KALANGADOO (70) D MOUNT BURR (53)
There was no fairy-tale ending for the 250th game of Mount Burr veteran Nathan Muhovics as his home team could not end the unbeaten run of ladder leader Kalangadoo.
The Magpies triumphed by 17 points as they welcomed the likes of favourite son Ben Mules to the starting 18.
It was the first game for Mules since his elevation to the Hall of Fame of SANFL zone club Glenelg last month.
Only a handful of goals separated the teams throughout the contest with the visitors not assured of the premiership points until the dying minutes.
It was a vastly different score line to April 24 when the teams competed for the Harry Bott memorial trophy.
The Magpies won by a massive 74 points as the Mozzies could only manage 4.5.
Those two defeats by Kalangadoo have cost Mount Burr dearly.
If they had both gone the other way, Mount Burr would now be sitting in fourth place.
After the bye for all clubs on Saturday, Mount Burr heads to Port MacDonnell while Kalangadoo hosts Tantanoola.
ROBE (77) D HATHERLEIGH (51)
Robe has made its occupancy of second place on the Mid South East Football League ladder more secure after round 12 on Saturday when it accounted for the home team at Hatherleigh by 26 points.
The victory was almost a carbon copy of their seaside success on April 24 when the margin was five goals.
It will give the Roosters the vital psychological advantage over the Eagles if they meet again in the 2021 major round which begins next month.
After an even first quarter, the visitors set up their win with an impressive tally of 4.7 in the second.
If Robe’s forwards had been more accurate, the result of the game would have been decided.
It looked as though Hatherleigh was going to be scoreless in the second term but a hurried snap passed through the goal line for a six-pointer just before the half-time siren sounded.
The second held was more even but Robe never looked like surrendering the lead.
Once again, the spark for the Rooster victory was the form of newcomer Billy Laurie who last played in the SANFL at North Adelaide who are also known as the Roosters.
Since his MSEFL debut against Port MacDonnell, Laurie has played five games with four appearances in the best players and he has booted 19 goals.
Hatherleigh bemoaned the absence of 11 first-choice players with skipper Joe Ferguson-Lane and ruckman Sam Waring in COVID-mandated quarantine.
The nine injured Eagles are coach Jake Dowdy, his predecessor Gerard McGrath, joint assistant coach Mikey Telford and Brad and Jake Wight, Lewis Walker, Mitch Pulmer, Sam Telfer and Darcy Bateman.
The seasiders now have the luxury of a three-week break from the playing arena as there is the break for the annual SA Country Championships and then their scheduled bye on July 17.
Robe’s next match will be at home to Kongorong on July 24 when the players will be looking to repeat their round five success.
Hatherleigh will have its next outing at Kongorong on July 17.
KONGORONG (114) D NANGWARRY (43)
Kongorong defeated Nangwarry for the second time in 2021 and its road trip success was equally as decisive as the 71-point triumph on the special Anzac Day eve clash on April 24.
In a remarkable coincidence, Saturday’s margin was the same.
The pundits had expected a closer result owing to the wintry conditions, Nangwarry’s home ground advantage and more system developed in the play of the Saints over the past three months.
The Hawks were also missing injured recruit Cameron Sandercock who had booted 10 goals when the teams last met in round three.
Sandercock was rated best-on-ground for this feat and was awarded the prestigious John Rogers Memorial Medal.
The Saints were not disgraced on Saturday and were 35 points in arrears at the last change.
However, the Hawks then moved into top gear and doubled the margin by the final siren.
As on numerous occasions, Nangwarry’s best was lion-hearted ruckman George McWaters Nangwarry will next play at Glencoe on July 17 and attempt to win the Phil Muhovics Memorial Trophy for the first time.
Muhovics died of cancer in 2010 and he was a past coach of the Murphies, the Saints and Robe and East Gambier.
Kongorong hosts Hatherleigh in round 13.
GLENCOE (98) D TANTANOOLA (66)
Glencoe has retained the Neil Von Duve memorial trophy after an intense contest with Tantanoola at Tigerland.
Although the margin was a decisive 32 points, the Murphies did not have matters all their own way.
It was a vast improvement by the Tigers on their first meeting in 2021 when they could only manage five goals and lost by the round-high margin off 77 points.
Glencoe utility player Dylan Childs was the stand-out player with many possessions including two goals.
Childs was rightly named best-on-ground and received the Neil Von Duve Memorial Trophy.
Both trophies honour the memory of the popular Glencoe and Tantanoola player and MSEFL umpire.
Both teams had forwards who kicked five goals: Tantanoola coach Jak Ryan and Glencoe’s Michael McRae.
After the bye, Tantanoola faces its toughest challenge in 2021 as it plays the undefeated ladder leaders at Kalangadoo.
Glencoe will start as warm favourites at home to Nangwarry and it will be looking to retain the Phil Muhovics Memorial Trophy.