TAC Cup

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TAC Cup
TAC Cup Logo.svg
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season 1992
No. of teams 12
Country Australia
Most recent champion(s) Eastern Ranges
Most titles Calder Cannons (6)
Official website www.taccup.com.au

The TAC Cup is an under 18 Australian rules football representative competition held in Victoria, Australia. It is based on geographic regions throughout country Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne with each team representing 12 Victorian regions.

The competition is one of the primary sources of recruitment for AFL clubs from Victoria and fills a similar recruiting function to the way that college football system in the United States feeds the NFL. The TAC Cup provides an opportunity for talented regional players to participate in a very high standard competition without having to relocate too far from their place of origin. The competition has a very successful pathway with players missing AFL selection often being recruited by semi-professional state, country and regional leagues throughout Australia.

History[edit]

With the focus of the VFL/AFL moving rapidly towards national competition, the old metropolitan and country Victorian zoning recruitment method for VFL/AFL clubs was phased out and at the start of 1992 the league's Under 19 competition was disbanded.

A new competition, sponsored by the Transport Accident Commission was formed as an avenue to where many young Victorian under-18 players make their transition to becoming senior Australian Football League players. In 1992 the competition consisted of five metropolitan teams and one country team. The initial teams were the Northern Knights, Eastern Ranges, Southern Stingrays (renamed the Dandenong Stingrays), Western Jets, Central Dragons and Geelong Falcons.

In 1993 an additional four country teams were included – the Murray Bushrangers, Bendigo Pioneers, Gippsland Power, and North Ballarat Rebels. In 1995 two additional metropolitan regions were established with the Oakleigh Chargers and Calder Cannons teams included in the competition. The Tassie Mariners also commenced in the competition in 1995, becoming the league's first non-Victorian side. Finally, in 1996, the NSW/ACT Rams were admitted to the TAC Cup. The Mariners and RAMS both exiting the competition at the end of the 2002 (have been played four games a year from 2003–2004 and three game a year since 2005) resulting in the current 12 team competition. Other Non-Victorian clubs Queensland and Northern Territory played two games a year in 2003 and 2004 and three games a year since 2005.

The Gold Coast Football Club recruited several under-18s players in the 2008/09 summer, and participated in the TAC Cup in 2009 (before playing in the VFL in 2010 and the AFL from 2011). Similarly, the Greater Western Sydney Football Club fielded a TAC Cup team in 2010, two seasons prior to its introduction to the AFL in 2012.

Between 1995 and 2008, the finals system was in a knock-out format. This reverted to a traditional finals system in 2009 with the introduction of the Gold Coast team.[1] In 2010, this was extended to include 12 of the 13 clubs participating that season, with the extra matches forming an extended knockout format. In 2011 the finals system was reverted to the traditional 8 team AFL finals series. Prior to the 2014 season, the NSW/ACT Rams was reestablished as a TAC Cup team, with players from the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants young academy sides being picked for the NSW/ACT team.[2]

Competition timeline[edit]

Age eligibility[edit]

Although primarily a competition for 18 year olds, exceptions are made for bottom-aged players—16 or 17 year olds—and since 2007, over-age players—19 year olds—to participate in the competition.

Since the beginning of the 2007 TAC Cup season, clubs have been granted permission to select up to five over-age players permitted on their lists.

Nonetheless, age eligibility requirements remain for the AFL Draft, where players must have turned 17 by 30 April of that draft year to be eligible for selection by an AFL Club.

Awards[edit]

Morrish Medal[edit]

The Morrish Medal is awarded to the best player in the competition each year. The same medal was previously awarded to the best player in the Victorian Football League Thirds/Under-19s competition, which the TAC Cup superseded.

TAC Cup Coaches Award[edit]

The TAC Cup Coaches Award is voted on by both coaches in a 5-4-3-2-1 format at the end of each game.[3]

Year Player/s Team
2013 Louis Herbert[4] North Ballarat Rebels
2012 Jake Lloyd North Ballarat Rebels
2011 Shaun Marusic Gippsland Power
2010 Adam Marcon Northern Knights
2009 Anton Woods Northern Knights
2008 Rory Sloane Eastern Ranges
2007 Matthew Kreuzer Northern Knights
2006 Andrew Horne Calder Cannons
2005 Richard Douglas Calder Cannons
2004 Adam Pattison Northern Knights
2003 Colin Sylvia Bendigo Pioneers
2002 Blake Grima Eastern Ranges
2001 Brad Miller
Russell Grigg
Western Jets
Bendigo Pioneers
2000 Paul Carson Western Jets
1999 Leigh Brown Gippsland Power
1998 Stephen Hazleman Gippsland Power
1997 Matthew Bernes Tassie Mariners
1996 Tim Finocchiaro Eastern Ranges
1995 Jason Snell Eastern Ranges
1994 Jason McFarlane Gippsland Power
1993 Angelo Lekkas Northern Knights
1992 Brad Smith Northern Knights

Coverage[edit]

The Match of the Round is broadcast live on Rumble 103, an internet radio station based in Melbourne.

