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Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 10

MURRAY Bushrangers’ Ely Smith is the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week for Round 10. The Bushrangers inside midfielder took out the title this week in the first poll held to decide the winner, over Bendigo Pioneers’ Noah Wheeler. Smith polled 68 per cent of the vote, in a convincing and deserving win for his best game of the season.

Smith racked up 37 disposals at 75 per cent efficiency, along with seven marks, 11 tackles, seven clearances, four inside 50s, one rebound and one goal. Smith had a remarkable 13-disposal opening term, and by half-time his figure stood at 21. He breaks the recent streak of Metro players to earn the Player of the Week award, joining teammate Hudson Garoni as a nominee this season.

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

 
 
Round Five: Joel Burleigh (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Six: Mitch Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
 
Round Seven: Jamieson Rossiter (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Eight: Matthew Day (Oakleigh Chargers)
 
Round Nine: TBC (Sandringham vs. Eastern to play)
 
Round 10: Ely Smith (Murray Bushrangers)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 8

IT took until the final game to decide the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week for Round 8, but after an impressive game at full-forward from overager Matthew Day turned heads and secured the title for the week.

Day booted a massive seven goals – equal to that of the entire Murray Bushrangers team – and had 19 disposals, six marks (two contested), two tackles, two inside 50s and of course, 7.1. After missing out on being drafted last year, the versatile Day has played primarily forward after mixing between midfield and forward last season.

In his two TAC Cup seasons, the weekend’s performance was clearly his best thus far and he will no doubt be keen to continue that form going forward. Day becomes the first Oakleigh player to win Player of the Week this season and the sixth Metro player. With the forwards bagging plenty of goals with four of the eight nominations slotting six goals or more Day made for a good choice.

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

 
 
Round Five: Joel Burleigh (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Six: Mitch Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
 
Round Seven: Jamieson Rossiter (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Eight: Matthew Day (Oakleigh Chargers)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 7

IT was a round of big bags, making it tough for us to pick our AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week for Round 7, but we went with Eastern Ranges’ Jamieson Rossiter who booted six goals in a winning side. The bottom-age talent marginally shaded Dandenong’s Corey Ellison for the nomination this week, while Murray Bushrangers’ Hudson Garoni (seven goals) has already received a nomination.

Rossiter had 14 disposals (57 per cent efficiency), as well as seven marks (four contested), two inside 50s and six goals, one behind from seven shots. He proved to be a key player for the Ranges throughout the game taking plenty of big contested marks and out-bodying his opponents multiple times to gain prime position in the forward line. Rossiter worked hard to win the footy and stood up in the difficult wet conditions. Rossiter’s nomination makes it two nominations for the Ranges this season after Joel Burleigh‘s nomination in Round 5. 

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons) 

 
 
Round Five: Joel Burleigh (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Six: Mitch Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
 
Round Seven: Jamieson Rossiter (Eastern Ranges)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 6

AFTER an inspiring victory in the wet, Calder Cannons’ co-captain Mitch Podhajski has been named as the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week for Round 6. Returning to the side for the Cannons’ crucial clash with Bendigo Pioneers at a rain-soaked RAMS Arena, Podhajski was a clear best on ground across the four quarters, standing up in the first term when very few were able to stay composed in the slippery conditions.

Podhajski had seven disposals, three inside 50s, seven tackles, and was the first goal kicker of the match – slotting a goal in the second minute to get the Cannons up and about in a half which produced just three majors. He put what would arguably be the final nail in the coffin just before three quarter time with his second goal, and by then he had notched up 20 disposals. Fittingly, Podhajski scored the first goal of the last term too, to make it a great all-round performance.

 

Mitch Podhajski’s statistics:

27 disposals (67 per cent efficiency and 44 per cent contested), seven marks, 15 tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s, one rebound, three goals.

 

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons) 

 
 
Round Five: Joel Burleigh (Eastern Ranges)
 
Round Six: Mitch Podhajski (Calder Cannons)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

OUR final TAC Cup Girls Player of the Week has been one of the most consistent players throughout the season. 

Gippsland Power midfielder, Tyla Hanks has been named the best player on the ground by her coaches in nearly every week she has played. 

On Saturday, she played in a losing side but still had a huge impact across the ground, making her a well-deserved Player of the Week. 

Scouting notes vs. Sandringham: 

#28 Tyla Hanks

Hanks continued her hot form, dazzling with her impressive evasive skills and clever footwork along the boundary line to turn her opponents inside out. She also showed great composure to be able to hit targets while under pressure. Her ability to read the play allowed her to create opportunities for teammates and help propel her team forward. Whenever Hanks had the ball in hand she seemed to have plenty of time and space to think her options through and have an impact on the play. Hanks took a huge contested grab during the piece, and her ability to create a contest even when out-numbered was invaluable for the Power.

After nine rounds, here is the full list of AFL Draft Central Player of the Weeks:

Round 1 – Zoe Inei (Geelong Falcons)
Round 2 – Georgia Macpherson (Eastern Ranges)
Round 3 – Gabby Newton (Northern Knights)
Round 4 – Olivia Purcell (Geelong Falcons)
Round 5 – Emily Haeusler (Gippsland Power)
Round 6 – Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
Round 7 – Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
Round 8 – Holly Bate (Sandringham Dragons)
Round 9 – Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 5

EASTERN Ranges might not have recorded a win this season, but midfielder Joel Burleigh had a massive day out on Saturday, producing one of the best midfield performances of the season in the Ranges’ loss to Gippsland Power to earn him the title of AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week for Round 5.

