By Trevor Jackson
KALANGADOO 19.19 (133) d GLENCOE 7.3 (45)
IT was a huge day for Kalangadoo Football and Netball Club, with the official opening of its new facilities, plus the unveiling of its Indigenous playing strips in Round 9 of Mid South East football.
In a fitting results, both the A Grade football and netball sides claimed dominant victories over Glencoe to help celebrate the day.
The Reserves and Seniors footballers, plus the netballers lined up on the ground prior to the main game kicking off, with a welcome to country delivered by Tim Brennan, along with some words from Jason Bannister.
Once the official duties were completed the A Grade football began in earnest and despite a relatively even start, the Magpies dominated.
Glencoe worked hard in the opening term, but by the first break the game was already in the home side’s favour, with a handy 11-point buffer.
However, that was as close as the Murphies would get, as Kalangadoo began to pile on the pressure in the second term.
Six major scores to just a couple of behinds from Glencoe opened the game up and it continued on after the long break.
The Murphies found a solitary goal in the third term, then finished off in the final stanza with three.
But it was all about the Magpies as they banged on four majors in the third term and a further five in the final quarter to run the game out in style.
Up forward it was Michael Krieger who did much of the damage, with six goals.
Tye McManus and Joshua La Rocca kicked three each, while Joshua Searle and Ben Mules added two each.
Alex Hentschke kicked three for the Murphies, while Jack Edmonds kicked two.
Lachy Jones received the Tim Brennan Medal for best on ground.
PORT MACDONNELL 11.15 (81) d KONGORONG 5.8 (38)
Down at the Bay it was a final-quarter burst which ensured a victory for Port MacDonnell, after three even quarters of football.
Kongorong held the lead at the first break by eight points, but the Demons turned it around in the second to take a three-point advantage to the main break.
The third term was again an even affair, as the Demons stretched the margin slightly to lead by seven points heading into the final stanza.
Six major scores to just one sealed the game for Port MacDonnell, as Kongorong ran out of legs and the Demons pushed on.
With a slippery ball, Dylan Bromley was still a strong focus up forward, with three goals to his name, while mark Smith, Kevin Thomson and Brandon Newton kicked two each.
ROBE 10.12 (72) d MOUNT BURR 10.8 (68)
Robe and Mount Burr played out a classic game of football, with the visiting Roosters claiming the win by just four points.
The contest was tight all day, as fortunes ebbed and flowed on the wind.
The Mozzies held the lead at the first break with an eight-point lead, but the Roosters turned that around in the second with three major scores for a 10-point advantage at the long break.
Not to be outdone, the Mozzies hit their straps after the break and banged on four third-quarter goals to again lead by eight points heading into the final term.
Robe then dug deep and iced the game with four goals, while holding the home side to just two for a well-deserved victory.
Despite the loss, Mount Burr’s Jack Gregory led all scorers with six goals.
Riley Dickinson led the roosters, with three to his name, while Jack Sneath and Billy Laurie kicked two each.
HATHERLEIGH 7.10 (52) d TANTANOOLA 6.11 (47)
In a low-scoring affair Hatherleigh claimed the honours over Tantanoola by just five points.
The Tigers looked out of the contest for the first three quarters, with just 18 points on the board by the final break, to the Eagles’ 50.
However, the final term saw a complete turnaround, as the home side banged on four major scores while holding Hatherleigh goal-less to almost steal the game.
In the end it was too little, too late, but provided plenty of excitement as the clock wound down.
Jack Dawe kicked two goals for the Tigers, while Josh Wight and Louis Brown kicked two each for the victors.