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.
SKOB exploded in the final term, 11 unanswered goals helping St Kevin’s to a stunning 21-point win. After trailing all day and kicking just one goal in the first three quarters, SKOB rose to the challenge. Connor Ross, Will Coates and Lachie Sullivan led the charge with Zach Ginies, Lachlan McKenzie, Shaun Kennedy and Sullivan each booting two goals.
It was a great quarter of footy!
St Kevin's 12.14.86 def Old Melburnian's 8.17.65
ROUND 14 SUMMARY
SKOB IN THE PRESS
VAFA Premier: St Kevin’s kicks 11 goals in final quarter to blow Old Melburnian's away
After kicking into northerly gusts of up to 100km/h on the wide open spaces at Elsternwick, SKOBs trailed the Dark Blues by 45 points at quarter time and made little headway with the wind in the second term, kicking just 1.4.
The Dark Blues scored 2.8 in the third to take the margin out to a seemingly unassailable 52 points by the final change.
But SKOBs ran over the top of a tiring Dark Blues outfit in the final term, taking the lead at about the 20-minute mark and going on to win, 12.14 (86) to 8.17 (65). Connor Ross, Will Coates and Lachie Sullivan led the charge while Zach Ginies, Lachlan McKenzie, Shaun Kennedy and Sullivan each kicked two goals.
St Kevin’s president Paul Murphy rated it the club’s best win this year, given the 73-point turnaround on the windiest day of the year.
“With the score and the wind you have to say ‘yes it was our best win’,” he said. “They were a little bit undisciplined in the first half – they weren’t sticking to the structures. Whether they were thrown off by the wind or Old Melburnians . . . but they really cashed in on that discipline in the last.”
Murphy said it was all the more impressive given the efforts of younger players who had to step up in the absence of several senior hands.
Fifth-placed Old Xaverians rolled St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 92 points at Toorak Park, 15.20 (110) to 2.6 (18), while De La Salle edged to a one-point thriller against Uni Blacks 8.11 (59) to 8.10 (58)
SKOBs LOOK THE GOODS
St Kevin’s remains the team to beat in Premier Women’s after a thumping win over another finals candidate in Marcellin at Bulleen Park on Saturday.
The SKOBs dominated Saturday’s clash against the third-placed Sheagles, winning 13.15 (93) to 1.3 (9). Neighbouring Old Xaverians lost to Old Trinity 4.10 (34) to 0.1 (0).
In Development Division 1, Old Geelong went down to West Brunswick 6.4 (40) to 3.4 (22) at McAlister Oval while, in Division 4, De La Salle beat Bulleen Templestowe 4.3 (27) to 1.4 (10) at Ted Ajani Reserve and St Kevin’s crunched St Mary’s Salesian 10.6 (66) to 1.1 (7) at Ferndale Park.
Saints finish on 501% points on the ladder
Last game of the home and away season saw the Skob Saints head out to possibly one of the worse playing ovals I have experienced to play the girls from Marcellin. The Sheagles (yes that’s what they are called.) had won their last 3 outings including the highly rated Fitzroy. It took a few minutes for the Saints to get going into the stiff breeze. One thing the Saints have been good at is running the ball up into the wind and kicked 6 out of the 13 goals at the supposedly non-scoring end. Breezer Doyle was tireless all day and responsible for plenty of clearances but was assisted by Eliza Straford who continued her run all over the ground. Finky and Wedgewood had one of their best games and Ali Hynes back from holiday showed the coaching staff her worth. Captain Dunnell was vocal once again and also walked the talk.
Some of “Superboot” Cropleys work in the last quarter in particular, was something to watch. Kat Viti was another Saint who showed that even after her break she still was able to display her elusive skills and move the ball forward.
With finals looming next week, the Skob Saints have been incredibly consistent throughout the entire year. Their form has continued and their work on the track and on the weekends doesn’t falter. We have played 39 girls this season which has shown our depth. Only 3 girls played all 11 games and we look like we have our strongest squad yet ready to take on Fitzroy next week in the first semi final.
Finally, the Skob Saints finished up with a massive 501.35%. This is almost unheard of as we have kept opposition to very low scores with only 148 points in all 14 games (including 3 grading games) kicked against us. The Saints averaged just over 9 goals a game and breaking the 90 point barrier on 4 occasions.
This Saturday the Saints take on Fitzroy in the First semi final at Basil St Reserve @ 2 pm, Straight after the Saints division 4 team at 11.40 am. Get on down to support these 2 great Skob teams.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints 13.15.93 to Marcellin 1.3.9
Saints Development League - Saints to hit finals running
It was another Saturday in tough and blustery conditions and we blew St. Marys off the park in the first quarter. Leo gave us first use of the ball and V, Tina and Eb were able to get the ball going forward with long kicks out of the middle. Nic Patto, BA and Ceel all looked dangerous up forward as we locked the ball into our forward line for most of the first quarter.
Against the wind, our backline really held strong with Snell, Zaags, El, LM, Morgs, Chlo and Charley all working well together to repel the St. Marys attacks. We played smart footy and constantly found targets across half back and through the middle.
I was really pleased with our attack on the ball this week. We got to the contest first more often than previous weeks and we also had numbers at the ball so we could get possession and then clear quickly. This was across all areas of the field. As the game went on we looked for each other more and more with quick hands with the best examples being Charley and Zaags combining effectively in the last quarter to run the ball out of defence.
We put the game out of reach in the third quarter thanks to Steph A, who made the most of those little half chances that bob up in the forward pocket. She is really finding a nice home down there.
Still a few areas we need to sharpen up on as we take that next step into finals. There is still room for improvement in our quick hands and we also need to work on contesting in the air. If we can’t mark then we need to bring the ball down.
We have achieved another goal in what has been a great season so far. We have reached the finals but every game from here on in is sudden death. We win – we advance. Simple as that.
Can’t wait to see you all out on the track Tuesday and Thursday for a great week’s preparation for the big game against our new arch rivals Swinburne.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints 10.6.66 def St Mary's 1.1.7
Goal Kickers: 3 S Augustes, 2 N Aldridge, 2 C Tyler, 2 M Pattison, 1 V Kiwa
Best Players: Zago, E Davies, T Lang, L Contaxis, C Tyler, S Augustes
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
Women's D4 - 1st Semi Final
SKOB Saints v Swinburne Uni
Basl Street Reserve - 11:40am