Five teams are within a game of top spot on the TAC Cup ladder after beyondblue Round 6 was completed on the weekend.
WESTERN JETS 9.13 (67) d GEELONG FALCONS 7.2 (44)
The Jets (5th, 4-2) kept Geelong (9th, 2-4) goalless in the second and fourth quarters at Williamstown Football Ground en route to their second straight win. Leading by two points at the last change, Western kicked the only three majors of the final stanza.
Zak Butters (team-highs of 28 disposals, seven marks and seven inside-50s) and Stefan Radovanovic (23 disposals, six clearances) were among the best players for the victors along with Darcy Cassar, who booted a game-high three goals.
MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 13.16 (94) d NORTHERN KNIGHTS 8.11 (59)
The Bushrangers (2nd, 5-1) claimed a fifth consecutive victory and are only percentage off top spot after breaking away from Northern (8th, 2-3-1) with nine goals to three across the second and third terms at Preston City Oval.
Jimmy Boyer was influential for Murray running from defence with 21 disposals and four rebound-50s, Ely Smith was the team’s leading ball-winner with 24 disposals and teammate Riley Bice kicked a game-high three majors.
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DANDENONG STINGRAYS 13.13 (91) d EASTERN RANGES 6.3 (39)
Ladder-leader Dandenong (5-1) established dominance over the Ranges (12th, 0-6) following quarter time at Shepley Oval, kicking 11 goals to four after leading by just two points at the first break.
Campbell Hustwaite (12 disposals, four clearances), Hayden Young (20, six inside-50s) and Jake Frawley (16, seven tackles) were all important for the Stingrays, as were a game-high three majors from Corey Ellison.
CALDER CANNONS 10.8 (68) d BENDIGO PIONEERS 4.5 (29)
It was a slog for much of the match, but one big quarter from Calder (6th, 3-3) put the Pioneers (11th, 1-5) away at RAMS Arena. With just four total goals kicked to half time, the Cannons piled on six majors to one in the third term to kill off the contest.
Calder’s Mitch Podhajski returned from a three-game stint at Coburg in the VFL with 27 disposals, a round-high 15 tackles and game-high three majors, while teammate Lachlan Sholl racked up a game-high 35 disposals and six rebound-50s.
GWV REBELS 9.10 (64) drew with OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 9.10 (64)
Four goals to two in the fourth term saw the Rebels (10th, 1-4-1) force the season’s second draw with Oakleigh (4th, 4-1-1) at MARS Stadium. GWV trailed by 19 points at quarter time and 12 at the last change but managed to split the premiership points.
Jed Hill and Charlie Wilson each kicked two majors for the Rebels in the final stanza with both ending with three for the match, while Isaac Quaynor (18 disposals, game-high nine rebound-50s) and Atu Bosenavulagi (16, two goals) starred for Oakleigh.
GIPPSLAND POWER 20.18 (138) d SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 4.5 (29)
The Power (3rd, 4-1-1) were dominant from the outset in Morwell, booting six first-term goals to establish a 31-point quarter-time lead over Sandringham (7th, 3-3). Gippsland then extended its advantage at every subsequent break.
Austin Hodge and Sam Flanders both kicked four majors for the victors, as teammates Boadie Motton (game-high 30 disposals) and Bailey Beck (24, five inside-50s) ran rampant through the middle.
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