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SKOB features prominently on VAFA Awards Night

Mitch Brown places second in Woodrow Medal

Three votes in the last match of the season between University Blacks and St Kevin’s capped off a stunning 2017 Woodrow Medal count with Bede Mahon saluting on the VAFA’s night of nights at Crown’s River Room.

Sitting equal-first with Mitch Brown (SKOB), Ross Young (Blues) and an ineligible Matt Thomas (OMs) on 14 votes at the end of Round 17, Mahon polled the maximum in the Blacks’ loss to SKOB to win the award three votes clear.

The Blacks’ skipper took five rounds to poll his first lot of votes with a best-on-ground performance against St Bedes/Mentone Tigers in Round 5 before going quiet again until Round 9. However, the star midfielder stormed home with nine votes in the last four rounds, drawing level with a three-vote performance in Round 17 and repeating the effort in the final match of the season.

Brown, Young and Thomas each sat equal-second on 14 votes, while Lachlan Ferguson (Coll) and Jason Tutt (DLS) were equal-fifth on 12. Ferguson led the count after polling maximum votes four times in the first 10 rounds but injury curtailed the remainder of his home and away season.

SKOB and Blues boast the highest number of vote-getters with 16 each, one ahead of Old Xaverians.

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Under 19 Reserves go Back to Back to Back, Reserves progress to GF

From the President

A great weekend of football for the St Kevin's Old Boys with the Under 19 Premier Reserves defeating De La in the Grand Final and our Reserves side joining the Seniors and Premier Thirds Gold teams in this weeks Grand Finals.

For our Under 19 Reserve side, it's three in a row with Ian Ledder guiding the side to victory in 2015, Jon Taylor in 2016 and now Wayne Oswald. Our success in the Under 19 competitions has been outstanding, which is both reflective of the great coaching staff and programs implemented at the Club, but the grounding and tuition that the College Football Program provides them with.  It certainly is a terrific advantage for us.

A quick snapshot:

2011 - U19 South  - Finals

2012 - U19 South - Finals

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SKOB advance to Premier Grand Final

St Kevin’s booked a grand final spot with a 23-point victory over University Blues at Trevor Barker Oval today. Leading by 14 points at three quarter time, SKOB ignited with six goals to four in the fourth on the back of an inspired performance from Steven Salopek. Jay Schulz top-scored with three goals while Gerard Gleeson and Lachie Sullivan continued their outstanding individual seasons with a bevy of disposals for SKOB. Tim Geappen kicked five goals for the Blues and Dale Hinkley gave his best performance for the season, but they suffered their first loss from their past 11 outings.

The Blues will now face off with the winner of tomorrow’s elimination final between Collegians and De La Salle.

Final Scores: SKOB 15.12.102 def Uni Blues 12.7.79

Goal Kickers: J. Schulz 3, S. Gilham 2, L. Sullivan 2, G. Gleeson, J. Salopek, B. Kanakis, T. Jok, M. Brown, J. Holden, J. Wallis, H. Parkes
Best Players: S. Salopek, G. Gleeson, L. Sullivan, W. Coates, J. Wallis, T. Jok

VAFA Premier: St Kevin’s has a shot at first top flight premiership after beating Uni Blues in semi-final

Phil Skeggs, Stonnington Leader

ST KEVIN’S is a red-hot chance to claim its first top flight VAFA flag after a 23-point semi-final win over University Blues at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham on Saturday.

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The Finals are here!

St Kevin's will kick off its 2017 finals campaign against Uni Blues this Saturday in their quest for Premiership glory. SKOB have had an outstanding home and away season, as too have the Blues who came home like a steam train in the final rounds to claim second spot. It's going to be a cracking contest, the winner advancing to the William Buck Premier Grand Final whilst the loser lives to fight another day.

The Reserves and both Premier Thirds sides (Gold & Green) are right in the hunt in season 2017. The Reserves have hit form at the right end of the season and with a healthy list, spots in the final 22 will be hard to come by.  Old foe Old Melburnian's stand in SKOB's way of progressing to next weeks Preliminary Final.

