Eagles soar as Titans clash

Hatherleigh d Kalangadoo

The race for the 2022 Mid South Eastern Football League premiership is well and truly wide-open following Hatherleigh’s impressive 43-point victory at home over previously unbeaten Kalangadoo in round nine on Saturday.

It was a shot-in-the-arm for the 86-year-old competition and came on the eve of crucial talks spearheaded by the SANFL in Millicent and Mount Gambier this week of a possible merger of some of the leagues in this region in 2023.

The Magpies had been in superb form coming into the match whereas the Eagles had been caned by reigning premiers Port MacDonnell in round eight and managed only three goals at the Bay.

Hatherleigh players were not spooked by such poor form and started Saturday’s blockbuster match at a pace.

They had their first goal on the board within the first minute of play and added a further seven majors for good measure at the Mission Station Road end before the siren sounded for the quarter-time break.

The Eagles had a simple formula for success and it was based on quick and precise delivery into the forward line and accurate kicking for goal.

They also had the two talented talls in Mark Marriott and Darcy Bateman who dominated in the opening quarter and the following three.

At the other end of the field, the ladder leaders had posted a solitary behind and faced a deficit of 47 points.

The honours were shared in the remaining three terms with Kalangadoo never getting closer than about six goals.

Saturday marked the mid-point of the home-and-away season with the MSEFL hosting the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League at Kongorong on Saturday.

When the minor round resumes on June 18, Hatherleigh hosts Mount Burr while Kalangadoo heads to Glencoe.

Robe d Nangwarry

Robe avoided a third consecutive defeat by accounting for winless Nangwarry at home by 34 points.

This has been a danger game for the Roosters following heavy losses to Kalangadoo and Mount Burr.

The Saints also had history on their side as their last win back in 2015 was at this very venue.

The seasiders were quick out of the blocks and kicked away to a half-time lead of 58 points.

The visitors responded in the best possible way by booting 8.3 in a remarkable 30 minutes of football.

It has been quite a few seasons since the Saints have posted 11 scoring shots in a single term.

Leading the way for Nangwarry was Adelaide recruit Andrew Hyland who finished the game with seven goals.

This took his season’s tally to 34 and he is only four goals behind competition leader Michael Krieger of Kalangadoo.

While fighting back in the third term, Nangwarry also conceded 2.1 to allow Robe to go into the last break with a 20-point lead.

Honours were shared in the second half as the Roosters took the premiership points.

After the bye for the South East zone carnival at Kongorong, Nangwarry hosts Tantanoola.

Robe has the luxury of a three-week mid-season break as its next game is at home to Tantanoola on June 26.

Mount Burr d Tantanoola

The resurgence of Mount Burr continued at Tigerland when it narrowly accounted for Tantanoola by just five points in the keenly contested cross-town derby.

The C.W. Haines Stand was crowded as many wanted to see if these teams could realistically make the finals and not just shape the top four.

The green-and-golds remain one win behind fourth-placed Robe but have a superior percentage.

It was a contest which could have gone either way as little more than a goal separated the two teams.

Both teams relied heavily on their teenage brigade and they did not disappoint.

The wintry weather was well and truly evident as the match total of just 11 goals was the lowest aggregate in an A Grade match so far in 2022.

The victory has kept the major round hopes of the Mozzies alive for 2022 but the Tigers are now at long odds to reach the finals.

Tantanoola heads to Nangwarry in round 10 while Mount Burr starts the second half of the home-and-away season at Hatherleigh.

Port MacDonnell d Glencoe

Port MacDonnell remains in the premiership hunt following its 60-point victory at Glencoe.

Once again, the southern seasiders can principally thank the likes of Jake Turner, Kevin Thomson and Tim Sullivan for their win.

The Demons remained in third place but are only one win and a few percentage points below second-placed Hatherleigh with eight matches still to play.

The seasiders have never mounted a successful premiership defence but that could change in 2022 going on current form and the ever-threat of COVID-imposed quarantine measures.

On the other hand, the Murphies appear to have run their race for this season.

The forward line is not making the most of the opportunities created by their 12 team mates elsewhere on the oval.

Despite having two more victories than winless Nangwarry, Glencoe forwards have only booted 12 more points in the eight matches played in 2022.

One of the positives for the Murphies was the return to the playing arena of one-time coach and Mail Medallist Zacc Cocks after a 12-mnth absence owing to a knee reconstruction.

Port MacDonnell welcomes Kongorong to the Bay in round 10.

Glencoe will be looking to reclaim the Max Matthews Memorial Cup when it hosts ladder leader Kalangadoo on June 18.

It honours the memory of the defender who was a premiership player with both clubs.

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