We preview Round 15 in the TAC Cup
This weekend marks a special milestone for one of the competitions’ most successful clubs, as the Geelong Falcons prepare for their 500th TAC Cup match – the first club in the competition’s history to reach the figure, as Mitch Wynd reports.
With two TAC Cup premierships in 1992 and 2000, as well as finishing runners-up in 1994 and 1998, Geelong have had a long and successful history of not only making finals, but also producing AFL talent.
Along those 500 matches, champions of our game such as Gary Ablett Jr, Luke Hodge, Jimmy Bartel, Jonathan Brown and Patrick Dangerfield have worn the navy blue and white of the Falcons.
Falcons coach Daniel O’Keefe said it is ‘quite an honour’ to be the coach of the team for such an occasion.
Describing the Falcons as a ‘very proud club’, O’Keefe will be hoping to cap off the day of celebrations with victory against Gippsland.
“Gippsland have probably had the wood on us for the last couple of years. They were the first team to beat us this year, in Round 9. They play a really young team, plenty of 16-year olds so they are quite young,” he said.
Last week, Geelong retained 2nd place on the ladder with a 56-point victory over the GWV Rebels away from home. Ahead by six at quarter time, and 24 at half time, Geelong put the pedal down in the third quarter.
The 6.2 to 1.2 ‘premiership quarter’ put the result out of reach for the Rebels, and gave Geelong their second win in a row. Lachlan Noble led the goal kicking effort with 4.2, while Samuel Walsh was the top possession winner with 29 disposals, six inside-50s, and five tackles.
Meanwhile, a back and forward affair was narrowly won by the Power away against Dandenong by just two points. Caleb Serong (3.0), Austin Hodge (3.1), and Samuel Flanders (3.1) shared the goalkicking load amongst themselves, as the second and fourth quarters brought 6.3 and 4.2 respectively.
Callum Porter and Nick Hogan both finished with 24 disposals, between them they had 15 clearances, and nine inside-50s. Gippsland remain in 8th place, a game clear above and below.
LAST TIME THEY MET – Geelong Falcons 10.5 65 vs. Gippsland Power 9.16 70 – 2017 Round 9 @ Central Reserve (Colac)
Other matches this weekend include:
WESTERN JETS v OAKLEIGH CHARGERS (1st v 12th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Oakleigh Chargers 16.13 109 vs. Western Jets 6.10 46 – 2017 Round 9 @ Warrawee Park
The Jets would be unhappy with the fact that they allowed a five-point three-quarter time lead to slip, going down to Sandringham 13.11.89 to 9.5.59. With the assistance of a firm breeze, the Jets were able to lead at quarter time and three-quarter time by a goal or less. Blake Graham scored two straight goals along with seven other individual goalkickers. Zak Butters (26 disposals, four tackles, four inside-50s) and Nicholas Stuhldreier (24 disposals, eight clearances, six tackles) were the leaders in the middle.
Oakleigh continued their winning ways, with their ninth consecutive victory against the Calder Cannons, 11.11.77 to 6.8.44. Toby Wooller kicked 4.5 on what was a very blustery day at Warrawee Park, Jordan Troiani and Ned Reeves both supported him well with two straight each. Samuel Harte (34 disposals, 10 tackles, eight inside-50s) led the way in terms of possessions.
NORTHERN KNIGHTS v CALDER CANNONS (7th v 9th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Calder Cannons 12.11.83 vs. Northern Knights 10.6.66 – 2017 Round 9 @ RAMS Arena
The Knights were close during their match against the Eastern Ranges, but in the end could not reel in the deficit, going down by nine points away from home. 3.1 to Kye Agosta almost kept them in it, while Braedyn Gillard (36 disposals, two goals) and Mitchell Andrews (31 disposals) did their best to provide good supply. The Knights have some breathing space below them on the ladder, and the Ranges are just two points above them. If they can beat the Cannons this week, they could move up.
