TAC Cup Preview – Round 17

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Updated: August 20, 2015
Picture: Brian Bartlett
Picture: Brian Bartlett

Picture: Brian Bartlett

GEELONG Falcons coach Andy Allthorpe must be getting a sense of déjà vu about his team’s next fortnight in the TAC Cup.

The Falcons take on reigning premiers the Oakleigh Chargers this Saturday before finishing the regular season against the Dandenong Stingrays and need to win both matches to have any chance of a top four finish.

It’s exactly the same scenario they faced in 2014 – they played the Chargers and Stingrays in the final two rounds, won both and snatched fourth spot on the ladder.

The fifth-placed Falcons are equal on points with the fourth-placed Eastern Ranges with Oakleigh sitting sixth just two points adrift.

Allthorpe said he’s looking forward to seeing how his players embrace the challenge of the next fortnight.

“For us, it’s great for our preparations leading into finals to be playing quality sides with everyone available,” Allthorpe said.

“Oakleigh is always strong and a hard match-up for us and the quality of the games last year showed that. I don’t think this will be any different.”

The Falcons win over Northern Knights last round was just their second victory since round nine but Allthorpe believes their form is building towards September.

“We have to keep maintaining the standards that we’ve talked about. Defence is so important to us; we’re going to be really competitive on the inside but we’ve got to be just as competitive on the outside.

“We want to be known as a hard defensive team, make it as hard as possible for the opposition to beat us to the ball, and defend as early as we can and turn it over.

“We turned the ball over so often in our front half (against the Knights) on the weekend and it created more scoring opportunities, which will be critical.”

Rhys Mathieson returns from Geelong’s VFL side while Sean Darcy and Sean Holroyd are also a chance to return from injury.

Meanwhile the Western Jets face the second-placed Stingrays in their penultimate match of the season at Williamstown on Sunday morning.

Jets coach Torin Baker will again field a team with an eye towards 2016. Daniel Foley gets a chance to play at VFL level this round and Baker said there’s two bottom age players that have impressed him.

“Oscar Junker and Wilson Berry have been very consistent this year,” Baker said.

“I am really pleased with what they have shown this year, as well as having excellent work ethic away from the field.”

Dandenong won by 78 points earlier in the season and Baker said it will be good gauge to see how much his team has improved in the second half of the season.

“Dandenong are a very talented team. They have multiple scoring options and some of their talls at either end are some of the better players in the competition,” Baker said.

“We will need to be competitive around the ball and defend better than the last time we played them.”

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Oakleigh Chargers (6th) vs. Geelong Falcons (5th) @ Warrawee Park, Saturday 1.00pm

GEELONG

B Blood Rieniets Doedee
HB Witherden McNamara Sexton
C Augerinos Mathieson Dowling
HF Bennett Zdybel McCartney
F Blair Curnow Kol
R Donne Kershaw Parish
Int Sheahan Wagener Connors
Arcoraci* Remmos Syddall
Darcy Farrell

Western Jets (16th) vs. Dandenong Stingrays (2nd) @ Burbank Oval, Sunday 11.00am

WESTERN JETS

B Pattison L. Carter R. Carter
HB Hickey Bult Robinson
C Berry Volpato Campisi
HF Cotter Junker Donnon
F Norton Knezevic Harrison
R Webb Romensky Giarrizzo
Int Bagaric* Buykx Griffiths
Monk Galley Hobbs
Goetz Chesterman

 



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