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NAB League season preview: Calder Cannons

THERE was plenty to like about last season for the Calder Cannons. They showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the year, however struggled with consistency at times. They finished the 2018 season in ninth position after falling to the Geelong Falcons in the Wild Card round. Overall the club would be pleased with some of the talent they produced with the likes of Rhylee West, Jack Bytel, Lachlan Sholl and Curtis Taylor all being drafted.

Looking ahead to season 2019 new Talent Manager and former Geelong defender, Tom Lonergan has faith in his side and is excited about what the Cannons could bring to the competition if they hit the ground running.

“We think we have got some good talls that we are going to be able to use both in defence and attack. We are really excited about the year to come,” he said.

The Cannons have been boosted with the return of a few overagers coming into the 2019 season which provides the relatively inexperienced side with some added composure.

“We are really happy with our 19 year olds, we’ve got four on our list,” Lonergan said. “We’ve got Mason (Fletcher), Kempy (Josh Kemp), Browny (Tye Browning) and Sammy Graham all those guys have really good leadership which is filtering down to our younger team members.”

Tye Browning was a mainstay for the Cannons in 2018. Lonergan credited Browning’s ability to work up the wing and forward line, and will be hoping Browning brings that form into the current season with Calder. Teammate, Sam Graham was also a key cog in the Cannons outfit and is set to return in 2019 providing some good dash and defensive pressure off half-back.

“Browning he’s been on the list for a little while, he’s a player that we think has potential,” Lonergan said. “Sammy Graham who would probably be our captain if he was an 18-year-old, he’s been tremendous for our group and we’ve got high aspirations for him this year.”

While there is plenty of excitement surrounding the return of the 19 year olds Lonergan is equally impressed by some of the up-and-coming talent with new players set to take the field some time throughout the year.

“We’ve brought in a guy that wasn’t involved in the program last year, Jake Sutton who’s played some pretty good footy in the practice matches, sort of hybrid forward, smart around goals, kicked four in both practice matches so he’s been really dangerous,” Lonergan said. “We think Curtis Brown’s got a lot to offer, got a beautiful left foot kick off half-back.”

Lonergan is hoping to build on the form from last year and hopefully progress up the ladder. However, he is more concerned on developing the players and creating an environment that players can learn in rather than focusing on wins.

“We basically want the guys to improve as a whole,” Lonergan said. “We will work with them closely on an individual basis as to their strengths and what they need to improve on. You know and hopefully if that all comes together then the ladder position will look after itself.”

With the season set to kick off for the Calder Cannons on Sunday, March 24 against the Sandringham Dragons, the Cannons will hope to bring plenty of intensity and attack the ball to ensure that they are recognised as a tough opposition in the NAB League.

Westbourne Grammar steals Shield in stunning final few minutes

WESTBOURNE Grammar timed its run to the finish like a two-mile horse race, only hitting the front in the final minute to stun Salesian College in Division 2 Boys of the Herald Sun Shield competition. In perfect weather at Sandringham’s Trevor Barker Beach Oval today, Salesian lead throughout the match, answering each Westbourne challenge with a couple of goals of their own, until the final stanza.

The frantic final minutes saw a number of remarkable plays, with the game seemingly over when Salesian forward, Jake Sutton booted his fourth to give his side a 17-point lead midway through the final term. With four minutes remaining, a quick snap on goal put the margin back to less than two majors, and when Westbourne and Western Jets forward, Will Smyth marked and wasted no time to convert a goal from 20m out, the margin was five points with two minutes on the clock.

Entering the final minute, Westbourne’s Alex Zammit got on the end of a bouncing ball and managed to get his boot to it, sending his side into a frenzy. For the first time since early in the opening term, Westbourne had hit the front and lead by a point. Every single player aside from the starting midfielders ran into the Westbourne defence, including the Salesian players to cause even numbers. The only problem, was that no-one was inside the Westbourne forward 50. Remarkably, Westbourne won the clearance through Stefan Costa and with a 70m bomb, he launched the ball for it to bounce end-on-end and trickle through as the desperate Salesian defenders sprinted hard to catch it, to no avail as it bounced through. See the match-winning goal below:

The last play of the day would be Sutton winning a free and converting his fifth major on the siren, but it did little to help the Salesian despair, going down by just a straight kick in the decider. The five goals to two last term had seen Westbourne run over the top of Salesian, having trailed at each break, but winning both the second and third quarters by narrow margins. Salesian always seemed to hold sway, but were never fully in control, and it proved that way when Westbourne made its charge in the dying minutes.

Sutton was easily one of the losing side’s best, along with Pat Doyle who not only provided a leading target up forward, but roamed between midfield and half-forward to pump the ball inside 50. Doyle was awarded his side’s best on ground award, while for Westbourne, there was little doubt that ruckman Will Tattersall was the standout player.

Tattersall was sensational, too tall for his opponents and very mobile, he had his own way in the ruck, and took a number of strong contested marks, some intercept ones, on the wing. He was the man who got the game started for Westbourne early in the game, and along with the likes of Navdeep Singh (two goals), Smyth and Max Paspa, provided some good pressure in attack on the opposition defence. For Salesian, along with Doyle and Sutton, Jackson Cardillo (two goals) and Riley Vernon were impressive.

WESTBOURNE GRAMMAR 11.9 (75) defeated SALESIAN COLLEGE 11.7 (73)

Best on Grounds:

Westbourne: Will Tattersall
Salesian: Pat Doyle