They couldn't hit the side of a barn, but SKOB were dominant enough to power away to a 55 point win over Old Scotch at Camberwell on Saturday. In very warm conditions (particularly for May), SKOB were fast out of the blocks and controlled proceedings pretty much from the get go. Their only blemish was some horrendous kicking at goal, which was a feature all day.
Any coach would normally be thrilled with 34 scoring shots and there's nothing to say the SKOB hierarchy were not pleased with the response from SKOB following a tough day out the previous week. But a conversion rate of less than 33% will give them plenty to work on during the week, and fortunately such was the SKOB dominance, the lax kicking did not have an impact on the result.
SKOB had already registered 13 shots to zero by half way through the second term, and it was their efficiency into the slight breeze that ultimately put a sizeable margin between the teams. Sam Cameron continued his strong early season form. Starting in the middle he set the tone early and collected a host of quality possessions. Around the ground, Josh Wallis and Tom Jok were able to spread the ball and give their forwards plenty of chances. Young Matt Presutto was great off half back and Michael Pisker was forever a threat with his booming left boot including a long bomb late in the first quarter to end a run of SKOB behinds.
Up forward, Nick Wood was dangerous in a pocket and Tom Boyd continued to give his opponents headaches - bagging 3 goals including a post siren long range shot as the teams headed for the final huddle. With a few late changes, SKOB blooded a fairly inexperienced team, but had too many answers for Scotch and registered a confidence restoring win.
Old Scotch 5.4-34
St Kevins 11.23-89 Goal Kickers: T. Boyd 3, N. Wood 2, S. Kennedy, J. Jaensch, S. Cameron, B. Kanakis, T. Jok, S. Barnett Best Players: S. Cameron, J. Wallis, M. Pisker, M. Presutto, S. Kennedy, T. Jok
Earlier in the day, Scotch were too strong for our Reserves and the Thirds also tasted defeat for the first time in 2021. The Under 23's toppled Old Xavs in a terrific encounter at Righetti, whilst the Under 19s had wins in Premier, Div 2 and 4, with a close loss in Div 3.
The Saints were victorious in Gold and Blue, but the Greens were toppled for the first time in 2021 by West Brunswick on a hot day for footy.