The South Eastern Times : March 31st 2015
6 MSEFL 2015 PREVIEW kalangadoo magpies Magpies face challenge Loss of premiership players to test Kalangadoo H 6 MSEFL 2 6 MSEFL 2 MSEFL 2015 PREVIEW kalangadoo magpies M EFL 2015 PREVIEW kalangadoo magpies Magpies face challenge Loss of premiership players to test Kalangadoo H J.L. J.L. “FRED” email@example.com IT is the old, old story but Kalangadoo has changed from “the hunter” in 2014 to “the hunted” in 2015. The Ben Mules football fairytale went ion last season as the favourite son came home and lifted his team from eighth to top. After a decorated 200+ game career with SANFL zone club Glenelg and six seasons as skipper, Mules came home. He took over a team with a mix of age and experience but all had worn the famous black and white vertical stripes. A stroke of luck came the club’s way when new Beachport resident Al Lyon opted to join the club early in the season. After one run in the Ressies, Lyon’s impact on the forward line was electrifying and he was rewarded with interleague and team-of-the-year selection, nine Mail Medal votes and 36 goals. The Magpies took a while to gather momentum but the season defining win came at Mount Burr on June 14 when they lowered the colours of the undefeated ladder leaders. The Mozzies never fully regained their stride with that 45 point home ground loss while Mules and his team ploughed on relentlessly to claim the Wilf Sprengel premiership shield. As the 2015 season draws nigh and Kalangadoo faces Mount Burr on April 18, Mules has to instil that hunger in his team. The club has twice won a hat-trick of flags (in 1951-3 and 1982-84) but otherwise can never claim to have back-to-back flags. The most recent glance at the clearance listings shows only a modest amount of movement to and from Kalangadoo in the off-season. The main loss is triple Mail Medallist Brian Casey who has moved to Western Australia. Casey has been the heart and soul of the senior side for over a decade. While the term match-winner is often over-used by footy scribes, it could truly be applied to many of the matches played by Casey. Teenagers Pat Davies and Mitch Lowe are Adelaide-bound while speedy Andrew Stone is sidelined with a serious knee injury. Matt Doody has brought down the curtain on a fine footy career as he booted four goals in the grand final and turned 40 that very week. At 45, many players have long hung up their boots but it would be a brave tipster to say that Michael Jones has definitely played his final game of footy at this grand age. Like Casey, Jones has won three league medals. Jones also has numerous runner-up awards in the four competitions in the South East of South Australia and the South West of Victoria. Jones has been at training and there is the obvious attraction of playing in another premiership team with his teenage son Tyler. Joining the Magpies are Penola premiership player Lachy Jones, while capital city recruit Andy Reynolds is also eyeing off an A grade berth. Mules said teen James Davies was back from Adelaide while James Hunter and Sam McManus were two other BIG LOSS: One of the most decorated Kalangadoo and MSEFL players in recent years, Brian Casey has moved to Western Australia. STRONG PEDIGREE: Tyler Jones comes from good football stock and last year enjoyed the thrill of playing in a premiership team with his father, Michael. members of the younger brigade who have impressed him over the summer trainings sessions. He said the club only had a couple of pre-Christmas training runs before the tempo stepped up in the New Year. “We had a late end to the 2014 season and Kalangadoo has not pushed into September in recent years,” Mules wryly observed. With at least five players missing from 6 - 2015 MSE Football and Netball Season Preview, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 the winning grand final line-up, Mules does not underestimate the task ahead of his team. “We went under the radar in the first half of last season and that won’t happen again. “We have to keep to our training schedules and maintain team discipline. “We only have to worry about ourselves.” PREDICTION: Top three. YOUTHFUL TALENT: Patrick Davies is one of several promising juniors playing senior football at Kalangadoo.
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