The Border Watch : April 1st 2014
32 MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL Pies narrow victors Kalangadoo 15.10 (100) d Glencoe 13.10 (88) THERE could not have been a better scripted result for returning “favourite” son Ben Mules than leading his beloved Kalangadoo to a hard-fought home ground win over arch rivals Glencoe. After 12 decorated seasons with Glenelg in the SANFL, Mules played a pivotal role as the Magpies vanquished the Murphies to the tune of 12 points in the season opener of the Mid South East Football League (MSEFL). It was only in the dying minutes of the match that the home team was assured of victory as the visitors were showing great pluck in kicking into the breeze and whittling back a substantial deficit. To use an oft-quoted footy phrase, Mules “kept a lid on it” in his post-match address to the Magpie players and faithful supporters in the changerooms immediately after the final siren and victory song. The new coach attributed the win to the composure of his team but said there was plenty of work to do as the season progressed. Right next door, it was a sombre mood in the Glencoe camp as coach Simon Brook had used his three-quarter time address to remind his chargers that he regarded this match as being worth eight premiership points rather than the customary four. Even though it was Kalangadoo v Glencoe At Kalangadoo Kalangadoo 3.1 9.4 12.9 15.10 (100) Glencoe 3.3 4.6 11.8 13.10 (88) GOALS – Kalangadoo: A. Kilsby 6, C. Mules 3, S. McLaughlin, T. Jones, T. Williams, B. Mules; Glencoe: M. McRae 5, L. Sharaf 3, C. Von Duve 2, D. Childs, D. Paproth, A. Creek. BEST – Kalangadoo: M. Lowe, J. McPhail, A. Kilsby, B. Auld, M. Jones, J. Bannister; Glencoe: L. Sharaf, M. Kasparian, D. Watson, D. Childs, J. Weaver, S. Brook. Round 1, pre-season injury mishaps had robbed both teams of key players including rival captains Brian Casey (Kalangadoo) and Zacc Cocks (Glencoe). Despite booting into a slight breeze which was favouring the scoreboard end, it was the Magpies who recorded the first major of the contest through another returning player and ex-coach Anthony Kilsby. After two premierships and several seasons with North Gambier, Kilsby found his home ground to be to his liking and he finished the afternoon with six goals. This was the highest tally of any of the 168 players in the MSEFL in round one. With an excellent playing surface and warm temperatures, the game was played at a fast pace. Much of the credit for this is due to the graduates of Kalangadoo’s senior colts’ premiership side from last season. A major blow for the visitors came when skipper Adam Price hopped off the ground with a serious lower leg injury. An ice pack was immediately applied but Price took no further part in the match. Glencoe held a slender two point lead at quarter time after each side had scored three majors. It was all Kalangadoo in the second term as it slammed on 6.3 while conceding just 1.3. The home side took a 28 point lead into the long break and this was the greatest difference in scores throughout the contest. Back came the Murphies in the third term with the freshening breeze and the deficit was cut to just seven points at the last change. Members of the crowd were on their feet in the final quarter to see if the three Mules brothers (Ben, Chris and John) could achieve a victory in their first game together. Continued page 24 TANTANOOLA had the most scoring shots of any of the eight teams in the opening round and the tally of 19.18 was 38 points better than its hosts at Kongorong. The Tigers under new non-playing coach Jason Dawe have been touted as one of the big improvers of 2014 and there was much to like in this opening round victory. The visitors were sluggish in the opening term and allowed the Hawks to go to quarter time with a lead of 11points. After such a good start, the Hawks faltered somewhat and this allowed the Tiger playmakers to feed the ball into key forwards Glenn Gascoyne and Matt Pilmore. Tantanoola quickly overtook Kongorong on the scoreboard and added 7.3 for the second term while conceding just 2.3. With a lead of 19 points at the long break, the game was still in the balance. However, the red-and- whites showed the second term was no fluke as they also out-scored the blackand-golds in the remaining two terms. Tigers give Hawks a mauling