KALKEE continued to resurrect its season against Natimuk United with a win at the weekend – but it was made to work hard for it.
The Rams have prided themselves on being hard at the football, and for three quarters it kept them within striking distance of the Kees.
Natimuk United managed more scoring shots in the first quarter and had a 15-13 lead at the first change.
It was the first time the Rams had won a quarter against Kalkee since round 11, 2008.
It was also the first time they had lost by fewer than 100 points.
In the intervening stretch of eight matches against the Kees, the Rams have lost by an average margin of 176 points and only scored an average of 23 themselves.
Steve Schultz made a surprise return from injury to help the Kees grab a two-goal advantage at the main break and extend it to 20 points at the final change.
Paul Christian was also prominent for Kalkee and Adam Carter led all goal-kickers with three.
Although the game never broke open, the Kees had the better of the final quarter and ran out with a hard-earned 12.10 (82) to 7.6 (48) victory.
Kees coach Trevor O’Brien said he was happy to see his side grind out the game.
“It was a hard slog out there for the boys, so we were very pleased to get the win,” he said.
“I felt we had a lot of the play, but didn’t put the score on the board, and they were fantastic with their pressure.”
Natimuk United coach Tim Friend praised the efforts of big men Damien Kilpatrick and Bryce Hateley, while utility Ash Pekin was the Rams’ best performer.
“Against good opposition we know we can be in a game now for four quarters, so that gives us confidence,” he said.