TAC Cup: Finals Wk 1 Preview

We have made it to the finals now of the TAC Cup season 2011, and with any team being capable of beating any opposition on their given day; this should be a great finals series as Ben Cavarra previews this weekend’s action

Qualifying Final 1; Calder Cannons vs Dandenong Stingrays, Visy Park (Princes Park) Saturday;

Calder have been around the top of the table for majority of the year and have rightly deserved their spot, finishing on top of the ladder. Dandenong, after a slow start to the year, are finding their form when they need it, and this game could go either way. Calder beat Gippsland on the weekend by 30 points, with Liam McBean kicking 4 and being their best player, while Brandyn Grenfell dominated in the ruck with 25 hit-outs. Dandenong continued their good from with a 72 point win over Bendigo, Todd Elton was their best and also kicked 3 goals, with Ryan Morrison also being very impressive. This should be a very close game with both teams capable of playing brilliant football.

Qualifying Final 2; Sandringham Dragons vs Gippsland Power, Visy Park (Princes Park) Saturday;

This match will be a very close game, as both teams have been two of the most consistent performers of the year. Sandringham had a big win over the Western Jets by 52 points on the weekend, with Jackson Coleman kicking 4 goals, and Alex Woodward dominated the game with 30 disposals. Gippsland lost to Calder last weekend by 30 points, with Jordan Staley dominating the ruck with 23 hit-outs, and also doing it up forward with 4 goals, Clay Smith was also very impressive with 38 disposals. Sandringham won their last encounter against Gippsland by 4 points, so this game looks like it will be as close as their previous one.

Elimination Final 1; Western Jets vs Geelong Falcons, Visy Park (Princes Park) Sunday;

Geelong have lost their past two games, to drop to eighth position on the ladder, but as every team knows, they are capable of playing great football. Western Jets have been in good form, but accuracy cost them on the weekend, they kicked 4.18 for the match, and lost by 52 points to Sandringham. Jack Walker was the best for the Jets on the weekend, while Jordan Mead kicked 2 goals. Geelong suffered a 130 points loss to Oakleigh on the weekend, with Brody Mahoney kicking 3 goals, while Cameron Williams was their best player with 16 hit-outs. Both teams will go into this game knowing they need to win to play next week, so whichever team wants it more, will be victorious on the day.

Elimination Final 2; North Ballarat Rebels vs Oakleigh Chargers, Visy Park (Princes Park) Sunday;

North Ballarat have been very consistent this year, remaining in the top 8 for majority of the year, while Oakleigh proved on the weekend they can do some damage in the finals, beating Geelong by 130 points. Jack Viney was the best for the Chargers on the weekend with 10 marks, while Damian Mascitti kicked 5 goals. North Ballarat had a confidence boosting win over the Northern Knights on the weekend, beating them by 2 points. Tanner Smith was the best for the Rebels on the weekend, while Sam Dobson kicked 3 goals. The last time these two teams played was in round 12 this year, with North Ballarat coming out victorious on the day by 4 points, once again, both teams will be playing for a spot in the finals next week, which team will want it more?


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