CONCENTRATION: Rupanyup’s Brooke McKenzie attempts to shoot over Billee Sanders of Natimuk during a Horsham District Netball Association B Grade match at Natimuk on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIKALKEE has retained third spot on the Horsham District Netball Association A Grade ladder after narrowly beating Harrow-Balmoral on Saturday.

In a tight tussle, scores were level at quarter time before Kalkee got away to a four-goal lead by the main break.

The Southern Roos reduced the margin to one point by the final change but the Kees managed to hold on, eventually winning by three goals.

The loss leaves the Southern Roos clinging to fifth spot on the ladder.

Kalkee coach Jodi Potter said both sides played quality netball and she was happy to come away with the points.

“The girls played a good four quarters and a lot of spectators said it was a good game to watch,” she said. “The first time we played them was in round one and we didn’t have our full side. They are always strong and we weren’t taking them lightly.

“We knew that just because we won the first match did not mean we would win the second one easily we knew it would be tough.”

Potter said Hayley Thomas and Paula Wiedermann stood up for the Kees.

“Hayley was strong and confident and shot the majority of our goals. She was on fire,” she said.

“Paula did her ankle in the last quarter. We were one goal down at that point and full credit to the girls because they fought hard and no-one dropped their head. I was really proud of their effort.”

Potter said she had spoken to Wiedermann since the match and the injury was not as serious as first thought.

“In talking to Paula on Monday she thinks it is just a sprain,” she said.

“She is really positive and she might not have to have any time off.”

Harrow-Balmoral coach Paige Cameron – who was in Queensland for work commitments on Saturday – said she was pleased with her team’s efforts.

“From what I’ve heard the girls did play well,” she said. “We didn’t really talk about whether we were going to win or lose going into the match.

“We have had a few new players this year and some position changes so it is about getting the girls to play consistent four-quarter netball and hopefully that will get us the wins.”

In a blow for the Roos, Claire McFarlane injured her ankle during the match.

Cameron said the team would concentrate on honing basic skills at training this week.

In other matches, Noradjuha-Quantong accounted for Swifts 56-30, Edenhope-Apsley was too good for Taylors Lake winning 60-35, Laharum took the points against Pimpinio 40-25 and Natimuk defeated Rupanyup 47-32.

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