The Border Watch : March 31st 2015
8 MSEFL 2015 PREVIEW mount burr mozzies Mozzies to make amends Aim to bounce back after a poor finish last season H 8 MSEFL 2 8 MSEFL 2 MSEFL 2015 PREVIEW mount burr mozzies M EFL 2015 PREVIEW mount burr mozzies Mozzies to make amends Aim to bounce back after a poor finish last season H J.L. J.L. “FRED” email@example.com Mount Burr make amends for its disappointing end to 2014 is a question being asked around the fabled Can Hill and beyond? The most successful club in the competition looked to be giving a fairytale welcome to new coach Frazer Scanlon by winning the minor premiership. However, losses in the second semi-final to Kalangadoo and the preliminary to Tantanoola pushed the Mozzies down to third. After one season as coach, Scanlon continues in the main role at a crucial period for the green-and-golds. Some of the club’s warriors are ageing and will they have the fire and fitness to push for a premiership? Six-time premiership teammates Scott Bevan and Dale Bowering are in the twilight of their careers while just one grand final win has yet to come the way of Jamie Little. The coach said Bevan has stated he has retired with a hamstring injury last season prompting this decision. Scanlon is the seventh senior coach in the space of just over a decade and the Burr boys have truly dominated in this period. They have achieved three flags and a runners-up placing from 2009-12. With a few players leaving the club over summer, Scanlon knows that he will be looking to the home-grown players to maintain the momentum. There are some 2014 players who won’t be seen at Mount Burr in the coming season including Adelaide-bound Chris Murray who is past leading goalscorer in both the Western Border and Mid SE leagues. It was thought that Taylor Redden may also have headed to the capital city but he is staying put. Ex-skipper and Mail Medallist Dylan Gamble has had the past two years at Glenelg but has been linked with Bordertown in the KNTFL. Gamble made one appearance for Mount Burr last season and is still listed on the Glenelg website as a player. He will turn 26 midway through this year. The rumour mill suggests that the Mozzies tried hard to entice Nangwarry’s interleague defender and ex-captain Matt Fatchen to “Mick” and Jean Walker Oval. The main recruit appears to be Jake Dowdy who appears to be in the prime of his football playing life. Aged in his early 20s, Dowdy has successfully played in the ruck for South Gambier and RUNNING RUCKMAN: Mount Burr’s Nick Morrison is one of the most mobile big men in the MSEFL. HANDS UP WHO WANTS A PREMIERSHIP: Mount Burr veteran Scott Beven is still hungry for another premiership. POINT TO PROVE: Second year Mount Burr coach, Frazer Scanlon will be out to atone for last year’s straight-sets finals departure. the Western Border Football League. His presence will provide invaluable support to the ageing Nick Morrison and Justin Nowak. Former Nangwarry player Dylan Broad has also changed clubs. Long-time Mid SE observ- ers believe Mount Burr’s 2014 season came unhinged on a cold Tuesday night last June. Blame injuries, work commitments or the weather but only a small number of players took to the training track. A few days later, Mount Burr lost at home to Kalangadoo by 45 points. The victory gave the Magpies the self-belief which lasted until the grand final, whereas a question mark over commitment remained with the Mozzies until they bowed out of the major round. The goalkicking burden was carried last year by Murray (47 goals) and Dylan Ridley (39). Neither has been able to capture the form of a few seasons ago. Much of the success of Mount Burr last season was due to the midfield dominance of club and interleague skipper Clint Gallio and returning player Jonny Agnew. Gallio claimed his first Mail Medal with 25 votes while Agnew was third with 21. In Mount Burr 16 games last year, there were 96 Mail Medal votes and Gallio and Agnew gleaned 46 of them! The selectors of the MSEFL team-of-the-year strangely placed Gallio on the wing and this is a position he has never played in his 100+ game senior career. Scanlon has nominated Gallio as one of his preseason track stars along with Morrison, Dowdy and 8 - 2015 MSE Football and Netball Season Preview, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Bowering who have also impressed. He expects that colts graduate Sam Wallis will do well in his first full season of A grade while Hayden Schultz and the Collyer brothers are set to impress. After a pre-season dedicated to fitness and ball skills, good numbers at training and some trial matches, Scanlon anticipates the Mozzies will be in good shape to take on the Roosters in the seaside season opener on Good Friday. All of his players had been told what is needed to convert a minor premiership into a flag. “We have to have the whole squad committed to winning the premiership,” Scanlon said. “We will take it week-byweek, I want the players to enjoy their footy but I expect them to have a red-hot crack.” PREDICTION: Top three. HARD WORKER: Josh Wallis has improved leaps and bounds at Mount Burr.
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