Kees down Baggies to close in on top three

ROCK SOLID: Josh Beddison, middle, was a big factor in Kalkee's win over Swifts at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ROCK SOLID: Josh Beddison, middle, was a big factor in Kalkee's win over Swifts at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

KALKEE continued its push for a top-three berth by grinding down Swifts at a sodden Kalkee Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Kees atoned for a round-two loss at the hands of the Baggies by thriving in the wet and extending their lead in each of the first three quarters.

There was no knockout blow from last year's runners-up, but their 24 scoring shots to the Baggies' 12 told a story.

Big man Josh Beddison played a great game in tough conditions, while captain Ben Lawson also impressed.

They helped hold Swifts to just five goals for the match, with only Julian Carr booting multiples.

At the Kees' end, Liam French and Shaun Gilbert had two each.

Justin Thomas was singled out by Swifts coach Paul Hanns for a solid performance at centre half-back, and tall defender Aaron Chavasse also played well.

Sean Mantell found plenty of the footy but could not turn the tide for the Baggies.

Hanns said his side had been outplayed, but could still take plenty of positives from the match.

"We were right in the game for most of the day and we had our chances, but we crucified our forwards time and time again," he said.

"We made the wrong decisions going inside 50 and blazed away, which played into their hands.

"We're disappointed with the loss because it puts the pressure back on us to keep our spot, but we can still take positive from it."

Kalkee coach Trevor O'Brien was not available to comment after the game.

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