Perfect start for CKS Swifts

CKS Swifts have upset Horsham District Football League powerhouse Kalkee to start their season the best way possible.

CKS Swifts utility Rick Whitehead breaks a tackle from a Kalkee opponent in his team's 16 point win on Saturday.

CKS Swifts utility Rick Whitehead breaks a tackle from a Kalkee opponent in his team's 16 point win on Saturday.

Swifts are now a perfect two wins from two matches after their 16 point victory over Kalkee in front of their home crowd at North Park.

An equally significant statistic to come from the match is that Kalkee remain winless after two rounds.

The Baggies set themselves up early jumping out to a 23 point lead at the opening break.

For the majority of the first quarter the game was even before three late goals from Ben Martin, Paul Hanns and Isaac Rathgeber ensured they had the upper hand.

CKS Swifts midfield were impressive, but the coaching staff encouraged them to keep up with their rotations so the intensity could remain at a high level.

The second quarter saw CKS Swifts inclusions Brett Hargreaves, Julian Carr and Damian McDonald justify their selection with a strong presence around the ground.

Hargreaves made it hard for Kalkee's defence adding height and agility to an already formidable attack.

CKS Swifts piled on another five goals in the second term with a 50 metre bomb from Rathgeber the best of them.

The celebrations that followed proved Swifts players were enjoying the brand of football they were displaying.

At the main break it was a 49 point lead in favour of Swifts, but there was still some doubt whether or not the class outfit of Kalkee could bounce back.

The Kees came out with all guns blazing after half time, kicking the first three majors.

When Swifts finally managed a good passage of play, with several players linking up and carrying the football, Hargreaves hit the post from directly in front.

Despite not scoring the maximum six points, it was enough to swing the Baggies into action.

The experimental 18-man zone defence was locked in and Kalkee coughed the ball up again.

Silky smooth midfielder Sean Mantel was the beneficiary, kicking his first goal for the match.

Kalkee outscored their rival five goals to three in the third term, but their inaccuracy in front of goal destroyed any chance of a comeback victory.

The message to CKS Swifts at the final break was plain and simple, get a few early goals and it was all over.

In the final quarter their plan was brought to fruition when joint coaches Ben Martin and Paul Hanns combined for three unanswered goals confirming the victory.

Hanns was out to impress this week, bagging three goals for the match and leading from the front with his intensity and work ethic.

Best players for the Swifts were Sean Mantel, Justin Thomas, Aaron Chavasse and Paul Hanns.

For Kalkee Steve Schultz was influential early, but was nullified when Nick Pickering tagged him in the latter stages of the game.

Coach Hanns was full of praise for his young team following their second win.

"We set ourselves up early, but we knew a good side like Kalkee would come back. Really our work rate won it for us," Hanns said.

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