Kalkee v Taylors Lake

Kalkee v Taylors Lake

Ground: Kalkee Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Umpires: D. Hutchins, C. Pickering and K. Dalgleish.

Last time they met: Round 13, 2013. Kalkee 23.31 (169) d Taylors Lake 1.0 (6).

KALKEE coach Trevor O’Brien has made it clear his players are fighting for their spot against Taylors Lake on Saturday.

The Kees have endured a disappointing start to the season, losing their first three matches for the first time since 2004.

Despite competitive stretches in all three games, the team has yet to string together four quarters of good football.

O’Brien said his charges would be fighting not only to win this round, but to stay in the senior side.

“You can’t be 0-3 and not change some things around,” he said.

“We’ll tweak the game plan a little this week and we’re still trying to get everyone fit, but that’s no excuse for our performances.

“Players are absolutely playing for their place in the team – they need to take pride in their performance and we’ve all got to get better.”

“You can’t be 0-3 and not change some things around.'' - Kalkee coach Trevor O’Brien

Key forward Adam Carter and midfield gun Steve Schultz have each been ruled out for at least three weeks with injuries.

O’Brien said players who were on the verge of being dropped had earned a reprieve this round because of injuries and had to capitalise on the opportunity.

Taylors Lake is also fighting for improvement after two big losses to Laharum and Natimuk United.

Coach Deek Roberts said his Lakers were better against the Rams after a listless showing against Laharum, but needed to improve even more on Saturday.

He said Kalkee was more dangerous than ever.

“To be honest we’ve probably got them at a bad time because they’ll be keen to win,” he said.

“I haven’t taken any notice of their start because they’ve been in every game and they probably should have won two out of the three games they’ve played.”

Dylan Young and forward Nathan Koenig will return for the Lakers, adding much-needed height to the team.

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