There is a TAC Cup show screening on GTV Channel 9 in Melbourne and across Victoria and Inland NSW border regions on WIN Television from 1pm every Sunday from late March until the end of September.

TAC Cup news and results can be seen on C31's Local Footy Show and heard on the ABC's Triple J radio station.

TAC Cup matches were broadcast live on Channel C31 Melbourne television in Melbourne, Geelong & regional Victoria in 2010.

Radio stations SYN FM & RRR FM will broadcast coverage of TAC Cup football matches every weekend during the season.

Seasons[edit]

Previous season (2013)[edit]

2013 TAC Cup
# TEAM P W L D % PTS
1 Geelong Falcons 17 14 3 0 150.42 56
2 Eastern Ranges 17 12 5 0 123.98 48
3 Dandenong Stingrays 17 10 7 0 121.94 40
4 Calder Cannons 17 10 7 0 119.08 40
5 Western Jets 17 9 7 1 114.38 38
6 Northern Knights 17 9 7 1 105.04 38
7 Gippsland Power 17 9 8 0 119.73 36
8 Murray Bushrangers 17 9 8 0 88.24 36
9 Sandringham Dragons 17 8 8 1 97.86 34
10 Oakleigh Chargers 17 6 10 1 81.07 26
11 Bendigo Pioneers 17 3 14 0 70.66 12
12 North Ballarat Rebels 17 2 15 0 51.64 8

2013 Grand Final[edit]

TAC Cup Grand Final
22 September, 10:30am Eastern Ranges def. Dandenong Stingrays Etihad Stadium Report
4.2 (26)
10.2 (62)
14.5 (89)
24.8 (152)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.4 (10)
1.7 (13)
3.7 (25)
5.10 (40)
TAC Cup Medal: Ben Cavarra
Boyd 4, Honeychurch 3, Traynor 3, Welsh 3, Apeness 2, Petracca 2, Crowe, Evans, Gibson, Hannon, Keedle, O'Sullivan, Walker Goals Hartung 2, McCartney, Rennie, Scott
Cavarra, O'Sullivan, Walker, Petracca, Honeychurch, Welsh, Boyd Best Hartung, Capiron, Wilson, Foote, Newman


Recent season results[edit]

2009 season[edit]

Main article: 2009 TAC Cup
# TEAM P W L D B % PTS
1 Geelong Falcons 18 17 1 0 2 152.74 68
2 Gippsland Power 18 11 7 0 2 122.70 44
3 Dandenong Stingrays 18 11 7 0 2 122.41 44
4 Eastern Ranges 18 11 7 0 2 120.63 44
5 Gold Coast Football Club 18 10 7 1 2 110.57 42
6 Calder Cannons 18 10 8 0 2 92.98 40
7 North Ballarat Rebels 18 9 8 1 2 100.70 38
8 Northern Knights 18 9 9 0 2 104.36 36
9 Oakleigh Chargers 18 7 10 1 2 99.11 30
10 Murray Bushrangers 18 7 10 1 2 93.95 30
11 Western Jets 18 6 11 1 2 74.51 26
12 Bendigo Pioneers 18 4 14 0 2 76.01 16
13 Sandringham Dragons 18 4 14 0 2 71.54 16


2009 Grand Final[edit]

DATE HOME TEAM SCORE AWAY TEAM SCORE GROUND
25 September 2009 Dandenong Stingrays 14.14.98 Calder Cannons 17.10.112 Etihad Stadium

2010 season[edit]

Main article: 2010 TAC Cup
# TEAM P W L D B % PTS
1 Dandenong Stingrays 16 13 3 0 2 177.12 52
2 Northern Knights 16 13 3 0 2 165.45 52
3 Geelong Falcons 16 13 3 0 2 152.00 52
4 Oakleigh Chargers 16 12 4 0 2 128.06 48
5 Sandringham Dragons 16 11 5 0 2 121.04 44
6 Gippsland Power 16 9 7 0 2 138.47 36
7 Calder Cannons 16 9 7 0 2 102.49 36
8 Murray Bushrangers 16 8 8 0 2 91.12 32
9 North Ballarat Rebels 16 6 10 0 2 99.52 24
10 Eastern Rangers 16 5 11 0 2 77.98 20
11 Western Jets 16 3 13 0 2 69.86 12
12 Greater Western Sydney 16 2 14 0 2 52.95 8
13 Bendigo Pioneers 16 1 15 0 2 51.23 4


