The second of two Futures Rounds – when all TAC Cup teams must field at least 11 players who turn 16 or 17 years of age in 2018 – saw the Dandenong Stingrays extend their gap in first position and the top-four picture muddied by losses to the third and fourth-placed teams.
CALDER CANNONS 10.18 (78) d WESTERN JETS 3.4 (22)
The Cannons (7th, 5-5-1) have given themselves a sneaky chance at making the top four – and progressing directly to finals under a new system in 2018 – with victory over a higher-placed Western (4th, 7-4) outfit at RAMS Arena. Calder piled on eight goals to one in the second half to run away with the match.
Bottom-ager Daniel Mott was a key driver for the Cannons with 23 disposals and a round-high 11 inside-50s, while teammates Tye Browning (19 disposals and two goals) and bottom-age tall Harrison Jones (17 disposals, 15 hitouts and one goal) were also important.
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SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 8.18 (66) d NORTHERN KNIGHTS 5.9 (39)
Sandringham (5th, 7-4) is only percentage outside the top four after winning a third straight game at the expense of the Knights (8th, 4-6-1) at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The Dragons held Northern goalless from late in the first quarter to early in the third to turn a seven-point deficit into a 25-point lead.
The ball-winners that have served Sandringham so well in recent times did it again in Harry Houlahan (game-high 25 disposals), Liam Stocker (24) and Alastair Richards (22), while bottom-age Dragons tall Fischer McAsey was also influential with 14 disposals and 14 hitouts.
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 17.13 (115) d GEELONG FALCONS 5.7 (37)
The ladder-leading Stingrays (10-1) maintained their two-game break to second position with a sixth straight victory – scoring 91 points or more on each occasion – against Geelong (10th, 3-8) at Shepley Oval. Dandenong set up the win with the first five goals of the contest, building a 32-point lead by early in the second term.
Vic Country representatives Riley Bowman (16 disposals, 17 hitouts and four goals) and Sam Fletcher (equal-round-high 30 disposals) stood out for the victors along with bottom-ager Jarryd Barker, who picked up 19 disposals and booted two majors.
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 13.13 (91) d EASTERN RANGES 5.3 (33)
Oakleigh (6th, 6-4-1) was too strong for the Ranges (11th, 2-9) at Warrawee Park, banking a big percentage boost and moving to within two premiership points of third position. The Chargers piled on the game’s first seven goals and was able to hold Eastern to just two majors until early in the final quarter.
Jake Gasper and bottom-ager Dylan Williams both kicked three majors for Oakleigh, Charlie Whitehead bagged two goals from his 22 disposals and 16-year-old ruckman Nick Bryan also impressed in the win with 10 disposals and a game-high 24 hitouts.
GIPPSLAND POWER 9.16 (70) d MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 3.7 (25)
Gippsland (2nd, 7-2-2) was dominant in a top-four battle at Morwell Football Ground, moving a game and 35 percentage points clear of the Bushrangers (3rd, 7-4) on the ladder with this triumph. The Power didn’t allow Murray to score a goal until early in the third quarter, by which stage they had a match-winning 38-point lead.
Caleb Serong was Gippsland’s standout player with 23 disposals, 19 contested possessions, eight tackles and two goals, while fellow bottom-ager Josh Smith was also among the best for the victors with nine disposals, 17 hitouts and seven tackles.
GWV REBELS 12.11 (83) d BENDIGO PIONEERS 9.4 (58)
The Rebels (9th, 3-7-1) recovered from a slow start to over overcome Bendigo (12th, 2-9) at Queen Elizabeth Oval. GWV trailed the Pioneers by 16 points late in the first quarter before turning the game on its head with five consecutive goals until midway through the second term, creating a lead that wouldn’t be relinquished.
Charlie Wilson kicked three majors in that run – among his six for the match – and was one of the best players for the Rebels along with Elliot Lamb (equal-round-high 30 disposals) and bottom-age ruck Patrick Glanford (eight disposals and a game-high 30 hitouts).
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* See full results, goalkickers and best players from TAC Cup Round 11.
