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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).
SKOBs midfielder Gerard Gleeson (two goals) was best afield, while Zach Ginies top-scored with six goals.
The win was all the more impressive given the late withdrawal of star forward Jay Schulz. SKOBs coach Shannon Grant said Ginies stepped up as a key forward after Schulz pulled out because of a niggling injury.
“He (Schulz) probably could have played but it was not worth risking so he was a late withdrawal,” Grant said.
“And to the credit of the group, everyone chipped in and got the job done. I think it was his (Ginies) best game so far.”
There are several St Kevin’s players in contention for state team selection this week, including Anthony Lynch, James Strauss, Thomas Jok, Sam Critchley, Gerry Gleeson and under-19 Lachie Sullivan.
But Grant said the break was also a good opportunity for other players to overcome niggling injuries ahead of some big games in July.
Grant also squashed suggestions that Brownlow medallist and retired Cats star Jimmy Bartel might be joining SKOBs.
Bartel joined in a training session at St Kevin’s last week, but Grant said the champion would not be playing for them.
“He (Bartel) just wants to come down and have a kick and get amongst it with his friends, he is not playing,” he said.
He said it was invaluable to have a player of Bartel’s calibre on the track for young players to learn from.
SKOB Saints Premier go a game clear on top
Back at Basil St Reserve for a doubleheader with the Saints (2) team defeating De La and the Premier girls were nervous going into the game against Caulfield Grammarians who gave the Saints a bit of a scare last time we played.
The Saints were on right from the first bounce scoring our first goal in under 2 minutes. We were well aware of Caulfield's good players but we backed ourselves not to put any tags on early. Sam Viti, Eliza Straford and Breezer Doyal were seeing the value of getting the ball moving quickly out of the pack. Whether it be a toe-poke, quick snap or fast hands, it was all going in the Saints favour. We welcomed back Harriet Gaffney to boost our forward stocks to help out “Jesse Hogan” Lupson and it proved to be a headache for the Grammarians. In the first half, the Saints put on 8 majors and Caulfield were yet to score a goal. Sarah Cameron was bringing players into the game with her handball and long kicks but it was Chloe “Brownie” Brown who took on all comers in the ruck. Not only did she win the majority of tap outs but her work around the ground was awesome. “Superboot” Cropley was another stand out as her sheer numbers and penetrating kicks.
In the second half Caulfield showed a bit of desperation and kicked a few goals which prompted coach Di Natale to ask his troops to lift at 3/4 time and to their credit, they did. The Saints kicked 7 goals in the second half to Caulfield's 4. In Windy conditions, the Skob Saints centered the ball as instructed to maximise our chances and kicked way more goals than points which has hampered us in the past. I go on about our backs each week but particularly in the first half, they were outstanding.
One thing I will say about this win is the team orientation the girls displayed on the weekend. Unselfish acts, willing to give it off by hand, second efforts and backing up showed that these girls have really gelled. A fantastic team effort by all.
Due to results on the weekend Skob Saints are a game clear on top of the ladder
Skob Saints 15-9-99 defeated Caulfield 4-3-27
Saints (2) Skittle De La
Our depth was tested today by a team that had won four straight including knocking off the previous ladder leaders and I was absolutely wrapt with the effort we put in. We got out to a great lead at half time and then weathered the storm as De La threw everything they had at us.
Amy was just unstoppable across half back and through the midfield as she repelled attack after attack. She was a very well deserved winner of the VAFA 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Best on Ground. She had great support from the number one defensive unit in Div 4 with Chlo, LM, Morgs, Mel and Hols all working hard to make it very difficult for De La to get near the goals.
Leo’s ruckwork has improved in leaps and bounds over the past month and she rucked tirelessly all day giving first use of the ball to our on ball warriors Eb, Zaags and V. Sare played a different role as a very mobile CHF and became a link from defence and into our forward line.
Nic was her damaging best up forward and kicked all of our goals up to half time. The best was a long range set shot from 40m on an angle.
It was great to watch our quick hands and ball movement around packs and stoppages as we put into practice the hard work and drills we run through during the week. It’s this sort of teamwork that puts us ahead of most other teams in our league.
With three games to go it is still very tight as we sit on top of the ladder half a game ahead of 2nd, 3rd and 4th who are all on the same points. We have a week off and will mix things up on the training track before coming up against second placed Hawthorn early on the following Saturday morning.
Final Scores: SKOB 6.6.42 def De La Salle 1.3.9
Goal Kickers: 5 N Aldridge, 1 E Davies
Best Players: A Chisholm, V Kiwa, S Zago, N Aldridge, E Davies, C Lloyd-McDougall