Top four sides dominate competition

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Top four sides dominate competition

Round 10 on Saturday brought more disturbing scores for the Mid South East Football League with four one-sided games.

The lowest losing margin was a hefty 72 points while two of the three other matches were well in excess of 100 points.

The average margin over the four games was 96 points and this was slightly less than the round 9 matches.

In better news for the MSEFL, it would appear that Hatherleigh will not be joining the new Limestone Coast Football Netball League in 2025.

The Eagles have arguably the largest supporter base in the competition.

It is understood that various stakeholders in the Hatherleigh sporting community recently met, weighed up the options and chose the status quo.

Kalangadoo 27.14 D Port MacDonnell 13.11
Reigning premiers Kalangadoo have stormed back into premiership contention following an impressive 87-point win at home win over Port MacDonnell.

The gritty victory has landed the Magpies within reach of Hatherleigh and Robe who have dominated the competition so far in 2024.

It was the annual Indigenous Round with an emphasis on the First Nations people.

Before the opening bounce, siblings Trina and Tim Brennan delivered a heart-felt Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony.

The match began at a frantic pace and the good ground and weather conditions made goal scoring easy.

It was mostly goal for goal until mid-way through the second term when in-form Magpie veteran Ben Mules was yellow-carded for an indiscretion.

The Demons peppered the goals, missed some straightforward shots but still held a 21 point lead just before half time.

The seasiders then lessened their intensity and the home side kicked 19 of the next 22 goals.

Kalangadoo’s Ethan Maney received the Brennan Medal while teammates Tye McManus and Ben Gregory celebrated 100 game milestones.

Looking ahead to round 11, Kalangadoo is home again and hosts fellow finals aspirant Mount Burr while Port MacDonnell is on the road again to Nangwarry.

Hatherleigh 28.13 d Glencoe 9.7
Undefeated ladder leader Hatherleigh was seldom troubled at home by Glencoe and kicked away to a 120-point win.

The Murphies now find themselves one win and 10percentage points off a place in the top four with only seven matches to play.

It was a massive sporting weekend for Hatherleigh with the successful hosting of a Fight MND fundraiser.

Eight sporting identities were dunked in icy waters and helped to raise many thousands of dollars for the cause.

There was also the final competitive tournament ahead of the closure of the Hatherleigh Golf Course on Sunday.

The Phil Keatley Ambrose Tournament has been staged for around a decade with the 2024 (and last) winners being Tom Bell and Bob Jones.

On a sombre note, the Hatherleigh sporting community is mourning the death of 1960 joint Mail Medallist Lance Skeer.

Glencoe’s chances of a flag appear remote with the Murphies set to snare an unwanted record.

Unless the Murphies can claim the Wilf Sprengel Shield in 2024, they will be looking at an 18-year gap between

This will match the previous 18-year premiership drought between 1967 and 1985.

Glencoe takes on Robe at home on Saturday while Hatherleigh heads to Kongorong.

Mount Burr 17.18 d Kongorong 7.6
The trainers’ room might be crowded at Mick and Jean Walker Oval but an injury-riddled Mount Burr aims to compete in yet another major round.

The Mozzies banked a significant percentage boost by conceding just 7.6 and lowering the colours of the Kongorong Hawks by 72 points.

The visitors were only 10 points in arrears at the long break and then the Mozzies dominated.

The home team acknowledged the recent passing of past premiership player and club president Ken Bellinger at the age of 78.

Reserves player Jack Francis proudly wore the number 31 guernsey previously worn by his maternal grandfather.

Mount Burr plays at Kalangadoo in round 11 while Kongorong takes on undefeated ladder leaders Hatherleigh at home.

Robe 21.18 d Tantanoola 3.9
Robe began the second half of the season in the same manner as in the opening round with a 117- point win over Tantanoola.

The Roosters are doing everything right to secure the double chance second semi final which they missed out on in 2023.

With the benefit of a three week lay-off, the seasiders had secured the result by quarter time when they led by 45 points.

The Tigers had trouble in maximising their score with only three goals from 12 scoring shots.

Tantanoola has a break on Saturday while Robe heads to Glencoe.

The rumour mill is suggesting a multiple premiership player and tradesman from a neighbouring league will front up for Tantanoola in 2025.

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