Jack Bytel and Rhylee West are names that jump off the page, while the likes of father-son prospect Mason Fletcher, Jack Evans and Lachlan Sholl are others that could impress throughout the season.

Gippsland Power’s top prospect in 2018 is Xavier Duursma, while the Power also have a couple of electrifying smalls in Irving Mosquito and the returning Tyrone Hayes. For Bendigo Pioneers, Jacob Atley and Jye Caldwell are two midfielders to watch this season, while tall forward Daine Grace could provide some X-factor inside the forward 50. GWV Rebels also have a talented midfield with Thomas Berry, Scott Carlin and Matty Lloyd, all of whom will be well supported by tall target Tylar Watts.

Western Jets have a strong core of midfielders leading the way in 2018, with 2017 best and fairest winner Stefan Radovanovic, Zac Butters, Connor Thar and Xavier O’Halloran among the top prospects, while Buku Khamis and Oskar Manton are likely to sure up the defensive end. Eastern Ranges might not have the huge roll-call of AFL AIS Academy members they had last year, but Ben Cardamone, Kye Quirk and Cody Hirst are just some of the names that might catch draft watchers eyes. Finally, Northern Knights midfielders Braedyn Gillard and Tom McKenzie will compliment each other well, while Joseph Ciranna, Harrison Grace, Kye Yodgee and Patrik Della Rocca are other names that will be closely watched in 2018.

AFL Draft Central Editor predictions:

Peter Williams
Chief Editor

Premier: Dandenong Stingrays
Runner-Up: Geelong Falcons
Top 4: Dandenong, Geelong, Oakleigh, Murray
Wildcard Weekend: Sandringham, Calder, Western, GWV, Eastern, Gippsland, Northern, Bendigo
Morrish Medallist: Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

Matt Balmer
Draft Editor

Premier: Sandringham Dragons
Runner-Up: Oakleigh Chargers
Top 4: Sandringham, Oakleigh, Dandenong, Geelong
Wildcard Weekend: Eastern, Murray, Calder, Western, Northern, Bendigo, GWV, Gippsland
Morrish Medallist: Curtis Taylor (Calder Cannons)

Michael Alvaro
News Editor

Premier: Geelong Falcons
Runner-Up: Dandenong Stingrays
Top 4: Geelong, Sandringham, Dandenong, Oakleigh
Wildcard Weekend: Murray, Calder, Western, Gippsland, Northern, GWV, Eastern, Bendigo
Morrish Medallist: Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers)

Peter Bonadio
Features Editor

Premier: Geelong Falcons
Runner-Up: GWV Rebels
Top 4: Geelong, Sandringham, Oakleigh, Dandenong
Wildcard Weekend: Western, Eastern, GWV, Northern, Gippsland, Calder, Murray, Bendigo
Morrish Medallist: Tom Berry (GWV Rebels)

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 1

THE WAIT is over. For the first time since September, the top TAC Cup athletes will take to the field in a brand new season where each team is on level pegging and stars are ready to shine. From the opening night tomorrow night through to Sunday’s clashes in Geelong and Richmond, there is sure to be no shortage of action across the weekend.

WESTERN JETS v. CALDER CANNONS 

Round 1 – Friday, March 23, 7pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

A great spectacle will take place on Friday night with the Calder Cannons meeting the Western Jets under lights at RAMS Arena. Cannons fans remember the heartache at the hands of Eastern Ranges last year, but Calder should be well placed to have a real crack at winning the game. The Jets on paper look quite exciting with Zak Butters and Emerson Jeka the two main men in the forward line, while the half-back line of Oskar Manton, Buku Khamis and Stefan Radovanovic catches the eye. Others to watch include Connor Thar, Xavier O’Halloran and Darcy Cassar.

For the Cannons, the midfield looks bulked up with AFL AIS Academy members Jack Bytel and Rhylee West joining the experienced Mitch Podhajski on-ball. Curtis Taylor will rove to Daniel Hanna up forward, while Essendon fans will be keen to watch Mason Fletcher at full-back. Beside him are names such as Jack Evans and Lachlan Sholl who will provide run out of the backline.