SKOB Gold in the Thirds competition once again have been at the top of the table for the majority of the season and will be looking to atone for its straight sets exit in 2016.  Our Under 23 team (Green) recorded 13 wins for the season, showing the great wealth of talent currently playing at the Club.  Old Xav's are the opponents for both our Thirds teams, so there be no shortage of motivation for victory on the weekend.

Finally, the Under 19 Reserves side gets another chance to reach the big dance, again the young men from Old Xavs standing in their way!   

Finals footy is here - GO SKOB!

Finals Fixtures

Saturday September 9th

Seniors
SKOB v Uni Blues
Trevor Barker Oval - 2pm

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SKOB Milestones

Billy Coates

The club would like to congratulate one of our favourites Bill Coates on his 100th game. 
 
Bill started his time at skob in 2012 in the U 19's after a successful couple of years in the SKC first XVIII programme (2011 First XVIII Premiership Player)
 
After enjoying his time with his mates in the 19's, his footballing ability led him to to the senior team late in the year where he made an immediate impact  as a key position forward. 
 
He became somewhat of a utility in his first couple of years in the Seniors. Playing a combination of key forward and ruck before being settled down at centre half back in 2014.
 
In recent years Bill has become one of the premier key defenders in the competition, winning the Jack Douglas Medal as SKOBs best and fairest for 2016 and this year he represented the VAFA at senior level with distinction. 
 
There are not too many more popular figures within our club then Bill Coates and we all congratulate you and your family on both your achievements to date and the great character that you are. 

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Anthony Kirwan

Anthony Kirwan joined SKOBs in 2011, after a successful football career at St Kevin’s College where he was a member of the 2010 First XVIII team.

He went on to play 32 Under 19 games, before gaining Senior selection in 2013.

He has gone on to play a number of senior and reserve games, taming some of the biggest forwards/beasts in the VAFA, but this year he has become a valuable member of the Premier Thirds Gold side, with the hope of adding a Premiership to his SKOB career.

Anthony is not only a huge asset to have on the ground, but it is his off the ground presence and energy that makes him such a loved individual around the club as he provides plenty or laughs and stories that sometimes have a little bit of ‘mayo’ on the top! Well done ‘Maxy’.

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SKOB Finals Bound, Round 18 Thrillers

From the President

The last few weeks have shown the great and ugly side of Amateur footy.

In the Under 19 Premier against Old Xav's, SKOBBER Harry Crowe had a terrible accident. Both teams kept calm and worked together with their sole purpose in ensuring Harry received professional care (Harry has fully recovered). We were also helped by St Bedes Mentone Tigers trainers when Mick Di Natale suffered a bad knock. Football is a tough game and no one wants to see any player get injured, ignoring a jumper when a club needs help is what I love about this competition.

Then there was the ugly side, following the SBMT game when an incident occurred involving spectators. There is absolutely no need to get fired up to the point of abusing each other, all the other spectators, players and kids see this. Ammo footy must be a safe and welcoming place. This behavior won’t be tolerated by SKOBFC or the VAFA for that matter as I had to explain to them last week. It was made clear to me that this behavior and other areas like inappropriate social media will be strongly dealt with.

On a brighter note....

We have already had a taste of finals football this year with our SKOB Saints and we still have 5 teams to support in what hopefully be a very successful finals campaign for all involved.  Our Under 19 Reserves team fell 5 points short but had earned the double chance and will play in a preliminary this weekend. In the Premier Thirds, it's a two horse race with two SKOB teams and two Xav’s teams to battle it out this weekend as curtain raisers. SKOB Gold will play prior to the Seniors on Saturday and SKOB Green to the Reserves on Sunday.

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19's prepare for finals

St Kevin's young chargers will start their quest for back to back Premierships this weekend, as finals fever hits the Under 19 competitions. 

19 Premier

SKOB's Premier side finished fourth in a season where the top four teams in the competition were clearly a couple of classes above the rest of the competing teams.  The 5 game difference between fourth and fifth a great indication of the gulf.

SKOB finished the season with a 12 win and six loss season, played some terrific football throughout and also provided a number of players with the opportunity to represent SKOB at Senior level.  

SKOB's opponents in the do or die clash are De La Salle (13-5).  De La had the edge over SKOB in the home and away rounds, defeating the boys from the King in Round One by 19 points and by 37 points in Round 8 at Waverley Oval. In the return match at TH King in round 12, an inaccurate SKOB took the chocolates by 33 points. 

