The South Eastern Times : December 11th 2014
30 MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL Footy fixture finalised From back page Glencoe will face two of this year’s top four finalists in the first four rounds, but will close the season out with two tough ones, Kalangadoo and Mount Burr. Hatherleigh WITH opening clashes against Glencoe (away), Robe (home), Kalangadoo (away) and Mount Burr (home), Hatherleigh will be under the spotlight before the Round 5 bye. ROUND 1 TEASER: Tantanoola will host Port MacDonnell in next season’s opening round of the MSEFL. 2015 MSEFL draw Round 1 – April 3 (Good Friday) Robe v Mount Burr April 11 Glencoe Kongorong Tantanoola Bye: Kalangadoo Round 2 – April 18 Mount Burr Hatherleigh Nangwarry v Kalangadoo v Robe v Glencoe Port MacDonnell v Kongorong Bye: Tantanoola Round 3 – April 26 (Sunday) Kalangadoo Robe v Hatherleigh v Nangwarry Glencoe Kongorong Bye: Mount Burr Round 4 – May 2 Nangwarry v Kalangadoo Port MacDonnell v Robe Tantanoola Hatherleigh Bye: Kongorong Round 5 – May 9 Kalangadoo Robe Glencoe Mount Burr Bye: Hatherleigh Round 6 – May 16 Tantanoola Kongorong Bye: Glencoe Round 7 – May 23 Kalangadoo Robe Mount Burr Hatherleigh Bye: Nangwarry Round 8 – May 30 Glencoe Kongorong Tantanoola v Kalangadoo v Mount Burr v Hatherleigh Port MacDonnell v Nangwarry Bye: Robe June 6 – SE Zone Carnival Round 9 – June 13 Kalangadoo Mount Burr Hatherleigh Nangwarry v Robe v Glencoe v Kongorong v Tantanoola Bye: Port MacDonnell v Kongorong v Glencoe v Tantanoola v Port MacDonnell v Kalangadoo v Robe Port MacDonnell v Mount Burr Nangwarry v Hatherleigh v Port MacDonnell v Tantanoola v Kongorong v Nangwarry v Glencoe v Mount Burr v Port MacDonnell v Tantanoola v Hatherleigh v Nangwarry v Port MacDonnell Round 10 – June 20 Mount Burr Hatherleigh Nangwarry Round 11 – June 27 Kalangadoo Robe Glencoe Kongorong Bye: Tantanoola July 4 – SA Country Championships Round 12 – July 11 Hatherleigh Nangwarry Bye: Mount Burr Round 13 – July 18 Kalangadoo Robe Glencoe Mount Burr Bye: Kongorong Round 14 – July 25 Port MacDonnell v Kalangadoo Tantanoola Kongorong Nangwarry v Robe v Glencoe v Mount Burr Bye: Hatherleigh Round 15 – August 1 Kalangadoo Robe Mount Burr Hatherleigh Bye: Glencoe v Tantanoola v Kongorong v Port MacDonnell v Nangwarry Round 16 – August 8 Kongorong Glencoe Tantanoola v Kalangadoo v Robe v Mount Burr Port MacDonnell v Hatherleigh Bye: Nangwarry Round 17 – August 15 Kalangadoo Mount Burr Hatherleigh Nangwarry Bye: Robe Glencoe Kongorong Tantanoola v Glencoe v Kongorong v Tantanoola v Port MacDonnell Nangwarry Round 18 – August 22 Robe Bye: Port MacDonnell 1st semi-final 2nd semi-final 30 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, December 11, 2014 v Kalangadoo v Mount Burr v Hatherleigh v Nangwarry August 29 September 5 Preliminary final September 12 Grand final September 19 AFTER successive seasons when Nangwarry was forced to play the preceding grand finalists in the opening two rounds, the Saints have been given some reprieve in 2015. This year’s wooden spooner, will start next season with an away game against Kongorong (8th in 2014) and then play Glencoe (6th) and Robe (7th) in what shapes as a much easier start. v Nangwarry v Port MacDonnell v Tantanoola v Hatherleigh v Kalangadoo v Robe Port MacDonnell v Glencoe Tantanoola v Kongorong v Robe v Glencoe v Kongorong Port MacDonnell v Tantanoola Bye: Kalangadoo v Mount Burr v Hatherleigh v Nangwarry v Port MacDonnell The Eagles should have no grounds for complaint on their roster make-up and Craig Skeer’s men could already be Septemberdreaming. Kalangadoo PERHAPS the MSEFL marketing arm missed the boat somewhat by not programming its reigning premier a home game until Round 3. A bye in the opening round will be followed by a 2nd semi-final rematch against Mount Burr in the second week before the Magpies host Hatherleigh. With little news of player losses, expect Kalangadoo to be well and truly in the hunt for back-to-back premierships. Kongorong STARVED