A second quarter spurt of 5 goals in quick fire succession put a gap between SKOB and a determined old Scotch outfit, and set up a comfortable win after some nervous early moments at TH King today.
In front of a very healthy crowd on Life Members Day, both teams put on a high standard of football, where the final scores perhaps didn't reflect the evenness of the contest. Fortunately the rain stayed away but the wind chill was certainly felt by those brave enough to exit the pavilion and get out amongst it. Some of the elder Life Members decided the warmth of the clubrooms was the best place to be, but plenty of fans got out, and were rewarded for their efforts.
Scotch headed with the aid of a slight breeze to the Malvern end, and took advantage early building a small lead at the first break. After an early reply in the second quarter, the match was even until about half way through the term when SKOB put the pedal down and pulled away. With Pat Kerr back in the side and playing up forward, SKOB had a great target to aim for and he split the game open with a few strong grabs and goals to cap off clever play upfield. The SKOB defence was repelling any Scotch thrusts and launching back half attacks that the forwards gobbled up. Sam Barnett kicked a couple but Scotch pulled one back on the half time siren to give them some momentum heading into the sheds.
Some indiscipline from SKOB led to a couple of early goals in the third term to Scotch and once again it was game on, but SKOB steadied, and with Phil Edgar and Matt Arnot lifting, they were able to wrestle back the flow and kicked away in the third term. Some errant set shots for goal were the only blemish from the home team.
At the final break SKOB were in command, and they finished strongly, although credit to old Scotch who never stopped trying all day. Pat Kerr with 7 goals was dominant, whilst Sam Barnett (4) and Phil Edgar (3) were the other chief destroyers up forward for SKOB. Again Riley Bowman and Josh Wallis were major contributors and consistent all day.
St Kevins 19.16-130
Old Scotch 8.4-52 Goal Kickers: P. Kerr 7, S. Barnett 4, P. Edgar 3, L. Walker 2, M. Arnot, J. Corboy, J. Andriske Best Players: P. Kerr, S. Barnett, R. Bowman, J. Wallis, P. Edgar, M. Arnot
In the reserves, SKOB managed to flip the result from earlier in the season, and took the chocolates today over Old Scotch. Lachie Farrugia booted 5 in a changed role up forward as SKOB ran out easy winners. The Thirds also had a win, arresting a recent run of outs with a close (and crucial) victory over St Bernards. The U23s also saluted for the second time this year over Old Xavs in a great win away at Stradbroke Park.
Our Saints again had a clean sweep with all teams getting a win over St Mary's in the "Frenzy at Ferndale" (just down the road from TH King. The gold team looked awesome in their indigenous jumpers, and shook off a determined St Mary's to record a solid win.
In the Under 19's, our Div 2 team had a win, but the Premier, Div 3 and 4 teams all found better opponents on the day. On Sunday, the Masters fought out a thrilling draw against North Ringwood at TH King. The visitors won a free kick with 20 seconds left on the clock and a point the difference. The long range shot faded through for a behind as the sirens sounded, leaving both teams on 42 points and the honours shared.