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.
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.
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
Recap from the VAFA website is below.