Western Jets

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

Calder Cannons

B: 43. L. Cavallaro, 26. M. Fletcher, 33. J. Evans
HB: 1. D. Mott, 36. P. Mahoney, 8. L. Sholl
C: 35. S.  Graham, 20. R.  West, 48. S.  Ramsay
HF: 27. T. Browning, 38. B. Newman, 19. B. Rigoni
F: 40. L. Johnson, 23. D. Hanna, 5. C. Taylor
R: 60. D. Pretty, 30. M. Podhajski, 16. J. Bytel
Int: 4. K. Baker, 42. N. Croft, 45. C. Kosmas, 54. C. Lamb, 3. I. Moussa , 12. J. O’Sullivan, 19. B. Rigoni

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 1 – Saturday, March 24, 10.30am
Skybus Stadium, Frankston

In the first game of a TAC Cup double header at Frankston, minor premiers Oakleigh Chargers take on Eastern Ranges. The Chargers have plenty of talented bottom agers with Noah Anderson, Matt Rowell and Dylan Williams all named in the side, while 19 year-old Noah Answerth and the bulked-up Riley Collier-Dawkins will provide some serious grunt on the inside. Collingwood fans have two reasons to watch the Chargers on Saturday – Isaac Quaynor (member of the Pies’ Next Generation Academy) and Will Kelly (father-son prospect) are both lining up.

For Eastern, Ben Cardamone will line up in the back pocket, while the midfield consists of Kye Quirk, Adrian Kalcovski and Cody Hirst who will all be watched by fans and recruiters alike. A lot of the Eastern side are still young, but names that stand out include Joel Burleigh, Xavier Fry, Jack Ross and Riley Clausen.

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, 1. R.  Collier-Dawkins, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 32. J. Ross, 4. W. Kelly , 10. C. Whitehead
F: 38. Z. Hart, 7. J. Robertson, 25. D. Scala
R: 79. B. Griffiths, 8. N. Anderson, 12. N. Answerth
Int: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 14. K. Dunkley, 35. X. Fry, 65. L. Harry, 34. C. Leon, 5. X. O’Neill, 9. J. Rowbottom, 18. B. Silvagni, 28. O. Simpson

Eastern Ranges

B: 20. B. Cardamone, 45. M. Zalac, 21. J. Ross
HB: 38. M. Briggs, 31. J. Blanck, 23. X. Fry
C: 8. J.  Burleigh, 24. K.  Quirk, 17. C.  Hirst
HF: 9. J. Duffy, 42. T. Lockman, 46. B. White
F: 32. F. Smith, 18. B. McCormack, 7. L. Stapleton
R: 41. J. Corless, 2. A. Kalcovski, 10. C. Black
Int: 1. B. Bredin, 6. M. Brown, 4. R. Clausen, 14. L. Gawel, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 27. J. Jaworski, 11. M. Mellis, 26. C. Norris, 58. R. Smith

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 

Round 1 – Saturday, March 24, 1pm
Skybus Stadium, Frankston

The second game of the double header at Frankston sees the Northern Knights face off against last year’s grand finalists, Sandringham Dragons. Tom McKenzie and Braedyn Gillard provide a damaging one-two punch in the midfield, while Joel Naylor and Patrik Della Rocca are names to keep an eye on up front. In defence, 19 year-old Mark Baker and Kye Agosta will hold down the fort against a strong Dragons forward line.

For Sandringham, both Kings have been named up either end with Max lining up at full-forward despite having some niggling injuries over the pre-season, while brother Ben will stand at centre-half back. Bailey Smith will lead the on-ball brigade alongside 19 year-old Kai Owens, while the likes of James Rendell and Alistair Richards up either end will be ones to watch.

