Jack Douglas Medal
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: Senior Best & Fairest Award
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
Robert ‘Bobby’Hawkins: Best First Year Player Award
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
During that time, he captain/coached the Reserves team for 6 years, winning three B & F awards, the Best Clubman Award in 1976 and Life Membership in 1983
Des Shiel: Senior Goalkicking Award
Des Shiel was a champion full forward for SKOBs and won the VAFA goalkicking award in 1959 and 1961 with 65 and 61 goals respectively. He won the Senior goalkicking award on no less than 5 occasions during his 130 game career at SKOBs.
Denis Davies: Senior Runner-Up B & F Award
Denis Davies played 206 games for SKOB from 1960 to 1971. He was Senior Captain in 1966 and 1967, he won the Reserves B & F Award in 1971 and was awarded Life Membership in 1971.
John Chapman: Reserves B & F Award
John ‘Jack’ Chapman, now deceased, played 207 games for SKOBs, in the years 1958 to 1974. He became President of the Club in 1962 and in 1963 had the distinction of being President, Senior Coach and Senior Captain!!. Jack moved to the Reserves in 1965 where he was Captain/ Coach for 3 years, which included a Reserves B & F Award in 1966. He was awarded Life Membership in 1971
John Allan: Thirds B & F Award
John ‘Curly’ Allan was involved with SKOB football for 26 years, from 1964 to 1989. His 243 games career included a Best Clubman Award in 1973, an Old Collegians Award in 1989 and Life Membership in 1984. Curly captain/coached the Reserves team from 1971 to 1974. When the Club introduced a third (Club XVIII) team in 1974, Curly captain/coached it for 4 years in an ‘unofficial’ competition. When the VAFA finally introduced a Club XVIII competition in 1987, he was appointed captain/coach from 1987 to 1989
Las Radford: U19 B & F Award
Les Radford played 83 games with SKOB from 1974 to 1979. He was Senior coach for 2 years (1974/75), captain for 4 years (1974/75/76/78), won the Senior B & F Award in 1974 and was R/U in 1975. He was awarded Life Membership in 1985. When the Club fielded its first Under 19 team in 1980, Les was appointed coach, a position he held for the next 3 years.
Michael O’Kelly: Best Clubman Award
Michael O’Kelly played 125 games for SKOB between 1968 and 1978. He was Senior Captain in 1973 and became President from 1975 to 1978 and again in 1980. He served on the VAFA Executive Committee in 1988/89. Under his Presidency, and with new coach, Allan Olle, SKOBs went from E Grade in 1975 to C Grade in 1979. Michael was awarded Life Membership in 1984