After a tight battle against a valiant opponent, SKOB have drawn away to win well over Old Trinity at St.Kevins College today. For three and a half quarters the game was in the balance and SKOB were made to work extra hard to earn the precious 4 premiership points and keep their place in the top four. With a dominant last term, the final margin of 28 points didn’t really reflect the tightness of the contest.
As has been the trend in season 2019, SKOB were caught out by another tardy start with the visitors jumping out of the gates early. Old Trinity registering two goals on the board before the last drop of old vine shiraz had been gulped by the pre-match luncheon guests. From there SKOB were able to steady and work themselves back into the contest, kicking two of their own, before OT’s had the last say for the quarter with a goal that gave them the lead at the first break. On the tight confines of the College Oval, SKOB were under no illusions that this was going to be a close contest.
And it was the visitors who had the first say in the next term, once again extending their lead out to two goals and throwing down the challenge to SKOB. A reply from the home team was matched by OT’s and it seemed that the gap might never be breached. SKOB then kicked truly into gear booting 3 quick goals to suddenly take the lead and control of the game. The pace quickened as the stakes were raised, with Trinity finding another goal late in the term to see the sides enter the sheds even at 41 points apiece. It was game on.
If fans were happy with what both sides produced in the first half they would have been thrilled with the showing in the third. It was a classic heavyweight encounter with teams punching and counter punching and neither able to break clear. Every SKOB goal was met with a Trinity reply, whilst every Trinity counter punch was met with the same from SKOB. As the three quarter time bell rang there was nothing in it - except the ball was in Zach Ginies hands and his after the siren goal gave SKOB a crucial 8 point buffer.
It was only in the final term that SKOB managed to break away from Old Trinity. The vital gap they had made on the 3 quarter time bell meant that any goal would make it very hard for OT's to get back in the contest, and that was how things transpired. Once SKOB got the first they were able to build on their lead until the Trinity resistance cracked, allowing SKOB to put a few late goals on and extend out to a comfortable victory on the scoreboard, although the balance of general play was far more even.
A late call up to the 22, Zach Ginies enjoyed his reprieve and booted four goals in a match winning performance. He was joined on 4 goals by Billy Kanakis with Waite and Matheson chipping in for 2 apiece. Luke Andrews played a brilliant game coming back into the Senior side whilst John Wood continued on his great recent form being named in the best once again. In the end it was a hard fought win for SKOB and they’ll be happy to have walked away with the four points.
SKOB 15.11.101 Old Trinity 11.7.73
Goals: Ginies 4, Kanakis 4, Waite 2, Matheson 2, J Wood, C Jones, Wardlaw
Best: Andrews, J Wood, Ginies, Edgar, Matheson, Hodges
Earlier, the luncheon crowd were treated to an impressive display by the SKOB Reserves who took the sword to Old Trinity. With Mitch Brown returning from a long spell and giving plenty of drive, there were multiple kickers of multiple goals for the two’s, led by SKOB cult figure and media darling, Lachie Nankervis who booted 7.