TAC Cup: Cannons just too strong

Wrapped up: Calder’s Andrew Galluci tries to get away a handpass under pressure from Sandringham players. Picture: Darren HoweAN 11-goal-to-one first term set the Calder Cannons up for a big win against Sandringham in round 9 of the TAC Cup at Highgate Stadium on Saturday.

The Cannons, without coach Martin Allison and key players lining up for the Vic Metro side in Adelaide, were too strong as they ran out winners 20.8 (128) to 7.5 (47).

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Assistant coach Andrew Jargo was happy with the boys’ performance.

“It was free flowing and open football.

“We were able to play direct and fast football.

“Last time we played them, they came out the better of the two sides, so were quite surprised by their slow start.

“They played well in patches and when they got the ball they moved it quickly.”

He said that pressure around the ground allowed the forwards to share the ball around.

Jayden Walker kicked four goals, while Andrew Gallucci and Jesse Boyd booted three apiece.

Jargo said players coming into the side in place of those on state duty had made the most of their opportunities.

“They grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

“Rory Atkins was best on ground in his first game as captain in the middle and at half-forward.

“He took the role well and showed real leadership.”

Aaron Christensen, Andrew Gallucci and Jake Young were also in the best.

The win follows the news this week that Allison would be leaving the club at the end of the season to take over as head coach of the Vic Metro.

Allison, who is a senior assistant coach this year, said he first spoke about taking over the role in August last year.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I will leave, but we still have a long way to go this year and go deep into finals and that’s our goal.

“It’s a great opportunity to coach at a senior level.”

Allison praised the efforts of the Cannons who played a role in Vic Metro’s win against South Australia in the third round of the under-18 national championships.

Metro kicked six goals to two in the first quarter to set up the result, holding on to win 16.7 (103) to 12.13 (85).

“South Australia was the side to beat and the Metro boys were outstanding.

“Jonathon O’Rourke was the best in the midfield of the Cannons boys.

“Joe Daniher [in his first game of the championships] was good in the ruck and up forward and Liam McBean provided drive from the backline.”

The Cannons face the Eastern Ranges at Highgate Reserve on Sunday.