TAC Cup: Calder cements finals chances

CALDER Cannons are all but mathematically guaranteed finals action in TAC Cup with a 54-point win away at Bendigo Pioneers on Saturday.

Returning Vic Metro players helped the Cannons’ cause in the 13.11 (89) to 5.5 (35) win at Epsom-Huntly Reserve.

Calder (8-6) improved to third on the table in the top eight by three clear games from the ninth-placed Western Jets (5-9).

Both Murray Bushrangers and Sandringham Dragons had the opportunity to leapfrog the Cannons in matches played Sunday after the Weekly went to print.

Coach Martin Allison said that while a number of Vic Metro players were returning to the team, it was players stepping up and taking opportunities who had impressed against the Pioneers.

“The improvement we’re looking for is about trying to get some overlap hand-ball and run and carry into the team,” Allison said.

“We’ve identified when we can get the ball into our 50m often we’re good at hitting the scoreboard … we’re just not getting as many 50m entries as we would like.”

Calder kicked the only four goals of the first quarter on Saturday and victory was all but assured after consolidating in the second term to lead 58-15 at half-time.

Liam McBean booted three goals for the Cannons while Jayden Walker, Rory Atkins and Daniel Ratcliffe each booted two.

Calder named Atkins, Ratcliffe, Sean Hetherington, Daniel Thompson, Jake Owen and Jake Young as its best.

With three rounds remaining, the Cannons play Geelong Falcons at Highgate Reserve in Craigieburn from 2pm on Saturday.