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Weekend previews: TAC Cup – Round 9

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

GEELONG FALCONS v. WESTERN JETS

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

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

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

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

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

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

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

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

GIPPSLAND POWER v. CALDER CANNONS

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

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

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

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

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

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

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 5

BAILEY Smith and Zane Barzen lead a host of important inclusions for round five ahead of some tantalising clashes. Dandenong Stingrays and Oakleigh Chargers is set to be a beauty, while the likes of Sandringham Dragons and Western Jets will be hoping to bounce back with a victory after a week to forget last round. A number of AFL Academy players return, while the APS competition throws up some challenges with St Kevins playing its first game of the year, while Xavier College players are back in their TAC Cup teams.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 5 – Saturday, April 28, 10.30am
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

In the opening game of the round we have two sides who will be hoping to put last week’s performances behind them pretty quickly. Sandringham Dragons and Western Jets lost by a combined 191 points in round four, and will be hoping to bounce back with a win after both teams had won the week before. The Jets sit at 2-2 after four rounds, while the Dragons copped their first loss last week and will be looking to move to 4-1 with a victory in this game.

Captain Bailey Smith is a huge in for the Dragons, playing his first game since round one and will be hoping to pick up similar numbers in the midfield to his 37-possession game against the Northern Knights. James Rendell and Ethan Casey join Smith in the team, but the Dragons also have some key outs. The likes of Angus Hanrahan and Alastair Richards – two of their most in-form players – are out as is Kai Owens and Anthony Seaton who had also played well thus far this season. For the Jets, they have two huge ins, with Emerson Jeka lining up in a key position forward post, while Western missed the run-and-carry of 2017 club best and fairest winner Stefan Radovanovic who returns to the side.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 15. R. Ladds, 69. C. Watts, 16. J. Paul
HB: 36. M. Bergman, 20. H. Bede, 45. J. Voss
C: 50. T.  Deane-Johns, 7. L.  Stocker, 14. R. O’Meara
HF: 1. T. Long, 28. J. Rendell, 9. R. Macdermid
F: 3. T. Fogarty, 32. J. Griffiths, 56. J. Hannah
R: 30. E. Casey, 5. B. Smith, 11. N. Stamatis
Int: 34. C. Birmingham, 37. N. Bufalo, 55. J. Cowden, 24. H. Ferdinand, 25. O. McMASTER, 22. C. Millar, 58. K. Yorke
23P: 42. T. Murray

In: N. Bufalo, J. Cowden, T. Deane-Johns, R. Macdermid, B. Smith, M. Bergman, J. Voss, J. Rendell, K. Yorke, E. Casey
Out: C. Jones,  A. Seaton, S. Forbes,  L. Witts, K. Owens, A. Hanrahan,  A. Richards

Western Jets

B: 25. S. Johnson, 37. H. Murphy, 30. L. Pettigrove
HB: 28. J. Papachatzakis, 38. B. Khamis, 39. S. Radovanovic
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 33. X.  O’Halloran, 32. N.  Ellis
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 31. E. Jeka, 2. T. Rudic
F: 24. J. Honey, 45. A. Clarke, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 36. J. Rice, 12. C. Thar
Int: 11. Z. Butters, 29. D. Fruscalzo, 40. J. Grant, 22. O. Manton, 26. W. Smyth, 35. T. Warner, 7. J. Watkins
23P: 9. J. Dodemaide

In: E. Jeka, D. Fruscalzo, S. Radovanovic, W. Smyth
Out: K. Bharathi

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 5 – Saturday, April 28, 1.45pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In the match of the round, Oakleigh Chargers take on Dandenong Stingrays in what is expected to be the match of the round. The Chargers have only lost the one game – to a Max King-inspired performance in round two – whilst the Stingrays have destroyed their last two opponents and are in top form.

Thanks to the weekly bye in the APS competition and return of the Level 1 AFL Academy players from their clash with New Zealand Oakleigh has some good talent heading back into the team including Ben Silvagni, Dylan Williams, Joseph Ayton-Delaney and Zac Hart in what will see at least three changes. Tom Hogan, James Rowbottom – who has been in great form – and Daniel Romero have been named as the three outs. For the Stingrays, Hayden Young leads a list of four inclusions, while Finlay Bayne is one of three who is out, as Dandenong keep a reasonably stable 23 from the team that easily accounted for the GWV Rebels and Western Jets.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 35. X. Fry, 36. C. Beasley, 22. D. Williams
HB: 12. N. Answerth , 18. B. Silvagni, 41. I. Quaynor
C: 3. J.  Ayton-Delaney, 10. C.  Whitehead, 24. S. Harte
HF: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 7. J. Robertson, 6. M. Day
F: 26. J. Gasper, 63. S. Elliott, 25. D. Scala
R: 65. L. Harry, 5. X. O’Neill, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins
Int: 2. L. Bugeja, 39. S. Fernandez, 56. M. Fewings, 38. Z. Hart, 74. H. Mastras, 42. K. Viccars, 50. V. Zagari
23P: 27. J. May