2010 Grand Final[edit]

TAC Cup Grand Final
19 September, 10:30am Calder Cannons def. Gippsland Power Etihad Stadium Report
5.2 (32)
9.7 (61)
16.11 (107)
17.14 (116)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.1 (13)
5.4 (34)
7.5 (51)
8.10 (58)
TAC Cup Medal: Mitchell Wallis
L. Mitchell 5, A. Kefford 3, D. Meli 2, J. Schroder 2, T. Sullivan, D. Prestia, D. Murphy, T. Sheridan, B. Grenfell Goals J. Lamb 2, S. Marusic 2, T. Northe, D. MacDonald, C. Smith, H. Hector
M. Wallis, L. Mitchell, D. Prestia, C. Guthrie, A. Kefford, J. Schroder Best M. Ross, T. Northe, L. Todd, C. Smith, S. Marusic, J. Staley


2011 season[edit]

Main article: 2011 TAC Cup
# TEAM P W L D B % PTS
1 Calder Cannons 17 13 4 0 0 133.59 52
2 Sandringham Dragons 17 12 4 1 0 140.56 50
3 Gippsland Power 17 11 6 0 0 130.93 44
4 Dandenong Stingrays 17 10 7 0 0 121.50 40
5 Western Jets 17 10 7 0 0 108.54 40
6 North Ballarat Rebels 17 10 7 0 0 104.50 40
7 Oakleigh Chargers 17 9 8 0 0 117.77 36
8 Geelong Falcons 17 9 8 0 0 97.43 36
9 Northern Knights 17 7 9 1 0 84.54 30
10 Eastern Ranges 17 6 11 0 0 75.93 24
11 Murray Bushrangers 17 4 13 0 0 80.22 16
12 Bendigo Pioneers 17 1 16 0 0 52.31 4

2011 Grand Final[edit]

Grand Final
Sunday, 25 September(10:30 am) Sandringham Dragons def. Oakleigh Chargers Etihad Stadium
6.1 (37)
7.6 (48)
10.10 (70)
17.11 (113)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.2 (14)
9.4 (58)
14.6 (90)
16.9 (105)
TAC Cup Medal: Jack Viney (Oakleigh Chargers)
Roberts 5, Williams 2, Coleman 2,
Paine 2, Richards 2, Sumner,
Anastasio, Fallon, Ong
Goals Murphy 5, Mascitti 2, Gotch 2,
Hammond, Jong, Greene,
Soriano, Wooffindin, Heath, Arnot
Roberts, Darrou, Paine,
Heagney-Steart, Williams, Woodward
Best Viney, Harris, Tomlinson,
Murphy, Greene, Purcell


2012 season[edit]

# TEAM P W L D B % PTS
1 North Ballarat Rebels 17 14 3 0 0 169.30 56
2 Gippsland Power 17 14 3 0 0 154.75 56
3 Dandenong Stingrays 17 10 7 0 0 118.35 40
4 Sandringham Dragons 17 10 7 0 0 117.58 40
5 Murray Bushrangers 17 10 7 0 0 104.69 40
6 Oakleigh Chargers 17 10 7 0 0 97.59 40
7 Calder Cannons 17 8 8 1 0 111.82 34
8 Geelong Falcons 17 8 8 1 0 104.05 34
9 Western Jets 17 8 9 0 0 99.08 32
10 Northern Knights 17 3 14 0 0 70.76 12
11 Bendigo Pioneers 17 3 14 0 0 66.30 12
12 Eastern Ranges 17 3 14 0 0 58.06 12


2012 Grand Final[edit]

Grand Final
Sunday, 23 September(10:30 am) Gippsland Power def. by Oakleigh Chargers Etihad Stadium
3.2 (20)
4.3 (27)
8.5 (53)
12.9 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
3.3 (21)
7.5 (47)
9.7 (61)
12.10 (82)
TAC Cup Medal: Jackson Macrae (Oakleigh Chargers)
T. Membrey 4, N. Graham 3, J. Scott 2,
S. Deery , W. Hams , J. Drew
Goals K. Jaksch 2, J. Billings 2, E. Walmsley , T. MacMillan,
J. Macrae , A. Franetic , T. Cutler ,
J. Kennedy-Harris , J. Toohey , C. Vearing
N. Graham, J. Cashman, W. Hams,
T. Membrey, J. Johnstone, A. Heppell
Best A. Franetic, J. Macrae, T. MacMillan,
T. Cutler, J. Collopy, J. Kennedy-Harris
  • The match went to a golden point situation after scores were tied at full time. The game went into extra time for 32 seconds before Oakleigh's Jackson Macrae kicked a point to hand the Chargers a 1 point win.[5]


Clubs[edit]

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Clubs history[edit]

