MSE battle of the birds

Mid South Eastern football round preview

Robe v Kongorong

It is hard to predict the outcome of the “battle of the birds” when Kongorong plays at Robe in what should be the closest of round five in the 2022 Mid South Eastern Football season.

Away from the playing contests the Hawks and Roosters are to be commended for staging Anzac tributes in recent weeks.

For Kongorong’s Harry Evans, he is now the proud owner of a prestigious Private John Rogers Memorial Medal given by the family of the late national serviceman and Vietnam War veteran.

If ageless ruckman Scott Flemming can palm the ball to Evans, he will be certain to lift his eyes and deliver the ball lace-out to in-form coach Cameron Sandercock at full-forward.

This could be the game Robe captain Tom Williams ends a year of rehabilitation and returns to the field.

Mount Burr v Kalangadoo

It looks as though Kalangadoo will be returning home from Mount Burr with the Harry Bott Memorial Trophy, with the Magpies in winning form so far while the kindest description of the Mozzies would be “patchy” with one win and three losses.

Both clubs are keen to keep Harry’s trophy in their possession as he was a popular figure at in both communities.

After serving as Kalangadoo Football Club president and acting as the MSEFL team manager, Harry moved to Mount Burr to run the town’s general store.

Since his death around 20 years ago, the two clubs have taken it in turns to host a trophy game each year.

The most anticipated match-ups will be Mount Burr defender Sam Wallis on Kalangadoo forward Michael Krieger, while Mozzie veteran Nathan Muhovics will shadow the evergreen Magpie Ben Mules.

Nangwarry v Port MacDonnell

Saturday will be a memorable day for members of the Nangwarry Football Club even though their scoreboard is likely to show the reigning premiers Port MacDonnell have achieved a comfortable win.

The Saints have chosen Saturday as the date they will open the new licensed clubrooms, which have been in use for a couple of weeks.

The ribbon-cutting honour has been accorded to Liberal Member for Barker Tony Pasin in recognition of the Federal Government’s grant of $200,000 towards the re-building costs.

With two honourable defeats and two heavy losses in 2022, it appears to be a case of slow progress with two steps forward and one back.

Port MacDonnell does have some vulnerabilities but it nevertheless has enough raw talent to secure a place in the top four.

Tantanoola v Glencoe

Prestigious silverware is at stake when Tantanoola and Glencoe meet in their annual encounter at Tigerland.

The Neil Von Duve memorial trophy honours the memory of a talented player with both clubs as well as a respected member of the MSEFL umpires’ panel.

No matter where they sit on the premiership, the players ensure the game is played in the fie competitive spirit epitomised by Neil Von Duve.

Neither team has commendable form coming as both suffered heavy losses in round four.

The Tigers were always considered to be the underdogs when heading to the ground of undefeated Hatherleigh but it was a great surprise when the Murphies were thrashed at home by the Robe Roosters.

The red-and-whites look to be without the services of injured ex-skipper Hayden Brown.

Brandon Pitts is in his second year as the Tantanoola captain and he also has been sidelined with a serious injury.

The visitors look to have the stronger line-up but a home team victory cannot be discounted.

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