KOBs continued their positive start to the season, beating St Ives away in 1s and 2s, drawing 4s and narrowly going down in 3s and Colts.
Conditions were fine and Hassell Park was in good knick. Colties were undermanned and facing a strong St Ives unit, the same unit that took out the comp in 2011. In the face of such adversity they battled admirably, conceding four tries inside the first twenty minutes but fighting back to end the game at 33-17 to the Saints. Luke Rowntree, Nick Wolley and Joe Regan had good games. Also Gus Rutherford seems to be finding his feet after a couple of games in Colts, which is great to see.
Then came the main event of the day, the one the people had come to see- the mighty 4s attempting to break their winning drought. And shit they came close. Yet another hard-fought game saw a 12-12 draw, with Brendan Gow and Chris Towells bagging meaties. Surely a maiden win is imminent. Towellsy, Gloss and Noodles bagged points in a good team effort.
Obviously deflated, most of the 5000-strong crowd then cleared out, but there were still three games to play. 3s had an up-and-down day, but still could not break their St Ives hoodoo, going down 17-14. Down 14-0 it looked like all was lost, but then a try to Steve Marshall (from a ‘chip and chase’ that looked to most like he knocked it on cold, but thanks to a brilliantly perceptive piece of officiating by the referee the try was awarded) added some spice to the game. Jimmy Armstrong scored late but it wasn’t enough. Dave Smith was awarded a whopping 4 match points (after a herculean display that made a number of men on the sideline rethink their sexual orientation), with Jimmy and Steve picking up one apiece.
We were desperate for a win, and thankfully 2s delivered a great 17-7 victory over an undefeated St Ives side. It was a brutally physical display, with our forward pack stepping up in a big way. Boggy turned back the clock with a commanding performance and took out Man of the Match, with Richie Croft and TK getting both tries and game points. Hopefully this is the start of a glorious undefeated run for 2s.
After 2s got us on the scoreboard, 1s were fired up to square the ledger for the day. St Ives were motivated in front of a large home crowd, and came out with all guns blazing. However KOBs weathered the storm expertly and an early try to Toby Buchanan and a few solid kicks from Aurelian Bouthier saw KOBs take a 13-3 lead into the sheds at the break. Saints came out strong in the 2nd half, and scored first to take the scoring to 13-8. However that was the closest they would get, with two tries to Simon Wotton and another to Toby. The end score was 33-8, another 4 try BP and another great win to Kings. Toby and Badman picked up refs points, while the coaches points went to Aure, Toby and Fordy.
By the time I found Coach Deane post-game he was already celebrating in the St Ives clubhouse, naked and too drunk to even speak. How he managed this in the 15 minutes between full time and me looking for him is totally beyond me. So I went to captain courageous Toby Buchanan (he insisted I refer to him as ‘captain courageous’ both in this article and the interview itself. Then he changed his mind halfway through and demanded I call him ‘Mr President’. But went back to ‘captain courageous’ at the end). Said captain courageous- “Sure, I could have scored a couple more tries, but I was saving myself for NSW Subbies trials tomorrow. Even though I know it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that I will be picked, hey, but I thought I’d better be on the safe side.”
He then unleashed a tirade against both Fordy and Coach Deane after I asked him about not being awarded 3 Coaches points, instead having to settle for just 2- “Who are these muppets? Was Fordy even playing? Because all I saw was the tryline- twice. If these people aren’t careful I’ll walk out of this club, and then you watch it crumble to pieces without me”.
Next week KOBs face a stern test with Club Championship leaders Balmain coming to the Kingdome to face us in battle. That will be followed by a great event at the Nags, with details to be provided shortly. Get amongst it gents.