SKOB have shrugged off an undermanned but determined Collegians outfit this afternoon at Harry trott to register their 8th win from 9 outings and leave them at the top of the Premier League table. Despite missing a number of their key personnel, Collegians took it right up to the ladder leaders, but ultimately SKOB had a better spread across the ground and pulled away to a solid win in the end.
The game was always likely to be a tricky one, but SKOB were fortunate to not have to make a change to last week's team, and that stability proved the difference as their consistency across the lines gave them the edge over their determined opponents. Matt Presutto was a standout today and continues his terrific season, even managing to bob up for a couple of goals as SKOB once again demonstrated that they do not rely on one target up forward to kick their goals. Sam Critchley booted 3 as he basks in the glow of playing up front for a change and gives the SKOB midfield a great target to aim at.
But again it's the SKOB defence that proves the difference. Keeping the opposition to a below 50 point score makes life very difficult, and Lachie Merrett and Michael Pisker were again brilliant at repelling opposition attacks and setting up play for SKOB downfield. Josh Wallis was again dominant in the midfield, benefiting from great service provided to him by ruckman Riley Bowman who put in another strong performance.
SKOB ran away with the game after half time and ended up winning 14.11.95 to 7.6.48
Goal Kickers: S. Critchley 3, M. Presutto 2, P. Edgar 2, T. Jok 2, J. Corboy, R. Bowman, C. Matheson, C. Hodges, S. Barnett, S. Kennedy
Best Players: M. Presutto, J. Wallis, L. Merrett, M. Pisker, S. Critchley, R. Bowman
Around the grounds we saw wins for the Reserves over Collegians (105 -29) with Angus Hart booting 5 and Jack Darmody 4 in a dominant display. Our Thirds came back late but had too much of a mountain to climb as they went down to Old Scotch 63-46. In the U23's SKOB had an important win over rival Old Geelong, finishing strongly in the final term to with 81-48 with Aidan Cellini booting 4 goals in a BOG performance.
Our Saints had another day out with all three teams saluting comfortably. The Gold team started proceedings with a seven goal win over Kew away, with Jess Joyce booting 3 and Sarah Cameron 2, and boom recruit from Caulfield Grammarians, Bridgette Fox starring in her Gold debut (just her 2nd game for the Saints). After the appetiser came the main course as the Saints Blue team stormed out of the blocks and put Kew to the sword to the tune of 130-16. Maddy Pattison who can't stop kicking bags, booted an amazing 8 twins, whilst Elise Thurman kicked 5 and was adjudged best afield for SKOB. The Green Machine were on display at TH King at 2pm and easily beat Monash Blues by 60 odd points. Still don't know the final score as coach Lewis was keen to open the bar post game for the big crowd and they still haven't had a chance to post the result - but my scoop at the game gave the heads up on the score and reported that SKOB won comfortably.
Our Under 19 Premier team plays Old Brighton on Sunday from 9:20am. The Division 2 team went down to Old haileybury (92-41). Still haven't got a result from Division 3, but our Division 4 team found St Bernards too strong today and lost at Righetti to leave coach P Mount below .500 for the season...
More to come