In: D. Williams, B. Silvagni, C. Whitehead, H. Mastras, J. Ayton-Delaney, Z. Hart
Out: T. Hogan,  J. Rowbottom, D. Romero

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 37. B. Angwin, 43. W. Geurts, 2. H. Young
HB: 16. J. Frawley, 20. S. De Koning, 12. M. Gahan
C: 9. Z.  Foot, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 27. L.  McDonnell
HF: 3. J. Plumridge, 29. B. Williams, 7. J. Taylor
F: 57. R. Nanscawen, 28. B. Schmidt, 8. J. Smith
R: 13. R. Bowman, 58. W. Hamill, 47. J. Hickey
Int: 33. J. Carosella, 49. M. Cottrell, 52. C. Ellison, 41. L. Stenning, 50. L. Williams, 10. L. Young
23P: 11 E. Cahill

In: L. Stenning, J. Smith, H. Young, L. Williams
Out: D. Frampton, J. Burton, F. Bayne

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 5 – Saturday, April 28, 2pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Two teams heading into round five with vastly different formlines are the Murray Bushrangers and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. The Bushrangers have strung together three wins on the trot since an opening round defeat at the hands of Gippsland Power, while the Rebels have dropped the past two games, leaving them with just the one win against the Geelong Falcons in Round 2.

The Rebels welcome Joel O’Connell and Connor Hinkley into the team among at least three changes, while Josh Chatfield, Tynan Shannon and Jed Henderson are out. For the Bushrangers, Zane Barzen is a huge inclusion for Murray, having missed through injury since round one. He is joined in the side by ruck Ben Kelly, who will team will with Mark Marriott after the former showed some good form in the Under 18 Academy Series. Jake Bradshaw and Nick Murray are a couple of big losses for the Bushrangers however after Bradshaw was named in the best last week but will miss with injury.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 48. J. Cleaver, 18. B. Helyar, 10. J. Lohmann
HB: 3. S. Carlin, 8. H. Butler, 5. H. Jennings
C: 12. A.  Gove, 2. M.  Schnerring, 27. E.  Lamb
HF: 14. J. Hill, 28. C. Giddings, 35. C. Hinkley
F: 7. M. Martin, 20. T. Watts, 6. C. Wilson
R: 29. P. Glanford, 9. L. Dawson, 13. T. Berry
Int: 4. B. Annett, 17. T. Clark, 47. T. Mahony, 34. J. O’Connell
Emg: 32. M. Burgess, 41. B. Dodd, 16. E. Harvey
23P: 37. J. Bibby

In: C. Giddings, J. O’Connell, M. Burgess, B. Dodd, E. Harvey, C. Hinkley
Out: T. Shannon,  J. Chatfield, J. Henderson

Murray Bushrangers

B: 19. J. Boyer, 2. J. Butts, 22. A. Dang
HB: 12. L. Ash, 34. T. Boyd, 4. L. Vandermeer
C: 26. R.  Bice, 5. E.  Smith, 6. W. Chandler
HF: 7. Z. Barzen, 8. J. Koschitzke, 54. F. O’Dwyer
F: 14. J. Chalcraft, 18. H. Garoni, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 17. N. Amery, 38. D. Clarke
Int: 28. K. Clarke, 33. F. Ellis, 13. B. Frauenfelder, 3. B. Kelly
Emg: 11. E. Adams, 32. E. Dayman, 24. M. Oates
23P: 40. N. Irvine

In: B. Kelly, F. O’Dwyer, Z. Barzen, M. Oates, E. Adams
Out: J. Bradshaw, N. Murray

 

EASTERN RANGES v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 5 – Saturday, April 28, 2.30pm
Healesville Sporting Complex

In the final Saturday game, Gippsland Power travels to Healesville to take on the winless Eastern Ranges. The Power will feel confident going into this game after drawing with the Northern Knights and winning two of their first three – dropping a game to the top-of-the-table Stingrays as their only blemish. The Ranges are yet to get a win, but will be hoping to make the most of the game at Healesville.

Caleb Quirk leads a list of five inclusions named on an extended bench for the Ranges, with Cody Hirst still out injured. Kye Quirk and James Blanck have been solid this season and will be looking to continue that form against a Gippsland Power side with a few good inclusions. Captain Xavier Duursma and the exciting forward Sam Flanders are two players named in the team, with ruck Rylan Henkel the only confirmed out.

