The South Eastern Times : March 24th 2015
18 FOOTBALL Dust off the boots . . . footy is back From back page Pool B: Tantanoola (2nd), Hatherleigh (4th), Glencoe (6th), Kongorong (8th). Glencoe v Kongorong THE Murphies and the Hawks will kick the early autumn dew off the ground at 9.30am. While Ransom will unveil the mask on his summer recruits, Kongorong’s reappointed coach, Tony Elletson will be keen to unleash his prized recruit, Callum Hudson – if the rumour mill is correct – while welcoming back Brad Cordy after two seasons at South Gambier. Kongorong’s record in the PreSeason Cup is less-than average, winning only once in five years. Last year, the Hawks and Robe featured in the tournament’s first ever draw. Later in Saturday’s program, Glencoe will play Hatherleigh and Kongorong will be up against Tantanoola. Kalangadoo v Port MacDonnell ONE of the more tantalising match-ups will be in the second game, when the reigning MSEFL premier (Kalangadoo) stands toe-to-toe with the defending Pre-Season Cup champions (Port MacDonnell). Ben Mules will be out to prove his Magpies were not fluky winners last winter, while in the Demon camp, football legend in these parts, Leigh Capewell returns to the MSEFL as nonplaying coach of Port MacDonnell. A decorated football career which includes an obscene number of premierships with South Gambier in the Western Border FL, Capewell has achieved pretty well everything he can in footy. Lifting Port MacDonnell back up the MSEFL is his new challenge. After playing Kalangadoo, Port MacDonnell’s second match will be against Robe, while the Magpies have drawn Mount Burr in a rematch of last year’s 2nd semi-final. Tantanoola v Hatherleigh THE Tigers come up against the Eagles in Game 3 and the rematch of last year’s 1st semi-finalists should provide fans of the respective clubs with a teaser of what lies ahead. Both clubs have been relatively stable in the recruiting and departure stakes over the six month layoff. Last year, Tantanoola set a new tournament scoring record when it swamped Kongorong 10.5 (65) v 1.1 (7). Tantanoola will also play Kongorong on Saturday and the Eagles’ second qualifier will be against the hosts, Glencoe. Mount Burr v Nangwarry ANYONE doubting the hunger of Mount Burr for this competition or for the six months that follows, just give the Mozzies a reminder that last September, they bowed MSEFL Pre-Season Cup ‘Super Ladder’ 2010-14 Pos. 1 2 Glencoe Hatherleigh 3 Tantanoola 4 5 6 Robe Kongorong Port MacDonnell Kalangadoo Nangwarry 7 Mount Burr 8 9 13 10 10 13 12 12 10 9 9 out of the finals in straight sets in games that included margins of just 14 points (v Kalangadoo) and one point (Tantanoola). If second year coach Frazer Scanlon and his charges aren’t still seething over that sort of departure, then they’re not human. Nothing will change the results of last year, that’s done and dusted. But reputations can be put back in place with a bigger and better effort in 2015, starting this Saturday. Nangwarry has gone down the path of appointing joint coaches for 2015 – Dion Dinnison and Craig Hicks, replacing Scott Merrett who has returned to Penola in the KNTFL. Nangwarry won this tournament back in 2010, but things have not gone all that smoothly for the Saints since then. It’s pre-season record since 2010 includes just two wins, a one-pointer over Kalangadoo in 2012 and a three-pointer against Robe in 2013, hardly the stuff of consistency. Mount Burr shouldn’t need too much incentive in its second match against Kalangadoo, while Nangwarry faces a winnable game against Robe in the final qualifying fixture on the program. Robe LIKE Nangwarry, Robe has also appointed joint coaches this season, turning the clock back to 2003 and bringing back footy legend Jim Jess who will be joined by former player, Fabian Bigmore, who is fresh out of the umpiring ranks. Jess and Bigmore will manage a good crop of players but there is plenty of hard work ahead for the Roosters. Robe’s record in the Pre-Season Cup is hardly flattering as in the five previous editions, the Roosters have won just two games and drawn one. Robe’s qualifying matches on Saturday will be against Port MacDonnell and Nangwarry. Looking for a name? THE MSEFL has been in continuous operation since 1936, interrupted only by World War II with no fixtures between 1941-45. Almost every award in the MSEFL, whether it be for clubs or individuals, has a significant name, honouring legends and stalwarts of the league. But not-so, the Pre-Season Cup. While the name is obvious to what the tournament is all about, perhaps the time is right to honour another great of the game. Let’s throw the suggestion box open to readers. 18 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 P W L 10 7 6 7 6 6 3 2 1 3 3 4 6 6 6 7 6 7 D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 % 76.92 70.00 60.00 53.85 50.00 50.00 30.00 27.78 16.67 If you have any worthwhile nominations, forward to rod. email@example.com and we’ll pass onto the MSEFL executive for due consideration. MSEFL Pre-Season Cup draw (Saturday at Glencoe) Game 1: Glencoe v Kongorong at 9.30am Game 2: Kalangadoo v Port MacDonnell at 10.10am Game 3: Tantanoola v Hatherleigh at 10.50am Game 4: Mount Burr v Nangwarry at 11.30am Game 5: Port MacDonnell v Robe at 12.10pm Game 6: Tantanoola Kongorong at 12.50pm v Game 7: Kalangadoo v Mount Burr at 1.30pm Game 8: Hatherleigh v Glencoe at 2.10pm Game 9: Robe v Nangwarry at 2.50pm Grand final:Pool A leader v Pool B leader at 3.30pm Previous grand final results 2010 Nangwarry 4.5 (29) d Port MacDonnell 4.4 (28) at Mount Burr 2011 Glencoe 4.1 (25) d Mount Burr 1.1 (7) at Nangwarry 2012 Port MacDonnell 5.2 (32) d Glencoe 1.1 (7) at Port MacDonnell 2013 Glencoe 4.2 (26) d Kalangadoo 2.2 (14) at Robe 2014 Port MacDonnell 6.5 (41) d Glencoe 1.1 (7) at Tantanoola Grand final best-on- ground history 2010 Adam Stewart (Nangwarry) 2011 Kyle Jacques (Glencoe) 2012 Brad Stephens (Port MacDonnell) 2013 Adam Price (Glencoe) 2014 Josh Ransom (Port MacDonnell) Scoring history Highest score: Tantanoola 10.5 (65) d Kongorong 1.1 (7), 2014 at Tantanoola. Lowest score: 0.0 (0) Nangwarry lt Mount Burr 8.5 (53) 2011 at Nangwarry and Port MacDonnell lt Glencoe 4.6 (30), 2013 at Robe. Biggest winning margin: 62 points Glencoe d Robe, 2012 at Port MacDonnell GAME 5: Defending Pre-Season Cup champions, Port MacDonnell will play Robe in Game 5 this Saturday. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au GAME 4: Tantanoola and Hatherleigh will renew hostilities in Game 4 of the Pre-Season Cup at Glencoe. GAME 3: Mount Burr can ill afford to take Nangwarry too lightly in the third game of the roster in the Pre-Season Cup. GAME 2: Kalangadoo and Mount Burr will clash in the second match on the Pre-Season Cup schedule.
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