Magpies still clear at the top of the table

TOUGH DAY OUT: Nangwarry's George McWaters takes a strong mark over Tantanoola's Alec Roberts during Round 8 of Mid South East football on Saturday.

By Trevor Jackson

KALANGADOO 20.15 (136) d KONGORONG 1.5 (11)

KONGORONG suffered a big defeat at the hands of Kalangadoo in Round 8 of the Bendigo Bank Mid South East football season, despite holding the home-ground advantage.

In fact, the Hawks could only muster one goal, which came in the opening term, while the Magpies simply went about their work and built up a solid score.

By the long break the Magpies led to the tune of 68 points, with Kongorong adding just one behind for the second half.

Michael Kreiger led the victors with five goals, while Ben Gregory, Tye McManus, Ben Mules, Josh Searle and Lachy Jones all kicked two.

Mitch Lowe, Sam McManus and Tye McManus were all instrumental in the big win.

The Magpies remain clear at the top of the ladder, despite some movement in the lower positions.

PORT MACDONNELL 16.7 (103) d ROBE 12.9 (81)

Port MacDonnell handled the trip up to Robe well and returned victorious after a tough hit out.

With second spot on the ladder up for grabs, the game was always going to be well contested.

The game was in the balance down to the final term, with the lead changing and neither side able to make a decisive break.

The Demons were out of the blocks fast, with a solid and accurate opening term which yielded 5.1 (31) to Robe’s 2.3 (15).

However, the Roosters fought back in the second to take the lead, albeit by just two points.

The fortunes of the game continued to ride on the breeze, as the Demons turned the game around again in the third term for a four-point advantage, before running away in the final quarter to claim a strong win.

Dylan Bromley, Kevin Thomson and Brandon Newton kicked four goals each for the victors, while Hamish Stevens and Jake Turner kicked two each.

For the hosts, Billy Laurie and Zac Deane kicked three each, while Oliver Haggett added one.

As a result Port MacDonnell moved up to second place on the ladder, with Robe dropping down to third.

HATHERLEIGH 9.10 (64) d MOUNT BURR 5.12 (42)

Over at Hatherleigh the home side was too strong for Mount Burr, with the Eagles claiming a comfortable 22-point victory.

The Eagles had their noses in front early thanks to a couple of first-term major scores and never let the visitors back into the contest.

They converted a four-point first-term lead to 14 points at the main break, then went on with it from there.

While both sides could only manage one goal each in the tight third term, the weight of possession began to wear the Mozzies down, as the Eagles enjoyed a couple of extra shots at goal.

The final term saw that possession pay off, with Hatherleigh adding a further two goals to the coffers, while Mount Burr could only manage one more.

Much of the Eagles success in front of goal came from Louis Brown, who finished the day with five majors and the only multiple goal kicker for the victors.

Nathan Muhovics kicked two for Mount Burr.

TANTANOOLA 23.20 (158) d NANGWARRY 7.5 (47)

Nangwarry is still searching for that elusive win, going down to Tantanoola on Saturday.

The hosts have been playing better football in patches this season, but still struggled against a tough Tigers outfit, despite early mistakes from both sides.

Tantanoola used some wind advantage in the first term, banging home a couple of long kicks, while the Saints simply struggled to break into the attacking 50.

Joel Virtanen was a solid target once they did, finishing with four goals, but at the other end Jak Ryan was in ominous form, banging on five majors.

He was joined by Roy Osborne and Darcy Pink with four each, while Braydn Reilly, Troy Hatt and Cade Kelly kicked two each.