Kalkee v Rupanyup

DISH OFF: Rupanyup's Drew Tyler gets a handball away. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
DISH OFF: Rupanyup's Drew Tyler gets a handball away. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Kalkee Recreation Reserve, tomorrow, 2.20pm.

Umpires: G. Lane, P. Shaw and B. Hallam.

Last time they met: Round 15, 2013. Kalkee 25.18 (168) d Rupanyup 5.6 (36).

KALKEE could find itself in the top three half-way through the season if the result goes its way tomorrow.

The Kees dropped their first three games but have hardly put a foot wrong since, and can make it six wins in a row if they beat Rupanyup at home tomorrow.

A percentage-boosting win could see them climb over the top of both Edenhope-Apsley and Harrow-Balmoral if the Saints narrowly defeat the Roos.

Kees coach Trevor O'Brien said the idea of being in the top three for the first time this year was nice, but was not his team's immediate focus.

"As a coach I look at the ifs, buts and maybes to a certain extent, but we don't worry about what we can't control," he said.

"We're not relying on wins and losses we want to create our own destiny.

"But percentage could be important down the track, so it's important we come ready to play tomorrow."

Shaun Gilbert is a chance to resume for the Kees, while Sam Jasper will be back from North Ballarat Rebels duties.

For Rupanyup, Tim Dunlop will miss with a suspected broken thumb, but Campbell Matthews and Dennis Finnigan will help fill the breach.

The team has one win to its name and faces the prospect of entering the second half of the year above only winless Pimpinio.

Despite the Panthers' struggles, coach Mick Finnigan said his team's morale was good and the players were improving.

He said his charges would play with nothing to lose.

"Playing Kalkee on the road is a big ask, but we're maintaining our enthusiasm and we'll give it our best shot," he said.

"We are hoping for another five or 10 per cent improvement on the past three weeks."


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