A STRONG defensive premiership quarter helped Kalkee secure its win over Edenhope-Apsley on Saturday.
The Kees won 13.14 (92) to 12.5 (77) in round 12 of the Horsham District league.
The clash was always going to be a blockbuster and proved to be just that, which saw the Saints come out firing in the opening quarter.
The Kees were inaccurate in the second quarter, the team kicked four points from eight scoring shots while the Saints scored one point from five scoring shots.
Both teams were level at the halftime break 9.3 (57) to 8.9 (57).
Kees looked strong in defence and endeavour in the third quarter, with players eager to get their hand to the ball first.
Kalkee coach Stuart Farr said his team came away with a good result.
“Edenhope-Apsley are a good side and are always tough to beat. They have been one of the form sides too, they just got off to a slow start at the start of the season,” he said.
“They probably did catch us off guard to be honest, we had to throw some positions around but I think the last three quarters we controlled.
“The scoreboard probably didn’t indicate that we controlled general play but we were inaccurate and they were accurate. They gave us a scare at the start but we were happy to get the four points.”
Farr said his players had self belief and respect for the Saints players.
He said Jasper Gunn was a key contributor for the Kees.
“He was great, obviously he has got great leg speed but his clearance work was really good today. Simon Hobbs and the usual suspects played well,” Farr said.
The Kees played several players out of position due to key players being injured for the clash, Farr said it pleased him to see those players step out of their comfort zone.
Saints coach Chris Oliver said his players ran out of legs toward the end of the match.
Oliver said discipline also hurt his team when Will McEvoy was sent to the bench after receiving a yellow card in the third quarter.