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Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 12a

ROUND 12 of the TAC Cup is split over two weekends, with just the one Saturday and two Sunday games this weekend, but teams will be near full strength given the bye in school football and the end of the National Under 18 Championships.

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 12 – Saturday, July 14, 11am
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Oakleigh have some massive inclusions after the National Under 18 Championships, naming an extended bench in a team that sees Vic Metro representatives; James Rowbottom, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Noah Answerth, Will Kelly, Matt Rowell and Joe Ayton-Delaney all return to strengthen the team. Among those to miss the game against Calder are Lucas Westwood, Bailey Wraith and Daniel Romero. The Cannons have made just the two confirmed changes, with Shane Skidmore and Anthony Righele out of the side, while Jack Bytel and Rhylee West return from Vic Metro duty to line up through the middle.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 36. C. Beasley, 17. T. Bianco
HB: 12. N. Answerth , 4. W. Kelly, 35. X. Fry
C: 31. W.  Golds, 9. J.  Rowbottom, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 26. J. Gasper, 33. M. Warren, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 8. N. Anderson, 7. J. Robertson, 22. D. Williams
R: 49. N. Bryan, 32. J. Ross, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins
Int: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 2. L. Bugeja, 14. K. Dunkley, 65. L. Harry, 5. X. O’Neill, 15. K. Schreiber, 28. O. Simpson
23P: 74. H. Mastras

In: J. Rowbottom, N. Anderson, L. Harry, K. Dunkley, R. Collier-Dawkins, N. Answerth, W. Kelly, M. Rowell, J. Ayton-Delaney, A. Bosenavulagi
Out: L. Westwood,  B. Wraith,  D. Romero,  S. Fernandez,  M. Bowman,  J. May,  J. Jordon,  F. Elliot

Calder Cannons

B: 9. C. Barton, 38. B. Newman, 43. L. Cavallaro
HB: 35. S. Graham, 23. D. Hanna, 48. S. Ramsay
C: 27. T.  Browning, 1. D.  Mott, 3. I.  Moussa
HF: 10. H. Minton-Connell, 36. P. Mahoney, 14. J. Taylor
F: 51. W. Jury, 29. J. Riccardi, 57. J. Kemp
R: 12. J. O’Sullivan, 30. M. Podhajski, 16. J. Bytel
Int: 53. M. Abou-Eid, 42. N. Croft, 44. N. Gentile, 40. L. Johnson, 25. J. Martin, 8. L. Sholl, 20. R. West
23P: 21. H. Jones

In: J. Taylor, J. Bytel, R. West, S. Graham
Out: S. Skidmore, A. Righele

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Round 12 – Sunday, July 15, 11:30am
MARS Stadium, Ballarat

The Rebels have made three confirmed changes following their win over Bendigo Pioneers last weekend and will hope to have a similar result against the Northern Knights at home on Sunday. Isaac Wareham, Connor Giddings and Joel O’Connell all return to the side among five inclusions, while Vic Country midfielder Tom Berry is out, along with ruck Tylar Watts and Connor Hinkley. For the Knights, they have talent going in and out of the side with Tom McKenzie, Lachlan Potter, Cam Wild and Tom Hallebone all returning, while Ryan Gardner, Ryan Sturgess and Joel Naylor are among the outs from the Knights team for the clash.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 1. C. Craig-Peters, 18. B. Helyar, 10. J. Lohmann
HB: 24. M. Lloyd, 48. J. Cleaver, 44. R. Polkinghorne
C: 41. B.  Dodd, 27. E.  Lamb, 5. H.  Jennings
HF: 21. I. Grant, 40. I. Thomas, 14. J. Hill
F: 16. E. Harvey, 47. T. Mahony, 7. M. Martin
R: 29. P. Glanford, 6. C. Wilson, 3. S. Carlin
Int: 32. M. Burgess, 9. L. Dawson, 28. C. Giddings, 34. J. O’Connell, 31. C. Perks, 2. M. Schnerring, 30. I. Wareham
23P: 42. E. Ajang

In: C. Giddings, C. Perks, J. O’Connell, I. Wareham, E. Ajang
Out: T. Watts,  C. Hinkley,  T. Berry

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 33. J. Randall, 22. M. Wild
HB: 4. T. McKenzie, 28. S. Uzelac, 5. L. Potter
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 10. B.  Bell, 15. O.  White
HF: 8. A. Carafa, 9. C. Simonsen, 40. N. Mayne
F: 18. S. Brazier, 16. T. Hallebone, 27. J. Lucente
R: 19. N. Howard, 36. K. Yodgee, 17. J. D’Intinosante
Int: 24. R. Bowkett, 55. J. Boyd, 20. P. Della Rocca, 7. H. Grace, 13. S. Philp, 32. I. Rossi, 44. C. Wild
23P: 52. J. Trudgeon

