Old foes meet again

Glencoe and Kalangadoo form the oldest rivalry among Mid South East clubs and they meet in the match-of-the-day on Saturday when the home-and-away season resumes.

The Murphies and Magpies have faced off since 1927 and the two neighbours love to have the bragging rights.

For around 15 years, the two clubs have also competed for the Max Matthews Memorial Cup whenever the match has been played at Glencoe.

It honours the memory of the defender who won premierships with both clubs in the 1950s and was later made a MSEFL life member.

The home club surrendered the coveted trophy in 2014 and have seldom looked like winning it back.

The Murphies are coming off a heavy home-ground defeat to reigning premiers and the forwards have only booted a mere 12 points more than winless Nangwarry so far in 2022.

On the other hand, the Magpies were made to look somewhat lacklustre in round nine at Hatherleigh when they conceded eight first-quarter goals while booting one solitary behind at the other end of the oval.

The season’s opening round result was a 113-point victory to Kalangadoo.

A similar result and a much closer margin is expected this weekend with the Murphies remaining in eighth place and the Magpies atop the table.

Nangwarry v Tantanoola

The following question is posed for the umpteenth time among footy followers.

Will this home game see Nangwarry defeat Tantanoola and finally break the seven-year losing streak?

Some clues are provided in the outcome of the matches in round one and nine.

When the Tigers hosted the Saints at Tigerland on April 2, the visitors briefly took the lead late into the last term only to see their hosts boot the last two goals of the contest.

Fast forward to June 4, Tantanoola was unlucky to lose at home to Mount Burr while Nangwarry put in a creditable performance at Robe.

The fate of the game probably rests in the impact of the teams’ respective key forwards.

As a coincidence, Tantanoola coach Jak Ryan and Nangwarry recruit Andrew Hyland were team mates in attack for the MSEFL last Saturday.

Ryan has been bothered by injury this season but still put up his hand for interleague selection.

Likewise, Hyland showed his dedication to interleague football and the MSEFL by making the 900km round trip from his home in Adelaide.

This match is worthy of a large crowd with Tantanoola the ever-so-slightest favourite to win.

Port MacDonnell v Kongorong

When Port MacDonnell easily accounted for the home team at Kongorong in the season opener and retained the Bruce Lightbody Memorial Shield, few eyebrows were raised.

After all, the Demons were the reigning premiers and have long despatched the Hawks whenever the prestigious trophy has been on the line.

Since then, the seasiders have done enough to indicate that a first-ever successful premiership defence is on the cards.

For Kongorong, the form has been patchy but good enough to challenge, if not overcome, the other clubs in the MSEFL and enjoyed three-week break from the heavy grounds of winter.

Club insiders state as many as seven first-choice players have recovered from injury and are ripe to again pull on the famed black-and-yellow guernseys.

Hatherleigh v Mount Burr

In-form Hatherleigh hosts “September specialists” Mount Burr in a vital match for both clubs.

The Eagles will be keen to continue the momentum and show the win over previously-unbeaten Kalangadoo 4 was no fluke.

With a combination of quick and skilled ball delivery and accurate kicking for goal, Hatherleigh had the game in its keeping by quarter time.

On the other hand, Mount Burr was buoyed by a narrow victory over Tantanoola at Tigerland.

Mount Burr sits just outside the top four and is the club the others all want to avoid in the major round.

Hatherleigh coach Jake Dowdy is always keen to do well against his former club while there is a similar motivation for Hamish Smith of Mount Burr.

Expect a close tussle and a Hatherleigh win.

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