Roosters start 2022 in style

Robe d Tantanoola

Robe began its season in the best possible fashion with a hard-fought 15-point victory over Tantanoola at Tigerland.

With a breeze seemingly changing direction for much of the afternoon, the match was not finally decided until the visitors booted two goals in the time-on period of the final term.

The Tigers led by three points at the first change and a similar margin at the long break.

The Roosters won the third term and took a nine-point buffer into the final change.

Tantanoola briefly regained the lead but Robe steadied to run out winners.

It was the second consecutive match at Tigerland where the lead changed hands in the final term.

The home team named teen Ellis Cushion as its best and he is only in his second season of senior football.

The Roosters had a fresh leadership team headed by coach Tom Wachtel and acting captain Jack Kelly and it paid dividends.

Captain Tom Williams told The SE Voice that he should be ready to resume from injury in about month.

Tantanoola now has a three week break and heads to Hatherleigh on the last day of April.

The Roosters will be hosting the Eagles on Saturday, April 23 with some Anzac commemorations as part of the day.

Robe has had one unofficial match at home this season as it hosted the prestigious Smiths/Wilks Memorial Trophy last month.

It honours the memory of the late Robe coach and Kingston Saints president and was narrowly claimed by the KNTFL Saints.

Hatherleigh d Nangwarry

Hatherleigh flexed its muscles and came away with a massive 185-point victory on its home ground at the expense of Nangwarry when the second round of the Mid South Eastern Football League action was played on Saturday.

The Eagles had come into the game as warm favourites and the result was well and truly decided by quarter time.

The undermanned Saints made their opponents earn their kicks but they did not have the skill or fitness levels to keep up for the four quarters.

After an eight-goal haul in the opening round, all eyes were on the form of Nangwarry’s capital city traveller Andrew Hyland but he had limited opportunities in attack.

Jake Wight led the goalscoring for the victors with a bag of 11 while coach Jake Dowdy booted five.

Hatherleigh midfielder Will Chay was named the best for his team for the second consecutive week.

After the Easter break, Hatherleigh travels to Robe for a game which will feature various Anzac commemorations.

Nangwarry will be at home for the first time in 2022 on Saturday, April 23 with a wedding-depleted Glencoe in clear and present danger of defeat.

The Saints will also celebrate the opening of its new social clubrooms and stage the 25th annual reunion of the 1997 A Grade premiership team.

The winning team will receive the Phil Muhovics trophy which honours the memory of the one-time coach of the Saints and the Murphies.

Kalangadoo d Kongorong

Kalangadoo maintained its top two ranking after an impressive 99-point win at Kongorong.

The Magpies held sway over the Hawks for much of the contest and issued another reminder it will be a powerhouse outfit in the MSEFL in 2022.

The Hawks had been tipped to put up stout resistance but were already 55 points in arrears by the long break, with just one goal to their credit.

One of the positives to come out of the match for Kongorong was the form of several newcomers to the club.

Over in the Kalangadoo camp, many boxes would have been ticked for second-year coach Kevin Stark.

Best of all, forward Michael Krieger appears to have fully recovered from the injury which curtailed his 2021 season as he banged home seven goals.

Looking to round three, Kongorong is on the road for the first time this season and plays fellow winless Mount Burr at Mick and Jean Walker Oval.

Kalangadoo hosts a replay of the 2021 grand final with reigning premiers Port MacDonnell fresh from a three-week break.

Glencoe d Mount Burr

Mount Burr players made an unsuccessful journey along the Overland Track to Glencoe where new home team coach Tom Edwards celebrated a 23-point breakthrough win.

The Murphies played an attractive and effective brand of footy and did enough to suggest a place in the major round is on the cards.

Coming into the match, the visitors had copped a none-too-subtle public spray from the Mozzie hierarchy in the club notes printed in the weekly MSEFL Budget.

The Burr boys played a better brand of footy than at home against Hatherleigh but were unable to put the Murphies to the sword.

Hamish Smith was the stand-out performer for the visitors for the second consecutive week and finished with six goals while Alex Hentschke bagged four for the home side.

After Easter, Mount Burr is at home to fellow winless Kongorong while Glencoe faces a danger game at Nangwarry who are searching for their first win since 2014.

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