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Round 17 - SKOB bounce back
St Kevin’s bounced back from last week’s loss to Uni Blues in emphatic fashion, dismantling St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 157 points at TH King Oval. SKOB were at their unrelenting best, kicking 17 goals to two in the first half and taking a 102-point lead into the main break before adding another 11 to three in the second half. Lachie Sullivan’s breakout year continued for SKOB as he piled on four goals in a BOG display, while Jay Schulz added four of his own. Jaryd Robertson and Luke Velluto fought hard for the Tigers but they now fall to eighth spot on the ladder and need to win next week to ensure they stave off relegation.
Nank boots 9 in Reserves romp, 19's begin finals preparation.
Big Lachlan 'Nank' Nankervis was the star of the show in the reserves big win over St Bedes Mentone on Saturday. Nine goals from the SKOB big man saw the side secure a finals berth (barring a minor miracle) after its 156 point win. Liam Mahoney and Andrew Clough booted three apiece whilst . Tighe, B. Dimattina & J. Nash joined Nank in the best players.
SKOB's 19 Premier side will be back to defend it's crown, along with our Premier Reserves side. Both teams will face De La Salle in do or die finals matches on Saturday. Match venues and start times are still to be confirmed.
Around the grounds in Premier
De La Salle secured a William Buck Premier finals berth with a 48-point victory over Old Melburnians at Waverly Oval. The loss puts an end to OM’s finals chances as De La now prepare for possibly two consecutive matches against the third-placed Blues.
University Blacks ended a six-match winless streak and kept their chances of avoiding relegation alive after they defeated Old Xaverians by 71 points at the Uni Oval. Trailing by two goals at the first break, the Blacks exploded with eight goals to one in the second term and followed it up with another 12 goals to six in the second half. The Blacks remain in ninth spot but are just half a game behind the Tigers in eighth.
Seven goals to two in the fourth term helped Old Trinity run over Collegians to the tune of 18 points for their second win in a row. It was just the Lions’ first loss in six outings.
Beaumaris will officially play Premier B in 2017 after they went down to University Blues by 20 points at Banksia Reserve.
SKOB Masters - Match Report
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Yes, as expected, SKOB Masters and the De La Salle dinosaurs put on an absolute classic of Dickensian proportions, but alas one of these great characters would ultimately face the chop, whilst the victor would move on to Grand Final glory in a fortnight.
The SKOB lineup was torched by unavailability, injury, nuptials, bogus world title fights – you name it, we copped it. By Saturday night we were down to 19 available troops to take on a De La outfit that was guaranteed to have a full complement on the interchange. A sleepless night was in store for the coaching panel as they wrestled with this conundrum, but those that were playing would have no such worries, as they may have been smaller in number, but certainly not in spirit to take on the challenge.
Sunday dawned with a chill that Andre 3000 would say was “ice cold”. The weather fronts drifting in from the west carried a fiercer look than the one your mother gave you when you came home late from school having played pinnies for hours at the local Fish and chipper. Once again the SKOB boys jumped in their cars for another monster road trip to play a game of footy. We’ve heard it all year, but seriously, our boys have racked up so many frequent flyer miles this season, they’d have enough to fly business to Bangkok back and forth a bunch of times – let me tell you. Our destination was Doreen (no I’ve never heard of it either) at the home ground of one of our opponents this year – Laurimar – in the competition named “Central”. Central to what exactly I’ve no idea and surely is the biggest misnomer since the All Natural Confectionery company. But, given that we were playing our neighbours from Glen Iris, the long trip would be the same for both teams, so that evened things out.
They may not get TV reception out in Doreen, but one thing they do get is rain – and plenty of it. It came down in biblical proportions overnight and transformed the playing surface into Lake Laurimar. As we watched on - the splish splash show that was the First final between Narre and Craigie gave us every indication that our game was going to be a slog – and so it proved. Pre-match, we fired up in the rooms with a bit of Inspector Norse blasting from the boom box, followed by some classic You Am I for those who had prepped for the big game by seeing them with the Gurus at the Forum the night before. Hardly the best preparation, but no names mentioned here… SKOB were able to welcome back some handy types – Lenny Mulgrew, Hamstrings Joyce, Chucky, Tommy Mac and even Dutchy Trenfield – but we couldn’t get Mark Braddles Brady through a fitness test for his dodgy calf (although I have my suspicions that a timing clash with the Mayweather/McGregor bout might have had a bit of influence on his withdrawal).
