Stage is set: Kalkee, Drung South to contest grand final

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KALKEE and Drung South will contest the Central Wimmera Tennis Association pennant grand final for the second consecutive year at Central Park on Saturday.

A Kalkee win would make it back-to-back pennants, while Drung South is aiming for three pennant titles in four seasons.

The teams have faced off three times this season, with Drung South forfeiting another match.

In the matches played, Drung South leads the head-to-head count 2-1, but both teams failed to field their best sides.

Last year's grand final was a thriller that came down to a tie-breaker in the final set.

Drung South won more games, but the Kees held an eight-sets-to-six advantage at the end of the day.

Drung South player Janella Knight said the team needed to concentrate on winning as many sets as it could.

"We probably can't take a lot out of what happened last year because we've got different players now," she said.

"Kalkee is much the same, but in any sport each final is completely different and the main thing we know is that we've just got to try to win sets.

"It's all very well to get seven games out of a set and not win it, but that's not going to win you the match."

Kalkee boasts one of the best men's teams in the competition, with the likes of Steve Schultz and Jeff Friberg, while Drung South's strength is its women, led by Rachel McRae.

Knight said if Drung South's men were competitive with the Kees, it would give the team a good chance to win.

"If the men can win two or three sets that probably puts us in a strong position," she said.

"That being said, we've got Lachie King, who is one of the best men in the competition and Richard Goudie, who never gives up.

"They're the type of people you need in a grand final, because every game is important." Kalkee's women surprised Drung South last season by winning three of their seven sets.

Kee Debbie Lawson said the team would need a similar effort at the weekend to defend its premiership.

"If both our men and women could win four sets each, it would get us to the eight, which would be lovely," she said.

"But I think it's going to be another tight grand final just like last year and most of the sets are going to go down to the wire.

"We're all glad we're there and we're going to give it our best shot and see what happens."

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