Eastern Ranges

B: 6. M. Brown, 53. J. Drake, 21. J. Ross
HB: 20. B. Cardamone, 31. J. Blanck, 12. J. Gilbee
C: 4. R.  Clausen, 7. L.  Stapleton, 30. T.  Edwards
HF: 8. J. Burleigh, 34. J. Riddle, 2. A. Kalcovski
F: 27. J. Jaworski, 18. B. McCormack, 45. M. Zalac
R: 58. R. Smith, 24. K. Quirk, 10. C. Black
Int: 1. B. Bredin, 41. J. Corless, 50. T. Hardstaff, 42. T. Lockman, 11. M. Mellis, 26. C. Norris, 22. C. Quirk
23P: 37. J. Weichard

In: T. Hardstaff, M. Brown, J. Riddle, C. Quirk, R. Smith
Out: J. Duffy,  F. Smith

Gippsland Power

B: 12. B. Smith, 14. T. Hourigan, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 18. M. McGannon, 25. K. Reid, 7. B. Patterson
C: 8. B.  Beck, 5. X.  Duursma, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 9. I. Mosquito, 23. N. Gown, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 27. L. Munns, 6. R. Baldi, 13. N. Lowden
Int: 10. L. Connolly, 1. T. Hayes, 3. M. McGannon, 43. Z. Skinner, 35. J. van der Pligt, 38. J. Wykes, 45. A. Young
23P: 36. M. Bentvelzen

In: L. Munns, S. Flanders, Z. Skinner, X. Duursma
Out: R. Henkel

 

CALDER CANNONS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 5 – Sunday, April 29, 11.30am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

On Sunday, the Calder Cannons will be hoping to break their yo-yo form with a win over the Geelong Falcons at home. The Cannons formline reads L-W-L-W from the opening four rounds, while for Geelong, it took until last week for a taste of victory, but they will have gained vital confidence from the win over Eastern Ranges at Werribee.

Daniel Hanna, Campbell Barton and Luke Goater return to the side, but the loss of Rhylee West to school football with St Kevins returning after a bye is likely to be felt by the Cannons. Devereux Pretty and Ned Gentile are also confirmed outs. For the Falcons, Jack Grigsby and Brady Campi come into the side at the expense of Bailey Scott and Jesse Clark.

Calder Cannons

B: 17. N. Doyle, 43. L. Cavallaro, 33. J. Evans
HB: 4. K. Baker, 38. B. Newman, 28. L. Goater
C: 9. C.  Barton, 27. T.  Browning, 2. D. Landt
HF: 48. S. Ramsay, 29. J. Riccardi, 5. C. Taylor
F: 11. J. Firebrace, 23. D. Hanna, 39. L. Sultana
R: 54. C. Lamb, 42. N. Croft, 16. J. Bytel
Int: 1. D. Mott, 3. I. Moussa , 12. J. O’Sullivan, 8. L. Sholl
Emg: 51. W. Jury, 52. B. Reddick, 55. A. Righele
23P: 34. O. Sasalu

In: W. Jury, D. Hanna, L. Goater, A. Righele, C. Barton
Out: N. Gentile,  D. Pretty, R. West

Geelong Falcons

B: 31. C. Cartledge, 7. C. Harris, 28. C. O’Connor
HB: 15. L. Handley, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 3. K. Rayner
C: 6. D.  Madigan, 25. L.  Taylor, 2. S. Torpy
HF: 20. B. Ham, 32. F. Parish, 22. S. Walsh
F: 39. C. Idun, 48. B. Schlensog, 26. F. Wilson
R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 10. B. Mensch
Int: 37. B. Campi, 50. J. Grigsby, 9. B. Morton, 21. L. Smith
Emg: 52. S. Christensen, 14. R. Hayden, 11. C. Karpala
23P: 17. S. Ham

In: S. Christensen, J. Grigsby, C. Karpala, R. Hayden, B. Campi
Out: B. Scott, J. Clark

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 5 – Sunday, April 29, 2.30pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

The final game sees Northern Knights pitted against Bendigo Pioneers at the Knights’ spirtual home of Preston City Oval. A draw to Gippsland Power last week robbed the Knights of levelling their win-loss record at 2-2, while Bendigo Pioneers have had just the one win – in round one against the GWV Rebels – from four games.