The stage is set for another great encounter between the cross-town rivals - we encourage all SKOBBERS to get along to Waverley Oval to cheer on the boys.

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SKOB MILESTONES - Tim Sharpe 100 Games

Tim “Sharpey” Sharpe will pull on the hoops for the 100th time this weekend. Sharpey started his football career with SKOB back in 2010, playing a handful of games in the Under 19s before settling in as a stalwart of Thirds football, where he started his Senior playing and has been here ever since.

Sharpey has become famous amongst the SKOB community with his deadly double hand ball drop, his physicality towards opponents and his questionable pump up speeches. Tim has also been a force to be reckoned with off the field as well, always being one of the first to open his doors to his team mates, and a constant of being last man standing.

After an injury plagued last 2 years consisting of a bad case of broken ribs, as well as multiple concussions, Sharpey will run out in his beloved colours for the 100th time in the last game of our season, fittingly against his favourite rivals, Old Xavs.

 

Best of luck on the 100th Sharpey.  

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Round 17 - SKOB bounce back

St Kevin’s bounced back from last week’s loss to Uni Blues in emphatic fashion, dismantling St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 157 points at TH King Oval. SKOB were at their unrelenting best, kicking 17 goals to two in the first half and taking a 102-point lead into the main break before adding another 11 to three in the second half. Lachie Sullivan’s breakout year continued for SKOB as he piled on four goals in a BOG display, while Jay Schulz added four of his own. Jaryd Robertson and Luke Velluto fought hard for the Tigers but they now fall to eighth spot on the ladder and need to win next week to ensure they stave off relegation.

Nank boots 9 in Reserves romp, 19's begin finals preparation. 

Big Lachlan 'Nank' Nankervis was the star of the show in the reserves big win over St Bedes Mentone on Saturday.  Nine goals from the SKOB big man saw the side secure a finals berth (barring a minor miracle) after its 156 point win. Liam Mahoney and Andrew Clough booted three apiece whilst . Tighe, B. Dimattina & J. Nash joined Nank in the best players.

SKOB's 19 Premier side will be back to defend it's crown, along with our Premier Reserves side.  Both teams will face De La Salle in do or die finals matches on Saturday.  Match venues and start times are still to be confirmed. 

Around the grounds in Premier

De La Salle secured a William Buck Premier finals berth with a 48-point victory over Old Melburnians at Waverly Oval. The loss puts an end to OM’s finals chances as De La now prepare for possibly two consecutive matches against the third-placed Blues.

University Blacks ended a six-match winless streak and kept their chances of avoiding relegation alive after they defeated Old Xaverians by 71 points at the Uni Oval. Trailing by two goals at the first break, the Blacks exploded with eight goals to one in the second term and followed it up with another 12 goals to six in the second half. The Blacks remain in ninth spot but are just half a game behind the Tigers in eighth.

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The Highs & Lows of Football

SKOB's Saints have experienced the highs and lows that are part and parcel of this wonderful game that is football.

The Saints have gone through the pure joy of finals victories and the pain of grand final defeat in the space of two weeks.

SKOBFC is tremendously proud of both our Premier Saints sides and achievements in 2017. Despite just falling short in the deciders, it has been a wonderful season by our women, coaches and support staff.

SKOB congratulates Marcellin on its Grand Final win in the Premier Division and the VAFA for putting together a great first season on Women's Football.

Match Report

We’ve come so far….

Well this is by far the hardest match report to write for obvious reasons. After 14 round of Premier football, the Skob Saints ventured to Elsternwick and Sportscover Arena to take on Marcellin in the Grand Final. The build up to the week was very good and the girls were naturally excited and nervous as the game got closer.
 
In the rooms prior you could see how excited the team was and they wandered around the room getting their hands on the football and nervously chatting. The girls went out onto the ground to warm up and the signs were good. The day could not have been better weather-wise and the stage was set.
 
Marcellin to their credit got out of the blocks early as usually the Saints have taken that roll in previous weeks. A few fumbles early by both teams was evident but they quickly settled down to find the Marcellin 15 points up and the quarter time.
 
