Reigning champs challenged

Kalangadoo 15.18 (108) d Port MacDonnell 16.3 (99)

Port MacDonnell is living up to its pre-season hype as it has now challenged the two clubs which contested the last MSEFL grand final. The winning margin over Glencoe may not have been blowout while it narrowly failed to defeat Kalangadoo in round two.

New Demons coach Simon Merrett has got his Bay Boys playing an attractive and compelling style of footy. It was the first outing of 2021 for the reigning premiers and the nine point margin would have been sweet.

The black-and-whites played around a dozen of their last grand final team and the fresh faces included new coach Kevin Stark. After an impressive opening term when they achieved a buffer of 19 points, the seasiders allowed the visitors to almost square the ledger by the long break.

It was a tight tussle thereafter but the remarkable conversion rate of Port MacDonnell almost earned them the premiership points. They booted a remarkable 16.3 while Kalangadoo managed 15 goals from 33 scoring shots

Mount Burr 13.13 (91) d Glencoe 10.12 (72)

Mount Burr maintained its winning record with an impressive 19-point win at home over Glencoe in the second round of the Mid South East Football League on Saturday.

The victory won back the coveted Ian McInnes Memorial Trophy which honours the memory of the one-time Mozzie president and secretary.

The home team set up their win with a disciplined first half when the defence conceded a solitary major while adding six goals at the other end of the oval. Each team booted four majors in the third term including the goal-of-the- game in front of Can Hill from 14-year-old Mozzie Kallan Bevan.

The second gamer laid a perfect tackle on Patrick Mitchell, won the free kick and then converted from 30 metres out and on an angle. The defences of both teams tired in the final term to allow the Murphies to make the scoreboard appear kinder.

Kongorong 19.12 (126) d Tantanoola 6.5 (41)

Kongorong blew away the opening round blues by easily disposing of Tantanoola at Tigerland to the tune of 85 points. After a lacklustre loss to Mount Burr when they only managed four goals at home, the Hawks piled on 19 majors against the hapless Tigers.

The visitors took a handy 21 point lead into quarter time and then increased their lead at every change. Tantanoola only really matched Kongorong in the third term when each side booted two goals.

The most damaging forwards on the day were Kongorong pair Cam Sandercock and Matt Cordy who finished with four goals apiece. The Hawks made selection changes and promoted teenage brothers Liam and Jake Whitty to A Grade.

They are the sons of Kongorong coach Will Whitty and great grandsons of late test cricketer Bill Whitty. Over in the Tantanoola camp, they are striving to find a winning 18.

The Tigers had seven newcomers and colts play in A Grade in round 1.

Robe 34.21 (225) d Nangwarry 1.2 (8)

Robe has soared to the top of the premiership table following a 217-point thrashing of the home team at Nangwarry on Saturday. The massive score by the Roosters together with the modest return from the Saints means the northern seasiders received a massive percentage boost.

After managing only eight goals over Tantanoola in the opening round at home, Robe had given little indication of its true potential for 2021. That promise came to the fore in the first term when the Roosters slammed on 7.4 while conceding just one behind.

The momentum seldom slackened for the remainder of the contest. The sole Nangwarry goal was posted by new coach Kevin Thomson in the third term.

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