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Classic Contests: Jets pip Stingrays in 2014 thriller

IF you are missing footy like we are, then let us somewhat salvage that with a look back in a new series of Classic Contests. In today’s contest we look at one of the would-have-been Round 9 clashes in the NAB League this year between the Dandenong Stingrays and Western Jets. In this edition, we wind back the clock to 2014 when these two last had a series of thrillers, but the tightest was a three-point win to Western at Shepley Oval.


2014 TAC Cup, Round 5
Saturday April 26, 11.30am
Shepley Oval

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 1.1 | 1.4 | 3.7 | 7.9 (51)
WESTERN JETS 2.2 | 3.4 | 4.10 | 7.12 (54)

Draftees in action:

Dandenong – Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs), Bailey Rice (St Kilda)*, Tom Lamb (West Coast), Jack Lonie (St Kilda), Mitch White (Melbourne), Jacob Weitering (Carlton)*
Western – Jayden Laverde (Essendon), Liam Duggan (West Coast), Connor Menadue (Richmond), Corey Ellis (Richmond), Brenton Payne (St Kilda), Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (Carlton)

* – denotes bottom-aged

Two teams deemed to be relatively even heading into the Round 4 contest, the Stingrays had started the season fairly strongly with two wins and one loss, but only marginally with a positive percentage. The Jets were a spot behind the sixth placed Stingrays on the ladder, with one win from four games, but that win was so large they had a higher percentage than their opponents. It came the round before when the Jets smashed Northern Territory to the tune of 122 points, while the Stingrays had bounced back with a 29-point win over Bendigo Pioneers following a loss to Geelong Falcons the week before.

The match was low-scoring throughout and the visiting side to Shepley Oval found themselves seven points up at the first break with two goals to one heading into quarter time. The Stingrays had their fair share of the play in the first half, but could not capitalise, adding just a further three behinds, as Western booted 1.2 in the second term for a 12-point half-time lead.

Neither team could quite find their range in the premiership quarter, as they combined for 3.9, though this time it was the Jets who suffered more. The Stingrays booted 2.3 to keep them in contention as Western failed to land a knockout blow with 1.6 and a nine-point lead that could and should have been more heading into the final break.

The final term saw as many goals kicked as there had been for the first three quarters combined. Dandenong piled on four majors to get right back in the contest, but Western’s three goals was enough to hold on, in a low-scoring thriller, By the final siren, the Jets won 7.12 (54) to 7.9 (51) to leapfrog the Stingrays on the TAC Cup ladder.

Star talent, Liam Duggan had a day out with 33 disposals, five marks, six tackles and one goal, while fellow potential first round prospect Jayden Laverde had 28 disposals, five marks – one contested – and two goals. Richmond’s first round pick that year in Corey Ellis was named among the best for the visitors amassing 26 disposals, two marks, three tackles and 1.3 for the match, while Jackson Volpato (25 disposals, one marks, seven tackles and a goal) was also in the best for the winners.

Other draftees who played for the Jets were Connor Menadue (15 disposals, one mark and three tackles), Brenton Payne (10 disposals, two marks and two tackles) and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (10 disposals, one mark).

For the Stingrays, future Demon Mitch White was named best-on thanks to 19 disposals, four marks and three tackles, not too far ahead of future Dog Bailey Dale (12 disposals, two marks and six tackles). Jake Lovett (21 disposals, three marks and five tackles) and Blake Mullane (22 disposals, one mark, six tackles and a goal) were others named in the Stingrays best.

Other draftees who took the field for the Stingrays included Tom Lamb (17 disposals, two marks and two tackles), Jack Lonie (13 disposals, two tackles) and bottom agers, Bailey Rice (seven disposals, one mark and three tackles) and Jacob Weitering (13 disposals, four marks – one contested – and four tackles).

By the end of the 2014 season, Western Jets would finish percentage ahead of Dandenong Stingrays – ironically in the same spots they were after this game – in sixth and seventh respectively. It would be the Stingrays to have the last laugh though, defeating the Jets by 15 points in the elimination final, then stunning the second placed Geelong Falcons by a whopping 53 points in the semi-final. Their run came to an end with the Stingrays on the opposite side of that scoreline, going down to Calder Cannons by 53 points in the preliminary final.

Classic Contests: Stingrays outgun and outlast Mariners

IF you are missing footy like we are, then let us somewhat salvage that with a look back in a new series of Classic Contests. In today’s contest we look at one of the would-have-been Round 7 clashes in the NAB League this year between the Dandenong Stingrays and Tasmanian Devils. In this edition, we wind back the clock to 2014, when the formerly-branded Tassie Mariners travelled to Shepley Oval for their first of four hitouts for the TAC Cup season.