2nd quarter the Skob Saints got more of a ball flow going and dominated the quarter. 5 Scoring shots to 0. Brownie and Ali Hynes in the ruck were starting to get on top and Eliza Straford and Breezer Doyle were bursting at the seams as they put everything on the line.
 
The third quarter saw Skob come back with Cameron taking a nice mark and putting one through and at the final change, it was Skob Saints 1 point down. Our backs were put under pressure for most of the day and Mclinden and Issy Rap were trying their heart out.
 
The last quarter saw Marcellin adopt a rugby style game which led to multiple ball-ups which prevented the Saints getting the ball quickly down to Lupson and Gaffey, while Cossen, Joyce and Weinstein battled hard all day. Marcellin scored their 3rd goal in the last, and the style of play didn’t allow the Saints free running game to pull up 7 shots short. I can say the girls always knew that have to work hard for this one and I know the coaching staff had belief right up till the end. The final win of the season are really hard to get.
 
Thanks to Coach Di Natale, the coaching staff, Ezio and the entire Skob Saints squad. Thirty-nine players helped the Saints get to the Grand Final and the Division 4 players at training all contributed to making a fantastic Skob Saints year. Congrats once again to Sarah Cameron winning the rising star award and Georgie Lupson for winning the competition goalkicking.
 
To our Skipper Scarlette Dunnell and the Leadership group who guided the troops throughout the year - a massive thank you. A big shout-out to all the parents who drove to games, washed jumpers and socks and supported the Saints. Lastly to Paul Murphy and Lisa Ring who has backed the Saints, kept them up to date with VAFA rules and regulations plus their support from both near and far was incredible.
 
Final Scores
Skob Saints 2.8.20 to Marcellin 3.9.27
 
Goal Kickers: S. Cameron, S. Straford
Best Players: A. Hynes, C. Brown, E. Straford, G. Fink, B. Doyle, G. Lupson
 
#skobsaintsrock

Recap from the VAFA website is below.

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Social Media Message

Recent inappropriate and tasteless comments on social media have highlighted the downside risk of social media.

The editorial in this week’s Amateur Footballer (http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/social-media-responsible/)  from Brett Connell – VAFA CEO wisely advises all in the VAFA community as follows: “Don’t send your mail the day you write it.”

Some key points include:

  • Ask yourself this – are you aware as a member of the VAFA Community you are bound by the VAFA Social Media Policy, be you a VAFA Board member, VAFA Employee or volunteer, a player, a coach or Club Administrator, an umpire, State team official and athlete or support personnel?– well you are.
  • Respect the law – This includes the laws governing: defamation, discrimination, harassment and copyright, …..; and …privacy, meaning you must not disclose other people’s personal information in conducting electronic communications and social media activities.
  • Any VAFA User who is found to have sent inappropriate electronic communication, uploaded inappropriate website content or engaged in blogs that harass, offend, intimidate or humiliate may face investigation by the VAFA. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disciplinary action, which will be determined at the discretion of the VAFA.  In serious cases, such as members publishing false or misleading comments about another person in a public domain may result in suspension from games or official positions.

 

Paul Murphy
SKOB President

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Jack Douglas Medal

SKOB will crown its Best and Fairest winners across all grades on Thursday September 28th at the Glasshouse (Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne)

All players, coaches, support staff, members, supporters and families are invited and encouraged to attend.

The cost is $135 per person which includes a three-course meal, beer, wine and soft drink and SKOB's famous hospitality.

Bookings can be made online now! You must register before 6pm Friday 15th September 2017

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SKOB sink Sharks

SKOB sink Sharks

47 scoring shots to six helped St Kevin’s to a monster 136-point victory over Beaumaris at TH King Oval earlier today. While 11 players shared the spoils on the scoreboard, SKOB were led by Mitch Brown (5) and Jay Schulz (4) in front of goal while Callum Matheson and Michael Di Natale did the damage around the ground. Scott Gower continued his strong form for the Sharks as their best player, but it was not nearly enough as they slumped to their largest loss of the season.

