Kalkee 108 d Edenhope-Apsley 88
KALKEE is back in town. The Kees edged out Edenhope-Apsley in Apsley at the weekend to make it five wins on the trot.
It was also the team’s first win against a top five side this season.
It was far from easy going against the Saints, who were coming off a great showing in a tight loss to Laharum two weeks ago.
The Saints got the early jump, but Kalkee slowly worked its way back to be ahead at the first change.
The margin was extended to two goals at the main break and stayed around that mark for the rest of the day.
Despite making runs at Kalkee, the Saints were never able to reclaim the lead, and were down by 20 points at the final siren.
Kalkee coach Trevor O’Brien said his team was pleased to hold on for the win.
“It was pretty even all day and there wasn’t anything in it really,” he said.
“We got on top just by sticking to our own plan and working hard for each other – it was a great game of footy.”
Kees tall forward Liam French booted three goals in his debut.
French was initially recruited by the team over summer, but had to return to Queensland for personal reasons and was unable to play until Saturday.
O’Brien said French would add another dimension to the forward line and allow other players such as Josh Beddison to become more versatile.
Edenhope-Apsley coach Grant Coxon said his team could not be satisfied with an honourable loss.
“We turned the ball over a lot, which you can’t do against good sides, and for the first time this year I felt like they might have wanted it more in the first quarter,” he said.
“In the second half we were much better, but we want to win against the best teams and it’s no good giving yourself a pat on the back for a three-goal loss.
“If we were a rebuilding side that would be fine, but I’d like to think we’re a chance of contending this year.”