KALKEE survived an almighty scare from Edenhope-Apsley in the last quarter to claim a classic reserves grand final by the smallest possible margin.
The Kees were expected to dominate the match after disposing of the Saints by 73 points in the second semi-final.
But just as Laharum did later in the day, the Saints showed that grand finals rarely go to script.
Andrew Honner marked in the forward line to boot the first goal of the day for Edenhope-Apsley before Kalkee reeled off four successive goals.
It looked as if the predicted blow-out might eventuate, but the Saints dug in their heels and got themselves back in the game.
Honner kicked two more goals before the end of the quarter and looked on target to be a possible match-winner for the Saints.
When Kalkee added just one goal in the second quarter to Edenhope-Apsley's two, the margin was back to within a goal and it was anyone's game.
Matt and Oliver Close were superb in defence for the Saints and helped hold the Kees to just four behinds in the third quarter.
Kalkee defender Brendan Hobbs was outstanding for much of the match especially in the third quarter but was not able to prevent the Saints from inching closer.
When Patrick Taylor and Brent Cranage goaled to give Edenhope-Apsley a one-point lead at three-quarter-time, a huge boilover was on the cards.
Kalkee goaled through Jordan Johns and James Stevenson, which quickly put the team ahead, but the Saints were not done with.
A Ben Chadwick goal brought them back within a kick and inside the final minute Honner took a huge chest mark and looked to give the Saints the lead.
Kalkee co-coach Lindsay Hobbs admitted he could not watch as Honner came in to kick.
"My heart sunk when he took that mark," he said. "We knew there was less than a minute to go and I didn't even watch him kick it I had my back turned."
Honner made the distance, but the shot sailed wide to the right and seconds later the siren sounded.
Hobbs said the overwhelming feeling at the end of the match was relief.
"The boys don't reckon they played that well, but to get away with a one-point victory was fantastic," he said.
"The pressure of grand final day got to everyone."
Hobbs said it was a 'bittersweet' day for the club with the seniors falling in the grand final, but the support from everyone had been outstanding.