Football back to normal

CLASS: Michael Telford has been in top form for the Eagles. Pictures: FILE

By Trevor Jackson

FOOTBALL in the Limestone Coast returns to normal this weekend, with Round 8 of the Mid South East competition set for some interesting clashes.

Ladder positions at the pointy end of the field may be affected slightly, depending on how the lower sides fare, as the season hits the halfway mark of the minor rounds.

HATHERLEIGH V TANTANOOLA

Hatherleigh now sits four points clear at the top of the ladder and will host the seventh-placed Tantanoola.

The Eagles remain as the only undefeated team this season and will start un-backable favourites against the Tigers.

Hatherleigh comes off a victory over the former top side Robe, which would have done wonders for the confidence of the side.

That 13-point win was one of the closest for the Eagles this season, which spells trouble for the struggling Tigers.

In contrast, Tantanoola comes off a big loss to Mount Burr, the main positive being a spread of goal kickers.

Quite simply, the Eagles will claim this one in a canter and remain clear at the top of the ladder.

MOUNT BURR V GLENCOE

Mount Burr v Glencoe is one game that could force a ladder change, depending on the results of other games.

The Mozzies sit in third place, just ahead of Glencoe and will look to solidify their top-four position.

Glencoe is currently in fourth place, equal on points with Port MacDonnell.

The Demons should be a shoe-in over Kongorong, which makes this game important for the Murphies.

If Glencoe and Port MacDonnell both claim wins, the top four will come down to percentage.

The Mozzies bounced back last week to claim a big win over Tantanoola, after a couple of rounds where they seemed to lose their way.

No doubt they will be up for this one and it is a tough call for Glencoe to claim the win.

Mount Burr should do enough to claim the points and throw a curve ball at Glencoe’s season standing.

NANGWARRY V KALANGADOO

This is another game that could possibly affect the ladder positions.

Kalangadoo will claim an easy victory over Nangwarry, even on the Saints home ground.

Nangwarry has struggled again this season, and currently sit in eighth place.

In contrast, Kalangadoo is on the rise after a slow burn to start the season.

The Magpies have claimed the last three games on the trot to put their premiership defence somewhat back on track.

They still have a way to go, currently in sixth place, but this game should help boost their percentage and put pressure on fourth place.

It adds importance to the Mount Burr v Glencoe game, with a win equalling the Murphies points, should they lose.

PORT MACDONNELL V KONGORONG

The final game of the round sees Port MacDonnell host Kongorong in what will possibly be a one-sided contest.

The Demons have struggled to string wins together and currently sit in fifth place, equal on points with Glencoe, but down on percentage.

That could certainly change this weekend, despite Kongorong’s best efforts.

After being knocked out of the finals for the last couple of season, the Demons will certainly want to give it another crack and this game, with a win, will help put them in or close to the top four.