Kalkee 139 d Taylors Lake 58
KALKEE broke through for its first win of the season against Taylors Lake on Saturday.
The Kees started slowly as they have in all of their matches this season, but responded well after half-time to run away with an 81-point victory.
Kee Josh Beddison dominated up forward, kicking nine goals, and utility Tim Wade turned in a best-on-ground performance.
Kalkee was aided by a strong wind in the first quarter, but was held to five goals.
The Lakers responded with five goals of their own in the second quarter to close the gap to 19 points at the main break.
Taylors Lake fell away in the third quarter to concede 10 goals, setting up the lopsided final margin.
Kalkee’s bigger bodies eventually proved telling, as the team was able to bore in harder than its smaller opposition.
After playing in seven straight grand finals, the Kees were in unfamiliar territory after dropping their first three matches of the season.
The breakthrough victory put them back inside the top five.
Lakers coach Deek Roberts said the players’ endeavour and effort was not in question.
“We were really happy with our first half and I thought we were first to the footy in the second quarter and parts of the first quarter,” he said.
“The third quarter was terrible when we lost our way for about 15 minutes, and we were probably a bit tired and sore by the time we got to the last quarter.
“We’ve got a bit of work to do but we’re getting back closer to the form we showed in round one.”
Pat Purcell was clearly the Lakers’ best performer with his inside work in the midfield.
Lachlan Marks’ shoulder injury was the only concern for the team.