Kongorong v Tantanoola At Kongorong Tantanoola 3.4 10.7 15.12 19.18 (132) Kongorong 5.3 7.6 11.10 14.12 (96) GOALS – Tantanoola – M. Pilmore, G. Gascoyne 4, T. McGrath, J. Williams 2, T. Stringer, C. Williams, L. Smith, C. Saint, S. Tincknell, D. Knaggs, R. Versace; Kongorong: J. Simkin 5, J. Wright 3, S. Phillips 2, A. Harding, A. Costin, T. Elletson, D. Phillips. BEST – Tantanoola: L. Smith, T. McGrath, J. McRostie, M. Pilmore, J. Dawe; Kongorong: N. Ham, B. Weaver, S. Phillips, J. Simkin, A. Costin. About the pleasing aspects for Dawe was the form of his teenage son Jack as well as ruckman Josh McRostie who had missed playing A grade in 2013 on account of various injuries. McRostie gave his followers first use of the ball but the clever Hawks achieved most of the centre clearances. The Hawks were not disgraced in the opening round with full back Nick Ham rated the best by the club’s brains trust for his blanketing efforts on Gascoyne. 32 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 New coach Tony Elletson was able to have a close look at proceedings from the middle of the oval rather than the sidelines. Elletson played every B grade game last season and was runner-up in the Carthew Medal for the best and fairest in the competition. His last A grade game for the Hawks had been in 2012. The Hawks have the bye in the second round while the Tigers host the reigning VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au CONTEST: Kalangadoo’s John Mules and Glencoe’s Matt Casparian contest a mark in Round 1 of the 2014 MSEFL season. Pictures: J.L. “FRED” SMITH. Demons scorch Roosters PORT MacDonnell’s convincing 86 point win over fellow seaside club Robe was soured by the serious leg injury suffered by star recruit Josh Ransom. The dual West Gambier premiership player and PreSeason Cup medal winner had been in scintillating form to begin the contest and is understood to have fractured a leg. Ransom was the major reason the Demons took a 43 point lead into the first change and he was ranked by many onlookers as best-on-ground until fate intervened in the second term. He took no further part in the match. The match was decided by half-time as the margin in favour of the “Bay boys” had ballooned out to 79 points. To their Roosters shared the honours with the Demons in the remaining half. Much of the credit to limiting their hosts to just six goals in this period must go to new Robe coach Dylan Coxon. Despite being hampered by an ankle complaint, Coxon switched himself into defence and sent back the Demons on many occasions. Coxon knows the Bay oval well as Port MacDonnell is one of his former clubs. Robe had trouble in credit, the Port MacDonnell v Robe Port MacDonnell Port MacD. 7.3 14.9 16.10 20.15 Robe 1.1 2.2 3.9 6.13 (49) GOALS – Port MacDonnell: D. Bromley 5, W. Macdonald 3, J. Zeitz, R. Fox, J. Ransom, L. Pratt 2, T. Sullivan, Z. Williams, R. Povey, J. McGrego; Robe: J. Dawson 4, S. Huebner, J. Wood. BEST – Port MacDonnell: W. Macdonald, B. McGregor, M. Roscow, L. Pratt, B. Creek, B. O’Dine; Robe: E. Samuel, D. Coxon, J. Dunn, P. Agnew, B. Jess, J. Dawson. converting their scoring opportunities and they received good value from Jaryd Dawson who posted four of their six majors. Jakob Woods impressed in his return to the Roosters along with former Mount Burr skipper Pete Agnew who is now living and working at Robe. The southern seasiders should still be satisfied with an 81 point victory and the form of Will Macdonald and Ben McGregor who led the way. Last season’s leading goalkicker Dylan Bromley also reminded the competition of his worth with a five goal haul. Teenager Jordan Zeitz’s commitment to winning an A grade premiership is seen by his willingness to study at university in Adelaide during the week and play at his home club every weekend. The Demons have been the most active of all the nine MSEFL clubs over summer and some of their recruits were chosen in B grade. League observers suggest this may have been due to an excess of player transfer points which are capped in the MSEFL. Whatever the reason, the home side helped themselves to a score of 25.26 in the curtain raiser while restricting the Roosters to just one behind. The Demons head to Nangwarry in Round 2 while Robe hosts opening round victors Kalangadoo.
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