WITH the conclusion of the TAC Cup season, AFL Draft Central has released its 48-man squad for the TAC Cup Team of the Year. The AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Team of the Year takes into account the top performers across the TAC Cup season, not incorporating any performances at school football or National Under 18 Championships, which is why some top-end stars that have missed most of the season through school football such as Bailey Smith, Ned McHenry and Ben King have not been included. In fact, just three players made the team from school football, with Tom McKenzie the most remarkable, making four Team of the Week nominations from six games, having played the least of any player.
For our TAC Cup Team of the Year, we will construct two 24-player squads with the Team of the Year, and the Second Team of the Year, rewarding all those who have performed strongly across the course of the season. The Team of the Year is worked out first and foremost by our TAC Cup Team of the Week nominations, with all players in the team having at least FOUR Team of the Week nominations. The Second Team of the Year squad is made up of players with between TWO and FOUR nominations.
In terms of club-by-club nominations, Murray Bushrangers has the most, with six players making the squad of 48, while top four sides, Dandenong Stingrays, Gippsland Power and Oakleigh Chargers, all five. The Calder Cannons and Western Jets are also among the sides with five nominees each. Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights had four nominees, while Eastern Ranges and Sandringham Dragons had three each. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels (two) and Bendigo Pioneers (one) round out the remaining sides. The AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Team of the Year will be announced on Friday.
ADC TAC CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR FULL SQUAD:
Bendigo : Noah Wheeler
Calder : Lucas Cavallaro, Mitch Podhajski, Jake Riccardi, Lachlan Sholl, Curtis Taylor
Dandenong : Riley Bowman, Zac Foot, Campbell Hustwaite, Lachlan McDonnell, Bailey Williams
Eastern : Ben Cardamone, Mitch Mellis, Kye Quirk
Geelong : Brayden Ham, Baxter Mensch, Blake Schlensog, Sam Walsh
Gippsland : Xavier Duursma, Sam Flanders, Noah Gown, Matthew McGannon, Kyle Reid
GWV : Jed Hill, Charlie Wilson
Murray : Lachlan Ash, Jordon Butts, Jye Chalcraft, Hudson Garoni, Ely Smith, Mathew Walker
Northern : Adam Carafa, Josh D’Intinosante, Tom McKenzie, Stefan Uzelac
Oakleigh : Trent Bianco, Jake Gasper, Xavier O’Neill, Isaac Quaynor, Jack Ross
Sandringham : Ryan Byrnes, James Rendell, Liam Stocker
Western : Buku Khamis, Xavier O’Halloran, Stefan Radovanovic, Connor Thar, Jack Watkins