Swifts defeat Kalkee in huge upset

SWIFTS caught Kalkee napping at North Park on Saturday to produce the upset of the Horsham District Football Netball League season so far.

It had been nearly nine years since the Baggies last saluted against the Kees.

Swifts co-coach Paul Hanns said they had not recorded a win against Kalkee since 2005.

Renowned for being slow starters, the Baggies were anything but at the weekend as they caught Kalkee off guard with a first-half blitz.

The home team led 10 goals to two at the long break and effectively took the Kees out of the game.

Although the visitors came back with a 12-goal second half, they never looked likely to win.

The final score was Swifts 17.11 (113) to Kalkee 14.13 (97).

The Baggies were versatile and unpredictable in attack. Co-coach Ben Martin has played in the forward line this year after spending most of last season in defence and rucking.

He booted four goals , while Hanns chimed in with three and Jake Goodes, Brett Hargreaves and Isaac Rathgeber kicked two apiece.

Sean Mantell was brilliant and emerging young defender Justin Thomas was also among the team's best.

Aaron Chavasse was lauded by Hanns for his job on Kalkee full forward Adam Carter, who finished with three goals.

Josh Mibus was tremendous in the Kees backline but received little support from his fellow defenders.

Steve Schultz worked his way into the game with four goals, and Paul Christian never stopped trying.

Hanns said the tone for the day was set by the club's junior teams and reserves, who all won their matches.

He said his players were fired up and ready to go at the first bounce.

"We got a great start and I think we really stretched them for height down forward," he said.

"Our intensity at the ball was probably what got us on top in the first half, and we were able to get a heap of the ball.

"In the past when we've gone forward, we've kicked it down Mibus's throat time and time again. This time we were able to find different options and didn't play into their hands as much."

Kalkee coach Trevor O'Brien said his team had simply not shown up to play at the start of the game.

He warned he would swing the axe at the selection table this week, with up to five senior players on the chopping block.

"For the guys to represent the club like that, it was a really disappointing and embarrassing effort," he said.

"We played some decent footy in the second half, but we were never going to peg that eight-goal margin back from half time.

"Swifts were far too good for us on the day we couldn't match them in the first half, and that's when the game was there to be won."

It is the second time since 2006 that Kalkee has started a season with consecutive losses.

In 2011, the Kees dropped their opening two games by big margins but recovered to win the premiership.

Conversely, it is the first time the Baggies have won their first two matches since 2011.

In that year they played Kalkee in the preliminary final, losing by four points.

For more Horsham District Football Netball League scores and reports, see pages 29 and 30.

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