KOBs up and down season continued against Forest, claiming 3s and Colts but going down in 4s, 2s and 1s.
It was a beautiful Saturday, the culmination of three straight weeks of fine weather. So naturally the field was an absolute mudbath. The early starters arrived to the sight of four sprinklers on full blast, and upon investigation the groundsman said that yesterday he thought the ground was ‘too hard’. Well problem solved, champ. Thankfully Kobbies corner was unaffected.
4s kicked off the day and it was tight from the very start. Forest scored the first couple of tries and with ten minutes to play the game looked lost. However under the expert stewardship of 5/8 Deano we slowly pegged Forest back, and a try to Matt Edwards saw the gap closed to just two points. Despite a prolonged period on the Forest line the winning points could not be scored, and Forest ran out close winners. Towellsy, Noodles and Luke Martin all had good games.
3s were next on the menu, and like every game this season it looked like the margin would be wafer thin. Dave Smith opened the scoring, and when Steve Marshall scored after half time KOBs had opened a comfortable 13-0 lead. However Forest were not out of it, and pegged the margin back to 6 points after scoring a try of their own. With just a few minutes to play Forest seemed to have the momentum… until Stylesy intercepted a Forest pass and ran 60m to score under the posts. Towellsy chalked up the BP try after the buzzer with a bullocking run into Kobbies corner, and the match was complete. 28-7 put down the glasses. KOBs move into the top four and announce themselves as a premiership force. Frewy had a great game at the coalface, with Zach and Dave also grabbing match points.
Colties came out firing and were on top early. Most of the first half was tight, however it appeared KOBs had the opener after Josh Andrews put Will Kelly into open space. Will then decided to make the somewhat unorthodox move of diving 5m before the tryline, much to the bemusement of spectators, players and the referee. Sadly his momentum only carried him one metre and he spilled the ball well short of the line. Unlucky. This mistake was forgotten soonafter when Kyle crossed the line in the corner after a brilliantly perceptive decision by the touch judge (but seriously, he did actually score). Wol crossed a few minutes later and KOBs were up 10-0 at half time. The second half was a much closer affair, with Forest having the bulk of possession. However they could only cross for one try, and Kyle potted a droppie to give KOBs a 13-7 victory. Sam Renzag, Wol and Luke had great games, and our midfield defence was a thing of beauty.
2s was once again a pretty one-sided affair on the scoreboard, and once again was far closer than this scoreline suggested. We let in a few soft tries early but pegged back the margin with a try to Josh Lucas just before half time. However we couldn’t close the gap in the second half with Forest scoring a late try to win 26-7. Tom Riley had a great game (all the more impressive considering he was playing with a busted ankle) and took 3 coaches points from Josh and Brad. 2s are on the cusp of a win, and with a good turnout at training can get there this week.
So then came 1st grade, and by that point the Tara end of the ground had turned into a bog. KOBs started strongly but went down 0-6 early with Forest potting a few goals after some soft penalties, sadly a feature of the day. JMoule then got us on the board with a five pointer in the corner, and we went to the break down 5-6 but looking good in tight. This dominance started to show in the first part of the second half, with Oppo going over in Kobbies corner before Aure added a penalty to take the score to 15-6. It looked like we might be home, but Forest were not done with. They scored a try through some soft KOBs defence, and then added a penalty to take the lead 16-15. Aure struck back to take it to 18-16 to us, however yet another stupid ruck penalty saw Forest take back the lead 19-18. Despite plenty of opportunities to hit back KOBs could not manage any more points and Forest ran out winners. Fordy, Oppo and TMoule all bagged coaches points.
After the game I spoke to KOBs backline star Jordan Phelan. I asked him how he felt, and he replied “In a word- disenchanted. Baffled. Quizzical. Shattered. Disheartened. I feel like we were denied natural justice in that game, much like Native Americans were denied land rights in the early 1790s. We need to train harder. After all wasn’t it Plato who said “In life, man must suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment”. Or was it Galileo?” I stared blankly at him and told him I didn’t know. He then shook his head at me and walked away.
I tried to find coach Deane, and after a long search found him in an empty classroom, naked and crying his eyes out. “I used to be so young and carefree. Where did that little boy go? I don’t think I can take this anymore. Why won’t the second graders come to training? Am I not good enough for them? I’ll do anything… anything”. And then he turned to me with a look in his eye that told me he would seriously do… you know… anything. He then shouted “Bring me Nick Williams”, and I told him that I didn’t know where he was. He screamed “BRING HIM TO ME” and I ran away. I think he was in a pretty bad place.
This week we have Lindfield at St Luke’s Oval in Concord. This is another great opportunity for the club to chalk up a few wins, so make sure you get down to training. Plus I will be making my triumphant return to fourth grade, so there is bound to be a pretty big crowd. Get there.