Published on November 27, 2018 9:55 am

L-R: Campbell Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays), Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges) and Ely Smith (Murray Bushrangers)

2018 TAC Cup B&F winners

Mark Koelmeyer takes a look at the TAC Cup’s club best-and-fairest winners for the 2018 season.

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS

  1. Noah Wheeler
  2. Bailey Henderson
  3. Hunter Lawrence

Club vice-captain Wheeler was a shining light in a two-win season for the Pioneers, splitting his time between the midfield and forward line across 17 matches. The Echuca (Goulburn Valley FL) top-ager averaged 15 kicks, six handballs, four marks and four tackles per game and was named in the team’s best players on 10 occasions.

 

CALDER CANNONS

  1. Mitchell Podhajski
  2. Daniel Mott
  3. Jake Riccardi/Curtis Taylor

Club co-captain Podhajski had a big physical presence through Calder’s midfield in 13 matches this season. The Aberfeldie (Essendon District FL) 19-year-old averaged 14 kicks, 10 handballs, six marks and seven tackles per game – as well as kicking 23 goals – and was named in the Cannons’ best players nine times.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

  1. Campbell Hustwaite
  2. Sam Fletcher
  3. Bailey Williams

Hustwaite captained the Stingrays to premiership success in 2018 and was one of the TAC Cup’s standout midfielders. Across 20 matches, the Rosebud (Mornington Peninsula Nepean FL) top-ager averaged 11 kicks, 10 handballs and seven tackles per game and appeared in Dandenong’s best players on 14 occasions.

 

EASTERN RANGES

  1. Mitch Mellis
  2. Kye Quirk
  3. Joel Burleigh

Mellis consistently played at a high level as a prolific ball-winner in Eastern’s two-win season. The Boronia (Eastern FL) bottom-ager appeared in the Ranges’ best players 12 times from his 17 matches and finished 2018 averaging nine kicks, 12 handballs, three tackles and three marks per game.

 

GEELONG FALCONS

  1. Sam Walsh
  2. Brayden Ham
  3. Oscar Brownless

Carlton’s recent no.1 NAB AFL Draft pick Walsh was a standout performer not only for the Falcons but for the whole TAC Cup competition in 2018. From 13 matches played, the St Joseph’s (Geelong FL) top-ager was named in Geelong’s best players 10 times and averaged 19 kicks, 13 handballs, five marks and six tackles per game.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER

  1. Noah Gown
  2. Tye Hourigan
  3. Xavier Duursma

Gown was a major contributor in Gippsland’s terrific season inside 50, emerging rapidly as a key forward towards the end of the season and recently being drafted to Essendon. The Warragul (Gippsland League) top-ager booted 22 goals in his last eight TAC Cup appearances, finishing with 31 majors in 18 matches and appearing in the Power’s best players on 13 occasions.

 

GWV REBELS

  1. Charlie Wilson
  2. Matt Schnerring
  3. Elliot Lamb

Dangerous forward Wilson kicked 37 goals to jointly win the 2018 TAC Cup goalkicking award alongside Hudson Garoni (Murray Bushrangers) and Jake Gasper (Oakleigh Chargers). The Warrack Eagles (Wimmera FL) top-ager was named in GWV’s best players 13 times, averaging 17 disposals, five marks and four tackles per game in 18 matches.

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

  1. Ely Smith
  2. Lachlan Ash
  3. Jimmy Boyer

Recent Brisbane draftee Smith emerged as one of the best midfielders in the TAC Cup with a breakout season in 2018. The Yarrawonga (Ovens & Murray FL) top-ager averaged 23 disposals and five tackles per game in 17 matches and was named in Murray’s best players on nine occasions.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

  1. Josh D’Intinosante
  2. Braedyn Gillard
  3. Adam Carafa

D’Intinosante caused plenty of problems for opposition defenders inside 50 for the Knights and also demonstrated his capability in contests. The South Morang (Northern FNL) bottom-ager averaged 18 disposals and five tackles per game as well as kicking 18 goals in 16 matches, being named in Northern’s best players seven times.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

  1. Jack Ross
  2. Isaac Quaynor
  3. Matthew Rowell

In a team that made the TAC Cup Grand Final and produced 11 AFL draftees recently, new Richmond midfielder Ross’ ball-winning ability and effective disposal stood out. In 12 matches, the Noble Park (Eastern FL) top-ager averaged 21 disposals, five marks and five clearances per game and appeared in Oakleigh’s best players on six occasions.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

  1. Corey Watts
  2. Liam Stocker
  3. Ryan Byrnes

Watts was a reliable defender who consistently matched it with some of the best key forwards in the TAC Cup in 2018. The Beaumaris (South Metro Junior FL) bottom-ager was named in Sandringham’s best players eight times, averaging 14 disposals and five marks per game in 17 matches.

 

WESTERN JETS

  1. Connor Thar
  2. Xavier O’Halloran
  3. Jack Watkins

Prolific ball-winner Thar’s standout season saw him finish second in Morrish Medal voting behind recent Carlton draftee Liam Stocker (Sandringham Dragons). The Werribee Districts (Western Region FL) top-ager averaged 26 disposals, four marks and six tackles per game across 18 matches and was among Western’s best players on 15 occasions.

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