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The Big Steal

It was a case of daylight robbery at Camberwell Sports Ground on Saturday as SKOB Seniors swooped to steal the 4 points on the back of a last minute winner from Sam Tucker - on the run from 45. Coming back from 20 points down in the last, SKOB kicked the final four goals of the game to sneak home by 2. The Reserves were always in control in the early game at the 'well. Finishing 34 points to the good. The Academy snuck home by 3 points at the Beach Oval in a thriller. The Stingers went down to Old Xavs in a clash of the top two. Saints teams had a day out with the green gold and blue all getting wins - pending confimation of the Golds game which ended early after an injury to Saint Ainsley Rintala-Apps. 2 from 3 in the Under 19s with the Premier and Division 2’s getting the points - alas the Div 4’s fell just short after a mighty comeback. So a pretty successful May Day outing for the club registering 8 wins from 10..


Sam's strike stuns Scotch

The SKOB Seniors bookended their game with Old Scotch with 2 periods of dominance. Kicking the first four goals in a blistering start and the last four goals in a barnstorming finish, including the winner from Sam Tucker. In between times the game was controlled by the home team who fought their way back into the contest and by rights might well have felt had enough of a lead to hold on, but it was not to be.


Sam Tucker booted a last minute winner at Scotch to claim the four points for SKOB

The opening twenty minutes of the contest was all the way of the visitors and fans might have been thinking how far SKOB? Wardlaw, Hodges, Tucker and Kerr each hitting the scoreboard, but Scotch hit back just as hard kicking 4 goals in the last six minutes of the term to level it up at the first break. Tucker extended the small lead for SKOB but Scotch kicked the next three and hit the sheds with a 10 point advantage. The third term was classic arm wrestle, Scotch managed a couple to get out by as much as 21 points before Harry Wardlaw - on the stroke of three quarter time - kicked a beautiful set shot from the boundary.


To say this was a much needed goal was a fair understatement, and it gave momentum to the visitors, although Scotch again got out to 20 points in front after booting the first of the last. It was then time for SKOB to seize their moment. Nick Sing registered a goal for SKOB and Callum Jones reduced the margin to just over a kick at the 17 minute mark after a great grab in the goal square. Minor scores were then traded before Jack Andriske bounced one through on 21 minutes to get the margin to a single point. The home team then had the ball parked at their end, but couldn’t register a major that might have killed off the game. It left the door open just wide enough for SKOB to sneak in at the death. As the clock ticked over 28 minutes Sam Tucker let fly on the run from about 45 and the kick sailed through to put SKOB in front. Scotch then had one last chance from outside 50 but the kick fell short as the siren sounded and the SKOB bench erupted.


It was a vital 4 points to claim for SKOB who host unbeaten Old Brighton next weekend. Sam Tucker with his three goals including the match winner was a standout for best afield, with Al Richards, Liam Gunson, Billy Coates, Jack Andriske and veteran Sam Critchley all featuring in the best players.

 

Ressies make it three on the bounce


Regular scoop Yanni was back this week and at the 'well to catch all the action:


"SKOB’s boys arrived at Camberwell Sports Ground in high spirits early in the morning, looking to notch their third win in a row. The opening bounce kicked off, and SKOB’s boys seized the early momentum. Tom Davidson showed his class in the midfield, finding space in the forward line, jumping into some easy marking opportunities, and helping the boys run out with a three-goal opening quarter.

The boys found their brand of footy, scoring almost at will. It seemed every forward-half entry was capitalized on, with the forwards really showing their dominance. William Pearce had sticky hands in the forward line, solidifying the boys' lead on the scoreboard.

Coming back from the halftime break, SKOB’s boys' scoring dried up. However, communication came through, and the backline stood up, managing to maintain a significant lead.

Despite the lead though, the boys put their foot on the accelerator. William Pearce capped off an amazing display of full-forward craft, kicking a bag of five.

The Resies rounded off a most satisfying win on the road. Coach Clough was extremely chuffed with the positivity and energy the boys showed for the entirety of the game.

This attitude towards the game was a huge standout and ultimately led to the final result. The Resies look to continue their good form in their clash with Old Brighton at the TH King next week."