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 21. M. Baker, 9. C. Simonsen
HB: 1. R. Gardner, 35. K. Agosta, 5. L. Potter
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 10. B.  Bell, 15. O.  White
HF: 8. A. Carafa, 12. J. Naylor, 6. X. Naish
F: 17. J. D’Intinosante, 40. N. Mayne, 20. P. Della Rocca
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 4. T. McKenzie, 3. B. Gillard
Int: 31. N. Barro, 24. R. Bowkett, 18. S. Brazier, 34. Z. Hudson, 27. J. Lucente, 43. J. Murphy, 2. L. Perry, 13. S. Philp, 44. C. Wild

Sandringham Dragons

B: 6. H. Houlahan, 69. C. Watts, 53. H. Ralphsmith
HB: 19. S. Forbes, 29. B. King, 2. A. Richards
C: 9. R.  Macdermid, 8. K.  Owens, 10. S.  Sofronidis
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 33. W. Kennedy, 18. A. Seaton
F: 27. J. Mahony, 31. M. King, 28. J. Rendell
R: 32. J. Griffiths, 5. B. Smith, 7. L. Stocker
Int: 36. M. Bergman, 72. D. Chirgwin, 59. A. Courtney, 12. C. Jones, 1. T. Long, 26. F. Maginness, 21. D. McNeish, 11. N. Stamatis, 48. J. Worrell

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS 

Round 1 – Saturday, March 24, 2pm
MARS Stadium, Ballarat

Heading up north, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels open their account against Bendigo Pioneers at home. In the corresponding game last year, it was the Pioneers that got the win, but the Rebels will be keen to hand out some payback this time around. Top Rebels prospect Tom Berry will be fresh after missing half of last season through injury, while Scott Carlin will provide run out of defence. Jed Hill and Charlie Wilson will provide some speed at ground level, roving to Tylar Watts and Josh Chatfield. Bottom-ager Izaac Grant is one to watch, however one player missing from the line-up is Matty Lloyd.

For Bendigo, Jacob Atley and Bailey Henderson are a couple of great ball users coming out of defence, while Brodie Kemp is one to watch at centre-half back. Further up the field, Liam Marciano is playing off a flank, while Will Holt will rotate with Daine Grace coming off the bench in attack. Noah Wheeler showed some signs last season since crossing from the Rebels and will be keen to impress this time around. Unfortunately the Pioneers will be without exciting star forward Jye Caldwell for the opening round.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 18. B. Helyar, 43. J. Wright, 34. J. O’Connell
HB: 3. S. Carlin, 8. H. Butler, 5. H. Jennings
C: 4. B.  Annett, 9. L.  Dawson, 19. J.  Henderson
HF: 14. J. Hill, 11. J. Chatfield, 7. M. Martin
F: 6. C. Wilson, 20. T. Watts, 15. K. Councillor
R: 29. P. Glanford, 13. T. Berry, 2. M. Schnerring
Int: 36. M. Bidmade, 12. A. Gove, 21. I. Grant, 10. J. Lohmann, 47. T. Mahony, 25. T. Shannon

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 16. J. Atley, 24. N. McHugh, 51. B. Waasdorp
HB: 18. B. Henderson, 8. B. Kemp, 9. Z. Keighran
C: 57. A.  Smith-Ralph, 2. J.  Williams, 47. J. Sala
HF: 17. R. Ironside, 52. K. Walker, 3. L. Marciano
F: 34. R. Clarke, 45. W. Holt, 35. Z. Denahy
R: 23. D. Keating, 5. N. Wheeler, 43. H. Lawrence
Int: 7. L. Chisholm, M. Goodwin, 10. D. Grace, 50. K. Lloyd, 49. O. Perez

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS 

Round 1 – Sunday, March 25, 2pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

In the game of the round, Geelong Falcons take on fellow premiership contender Dandenong Stingrays at the newly named GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. Connor Idun and Ethan Floyd are a couple of names to keep an eye on down back, while a midfield of Sam Walsh, Ned McHenry and Oscar Brownless is arguably the best in the competition. Charlie Sprague and Blake Schlensog will continue to improve up forward, while Sam Conway attracted some interest as a ruck last year and will be keen to make his mark in what will be a huge challenge.