With a gusty breeze heading to the far end, it was obvious where the ball was going to spend most of the time. They say to win any final you need a bit of luck, and alas at the coin toss we didn’t have it. De La have some good players, but they don’t have Trent Cotchin as captain, so when they won the toss, they kicked WITH the breeze. With first use and a lighter ball, this would prove the deciding factor in the game. De La certainly started brightly and after about 5 minutes with the ball entirely in their half they let go a Hail Mary which floated over the pack and skidded through (perhaps they just pray a little harder over at De La). Another goal followed, but we were confident that we had held them pretty well as this felt like at least a four goal wind, and then late in the quarter after some fine play up the wing by Chucky and the Drake (reveling in these duck like conditions), the ball fell to the Altissimo, who set off towards goal, looked inside for a pass, looked inside again, and then slotted through a glorious banana that defied these most unlike tropical conditions. At quarter time we were upbeat, having kept the opposition to just two goals and scoring a precious one ourselves. We were right in it.
SKOB Masters 1.0 to De La 2.2
Our second term alas was a fizzer. The game was already starting to resemble old school rugby with more stoppages than a Collins St tram. De La were chewing up the clock using all the wily tricks in the book, and SKOB were unable to win any clean ball. There were a couple of chances that went astray and although we tried to play an attacking and fast moving style, the conditions just didn’t suit. Hodgey was magnificent in the ruck in this quarter, whilst Penguin Dave Sheehy proved you didn’t need to fly to be an effective critter at this game. Chichy, Morls and Estonia Roses were getting down and dirty and throwing themselves into everything. Lenny Mulgs was copping more head high blows than Conor McGregor, getting nothing for his troubles, but still he soldiered on. Lake Makohon strangely felt at home in these conditions whilst Paddy Mount and Dutchy Trenfield were battling like SKOB Dogs of yesteryear. Joycey came to the bench with a slight hammy. “It’s not gone yet, I’m just coming off for strategic purposes”. “Right”, said the SKOB trainer. “Although, actually, I can’t play the Granny in two weeks anyway”, said Joycey, “so I may as well go back out and ping it properly…” To which the trainer replied, “OK, I guess that’s a strategy”. In the meantime, De La continued to frustrate SKOB and by the end of the term had kept us goalless. As we headed into the rooms, the situation was looking as gloomy as the clouds that were appearing to the west.
SKOB Masters 1.2 to De La 2.3
Despite a lack of success with the breeze at our back in the second term we still had a steely resolve to shut down De La in the third and set ourselves up for a final quarter surge. The second half started with hail coming in sideways, the sort of conditions that only Paul Peos could cope with (You Tube it - https://youtu.be/gpRytGJBCPc?t=109) which would guarantee the ball staying permanently at the De La end. However, the defense of SKOB held up magnificently. Nick Nack Paddy Mac showed tremendous courage and was ably supported by Kalla Mari, Godde Two Shoes and Borgus Borgnine who clearly lapped up the conditions reminiscent of his better playing days on the Apple Isle. The coaching staff declared that they were Pro-Joyce by putting him back on the ground despite his strategic hammy, and he was now down back coming to the rescue too. As the clock ticked down, SKOB had done the hard yards and kept De La goalless, which gave us a sneaky chance coming in to the last George Costanza.
SKOB Masters 1.2 to De La 2.6
With a final rev up from Coach Ryan who could sniff a famous finals victory (or was that the snags from the Laurimar BBQ?), the SKOB boys came out for the last quarter. There had been no goals scored by either side for two quarters and although the sun had come out, the ground was still covered in water and the ball was now as heavy as the metal at a Metallica concert. De La threw extra men back and packed the SKOB forward line like the mosh pit at that aforementioned gig. Again they chewed up the clock like a dogs toy and SKOB had to open up the play to try and score. This lead to a rare inside 50 for De La and then the gods of luck truly deserted SKOB. Another pack formed in the De La forward pocket and a free kick paid that was a dagger to SKOB hearts. De La converted from the resultant free kick and it was now going to be a mountain too high. Still, SKOB surged forward and finally found a target up front when Tommy Mac slammed through a goal to put us back within two kicks with 5 minutes to play. Another chance fell to Altissimo, but in the impossible conditions his kick went off to the right, and with it, any slight chance of SKOB victory. Shortly after, the siren rang and signaled the end of the line for SKOB. It had been a great second season in the Masters comp and this year we gave ourselves every chance of progressing to the big dance, but just came up short against a very good side who deserve their success. With a bigger list next year SKOB can look forward with plenty of hope.
SKOB Masters 2.3 to De La 3.7
Thanks go out to the coaches, the support staff and all the players who donned the tri-colours of SKOB this year. See you in 2018