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It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of a great SKOB man – Paul “Moby” Noonan.
He passed away peacefully on Saturday 3rd March aged 66 after a long struggle with illness. He fought an extraordinarily brave battle and retained his positive disposition to the end.
Moby was a very popular character around the club. He played between 1971 and 1977 playing 3 Senior games and 29 in the Reserves. He was also the runner for the Seniors for a period in the 1980’s.
A man who never took a backward step he was engaging, entertaining and charismatic.
Albeit that he was equally busy with his rowing and watching the Demons – he was always interested in the SKOB’s and a happy participant in many a club celebration....
After our spectacular 2017 season (if you need reminding: the club fielded a record 10 teams - making us the largest senior football club in Australia - we had nine teams play finals, six made it to grand finals and three win premierships) – we are aiming high again in 2018. Plenty of work has been going on in the background with the Committee putting a lot of of energy into every aspect of the Club.
The committee (and respective roles) comprises the following:
Apart from all the football aspects we have been working on a range of operational aspects of the club. We are fortunate to have great assistance from volunteers to help drive various projects:
We thank each of these people for their assistance.
If you are able to help with anything around the club – please reach out....
The President of the St Kevin's Old Boys' Football Club, Michael Doble has confirmed that well-known SKOB identities Guy Martyn and Tom Williams will share senior coaching duties for the 2018 season.
Guy Martyn was an outstanding player with the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC competition before joining Sandringham in the VFL where he enjoyed considerable success. He returned to play with his junior club, Hampton Rovers in 2009 before becoming Senior Coach in 2013. He coached Hampton Rovers to successive premiership in 2013 (D1 Section) and 2014 (Premier C) underlining his coaching ability. He coached Hampton in Premier B in 2015 and did an outstanding job to avoid relegation.
Tom Williams was a prodigious junior football talent, taken at pick number 6 in the AFL draft by the Western Bulldogs in 2004. Unfortunately injuries curtailed a very promising career but he still played 85 AFL games in eight seasons. He was nominated for the NAB Rising Star following an exciting performance against Richmond in 2007. He retired from AFL football in 2014.
In 2015, Tom was a Senior Assistant Coach with Old Scotch and was an Assistant Coach with Footscray in the VFL in 2016. Footscray won the VFL premiership that year and mirrored the game plan used by the AFL’s premiership winning team, the Western Bulldogs.
Both Guy and Tom joined SKOBFC in 2017 as a Senior Assistant Coaches and were integral to the Club’s historic first Premier Division premiership....
The President of the St Kevin's Old Boys' Football Club, Michael Doble has confirmed that Senior Coach, Shannon Grant has regretfully resigned for personal reasons.
The SKOBFC community would like to acknowledge Shannon's outstanding contribution to the Club in his one year as Senior Coach which included our first VAFA A Grade premiership in 2017.
The Club is currently assessing options for its Senior Coach for the 2018 season and intends to make an announcement as soon as possible.
Dear Saints Players (returning and new)
It is a great privilege to lead the coaching team for SKOB Saints in 2018. I have had a strong relationship with the club having taught and coached at St Kevin’s College for ten years, had three sons attend St Kevin’s College and coached at the SKOB for three years. I am a father of ten children and have coached football for 30 years. I look forward to what we can achieve together this season.
I would first like to acknowledge the great work Pat Di Natale has done in his two years as Senior Coach of the Saints. He is very excited about his new position as assistant coach at Oakleigh Chargers Under 18’s next season and will be working with John Taylor in the under 19’s SKOB’s Premier Division.
2018 promises to be another exciting year. We have a great coaching panel to help develop every single person at the club both in their football and as a person. The coaching panel this year is made up of Kim Ledder, Robin Bowles, Titch Callahan, Chris Morley, Richard Lewis and myself. We all believe it is a great honor and responsibility to lead and develop young women in such a supportive and caring community.
As a coaching panel we are committed to TEAM in everything we do. The team mantra is simple. What are you prepared to do for TEAM to be play in a PREMIERSHIP TEAM? Central to this is developing strong relationships, leadership, character and a strong community where we CARE FOR and RESPECT each other at all times.
Pre-season training will resume on Wednesday January 17th at Tooronga Sports Fields.
Training will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.15pm at Tooronga up until weekend of 24th/25th February (the weekend of the Training Camp in Barwon Heads)
Training will revert to Tuesdays and Thursdays on the 27th February.
