Ground: Kalkee Recreation Reserve, tomorrow, 2.20pm.
Umpires: R. Morrow and G. Lane.
Last time they met: Round five, 2014. Kalkee 12.10 (82) d Natimuk United 7.6 (48).
KALKEE will not lose its competitive edge heading into the finals despite playing three teams outside the top five.
That was the message from Kees coach Trevor O’Brien ahead of Saturdays' meeting with Natimuk United at Kalkee.
The Kees’ run home sees them take on the Rams, Noradjuha-Quantong and Rupanyup.
Those three teams combined equal Kalkee’s win total of 11 so far this season.
Three wins would guarantee the Kees a top-three finish, most likely top two.
O’Brien, however, said he would not let his side become complacent in the lead-up to the finals.
“That’s my job, to make sure they’re up and about even if we’re not playing the top teams,” he said.
“I’m well aware of it and I’m keeping a close eye on it.”
O’Brien said he did not expect to make any changes to the side that comfortably defeated Taylors Lake at the weekend.
He said key big man Tim Wade had consulted a surgeon during the week after a serious shoulder injury and was scheduled to make his return in the first week of the finals.
Natimuk United enters the game on a three-match losing streak.
The Rams were competitive in their last meeting with the Kees, going down by 34 points.
It was in the previous five seasons that Natimuk had never come within 100 points of Kalkee.