Updated: Jun 6
In a high quality encounter at TH King, SKOB have prevailed over reigning premiers, Uni Blues. Booting the last three goals of the game in time on, the margin of 22 points did not reflect the tightness of the contest as both sides put on a wonderful display of football in front of a large crowd.
Flying out of the blocks to start the game, the Blues had three goals on the board before the last Lavosh cracker had been consumed from the cheese platter at the pre-game lunch. It was a scarily good opening from the Uni side as they looked to make a statement early, but SKOB stood up and responded in kind with Patrick Kerr booting a couple and then a twin burst from Sam Tucker late in stoppage time actually saw SKOB hit the lead at the first break. A shootout was on offer and the fans were in for a treat.
Cal Jones then helped himself to a couple in the second term as SKOB skipped away to a bit of a lead, however the Blues were able to snag some late ones before the half as they wrestled momentum back. When the sides hit the sheds there was only 3 points separating them. The third term followed a familiar pattern as SKOB dared to stretch their lead, only for the Blues to bounce back and bring the margin under a kick as they turned for home the final time.
The home side were kicking with a slight breeze, but with both teams' half backs dominating, there was little scoring for most of the final term. Tom Jok was playing a masterful game and his effort to slice through two opponents and set up a third goal for Sam Tucker looked like it might have been enough but again Uni hit back quickly and it was game on. Both sides had chances over the next ten minutes of action but neither could strike the decisive blow until Pat Kerr marked strongly on a lead and converted at the 24 minute mark. Luke Winter then sharked a clearance and with an act of genius put one through to establish a significant break. Uni were forced to throw caution to the wind and after a turnover the ball ended up with debutant Goy Lok who copped a high tackle and then converted the free to seal the game and give 4 crucial premiership points to SKOB.
Lachie Merrett celebrated 100 games for SKOB with the win and enjoyed a lift from the ground. Bill Coates in the ruck was superb, and Cal Jones was also solid for SKOB. Al Richards was a solid contributor and Josh Tynan at half back was dominant. A well earned break comes next weekend before SKOB tackle the second half of the season.
A couple of other milestones were celebrated over the weekend, with Chloe Brown chalking up 50 games for the Saints and President Pat Mount making it 150 in the Masters game on Saturday night.
Saturday night's alright