Final Scores: SKOB 23.24.162 def Beaumaris 4.2.26

Goal Kickers: M. Brown 5, J. Schulz 4, M. Di Natale 2, L. McKenzie 2, T. Jok 2, C. Matheson 2, L. Sullivan 2, S. Salopek, B. Kanakis, H. Parkes, J. Holden
Best Players: M. Brown, C. Matheson, M. Di Natale, L. Sullivan, L. McKenzie, J. Wallis

VAFA Premier: Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s scores its biggest win of the season

Phil Skeggs and Tim Habel, Stonnington Leader

Premiership favourite St Kevin’s celebrated its biggest win of the season, defeating bottom side Beaumaris by 136 points at T.H King Oval.

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Club Announcement

THE VAFA is committed to preventing any matter that may undermine the integrity of the competition. In 2016 the VAFA established an independent Integrity Division to investigate alleged breaches of competition integrity. Following a recent meeting of the Integrity Division, the VAFA and St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club have been informed that the Division has completed an investigation in regards to an alleged breach of amateur status. The Division reports that the St Kevin’s Old Boys’ Football Club (SKOBFC) has satisfied the Division that on the evidence provided that there is no breach of the VAFA rules, Amateur status, the Articles of Association or policies of the VAFA and there is no further action at this time.

The VAFA thanks the Integrity Division for the thoroughness and completeness of their work and the St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club for their full co operation in regard to this matter. 

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Saints go marching into the Grand Final

SKOB Saints go marching in!

SKOB Saints continued their dominant form into finals with a 39-point win against Fitzroy-ACU at Basil St Reserve. A big second quarter of three unanswered goals saw the Saints take control of the game, with Georgia Lupson making an impact and kicking two goals for the game. Jessica Joyce continued her stunning recent form with a BOG performance for the Saints, while Lauren Atkinson was a real standout for the Roy Girls. SKOB proceed straight into the grand final, while it isn’t over for Fitzroy as they hope to bounce back in next weekend’s preliminary.

A fourth quarter comeback at Basil St Reserve saw SKOB Saints (2) defeat Swinburne University AFC by 7 points. After a scoreless first quarter and trailing in the second and third, a courageous and determined Saints side outscored their opponent by one goal to take home the win. Amy Chisholm led the fourth-term charge for the Saints as they now progress to the prelims where they are set to face South Melbourne Districts.

MATCH REPORTS

SKOB Saints Premier go straight to the Grand Final

It’s hard not to be inspired by this awesome group of girls. Week in, week out they put out and get the job done. Their consistency is uncanny. This week we were up against Fitzroy who finished only one game behind the Saints and looked like Skobs biggest threat,

The tone was set when the girls watched the ressies get up by 7 points kicking into the wind in the last quarter. In the last 11 games the Roys averaged 43 points per game while the Saints averaged 67. This gave the Saints the confidence they needed to back themselves. It was important that the Saints get off to a great start and kicking with the wind in the first quarter proved tougher than you think. It took 10 mins to kick our first goal with Sez Cameron judging the wind perfectly.

As the game unfolded it soon became obvious that against the wind was the scoring end - Go figure. In fact six out of the seven goals kicked for the day were against the wind. The Roy girls had the Vic state team ruckman but our lethal combination of Ali Hynes and Brownie showed they were more than capable of being up to the task and won many of the tapouts.

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Saints Finals Double Header

What a fantastic achievement by both our women's teams - FINALS!

With no Senior football on this week (yes, another bye weekend) - it's the perfect opportunity to cheer on our SKOB Saints.

Both teams will be playing at Basil Reserve this Saturday.

We encourage all SKOBBERS to get down to Basil Street and support the Saints!

Saturday August 5th

Women's Premier - 2nd Semi Final
SKOB Saints v Fitzroy
Basil Street Reserve - 2pm

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Club Statement

31 July 2017

A Statement from the President of St Kevin’s Old Boys’ Football Club (SKOB) Paul Murphy.

In recent days it has been brought to my attention that some distasteful rumours have been circulating on social media including untrue statements of an extremely personal and hurtful nature about one of our players and I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

I can confirm that every player representing SKOB in the VAFA in Season 2017 is playing in accordance with the rules and spirit of Amateur football.

For the record, I can confirm that no player has received a financial inducement to play with the Club.