Round 11 stats leaders:
|Lachlan Sholl||Calder Cannons||22|
|Xavier Fry||Eastern Ranges||18|
|Austin Hodge||Gippsland Power||17|
|Caleb Serong||Gippsland Power||17|
|Sam Fletcher||Dandenong Stingrays||16|
|Charlie Wilson||GWV Rebels||16|
|Lachlan Ash||Murray Bushrangers||16|
|Kyle Clarke||Murray Bushrangers||16|
|Oscar Perez||Bendigo Pioneers||15|
|Riley Bowman||Dandenong Stingrays||15|
|Riley Baldi||Gippsland Power||15|
|Izaac Grant||GWV Rebels||15|
|Elliot Lamb||GWV Rebels||15|
|Liam Stocker||Sandringham Dragons||15|
|Tye Browning||Calder Cannons||14|
|Cooper Leon||Eastern Ranges||21|
|Jimmy Boyer||Murray Bushrangers||19|
|Ely Smith||Murray Bushrangers||17|
|Liam Marciano||Bendigo Pioneers||16|
|Elliot Lamb||GWV Rebels||15|
|Thomas Berry||GWV Rebels||15|
|Adam Carafa||Northern Knights||15|
|Baxter Mensch||Geelong Falcons||15|
|Sam Fletcher||Dandenong Stingrays||14|
|Will Golds||Oakleigh Chargers||14|
|Matty Lloyd||GWV Rebels||13|
|Harry Houlahan||Sandringham Dragons||13|
|Darcey Chirgwin||Sandringham Dragons||13|
|Lachlan Bugeja||Oakleigh Chargers||13|
|Lochie Dawson||GWV Rebels||13|
|Jacob Atley||Bendigo Pioneers||9|
|Dane Hollenkamp||Geelong Falcons||8|
|Izaac Grant||GWV Rebels||8|
|Matty Lloyd||GWV Rebels||7|
|Matthew Cumming||Dandenong Stingrays||7|
|Lachlan Sholl||Calder Cannons||7|
|Jake Gasper||Oakleigh Chargers||7|
|Riley Bowman||Dandenong Stingrays||7|
|Jack Kritopoulos||Eastern Ranges||6|
|Joel Randall||Northern Knights||6|
|Harrison Jones||Calder Cannons||6|
|Jacob Lohmann||GWV Rebels||6|
|Sunny Brazier||Northern Knights||6|
|James Schischka||Bendigo Pioneers||6|
|Mitch Martin||GWV Rebels||6|
|Doyle Madigan||Geelong Falcons||16|
|Lachlan Stapleton||Eastern Ranges||13|
|Jack Watkins||Western Jets||12|
|Harvey Neocleous||Gippsland Power||11|
|Ben Morton||Geelong Falcons||11|
|Jake Van Der Pligt||Gippsland Power||10|
|Harold Hood||Gippsland Power||10|
|Jack Denborough||Sandringham Dragons||9|
|Boadie Motton||Gippsland Power||9|
|Mitchell Podhajski||Calder Cannons||8|
|Kyle Clarke||Murray Bushrangers||8|
|Kye Yodgee||Northern Knights||8|
|Dylan Clarke||Murray Bushrangers||8|
|Caleb Serong||Gippsland Power||8|
|Matt Schnerring||GWV Rebels||8|
|Mark Marriott||Murray Bushrangers||31|
|Patrick Glanford||GWV Rebels||30|
|Darren Walters||Western Jets||28|
|Sam Conway||Geelong Falcons||25|
|Nick Bryan||Oakleigh Chargers||24|
|Riley Smith||Eastern Ranges||21|
|Jay Robertson||Oakleigh Chargers||19|
|Floyd Bollinghaus||Murray Bushrangers||19|
|Bigoa Nyuon||Dandenong Stingrays||18|
|Tylar Watts||GWV Rebels||17|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Hudson Garoni||Murray Bushrangers||DNP||29|
|Charlie Wilson||GWV Rebels||6||24|
|Jake Gasper||Oakleigh Chargers||3||21|
|Josh Smith||Gippsland Power||_||17|
|Bailey Frauenfelder||Murray Bushrangers||_||17|
|Jed Hill||GWV Rebels||2||15|
|Steven Kyriazis||Western Jets||1||15|
|Corey Ellison||Dandenong Stingrays||DNP||15|
|Sam Flanders||Gippsland Power||DNP||15|
|Matthew Day||Oakleigh Chargers||DNP||15|