Hatherleigh holds on to top spot on the ladder after hard-fought round

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CLOSE CONTEST: Tom Fennell and Jase Bateman were in action when the Hatherleigh Eagles and the Mount Burr Mozzies in round five of the Mid South East Football League on Saturday. Picture: J.L. "Fred" Smith

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CLOSE CONTEST: Tom Fennell and Jase Bateman were in action when the Hatherleigh Eagles and the Mount Burr Mozzies in round five of the Mid South East Football League on Saturday. Picture: J.L. “Fred” Smith

HATHERLEIGH 10.11 (71) d MOUNT BURR 3.9 (27)

HATHERLEIGH has kept its undefeated status intact as well as its place at the head of the premiership table with a 44-point trouncing of Mount Burr at home in round five of Mid South East football on Saturday.

The match was still in the balance at three-quarter time as 16 points separated the sides.

However, the Eagles finished strongly with 5.2 while only allowing the Mozzies just four behinds.

It was billed as a blockbuster and crowd-pleaser, but Hatherleigh’s hosting of Mount Burr certainly did not live up to expectations.

With a massive crowd on account of sponsors’ day and a bye for the Millicent teams in the Western Border, numbers through the gate were at near-record levels.

The visitors were keen to dwell for the sake of Peter Guyett who was making his 250th appearance for the Mozzies.

The Hatherleigh camp was anxious to put on a show for newcomer Lachy Button who was making his debut in the MSEFL.

Standing 198cm, Button played 73 games for Glenelg after making his debut in 2007 and has strong ties with some in the Hatherleigh camp,

Button lodged a clearance mid-week and trained at Hatherleigh on Thursday, but it is thought the Adelaide-based player was only making a guest appearance.

He has had a long-standing friendship with Hatherleigh player Joe Rayson and was in his bridal party.

With such a build-up, the game was somewhat of an anti-climax.

Despite boasting 15 premiership players, the Mozzies did not register a goal in either the first or last quarters and managed only three in all for the game.

It would take a long and hard look at the MSEFL records to find such meagre returns for a Mount Burr team playing against one of its cross-town rivals.

The visitors could not blame the conditions as the oval was well grassed and there was the lightest and briefest of drizzle to make the ball greasy.

Visiting coach Tom Renzi suffered a rare shoulder injury which hampered him but otherwise full credit must go to the Hatherleigh defence.

Newcomer Mitch Leek was another to impress for the victors.

The one-sided nature of the game was reflected in the decision of the Mozzie hierarchy to add just three names in the best players’ list – Josh Fiebig and the Wallis brothers.

Mount Burr returns home to “Mick” and Jean Walker Oval on Saturday to host winless Nangwarry while Hatherleigh heads to Kalangadoo.

GLENCOE 21.11 (137) d ROBE 15.15 (105)

GLENCOE has again signalled it will be a premiership threat when it defeated reigning premiers Robe at home by 32 points.

Much of the credit for the win goes to its two forwards Brodie Foster and Alex Hentschke who accounted for 15 of the winning team’s 21 goals.

Foster was recruited from Penola and his nine-goal haul took him to 39 on the MSEFL goalkicking tally – 17 more than Hatherleigh’s Sam Telfer.

Hentschke brought up six goals to go to 21 and he now sits in third place on this list.

He is back with the Murphies after a break of a few seasons.

The firepower of the Glencoe forward will increase next month after Tory Weaver serves his suspension and Patrick Mitchell makes his anticipated recovery from injury.

The exploits of Foster and Hentschke were noted in the list of best players along with the efforts of Dylan Childs, Tom Edwards, Jamie Dobie and Dylan Pfitzner.

They were the best contributors to the club’s fourth win of the season.

Due to its determination to play a game on Good Friday, the Roosters had a long 22-day break from playing and this may have not worked to its advantage.

It was Robe’s first game at this venue since it snatched the 2018 premiership form the grasp of Mount Burr in sensational circumstances.

In his supplied match summary, Robe Football Club vice president Roger Sweetman said Glencoe successfully played Robe at its own game.

“The Murphies tackled and pressured the Roosters which caused errors and turnovers,” Sweetman said.

“Robe was not allowed to break tackles and move the ball quickly forward which has been its trade mark in recent times.

