Kalkee v Laharum

TUSSLE: Laharum's Brenton Askew and Kalkee's Paul Christian go at it in round one this year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

TUSSLE: Laharum's Brenton Askew and Kalkee's Paul Christian go at it in round one this year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Kalkee Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Umpires: Bra. Campbell and F. Marklew.

Last time they met: Round one, 2014. Laharum 13.13 (91) d Kalkee 12.11 (83).

KALKEE is under no illusion about the daunting task ahead when it faces 2013 grand final foe Laharum for the second time this season.

The Kees and Mountain Men fought out a match worthy of its big billing in round one, with Laharum winning by eight points.

Laharum has kept a clean sheet since then, while the Kees dropped another two games before embarking on a six-game winning streak.

The chemistry the Kees have developed with each other and first-year coach Trevor O'Brien is something both teams think will be a factor tomorrow.

O'Brien said it would still be an incredibly difficult task to upset the Mountain Men.

"They're a very tough outfit to beat, because how do you match up on them?" he said.

"There wasn't a lot in it last time we played, but we struggled through big parts of the game.

"We've played as a team for nine rounds now, so we've had time to get used to each other and start playing together."

Laharum coach Shannon Argall also said the Kees' chemistry would be a factor.

"There's no doubt they are a big threat to us," he said.

"I don't think they've dropped off very much since last year, because they lost a couple of tough games that could have gone either way.

"The fact we were a bit more settled with our coaches and our game plan helped last time."

Tim Wade did not train on Tuesday, but O'Brien said he would be surprised if the big man did not play.

Laharum is still finalising selection with Daniel Griffiths a chance to return from injury and Joe Harrison in contention.

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