The South Eastern Times : April 1st 2014
The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 23 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 23 MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL EYE ON THE PRIZE: Glencoe's Simon Brook and Kalangadoo's Jesse McPhail play it hard to gain possession of the ball. From back page The dual West Gambier premiership player and Pre-Season Cup medal winner had been in scintillating form to begin the contest and is understood to have fractured a leg. Ransom was the major reason the Demons took a 43 point lead into the first change and he was ranked by many onlookers as best-on-ground until fate intervened in the second term. He took no further part in the match. The match was decided by half-time as the margin in favour of the "Bay boys" had ballooned out to 79 points. To their credit, the Roosters shared the honours with the Demons in the remaining half. Much of the credit to limiting their hosts to just six goals in this period must go to new Robe coach Dylan Coxon. Despite being hampered by an ankle complaint, Coxon switched himself into defence and sent back the Demons on many occasions. Coxon knows the Bay oval well as Port MacDonnell is one of his former clubs. Robe had trouble in converting their scoring opportunities and they received good value from Jaryd Dawson who posted four of their six majors. Jakob Woods impressed in his return to the Roosters along with former Mount Burr skipper Pete Agnew who is now living and working at Robe. The southern seasiders should still be satisfied with an 81 point victory and the form of Will Macdonald and Ben McGregor who led the way. Last season's leading goalkicker Dylan Bromley also reminded the competition of his worth with a five goal haul. Teenager Jordan Zeitz's commitment to winning an A grade premiership is seen by his willingness to study at university in Adelaide during the week and play at his home club every weekend. The Demons have been the most active of all the nine MSEFL clubs over summer and some of their recruits were chosen in B grade. League observers suggest this may have been due to an excess of player transfer points which are capped in the MSEFL. Whatever the reason, the home side helped themselves to a score of 25.26 in the curtain raiser while restricting the Roosters to just one behind. The Demons head to Nangwarry in Round 2 while Robe hosts opening round victors Kalangadoo. Tantanoola 19.18 (132) d Kongorong 14.12 (96) TANTANOOLA had the most scoring shots of any of the eight teams in the opening round and the tally of 19.18 was 38 points better than its hosts at Kongorong. The Tigers under new non-playing coach Jason Dawe have been touted as one of the big improvers of 2014 and there was much to like in this opening round victory. The visitors were sluggish in the opening term and allowed the Hawks to go to quarter time with a lead of 11points. After such a good start, the Hawks faltered somewhat and this allowed the Tiger playmakers to feed the ball into key forwards Glenn Gascoyne and Matt Pilmore. Tantanoola quickly overtook Kongorong on the scoreboard and added 7.3 for the second term while conceding just 2.3. With a lead of 19 points at the long break, the game was still in the balance. However, the red-and-whites showed the second term was no fluke as they also out-scored the black-and- golds in the remaining two terms. About the pleasing aspects for Dawe was the form of his teenage son Jack as well as ruckman Josh McRostie who had missed playing A grade in 2013 on account of various injuries. McRostie gave his followers first use of the ball but the clever Hawks achieved most of the centre clear- ances. The Hawks were not disgraced in the opening round with full back Nick Ham rated the best by the club's brains trust for his blanketing efforts on Gascoyne. New coach Tony Elletson was able to have a close look at proceedings from the middle of the oval rather than the sidelines. Elletson played every B grade game last season and was runner-up in the Carthew Medal for the best and fair- est in the competition. His last A grade game for the Hawks had been in 2012. The Hawks have the bye in the second round while the Tigers host the reigning premiers. Magpies hang on TOUGH IN THE CLINCHES: Glencoe's Dylan Childs and Kalangadoo's Andrew Stone fight for possession. MIDFIELD: Kalangadoo's Andrew Stone looks to move the ball downfield. GAME PLAN: Kalangadoo coach Ben Mules discusses the game plan with assistant coach Peter Collins.
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