The Knights have named an extended bench with Nicholas Barro, Cameron Wild, Joe Furphy and James Lucente all added to the team, with Zachary Hudson the only confirmed out. For the Pioneers, there are at least three confirmed changes to the team as Mitch Goodwin, Zac Denahy and Jackson Williams are out. However they have some big ins with Jacob Atley, Daniel Keating and Kobe Lloyd among six players vying for a spot in the final 22.

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 28. S. Uzelac, 14. E. Tsitsis
HB: 5. L. Potter, 33. J. Randall, 11. R. Sturgess
C: 1. R.  Gardner, 10. B.  Bell, 40. N. Mayne
HF: 24. R. Bowkett, 21. M. Baker, 17. J. D’Intinosante
F: 35. K. Agosta, 20. P. Della Rocca, 18. S. Brazier
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 7. H. Grace, 3. B. Gillard
Int: 31. N. Barro, 45. J. Furphy, 27. J. Lucente, 29. K. Nasser, 13. S. Philp, 22. M. Wild, 44. C. Wild
23P: 37. K. Brandt

In: J. Furphy, C. Wild, N. Barro, J. Lucente
Out: Z. Hudson

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 16. J. Atley, 11. J. Grace, 33. J. McHale
HB: 9. Z. Keighran, 24. N. McHugh, 27. M. Lias
C: 7. L.  Chisholm, 5. N.  Wheeler, 38. K. Stevens
HF: 3. L. Marciano, 45. W. Holt, 20. J. Schischka
F: 29. E. Roberts, 10. D. Grace, 51. B. Waasdorp
R: 23. D. Keating, 50. K. Lloyd, 18. B. Henderson
Int: 15. L. Caccaviello, 12. M. Hird, 17. R. Ironside, 43. H. Lawrence, 37. C. McCarty, 25. F. Perez, 57. A. Smith-Ralph, 19. T. Walters
23P: 38. K. Stevens

In: L. Caccaviello, J. Atley, T. Walters, D. Keating, E. Roberts, K. Lloyd
Out: M. Goodwin, Z. Denahy, J. Williams

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 3

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

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER 

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

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

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

Bendigo Pioneers

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

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

Gippsland Power

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

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

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS 

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

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

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

Dandenong Stingrays

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

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

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

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

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

 

WESTERN JETS v. EASTERN RANGES 

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

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

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

Western Jets

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

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

Eastern Ranges

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

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

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. GEELONG FALCONS 

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

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

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

Murray Bushrangers

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

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

Geelong Falcons

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

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

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. CALDER CANNONS 

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

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

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

Sandringham Dragons

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

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

Calder Cannons

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

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

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 

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

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

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

Northern Knights

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

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

Oakleigh Chargers

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

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

Looking Ahead TAC Cup Round 4

Bendigo Pioneers (10th, 1-2) vs. Oakleigh Chargers (4th, 2-1)

Both Bendigo and Oakleigh contain some of their top-end talent despite the likes of Lochie O’Brien, Paddy Dow and Jarrod Brander missing due to school football for the Pioneers. The Pioneers’ strength in my opinion lies across the half-back line with all those players – Kane Farrell, Keelin Betson and Darby Henderson pushing up into the midfield as well. Their midfield holds up well, but their medium talls often have to play key position roles, with the likes of Bailey Henderson and Daine Grace both showing signs despite some inconsistencies at times this season.

I think the Pioneers might struggle with height as they have so far this season with Toby Wooller the one to watch up forward for the Chargers. Jack Higgins and Louis Cunningham will provide run through the middle and the likes of Callum Searle and Riley Jones holding up the defensive end. Oakleigh rebounded from a loss to Sandringham in the first round to post two victories and I think they will record one here.

The Chargers win more of the football, dominate the contested possession and lead the Pioneers across most statistical categories. Bendigo’s rebounding has been fairly good this season, as has their disposal by hand, not so much by foot. Bendigo is not the Bendigo of past years and will put up a real fight and at full strength I think the Pioneers would have them. But looking at the teams on paper, Oakleigh is my tip for this game.

Players to watch:

Bendigo: Darby Henderson: 27 disposals (11 contested), four marks, five clearances, three inside 50s, 91 DT points

Oakleigh: Jack Higgins: 30 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, five tackles, three clearances 127 DT points


Dandenong Stingrays (6th, 2-1) vs. Sandringham Dragons (2nd, 3-0)

Since the start of the season I have tipped Dandenong Stingrays for the flag and am not one to jump off the bandwagon. The return of Hunter Clark and Tom De Koning will aid the Stingrays at Frankston Oval, with Sandringham literally unrecognisable from the previous week with a whopping 15 changes – welcome back school football.

