By Jason Phelan 6:29 PM
Fri 25 September, 2009
A STELLAR performance from first-round draft prospect Jake Melksham has helped the Calder Cannons defeat the Dandenong Stingrays by 14 points to take out the 2009 TAC Cup decider at Etihad Stadium on Friday.
The Cannons recorded their competition-record fifth premiership after kicking 12 goals without a miss to start the game to set up a buffer that the Stingrays tried in vain to overcome on the way to the 17.10 (112) to 14.14 (98) final scoreline.
Melksham, a classy onballer who finished with 24 possessions and went inside 50 seven times, was awarded the TAC Medal for best on ground in the entertaining grand final.
The Bulldogs recruiting staff would have been impressed by a couple of potential father-son draftees in 2010. Tom Liberatore, son of Bulldog great Tony, and Mitch Wallis, Stephen's lad, gathered 27 and 21 possessions respectively for the Cannons.
Brendan Fewster, already 198cm tall, impressed in the ruck for Calder with 22 hit-outs to go with his 10 possessions.
Ryan Bastinac, another potential first-round selection, impressed for the Stingrays with 24 touches and a goal while Luke Parker (21) and Madison Andrews (20) were also prominent. Myles Pitt was Dandenong's leading scorer with three.
Cannons' forward Serhat Temel pushed his case for selection at the coming NAB AFL Draft with an impressive five-goal display while Luke Mitchell and Jacob Thompson, nephew of Geelong coach Mark, each booted three.
Dandenong Stingrays 3.4 9.7 10.11 14.14 (98)
Calder Cannons 7.0 13.2 15.7 17.10 (112)
Dandenong Stingrays: Pitt 3, Kerr 2, Petropolous, Amalfi, Cottrell, McInnes, Bastinac, Shaw, Hallahan, Millard, Treloar
Calder Cannons: Temel 5, Mitchell 3, Thompson 3, Carlisle, Hunter, Fewster, McCallum, Hicks, Wallis.
Umpires: Burgess, Talbot, Harris
Official crowd: 2500 est. at Etihad Stadium
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