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Saints star on the track

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)

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The Ireland Experience

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.

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Club Announcement: Committee Update & Volunteer request

Dear SKOBBERS,

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.

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VALE: GEOFF LANCASHIRE

President, Paul Murphy and all in the SKOB community are very saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Lancashire. Geoff was a  great SKOB man. He played 29 games for the Old Boys and was secretary in 1990. We extend our sincere condolences to Joan and all of Geoff's family and friends.

Geoff's chapel funeral will be next Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 10.30am at Tobin Brothers Achievements of Life Chapel, 189 Boundary Road, North Melbourne. 

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SKOB Legends reunite

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!

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Here is a summary of those attended this year in the photo:-

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