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Final term onslaught sees SKOB home

I'm not sure what it is, but recent clashes with Old Melburnians have brought the best out in both teams, matches that are full of drama and twists and turns. Saturday's clash was no different, SKOB coming from the clouds to record win number 13 for the season.

Conditions you could say, we normal for SportsCover Arena, a howling breeze down to one end rendering it almost impossible to score at the other. 

SKOB found itself in trouble at the quarter time break, 45 points down with OM's kicking with the breeze in the opening term. Mustering only 1 goal from 5 scoring attempts, SKOB trailled at the major break by 6 goals. 

It would take a massive second half, much like the Premier B Grand Final clash, to see SKOB get the chocolates. 

Numbers behind the footy, stoppage after stoppage, clog the game up - that was the name of the game in the third.  OM's still had its opportunites, but 2 goals 8 behinds left the door ever so slightly open for the league leaders. 

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SKOB defeat De La Salle

St Kevin’s proved too strong for De La Salle in their top four clash at TH King Oval, running out 67-point winners.

SKOB piled on 28 scoring shots to 11 after they assumed control from the first quarter and increased their lead as the match progressed. Mitch Brown kicked three goals in a best-on-ground display for SKOB, making it two standout performances in a row after dislocating his finger in the Big V match against AFL Vic Country.

Lachie Sullivan and Nick Wood continued their outstanding individual seasons for SKOB, while Sam Williams and Jacob Gotch were named best for De La. De La remain fourth and half a game ahead of Xavs in fifth.

Final Scores: SKOB 14.14.98 def De La Salle 4.7.31

Goal Kickers: M. Brown 3, J. Schulz 3, L. Sullivan 2, Z. Ginies 2, S. Kennedy, M. Di Natale, B. Kanakis, J. Strauss
Best Players: M. Brown, L. Sullivan, N. Wood, Z. Ginies, G. Gleeson, T. Jok

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Sarah Cameron - Anytime Fitness Rising Star

The VAFA & SKOBFC congratulates Saints forward, Sarah Cameron, who has been named this week’s Anytime Fitness Rising Star nominee on the back of a three-goal performance in the Saints’ 44-point win over Old Trinity.

Cameron also played a leading role in the VAFA’s inaugural Big V women’s victory last weekend when she contributed three goals at Mars Stadium in North Ballarat.

What the Club said:

“Sarah played football at school in the GSV competition. Her first outside-of-school experience was last year at Glen Iris Gladiators Junior Football Club where she kicked over 70 goals for the season.

Sarah was also named best and fairest for the youth girls competition in Yarra Junior Football League.

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SKOB continues march

St Kevin’s retained their spot atop the ladder with a comprehensive 69-point victory over Old Trinity at Daley Oval. SKOB led by 17 points at half time and exploded for 12 of the last 16 goals while remaining accurate at 20.13.

Final Scores: SKOB 20.13.133 def Old Trinity 9.10.64 

Goal Kickers: B. Kanakis 3, L. Sullivan 3, M. Brown 2, N. Wood 2, J. Schulz 2, J. Salopek 2, J. Strauss, A. Lynch, Z. Ginies, G. Gleeson, C. Matheson, H. Parkes

Best Players: M. Brown, L. Sullivan, G. Gleeson, B. Kanakis, A. Lynch, C. Matheson

FROM THE WEB

The situation at Old Trinity is dire after they fell to their sixth consecutive loss via the top-ranked St Kevin’s. Trailing by 17 points at half time, the T’s managed just four more goals while giving up 12 at the other end, losing by 69 points and for the fifth time at the Daley this year. After winning their first two games of 2017, the T’s have lost nine of their past 10 and find themselves languishing in ninth position on the ladder.

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Round 13 Luncheon

Mercedes-Benz Toorak present our top four clash against De La Salle at The King. SKOBFC 70th anniversary celebrations will continue with our 1977-1986 heroes to be honoured on the day. Sure to be popular so get in early to avoid disappointment

On Saturday 22 July 2017 at 12:00pm

LOCATION

TH King
1650 High Street, Glen Iris, Melbourne, Victoria 3146

CONTACT DETAILS

Dan Kennedy
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0403 960 121

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SKOBBERS shine for the Big V

Congratulations to the VAFA's representative team who defeated AFL VIC Country by 82 points on the weekend.