In: L. Potter, C. Wild, T. McKenzie, N. Mayne, J. Boyd, B. Bell, T. Hallebone, C. Simonsen, J. Davies
Out: R. Sturgess, N. Barro, R. Seakins, R. Gardner, X. Naish, J. Naylor, B. Nikolovski

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 12 – Sunday, July 15, 2pm
MARS Stadium, Ballarat

In the final game of the round, Geelong Falcons have loaded up with their Vic Country representatives as Sam Walsh and Ned McHenry return to the side, as does Oscar Brownless and Cooper Stephens, while Brayden Ham is set to return to defence. Tom Richardson, Titit Nyak and Will Batson are among those out of the team. For the Dragons, Kai Owens joins Metro representatives James Rendell, Jack Mahony and Angus Hanrahan back in the team, but have no included Bailey Smith and Ben King. Darcy Chirgwin, Corey Watts and Dawit McNeish are among six changes to leave the side.

Geelong Falcons

B: 31. C. Cartledge, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 21. L. Smith
HB: 40. J. Clark, 39. C. Idun, 20. B. Ham
C: 6. D.  Madigan, 10. B.  Mensch, 2. S. Torpy
HF: 8. E. McHenry, 42. H. Spiller, 22. S. Walsh
F: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 48. B. Schlensog, 13. H. Whyte
R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 41. C. Stephens
Int: 7. C. Harris, 9. B. Morton, 32. F. Parish, 25. L. Taylor
Emg: 51. N. Conway, 50. J. Grigsby, 17. S. Ham
23P: 29. B. Miller

In: B. Ham, L. Taylor, C. Stephens, S. Walsh, O. Brownless, N. Conway, C. Harris, J. Grigsby, E. McHenry, H. Whyte
Out: J. Jewell,  T. Richardson,  W. Batson,  T. Nyak,  C. Karpala,  P. Smith,  K. Rayner,  B. Ritchie

Sandringham Dragons

B: 18. A. Seaton, 33. W. Kennedy, 46. L. Witts
HB: 11. N. Stamatis, 8. K. Owens, 48. J. Worrell
C: 19. S.  Forbes, 2. A.  Richards, 10. S.  Sofronidis
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 28. J. Rendell, 23. A. Hanrahan
F: 52. C. Dean, 70. J. Bell, 27. J. Mahony
R: 32. J. Griffiths, 6. H. Houlahan, 7. L. Stocker
Int: 36. M. Bergman, 13. T. Brimble, 51. N. Burke, 64. L. Butler, 66. R. Byrnes, 61. F. McAsey, 53. H. Ralphsmith
23P: 38. J. Le Grice

In: K. Owens, J. Griffiths, J. Mahony, N. Burke, L. Butler, J. Rendell, S. Sofronidis, A. Hanrahan
Out: D. Chirgwin, J. Voss, C. Watts, G. Grey, A. Courtney, D. McNeish

Weekend wash-up: TAC Cup – Round 9

MURRAY Bushrangers have bounced back into the top four and now sit just two points behind second after favourable results. The Bushrangers defeated the Bendigo Pioneers, while losses to the Oakleigh Chargers and Western Jets ensured the Bushrangers stay outside the top four was just a short one. Meanwhile Calder Cannons and Gippsland Power played out a draw, and the Northern Knights came from behind to defeat GWV Rebels away.

Western Jets vs. Geelong Falcons

By: Brandon Hutchinson

In poor conditions at Avalon Airport Oval, the Falcons and Jets were locked in a tight contest ending in a low a low scoring affair. By the end of the first, Falcons led by a goal, and by halftime that dropped to just a point. The game was scrappy and accuracy was less than subpar, but by the third the Falcons took control taking a 10-point lead and holding it until the end of the game.

Brayden Ham (18 disposals and six inside 50s) was pivotal in the Falcons win, having kicked four goals for the game. Cooper Cartledge stepped up to captain his side and dominated in the final quarter, taking plenty of intercept marks and finishing the game with 18 disposals, seven marks and five rebounds. Titit Nyak (15 disposals, three marks, three inside 50s and three rebounds) Baxter Mensch (34 disposals, seven marks, five clearances and seven inside 50s and one goal) Sheldon Ham (11 disposals and three inside 50s) also impressed with great composure and ball sense.

Hamish Murphy played strong out of the backline, keeping centred and in control of the ball. Darcy Cassar and Lucas Rocci fought hard through the Jets’ midfield to earn the contested ball and Steven Kyriazis played supreme overhead. The boys fought hard but were unfortunate in their fight back during the second half.

