Blockbuster clash awaits

KALANGADOO V PORT MACDONNELL

On current form, Saturday’s Mid South Eastern football meeting at Pie Park between undefeated top-team  Kalangadoo and second-placed Port MacDonnell will be a preview of both the second semi final and the grand final.

After 10 rounds, the Demons and the Magpies have been well guided by their new coaches Simon Merrett and Kevin Joyce and are set to go all the way to the season decider.

They both appear to have more depth and a greater ability to cover the absence of injured players than both Hatherleigh and Robe.

They are the only other teams in realistic intention of securing the Wilf Sprengel premiership shield in 2021.

Fifth-placed Mount Burr lies two wins plus 10%age points behind the Eagles with only seven rounds to play.

The Magpies have not had a game for three weeks but seven of them served with distinction in the black-and-red colours of the MSEFL against the Western Border at Millicent just over a week ago.

There was a bumper crowd at Kalangadoo in round nine for the official opening of the extended changerooms/clubrooms and  Indigenous Round and attendance records could be set in this fixture.

 There has not been such a vital meeting of Kalangadoo and Port MacDonnell in living memory and so the Demon supporters should set aside any travel shyness.

The winner will definitely secure the bragging rights and stake a strong claim to the minor premiership.

It is a safe bet that ex-Kalangadoo premiership coach Chris Mules will return from a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

KONGORONG V TANTANOOLA

Little more than pride is at stake when Kongorong hosts Tantanoola, but an upset could be on the cards.

More than any other game in round 11, this encounter  has the best chance of reversing the round two result.

On paper, the Hawks appear to have the decisive advantages of being taller, stronger and vastly more experienced.

On the other hand, the Tigers have a younger team with as many as six colts getting an A Grade game each week.

Without exception, these colts have remarkable skill and application and these desirable traits are the foundation of success in  every sporting endeavour.

Tantanoola and Kongorong both lost heavily in round 10 but the red-and-whites had no luck at all.

Not only did they have to kick into the breeze in the first term, they had to combat ex-SANFL player Billy Laurie who booted four goals in this period.

GLENCOE V MOUNT BURR

Glencoe surrendered one of its four annual memorial trophies when it lost to Mount Burr at Mick and Jean Walker Oval in round two.

The Ian McInnes Memorial Shield is staying at Thomas Drive until 2022.

Although the Murphies are now out of major round contention, they still want to retain the Phil Muhovics Memorial Trophy  against Nangwarry and the Neil Von Duve Memorial Trophy against Tantanoola and to win back the Max Matthews Memorial Trophy against Kalangadoo.

Mount Burr has the slimmest of chances of sneaking into the top four and must return home along the Overland Track with the premiership points.

ROBE V NANGWARRY

Nangwarry’s last win in the MSEFL came at the seaside six  years ago but there is little to suggest that Robe will succumb in 2021.

 The Saints had a very low score when they hosted the Roosters back in April but their forward manoeuvres have improved over the past three months.

The seasiders are still hopeful of securing a double chance berth for the finals and will be looking for a percentage booster.

Hatherleigh has the bye.

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