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2017 MAIL MEDAL WON BY ZACC COCKS OF GLENCOE
MID SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL 2017
REPORTS BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY
Teams: Glencoe, Hatherleigh, Kalangadoo, Kongorong, Mt Burr,
Nangwarry, Port MacDonnell, Robe and Tantanoola
MT BURR MAKE IT THREE ON THE TROT
By Terry Willoughby, September 18, 2017
Hatherleigh may have been favourites but that was of little consequence to the finals hardened and experienced Mt Burr. Hatherleigh made a positive start and led early with Wight goaling and Watson defending well to keep the Mt Burr forwards under tight control. The Eagles led by 13 points at quarter time and when Buckley goaled immediately in the second quarter Hatherleigh supporters were up and about, but the Mozzies quickly found their form with ruckman Henry Crauford dominating the stoppages and around the ground.
Mt Burr banged home four unanswered goals with Jake Dowdy and Dylan Ridley prominent and raced to a six point lead. Suddenly Hatherleigh looked shaky and only a late goal to Wight steadied the ship to have the scores locked together at halftime. Hatherleigh’s earlier good players had fallen away with only McGrath and Jed Telfer looking up for the contest. Mt Burr grew in confidence as more players came into the game with Crauford still dominating.
The early part of the third quarter was an arm wrestle before Mt Burr rattled on three goals to Crauford, Renzi and Hennink to have Hatherleigh reeling. The Hatherleigh on-ballers had no answers to Crauford and also allowed Tom Renzi to run free too often. Only a late goal to Hatherleigh enabled them to stay in touch but trailing by 13 points at the start of the last quarter.
Mt Burr were now well on top and Hatherleigh’s task was made all the harder when Jake Dowdy booted his third goal to put Mt Burr 19 points ahead and almost with their hands on the premiership trophy. Caolin Buckley goaled for Hatherleigh to give them a glimmer of hope to much was being left to too few and Mt Burr again went into attack and the best man on the ground in Henry Crauford booted his third goal to cap off a great day and was quickly followed by another goal to Dylan Ridley which put the result beyond doubt as the clock ticked over into time-on. Mt Burr were victors by 19 points.
Henry Crauford was awarded the Stan Jones Medal as best on ground for Mt Burr and he had many helpers in the game with defenders Josh and Sam Wallis, the veteran Pete Guyett, coach Tom Renzi and Tom Fennell all good players throughout. It was a disappointing end for Hatherleigh who looked good at the start but were dismantled after quarter time. Their best were Watson, McGrath, Jed Telfer who worked overtime in defence and Rayson but it was three in a row for Mt Burr and they were jubilant.
MT BURR 12-7 79 PREMIERS AGAIN OVER HATHERLEIGH 9-6 60
Grand Final at Nangwarry on September 16, 2017
Best on ground: Henry Crauford (Mt Burr)
Best: Mt Burr - H. Crauford, J. Wallis, S. Wallis, T. Fennell, P. Guyett, T. Renzi. Hatherleigh - T. Watson, J. Telfer, J. Rayson, G. Mcgrath. Goals: Mt Burr - J. Dowdy 3, H. Crauford 3, D. Ridley 2, T. Renzi 2, D. Bowering, B. Hennink. Hatherleigh - B. Wight 3, C. Buckley 2, T. Merrett, J. Sullivan, J. Bateman, J. Skeer