The South Eastern Times : April 19th 2018
22 SPORT Undefeated status on the line the third consecutive week. J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH email@example.com MOUNT BURR v KALANGADOO IT is the third round of the Mid South East Football League 2018 season on Saturday and the Kalangadoo Football Club features in the match-of-the-day for The 2017 minor premiers take on the 2017 premiers on their home ground at “Mick” and Jean Walker Oval. As these are the only two undefeated teams, top spot is up for grabs and the Magpies will want to knock the Mozzies off their ladder-leading perch. If they do so, they will extract a small measure of revenge for their loss in the 2017 preliminary final. Although you can not argue with winning Point to prove TANTANOOLA v GLENCOE THE Tigers and the Murphies would take issue with the pundits who claim there is just a four horse race for the 2018 premiership in the MSEFL. Plenty are saying Mount Burr, Hatherleigh, Robe and Kalangadoo will contest the major round and it is certainly true this quartet has been the most active in replenishing its playing ranks over summer. Tantanoola’s main claim for a return to finals is the fact it has strengthened its attack. The return of Braydn Reilly to attack at Kongorong on Saturday was a master stroke by coach Josh Peters and he was immediately rewarded with five goals, the John Rogers Memorial Medal as best-onground and membership of a winning team. Reilly has mainly been used in defence or in the ruck for most of the past decade but he is sure to be used near the goals again. Robbie Versace is back from a few years interstate and his goal sense has been rewarded with multiple Tiger trophies. The ace-in-the pack for Peters and Co is likely to be Sam Haniford, who has played at a high level in country and city locations. Haniford did not play in the pre-season cup at Kongorong and nor at this venue in Round 2. Furthermore, the rumour mill suggests he may also be unavailable for this week, along with Cameron Saint. When Hanford does play, we will see if he can lift Tantanoola into major round contention. Glencoe is a reasonable prospect for success given that it won the equivalent match a year ago and re-claimed the Neil Von Duve Memorial Medal. The Murphies had a lacklustre Round 1 match at Hatherleigh but improved a great deal in an honourable loss at home to Mount Burr on Saturday. There are whispers about two key playmakers are facing long spells on the sidelines and this could harm their chances in 2018. Coastal scene set for battle of the bays PORT MACDONNELL v ROBE IT will be of great interest to see which Roosters and Demons run on to the Bay Oval just after 2pm on Saturday. For much of their history since the 1960s, April meetings of the two seaside clubs would have been fought between two depleted teams. The two ports are heavily involved in the lobster fishing industry and so the many footballing fishermen in past times would have still been on boats in the opening month of the season. Although some are involved in fishing for sharks, lobster quotas management introduced 20 years ago has ensured the majority of boats are ashore or in harbour well before the end of March. ONE ON THREE: Port MacDonnell utility player Daron McElroy outpointed three Robe opponents when the Roosters last played the Demons at the Bay in 2017. 22 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, April 19, 2018 The other availability issue which has faced both Robe and Port MacDonnell in recent years is having to deal with player transfer points. Around the state in recent years, the authorities have capped player recruitment by allocating points based on where you finish the previous season. It is common knowledge that a plethora of recruits to the Bay a few seasons ago meant some quality players could not play in A Grade and had to play in the curtain-raisers. A similar situation applies to the Roosters in 2018 and it might be some of their Adelaidebased recruits might be told to stay at home for Round 3. After all, it is almost a 1000km round trip from the capital city to play at Port MacDonnell, but a more manageable 680km when games are played at home at Robe. The jungle drums are beating at Robe that ex-skipper Jaryd Dawson might be having Lars surgery on his troublesome knee in a bid to play again in 2018 and avoid a year on the sidelines. Both teams have enjoyed big wins over Nangwarry so far in 2018 while Robe has had a bye and Port MacDonnell has experienced a loss to Kalangadoo. On this form, Robe will be favourite. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au form, neither coach would say their sides have reached their respective peaks at this early stage of the season. Mount Burr had a slow start at home to Kongorong before winning handsomely and then had to fight tooth and nail to bring the premiership points back from Glencoe. Kalangadoo was impressive in the opening round at Port MacDonnell, while it faced quality opposition at home against Hatherleigh before narrowly winning. It might be the Mozzies have to quickly assess the many strengths of Magpie newcomers Ben Gregory and Lex Larson. They had some vital touches in that dogged win over the Eagles and need to be contained. The man most likely to deny the visitors a win is livewire forward Dylan Ridley. On so many occasions, his inspirational efforts have single-handedly changed the course of many Mount Burr matches. Although acknowledging the quality of Kalangadoo, I firmly believe Mount Burr has another unbeaten season in the making. Eagles chase percentage boost against Saints J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org HATHERLEIGH v NANGWARRY HATHERLEIGH coach Jase Faulkner shares the same dilemma as seven other coaches in the MSEFL as his side prepares to take on Nangwarry. The Saints may have pluck and spirit, but the side is lacking the skill, experience and fitness to match the eight other clubs. The side relies heavily on the likes of skipper Aiden Mills as well as Andrew Russell, Brayden Kelly, Ben Dinnison, Ben Deamer and Adam Gartside to use their footy knowledge to thwart their opponents. The team has already suffered two heavy defeats and it has not been able to replenish its playing stock over summer. The players who may have opted to join Nangwarry have decided instead to play where incentives are probably greater as well as the likelihood of success. Faulkner and his co-selectors will have to decide if they field a fullstrength side at home and build up percentage against a side which has gone a few seasons without a win. The alternatives are to spell some veteran players, rest those with niggling injuries, promote some juniors and give them 120 minutes of game time and experiment with team placings. The Eagles do not need any reminding of the situation at the Tarpeena Oval over 15 years ago when Hatherleigh succumbed to the then Tarpeena Canaries/Kangaroos which ended their long losing streak, which stood in excess of 100 games. History is filled with examples of teams winning against the odds. Hatherleigh has shown in its two matches so far in 2018 it has the personnel to feature in the finals and it would want to do well for the sake of 200-gamer Tim Merrett. It cannot allow Nangwarry to get within striking distance if the blueand-gold team is expected to be touted as a premiership contender. FRESH CHALLENGE: New Hatherleigh vice-captain Sam Waring (centre) will take on Nangwarry veteran ruckman Ben Dinnison when the Saints visit on Saturday for round three.
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