Calder struggled to get going against the high-flying Oakleigh Chargers, going down by 33 points away from home. With only one goal to half time, Calder were always trying to play catch-up footy to Oakleigh, and not many teams have been able to catch them once they’ve pushed away. Jack Bytel was among Calder’s best with 34 disposals, nine clearances, and seven inside-50s. Dylan Landt was the only multiple goalscorer for Calder on the day with two straight.
DANDENONG STINGRAYS v BENDIGO PIONEERS (5th v 11th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Bendigo Pioneers 9.9 63 vs. Dandenong Stingrays 15.16 106 – 2017 Round 9 @ Queen Elizabeth Oval
The Stingrays were gallant, but fell just short against the Gippsland Power, with the final score reading 14.8.92 to 14.10.94 at Frankston Oval. Hunter Clark was a ball magnet throughout the day with 34 disposals, ten inside-50s, seven clearances, as well as two goals. Riley D’Arcy (3.1) and Campbell Hustwaite (3.0) each led the goal kicking, in a good display. The Stingrays are 5th, and have been there since Round 9. At the moment, they are a game behind 4th placed Sandringham, and two games clear of the Eastern Ranges – so they are likely to stay there for another week.
Despite competing early, the Pioneers were simply outclassed by Murray, going down by 82 points on their home deck. Darby Henderson was battling throughout the day for 33 disposals, seven tackles, four clearances and two goals, in a valiant effort for his team. Rourke Turner was the only other multiple goalscorer for the Pioneers with 2.2 for the day. Bendigo have had a tough run lately with six consecutive losses, and find themselves joined by the Western Jets on just three wins.
EASTERN RANGES v SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS (6th v 4th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Sandringham Dragons 7.11 53 vs. Eastern Ranges 8.6 54 – 2017 Round 9 @ Trevor Barker Beach Oval
After a close opening term, Eastern Ranges managed to secure a 10.11.71 to 9.8.62 victory over the Northern Knights at home. Two points behind at the first change, the Ranges took control of the second quarter and led by 13 points, with the margin remaining within that range until the final siren. Kye Quirk (28 disposals), Jordan Lynch (26 disposals), and Mackenzie Doreian (23 disposals) were the main ball winners for the Ranges, while Cody Hirst was the main forward option with four straight goals.
Sandringham put on a blistering final quarter performance to defeat the Western Jets by 30 points, with Bailey Smith (44 disposals, 13 inside-50s, 10 clearances) having plenty of influence in a fantastic display. Down by five points at the final change, the Dragons kicked 6.5 to one straight to charge home with the victory. Leading goalscorers were Aaron Trusler (4.2) and William Walker (3.2, all in the last quarter).
MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v GWV REBELS (3rd v 10th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – GWV Rebels 10.13.73 vs. Murray Bushrangers 18.15.123 – 2017 Round 9 @ RAMS Arena
A dominant second and third term provided Murray a 23.18.156 to 10.14.74 victory away from home against the Bendigo Pioneers. After ending the first quarter six points behind, the Bushrangers kicked 16.7 to 4.6 in the next two quarters to stamp their authority on the match. Daniel Johnston had a day out, kicking 8.3 from 16 possessions, extending his lead at the top of the goal kicking tally. Nick Richards (30 disposals, six clearances) and Benjamin Paton (29 disposals, four inside-50s) were the leading possession winners for the victors. Murray now moving from 4th to 3rd, and look to be running smoothly ahead of their match against GWV.
GWV’s winless run continues, after a 5.12.42 to 14.14.98 loss to the Geelong Falcons in Ballarat, with the Rebels looking for their first since mid-May. Goals were hard to come by, with just one in each quarter until three-quarter time, and two in the last. Each of them were scored by individual goalkickers, while Callan Wellings was the only Rebel to gather more than 20 disposals, finishing the match with 30 touches, 12 marks, and five inside-50s. The two points from their drawn game has kept GWV above the Jets and Pioneers, as the Cannons have made their way above them to 9th place.