Dandenong’s top-end talent and ability to rebound will be too much for Sandringham and hand the Dragons their first loss. Mason De Wit and Bailey Morrish are two of the unlucky ones not to be drafted this season and both Clark and De Koning will be important in the Stingrays’ push going forward. I think they will miss Ali Zijai who has been one of the Stingrays’ best this season, however I’ll look forward to seeing bottom-ager Tom Hogan strut his stuff again after impressing in glimpses. Whether he will fit in the forward line with De Koning and Riley D’Arcy is yet to be seen, but he may end up sharing the ruck duties with Bailey Williams and Tom Roberts.

For the Dragons, Hamish Brayshaw and Quintin Montanaro are a couple of midfielders that will try and maintain continuity in the side, while Hayden McLean will be a tough ask to shut down for the opposition defence, with Will Walker and Max Lohan another couple to keep an eye on in this match.

The Dragons have used the ball well on the outside and have subsequently had low contested ball numbers. They play a high-skilled outside brand of football and the Stingrays would be aiming to try and force them to play more inside in order to counteract their possession play. I think the Stingrays will be too strong and the Dragons will need a few weeks to get used to their mass changes.

Players to watch:

Dandenong: Mason De Wit: 18 disposals, five marks, six rebounds, 77 per cent kicking efficiency, 63 DT points

Sandringham: Quintin Montanaro: 19 disposals, seven marks, six handball receives, 73 per cent kicking efficiency, 71 DT points


Eastern Ranges (7th, 1-2) vs. Geelong Falcons (1st, 3-0)

This match will be the match of the round in my opinion with a number of top-end talents returning to the teams. It will be the spectators’ loss that Adam Cerra will not take the field, but with Sam Hayes and Jaidyn Stephenson running around, there will still be plenty of excitement for the Ranges. Harrison Nolan is a key defender who will no doubt be on AFL clubs radars, while Eastern’s midfield is as good as anyone’s, but I think Geelong have them covered in this game.

James Worpel returns, he joins Cassidy Parish on the inside and that is the best 1-2 inside combination in the league, while Harry Benson, Oscar Brownless and Matthew Ling provide the Falcons with an embarrassment of riches. David Handley will be looking to continue his strong early season form while Tom McCartin is moving forward to follow in brother Paddy’s footsteps. Throw in Ethan Floyd, Gryan Miers and Hayden Elliot and it’s no wonder why this side is undefeated at the top of the table.

I think Geelong will remain at the top of the table after overcoming Eastern in this game. They lead them in most categories except hitouts – which they know they will lose due to height – and then clearances and contested possessions – both of which will change given Worpel is back in and Cerra is out for the Ranges. With the Falcons having a superior kicking efficiency as well, I think the will get the job done here.

Players to watch:

Eastern: Jaidyn Stephenson: 15 disposals (10 contested), six marks (two contested), four inside 50s, eight goals, 96 DT points

Geelong: James Worpel: 19 disposals (nine contested), six tackles, six clearances, seven inside 50s, 72 DT points


Western Jets (9th, 1-2) vs. Gippsland Power (8th, 1-2)

It is fair to say these sides have not had the start they would have liked, but after seeing Gippsland live last week, I feel they are better than their results are showing. Aidan Quigley returns this week which is a boost, and the Power has a good balance of talls and smalls around the ground. Will Stephenson just steps up when needed, while Nick Hogan, Callum Porter and Austin Hodge always provide effort over four quarters. Sean Masterson was good at full-forward last week but has been named at full-back to tackle Tristan Xerri this week. I do like him more as a forward, but we will see how that pans out.

For the Jets, they seemed lost without their two stars in Cam Rayner and Lachlan Fogarty. Those two jets – pardon the pun – are the lynchpin of the side and allow others to run on the outside. Xerri is raw but marks the ball at the highest point, while Judah Dundon and Nicholas Stuhldreier will always work hard. Both sides are pretty even across the board, but with Gippsland ahead on both the inside and outside they will have the slight advantage. However their footskills let them down while the Jets have been comparatively good by hand or foot and with good clearance ability, the Jets will always give their forwards first use.

The ability to put out a consistent team each week works in Gippsland’s favour and based on seeing these teams last week, I will be putting my tip the way of the Power who surprised me and I think they will continue this week.

Players to watch:

Western: Nicholas Stuhldreier: 19 disposals (seven contested), four marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, 79 DT points

Gippsland: Nick Hogan: 21 disposals (12 contested), five clearances, five inside 50s, three tackles, 75 DT points


Northern Knights (5th, 2-1) vs. Murray Bushrangers (3rd, 2-1)

In the first of the Sunday games at RAMS Arena, Northern Knights and Murray Bushrangers will be fighting for a top four spot. The Knights have a really strong midfield led by Nick Coffield, Patrick Naish, Marcus Lentini and Jack Petruccelle. The emergence of Max Dreher further this season has allowed Naish to play further up the ground, with Dreher and Ethan Penrith also able to drift through that midfield. Joel Grace booted six goals in their last match so no doubt he will be tightly watched by the Bushrangers defence.

