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Two steps forward

With only half our teams in action on the park this week it was a quiet round in terms of footy, but the Seniors and Reserves both made progress in their bids to secure spots in the finals with wins over Old Melburnians at TH King. The Under 19 Premier team also returned to the winners list and consolidated their spot at the top of the table whilst the Div 2 and Div 4's both came up against tough opponents and despite competing hard went down in their respective clashes. The Saints Gold and Blue had byes as did the Academy team as they gear up for finals next week. The Mighty Masters are set for their own final next week, whilst the Green Machine are done for season 2023

Having chalked up 9 trips away already at this point of the season, the SKOB Seniors were looking forward to a run of 3 home games in a row to round out the home and away comp. Being at home for the final 3 games is a nice position to be in but you can't take anything for granted at this level and SKOB needed to be switched on against an opponent who came in on the back of their best win of the season the week prior against Old Xavs. On a cool wintry day more akin to deepest darkest July, SKOB set about their task without a couple of their regular starters - but this gave opportunity to throw the baton to some debutants - namely Ethan Bowden and Christian Woolrich who have been knocking on the door after some stellar recent form in the twos. As is often the case when SKOB and OM's play at TH King the match was a fairly dour struggle as neither team wants to give an inch, and much of the play was tight and tough throughout the afternoon. SKOB got out to a two goal lead and maintained this for the first half before putting the foot down in the third and opening up a five goal margin at orange break. The lead was extended by a further goal in the final term and was a 33 point margin at the finish. Once again SKOB had a good spread of goal kickers, with Patrick Kerr leading all comers with 4 goals to continue his recent run of form. Sam Tucker also booted multiple goals to follow on from last week whilst Tom Jok was another handy target up forward for SKOB with 3 of his own. Better players for Coach Lynch were Billy Coates, Josh Wallis, Shaun Kennedy, Tommy Jok, Harry Wardlaw and Cam Hodges. It's a week's rest for the Seniors as Premier take a break next weekend, but they will want to stay sharp for the monster clash the following week when table toppers Collegians come to the King in round 17.

Ressies go one step closer

Coach Clough and the Reserves team are making a concerted run at finals, coming from a fair way back - a month ago they were two games plus percentage out of the four after copping a big defeat at the hands of Old Brighton. Since then they've gone on a four game winning streak including wins over 2nd and 3rd in the past fortnight. Playing a virtual elimination final each week they have stepped up and claimed vital wins in the run home. On Saturday they had the services of Club Captain Sam Critchley and Premiership player Jack Darmody returning after long absences, and despite pushing a couple of players up into the Seniors were mostly settled at selection - something that would have pleased the coaching staff no end. After a tight opening term, SKOB booted 6 of the next 7 goals across the next two quarters before turning for home with a sizeable lead that they were able to extend to 38 points at the finish. A great win for Coach Clough's team and they will enjoy a week's break before continuing the campaign with the final two games at home. Best for SKOB were Patrick Croagh, Oli Phillips, Chris Gleeson, Angus Hart (with 4 goals), Hamish Serpell and Jack Darmody

19 Prem's get back on Winning Street

Having dropped a home game last week the Under 19 Premier team were out to make amends at De La Salle, and that they did with an emphatic win at Waverley Oval to consolidate their spot at the top of the ladder. It was a dominant first half from SKOB that saw them boot 7 goals to one to set up the win, going on with the job in the second half to assert their authority on the contest. With 5 changes at selection, the Premier team are slowly returning to full strength, welcoming back some key players in recent weeks. Flynn Clark and Zane Greenham (pictured) were the chief destroyers with 3 goals apiece, but again SKOB had a good spread of players who were all able to hit the scoreboard.

Best for SKOB were Oliver Gill, Billy Bryan, Tom Davidson, George Delimitrou, Aidan Leiner and Matthew Adams. In Div 2 SKOB were outclassed by top of the table Old Carey, but they certainly took it up to the ladder leaders and were right in it until the final quarter when Carey were able to draw away. Overall a very good performance from the Div 2's who were best served by Conor Lynch, Andrew Butler, Ronan Smythe, Alexander Smith, Matt Buckeridge and Nick Dynan. In Div 4 our boys were also up against ladder leaders - this time in Old Essendon - and despite battling all day were no match for the visitors. For the cousin coaching collective, the better players were Luke Augerinos, Patrick Shaw, Jackson O'Malley, Thomas Mclellan, Sebastien Salom and Julian Baloukeserlis.

Thanks to all our great supporters who came out to cheer on SKOB this week.

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