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SKOB Bounces Back
St Kevin's Senior side quickly put last week's disappointment behind them, SKOB dominating its contest with Uni Blacks. Spearhead Jay Schulz had his kicking boots on this week booting six majors in the sides 80 point win. Lachlan Sullivan was names SKOB's best whilst youngster Thomas Jok continued to wow the SKOB faithful with his athleticism, with another terrific performance (pictured below against Old Xavs). Shannon Grant's men sit in second position on the Premier Ladder on percentage, with De La Salle defeating the previously undefeated Collegians. SKOB returns to the King this week against Old Melburnians.
Final Scores: St Kevin's 18.21 (129) def University Blacks 8.1 (49)
GOAL KICKERS: J. Schulz 6, S. Kennedy 3, B. Kanakis 2, S. Salopek 1, M. Murphy 1, H. Parkes 1, L. Sullivan 1, M. Di Natale 1, B. Dowd 1, T. Cunningham 1
BEST PLAYERS: L. Sullivan, T. Jok, J. Schulz, H. Lagastes, W. Coates, B. Dowd
ROUND 8 SUMMARY
Overall it was another tremendous weekend of football for SKOB, the Reserves & 19's Premier Reserves (2 & 3) the only sides to taste defeat in round 8.
Our two women's sides again showed they'll be tough to beat, both recording great victories. The Premier Saints side needed to overcome a three-quarter deficit whilst our Div 4 Saints led from start to finish with a comprehensive 58 point win over Bulleen Templestowe. Madeline Patterson the star up forward with 5 majors.
Our Premier Under 19's currently sit in third spot with a 5-2 record after defeating Parkdale by 12 goals. A ten goal to two opening half seeing SKOB in command at the major break. A third goal third term putting the match beyond doubt. Eleven SKOBBER's kicked goals whilst Michael Pisker notched up his third best on ground for the season.
Our two 19's sides in the Premier Reserves competition faced stiff competition in Round 8, both succumbing to Beaumaris and Old Geelong respectively.
SKOB SAINTS TRIUMPH
Kicking the dew off at 9.20am wasn’t the first problem the SKOB Saints had to tackle. There was a steady wind blowing from the racecourse to the Neerim Rd end at Glenhuntly Oval. 5 teams on 20 points including the top of the ladder Saints and our opponents Caulfield Grammar.
It was evident in the first quarter that Caulfield had some classy players. They were getting in first for the ball, defending well and out marking the Saints in the air. The Saints managed to score a goal into the wind by running in numbers and locking it in the forward line. Our dual ruck attack of Ali “shinguards” Hynes and Chloe “Brownie”Brown were starting to match it with Caulfield's talls.
Eliza “catch me if you can” Straford had a great battle with arguably Caulfield’s best player and we loved it when Charlotte “Schultz” Stoltz came in hard to back up Eliza - Legal of course.
Elle “See ball get ball” McLinden and Georgi “Knows where the goals are” Conlan were getting clearances in the forward line, while Kat “rising star” Viti was taking marks around the centre and sending it forward.
It was hard scoring goals with the wind believe it or not, but tell that to Cameron who booted a 50m goal. It took It took a minor spray from Di Natale for the Saints to really get firing.
The back line of Lizzy, Tina and and Brebs were working very hard in the 3rd term and “Superboot” Cropley was racking up the stats. Captain “fantastic “ Dunnell working hard all day and using her voice to inspire the troops.
3/4 time saw the Saints down by a few points and we were relying on the wind. A 2 goal to 0 last term got the Saints over the line.
Lesson learnt. - Work with the wind better next time.
The SKOB Saints sang the song with Gusto after the game and yelling out - SKOB's don’t lose on Mayday ball.
Final scores: Saints 5.6.36 to Caulfield 3.6.24
SAINTS (2) DOMINATE BULLEEN
That was the best four quarter team performance we have put in so far. The game was built on a rock solid defence that has now gone eight quarters without conceding a point. We did not give Bulleen an opportunity to score through our relentless pressure across half back. We held our structure and worked as a tight unit to continually repel Bulleen’s attacks.
El Wedge was everywhere intercepting everything and giving our forwards plenty of opportunities. Patto was a great target up forward and found space to lead into and take some strong marks. Nic, Faith and Steph were also very dangerous in the front half. Eb, Snell, V and LM in the second half provided plenty of muscle and tackling pressure in the middle and Sarah’s ruck work and run around the ground proved too much for the opposition talls.
I was very proud of the way we kept our heads down and played fair and disciplined football and did not worry about what our opposition was doing or saying. We let the umpires deal with them and we focused on our own game. Bulleen tried to slow the play down and keep the ball in the pack and it made it difficult for us to get the ball out into space. We need to keep working on getting that clearing handball out of the pack to a receiver on the outside. We started to put into practice one player picking up the ball and giving off hands to a runner who then kicked long. It looked really good when it came off.
Overall there’s not too much to complain about with a 58 to 0 win but we need to remember we are going to come up against tougher competition next week so we need to keep that intensity up.
See you all out on the track on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints (2) 8.10.58 def Bulleen T 0.0.0
Goals: 5 M Patterson, 1 each to E Wedgewood, S Augustes, N Aldridge
Best: E Wedgewood, M Patterson, S Minahan, E Vergano, E Davies, B Snell
BRING A PLATE - ROUND 8
Players and supporters are reminded that we are putting on Afternoon Tea at the King on Saturday afternoon, so can you please bring a plate.