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 4.3 | 6.5 | 13.9 | 17.10 (112)
TASMANIA MARINERS 3.1 | 9.3 | 11.5 | 13.8 (86)

TAC Cup, Round 8, 2014
Sunday May 25, 11:00am
Shepley Oval

Draftees in action:

Dandenong – Tom Lamb, Jack Lonie, Bailey Dale, Mitch White, Bailey Rice*, Gach Nyuon*, Jacob Weitering*
Tasmania – Josh Watts, Josh McGuinness, Ryan Gardner*

* – denotes bottom-aged

Tasmania’s introduction to the 2014 TAC Cup season was a tough one, tasked with taking on a reasonably strong Dandenong line-up on the road in Round 8. The Stingrays’ depth was a telling factor around that time, boasting a handful of AFL-worthy top-agers, while also laying claim to an even bigger bunch of promising bottom-aged talent. Tasmania was in a similar boat but on somewhat of a lesser scale, still able to compete with a side of Dandenong’s ilk.

The home side came in with a 3-3 record, unable to manage consecutive wins over its first six games but in the same vein, not being consigned to consecutive defeats. A Round 7 loss to Eastern meant it was the Stingrays’ turn for victory, which spelt bad news for the incoming Mariners as they readied for their first of four TAC Cup appearances.

The likes of Bailey Dale and Jack Lonie led Dandenong’s 18-year-old brigade, with 2015 number one draft pick Jacob Weitering a standout in the draft class to come alongside Bailey Rice and Kieran Collins. For Tasmania, former Brisbane pair Josh Watts and Josh McGuinness took the field, while former Cat and new Bulldog Ryan Gardner also donned the Map as a bottom-ager.

A high-scoring first period of play saw Dandenong edge on top by eight points, with their superior high-end class helping the goals flow through. But the visitors were not there to make up the numbers, excelling in the following term with six goals to two to set up a 16-point lead heading into the main break.

It only worked to put a sting in the Rays’ barb, as the home side took full advantage of the scoring end to pile on seven goals and reclaim the ascendancy with a 32-point turnaround. The scoring pressure continued in the final term, with Dandenong managing another four majors to Tasmania’s two to round out a solid 26-point victory.

Dale was named best afield for the winners, booting 3.2 from his 21 disposals, with Lonie not far behind at 2.1 from 17 disposals. Taylor Joyce (5.3) and Jayden Tomkins (3.0) also bagged multiple goals to round out a terrific scoring effort for the Stingrays. Melbourne draftee Mitch White managed 20 touches and seven marks, while Weitering was outstanding with eight marks from 18 disposals alongside Rice (18 disposals, six marks) in defence, and Gach Nyuon worked well in the ruck for 25 hitouts.

For Tasmania, Josh Fox was prominent against good opposition in the ruck with 13 disposals, six marks, five tackles, 16 hitouts and a goal, while Caleb Hislop (32 disposals) and Tim Jones (30) racked up the pill. Nick Dodge and Mitchell Rainbird were the main goal threats with three goals apiece, while the draftees Watts (11 disposals, five marks, two goals), McGuinness (20 disposals), and Gardner (five handballs, seven tackles) all showed something.

The Stingrays would go on to finish seventh in the regular season, but made it all the way to the preliminary finals in an incredible post-season run, eventually falling to Calder. On top of their four draftees in 2014, they would also have seven in 2015, and a further two from the squad drafted in the future.

Tasmania did manage to pick up a win in its four-game cameo, trumping the North Ballarat Rebels in its final outing to finish as second-best among the state sides. The two Brisbane-bound draftees in 2014 were followed by three in 2015, including the re-drafted Mitch Hibberd and Gardner.

VFL weekly wrap: Magpies suffer again as Seagulls soar

COLLINGWOOD suffered another heavy loss in Round 10 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) falling to Casey, while Williamstown took advantage of the bye for Essendon and moved to second place on the ladder.

Richmond 13.8 (86) defeated Geelong 9.9 (63)

The Tigers returned to the winners list with a 23-point victory over the Cats at Punt Rd. Eager to prove last week was merely an anomaly, Richmond took the lead nearing quarter time and didn’t let go of it. Geelong only trailed by five points at the final break but couldn’t make up the difference in the last quarter, with Richmond finishing strong. Luke Nelson kicked four goals for the Tigers while Nathan Kreuger slotted three for Geelong. Charlie Constable and Fraser Turner each kicked a goal and had 26 disposals while Shai Bolton finished with 25 touches. Richmond face Coburg this weekend while Geelong have the bye.

