Saints look to impress in Anzac Day eve showdown

KONGORONG v NANGWARRY

Despite two heavy losses to start 2021, Nangwarry might yet come away from the match at Kongorong with some prestigious silverware in the third round of Mid South East football this weekend.

On-baller Jake McKeon has been in great touch and is one of the pre-match favourites to win the coveted John Rogers Memorial Medal. The best-afield will take home the medal which honours the memory of the local soldier who died of wounds during the Vietnam War in 1968.

Ahead of the opening bounce, the Mount Gambier RSL will perform a brief Anzac Eve ceremony and they will be joined by footballers, netballers, umpires, officials and members of the Rogers family.

Melanie Whitty, wife of Kongorong coach Will Whitty, will sing the national anthem and the game will then begin. The Hawks improved in round two after suffering a heavy defeat in the opening round, but Nangwarry’s poor form continued, so both are desperate for success.

GLENCOE v TANTANOOLA

Glencoe is well-placed to end a three-match losing streak which dates back to the 2019 grand final against Kalangadoo at Mount Burr. The home ground advantage, the anticipated return of ex-coach Zacc Cocks and the out-of-sorts form of Tantanoola are all powerful reasons to suggest the Murphies will win.

The Glencoe forwards are certain to have had some goalkicking practice this week as one key member of the attack posted five behinds against Mount Burr before registering a major.

For the Tigers, injuries and work commitments means the best 18 has yet to start a game. This has been reflected on the scoreboard where defeats to Robe and Kongorong have been incurred.

The most positive sign at Tigerland at the moment has been the form of returning player Jack Dawe. The ace rover stood out during his teen years at Tantanoola and is now at the peak of his footy powers.

ROBE v HATHERLEIGH

The two neighbours clash at the seaside in what has been billed as the match-of-the-day. Additional interest has been created by the efforts of the Robe 2 Recovery veterans support group which has arranged a full program of community events ahead of Anzac Day on Sunday.

One of the more remarkable events is the football match ball will arrive around 2pm via a sky diver. Another incentive for the Roosters and the Eagles is the best-on-ground will receive the inaugural David Miller Medal.

This honours the one-time Robe Football Club president and Vietnam War veteran and will be presented postmatch by the man himself. It is hard to tip a winner as both competing sides have had big wins over Nangwarry.

Robe’s opening round win at home over Tantanoola has lifted Jack Kelly’s team to top spot while Hatherleigh had the bye in round two. A bumper crowd hope to witness a narrow victory for the visitors.

KALANGADOO v MOUNT BURR

Kalangadoo come into the home match against an undefeated Mount Burr lineup as slight favourites. The Mozzies have not put a foot wrong under new coach Reece Duncan and have two wins under their belts.

Millicent recruits Will Bowering and Hamish Smith have caught the eye and the renowned teenage brigade are also making their mark. Reliable defender Tyler Stanley missed the Glencoe match due to injury but should be fit again this Saturday.

On the other hand, Kalangadoo has just had the one match and that was an impressive win at the Bay Fortress at Port MacDonnell. Kalangadoo supporters would be delighted to see past premiership player Lachy Jones back in the lineup after missing several seasons due to injury.

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