Round 13 marked the first time a host of TAC Cup players appeared for their clubs since Round 9 due to NAB AFL U18 Championships duties.
Many of them made an immediate impact upon their return to state-level competition. Stats Central takes a look at which returnee stood out for each team:
Bendigo Pioneers: Small forward Brent Daniels found the ball 26 times as well as having seven clearances and four inside-50s in a loss to Sandringham.
Calder Cannons: Noah Balta was instrumental in a victory over Murray with 31 disposals, 17 contested possessions and 10 inside-50s as a key-position player/ruckman.
Dandenong Stingrays: Key defender Oscar Clavarino was named his team’s best player in a win against Northern for 20 disposals, 11 marks and four rebound-50s.
Eastern Ranges: Adam Cerra was adjuged his team’s best performer for 24 disposals, 10 marks, three goals and five behinds in a defeat of Gippsland.
Geelong Falcons: Small forward/midfielder Gryan Miers (21 disposals, 12 marks, five goals, four behinds) had a big impact in front of goal during a triumph over Western.
Gippsland Power: The athletic Changkuoth Jiath picked up 20 disposals, laid eight tackles and booted a goal in a loss to Eastern.
GWV Rebels: Medium forward Jordan Johnston was the best of GWV’s national representatives with 21 disposals, seven marks and a goal in a defeat by Oakleigh.
Murray Bushrangers: Ben Paton was typically prolific running out of defence with 23 disposals, four rebound-50s and four inside-50s in a loss to Calder.
Northern Knights: Patrick Naish continued his good form as a dangerous midfielder/forward with 19 disposals and two goals during a defeat by Dandenong.
Oakleigh Chargers: Jack Higgins starred again with 30 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 11 clearances, seven tackles and two goals in a win against GWV.
Sandringham Dragons: Rapidly emerging prospect Charlie Constable just about did it all in recording 29 disposals, 11 clearances and three goals during a defeat of Bendigo.
Western Jets: Lachlan Fogarty regularly drove his team forward with 10 inside-50s from his 27 disposals and 16 contested possessions in a loss to Geelong.
Round 13 keys to victory:
4: Dandenong lost the disposal count by 35 and inside-50s by four as well as having one less scoring shot than Northern, but still beat the Knights by 29 points due to taking chances in front of goal. The Stingrays kicked an accurate 14.5 (89), typified by Rowville product Riley D’Arcy’s four straight majors from eight disposals.
20: The ability of 164cm Jesse Firebrace to find space with the ball was crucial in Calder’s nine-point victory over Murray. The Craigieburn junior had 28 disposals as well as game-highs of 20 uncontested possessions and 15 handball-receives, using his speed to run rings around the Bushrangers and set up scoring opportunities.
19: With Gryan Miers (29 goals), Adam Garner (21) and David Handley (18) sharing Geelong’s forward line with him, 171cm Lachlan Noble’s 19-goal season has perhaps gone under the radar. However, with four majors from 25 disposals in the Falcons’ 52-point defeat of Western, the South Barwon product showed he’s one to watch.