Academy sneak home at the beach / Stingers radar awry-ly


Very little info coming our of the Academy camp but they must have been in seventh heaven on the back of a nail biting win over Brighton at Brighton. The Beach Oval is never an easy place to claim premiership points, so to walk away with a vital 4 would have made the coaching staff cockahoop... It was an even spread of goalkickers with no-one registering more than a single and that may have proven the difference - SKOB with lots of avenues to find the big sticks and to get contributions from multiple sources. The win liftsts the Academy to third on the ladder as we approach the half way mark of the season. Better players were Joe Lee, Maxime Demathieu, Vlad Stevancevic, Jack Romanin, Daniel Gambell, Sam Doyle.


The Stingers arrived at Stradbroke in Kew confronting a massive challenge - facing the unbeaten Old Xavs on their home deck. Given the task ahead it was not the sort of day when you want the radar to go off, but off it did. The first quarter saw SKOB boot 0.6 from their forays forward, and to rub salt in, Xavs couldn't miss at the other end, booting 5.0 from their own attack.


It didn't get much better after the messy start for SKOB, but the Stingers stuck to the task, trying hard all day to reign in a deficit that ulitmately proved too great. Four goals straight in the third term was a better return, but the home side had all the answers. Best for SKOB were James Fabbro, Otis Trail, Zach Close, Fintan Evans, Sam Close, Harris Buultjens.



Early end for Gold after nasty knock

The Saints Gold game had to be abandoned half way through the third quarter after a nasty accidental collision resulted in an injury to Ainsley Rintala-Apps who was unable to come from the field without MICA assistance. Ainsley is recovering well but at the time had a neck injury and the match was called off to allow an Ambulance to arrive. SKOB Saints had just extended out to a comfortable 34 point advantage on the back of 3 goals from Holly Kenealy. SKOB were also well served by Emily Condon, Zara Guss, Sarah Cameron, Sarah Betts and Jess Joyce. Our thoughts are with Ainsley as we wish her a speedy and full recovery. Thank you to the trainers and support staff for their quick and decisive action on the day.




Cobra Killers

Another clinical performance from one of the form teams at SKOB, the Blues, saw them account for the Yarra Cobras at Righetti. Coach Strauss has his team humming at the moment and with popular saint Jess Mounas celebrating her 50th game, the Blues were not about to drop this one.

Fifty up for Jess Mounas

Scores were tight early and the visitors at one point led two goals to one, but SKOB booted the next four to nothing to run out solid winners at the finish - even allowing Jess to soccer through a sneaky one late to light up the social media stream.


Rachael Wilson, Jessica Mounas, Caitlin McDonough, Alice Buffham, Dominique Garcia and Lucia Bancovich were amongst the best.


The Green Machine scraped together a determined 18 players to take on North Brunswick at the King, and had the game well in their keeping at the main break after a strong first half. With no interchange, fatigue was a factor in the third, but the dreamers finished strongly in the last to take the points by a margin of 23.


Best for SKOB were Lauren Barnes, Charley Lupson, Lucy Leckey, Sofia Zielonka, Bridie Howard and Emily Wallace



De La give Premier a scare

Coming up against the winless De La, the U19 Premier team might have thought they'd be in for a comfortable day, but at this level there are certainly no easy games and SKOB were made to work for four quarters to eventually claim the points. They certainly didn't take the game lightly as De La's recent form has shown they are more than competitive, so SKOB were definitely on their guard - and were grateful to register a win and put themselves back into the top four. Best for SKOB were George Delimitrou, Paul Parakilas, Fred Noble, Xavier Duke, Sebastian Duffy and Ben Ball.



The Div 2’s had the opportunity to play on the wide expanses of the University Oval as they were the undercard to a big day for Uni Blacks - hosting Old Xavs. Despite enjoying a lion's share of the play early, they found themselves down at Quarter time and only marginally ahead at the half. It was after the main break that they were able to exploit the space and use the ball better, booting 11 goals to nil in the second half to run out big winners. Will Young with 5 and Gus Simpfendorfer with 4 were the main destroyers for SKOB with the better players being Nelson Conwell, Lachlan Groves, Will Young, Lucas May, Nicholas Woolrich and Finn Slattery.


It was a terrific fightback, but alas our Div 4 boys came up just short in their clash at TH King. Playing before the Premier 19's was a great chance for the young lads and after a slow start that saw them 25 points adrift at the main break and still 22 when the jelly snakes were offered came home with a rush but fell 8 points shy of Old Xavs. Best were Jack Elsworth, Valentino Scopelliti, Dante Pettinella, Jack Hillyer (4 goals), Joel McMahen and Will Horn




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