Thomson leads Demons to pivotal win

PORT MACDONNELL (89) DEF. HATHERLEIGH (70)

Forward firepower was the decisive  factor in Port MacDonnell’s impressive 19-point win over Hatherleigh at the Bay. 

The seasiders kicked a total of 12 goals and five of these came from assistant coach Kevin Thomson. 

The addition of some quality players like Thomson and the return of others has boosted the Demons who remain in third place on the ladder on percentage. 

The Eagles struggled to find winners ahead of centre in the first half with the two Wight brothers missing from the lineup. 

Jake has had surgery on an injured shoulder while Brad has been unavailable. 

Hatherleigh mounted a spirited fightback after the long break and the team was inspired by skipper Joe Ferguson-Lane. 

Only one straight kick separated the sides at the final change before the Demons steadied. 

The loss has made it harder for the Eagles to secure the all-important double chance by the end of the minor round. 

At present, the blue-and-golds are sitting in fourth place and two wins and two percentage points behind third-placed Port MacDonnell. 

KONGORONG (101) DEF. GLENCOE (58)

Kongorong’s form might be patchy but its 43-point home ground win at the expense of the undermanned Glencoe gives it a glimpse of making the 2021 major round. 

The sides could barely be separated in the first half and then the Hawks kicked away after the long break. 

The secret to their success was having 10 individual goal kickers while some key recruits are proving their worth. 

On the other hand, the Murphies again broke down in attack and posted yet another single-digit tally of goals. 

 Glencoe has had a wretched run with injuries. 

MOUNT BURR (162) DEF. NANGWARRY (45)

The honours in the battle of the so-called “timber towns” of Mt Burr and Nangwarry at Mick and Jean Walker Oval clearly went the way of the home team by 117 points. 

Both towns were purpose-built by the Woods and Forests Department in the 1930s and 1940s and the sporting rivalry dates  back to the post-war years. 

The Mozzies were keen to make amends for a disappointing loss at Tigerland in round six which has been viewed by the pundits as the upset of the 2021 season to date. 

As in every game this year, the Saints had many productive passages of play but this was not reflected on the scoreboard. 

The visitors had the first major on the board inside the opening three minutes. 

It was goal-for-goal for much of the first term with the Mozzies holding a lead of 10 points at quarter time. 

After that break, Nangwarry could not get  much value for their forward thrusts while Mount Burr piled on 18 goals before the final siren sounded. 

Home team skipper Jack Gregory booted a game-high tally of five goals and the best-on-ground honours went to team mate Tyler  Stanley who was making his 150th appearance. 

Played in perfect conditions, the visitors were without injured co-captain Aiden Mills as well as star teen Joel Virtanen who was having a run in underage company with SANFL zone club Glenelg. 

Recurring injuries have prompted Mills hang up the boots at the age of 30. 

Mills had played all his footy with the Saints and was A Grade skipper for three seasons. 

KALANGADOO (93) DEF. ROBE (73)

Reigning premiers Kalangadoo has become the outright premiership favourite in the MSEFL following its 20-point win at home over previous ladder leader Robe. 

Coming into the match, the Magpies and the Roosters were undefeated and the intensity of the contest matched the pre-match hype. 

Honours were shared in three of the terms with the home team setting up the win with a dominant third term. 

Kalangadoo welcomed back ex-coach Ben Mules who was unavailable in the past two rounds and recalled Al Lyon for his first A Grade game for 2021. 

The Roosters were by no means dis- graced in this game and are indeed “the real deal”.

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