 

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Oakleigh Chargers

By: Liam Connop

On a breezy day at Shepley Oval, top-side Dandenong were too strong for a gallant Oakleigh. The Stingrays were noticeably taller than their opposition over the ground, which would be influential as the game went on. Though the game was tight early, Dandenong broke the shackles in the second term, piling on five goals to one to lead by 42 points at half-time. Despite this, the Chargers fought hard until the final siren, eventually succumbing to a 55-point loss and losing a place in the top four.

Campbell Hustwaite (22 possessions, 11 tackles) was great in-and-under all day in the midfield for the Stingrays, while Reid Nanscawen (26 touches, six marks and five tackles) had an outstanding game in the midfield. Effective ball-use was provided off half-back by Will Hamill (16 possessions, three marks) and Hayden Young (12 possessions, three marks) to help set-up many attacking plays for the Stingrays.

For the Chargers, Jake Gasper (13 possessions, four tackles, two goals) presented to the midfielders all day while teammates Xavier O’Neill (22 possessions) and Fraser Elliott (21 possessions) were prominent in the midfield. Daniel Scala (13 possessions, seven tackles) also tried hard all day, competing well to win the footy.

 

Bendigo Pioneers vs. Murray Bushrangers

By: Peter Williams

Murray Bushrangers have bounced back from a rare loss to Oakleigh Chargers last week, to record a 40-point win over Bendigo Pioneers at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday. Murray booted the only two goals of the first quarter, and led by 20 points at the main break. Much like the first term, Murray came out firing in the third quarter, booting the only three goals of the term to stretch their lead to 39 points at the final break. A spirited Pioneers outfit only lost the final quarter by a point, but still suffered their eighth consecutive loss.

Jimmy Boyer and Ely Smith were busy for the Bushrangers, racking up 28 disposals each. Boyer took seven marks and laid five tackles, while Smith was instrumental on the inside with nine clearances and nine tackles. Kyle Clarke had a massive 24 kicks from his 25 disposals, also notching up five marks, six clearances, four rebounds and eight tackles. Up forward Jordon Butts was the main man in Hudson Garoni‘s absence, slotting six goals, while Bailey Frauenfelder had plenty of chances with five scoring shots from 19 disposals, but finished the game with 1.4. Bottom-ager Jye Chalcraft was one of the best on the ground, with his agility and forward prowess resulting in him collecting 24 disposals, four marks, four tackles and booting a goal.

Liam Marciano was once again impressive for the Pioneers, racking up 25 disposals, seven marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and seven rebounds. Jacob Atley was equally as busy with 25 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and two rebounds. The Perez brothers continued their good form from the week before with Oscar booting two goals from 21 disposals and six marks, while Flynn racked up 20 disposals, three marks, three tackles and four inside 50s. Zane Keighran got on the scoreboard with two majors, while Noah Wheeler had an equal team-high four clearances to go with his 18 disposals.

 

Gippsland Power vs. Calder Cannons

By: Peter Williams

Jake Riccardi-inspired Calder Cannons outfit has stunned an in-form Gippsland Power at Morwell on Sunday. The Power went into the game as strong favourites, having brought back a number of talented players into the line-up, although they were still missing some stars due to Vic Country. The Cannons were well and truly picked apart thanks to the high level of Vic Metro representation, meaning their next tier of players had to stand up, and they certainly did that. When Gippsland held a 16-point lead at half-time, things looked good for the home side, but the determined Cannons fired plenty of shots in the second half, to hit the front at the final break by a single kick. Gippsland refused to give in and threw everything at the Cannons, but it was the over-ager Riccardi who single-handedly dominated the scoreboard, booting four goals in the final term, including the last goal of the game, to tie the scores and split the points. It was Gippsland’s second draw of the season after splitting the points with Northern Knights earlier in the year at the same venue.

Riccardi was the star of the show, booting 5.2 for the game off 10 disposals (eight kicks) making the most of his opportunities, while also taking six marks and laying two tackles. Sam Graham topped the disposal count for Calder with 20 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and four rebounds, while also laying nine tackles. Ismail Moussa had 19 disposals and five rebounds, while Lucas Cavallaro was a rock in defence, notching up a game-high eight rebounds – three more than any other player. Sam Ramsay (19 disposals and four marks) and Daniel Hanna (18 disposals and six marks) were also among the high possession winners.

