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Round 3 Review
SKOB IMPRESS AT THE KING
St Kevin’s produced their most impressive performance of the season to date, defeating Old Trinity by 39 points at TH King Oval.
Neither side kicked accurately in the first half but 19 scoring shots to eight gave SKOB a 36-point lead at the main break. Luther Juric and Anthony Scott led the T’s third-term comeback, with the slick left-footer nailing 3.2 and helping to bring the T’s to within 12 points at three quarter time.
However, SKOB proved too strong down the stretch and kicked five goals to one in the final term, with Gerard Gleeson (one) and Zac Ginies (five) leading the charge. Nick Wood continued his standout season and Steven Salopek returned for a successful first match back after announcing his retirement last year.
Young T’s ruckman, Harry Thompson, fought hard against Mark Jamar all day in a standout display. The T’s played a man down when Nick Meerman went off with injury in the first quarter as did SKOB.
(from the VAFA website)
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
Collegians claimed top spot on the William Buck Premier ladder with a comprehensive 78-point victory against Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. A five-goal haul from Matt Handley helped Old Xaverians to their third consecutive victory as they defeated St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 48 points at Brindisi St Oval. University Blues got the better of their long-standing rivals in the first Uni Derby of the season, defeating the Blacks by 18 points. A six-goal to two final quarter helped De La Salle to their first win of the season as they ran over Old Melburnians by 28 points at Sportscover Arena.
AFL Confidential: Jay Schulz kicks 0.8 in VAFA and dumps shoes in bin afterwards
AND you thought Joe Daniher had a bad game on the weekend.
The Essendon youngster was disappointing in front of goal on Sunday, kicking 0.6 in the first half while missing one entirely. Thankfully for the Dons, he slotted a set shot — on the second opportunity — in the second half to finish with a 1.6 scoreline.
But this past week former Port Adelaide and Richmond forward Jay Schulz had an even bigger shocker for his new club.
Schulz is playing for VAFA side St Kevin’s Old Boys in 2017 after a career spanning 194 matches and 333 goals over 14 seasons. Not a bad haul.
But he wasn’t able to add to his overall career total on Saturday when he kicked 0.8 — with a complete miss out of bounds thrown in.
Thankfully Schulz recognised the issue by the end of the game — which the team won by 39 points, by the way, kicking 11.23 (89) to Old Trinity’s 6.14 (50).
As he walked off TH King Oval barefoot, he theatrically placed his brand new $300 green Adidas boots straight in the bin.
The club is reportedly very happy with Schulz’ influence on the playing group given his elite level experience. And it’s a loaded side with Mark Jamar and Steven Salopek also featuring.
But Schulz may need to spend a bit more time at training this week.
(taken from Fox Sports News)
VAFA Women's Fixture Finalised
After three grading rounds, the VAFA Wilson Women’s sections are out.
The 40-team competition consists of one Premier section and four development divisions.
After months of planning, practice matches, Lightning Premierships and grading rounds, the inaugural VAFA Wilson Women’s competition proper is about to start.
Joining the founding Premier clubs, Fitzroy-ACU, SKOB Saints and Brunswick Renegades, are Caulfield Grammarians, Marcellin, Melbourne University, Old Trinity and Old Xaverians.
Development Division 1: Beaumaris, Monash Blues, Old Brighton, Old Geelong, Old Haileybury, Ormond, St Mary’s Salesian and West Brunswick.
Development Division 2: Collegians, Hampton Rovers, Oakleigh, Old Camberwell, Old Carey, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, UHS-W and Yarra Old Grammarians.
Development Division 3: Ajax, Ivanhoe, Mazenod, Melbourne Univeristy (2), Old Mentonians and Therry Penola.
Development Division 4: Brunswick Renegades (2), Bulleen Templestowe, Canterbury, De La Salle, Fitzroy-ACU (2), Hawthorn, SKOB Saints (2), South Melbourne Districts, St Mary’s Salesian (2) and Swinburne University.
The Saints had their first hit out at Basil St Reserve - Home of the Skob Saints.
Brunswick Renegades on form looked like we were evenly matched and the girls started to prepare an hour before the game with Coach Pat De Natale’s crap mix playing in the background.
A 3 goal first term unsettled the Rengades even though they were taller and looked like they could dominate the air. Katherine “I can run all day” Viti, had plenty of the ball in the opening stance and newcomer Sarah “Marks everything” Cameron was making her presence known at center half forward.
Kicking into a slight breeze in the second quarter was tougher than the girls imagined. Still at the half time break, the luckless Renegades were scoreless.
The third term started and coach De Natale demanded 5 goals as the breeze was picking up. It was clear the Hynes and Hagrid were literally dominating the rucks and Eliza Straford was running rampant around the backs backed up Captain Dunnell. Bree “Breezer” Doyal was relentless with her forward thrusts and Chloe “Is my hair Purple?” Brown was making great position. Sophie “got to kick at least 1 goal” Straford was consistent, especially up forward and Townsend worked hard on the wing.
The final washup showed that the Saints listen and follow instructions, can stick to a game plan and use their pace and can move the ball swiftly when running in numbers.
