Laharum 91 d Kalkee 83
REIGNING Horsham District premier Laharum started its campaign for back-to-back flags with a hard-fought win over last season’s runner-up Kalkee.
The Laharum faithful watched as the 2013 premiership flag was unfurled at Cameron Oval, but the focus of players on both teams was on the season ahead.
Despite kicking the opening score of the game, Kalkee trailed almost the entire match.
Though they led for most of the day, the Mountain Men were unable to put the Kees away entirely.
Laharum led by four points at the first change, four at half-time, eight at three-quarter-time and nine at the final siren.
It was a successful game for the prized recruits of both teams.
Dylan Parish made an immediate impact in his first game for the Mountain Men with a game-high five goals, while George Massa and Shaun Gilbert impressed for Kalkee.
Laharum coach Shannon Argall said it was an extremely promising performance by the team, which was missing Marcus Demaria and Jack Shields, and had to cope with injuries to Sam Winfield, thigh, Daniel Easson, knee, and Brett Ervin, shoulder.
“To run out the game and come out on top in a real physical contest was good,” he said.
“The margin never really got out to more than two or three goals, so it was a really good hitout for us in round one.”
Kalkee’s Trevor O’Brien said he was pleased with the performance of his team, which was missing Adam Carter, Oliver Young and Zavier Hobbs.
“We just couldn’t get into the lead – we trailed all day,” he said.