Top Tiger wins coveted award in MSEFL round 5

Tantanoola v Glencoe

Jack Dawe is the toast of the Tantanoola Football Club after his best-on-ground effort against Glencoe won him the coveted Neil Von Duve Memorial Medal at Tigerland on Saturday in the fifth round of the Mid South East Football League.

Onballer Dawe was prominent over all four quarters and the main reason the Murphies returned home up the Mile Hill Road without the Neil Von Duve Memorial Trophy for the first time since 2016.

Both awards have been contested each year at Tigerland for over a decade and honour the memory of the one-time Tantanoola and Glencoe player and respected MSEFL umpire who died in 2007 at the age of 44.

Assisted by a strong breeze which favoured the eastern end, the home team booted the opening four goals of the game and were never headed thereafter.

The visitors cut the margin to 20 points at quarter time and it was almost square by the long break.

Tantanoola set up its win with a devastating third term with the lessening breeze by slamming on 6.2 while keeping Glencoe scoreless.

After facing a 44-point deficit at the last change, the Murphies booted five unanswered goals to be only two straight kicks in arrears with six minutes still to play.

The Tigers booted the next major to seal the result.

Looking to round six, Tantanoola will be hoping for its third win of the season at Kongorong while Glencoe has the unenviable task of hosting undefeated ladder leaders Hatherleigh who are fresh from the scheduled bye.

Kalangadoo v Mount Burr

Kalangadoo kept its perfect start to 2022 intact and also retained the sought-after Harry Bott Memorial Trophy when it defeated Mount Burr by 118-points at Mick and Jean Walker Oval.

The trophy honours the memory of the ex-Kalangadoo Football Club president and Mount Burr storekeeper. The visitors seized the incentive with a six-goal opening term.

This 20-point advantage was increased at each subsequent break as the Mozzies had no answers to the potent attack of the Magpies headed by Al Lyon, Ben Mules and Michael Krieger who combined to kick 14 goals.

The outcome was less-than-desirable for Mount Burr veteran and best player Brodie Hennink who was playing his 200th senior game in a green-and-gold jumper.

Mount Burr has the bye in round six while Kalangadoo hosts winless Nangwarry.

Pt MacDonnell v Nangwarry

Saturday, May 7 2022 will long be remembered in the annals of the Nangwarry Football Club but not for the narrow 23-point home ground loss at the hands of reigning premiers Port MacDonnell.

It was the day that three years of hard work came to fruition with the official opening by Tony Pasin MHR for Barker of the new licensed social clubrooms.

There was joy at game’s end when Mr Pasin and Saints president Shane Ploenges jointly snipped the tricolour ribbon and this act counter-balanced the mostly one-sided football match.

The Demons began well and took a 27-point lead into quarter time and maintained the upper hand thereafter.

The seasiders took this game seriously by adding two key players who missed the round four win at Mount Burr: four-time Mail Medallist Will Macdonald (broken ribs) and coach Simon Merrett (COVID isolation).

In the second-highest-scoring match of round five, the Saints lost their third match in 2022 by less than four goals.

An unusual sidelight was the match-up of Thomson brothers in Port MacDonnell assistant coach Kevin and Saints mentor Luke Thomson.

Both had joined the MSEFL from home club East Gambier and both led their team’s goalkickers with five apiece.

Subject to a satisfactory playing surface, Port MacDonnell is scheduled to have its first home game for 2022 against fellow seaside club Robe in round six, while Nangwarry makes the short 11km trip to Kalangadoo.

Robe v Kongorong

All roads led to Robe as Kongorong embarked on the long drive for their round 5 Mid South Eastern Football League clash.

Having notched up their first win last week at home the Hawks were flying into the game, but the positive vibe was abundant as the Roosters ravaged their nest and continued their form.

Robe had all the play in the first quarter with Sam Clements gaining many possessions and making quality decisions along with Kaden Woodward and coach Thomas Watchel in the ruck.

Overuse of the handball let the Hawks down at times as coach Cam Sandercock provided some grunt in the middle to nullify some of the Roosters’ play.

But the home side still went into quarter time with a six-goal lead.

Kongorong came out with a bit more drive and passion to win the second quarter which would have pleased the hierarchy of the Hawks.

However, the home side still held an advantage of 32 points and they piled on four majors to one in the premiership quarter.

It set the path for Robe to cruise to a 46-point win.

For the Roosters up forward, Lachlan Hentschke was pivotal kicking five and was supported by Jed Jarrett with four which accounted from the Samuel Clements, Kaden Woodward, Watchel and Jasper Barritt in a slick team.

The Hawks backline of Aaron Lightbody and Corbin O’Dea stood tall in a game dominated by Robe through four quarters of solid football.

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