WINNERS: Peter Rogers and the Telangatuk East team had a win against Horsham Lawn in A Special on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERIF THERE were any doubts about Kalkee’s premiership defence before the weekend, there aren’t anymore.
The Kees sent a message to the rest of the competition with a 14-126 to 0-64 win against Drung South White in the penultimate round of the home and away season.
It was the best possible response to a round 14 performance that saw Kalkee go down 10 sets to four to St Michael’s while missing several key players.
The Kees’ performance on Saturday was made all the more impressive by the fact it was still missing regular players Anna Lehmann and Steve Schultz.
Drung South White’s Janelle Knight said her team did not play badly – Kalkee simply outplayed it.
‘‘It was pretty positive when you look at the individual scores from each set,’’ she said.
‘‘I thought we were quite competitive, but when I looked at the final scores I said, ‘wow, we didn’t win a set’.
‘‘I think they are definitely the premiership favourites after that performance, especially since they had a couple of very good players out.’’
Knight praised young number one man Dylan Emmerson, who battled hard against Kalkee’s Jeff Friberg in the singles.
Although the final score read 9-5, Emmerson pushed Friberg into long rallies and challenged arguably the best male player in the competition.
Horsham Lawn all but ended Drung South Blue’s finals chances by defeating it 9-107 to 5-85.
The teams were equal on points before the round, but Lawn now has a four-point buffer and a percentage advantage of about 14 per cent with only one round remaining.
A strong performance from Horsham Lawn’s men got the job done.
Led by Jae McGrath, who won against Drung South’s number one man Lachie King in the singles, Lawn won all seven men’s rubbers.
Drung South Blue got on the board in the women’s section with Kate-Lyn Perkin and Vicki Ahilaras winning their singles rubbers, but they could not reel Lawn’s lead in.
St Michael’s got its nose in front of Central Park in the race for second place on the ladder with a 8-109 to 6-94 win.
The Saints’ strong women’s line-up led the team to victory by winning six of its seven rubbers.
Steffi McDonald and Kassie Peachey led the way in the singles, winning 9-3 and 9-6 respectively.
Central Park’s Carly Werner and Hollie Purdue were the lone women to win a rubber for their side, downing Peachey and Naomi McConville in a tiebreaker.
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