Round 13 stats leaders:
|James Worpel||Geelong Falcons||23|
|Lachlan Fogarty||Western Jets||21|
|Noah Balta||Calder Cannons||20|
|Jack Higgins||Oakleigh Chargers||19|
|Adam Cerra||Eastern Ranges||18|
|Jackson Ross||Eastern Ranges||18|
|Gryan Miers||Geelong Falcons||18|
|Jordan Johnston||GWV Rebels||18|
|Will Donaghey||Murray Bushrangers||18|
|Sam Harte||Oakleigh Chargers||18|
|Toby Wooller||Oakleigh Chargers||18|
|Thomas Yorgey||Western Jets||17|
|Ben Caluzzi||Calder Cannons||16|
|Lachlan Noble||Geelong Falcons||16|
|Matty Lloyd||GWV Rebels||16|
|Cassidy Parish||Geelong Falcons||19|
|Geordie Nagle||Sandringham Dragons||18|
|Darby Henderson||Bendigo Pioneers||17|
|Charlie Constable||Sandringham Dragons||16|
|Callum Porter||Gippsland Power||16|
|Andrew Brayshaw||Sandringham Dragons||16|
|Harry Benson||Geelong Falcons||16|
|Matthew King||Oakleigh Chargers||16|
|Dylan Moore||Eastern Ranges||15|
|Bayley Cockerill||Geelong Falcons||15|
|Ed Richards||Oakleigh Chargers||15|
|Isaac Wallace||Murray Bushrangers||15|
|Jesse Firebrace||Calder Cannons||14|
|Will Walker||Sandringham Dragons||14|
|Brad Bernacki||Calder Cannons||14|
|Gryan Miers||Geelong Falcons||12|
|Oscar Clavarino||Dandenong Stingrays||11|
|Adam Cerra||Eastern Ranges||10|
|Connor Thar||Western Jets||9|
|Cody Henness||Gippsland Power||9|
|Zane Barzen||Murray Bushrangers||9|
|Thomas Yorgey||Western Jets||9|
|Mathew Walker||Murray Bushrangers||8|
|Charlie Constable||Sandringham Dragons||7|
|Will Walker||Sandringham Dragons||7|
|Marcus Lentini||Northern Knights||7|
|Noah Balta||Calder Cannons||7|
|Sam Hayes||Eastern Ranges||7|
|Lachlan Noble||Geelong Falcons||7|
|Jessy Wilson||Murray Bushrangers||7|
|Matthew Volkanovski||Western Jets||35|
|Mark Marriot||Murray Bushrangers||30|
|Jobee Warde||Bendigo Pioneers||28|
|Lloyd Meek||GWV Rebels||23|
|Matthew Harman||Northern Knights||23|
|Tristan Xerri||Western Jets||22|
|Ned Reeves||Oakleigh Chargers||21|
|Sam Hayes||Eastern Ranges||20|
|Bailey Williams||Dandenong Stingrays||20|
|Joel Grace||Northern Knights||18|
|Riley Bowman||Dandenong Stingrays||17|
|Daniel Johnston||Murray Bushrangers||15|
|Jacob McNicol||Calder Cannons||15|
|Tom De Koning||Dandenong Stingrays||14|
|Hayden Elliot||Geelong Falcons||13|
|Xavier O’Neill||Oakleigh Chargers||11|
|Harry Benson||Geelong Falcons||10|
|Brad Bernacki||Calder Cannons||9|
|Lachlan Bugeja||Oakleigh Chargers||9|
|Tristan Xerri||Western Jets||8|
|Changkuoth Jiath||Gippsland Power||8|
|Andrew Brayshaw||Sandringham Dragons||8|
|Thomas Scott||GWV Rebels||8|
|Wade Donnan||Bendigo Pioneers||8|
|Dylan Landt||Calder Cannons||8|
|Isaac Wallace||Murray Bushrangers||8|
|Xavier Duursma||Gippsland Power||7|
|Bailey Morrish||Dandenong Stingrays||7|
|Jack Higgins||Oakleigh Chargers||7|
|Angus Schumacher||Bendigo Pioneers||7|
|2017 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last round||Total|
|Daniel Johnston||Murray Bushrangers||6||32|
|Gryan Miers||Geelong Falcons||5||29|
|Toby Wooller||Oakleigh Chargers||_||28|
|Riley D’Arcy||Dandenong Stingrays||4||27|
|Daniel Stanford||Oakleigh Chargers||_||22|
|Adam Garner||Geelong Falcons||1||21|
|Aaron Trusler||Sandringham Dragons||1||21|
|Daniel Scala||Oakleigh Chargers||5||19|
|Lachlan Noble||Geelong Falcons||4||19|
|David Handley||Geelong Falcons||2||18|