“Robe again suffered from in accuracy in front of goals at crucial times of the match and was therefore unable to put scoreboard pressure on the Glencoe side.

“The dominance of the Glencoe forward line resulted in Robe having to reshuffle its team which prevented it from asserting its dominance in the forward line.

“The visitors appeared to be one or two tall forwards or defenders short.

“The positive for Robe is that it had an even spread of goal kickers meaning that it is not reliant on one or two players to kick a winning score.

“It will have to regroup and reassess its game plan in order to turn the tide on Glencoe when they meet at Robe on July 27 in the second round.”

Robe’s leading goalkicker was recruit Dylan Lockwood with three while the best players were co-captains Jake Wehl and Jonny Agnew along with Tom Wachtel, Riley Dickinson and Jordan Pettit.

Glencoe has bye in round six while Robe hosts Kongorong.

KALANGADOO 14.10. (94) d PORT MACDONNELL 12.9 (81)

KALANGADOO worked hard to earn the premiership points at the Bay and eventually prevailed over Port MacDonnell by a mere 13 points.

The home side began well with the breeze to go to a lead of 24 points at the first change.

After quarter time, the visitors seized the ascendancy and cut the deficit to just five points at the long break.

It was a battle of defences in the third term with a total of just three goals scored.

The scores were locked away at 9.9 apiece at the final change of ends.

The game again became free-flowing in the last quarter with the Kalangadoo forwards able to break the shackles and boot 5.1.

It was the ideal welcome home gesture for Tye McManus who has been playing in Adelaide.

He responded well to being back at his home club by achieving a high ranking in the best players as well as two goals.

The leading Kalangadoo goal kickers were recruit Billy Galpin and Ben Gregory with three each.

Over in the Port MacDonnell camp, skipper Zack Williams, reigning Mail Medallist Daron McElroy and leading defender Matt Roscow remain injured.

However, the seasiders had been able to pick Jake Turner who had recovered from injury along with Mal Lewis.

It was the first game in a red-and-blue jumper for two seasons for Lewis.

He is one of the few Bay Boys who played in the club’s last premiership in 2012 and is a clever forward.

One of the other bright spots for the Demons was the form of Brandon Newton who kicked a game-high tally of four goals.

Newton was not used much in attack in 2018 as he played all 16 games but only registered three goals.

Looking to round six, Port MacDonnell is on the road to Tantanoola while Kalangadoo returns home to host the undefeated and ladder-leading Hatherleigh outfit.

KONGORONG 15.11 (101) d TANTANOOLA 6.9 (45)

KONGORONG achieved its second win of 2019 and its first at home when it lowered the colours of its winless neighbours Tantanoola by 56 points.

The result would have given great satisfaction to new Hawks coach Will Whitty who began his long career in senior company at Tigerland over 20 years ago.

His football journey has since taken him to Millicent and a long stint at Mount Burr.

A smile should have been appearing on Whitty’s face by half time as the outcome of the match was known by then.

As indicated pre-match by Tigers coach Josh Peters, the visitors had to call on several veterans from B Grade to fill all 21 places in A Grade.

The Tigers have been hard hit by injuries, availability factors and a suspension to Cooper Hamilton, so Peters himself had to play in A Grade along with the likes of 2006 Tantanoola A Grade premiership player Kym Dodd.

The visitors began well and took a seven-point lead into the first change.

However, it was the second term which proved to be the undoing of the Tigers.

They only managed to score one goal into the breeze while conceding six.

The Hawks never looked like losing after half-time with a functioning forward line which created headaches for the Tantanoola defence.

As he has done on umpteen occasions in the past, John Simkin led the Kongorong’s goalkickers with four.

Simkin received good support in attack from Shaun Phillips, Mount Burr recruit Tommy Hales, Bodhi Pannenburg and skipper Bryn Weaver.

The Tigers battled it out to the final siren with Hayden Brown the pick of his side.

Another to impress for Tantanoola was Dan Sutherland who was playing only his second game of A Grade in a red-and-white jumper.

After playing his underage footy at Hatherleigh he graduated to senior company in 2014 and mostly played B Grade.

He joined Tantanoola midway through last season.

The next challenge for Tantanoola is a home ground hosting of Port MacDonnell while Kongorong heads to Robe.