The Stingrays have an equally talented line-up, with Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman rotating between ruck and forward, while draft watchers will get a first glimpse at twin towers Stephen and Matthew Cumming. Will Hamill will give the Stingrays run off half-back, while Toby Bedford and Aaron Darling will crumb the tall forwards.

Geelong Falcons

B: 7. C. Harris, 52. S. Christensen, 25. L. Taylor
HB: 40. J. Clark, 39. C. Idun, 13. E. Floyd
C: 6. D.  Madigan, 22. S.  Walsh, 8. E.  McHenry
HF: 2. S. Torpy, 36. C. Sprague, 27. N. Young
F: 31. C. Cartledge, 48. B. Schlensog, 3. K. Rayner
R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 20. B. Ham
Int: 38. S. Bourke, 1. J. Dahlhaus, 14. R. Hayden, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 10. B. Mensch, 4. C. Mulgrew, 21. L. Smith, 53. S. Stokes, 35. C. Tanis

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, 27. L. McDonnell
F: 15. T. Bedford, 28. B. Schmidt, 14. A. Darling
R: 13. R. Bowman, 18. M. Riordan, 47. J. Hickey
Int: 31. H. Briggs, 33. J. Carosella, 49. M. Cottrell, 36. S. Cumming, 9. Z. Foot, 42. J. Nanscawen, 57. R. Nanscawen

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER 

Round 1 – Sunday, March 25, 2.30pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Murray Bushrangers’ experienced side will take on the youthful Gippsland Power team with plenty of draftable talent on show. Zane Barzen and Hudson Garoni  are two that will turn heads up forward, while the Murray spine which also includes Tom Boyd and Ben Kelly is imposing for any opposition. Mark Marriott will be a top ruck prospect this year after a good bottom-age season, rucking to the likes of Ely Smith and Laitham Vandermeer, the latter of whom has returned as a 19 year-old.

For Gippsland, new captain Xavier Duursma will team up with the likes of Austin Hodge and Caleb Serong in the midfield, while overager Matthew McGannon will use his pace off half-back. Irving Mosquito and Sam Flanders make an exciting duo inside the forward 50, while dual key position player Kyle Reid has been named in defence, and Ryan Henkel will start in the ruck.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 28. K. Clarke, 16. N. Murray, 22. A. Dang
HB: 12. L. Ash, 34. T. Boyd, 15. R. Quinn
C: 13. B.  Frauenfelder, 17. N.  Amery, 29. C.  Hill
HF: 7. Z. Barzen, 18. H. Garoni, 26. R. Bice
F: 6. W. Chandler, 3. B. Kelly, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 5. E. Smith, 4. L. Vandermeer
Int: 19. J. Boyer, 20. J. Bradshaw, 14. J. Chalcraft, 38. D. Clarke, 32. E. Dayman, 33. F. Ellis, 8. J. Koschitzke, 24. M. Oates, 25. B. St John

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, 38. J. Wykes, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 22. R. Henkel, 5. X. Duursma, 33. B. Thorson
Int: 6. R. Baldi, 26. W. Broadbent, 10. L. Connolly, 28. H. Hood, 14. T. Hourigan, 13. N. Lowden, 3. M. McGannon, 7. B. Patterson, 35. J. van der Pligt

TAC Cup preview: Western Jets

DESPITE missing out on finals, 2017 proved to be an exciting year for the Jets as they saw their spearhead Cameron Rayner selected as pick one in the National Draft. While they possessed the most valuable player in last year’s draft pool, those following the club would have been equally keen on the players who would become top-age prospects this year.