For Murray, they always put out a really competitive team and with a half-back line of Doulton Langlands, Alex Paech and Ben Paton, expect there to be no shortage of drive and rebounding out of the Bushrangers defence. Both teams’ half-back lines are strong and Murray have a number of players that have shown signs including Isaac Wallace, Will Donaghey and Angus Hicks, while Nick Richards will be keen to bounce back from a quieter round three match following two strong performances in the first fortnight.

The Bushrangers’ strengths lie in their foot skills compared to the Knights and their ability to control possession. They do struggle a little on the inside compared to past years, but provide plenty of pressure to the opposition. The Knights have been good around the stoppages and equally frenetic without the ball and I think they will get the job done here. Northern is my tip.

Players to watch:

Northern: Max Dreher: 24 disposals (12 contested), five marks, five tackles, five clearances, three rebounds, 91 DT points

Murray: Ben Paton: 25 disposals, six marks, six rebounds, three tackles, 98 DT points


Calder Cannons (12th 0-3) vs. GWV Rebels (11th, 0-3)

Two of the smallest teams in the TAC Cup will do battle in the final game of the round with avoiding going winless after four rounds the carrot dangled in front of them. What makes this game more interesting than an 11th versus 12th clash is the fact that both have similar strengths and weaknesses. Both midfields are really solid, with Calder’s Jean-Luc Velissaris, Brad Bernacki and Ben Caluzzi facing Aiden Domic, Cal Wellings and Thomas Berry. I think the Rebels’ midfield bats a little deeper, but Calder does have the better talls. Keep an eye out for Scott Carlin who is skilful by foot and will be one to watch for next season, while Cannons excitement machine Jesse Firebrace is small but packs a punch.

Noah Balta is the star of the show and will be a high draft pick, but he has his work cut out for him against Lloyd Meek who has been one of the in-form ruckmen of the competition. Mitch Podhajski will look to use his “height” of 190cm to lead the Calder defence, while the Rebels will hope that their speed will counteract the Cannons’ height up the other end. It is almost scary to think 200cm Daniel Hanna could line-up on 188cm Jackson Taurau.

I think this match will come down to match conditions. I think in patches the Rebels have shown some signs, but so has Calder. The problem with both these teams is they tend to drift off for a quarter and the opposition boots a bag of goals and it hurts. Given I am very much on the fence I will turn to the stats where the Rebels have been superior by foot, in the hit-outs, clearances and inside 50s. Calder has been much better rebounding, but with the Rebels ahead in more areas, I will select them without a great deal of confidence either way.

Players to watch:

Calder: Jean-Luc Velissaris: 17 disposals (eight contested), four marks, six inside 50s, five tackles, 84 DT points

GWV: Callan Wellings: 28 disposals (15 contested), seven marks, eight clearances, eight tackles, five rebounds, 123 DT points

TAC Cup Scouting notes: Round 3

ROUND Three of the TAC Cup continued over the weekend and we had scouts at four of the games over the weekend. Read their scouting notes below:

Bendigo Pioneers vs. Gippsland Power (Peter Williams)

Bendigo Pioneers:

#7 Matt Harvey – Was one of the better players early in the game and faded out a little like many of his teammates. Showed great agility inside the contest and can move laterally to weave away from an opponent if required. He laid a fierce, bone crunching tackle in the first term. Harvey earned a goal when he got to the right position in the second quarter.

#10 Brent Daniels – Really got up and going in the second term, booting three of his four goals and helping the Pioneers build that early lead. Has that unique nous around goals and one of those players if you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile. Could have had about six, having hit the post running in at one stage. Took a great one-handed mark inside 50 in the second term and for a 172cm player, he gets enough marks inside 50, including contested, to add a point of difference to the Pioneers forward line. Knows how to get to the right spots which is handy.

#15 Darby Henderson – A strong player in the contest who wins his own ball on the inside and receives on the outside. Really good at winning contests against bigger players and has good hands in close. His second and third efforts are impressive and is constantly on the move. One knock is probably his kicking which at times was hit or miss. Not in the sense of necessarily kicking it to the wrong position, but it looked like he misjudged the weight on his kicking, so for a shorter target it might drop short for example. Overall he’s got a few likeable traits however, and from an inside ball winners point of view there is something there to work on. Will be one to watch their development this season.