TH King @ 6:15pm
History was created on Saturday afternoon with SKAAC claiming our first ever Women's State Relay Championship medal, with the Silver medal going to the Open Women's Medley team.
The medley is composed of 200m, 200m, 400m & 800m and contained Amanda Pang, Ali Hynes, Sarah Minahan & Kayla de Bondt, with Ali & Sarah also members of the SKOB Saints.
Well done to all four girls (Photo L-R Ali, Kayla, Amanda, Sarah)
On October the 1st I flew to Ireland for the 2017 Ireland Tour. I was given the opportunity through the generosity of the St Kevin’s Old Boys community to fly overseas to a country I have never been to and a place you only recognise by its Celtic cross and celebrations of St Patricks Day. The Trip included playing three International rules games and one AFL match in Reading, England. This was a trip I was very uncertain about but one I knew I would thoroughly enjoy.
We escaped the chaos that was Grand Final Day, with Richmond ending their 37 year AFL premiership draught and seemingly this was the end of the football season. It was only a week ago that I was in a similar situation to the Richmond players, celebrating an A Grade final, a first in our Old Boys Football Club 70 year History. This trip also gave me an opportunity to prolong those celebration whilst at the same time undertaking a completely different sport, one I have never played nor practiced for.
I we finally landed in Ireland at Dublin Airport, I quickly took in the chilling air and cold whilst walking to our bus which was scheduled to take us to our Hotel in Cork, a three hour bus trip this turned out to be. Before I knew it, we were at our hotel and in our rooms. With all the excitement of being in a new country with newfound mates, a training session was the ice-breaker we all needed. During our training session, I quickly found out who was comfortable with the round ball and who wasn’t. it was clear that I was not comfortable whatsoever. Every kick went wayward, every handball was either short or too long. Training concluded and the feeling around the trip quickly changed from a quite group to one that quickly galvanised in a short (maybe long) period.
We toured Cork around a city double decker bus where we were taken to see the city’s landmarks. I was amazed and at the same time bewildered at how green and scenery one country could be. Its something those who have seen Ireland can understand.
We spent five days in Cork and played our first match against Bishoptown. This was a night game which we were all eager to play. A chance to beat a Gaelic team at their own sport was enough to get us all motivated to play our best. The game ended in the VAFA’s favour, a successful start to what has already shaped to be an amazing trip....
I am writing this message to all current members, players and supporters of SKOB.
After a break through Premier Division Premiership in 2017 we are all back at work preparing for 2018. We planning for sustained, long term success.
A new committee has been formed and we have held an initial meeting.
We welcome a new face in Brian Lynch (Treasurer) and familiar faces like Simon Olsen, Tim Corrigan and John Fogarty back onto the committee....
The annual gathering of a group of SKOB Legends (self-proclaimed!) was held at the Flying Duck Hotel on AFL Grand Final Eve.
The history of this lunch started in 1983 with Mouth (Tim Arnold), Jughead (John Olle), Pup (Tim Corrigan) Harry (Mark Harrison) Mother (Nick Brennan) & Pat Flanagan (a CBC Hockey player!) - all old school mates decided to meet on the Friday prior to the AFL Grand Final for a long lunch. It started in SKOB sponsored pubs, the occasional restaurant then back to pubs- The Emerald, The Whale’s Cricketers Arms, Laurie Taberner’s Rising Sun Hotel, Star & Gartner, Curley’s Golden Fleece, The Flying Duck.
Numbers vary every year but it is a great catch up-open to everybody and a great day to reminisce about old times and what a great Club the SKOBFC is. This year was particularly special as we celebrated the Club’s first A Grade Premiership in our 70 year history - when you look at what the group has contributed to SKOBFC over a long period of time, you can understand why it was so special! There is over 3,365 SKOB games and so many awards and positions of responsibility that this group has given to SKOBFC – it really shows what a great Club we all belong to!
Here is a summary of those attended this year in the photo:-...
SKOBFC congratulates Lachlan Sullivan and Gerard Gleeson on being joint winners of the 2017 Jack Douglas Medal.
It was a tremendous night as we drew the curtain on what was a truly memorable season for the St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club, which culminated in the Clubs first ever A Grade Premiership.
Sullivan, winner of the this year's VAFA Rising Star Award and Gleeson a VAFA Big V Representative, had outstanding years and certainly played a big part in bringing the Premiership Cup back to SKOB. Both players featured prominently in the VAFA Coaches Award with Gerard finishing just five voted adrift from eventual winner Jason Tutt. Lachie polled 49 votes to be second best placed SKOBBER.