For Gippsland, Riley Baldi had a good day out with 29 disposals, nine tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s, while overager Austin Hodge was consistent again with 24 disposals, five marks, four tackles and four inside 50s, while also nailing two goals. Bottom-ager Brock Smith had 19 disposals, six clearances and booted two goals in his return to the team from Vic Country, while Josh Smith booted three goals from 14 disposals, while sharing the ruck load with 10 hitouts. Jake Van Der Pligt had another promising game in defence with a team-high five rebounds from 19 disposals and seven marks. Bailey Beck (20 disposals, five inside 50s and three rebounds) and Rylan Henkel (26 hitouts) were others that impressed.

 

GWV Rebels vs. Northern Knights

By: Cameron Ross

Ugly conditions made it difficult, but the Northern Knights overpowered the GWV Rebels for a big win at MARS Stadium in Ballarat on Sunday. It was a game of inches with both teams having their opportunities to claim the four points and with the south-westerly breeze favouring the Midland Highway end, they needed to take their chances kicking to this end if they were to win. Both teams struggled in the first quarter but seemed to settle as the game progressed.

From early in the first quarter, Izaac Grant looked superb. The Rebels forward kicked his sides only two goals in the first term, the second being a delightful piece of play. The Knights kicked a very important goal against the run of play and into the wind in the last five minutes of the quarter, signalling their intent to win.

Both teams started to adjust to the conditions in the second quarter, and the Rebels began to clean up their disposal, and use their running players and when Grant kicked his third at the fourth minute mark, it looked as though it was going to be a good day for his side. However, this kicked the Knights into gear, and after Patrik Della Rocca responded moments later, the Knights all of a sudden were all over the Rebels. But the Knights struggled to capitalise on this momentum, kicking their set shots poorly, and not allowing for the wind anywhere near enough. The Knights missed three or four crucial goals, holding an eight-point lead at half-time.

The third term was the Grant show. He was outstanding kicking another three goals, bringing his overall tally to six up until three quarter time. The final quarter was tense and tight, but with the Rebels holding a slender lead for the majority. However, once again, the Rebels began to falter in the last 10 minutes of the final quarter, and you could see the Knights players running over the top of them. The Knights were first to the footy, and pressuring the Rebels players into uncharacteristic mistakes. However, the Rebels did have a chance to win it. In the final two minutes of the game, the Rebels owned the ball inside their forward 50. Despite it being chaotic, Charlie Wilson attempted a quick kick out of the pack which dribbled into the point post. This was as close as the Rebels got, as the resulting throw in was cleared as the Knights clung on for the victory.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, this game was like so many others for them this year. They have had so many opportunities to win games, and have not been able to get the job done. Instead of being 2-6-1, the Rebels could easily be 5-4, as the Bendigo, Oakleigh and now the Knights games were there to be won. The Knights deserved this win however. Della Rocca was impressive up forward, Josh D’Intosante was superb in the middle and the Knights engine room was outstanding and outworked the Rebels all day. Knights key defender Stefan Uzelac was their best player on the day. He stood up in big moments, and intercepted numerous inside 50 attempts. Grant was the best player for the Rebels, kicking seven goals in a losing side. Many of his goals came from 15-20 out, but this did not mean they weren’t deserved. He worked hard to get himself in the right positions and earned his big bag.

Sandringham Dragons vs. Eastern Ranges

By: Peter Williams

Sandringham Dragons have made it two wins on the trot, defeating Eastern Ranges in a scrappy affair at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, claiming a 22-point win. The Dragons held their opponents scoreless in the opening term and a wasteful second quarter saw Eastern boot one goal from eight scoring shots as the home side lead by seven points at the main break. A four goals to zero third quarter blew the low-scoring game open to hand the Dragons a 31-point lead, before Eastern used the breeze to boot three majors in the final term and draw within 14, before a Dawit McNeish goal in the dying moments pushed it out to 22 by the final siren.

Liam Stocker was best on ground for the second consecutive week, notching up 30 disposals, five marks, four tackles, 10 clearances, six inside 50s and two rebounds, while Jackson Voss – son of Brett – had another promising effort between midfield and defence with 24 disposals, five marks, five clearances, two inside 50s and three rebounds. Will Kennedy also backed up his form with 23 disposals, six marks and three rebounds playing in defence, while Harry Houlahan and Alastair Richards both had 20 touches and assisted through the midfield with a combined six clearances.

For Eastern, Kye Quirk racked up 30 disposals, two marks, five clearances, three inside 50s, three rebounds and laid eight tackles, while Joel Burleigh was also strong defensively with nine tackles from 29 disposals, three marks and five inside 50s. Mitch Mellis (26 disposals, three marks, five tackles and two clearances), Adrian Kalcovski (24 disposals, three marks, four tackles and two inside 50s) and Xavier Fry (21 disposals, two marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds) were other prominent ball winners.

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