#18 Bailey Henderson – Of all those playing on Saturday, Henderson could well be the one to watch from the Pioneers. He is that medium forward who is capable both in the air and at ground level, presents well and has a penetrating kick. Played more as that high half-forward leading up the ground, but took a couple of marks inside 50 and has clean hands when it hits the deck. Contributed to a Matt Harvey goal when he spun out of a tackle and gave off a handball. Did have a number of ineffective kicks throughout the day however.

Gippsland Power:

#2 Nick Hogan – Buzzes around the contest and creates some excitement. Can be hit or miss by foot, but works hard and has good agility. Did try and do a bit too much late in the game in one instant and was pinged for dropping the ball. But he is one who continues to work hard and is always seemingly around the contest.

#7 Will Stephenson – Really like him as a player but the automatic knock will be his height. At 169cm as a player you’re up against it from the word go. In terms of ability however, I think there’s a fair bit to work with. Does not win as much of the ball as other midfielders, but is usually reliable. He has good acceleration and this was highlighted by a great run down tackle in the first quarter. The other knock I would have on him is he looks to occasionally double guess himself and not take the first option. He works hard and if he doesn’t hit a target he kicks it to the right positions. Booted three goals and is incredibly strong above his head for his size. Turned the game on its head and effectively helped drag Gippsland to the win.

#9 Irving Mosquito – Got better as the game went on after a few bloopers in the first half. Has so much X-factor about him with his pace and agility, but just rushes his disposal at times. Needs a bit of a confidence boost by the looks of it, because when he got into space outside of pressure he hit up Sean Masterson for the sealer. I think it is a case of just needing to know he has the pace to burn off opponents and have time to dispose of it. Got obvious skill, but rushing his disposal is what hurts.

#11 Austin Hodge – Really like him as a player. Not as silky as others, but has a build that clubs are looking for at 188cm and 77kg. Had a bit of Dustin Martin in the way he goes about it, fending off opponents and having good balance. He’s god a good, penetrating kick and doesn’t rush under pressure which is really impressive. Needs to find more of the ball and build more consistency to take his game to another level.

#24 Sean Masterson – A defender last season who missed out on being drafted is now up the other end. I personally like him more as a forward because he has that freedom to use what I didn’t realise was such a huge vertical jump. Not the most reliable set shot, missing a couple of relatively straight forward kicks, but he presents a target and does everything you ask of a forward otherwise. I think he has more development to come as a forward and I certainly would like to see him more in the forward line.

#36 Jack Hudson – Buzzed around the forward line and finished with three goals. A medium forward who plays a bit taller than his 180cm, he stepped up through the third term and kicked a great running goal earlier in the match.


Western Jets vs. Sandringham Dragons (Duncan Robertson)

Western Jets:

#12 Connor Thar – Played well through the midfield for the Jets and was one of their best in the first half. Finished with 18 disposals and laid some strong tackles in the centre. Could perhaps clean up his kick but won the ball on both the inside and outside.

#16 Nicholas Stuhldreier – Was the Jets best player right throughout the day and might be a player to watch. He finished with 22 disposals (11 contested) and had eight clearances in the middle of the ground. Is a really nice size and distributes the ball well.

#24 Tom Yorgey – Kicked it well off his left foot playing in the defensive half. Cracks in hard – which did result in three frees against, but played a solid game.

#25 Jack Noonan – Another player who impressed me playing through the midfield. He was willing to kick the ball long inside 50 to look for a target – but he led the clanger count for the Jets by foot. Was hard around the packs and at times was dangerous running forward.

#44 Tristan Xerri – Continues to play solid footy in the ruck and up forward. Created a nice dynamic duo up forward with Brock McGregor. If he can hit the scoreboard and show what he did in 2016, he may be a chance come November.

Sandringham Dragons:

#5 Seb Williams – Looked a class above playing in the attacking half of the ground. Has plenty of speed and took the ball inside 50 on six occasions. Continued to find the ball and was the Dragons’ leading ball winner, his kicking can be hot and cold at times – but he bagged two good goals.

#7 Aaron Trusler – He was very very lively inside 50 and despite his size marks well overhead (seven marks for the day). Reminds me a bit like Ben Ainsworth with his ability overhead despite his height. Kicked an outstanding goal on the run from 50m after taking a few bounces in the centre. Finished with 4.2 and two assists.

#23 Devlin Brereton – The son of Dermott’s best game to date, with plenty of impact up forward. He moves very well and has strong hands – as well as a nice kick on him. Hoping to see more of this throughout the year.

