Mozzies celebrate with solid win

MOUNT BURR (104) DEF. KONGORONG (43)

There were mixed feelings when the siren sounded at 5pm at Mick and  Jean Walker Oval and the scoreboard showed Mount Burr was 61 points to  the better of Kongorong.

The win kept the slim hopes alive of the Mozzies reaching the top four while it was a  tonic for club icon Aileen Bellman who celebrated her 90th birthday at the clubrooms  that night.

Awarded life membership long ago for her many-faceted service to Mount Burr,  Ms Bellman’s current role is A Grade timekeeper.

 The match had a sombre aspect for all at the ground as it was a fundraiser for the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation with the home team wearing purple socks.

It also honoured the memory of Mozzie footballer/cricketer Bryce Pollard who died from this disease at the age of 30 in 2019.

The Hawks had pulled a selection surprise as injured star recruit Matt Weistra was able to take his place in the starting 18.

PORT MACDONNELL (167) DEF. GLENCOE (52)

Port MacDonnell has started the  second half of the MSEFL home- and-away season in the best possible  position with a 115-point win at the bay over an undermanned Glencoe.

The seasiders had the game in their keeping by quarter time as the difference had  already blown out to 54 points.

The scoreboard read 9.2 to two behinds.

The win means the Demons are only denied top spot on the premiership table as they have an inferior percentage to the undefeated Kalangadoo line-up.

The Magpies sat out round 10 owing to their scheduled bye and remain firm flag favourites.

The bye meant current leading goal kicker Michael Krieger could not add to his tally of 37 but second place-getter and new Bay assistant coach Kevin Thomson was unable to narrow the gap.

Thomson went without a goal for the first time at his new club.

Teammate Dylan Bromley dominated in  attack with seven majors to take his season’s tally to 29.

Sadly the game finished on a sad note after it was called off seven minutes early due to a serious injury which brought an ambulance to the scene.

ROBE (144) DEF. TANTANOOLA (62)

The seasiders easily won the clash of the competition’s two red-and-white teams at Tigerland by 82 points.

Robe took full advantage of the slight breeze which favoured the changerooms  end and slammed on six goals while conceding none.

New Rooster Billy Laurie booted four of them and finished the game with six.

Although he attracts four player transfer points as he has played at SANFL level with North Adelaide, Laurie has starred in his three games with the Roosters.

Facing a quarter-time deficit of 31 points,  it was always going to be an uphill task for the Tantanoola line-up which included six players still eligible to play colts.

Nevertheless, the home side stuck to the task against their well-resourced opponents including a brief purple patch in the third  term when they slammed on three unanswered goals.

Evergreen ex-skipper Hayden Brown was a stand-out for the Tigers and probably rivalled Laurie for best-on-ground honours.

The Roosters would have welcomed the percentage boost as well as the successful debut of colt Flynn Peel.

Every team mate ran to congratulate Peel after he drilled through an accurate set shot  for goal just before three-quarter time.

Peel followed this up with a second goal in the final term.

HATHERLEIGH (172) DEF. NANGWARRY (48)

After surviving a fright from Tantanoola at Tigerland in round nine, Hatherleigh was determined it was not going to lessen the pressure when the Eagles travelled to play the winless Nangwarry.

By half time, the Eagles held a 64-point buffer over the Saints and the margin was increased at the next change of ends.

The scores were much closer than round one when the Saints only managed two goals and were beaten by 186 points.

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