TAC Cup Round 7 – Dandenong Stingrays vs Oakleigh Chargers

Updated: May 17, 2017

Ed Pascoe went to Shepley Oval to watch Dandenong vs Oakleigh in their Round 7 TAC Cup clash. He gives us his thoughts and who stood out on the day.

Dandenong  5 10 40

Oakleigh  20 9 129

Goal Scorers

Dandenong: Bailey Williams 4, Reece Piper

Oakleigh: Jack Higgins 4, Daniel Scala 4, Toby Wooler 4, Daniel Stanford 3, Lachlan Bugeja 2, Callum Searle, Tom O’Sullivan, Sam Harte

Best Players

Dandenong: Bailey Williams, Mitch Cotter, Hunter Clark, Sam Fletcher, Jamie Plumridge, Jesse Davies

Oakleigh: Jack Higgins, Sam Harte, Tom O’Sullivan, Lachlan Bugeja, Callum Searle, Toby Wooler

Dandenong Stingrays

Hunter Clark

Clark had another good game winning plenty of contested ball and working hard defensively. Clark ran hard and really threw himself into contests. Clark had to step up in the midfield with Dandenong having a lack of bigger midfielders, little Mitch Cotter tried his heart out but too much was left to him and Clark and the quality of Clark’s clearances suffered as a result but without his hard work and toughness Dandenong would have lost by over 100 points.

Bailey Williams 

The 198cm Williams was the clear standout for Dandenong with his amazing leap leaving the crowd in awe. Williams was deadly in front of goal with his goal kicking routine very efficient, even over 50m. He really used his leap to his advantage when in the ruck using the Oakleigh rucks shoulders as step ladders. Williams looks an exciting prospect for the 2018 draft.

Sam Fletcher 

2018 prospect Sam Fletcher was cool and composed off half back often moving into the midfield. Fletcher read the play extremely well and his hands where super clean. While young, he has a good head on his shoulders and understands the tempo of the game and makes the right decisions.

Jamie Plumridge 

Playing on the flanks and wing, Plumridge showed a lot of dash and toughness laying some nice tackles and attacking the ball at speed. Plumridge plays with a lot of spark and he makes sure to influence any contests he is near. Plumridge is another promising 2018 prospect for Dandenong and one of the few shining lights on Sunday.

Oakleigh Chargers

Jack Higgins

Higgins played mostly forward this week and he showed again why he is one of the most highly rated players in this years draft. Higgins wasn’t hitting the scoreboard early, but his presence was still on show with his creative thinking leading to many scoring opportunities and he was rewarded for his efforts latter in the game finishing with four goals. Higgins put on a show in the last quarter taking a hangar and almost kicking goal of the year.

Toby Wooler

Wooler was well held by Jesse Davies in the first half and credit must be given for Wooler’s ability to keep presenting and working hard for his teammates. In the last quarter Wooler spent some time in the midfield and didn’t get matched on Davies and he tore the quarter apart kicking multiple goals and setting up many others. Wooler is a smart and clean player and is proving to be one of the best forwards in this years draft.

Sam Harte 

The little pocket rocket Harte was in everything working hard both on the inside and outside. Harte isn’t eligible until the 2018 draft and his height may put off recruiters (172cm) but he is so efficient and can win the ball everywhere on the ground. Harte works hard both ways and he was rewarded with a goal after setting up his teammates up the ground beforehand.

Lachlan Bugeja

Another pocket rocket for Oakleigh and like Harte, is eligible for 2018, was outstanding all day with his gut running and work on the inside and outside. Bugeja worked hard to set up teammates and get forward to be a dangerous option. He kicked two goals in a great display and despite his size (174cm) is a player to watch next year.

Written by: Ed Pascoe (@charbox2)

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