Williamstown 19.9 (123) defeated North Melbourne 10.10 (70)

North Melbourne couldn’t continue the form from their win over the Tigers as they were trounced by the Seagulls away from home. It was Williamstown’s eight goal to four second term that set the tone, and they eventually went on to win by 53 points. Nick Rodda booted four goals while Joel Ottavi snagged three and new Roo Lachie Hosie kicked two for his side. Mitch Hibberd was best afield with 29 disposals and two goals. Williamstown take on Port Melbourne in the classic rivalry this Sunday while North Melbourne travel to Frankston.

Northern Blues 14.15 (99) defeated Coburg 13.4 (82)

A spirited fightback from the Lions was not enough to take home the four points against the Norther Blues. Wearing the traditional Preston red and white, the Blues had a lead as big as 52 points in the final term before Coburg put some good footy together to narrow it to just 17 by the final siren. The two sides were separated by just four points at the main break before the Blues switched on and kicked four goals to one in the third term. Marcus Lentini had a mammoth 42 disposals for the Lions, with Carlton’s Matthew Kennedy the next best on 30. Hedley Smith kicked five goals on debut while Andrew Phillips slotted three. The Blues return to Ikon Park to play Footscray on Saturday while Coburg take on Richmond in Beaconsfield.

Frankston 5.13 (43) defeated by Port Melbourne 17.14 (116)

It was another long Sunday for Frankston supporters as their side fell to Port Melbourne by 73 points. Again, it was a tale of two halves for the Dolphins, as they enjoyed an impressive second term, even taking the lead at one stage. From then on they seemed to fall off a cliff as the Borough romped home, restricting Frankston to just one second half goal. Tom O’Sullivan and Ethan Phillips each kicked three goals. Josh Newman, Nathan Freeman and Will Fordham kept Frankston afloat with 32, 31, and 29 disposals respectively while Eli Templeton had 31 touches for Port. Frankston take on North Melbourne at home while Port host Williamstown this weekend.

Casey 15.12 (102) defeated Collingwood 6.3 (39)

Matthew Scharenberg getting through the match uninjured was one of the few highlights for Collingwood as they never looked in the contest at Casey Fields. The Demons lead comfortably at every break, eventually winning by 63 points. Alex Woodward collected his usual 32 disposals while Jordan Lewis had 30 touches as he attempts to force his way back into the Melbourne lineup. Kyle Dunkley and Mitch White each kicked three goals for the home side. Both sides have the bye this weekend.

Bye – Werribee, Essendon, Footscray, Sandringham, Box Hill

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VFL weekly wrap: Bombers suffer big first loss

RICHMOND occupies top spot on the Victorian Football League (VFL) ladder following Round 6, as Essendon dropped their first match of the season, while North Melbourne picked up their first win.

Essendon 8.7 (55) defeated by Casey 15.6 (96)

The undefeated Bombers entered their clash with the Demons on a high, with a huge percentage and a win expected against a Casey side who only had one victory. It was the Demons, however, who led from the first bounce to the final siren to take home the four points. The only positive for Essendon was the final term, where they booted five goals to four. Brayden Preuss dominated for the away side with 40 hitouts and two goals while Tim Smith slammed home four, and Mitch White three. Dylan Clarke was best for the Bombers with 28 disposals.

Port Melbourne 16.9 (105) defeated Werribee 14.5 (89)

The Borough continued their winning streak with a win over the Tigers at home. Port lead by as much as 50 points halfway through the second term, but Werribee did well to turn the contest into a competitive one despite ultimately going down. Tom Gribble had 27 disposals while Harvey Hooper notched up 25 and a goal. Campbell Walker and Matthew Munro kicked three goals each, as Blake Pearson slotted four.

Box Hill 12.12 (84) drew Foostcray 12.12 (84)

The lead for either side never extended beyond three goals as the Hawks and Bulldogs recorded the first draw of the season at the MCG. Dropped former Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead excelled, kicking five goals, and famously coaching Bulldog Reuben William on-field. Tory Dickson and Kyle Dunkley kicked three each for the Dogs. Bailey Williams continued his push for an AFL berth with 31 disposals.

