Published on May 16, 2017 7:21 am

Calder Cannons captain Brad Bernacki

STATS CENTRAL: Cannons finally fire

The Calder Cannons brought up their first victory of 2017 on the back of some very efficient forward-line work in Round 7.

Calder was the TAC Cup’s last remaining winless team before knocking off the Gippsland Power by 32 points at Morwell Recreation Reserve. The Cannons had dropped their previous six games by at least 19 points.

Calder proved to be particularly potent when going forward against the Power though, kicking 18 goals from just 39 inside-50s (an efficiency of 46 per cent). By contrast, Gippsland could only manage 12 majors from 52 entries (23 per cent).

Bottom-ager Lachlan Sholl recorded a game-high eight rebound-50s, part of a Cannons defence that regularly repelled Power forward thrusts along with captain Brad Bernacki, Ben Caluzzi and Lucas Cavallaro (four rebound-50s each). Ben Huggard was also among Calder’s best defenders with two contested marks and three rebound-50s.

Once the ball was moving forward, Gippsland found it difficult to stop the opposition scoring – no more evident than the Cannons dominating in the air to win the contested-mark count 19 to five.

190cm Mitch Podhajski emerged as match-winner for Calder with six goals from his 23 disposals and four contested marks, but he wasn’t alone in getting the best of the Power defenders, with 200cm Daniel Hanna taking three contested marks and booting two majors and 176cm Mohammad Moustafa (two contested marks and two goals) and 194cm Noah Balta (two and one) also proving a handful.

17-year-old NAB AFL Academy midfielder Jack Bytel was another star for the Cannons, dominating inside the contests with match-highs of 34 disposals, 17 contested possessions and 10 clearances. He also kicked a goal and recorded 12 handball-receives, illustrating his key role in linking Calder’s defence with its attack.

These names hold promise for the Cannons to return to the upper rungs of the NAB AFL Draft ladder over the next two years. After a haul of seven selections from the club in the 2014 AFL Draft, Calder has produced just one national draft selection in 2015-16 (Mitchell Lewis last year).

But some tough times early in 2017 could help turn the current Cannons crop into a bumper one.


Round 7 keys to victory:

98: The GWV Rebels lost the disposal count by 73, contested possessions by 17 and inside-50s by 13 against the Western Jets, but manufactured an eight-point victory by laying 98 tackles – 32 more than their opponents. Hamilton junior Cooper Henson led the way for the Rebels with a game-high 12 tackles.

10: The Oakleigh Chargers back line reigned supreme in an 89-point defeat of the Dandenong Stingrays, keeping their opponents to just five goals from 48 inside-50s. Bulleen Templestowe product Matthew King proved a difficult wall for the Stingrays to overcome, recording a round-high 10 rebound-50s.

14: It’s not too often that a team wins a game recording more handballs than kicks, but the Murray Bushrangers did just that in their 23-point triumph over the Sandringham Dragons. The Bushrangers had 164 handballs and 162 kicks, with Euroa junior Jett Trotter (14 handballs) Murray’s most prolific by hand.


Round 7 stats leaders:

Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 23  
Kye Quirk Eastern Ranges 21
Jack Petruccelle Northern Knights 20
Sam Harte Oakleigh Chargers 20
Judah Dundon Western Jets 20
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 19
Lachlan Noble Geelong Falcons 19
Matt Harvey Bendigo Pioneers 18
Bayley Cockerill Geelong Falcons 18
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 18
Laine Fitzgerald Bendigo Pioneers 17
Jack Bytel Calder Cannons 17
Mitchell Podhajski Calder Cannons 17
Lachlan Sholl Calder Cannons 17
Ethan Floyd Geelong Falcons 17
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 24  
Nicholas Stuhldreier Western Jets 22
Matthew Ling Geelong Falcons 20
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 18
Mitch Cotter Dandenong Stingrays 18
Jaden Rice Western Jets 18
Jack Bytel Calder Cannons 17
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 17
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 15
Jack Walters Geelong Falcons 15
Zak Butters Western Jets 15
Kim Drew Gippsland Power 14
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 14
Alex Federico Northern Knights 14
Jett Trotter Murray Bushrangers 14
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 11  
Mitchell Podhajski Calder Cannons 10
Mason De Wit Dandenong Stingrays 10
Kye Quirk Eastern Ranges 9
Ethan Floyd Geelong Falcons 9
Buku Khamis Western Jets 9
Ethan Penrith Northern Knights 9
Zane Barzen Murray Bushrangers 9
Sam Binion Northern Knights 9
Lachlan Noble Geelong Falcons 8
Adam Garner Geelong Falcons 8
Daniel Hanna Calder Cannons 8
Judah Dundon Western Jets 8
Josiah Duncan Eastern Ranges 8
Aiden Domic GWV Rebels 8
Joel Grace Northern Knights 37  
Bailey Williams Dandenong Stingrays 36
Matthew Volkanovski Western Jets 28
Jobee Warde Bendigo Pioneers 27
Dane Hollenkamp Geelong Falcons 22
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 21
Josh Gibbins Sandringham Dragons 21
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 20
Tylar Watts GWV Rebels 19
Tom De Koning Dandenong Stingrays 19
Jacob McNicol Calder Cannons 16
Cody Henness Gippsland Power 16
Tom Hogan Dandenong Stingrays 16
Patrick Bohan Oakleigh Chargers 16
Noah Balta Calder Cannons 15
Lachlan Bugeja Oakleigh Chargers 14  
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 13
Callum Searle Oakleigh Chargers 13
Cooper Henson GWV Rebels 12
Nicholas Stuhldreier Western Jets 11
Jordan Troani Oakleigh Chargers 10
Ari Sakeson Sandringham Dragons 10
Wade Donnan Bendigo Pioneers 10
David Handley Geelong Falcons 9
Dale Cox GWV Rebels 9
Harrison Jones Murray Bushrangers 9
Trent Reed GWV Rebels 9
Angus Hicks Murray Bushrangers 9
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 8
Xavier O’Neill Oakleigh Chargers 8
Gryan Miers Geelong Falcons 3 22
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers 4 18
David Handley Geelong Falcons 1 16
Aaron Trusler Sandringham Dragons 2 16
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 2 14
Daniel Johnston Murray Bushrangers 3 13
Riley D’Arcy Dandenong Stingrays INJ 12
Jordan Johnston GWV Rebels 2 11
Charlie Wilson GWV Rebels 2 11
Jessy Wilson Murray Bushrangers _ 11

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