The scoreline doesn’t give the backline enough credit as the Renegades were scoreless for the entire game yet the girls from Brunswick were very competitive as any of the many spectators would agree.
Maybe a bit of kicking practice for the forwards this week but a thoroughly deserved win.
SKOB Saints 8.15. 63 - Brunswick Renegades 0.0. 0
There is a lot we can take away from this game. We played three quarters of great pressure football but learnt quickly that three quarters doesn’t win you a game. Sth Melb. Came at us in the last quarter and we struggled to halt their momentum.
Even though they had some great rucks and got most of the hitouts our midfield of Snell, Britt and the gluepot warrior, Georgia Fink, gave us first use of the ball. For the third week in a row our backline stood strong with Zago, Mads, Esther, Aims, Micky W and Emm V repelling attacks and providing great run into the forward half. Up forward Patto, Nic and BA looked dangerous and we put in a really strong third quarter but didn’t capitalise on all our opportunities. Our forward line pressure was really good keeping the ball in our 50. We tackled, we smothered, we locked the ball in for long periods of time.
We took the pressure off in the last quarter and Sth Melb got a quick couple of goals and really got all the momentum. Emm V, Mads, Snell and Fink all ran themselves into the ground and we struggled to get the ball into our forward half. Esther was rock solid in that last quarter winning a number of one on one battles deep in defence which went a long way to helping us share the points in the end.
Overall I couldn’t have been prouder of the group and how we got ourselves into a winning position. This draw should give us the fire to go and take that next step and to find that extra energy to go for the full four quarters. If we can do that then more of these close games will go our way.
That is the end of the grading games so we will need to wait until Thursday to find out our next opponents. See you all on the training track on Tuesday.
SKOB Saints 3.8. 26 drew with South Melbourne Districts 3.8.26
Best: Zago, Fink, Snell, Esther, Mads and Emm V
PREMIER THIRDS GOLD
Round 3 brought about our most anticipated match of the season as we took on 2016 Premiers Old Xaverians Red. What we knew was going to be a fast paced match with a lot of heat was evident from the first bounce.
The opening quarter was similar to a first round of a boxing match with both opponents sizing each other up, a lot of stoppages, hard tackling and a lot of forward surging in packs. It was a hot footy with no team gaining any real ascendency and it was reflected in the scoreboard with Old Xavs going up in the first break by a point.
The second quarter started similar to the first. Unfortunately for SKOB, similar to round it was a 10 minute lapse that would hurt us the most into the second quarter, where we let our guard down and allowed Old Xavs to get a jump on us. If we are to play Premier football we need to make sure we don’t allow this, as ultimately this would cost us the match. This lapse allowed the opposition to go in at the main break by 4 goals.
The third quarter SKOB got back into the game. With most of the possession in the quarter, we were wasteful in front of goals and failed to convert the multiple opportunities we were given, not giving ourselves an opportunity to get back into the lead.
During the last quarter we pegged the deficit to only 12 points at one stage and had majority of the momentum, but our 10 minute lack of concentration came back and bit us as our fight back wasn’t enough. Having used all our petrol tickets Old Xavs kicked away right at the end to push the winning margin out to 5 goals, Xavier proving to be the better team on the day.
We now set our focus to Old Melbourne at Sportscover arena this Saturday.
THE SKOB Social Calendar is choc-a-block - so please make note of these important event dates in your diaries:
Round 5 Luncheon
Our next SKOB Luncheon is on Saturday May 13th as we take on old foe Old Xaverians.
At this point in the season, both teams remain undefeated (along with Collegians) in what has been an excellent start to the William Buck Premier season.
We encourage all SKOBBERS and Weeping Willow members to attend (remember that Weeping Willow 500 C;ub and SKOB in Business members - your ticket is included in your membership) as we celebrate those players that represented the Club between 1967 - 1976.
Tables will go quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
May Day Cocktail Party
One of SKOB's favorite nights is the May Day Cocktail Party, that right - the May Day Cocktail Party.
Held on Saturday May 27th at the Emerson Rooftop, SKOBBERS young and old will dance the night away.
Tickets are $75 and included Beer, Wine, Champagne and nibbles from 7:30pm to 11pm.
We encourage all players to bring their partners, family and friends to what is always a sensational night.
SKOB Business Breakfast
Save the Date alert to all Sponsors and Business Willows members
As a thank you to all our valued sponsors and Business Willow members we are holding a business breakfast at Stockland Tooronga.
Date: 21 June 2017
Come along and meet a variety of SKOB leaders, coaches, players, fellow sponsors and business people.
The breakfast will be followed by a tour of the new St Kevin’s College Sports facility. This will be a great opportunity to get a first look at this transformative development and understand the complexity of the project and what it will provide to future generations of Kevinians.
PS. You need to be a sponsor or join Business Willows to get an invite!
Not a member yet, please see John Paul Whitbread or Daniel Kennedy on Saturday or pop down on Thursday Night training, say hello and enjoy a beer or two.
Another SKOB favorite is the 10K Raffle, which will be held on Sunday July 30th at the Glenferrie Hotel.
Tickets will be provided to players shortly to sell and available online for purchase.
Further details to come.