Updated: Apr 14, 2019
A dominant first quarter from Old Xavs established a lead that SKOB were unable to reel in over the next three quarters, with the home side always finding a way to keep a comfortable space between them and their opponent. Although SKOB fought back hard after quarter time and arguably had the better of the contest post that point, they were never able to hit the front, and Xavs seemed to find a goal (often late in the quarter) to keep SKOB at bay.
Despite a four goal second half from Jarrad Waite to finish with a tally of 5 for the day, SKOB were left to rue a tardy opening term. Missing a couple of experienced campaigners due to injury, SKOB were slightly undermanned through the midfield but they offered no excuses and fought well against a quality team that played their home ground very well. There was a healthy level of support for SKOB in the crowd, and although they threatened at times, Xavs seemed to find the answer. Conceding late goals in each quarter would ultimately hurt SKOB’s chances.
They now have a week off for the Easter break to recover and prepare for the rest of the season, but it looks like Xavs have thrown down a solid challenge for 2019.
The result rounded out a really dirty day for SKOB, despite the great conditions for football. Both the Reserves and Thirds found their OX opponents far too strong, whilst the Under 19 teams all faced up against quality teams that were just too good on the day - but they will have time to recover as it’s only early days in the season. Our Women’s Gold team also found their opponents too good, but the Saints Blue were able to fly the flag for SKOB, registering the only win for the day with a victory at the home of football - Righetti Oval.
Our Masters will have another week to prepare for their premiership defence after they received a forfeit from Chirnside Park - so there will be no game on Sunday at TH King.