Mitch Brown placed second to claim the Denis Davies Perpetual Trophy whilst the excitement machine in Tom Jok was awarded Best First Year Player. Watching Tom leave his opponents in his wake was a sight the SKOB supporters had become accustomed to over the 2017 season.
Sam Critchley was rewarded for his stellar performances in the finals series, his cool head down back and ability to close down his opponents space telling factors in SKOB's charge to the finals....
The plaudits and achievements keep coming for the St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club, with news that young superstar Thomas Jok has been selected to represent the Big V in Ireland.
It caps a tremendous first year in SKOB colours and just reward for what was a eye-catching season from the utility.
Only one SKOBBER was selected on the tour, a number of SKOBBERS could consider themselves very unlucky not to be selected.
Old Geelong midfielder George Burbury has been named captain of the Big V for the upcoming tour of Ireland from October 1 – 18.
Burbury, who is the current Old Geelong and senior representative captain, led the Big V during their record-breaking 82-point Brian Molony Cup victory over AFL Victoria Country in July....
The 2017 Annual General Meeting of St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club Incorporated will be held on Wednesday, 25 October 2017, commencing at 7pm at TH King Pavilion.
The business of the Annual General Meeting will be as follows:
In relation to item (iii) above, please be aware that in accordance with the Rules
of the Association:
To conclude a wonderful 2017 season for the St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club, all will gather at the Glasshouse on Thursday evening for the Jack Douglas Medal.
Here is a brief history of the Award's named in honour of some of SKOB's best.
Jack Douglas, now deceased, was a member of SKOBs first VAFA side of 1947, with his father, William Douglas, as coach. Jack went on to play 193 games for SKOBs, finally finishing in 1970. He played with Hawthorn in 1952-53 and so, unfortunately, missed out on SKOBs first premiership in 1952. He was also a champion long distance runner and only narrowly missed selection to the 1956 Olympics
In his time at SKOB, Jack captain/coached the Senior team for 6 years, from 1957 to 1962. He won the VAFA B & F Award for D Section in 1959, the SKOB Senior B & F Award in 1962 and was awarded the Clubs first Life Membership in 1970
Bobby Hawkins holds the SKOB games record with 360 games. He started with SKOBs in 1973 and finished in 1992, missing only a handful of games in his 20 continuous years of football with SKOBs...
St Kevin's Old Boys have hung on to claim their first A Grade Premiership, defeating Collegians by three points at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday.
A massive crowd witnessed a great contest in the shocking conditions, with the strong breeze sweeping across the ground to the scoreboard side. There were more out of bounds on the full than goals and some may have thought that we were playing at SportsCover Arena given the strength of the breeze (I'm sure it would've been ten times worse at Elsternwick Park)
Leading by 16 points at the final change, SKOB withstood a late charge from a never day die lions outfit, the final siren sounding with Billy Kanakis lining up for goal to try and seal the win for the tri-colours.
A host of chances went begging for SKOB in the final term who were kicking to the scoring end (old grandstand) allowing Collegians a glimmer of hope as they slammed home three in quick succession from the 25 minute mark. SKOB hearts were certainly racing as the ball went back to the middle with only minutes remaining. SKOB managed to get the ball deep within its attacking fifty, and Billy in his usual front and square position earned a free kick for too high and that was all she wrote.
SKOBBER Mitch Brown was awarded the Best Player on the ground where he controlled the midfield across all four quarters....
SKOB Gold kickstarted the Club's grand final campaign in style with a 14-point Premier Thirds victory against Old Xaverians Red. Trailing by two goals at the last break, SKOB came home with the breeze and nailed four unanswered in the final term with Edward Ring top-scoring with three. Troy McMaster was phenomenal for SKOB in a standout display, while Charles Randles and Patrick Rhodes impressed. Harrison Kelly nailed three majors of his own for Xavs and James Samartzis continued his fantastic form as their best player.
Best on Ground Medal: Troy McMaster (St Kevin’s Gold)
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....
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...
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
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.
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!
Saturday September 9th
SKOB v Uni Blues
Trevor Barker Oval - 2pm
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.
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’.
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....
St Kevin's young chargers will start their quest for back to back Premierships this weekend, as finals fever hits the Under 19 competitions.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
Recap from the VAFA website is below....
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:
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