Collingwood 8.7 (56) defeated by Sandringham 7.14 (56)

Sandringham crawled over the line at Victoria Park to defeat the Magpies. While the margin was never more than 19 points, the Zebras led all day until three early final quarter goals put Collingwood in front by 5 points. Sandy then got six consecutive points through a combination of rushed behinds and inaccurate kicking to register the victory. Alex Woodward did what he does with 39 disposals, while Hunter Clark had the second most touches on the ground with 28. Travis Varcoe and Sam Rowe each kicked two goals.

Frankston 7.8 (50) defeated by Richmond 19.10 (124)

Frankston remains the only team in the VFL without a win after their loss to Richmond at home. The Dolphins started brightly, leading early in the first term, but the class of the Tigers prevailed. Patty Naish kicked four goals and had 29 disposals as Mabior Chol slotted three goals. Mav Weller had 27 touches while Josh Newman was immense for the Dolphins once again, with 25 disposals and a goal.

North Melbourne 17.11 (113) defeated Geelong 14.9 (93)

North Melbourne put together a superb final quarter to overrun Geelong and record their first win of the season. While the Cats led at every break, North had the lead at one stage of every term, and finally unleashed in the last, kicking 6 goals to 2. Aaron Hall responded to his VFL demotion with 29 disposals and two goals while Lachie Fogarty was impressive for the Cats with 27 disposals and a goal. Nathan Hrovat was the star of the show however, booting six goals, including the one that gave the Kangaroos the lead in the final quarter.

Bye – Coburg, Williamstown, Northern Blues

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VFL weekly wrap: Tigers scrape home

IT was another week of blowouts in Round 4 of the Victorian Football League (VFL), as the only somewhat close contests to be seen took place in Williamstown and Cranbourne.

Box Hill 16.12 (108) defeated Coburg 8.9 (57)

The Hawks returned to the winners list with a big victory over the Lions at home. Box Hill were ahead all day except for a brief period late in the second term and early in the third, where Coburg drew on the confidence gained from last week’s win against Frankston. From then on, however, the Hawks stormed home to win by 51 points. Marc Pittonet was the standout, with a goal, 29 disposals and 42 hitouts, while Dylan Moore kicked three goals. Harry Morrison also managed three goals along with his 32 disposals. Coburg’s Sam Lowson continued his push for mid-season draft selection with four goals.

Essendon 15.12 (102) defeated Collingwood 9.11 (65)

Essendon’s fast start at Windy Hill ensured they made amends for the AFL side’s Anzac Day defeat, with a 37-point win over the Magpies. Collingwood won the second half but couldn’t make up the half time deficit. Sam Draper recorded a mammoth 47 disposals for the home side while Jordan Houlahan kicked three goals. It was another typical Alex Woodward performance as he notched up 31 touches as teammates Rupert Wills and Daniel Wells continued to build, with 28 and 20 disposals respectively. Ben Reid’s case for AFL selection continues to mount, with two goals from 18 kicks and 12 marks.

North Melbourne 9.15 (65) defeated by Port Melbourne 19.10 (124)

The hapless Kangaroos were smashed by a rampaging Port Melbourne outfit, who appear to be one of the real favourites to finish top four. North managed to keep a leash on the Borough up until three quarter time, only trailing by 21 points at the final break. Port finished with a bang however, slamming home six goals to one in the fourth to win by 55 points. Roos supporters will be encouraged by the performances of Jy Simpkin (one goal, 33 disposals) and Tom Campbell (25 hitouts), while Paul Ahern also impressed with 32 disposals. Jordan Lisle kicked five goals for the Borough.

Casey 8.3 (51) defeated by Richmond 7.10 (52)

Richmond took all four points in a match where the margin for either side never extended beyond three goals. It was a tale of two halves as the Demons had the ascendency in the first and nearly managed to win it back from the Tigers in the second, just falling short courtesy of a rushed behind. Shai Bolton stood out for Richmond with 25 disposals and a goal, while Patrick Naish also recorded 25 touches. Declan Keilty, Liam Wale-Buxton and captain Mitch White all kicked two goals for the Demons.

Northern Blues 7.9 (51) defeated by Werribee 17.7 (109)

Werribee dominated all day in their clash with the Blues at IKON Park and locked themselves in as a genuine top four contender. The final margin of 58 points could’ve looked a lot worse if not for an improvement from the Blues in the second half; they only kicked two goals to the main break. Tom Gribble was best on ground with 29 disposals and a goal for the Tigers while Timm House kicked 4 goals. Jesse Palmer was the Blues only multiple goalkicker with two.

