TAC Cup Well Represented in AFL GF
TAC Cup graduates will make up over half of the players taking to the MCG on Saturday.
29 players taking to the field in the AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong started their football journey in the TAC Cup, with 27 of these players drafted directly from the competition. The two other players – Nick Maxwell and Darren Jolly – were later picked up by AFL clubs after a season in the VFL with North Ballarat.
A number of players recruited from the same TAC Cup club will be lining up for opposing teams on Saturday.
Even rookie AFL coach Chris Scott got his start in the TAC Cup with the Eastern Ranges.
Best of luck to all former TAC Cup players in this weekend’s Grand Final match.
TAC Cup Club
Bendigo Pioneers: Chris Tarrant (1997), Josh Hunt (2000), Joel Selwood (2006)
Calder Cannons: Paul Chapman (1999), Dane Swan (2001), James Kelly (2001), Tom Lonergan (2002)
Eastern Ranges: Travis Cloke (2004)
Geelong Falcons: Nick Maxwell, Matthew Scarlett (1997), Cameron Ling (1999), Jimmy Bartel (2001), Allen Christensen (2009)
Gippsland Power: David Wojcinski (1998), Leigh Brown (1999), Scott Pendlebury (2005), Trent West (2005), Dale Thomas (2005), Jarryd Blair (2008)
Murray Bushrangers: Steve Johnson (2001), Ben Reid (2006), Steele Sidebottom (2008)
North Ballarat Rebels: Darren Jolly
Northern Knights: Ben Johnson (1999), Heath Shaw (2003)
Sandringham Dragons: Luke Ball (2001), Chris Dawes (2006), Tom Hawkins (2006)
Western Jets: James Podsiadly (2000)
* Brackets is year player was drafted from TAC Cup