Burleigh had a mind-boggling 40 disposals, seven marks, six clearances, three inside 50s, four rebounds and booted three goals to be the clear best on ground throughout the day. Defensively he laid a game-high 12 tackles, taking over the mantle as the most fierce tackler in the team in the absence of Lachlan Stapleton. He won almost half of his possessions in a contest, yet ran at an elite 85 per cent disposal efficiency. For those into fantasy football, his performance would have netted you 190 Dream Team points.

The performance was by far the best of Burleigh’s TAC Cup career, with the Eastern midfielder coming into the game averaging just 16 disposals from four matches so far in 2018. Eastern will be hoping the game is the start of something special, with the Ranges searching to kick-start their season and build some momentum.

TAC CUP SCOUTING NOTES: ROUND 5 

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons) 

 
 
Round Five: Joel Burleigh (Eastern Ranges)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup Girls – Round 7

IT is usually a difficult decision to pick the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls’ Player of the Week, but in round seven, one individual performance in the forward line stood out from the rest. Northern Knights’ Britney Gutknecht booted six goals against the Bendigo Pioneers and was awarded the best afield, and the best of the round from our point of view. 

Gutknecht has been one of many impressive performers in Northern’s line-up this season. She is a versatile midfielder who can make an impact up forward or in defence. Gutknecht is the second Knights player to be awarded the Player of the Week, joining AFLW Academy member, Gabrielle Newton as nominees. Gutknecht would undoubtedly be hoping to produce some heroics again in round eight, as her undefeated side takes on the other undefeated TAC Cup Girls side in the Geelong Falcons. 

Scouting notes vs. Bendigo Pioneers 

#22 Britney Gutknecht 

Gutknecht was dangerous all day, presented well and was very influential. She capitalised perfectly from a set shot straight in front in the second term from a wonderful Alex Pronesti pass. She kicked her second for the term when she played on from a set shot in a lack of concentration from Bendigo’s defence. This allowed her to ease the pressure and create an easier shot on goal for herself. Late in the third term she kicked her third major from a scrimmage in the goal-square. Pronesti and Gutknecht combined for the second time, where a selfless act from Pronesti displayed the epitome of putting the team first. Gutknecht absolutely dominated the last quarter, finishing off with adding another two goals to her total of six.

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 4

MURRAY Bushrangers key forward Hudson Garoni’s huge bag of eight goals on Saturday was enough to earn him the title of AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week, for Round 4. 

The AFL Academy tall was influential throughout the contest, especially when the Bushrangers got on top of the Dragons, booting 13 goals in a row during the middle part of the contest. 

Garoni booted four goals in the second quarter in the space of fifteen minutes, with his burst helping the Bushrangers reverse a Dragons lead of 19 points, and going into the final quarter Garoni had five goals to his name – managing to add a further three to finish with 8.2.

His contested marking was on show during the match, clunking five of his nine marks in the contest, finishing with 20 disposals to go with his eight goals.

Garoni’s big haul takes the 195cm tall forward to equal-first on the TAC Cup goal kicking charts, with the Bushrangers tall one of the main contenders likely to take out the honours as the top goalkicker in 2018. 

TAC CUP SCOUTING NOTES: ROUND 4 

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons) 

 

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 3

A DOMINANT first half by Gippsland Power bottom-ager Sam Flanders was enough to earn him the title of AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week, for Round 3.

The powerful forward was everywhere in the first half, booting three goals – finishing with four for the game – and could have have plenty more had he made the most of more opportunities, booting a couple of behinds and three out on the full shots. Despite the misses, he had many looks on goal and was a tower of strength against the Bendigo Pioneers defence. He hauled in seven marks – four contested – and had 12 of his 20 disposals in the first half.

Still 18 months away from being eligible to be drafted, Flanders was a top performer at the National Under 16 Championships last year for Vic Country and will be one to watch as a bottom-ager in the upcoming National Under 18 Championships over the next few months.

Flanders day out ended with 20 disposals (13 contested), seven marks (four contested), three tackles, two inside 50s and of course, four goals. If his performance on the weekend is anything to go by, there is plenty to look forward to in the next 18 months.

TAC CUP SCOUTING NOTES: ROUND 3

AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week:

Round One: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Two: Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

Round Three: Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power)

Player of the Week: TAC Cup Girls – Round 5

IT was a tough ask picking just one player from a round where so many stepped up in the absence of their AFLW Academy teammates. After much discussion, we have selected Gippsland Power’s Emily Haeusler as this week’s AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls’ Player of the Week.

Haeusler was a standout across half-back for the Power, providing a great anchor from which Gippsland could rebound, and was a huge reason the Power won yet another game, this time against the Bendigo Pioneers at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.

#6 Emily Haeusler

Her best performance of the year and put together a four quarter performance. Camped at half-back she rebounded everything, keeping a firm line between half-back and the centre of the ground. Her first interaction was a good one, side-stepping an opponent and kicking long inside 50 to a one-on-one. Moments later she took a great overhead mark one-on-one and kicked to Alana Rippon on the wing. She showed off her fleet-footedness using agility to turn her opponent inside out and showed composure while on the move. Her first term was superb but it did not stop there, consistently providing rebound for the power, intercepting anything in her area and laying some great, fierce tackles. Her mindset was also promising. In one instance in the fourth quarter where she missed a kick out of defence after winning the ball at ground level, but rather than berate herself, ran forward, bumped the opponent and locked the football up to stop the Pioneers getting it forward.