The Jets’ strong suit is their top-end midfield and defensive talent, with a good bunch of them having played almost every game in their bottom age year. The likes of 2017 best and fairest winner Stefan Radovanovic (13 games), smooth midfielder Zac Butters (17), and the versatile Connor Thar (17) lead the way in terms of their 2018 draft prospects, with a wealth of TAC Cup experience already under their belts. The latter two were joined by bullocking inside midfielders Xavier O’Halloran (18 games) and Jaden Rice (16) in the Vic Metro under-17 futures side, and highlighted why they have been so highly touted.

Others to look out for include the ever-improving Buku Khamis (16 games) who thrived in a different role down back with some impressive intercept marking. The South Sudanese-born prospect is also a member of Western Bulldogs’ Next Generation Academy. Carlton fans will also be keeping an eye out for potential a father-son pick in the form of Oskar Manton (four games), who is quite raw but seems to be working hard on his game.

The Jets will again have some bottom age talent to unleash, with a number of 16 year-olds earning debuts last season. The best of them include Darcy Cassar (four games), who made his mark with four goals on debut against the Northern Knights, as well as athletic tall Emerson Jeka (one), who looks like he could be a top 10 pick in 2019. A good spread of talent from the back, forward could see the Jets propel themselves into finals contention for the first time since 2014, and they will most likely again have a good number of players pique interest come draft time.

2017 Stats:

2017 Summary:

The Jets improved on their previous season with six wins seeing them finish in tenth place – just behind Calder Cannons on percentage, and six points away from a finals berth. They started and finished the season in promising fashion, winning two of their first four and three of their last four games. In between those highlights, with eventual draftees Cameron Rayner, Lachlan Forgarty and Tristan Xerri away on Vic Metro duties, the Jets lost nine out of ten mid-season games.

They managed to snap their losing streaks with huge upset wins against Eastern in Round 10 and minor premiers Oakleigh in Round 15, which allowed the talent now coming through as top agers to experience overcoming the cream of the crop. There were also a few tight losses in the mix, with the young Jets fighting hard against teams in similar ladder positions to them – including Northern (one win each), Calder (two wins) and Greater Western Victoria (one loss). Western will be looking to build off of the upsets they caused with some added consistency, which should come with the wealth of experience their top agers now have. They will hope to again be knocking on the door of finals.

2018 Snapshot:

The Jets will fancy their chances in their first three outings for the year with clashes against Calder, Northern, and Eastern – teams which all look to place around the same mark as Western. They’ll face stiffer competition in rounds four to nine, with games against Dandenong, Sandringham, Oakleigh and Geelong twice. The June/July period afterwards could also prove crucial to their finals chances, as they face the possibility of coming up against the Cannons and Knights once again without their star players due to Vic Metro commitments.

With five games at Williamstown Football Ground as well as four at Avalon Airport Oval, they have the opportunity to create a couple of fortresses in the west. Overall, the top age talent in the current squad has been recognised for a couple of years now and there is still more to come. The Jets will be an exciting team to watch during 2018, with plenty of pace at ground level below a selection of athletic talls and amidst a couple of very strong inside midfielders. The Western squad is well placed to challenge for finals and improve on their wins tally once again, with the possibility of a few draftees come the end of the year.

2018 Fixture:

Western Jets 2018

DateEventTime/ResultsVenueArticle
Avalon Airport Oval
Rams Arena
Burbank Oval
Shepley Oval
Trevor Barker Oval
Warrawee Park
Burbank Oval
Avalon Airport Oval
Burbank Oval
Rams Arena
Morwell Recreational Reserve
Norm Minns Oval
Burbank Oval
Avalon Airport Oval
Queen Elizabeth Oval
Ikon Park
Ikon Park

Western Jets 2017 review

With the off-season now officially here for TAC Cup clubs, AFL Draft Central will go back and review what 2017 was like for each of the 12 clubs. We kick off the series with Bendigo Pioneers and will end with the Western Jets.

