The SKOB midfield received a heavy injection of experience on Saturday when Lachie Sullivan, Gerard Gleeson and Captain Nick Wood were available and all three made telling contributions as SKOB emerged from a tight battle at Daley Oval with the four points.
Always a tricky proposition facing Old Trinity on their home deck, and SKOB were made to work hard all day by a determined opposition whose current position on the ladder belies their ability and difficulty as an opponent. SKOB will be very happy with their efforts to secure a win that stopped a slide of consecutive losses.
Horsham recruit Ryan Kemp was handed his SKOB senior debut and didn't disappoint, finding himself right at home and putting in a terrific performance in the tricolours whilst Josh Wallis proved a handy target up forward finishing with 3 goals.
After a very even first half played in fine but quite slippery conditions following a heavy downpour in the Reservers match, the tempo of the game picked up and both sides started to hit the scoreboard with more frequency. Firstly with Old Trinity kicking away, but then with SKOB coming back late in the term and setting up a thrilling finale.
It was the home team that scored first in the last quarter with a long bomb, but SKOB had an almost immediate answer through Jarrad Waite to keep the margin at 12 points. Again, Trinity scored only for SKOB to return fire following a clever piece of work from Plugger Lynch who tapped the ball forward over a pack of players to Waite who then handballed to Sullivan to run in and kick a great team goal. Josh Wallis then put the contest to bed after receiving a pass and slotting truly.
The win puts SKOBs campaign back on track and even par at 2-2 after four rounds, although they will face a tough challenge next week at home against the unbeaten Uni Blues.
SKOB 12.10.82 Old Trinity 10.13.63
Goal Kickers: J. Wallis 3, S. Kennedy 2, L. Sullivan 2, J. Waite 2, J. Holden, A. Seaton, R. Kemp Best Players: R. Kemp, L. Sullivan, G. Gleeson, N. Wood, S. Cameron, E. Phillips
In the early game, our Reserves had another strong win to extend their early season run of good form, whilst our Thirds had a close win over Uni Blacks. The Under 23s kicked a big score against Old Camberwell to shoot to third spot on the table. Our women's Premier (Gold) team had a great win over West Brunswick, whilst the Blue team came up just a goal short against the Maggies in a top of the table clash.
In the Under 19s, Hartley Stone's boys once again came up against really strong opposition, and despite competing well found themselves outmatched. The 2nd under 19 team were pipped in a close one by the SnowDogs, but the performance of the round must go to our 3rd under 19 team who went two weeks without scoring a goal and being on the end of a couple of beltings, only to turn it around this week and get a win over MHSOB.
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