Sides give all heading into break

 KALANGADOO (133) DEF.GLENCOE (45)

Kalangadoo is at unbackable odds to win back-to-back premierships for  the first time since the 1980s following its 78-point demolition of Glencoe at home  on Saturday in round nine of MSE football.

At the half-way mark of the MSEFL home- and-away season, the Magpies are the only  undefeated club and head the premiership table.

On the other hand, the Murphies are entrenched in the bottom half of the ladder and only ahead of Nangwarry and Tantanoola.

The two sides had last met in the 2019 grand final 21 months ago at Mick and Jean Walker Oval at Mt Burr.

The two neighbouring clubs first started playing each other in the 1920s.

After an even opening term, the result of Saturday’s contest was known by half-time.

Kalangadoo players now have the “luxury”” of two free weekends due to the interleague match against the Western Border Football League at McLaughlin Park at Millicent on Saturday and then their scheduled bye.

However, numerous Kalangadoo players are set to be summoned for representative duties by MSEFL interleague coach Ben McGregor.

Saturday was quite a day at Kalangadoo with  the major project to renovate and extend the clu- brooms and changerooms officially opened by  dignitaries from the three tiers of government.

Other highlights on the day were the Kalangadoo AFLW presentations, sponsors  day, indigenous round with the wearing of special playing tops by Kalangadoo footballers and  netballers, a pre-match Welcome to Country ceremony and the presentation of the Tim Brennan Medal to winner Lachy Jones of the Magpies.

HATHERLEIGH (52) DEF. TANTANOOLA (47)

Tantanoola had the home-ground advantage but it was unable to achieve a rare  hat-trick of victories at the expense of Hatherleigh.

The Tigers almost stole the game after look- ing lacklustre for much of the contest.

The home team did not post a goal until the third term and were still 32 points in arrears at the final change.

Tantanoola finished well with 4.5 while Hatherleigh could only manage two behinds.

At the half-way mark of the season, the Eagles are looking secure in fourth place as they are two wins plus 10 percentage points  ahead of the Mount Burr Mozzies who are cur- rently sitting in fifth.

PORT MACDONNELL (81) DEF. KONGORONG (38)

As expected, a huge crowd gathered at the seaside when Port MacDonnell hosted its near neighbours Kongorong and gleaned the premiership points thanks to a hard-fought win.

No matter where the Hawks and the Demons sit on the premiership table, an old-fashioned and intense footy spectacle is assured between the arch rivals.

This round nine match was no exception  although the margin at the final siren had blown out to a considerable 43 points.

Coming into the match, Kongorong were without the services of injured star recruits Cameron Sandercock and Matt Weistra.

Nevertheless, the visitors were in the lead at the first break and kept up with the Demons for the following two terms.

However, the home side piled on 6.6 while conceding just one goal in the final quarter.

Port MacDonnell is secure in second spot while Kongorong is well away from the top four.

ROBE (72) DEF. MOUNT BURR (68)

Aragged Robe outfit ended a two-match losing run with a narrow  four-point victory over Mount Burr at Mick and Jean Walker Oval.

The Roosters had been warm favourites coming into the contest but the tenacity of the young Mozzies meant the result was in doubt until the final seconds.

The lead changed hands a number of  times in the final term with one-of-the- goals-of-the-game coming in this period  from the boot of 14-year-old Mount Burr player Kallan Bevan.

In just his second turn-out for the Roosters, the silky skills of ex-SANFL player Billy Laurie were to the fore.

The creative play by Laurie set up many scoring opportunities.

With the loss, Mount Burr has drifted even further away from the top four.

All teams will enjoy the bye this week as the South East Zone Carnival will be held over the long weekend.

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