The South Eastern Times : August 28th 2014
42 MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL Magpies have the wood over Mozzies H 42 MID SO 42 MID SO MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL Magpies have t ID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL Magpies have the wood over Mozzies H J.L. J.L. “FRED” firstname.lastname@example.org WARM weather and the large Hatherleigh Oval will give Kalangadoo the winning edge when it takes on Mount Burr in the Mid South East Football League 2nd semi-final on Saturday. Not only are the Magpies an arguably younger and fitter team than the Mozzies, they have easily won both previous matches in 2014. The mind games will invariably set in as the losses were not narrow but crushing victories of the magnitude of 45-points in Round 9 and 76-points in the final round of roster games. Mount Burr is aiming to build on its record haul of 17 A grade flags but I believe it will “hit a hurdle” as the major round gets underway. With the forecast temperature creeping into the 20’s, these conditions will test the ageing line-up of the minor premiers. Both Ben Mules (Kalangadoo coach) and Frazer Scanlon (Mount Burr coach) would be planning to take their teams on the direct route to the grand final at Port MacDonnell on September 13. At all costs, Mules and Scanlon want to avoid playing a super fresh Tantanoola in the cut-throat preliminary final at the Bay on Saturday week. Due to a programming quirk with a bye in Round 18, the Tigers will come into the penultimate match of the season having played just one game in the preceding 28 days. Most football games are won in the centre and the Burr boys will be looking to veteran Nick Morrison to give them first use of the ball. Morrison has had to cope with injuries in the latter part of the season and has been seen on crutches as he has watched his ex-teammates at Pioneers basketball games. His support in rucking con- tests will come from Taylor Redden and 2000 Mozzie premiership skipper Justin Nowak who is in the twilight of his career. The Magpies will be looking to Jon Mules to feed the on-ball division. At the age of 26 and with the benefit of two seasons away from the game, the youngest of the three Mules brothers is in career-best form. Once the ruckmen have done their job, how will the on-ballers react? Mount Burr has the best pair in the competition in the eyes of the umpires (and many others). Skipper Clint Gallio and Jonny Agnew polled a phenomenal 46 Mail Medal votes this season with the former claiming the trophy and the TOUGH PIE: Alex Lyon was Kalangadoo’s equal second best vote-catcher in the MSEFL Mail Medal this season. latter a third placing. Kalangadoo can’t match these tallies but it does have the talented Ben and Chris Mules, Tom Williams and the Jones fatherand-son combination (Michael and Tyler) in the engine room. 42 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, August 28, 2014 The argument for the Mozzies YOU can’t underestimate the ability of Mozzie veterans Scott Bevan and Dale Bowering to get the “big One step to a grand final goals” in major round contests. They each have six premiership medals and will be back-ups for the main targets in Chris Murray, Jack Gregory and speedy colt Hayden Schultz. In my mind, there will be greater firepower from Kalangadoo spearheads Anthony Kilsby, Alexander Lyon and Matt Doody. Perhaps Kalangadoo players will have to toss away the history books as they prepare to take on Mount Burr. Going on recent records alone, the Mozzies look to have the measure of the Magpies. They last met on this ground in the 2009 grand final when Darren Dean’s team of Burr boys snatched a six-point victory from Chris Mules and his 20 other gallant black-and-whites. Mount Burr is the most DEADLY DUO: Jon Agnew (front) and his Mount Burr teammate – and captain – Clint Gallio are a lethal midfield combination in the MSEFL. successful club in the MSEFL and much of the success is due to imports such as Scanlon. Indeed, Mount Burr has repeatedly looked to out-oftown players to win them premierships, Mail Medals and goalkicking trophies. This trend dates back to the club’s breakthrough flag in 1959 when ex-Norwood player Tony Hodgens came to Mount Burr from Millicent for one successful season. The Burr boys went top again in 1960 when Ron Carlson, formerly of Laura and North Adelaide, was in charge. The other imported coaches to take Mount Burr top were John “Jackson” Roberts (ex-Millicent and Kongorong) in 1969-70, Robert “Doc” Halliday (exMillicent, Hatherleigh and Kalangadoo) in 1976-78 and 1989-90, David Ey (ex- Sturt, Penola and North Gambier) in 1995-96, Adam Wiese (exHatherleigh and Millicent) in 2000 and journeyman Mark Kruger in 2010-11. Mount Burr’s imported Mail Medallists include Carlson in 1960, Bob Tilby in 1973, Greg “Butch” Muhovics in 1982 and Wiese in 1995. Mount Burr’s “foreign” leading league goalkickers include Bill Chapman (ex-West Gambier) in 1983, Rick “Steamer” Stephens (exMillicent) in 1995-96, Kruger in 2010, former Tantanoola player Jack Gregory in 2011 and Chris Murray (exMillicent) in 2012. Putting Mount Burr’s strong tradition aside, the 2014 reality is that they have twice beaten the seven other clubs in the competition but not their opponents on Saturday. I believe their losing run against Kalangadoo this season will extend to three. VERDICT: Kalangadoo by 15 points. BEST IN THE BUSINESS: After two successive years as runner-up in the MSEFL Mail Medal, Mount Burr captain Clint Gallio is now the undisputed king of the MSEFL. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au UP THE TEMPO: First year Mount Burr coach, Frazer Scanlon, like his Kalangadoo counterpart, Ben Mules, needs just two more wins to claim this year’s premiership. MAIDEN SUCCESS: First year Kalangadoo coach, Ben Mules is two wins away from a MSEFL premiership.
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