#28 Isaac Morrisby – Bagged four goals early for the Dragons and was a class above in the first half. For me I think he’s more of a third tall at AFL level similar to Jack Darling, but will need to improve his mobility if that will be his role long term.

#32 Ethan Casey – Dominated in the ruck with 30 hitouts until he had to be stretchered off with about 30 seconds remaining in the game. Unfortunately he’s done his ACL, but he can be proud about his efforts on how he played on Saturday.

#33 Howie Persson – Played in defence in more of an attacking role than he has in the past few weeks. Finished with 19 disposals and six tackles. Has plenty of speed to burn.


Murray Bushrangers vs. Geelong Falcons (Peter Williams)

Murray Bushrangers:

#5 Ben Paton – Like the look of him off half-back and seems to have stood up as that leader for the Bushrangers. An over-age player who missed out on being drafted last season, Paton has a penetrating kick and moves well in transition. Will be one of a number of over-age players to keep an eye on this season.

#10 Dave Smith – Kicked an really good goal in the first term, showcasing his speed and work rate to run into goal and have the composure to finish it off.

#34 Thomas Boyd – Looked very good early one-on-one as a key defender. He’s not necessarily the height of a key defender at 190cm, but playing that similar role to Ryan Garthwaite last season, Boyd could that developing tall. He showed he had good closing speed to spoil an opposition player’s attempt at marking.

#35 Floyd Bollinghaus – Played up forward and made his mark in the second quarter, winning a crucial one-on-one against Hayden Elliot and kicking a goal. Missed another chance shortly after, but was up and about and could be a presence down there.

Geelong Falcons:

#7 Harry Benson – Provided a highlight in the opening term when he launched a monster goal from well outside 50. Showed a few good signs as a bottom-ager last year and will likely be an important player in that midfield-forward link-up transition.

#16 David Handley – Really like his attributes as a forward. His smarts were summed up in the first term where he was corralled in on the boundary line about 20m out and while most would tend to have a shot, he pulled the kick and centred it to his teammate rather than blazing away. He will be one to keep an eye on throughout the season.

#30 Oscar Brownless – Geelong fans would not help but get excited about this kid’s prospects. I was surprised to see he’s only the 186cm because he plays taller and is really strong overhead. Just puts power through his set shots and did not stray from the target with a solid set shot routine.

#42 Cassidy Parish – Brother of Darcy and could not be much different in size and features. A big inside bodied midfielder, Parish still has good pace but his best work is at the stoppages. He knows how to use his frame and is another player that aids in the transition from the midfield to the forward line.


Greater Western Victoria Rebels vs. Dandenong Stingrays (Peter Williams)

GWV Rebels:

#2 Cal Wellings – Overage player who was unlucky not to be drafted last season. Reads the taps well and oozes leadership. Had some improvements to make this season and has shown he has no problem winning the ball. Really quick hands in traffic, think more scoreboard impact will be the next box to tick for the captain. Stands tall in the middle and has a high work rate.

#4 Aiden Domic – The top prospect from the Rebels this season. Moves well in and out of a contest, goes forward and has an impact and is clean. Kicked the only goal of the first term for the Rebels and will be the one to watch throughout the year.

#23 Lloyd Meek – Thought I’d highlight the over-age ruck as he is someone who really could benefit from this extra year at TAC Cup level. He has that bigger body and just imposes himself in the ruck to give his midfielders first use. Occasionally gives away a few free kicks, but generally will outmuscle his opponent and he has shown to have an impact inside forward 50.

#29 Lachie Wareham – Good strong hands overheads, leads well just lacks that touch of agility for that medium forward. Given the Rebels lack of height he does have to play that full-forward role, but unsure of his versatility to play up the ground. Certainly good overhead though.

Dandenong Stingrays:

#42 Jai Nanscawen – Finished with four goals from 12 disposals and while he was that forward type, showed he has the potential to be lively and make the most of his possessions.

#46 Mason De Wit – He was one of my favourites last season not to be drafted. Has that bigger body and that sense of a prototype midfielder. Just gets his arms free and is a penetrating kick. Doesn’t need a lot of the footy to make an impact, just needs a bit of luck on the injury front.

#54 Tom Hogan – He’s one I like and at 198cm has plenty of development in him. Leads at the ball, takes a good contested grab and kicks through the football. I want to see more of him this season and what role he will play when the Stingrays are at full strength. Played through the ruck and at full-forward and while there’s still some raw work in there, he’s someone that will build with time.

#55 Ali Zijai – A really balanced player who uses the ball well and works hard defensively to lay tackles. On the weekend he had 20 effective disposals (out of 23) and laid nine tackles to be one of the best on ground.