Western Jets

Finished: 10th
Wins: 6
Losses: 12
Draws: 0
Percentage:
 78
Points: 24

Players Drafted: (3)

  • Cameron Rayner (Brisbane)
  • Lachlan Fogarty (Geelong)
  • Tristan Xerri (North Melbourne)

2017 Review:

The Western Jets achieved their own piece of history this year with Cameron Rayner becoming the first Jets player to be a number on pick since the competition began. Rayner was picked up by Brisbane and despite some rumours that best mate Lachlan Fogarty would join him, Fogarty slid to the Cats in the second round, while developing tall Tristan Xerri was picked up by North Melbourne late.

On the field, the Jets did not have a great season, finishing tenth overall and despite some promising signs at times, they did struggle without Rayner and Fogarty for most of the season. The season did see a number of bottom-age Jets players stand up and push for permanent midfield time in 2018, which should see the Jets bounce back and potentially play finals next season.

The Jets seem to have some good quality depth, particularly through the midfield and if they can kick large enough scores each week, they could be a dangerous proposition for most sides next year.

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2018 Preview:

Western Jets have a number of really strong prospects heading into the 2018 season, backing up their 2017 year which saw their first ever number one draft pick. They have the midfield and defence covered, and will just look for their forwards to develop, including bottom-age Emerson Jeka who is shaping as a top 10 pick in 2019. Of those eligible this year the Jets have four stand outs including Zac Butters, Buku Khamis, Xavier O’Halloran and Connor Thar.

Zac Butters (Western Jets) 177cm | 66kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (17) 17.8 disposals| 3.9 marks | 2.4 tackles | 3.2 inside 50s | 53% KE | 62% DE | 41% CP

Butters managed 17 games in his bottom-age year and took almost four marks per game, spreading well across the field. His kicking needs a bit of work, but his ability to move well in transition was impressive. He had no trouble finding the ball and will be one to watch in 2018.

Buku Khamis (Western Jets) 188cm | 81kg | General Defender
2017 TAC Cup: (16) 11.6 disposals | 5.6 marks | 2.4 tackles | 0.4 rebounds | 64% KE | 71% DE | 47% CP

Playing primarily as a lock-down defender, Khamis was good one-on-one, taking 5.6 marks per game and still winning his fair share of the football. He has the size to play key position and could play on tall or small opponents. His kicking was impressive in his bottom-age year and perhaps the next step is a focus on his attacking game, such as rebounding, because his defensive game was very impressive.

Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets) 185cm | 81kg | Inside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (18) 17.3 disposals | 2.3 marks | 2.8 tackles | 3.4 clearances | 3.9 inside 50s | 53% KE | 56% DE | 54% CP

O’Halloran is a big ball winner who loves the contested work. He buries himself under packs and is really strong in close, often having to step up in the absence of the Jets’ ball winners. He did a good job as a bottom-age player and could be one of those ready-made inside midfielders in 12 months time.

Connor Thar (Western Jets) 174cm | 65kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (17) 18.9 disposals | 3.8 marks | 3.6 tackles | 2.8 clearances | 51% KE | 60% DE | 42% CP

A classy player who just needs a bit more consistency in his kicking, Thar has the sidestep and awareness to be a valuable midfielder in 2018, once he can put everything together for four quarters. He wins the ball, lays tackles and gets it clear from the stoppages, and can play inside or out. If he can iron out his kicking then he could be one of the first Jets picked.

Others to keep an eye on:

Oskar Manton (Western Jets) 181cm | 68kg | Small Defender
2017 TAC Cup: (4) 8.8 disposals | 2 marks | 1.2 tackles | 2 rebounds | 70% KE | 74% DE | 39% CP

Jaden Rice (Western Jets) 186cm | 82kg | Inside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (16) 16.4 disposals | 1.4 marks | 5.1 tackles | 4.4 clearances | 51% KE | 69% DE | 70% CP

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Summary:

Western Jets have a really strong foundation for propelling themselves back into the top eight next season. Their midfield is strong on paper and has good depth, while their defence has a number of talented players. With some emerging talls in the team, the Jets are a team on the rise and one to watch in 2018.