of premiership success since 1988 and a finals appearance of any sort since 2004, it’s fair to say, Kongorong is overdue for some success. While the Hawks will start with what should be a win – at home v Nangwarry – the next two rounds against Port MacDonnell and Tantanoola will be genuine tests. Kongorong has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front to date and the Hawks are at longodds in the early premiership market. Mount Burr THE Mozzies will celebrate Easter with a trip to the seaside to play Robe in an historic Good Friday match. After finishing the 2014 home and away ladder as minor premier and then bowing out of the finals series in straight sets, Mount Burr coach, Frazer Scanlon knows his team must improve. It will be the early favourite against Robe, but 15 days later will start underdog against Kalangadoo and then must wait another 14 days before playing its third game of the season because of the Round 3 bye. Mount Burr will also be affected in the second half of the roster when it does not play a game between June 27 and July 18. LONGER WAIT: Kalangadoo will have to wait till Round 3 in 2015 to unfurl this season’s MSEFL premiership pennant. But from Rounds 4-6, Nangwarry will meet Kalangadoo (1st), Mount Burr (3rd) and Hatherleigh (4th). Over the course of 18 rounds, the roster is equal, but getting away to a good start and in 2015, Nangwarry will be presented with that chance. Port MacDonnell AFTER a disappointing finish to 2014 and claiming the unwanted tag of “Best team outside the finals,” Port MacDonnell has opted for a new coach in Leigh Capewell who will come to the Demons with credentials that has him as a dual premiership coach, Nangwarry (1999) and South Gambier (2002). The Demons open with an away game against this year’s beaten grand finalist, Tantanoola before a run of three games that the Bay should win, but they are all dangerous, Kongorong, Glencoe and Robe. From Rounds 5-7, Port MacDonnell will play three of this year’s finalists in successive matches, Kalangadoo, Mount Burr and Hatherleigh. That period alone could test the Demons. Robe WHILE the decision to play a Good Friday match may not sit well with all of the community, the Robe Roosters will hit the ground running and attempt to make every post a winner. The home game on April 3 against Mount Burr has the potential to be a money-spinner for the Roosters and on the field, it could kick start a season of promise. With football legend Jim Jess back at the helm as co-coach, Robe will be looking for improvement. Tantanoola AFTER holding on for a finals berth this season, Tantanoola came good to eliminate Hatherleigh and Mount Burr in successive weeks before folding against Kalangadoo. But was Tantanoola really the second best side in the competition this season? The history books show yes, but tell Mount Burr that. An opening teaser against Port MacDonnell will be a good test for Tantanoola before the Round 2 bye. Upon resumption, the Tigers have the ideal chance to build a platform to the finals with successive games against Kongorong, Glencoe and Robe, three teams that missed this year’s finals. General THE MSEFL will again avoid playing roster games on Anzac Day, despite April 25 falling on a Saturday next year. Instead, all Round 3 games will be played on Sunday, April 26. The most recent time the MSEFL played games on Anzac Day was in the 1998 season and prior to that, 1992, 1981, 1958 (one Friday match), 1957 (Thursday) and 1953. There will be two mid season breaks in the roster, the first for the second annual South East Zone Carnival on June 6 and the other for the South Australian Country Championships on the weekend of July 4-5. A top four finals system will again apply with the grand final scheduled for September 19. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Games against Hatherleigh, Nangwarry and Port MacDonnell follow the Good Friday clash to round out the first month for Robe.
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