ROUND 9 V LEARMONTH
Despite the heavy rain for the last few weeks the Learmonth oval held up reasonably well and improved as the day progressed. The Under 12s had a tight low scoring game prevailing by two points in the end. Skipton 1.4-10 def Learmonth 1.2-8. Awards to Robbie Scott, Cooper Chaill and Tiger Williams.
The Under 15s had a tougher game against a quality opponent, but to their credit followed instructions and kept trying all game. Skipton defeated by Learmonth 3.0-18 to 11.7-73. Awards to Lach Gardner, Cam Gardner, Xaiver Connell and Bailey Meek.
Our reserves had a slower start than the coaches would have preferred. As the day progressed they did stamp their authority on the game, but the 16th placed Learmonth, to their credit, pressured our boys to the end. This shows the evenness of the competition and illustrates that no side can be taken lightly. In the end Skipton were victorious, 11.15-81 to Learmonth 7.7-49. Best were Lachie Wilkie, Belly, Bos, B.Uwland, Beddgie and Gawne.
This victory just over the half way mark puts Skipton equal top of the ladder, but third on percentage. There will be many tough tests to come but our guys have the future of the season and their fate in their own hands. If they work on fitness and a common goal who knows what the year holds.
The Senior Emus burst out of the blocks kicking the fist two goals in 5 minutes and looked to be in control early. Learmonth however were having none of that at fought back hard, having plenty of possession, closing the quarter in front by five points. It was clear from then on that this was going to be a tough, congested game, in which scoring would be difficult. Skipton were able to close the margin to one point by half time, setting up for a tense finish. Gradually Skipton were able to control more of the ball, and while scoring was still difficult, creep away from Learmonth to record a 12 point win. Skipton 8.12-60 to Learmonth 7.6-48.
This win puts Skipton 5th on the ladder, on the same points as third, but with a lesser percentage. There is still a long way to go with this season though, but if we can get all sides working hard, pushing for a finals spot, it could be very exciting for our club after a few tough years.