Ground: Natimuk Showground, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: P. Mellington and T. Pritchett.
Last time they met: Round 18, 2013. Kalkee 19.17 (131) d Natimuk 1.3 (9).
NATIMUK United and Kalkee both believe they are yet to hit their best form this season.
The teams will meet at Natimuk Showground on Saturday in a match with big finals implications for the loser.
Whichever team wins will be back in finals contention, while a loss would leave either side stranded near the bottom of the ladder at 1-4.
Rams coach Tim Friend and Kees coach Trevor O’Brien said their sides needed a consistent four-quarter effort to win.
O’Brien said Kalkee was still a long way from playing its best football despite a breakthrough win against Taylors Lake at the weekend.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, because our second half on Saturday was very good but our starts this year have been a massive problem,” he said.
“I would have thought Natimuk United would be confident against us because we’re still not firing on all cylinders.”
Friend said his Rams were also searching for consistency.
“We’re certainly behind the better sides at the moment,” he said.
“We play good football in patches, but we haven’t been able to sustain it for an entire game.
"A little bit of it is probably fitness, but we’ve got to be thinking about our footy and being switched on from the start.”
Ollie Young is unavailable for selection, so Kalkee will give Sam Anders his first taste of senior action.
The Rams will also consider junior player Alex Ridsdale for selection.