Six SKOBBERS were selected in the team, a terrific reward for their season's thus far.

Skipper Anthony Lynch, Bill Coates, Gerrard Gleeson, Tom Jok, Sam Critchley and Mitch Brown did SKOB proud as the Big V ran out easy winners.

Plugger was named Best on Ground in the big win and Tom Jok the Spirit of the Big V Award.

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Ginies Boot 6 as SKOB marches on

St Kevin’s secured their 10th win from the first 11 rounds, defeating Collegians by 47 points at St Kevin’s College. Leading by 11 points at three quarter time, SKOB exploded with seven goals to one in the final term. SKOB midfielder Gerard Gleeson kicked two goals and was named best afield as he continues to impress, while Zach Ginies feasted on his midfield’s delivery with six goals. Viv Michie and Sam Hibbins continued their strong form for the Lions, who remain second and a game and a half clear of the Blues and De La. SKOB themselves move a game and a half clear of the Lions at the top of William Buck Premier.

Final Scores: SKOB 20.11.131 def Collegians 12.12.84

Goal Kickers: Z. Ginies 6, H. Parkes 3, J. Strauss 2, G. Gleeson 2, M. Di Natale 2, A. Lynch, N. Wood, T. Jok, S. Critchley, A. Clough
Best Players: G. Gleeson, B. Kanakis, Z. Ginies, L. Sullivan, J. Strauss, C. Matheson

In the Papers

Jimmy Bartell trains with SKOBs but won’t be playing, St Kevin’s still tops the Premier ladder

Premiership favourite St Kevin’s celebrated its 10th win of the Premier season by defeating second-placed Collegians by 47 points at St Kevin’s College on Saturday.

SKOBs were up by 11 points at three-quarter time before belting on seven goals to one in the final term to win 20.11 (131) to 12.12 (84).

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SKOB consolidates at the top of Premier

St Kevin’s proved too strong for Old Xaverians earlier today as they ran out 15-point winners at Xavier College. Gerard Gleeson gave his strongest performance in 2017 as he starred throughout the full four quarters, winning contested ball and finishing with two goals. Sam Critchley impressed for SKOB, while Jay Schulz ended up with three majors. It was the second time SKOB have defeated Xavs this year as they strengthened their position atop the ladder.

Former skipper Ben Dowd was amongst SKOB's best in game number 200.

SKOB Saints (1 & 2) reaffirmed their positions at the top with comprehensive wins on Saturday. Saints (1) defeated Old Xaverians at Xavier College by 39 points whilst the Saints (2) were big winners over Fitzroy (2) at Basil Street Reserve.  

Honours were even in the Thirds clashes with Xavs. The Gold team winning a thriller by six points and the Green team going down by 11 points. 

The Under 19 Premier side continued its recent dominance over Xavs, leading from start to finish to run out 23 point winners. The win moves SKOB into third place. St Kevin's (2) enjoyed a 83 point win over Xav's, Ben Pearce the star up forward with 6 goals. That's 25 goals in nine matches for the youngster.

This week the boys head back to school - taking on Collegians on the hallowed St Kevin's College turf for Foundation Day. We look forward to seeing SKOBBERS across all playing era's at the College on Saturday.

GO SKOB

VAFA: Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s gets over James McDonald’s Old Xaverians

St Kevin’s consolidated top spot in Premier after a 15-point win over reigning premiers Old Xaverians at Xavier College on Saturday.

Midway through the opening quarter, SKOBs slammed on three goals in nine minutes to take a seven-point lead by the first change.

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Dowdy brings up 200 - SKOB Milestones

This week Ben Dowd, one of SKOBFC’s greatest ever players, achieves Life membership through playing his 200th game. Ben first joined SKOB back in 2004 coming straight from the college, he played both Seniors and U19’s in his first year, and it was obvious very early that we had a special player on our hands. Ben finished R/U in the Under 19 B & F Award despite playing a large number of senior games that year. It was only a few years later that Ben not only became one of the most important players at our club, but he also stamped himself as one of the best midfielders in the competition.

