The South Eastern Times : April 1st 2014
24 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Tuesday Edition THE SOUTH EASTERN TIMES More success for Magic PAGE 19 Kalangadoo 15.10 (100) d Glencoe 13.10 (88) THERE could not have been a better scripted result for returning "favourite" son Ben Mules than leading his beloved Kalangadoo to a hard-fought home ground win over arch rivals Glencoe. After 12 decorated seasons with Glenelg in the SANFL, Mules played a pivotal role as the Magpies vanquished the Murphies to the tune of 12 points in the season opener of the Mid South East Football League (MSEFL). It was only in the dying minutes of the match that the home team was assured of victory as the visitors were showing great pluck in kicking into the breeze and whit- tling back a substantial deficit. To use an oft-quoted footy phrase, Mules "kept a lid on it" in his post-match address to the Magpie players and faithful supporters in the changerooms immediately after the final siren and victory song. The new coach attributed the win to the composure of his team but said there was plenty of work to do as the season progressed. Right next door, it was a sombre mood in the Glencoe camp as coach Simon Brook had used his three-quarter time address to remind his chargers that he regarded this match as being worth eight premiership points rather than the customary four. Even though it was Round 1, pre-season injury mishaps had robbed both teams of key players including rival captains Brian Casey (Kalangadoo) and Zacc Cocks (Glencoe). Despite booting into a slight breeze which was favouring the scoreboard end, it was the Magpies who recorded the first major of the contest through another returning player and ex-coach Anthony Kilsby. After two premierships and several seasons with North Gambier, Kilsby found his home ground to be to his liking and he finished the afternoon with six goals. This was the highest tally of any of the 168 players in the MSEFL in round one. With an excellent playing surface and warm temperatures, the game was played at a fast pace. Much of the credit for this is due to the graduates of Kalangadoo's senior colts' premiership side from last season. A major blow for the visitors came when skipper Adam Price hopped off the ground with a serious lower leg injury. An ice pack was immediately applied but Price took no further part in the match. Glencoe held a slender two point lead at quarter time after each side had scored three majors. It was all Kalangadoo in the second term as it slammed on 6.3 while conceding just 1.3. The home side took a 28 point lead into the long break and this was the greatest difference in scores throughout the contest. Back came the Murphies in the third term with the freshening breeze and the deficit was cut to just seven points at the last change. Members of the crowd were on their feet in the final quarter to see if the three Mules brothers (Ben, Chris and John) could achieve a victory in their first game together. Brook was playing his first game since midway through last season and he was briefly off his feet in the last term as two trainers worked on his legs. Kilsby proved to be the safest scoring option and the young Magpies looked for him on most occasions when they drove the ball ahead of centre. The veteran repaid their confidence in him and his two goals from a range of 40 metres almost sealed the result. He signalled his pleasure to the raucous crowd on the mound where the licensed booth is situated. His feats gave Kalangadoo a buffer of almost four goals with only seven minutes left on the clock but the renowned Glencoe spirit kept on until the final siren. Kalangadoo heads to Robe on Saturday while Glencoe hosts Mount Burr. Hatherleigh 20.16 (136) d Nangwarry 11.15 (81) THERE was no fairytale start for new Nangwarry coach Simon Merrett as he took the reigning wooden spooners to the home ground of the reigning premiers at Hatherleigh. It would have needed some heavenly intervention for the Saints to overcome this programming quirk which put them at such a disadvantage. The match was still in the balance at three quarter time when each side had booted 11 goals. However, the superior fitness levels of the Eagles were used to full advantage as they slammed on the final nine goals of the match. The visitors had their opportunities to score early in the final term but their shots either recorded minor scores or went out of bounds on the full. The 55 point winning margin flattered Hatherleigh and was not a true indication of the improvement and recruitment achieved by Merrett over summer. His side was obviously spurred by recent media reports that unnamed cynics had wanted Nangwarry jettisoned from the Mid South East Football League. Some luck deserted the visitors with key players Ben Dinnison and Ricky Lindner sidelined for part of the third term. Star recruit Tyson Ploenges had the opportunities to boot a bag of six goals but inaccuracy halved that amount. The goal-scoring honours were shared by two Hatherleigh players Simon Beggs and Sam Telfer with four apiece. It was a welcome return to A grade ranks for Beggs who spent all of last season in the reserves and an as occasional runner in senior company. Hatherleigh has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front over summer and its two chief signings wore the blue-and-gold colours on Saturday. Former West Adelaide and East Gambier onballers Coalan Buckley played alongside his elder brother Ciaran for the first time since their days at Kybybolite in 2012. The younger Buckley caught the eye but club insiders anticipate his availability may be restricted by work commitments. The other newcomer was dual West Gambier premiership defender Joe Ferguson-Lane and he scored a mention in the list of best players. The Eagles took over three quarters to hit their peak and the absence of any trial games may have been a contributing factor. In Round 2, Hatherleigh heads across town to meet fellow Round 1 winner Tantanoola while Nangwarry hosts league powerhouse Port MacDonnell. Port MacDonnell 20.15 (135) d Robe 6.13 (49) PORT MacDonnell's convincing 86 point win over fellow seaside club Robe was soured by the serious leg injury suffered by star recruit Josh Ransom. Continued page 23 CONTEST: Kalangadoo's John Mules and Glencoe's Matt Casparian contest a mark in Round 1 of the 2014 MSEFL season. Pictures: J.L. "FRED" SMITH. Mules leads Magpies to victory Kalangadoo hangs on to defeat Glencoe MITH . "FRED" @setimes.com.au SM J.L. fred@ TACKLED: Kalangadoo's Matt Doody applies pressure to Glencoe's Jace Weaver.
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