Williamstown 9.10 (64) defeated Footscray 6.12 (48)

The Seagulls ran away with victory in the battle of the west at Point Gellibrand. Footscray started the better of the two sides to lead at the first break, but Williamstown clawed back the lead in the second term and never relinquished it, despite it falling to just one point early in the last quarter. Nick Ebinger kicked three goals in his first game of the season for the home side while Liam Hunt had 27 disposals on his return from injury. Bailey Dale was best for the Dogs with a goal and 20 touches.

Bye – Frankston, Sandringham, Geelong

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VFL weekly wrap: Footscray takes top spot

ROUND 2 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) kicked off last Friday for what was a round of thrashings, with just one game ending with a margin under 30 points. Essendon had the bye this round, so will come into Round 3 on fresh legs after a weekend off.

Collingwood 6.4 (40) defeated by Footscray 17.10 (112)

In the curtain-raiser to the AFL match across the road, Footscray destroyed Collingwood by 72 points. The Magpies only kicked two goals to half time and were thoroughly beaten to the contest. Footscray spread their goalkickers, with six registering two each, including Jackson Trengove who also won 26 disposals, and Lukas Webb who had 28 disposals. Ben Reid kicked two for Collingwood while Alex Woodward was the only man on the ground to top 30 disposals, with 31. Daniel Wells got through his return match unscathed, with a goal and 23 disposals.

Richmond 13.14 (92) defeated Port Melbourne 7.7 (49)

The Tigers restricted Port Melbourne to just one goal at the main break as they dominated the second half to win by 43 points. Both sides were goalless in the first term before Richmond took control. Maibor Chol, Callum Moore, and James Fletcher kicked two each for the home side while Blake Pearson managed two for Port. Borough midfielder Eli Templeton continued his good form with 19 disposals and a goal.

Casey 18.11 (119) defeated North Melbourne 10.5 (65)

Casey made amends for last week’s Grand Final rematch thrashing with a resounding win over North Melbourne at home. The Demons kicked six goals in the first term, holding the Kangaroos scoreless as they romped away to the four points. The final margin was perhaps not reflective of the contest, as North kicked six goals to one in the final term to bring the margin down to 54 points. Tom Campbell recorded a massive 63 hitouts and kicked two goals, while Jeff Garlett, Nick Larkey, Jaxon Briggs, and Mitch White all kicked three each. Dan Robinson had 27 disposals for North.

Werribee 15.13 (103) defeated Coburg 10.11 (71)

Under the lights at Avalon Airport Oval, the Tigers’ second term ensured four points for the home side against the Lions. Werribee booted five goals to one to put their stamp on the game and run away with the win. Ryan Kemp kicked three goals for Werribee on debut, while Sam Lowson managed four in a losing side. Dane McFarlane had the most touches with 26.

Sandringham 8.11 (59) defeated by Box Hill 16.4 (100)

The premiers don’t look like slipping up any time soon as they notched up another big win, this time against the Zebras at Marvel Stadium. The match was fairly even up until half time, when the Hawks turned on the burners and booted six goals to one in the third term to assert their dominance. St Kilda-listed players, Nick Hind and Luke Dunstan excelled despite the loss, recording 39 and 37 disposals respectively to propel themselves into senior selection talk. Nathan Boucher kicked four goals for Box Hill while Tim O’Brien managed two goals and 20 disposals.

Geelong 9.13 (67) defeated by Northern Blues 10.8 (68)

The only close match of the round saw the Blues take the four points away from the Cats in their first outing of the season after last week’s bye. The see-sawing contest saw Northern lead by 13 points at the final break, before Geelong got on the march and cut the margin. Oscar Brownless had the opportunity to kick a third goal for the day and put the Cats in front, but only managed a behind. Jack Silvagni kicked two goals for the Blues while captain, Tom Wilson had 28 disposals. Jordan Keras recorded 27 disposals for Geelong while Cam Guthrie had 25 in his return game.

Frankston 6.9 (45) defeated by Williamstown 18.9 (117)

Williamstown got out of the blocks early and never looked back, obliterating the Dolphins by 72 points. After a seven goal to one first term Frankston never stood a chance, although they did well in the final quarter to not let the margin creep out to three figures for the second week in a row. Nathan Freeman was dominant once again with 39 disposals while skipper, Josh Newman had 34. Nick Rodda booted five for the Seagulls as Sam Dunell and Joel Ottavi kicked three each.

Essendon – Bye

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