Ben has been a regular Big V representative throughout his career, where he always shone on the big stage, he was named best on ground in the 2009 game against the EFL and was in the best in all other appearances, he also Captained the Big V in 2010 which is a reflection of how highly respected he was within the VAFA. Ben was also named in the All Australian amateur team to tour Ireland in 2008.

It’s at Skob however where Ben has made the biggest impression, as club Captain from 2008 to 2012 he led the whole club forward, driving the place on and off field, ensuring that a strong culture was built and maintained as we moved forward into what it is today. Ben has been a Senior B&F winner and 3 time R/U at our club. He has dedicated his life to our football club over the past 14 years and no one was more deserving in 2015 to receive his premiership medallion after so many years of hard work and dedication.

With an injury sidelining him in 2016, it’s absolutely fantastic to see Ben back out dominating the park again in 2017. An incredible achievement to reach 200 games and life membership, Ben you have been nothing short of a legend in our clubs history and you thoroughly deserve everything you get. Your legacy will continue long after you have finished playing and for that the whole club is incredibly grateful.

Ben, you have had amazing support throughout your whole career from your family, in particular Mick, Jane, Paddy and Tim, as well as your beautiful wife Jill and future Skobber little Joshy. As they would be, we are all incredibly proud of you and we wish you all the very best both for this year and the future.

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SKOB on Top at half way point

St Kevin's has moved into outright ladder leader at the half way point of the William Buck Premier Season after its 62 point win over St Bedes Mentone. 

Jay Schulz had his kicking boots on again, leading all scorers with seven goals, whilst Shaun Kennedy booted four in the sides big win.

The SKOB Saints also sit atop of the ladder in the Women's Premier Division - defeating the Brunswick Renegades. 

Around the Grounds in Premier

The Round 9 clash between Collegians and Old Xaverians was abandoned 59 minutes into the fourth quarter after a lengthy delay due to a severe leg break to defender Jarryd Skene. With six minutes of playing time left on the clock, the Xavs led by seven points and Brendan Goss would have been lining up for his second goal to try and put the Xavs in front by 13 after marking inside 50. The VAFA Board will now meet to decide the distribution of premiership points. The VAFA extends its best wishes to Jarryd in his recovery.

University Blacks and Beaumaris played out one of the most exciting games of the year, with the Blacks edging past the Sharks by just three points at Uni Oval. 

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Past Players / Foundation Day

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A favourite on the SKOB calendar is when the Old Boys return to the College for Foundation Day.

Also promoted as a Past Players Day - we encourage all SKOBBERS to join us for the Liston Landers Luncheon in the College Pavilion.

The Club is celebrating 70 Years - so please join us for this historic occasion.

You'll enjoy a three-course lunch, beer, wine and soft drink and some SKOB hospitality for $100 per person

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Saints selected in inaugural Big V

The first-ever Women’s Big V squad has been released ahead of the VAFA’s July 9 clash against AFL Goldfields in North Ballarat.

In a groundbreaking event for the VAFA and its newest players, 61 women have been selected from 30 clubs. Eight clubs have three representatives and 22 of the 61 hail from the women’s Premier section – the most of any.

Old Trinity lead the way with four representatives, while Caulfield Grammarians, Fitzroy-ACU, Marcellin, Old Camberwell, Old Geelong, Old Haileybury, Old Xaverians and SKOB Saints each have three.

SKOB congratulates Bree Doyle, Sarah Cameron & Eliza Stratford on their selection

The selected women will meet on June 14 for the first time under new coach John Kanis and the final 22 will be selected prior to the July 9 clash after a number of training sessions.

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SKOB salutes in a thriller in Murph's 200th game

SKOB ensured Matt Murphy celebrated his milestone match with victory, coming from behind in the dying stages to record its seventh win for the season.

SKOB and Old Melburnian's have played out some dramatic matches over the past few seasons and today was no exception. 

A free kick in the 25th minute of the fourth term handed St Kevin’s the winning goal as they defeated Old Melburnians by six points at TH King Oval. SKOB trailed at every break throughout the day but piled on four goals to one to escape with the four points.

Sam Critchley was named best afield for the winning side and Thomas Jok (1) continued his outstanding season while Jay Schulz top-scored with three goals.

Sam Gibbons was the best for OMs alongside perennial star, Tom Paule (2), and George Hurley-Wellington.

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