The South Eastern Times : April 8th 2014
20 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Tuesday Edition THE SOUTH EASTERN TIMES Mozzies and Murphies draw PAGE 18 Mozzies sting Murphies Prove far too good MITH . "FRED" @setimes.com.au SM J.L. fred@ Mount Burr 16.20 (116) d Glencoe 12.7 (79) THE Scanlon name made a triumphant return to the Glencoe Oval but home team supporters had to endure the sight of new Mount Burr coach Frazer Scanlon singing the victory song. Any nerves the East Gambier recruit may have had were settled early in his coaching and MSEFL debut with a fine goal mid-way through the opening term. It helped create a 34 point buffer at the quarter time break as the Mozzies took full advantage of the breeze which favoured the farmland end by a few goals. The Murphies were unable to make significant inroads on the "Burr boys" lead over the ensuing three terms and the final margin was 37 points. The twin targets for the victors were Scott Bevan and Dylan Ridley with five goals apiece while Leo Sharaf was Glencoe's most effective forward for the second consecutive week and finished with four majors. Even in the second round of 2014, the home team looks depleted by injury. The season looks to be over for B grade coach Ali Scott as he seriously injured his knee in the curtain raiser. Meanwhile, vice-captain Zacc Cocks recovered from a head injury to lead the Murphies in the A grade as skipper Adam Price is on the sidelines with injury. Glencoe also summoned veteran Shane Brook into the team. It is a happy scenario at Mount Burr as veteran on-baller Jamie Little and ruckman Nick Morrison were in good touch while recruits like Tom Renzi, Shaun Withers and Scanlon had their moments. Another to impress was Jonny Agnew who has spent the past five seasons with Millicent. Although not listed in the club's best, many onlookers sang the praises of Scanlon and said he was the team's best four- quarter contributor. After starting the season with a bye, Mount Burr have hit the ground running and any talk of its power days being com- pletely over may be a little premature. The Mozzies will play Robe this Saturday in a match they will start as red hot favour- ites. The Murphies now have a lengthy three- week break until their next match at Robe on April 26. They have a scheduled bye in Round 3 and then the competition takes a break for the Easter holiday weekend. Port MacDonnell 14.14 (98) d Nangwarry 7.7 (49) PORT MacDonnell has remained at the top of the Mid South East Football League premiership table with a convincing 49 point win at Nangwarry on Saturday. In an act of symmetry, the seasiders doubled the score of their opponents but they did not have matters all their own. At quarter time, one of the league power- house teams had managed just one solitary goal and faced a deficit of 14 points. With such a scoreboard, some cynics were perhaps questioning whether there was a future in the MSEFL for the Port MacDonnell Football Club. The "Bay boys" responded in the best pos- sible manner with a five-goal-to-two second term and were never headed thereafter. After booting three goals in the opening term, the Saints seldom got much system into their forward line and managed only four more majors thereafter. A further sour result for the Saints' day is a likely tribunal visit for new coach Simon Merrett. In only his second game at the helm, Merrett was issued with a red card and reported for allegedly directing verbal abuse to field umpire Chris Scott. Some consolation for the home side was the large crowd in attendance. The Demons provided the Saints with their largest gate in 2013 and this may prove to be the case again this season. Meanwhile, the MSEFL had dealt reap- pointed Demon coach James McGregor the kindest possible hand to commence 2014 as the seasiders have been matched against the two teams which finished at the foot of the ladder last season. With a significant influx of recruits, McGregor has possibly used the so-called lesser competition to fine-tune his side before it takes on the league powerhouses. It is a different story with the Saints as they are now zip-two after defeats by the sides which contested the 2013 grand final. Looking to Round 3 on Saturday, Nangwarry travels the short distance to Kalangadoo to take on an undefeated side. Merrett and injured former coach Brett Lindner could be on the sidelines. Port MacDonnell's winning streak will be tested at the Bay by Tantanoola who are also undefeated. Kalangadoo 15.14 (104) d Robe 8.9 (57) THE scoreboard clearly shows that Robe began and finished the game poorly and handed Kalangadoo a comfortable 47 point victory. Played at the seaside, the home team had two more scoring shots in the first term but went to quarter time 13 points in arrears. The Roosters posted five behinds while the Magpies booted three goals. Honours were chiefly shared in the second term while the red-and-whites held a slight ascendancy in the third to reduce the margin to just 14 points at the last change. Robe's final term was not just goalless; it was also scoreless. Meanwhile, the visitors maintained their work rate to add an impressive but inac- curate tally of 4.9. Teen Tyler Jones made his A grade debut on this oval in 2013 and he obviously likes the venue as he kicked a game high tally of four goals. His veteran team mates Matt Doody and Anthony ("Killer") Kilsby each kicked three goals. For the second week in a row, Jaryd Dawson led the Rooster goalscorers with four goals. The better players for the seasiders were recruit Pete Agnew, new coach Dylan Coxon and returning player Jakob Woods. In a measure which may be viewed as an act of family generosity, brothers John and Chris Mules were named at the head of the list of best players. Robe travels 90km to Mount Burr on Saturday in search of its first win while second placed Kalangadoo hosts reigning wooden spooners Nangwarry. Tantanoola 12.10 (82) d Hatherleigh 9.10 (64) A SCRAPPY game of footy between two long-time rivals was provided for the large crowd in attendance at Tigerland. With the C.W.Haines Stand and the clu- brooms verandah packed with spectators, the Tigers and the Eagles watched a war of attrition in the first half. With conditions okay for play, just eight goals were scored in total in the opening half and the scores were locked together at 4.5. With the breeze at their backs, the Tigers played their best football of the match to add 5.3 while conceding just two goals. The home team led by 21 points at the final change and the red-and-whites then held their nerve in the fourth term. Handy goals into the breeze to Robbie Versace and Matt Pilmore put the result of the match beyond doubt. Although the win was welcome, new coach Jason Dawe must know that his team is capable of a much better standard of play. The reigning premiers were missing a third of their winning grand final team from 2013 and five of them have been club leaders. The absence of assistant coach Ciaran Buckley, ex-skippers Matt Faulkner, Tylah Saunders and Jase Faulkner along with former vice-captain Josh Sandland has robbed the team of plenty of on-field leader- ship experience. Buckley is understood to have been sidelined with a dislocated big toe which he suffered in the opening round. There is plenty of ability and experience among this missing quartet. Continued page 17 HANDPASS OPTIONS: Mount Burr's Scott Gamble tries to escape the clutches of Glencoe's Zacc Cocks. FORWARD POWER: Chris Murray kicked two goals in Mount Burr's win over Glencoe on Saturday.
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