TAC Cup Scouting Notes – Round 5

Updated: May 3, 2017

Round 5 of the TAC Cup, Ed was on hand over the weekend to take a look at Eastern take on Greater Western Victoria and Dandenong put together a solid win against Calder. Who stood out for him over the weekend?

Eastern Vs GWV Rebels Round 5

Eastern  10 9 69

GWV Rebels 18 14 122


Best Players: Tom North, Harrison Nolan, Josiah Duncan, Ben Cardamone, Cody Hirst, Kieran Urquhart

Goal Scorers: Josiah Duncan 4, Cody Hirst 2, Jaidyn Stephenson, Tom North, Shaun Lovell, Kaleb Van Beek

GWV Rebels

Best Players: Jordan Johnston, Callan Wellings, Naish McRoberts, Matty Lloyd, Tom Berry, Trent Reed

Goal Scorers: Jordan Johnston 6, Callan Wellings 4, Charlie Wilson 3, Naish McRoberts 2, Aaron Shepherd 2, Cooper Henson


Tom North

North was a clearance machine and a clear best on ground for Eastern. North was huge in the clearances winning a lot of hard and contested footy and working hard even on the outside to win as much of the ball as he could. North was an attacking threat kicking an early goal from 50m out and working hard forward of centre to get dangerous. North’s kicking was shaky at times but plenty of his possessions were under pressure with a lack of help again in the midfield.

Harrison Nolan

Nolan again was a pillar in defence winning plenty of intercept and contested marks and providing good long rebound with his kicking. Nolan later in the game was moved into the midfield where he used his bigger body to crash packs and lay strong tackles. Nolan loves to use his body to influence a contest and that was very evident on Saturday. Nolan is quickly becoming one of the most solid key defenders in this years draft.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Delivery inside 50 was below the norm for Stephenson, who struggled to get into the game. Stephenson worked his hardest to try and make the most of Eastern’s forward 50 entries, he pressured hard and always kept the Rebels defenders on their toes. Stephenson was later used in the midfield and in defence to get his hands on the ball more but he lacked impact and he really did need more support from his teammates.

Josiah Duncan

Duncan was a shining light for Eastern providing a spark up forward. Similar to Stephenson he has a nice leap and clean hands overhead and funny enough has a very similar body shape to Stephenson. Duncan looked threatening every time the footy got near him and he was classy with ball in hand being able to hit passes and kick goals from challenging positions. With this performance he is on to keep a close eye on through the season, because he may just become a draft bolter with more performances like this.

GWV Rebels

Jordan Johnston

Johnston proved to be a handful for the Eastern defenders kicking six goals with four coming in the 3rd quarter. Without a single goal in the 1st half he still provided a few highlights with some nice leaps and good ball use at half forward. In the 3rd quarter he was too much for Eastern with his speed on the lead, clean hands and leap making him impossible to stop and his accuracy from set shots was brilliant. A player early in the year destined for big things hasn’t shown his full potential but on Saturday that potential was realised and now Johnston will be firmly back in recruiters thinking.

Callan Wellings

After missing out last year, Wellings has taken his 2nd chance with both hands today kicking 4 goals from the midfield proving he shouldn’t be overlooked again this year. Wellings was all class today with his work in the stoppages and cool head under pressure a highlight. Wellings’ goal in the first quarter coming from a stoppage was just a taste of his class in that area he was able to win some classy touches, but also laid 14 tackles in a complete midfielders performance.

Matty Lloyd

Lloyd isn’t eligible until next years draft but he looks a player to watch with his classy work at half back on show again on Saturday. Lloyd was super composed with ball in hand and very efficient by hand and foot, Lloyd just doesn’t panic when in possession and will generally put his teammates in a better position. Lloyd seems to have natural leadership and oozes class and he is building nicely towards his draft year next year.

Tom Berry

Berry worked tirelessly in the midfield, constantly putting his body on the line and working the ball forward for the Rebels. The brother of new Brisbane Lions recruit Jarrod, Tom isn’t eligible until next years draft and is another to look out for. His kicking was hit and miss at times but his attack on the ball and courage couldn’t be faulted and he was a key cog in the Rebels midfield on Saturday.

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