Footballers tackle tough conditions


Rookie Nangwarry coach Luke Thomson achieved a feat unmatched by any Saint for around 20 years on Saturday when he was the leading goalkicker among the 168 players across the competition who took part in the 13th round of the Mid South Eastern Football League.

His haul of six goals in a creditable team tally of 11 was remarkable as he had also  to provide on-field leadership to an undermanned team which lost on a heavy ground at  Glencoe The venue was sodden as around two Imperial inches of rain had fallen in the preceding days.

Nangwarry forwards had regularly dominated the goalscoring in the 1990s when the  Saints won four flags.

The success of the Saints was built on aces such as Peter Neshoda, Michael Timms and  Jonny Neshoda who all achieved the 100-goal- in-a-season milestone.

Meanwhile, the Glencoe stranglehold on  the Phil Muhovics Memorial Trophy continues as it easily won by 47 points.

The win was the 10th consecutive victory for the Murphies since the prize was first awarded in 2011.

It honours the memory of the first premiership coach of the Saints with Muhovics also  having stints as the mentor of Glencoe, Robe and East Gambier.

The other silverware on offer was the Phil Muhovics Memorial medal for best-on-ground and it was awarded to in-form Glencoe utility player Dylan Childs.

He had collected the Neil Von Duve memorial medal in the previous round at Tantanoola.

Although the result was ultimately the same, the Saints narrowed the margin on their last meeting when the difference was almost the equivalent of 30 goals.


Hatherleigh was triumphant over the home team at Kongorong by 53 points in a much tamer affair than their first meeting of 2021.

On that occasion on May 1, the Hawks had four players yellow-carded after half-time and this was a major factor in the Eagles winning by 76 points.

There was no need for the umpires to show the coloured cards in this round 13 re-match.

With the visitors bolstered by the return of key players from either injury or COVID- mandated quarantine, the match was decided  by half-time when the difference was 42 points.

The Hawks had only posted one goal by the last change but finished well to outscore the Eagles The Kongorong sporting community also declared Saturday as the Beyond Blue round  for 2021 with home team players wearing sky- blue socks.

 Donations were collected for the South East Animal Welfare League in memory of former player Wes Milne.


There was little chance that undefeated ladder leader Kalangadoo was  going to dishonour the 200th game of club stalwart Jason Bannister and lose at home to Tantanoola.

The Magpies had been the warmest of pre-match favourites as they had lowered the colours of the Tigers at Tigerland on May 1 to  the tune of 88 points.

Saturday’s game looked to be decided by half-time as the top team led by 35 points but  the Tigers staged a fight-back.

The final margin was 59 points as the home team draws closer to securing a place in the second semi-final.


The chances of Mount Burr reaching the major round are now  remote following its 53- point loss to Port MacDonnell at the Bay.

A close contest had been anticipated  as the Demons had accounted for the Mozzies by a mere six points when they had last met at Mick and Jean Walker Oval at Mount Burr on May 1.

However, the seasiders restricted the visitors to a mere three goals in docile conditions and banked some valuable percentage thanks to the triumph.

This seaside loss keeps the green- and-golds in fifth place and well behind  Hatherleigh with only four rounds remaining for the Mozzies to play in the regular home and away season.

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