Kalkee 103 d Harrow-Balmoral 52
KALKEE displaced Harrow-Balmoral in the top three with a 51-point win over the Roos on Saturday.
The Roos defeated the Kees in their first meeting this year, and playing on their home ground in front of a 10-year premiership reunion crowd, were keen to repeat the result.
Harrow-Balmoral started brightly, trailing Kalkee by just two points at the first change.
Kalkee managed to put a two-goal buffer between itself and the Roos by half-time, but it was in the second half that it started to dominate.
Liam French booted seven of the Kees’ 15 goals for the match, but the Kalkee defence was just as impressive.
Josh Mibus was his usual solid self, veteran Steve Schultz and young gun Sam Jasper excelled in the middle and Paul Christian was also good.
It was bittersweet win for the Kees, with versatile big man Tim Wade likely to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Larry Leeming earned best-on-ground honours for the Roos, while Aaron McDonald and Murray Staude played solid games.
Harrow-Balmoral could not find enough avenues to goal, with Scott Heath and Brent Penny, at two goals apiece, their only multiple goal kickers.
Kalkee coach Trevor O’Brien said the loss of Wade was bad news on an otherwise good day for the club.
“We don’t know for sure, but it seems like it could be it for him this season,” he said.
“It will certainly be a fine line for him to get back, so that is a massive blow there.
“Other than that, it was very good, and we’ve still got a few games to go, but it’s good to wake up and see us in third spot on the ladder.”