One last roll of the dice

It is almost the last roll of the dice for Robe as it prepares to host Port MacDonnell in the Mid South East Football League round 15 match-of-the-day on Saturday.

A Roosters win would give them a pulse in the run home to the finals while a loss would signal that another major round berth would be rated at long odds.

It was a ‘battle royale’ at the Bay on May 14 when the visitors scraped home by a mere handful of points.

The Demons applied relentless pressure on the Rooster defence in the final term but did not prevail.

Port MacDonnell had a comprehensive win over Nangwarry at home in round 14 on Saturday.

On the other hand, Robe had a win on the road at Kongorong but, sadly, had to forfeit the Reserves contest.

The Demons will start as the slimmest of favourites but will have to watch out for Jack Sneath who has just kicked a bag of eight goals.

Nangwarry v Kalangadoo

Bottom-hosts-top occurs when Nangwarry plays host to Kalangadoo.

The Magpies have had a July to remember with both on-field and off-field success.

Wins over finals contenders Port MacDonnell and Mount Burr have guaranteed them a top two minor round finish.

The black-and-whites have revelled in having a record five members in the winning South East zone team at the annual South Australian Country Championships in Whyalla.

It has also re-launched its Past Players Association with the catchy name “Club 27” in honour of its first year of 1927.

The round 15 quandary facing coach Kevin Stark and his team is how do they prepare against the undermanned Saints?

Will they go “full throttle” or hold something in reserve for the coming clashes with Robe, Tantanoola and Hatherleigh?

Tantanoola v Kongorong

The contest at Tigerland will be one where Tantanoola and Kongorong are chiefly playing for pride.

Both the Tigers and the Hawks had their colours lowered in round 14.

Tantanoola picked up the premiership points on May 14 but are far from certain of repeating that success.

Hatherleigh v Glencoe

It has been quite a month for the Murphies as they prepare for their annual trek to Hatherleigh.

Back on July 2, Glencoe faced the possibility of dropping to the bottom of the premiership table and even “winning” their first wooden spoon since its formation in 1910.

That dubious honour might have been just the spark the maroon-and-golds needed as they have since clocked up impressive wins over Nangwarry, Robe and Tantanoola.

Coach Tom Edwards would be hoping for a blemish-free July by defeating the Eagles.

This month has gone well for Hatherleigh with percentage-boosting victories over Robe and Tantanoola and then the luxury of a three-week lay-off owing to the SA Country Championships in Whyalla and then the scheduled bye.

If you listen to the rumour mill, then you will have heard the Eagles are already making plans for 2023.

In order to claim the 2022 minor premiership, Hatherleigh cannot afford to lose to Glencoe.

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