Team Region(s) Seasons Home Ground Training Ground
Northern Knights Northern Melbourne and North Eastern Melbourne 1992–present Preston City Oval Preston City Oval; La Trobe University
Eastern Ranges Eastern Melbourne 1992–present Box Hill City Oval Kilsyth Recreation Reserve
Dandenong Stingrays South Eastern Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula 1992–present Shepley Oval Shepley Oval
Western Jets Western Melbourne and Wyndham Region 1992–present Burbank Oval W.L.J. Crofts Reserve, Altona; Brookside Oval, Caroline Springs
Sandringham Dragons Bayside Melbourne 1992–present Trevor Barker Beach Oval Princes Park Oval#1, Caufield
Geelong Falcons Geelong and Western Region 1992–present Chirnside Park, Simonds Stadium Highton Reserve
Murray Bushrangers Riverina (NSW), Goulburn Valley & North Eastern Victoria 1993–present WJ Findlay Oval, Wangaratta; Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta; Lavington Sports Ground, Albury; Albury Sports Ground, Albury; Deakin Reserve, Shepparton WJ Findlay Oval
Bendigo Pioneers Bendigo, Central Murray, North Central, Sunraysia and Mallee regions 1993–present Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo Golden Square Football Oval
Gippsland Power Gippsland 1993–present Morwell Recreation Reserve, Morwell Morwell Recreation Reserve
New South Wales and ACT 1995–2002 2014- present
North Ballarat Rebels Ballarat and Wimmera Region 1993–present Eureka Stadium, North Ballarat Eureka Stadium
Oakleigh Chargers South Eastern Melbourne 1995–present Warrawee Park Warrawee Park
Calder Cannons North Western Melbourne and Sunbury District 1995–present Highgate Recreation Reserve Highgate Recreation Reserve
Former clubs:
Tassie Mariners Tasmania 1996–2002 Bellerive Oval; Aurora Stadium
Gold Coast Football Club QLD and PNG 2009 Carrara Stadium
Greater Western Sydney Western Sydney district 2010 Blacktown Olympic Park Blacktown Olympic Park

TAC Cup premiers[edit]

Season Premiers GF Score Runner-up Best-on-ground
1992 Geelong Falcons 18.16 (124) – 12.10 (82) Western Jets Daniel Fletcher
1993 Northern Knights 32.10 (202) – 18.11 (119) Western Jets Shannon Gibson
1994 Northern Knights 16.21 (117) – 15.17 (107) Geelong Falcons Anthony Rocca
1995 Northern Knights 12.20 (92) – 7.21 (63) Eastern Ranges Brent Harvey
1996 Northern Knights 15.15 (105) – 14.6 (90) NSW/ACT Rams Matthew Harrison
1997 North Ballarat Rebels 16.15 (111) – 10.16 (76) Dandenong Stingrays Adam Goodes
1998 Murray Bushrangers 17.18 (120) – 12.12 (84) Geelong Falcons Michael Stevens
1999 Sandringham Dragons 16.8 (104) – 8.6 (54) Gippsland Power Dylan Smith
2000 Geelong Falcons 18.16 (124) – 15.12 (102) Eastern Ranges Amon Buchanan
2001 Calder Cannons 16.14 (110) – 10.13 (73) Bendigo Pioneers Jordan Barham
2002 Eastern Ranges 10.5 (65) – 9.10 (64) Calder Cannons Stephen Dinnell
2003 Calder Cannons 16.14 (110) – 2.6 (18) Murray Bushrangers Brock McLean
2004 Calder Cannons 19.20 (134) – 9.10 (64) Eastern Ranges Jesse D. Smith
2005 Gippsland Power 12.9 (81) – 10.6 (66) Dandenong Stingrays Dale Thomas
2006 Oakleigh Chargers 19.16 (130) – 16.7 (103) Calder Cannons Dean Kelly
2007 Calder Cannons 14.20 (104) – 7.12 (54) Murray Bushrangers Ashley Arrowsmith
2008 Murray Bushrangers 21.16 (142) – 9.7 (61) Dandenong Stingrays Steele Sidebottom
2009 Calder Cannons 17.10 (112) – 14.14 (98) Dandenong Stingrays Jake Melksham
2010 Calder Cannons 17.14 (116) – 8.10 (58) Gippsland Power Mitchell Wallis
2011 Sandringham Dragons 17.11 (113) - 16.9 (105) Oakleigh Chargers Jack Viney
2012 Oakleigh Chargers 12.10 (82) - 12.9 (81) Gippsland Power Jackson Macrae

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://moreland-leader.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/going-back-in-time-on-tac-cup/
  2. ^ Rams to travel to Melbourne for first TAC Cup game in 12 years
  3. ^ TAC Cup Coaches Award details
  4. ^ Herbert wins award in TAC Cup
  5. ^ Golden Score Wins Oakleigh Premiership