Ex-TAC Cup players in AFL Grand Final
26 former TAC Cup players will run out for Sydney or the Western Bulldogs in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG after teams were named Thursday night.
The Swans line-up - with just two changes - will see 10 players appear on the game’s biggest stage who were drafted out of the TAC Cup as well as Ben McGlynn, who represented the Bendigo Pioneers before later being drafted from the VFL’s Box Hill Hawks.
Last week’s Bulldogs team - unchanged for the Grand Final - will see 13 TAC Cup draftees play in the decider, along with ex-Dandenong Stingrays ball-winner Matthew Boyd (later drafted from Frankston in the VFL) and ex-North Ballarat Rebels hard-nut Liam Picken (later drafted from Williamstown in the VFL).
11 of the 12 TAC Cup clubs will have past players involved in the Grand Final based on no changes on game day. The Oakleigh Chargers lead the way with four representatives, ahead of the Dandenong Stingrays, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power, North Ballarat Rebels and Sandringham Dragons with three each. The Bendigo Pioneers and Calder Cannons have two past players on the list, while the Eastern Ranges, Northern Knights and Western Jets have one.
See the full list of former TAC Cup players in line to appear in the AFL Grand Final below.
Ben McGlynn – Bendigo Pioneers
Jeremy Laidler – Calder Cannons
Zak Jones – Dandenong Stingrays
Luke Parker – Dandenong Stingrays (pictured, left)
Gary Rohan – Geelong Falcons
Tom Papley – Gippsland Power
Jake Lloyd – North Ballarat Rebels
Dan Hannebery – Oakleigh Chargers (pictured, second from left)
Nick Smith – Oakleigh Chargers
Josh Kennedy – Sandringham Dragons
Xavier Richards – Sandringham Dragons
Jake Stringer – Bendigo Pioneers (pictured, second from right)
Tom Liberatore – Calder Cannons
Matthew Boyd – Dandenong Stingrays
Tom Boyd – Eastern Ranges
Zaine Cordy – Geelong Falcons
Luke Dahlhaus – Geelong Falcons
Josh Dunkley – Gippsland Power
Clay Smith – Gippsland Power
Liam Picken – North Ballarat Rebels
Jordan Roughead – North Ballarat Rebels
Marcus Bontempelli – Northern Knights (pictured, right)
Jack Macrae – Oakleigh Chargers
Toby McLean – Oakleigh Chargers
Fletcher Roberts – Sandringham Dragons
Lachie Hunter – Western Jets