Published on March 23, 2018 7:15 am

L-R: Campbell Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays), Oscar Brownless (Geelong Falcons) and Xavier O'Halloran (Western Jets)

TAC Cup captains’ thoughts

With the TAC Cup season starting on Friday, we asked the captains or senior group members from the 12 clubs who they think TAC Cup watchers should have their eye on this season.

Last year saw the Geelong Falcons claim their first TAC Cup premiership since 2000, while 53 of the competition’s players graduated to AFL lists in the 2017 AFL and Rookie drafts, but what will the big stories be in 2018?

Get the players’ perspective below.

 

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS

Answers from Jacob Atley (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Dandenong Stingrays

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Noah Wheeler

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Mitch Goodwin

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Jye Caldwell

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Noah Wheeler, because he can be a unit.

 

CALDER CANNONS

Answers from Mitch Podhajski (co-captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Sandringham Dragons

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Jack Bytel

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Curtis Taylor

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Jack Bytel

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Mason Fletcher, because he has promised us the Joe Dirt-styled mullet and we’re confident he’ll deliver.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Answers from Campbell Hustwaite and Mitchell Riordan (co-captains)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Campbell Hustwaite – Sandringham Dragons

Mitchell Riordan – Geelong Falcons

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

CH – Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

MR – Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

CH – Bailey Williams

MR – Will Hamill or Aaron Darling

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

CH – Bailey Williams or Jai Nanscawen

MR – Bailey Williams

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

CH – Bailey Williams

MR – Sam Fletcher or Bailey Williams

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

CH – Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

MR – Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

CH and MR – Lachlan Stenning, because he already has the most questionable hairstyle at the club without a doubt – shaved with arrows around his head.

 

EASTERN RANGES

Answers from Joel Burleigh (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Sandringham Dragons

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Cody Hirst

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Billy McCormack

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Jas Corless

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Dermot Reynolds, because he has the best dreads in the TAC Cup.

 

GEELONG FALCONS

Answers from Oscar Brownless and Sam Walsh (co-captains)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Oscar Brownless – Dandenong Stingrays

Sam Walsh – Dandenong Stingrays

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

OB – Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

SW – Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

OB – Sam Walsh

SW – Connor Idun

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

OB – Sam Torpy

SW – Sam Torpy

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

OB – Sam Walsh

SW – Ned McHenry

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

OB – Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

SW – Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

OB and SW – Ned McHenry, because he tries really hard to stand out from the group!

 

GIPPSLAND POWER

Answers from Xavier Duursma (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Dandenong Stingrays and Oakleigh Chargers

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Bailey Beck or Boadie Motton

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Sam Flanders or Josh Smith

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Irving Mosquito

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Marcus Toussaint, because he does a pretty good Jason Johannisen/Odell Beckham jnr impression and thinks he looks good (but he doesn’t).

 

GWV REBELS

Answers from Thomas Berry (leadership group member)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Dandenong Stingrays

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Scott Carlin or Matty Lloyd

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Josh Chatfield

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Scott Carlin or Matty Lloyd

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons) or Jye Caldwell (Bendigo Pioneers)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Matty Lloyd, because he looks like a criminal!

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Answers from Kyle Clarke, Jacob Koschitzke and Nick Murray (co-captains)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Kyle Clarke – Dandenong Stingrays

Jacob Koschitzke – Dandenong Stingrays

Nick Murray – Sandringham Dragons

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

KC – Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

JK – Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

NM – Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

KC – Ely Smith

JK – Kyle Clarke

NM – Kyle Clarke

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

KC – Hudson Garoni

JK – Hudson Garoni

NM – Will Chandler

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

KC – Zane Barzen

JK – Mat Walker

NM – Zane Barzen

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

KC – Jye Caldwell

JK – Max King or Ben King (Sandringham Dragons)

NM – Zane Barzen

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

KC – Ajak Dang, because it changes every week!

JK – Ben Kelly, because if you give the man a pair of clippers who knows what he’ll do.

NM – Wilson Mack, because he’s a very unpredictable person.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Answers from Braedyn Gillard (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Calder Cannons

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Sam Graham (Calder Cannons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Ryan Gardner

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Joel Naylor

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Tom Hallebone

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Joel Randall, because he believes if he can’t catch the girls’ eyes then at least he will catch the recruiters’ eyes.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Answers from Noah Answerth (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Dandenong Stingrays

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Xavier O’Neill (Oakleigh Chargers)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Riley Collier-Dawkins

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Jay Robertson

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Isaac Quaynor

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Ben King or Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Riley Thompson, because he’ll have to do something to replace the recently cut dreadlocks.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Answers from Bailey Smith (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Oakleigh Chargers

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Kai Owens (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Kai Owens

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Troy Brimble

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Max King or Ben King

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Max King (Sandringham Dragons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Declan McBean, because he seems to have a different haircut each week!

 

WESTERN JETS

Answers from Xavier O’Halloran (captain)

TEAM TO WATCH:

Dandenong Stingrays

MORRISH MEDAL TIP:

Stefan Radovanovic (Western Jets)

TEAM B&F TIP:

Stefan Radovanovic, Zak Butters or Connor Thar

TEAM TOP GOALKICKER TIP:

Emerson Jeka

TEAM TOP DRAFT CHANCE:

Stefan Radovanovic, Zak Butters or Buku Khamis

TOP TAC CUP DRAFT CHANCE:

Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

TEAM’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HAIRSTYLE:

Darcy Cassar, because the dreadlocks will be out in force.

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