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Round 4 Review - SKOB remain unbeaten

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St Kevin’s leapfrogged Collegians to take top spot on the William Buck Premier ladder with a comprehensive 84-point victory over Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. SKOB held the Sharks to just two goals by the half time break, while sending through 8.12 of their own for a 48-point lead. Despite the Sharks more than tripling their score by game’s end, SKOB proved too powerful as their defensive pressure on the ball carrier was again a highlight. Henry Parkes (four) and Zach Ginies (four) combined for eight as Ginies continued his goal kicking form after bagging five last week. Connor Ross provided great run and carry for SKOB alongside standout performances from Gerard Gleeson and Nick Wood.

Our Saints teams were both victorious whilst our Masters notched up its first victory of the season with a sterling performance against Brunswick. Make sure you check out Mako's comprehensive match report below. 



SKOB won their 4th game of the 2017 season, and moved to the top of the Premier A ladder with a comprehensive victory over Beaumaris.

The game started in cold wet and blustery conditions, with Beaumaris having the advantage of a strong wind in the first quarter.

Despite this, SKOB controlled the Qtr with a mixture of excellent ground play, fast flow on football, and a noticeable dominance with overhead marking. Our on ball group were excellent, Nick Wood, Cal Mathieson, Gerard Gleeson and Lachlan Sullivan creating numerous opportunities for the side. A late goal to Beaumaris keeping them in the contest and a little bit of momentum heading into the second term.

The strong wind abated at the start of the second, but it didn't stop SKOB from dominating the quarter scoring five goals from 13 scoring shots to a single goal for Beaumaris. 

The third Quarter saw SKOB continue their dominance. Controlling the ruck, clearances and a strong back six keeping the Sharks at bay. Some occasional individual brilliance and great team football saw SKOB slam home seven majors for the quarter.

With the result beyond doubt, the 4th Quarter was a dour struggle, lightened to some extent by the entertaining exhibition of forward play, fast leading, strong marking, sharp turning and innovative disposal from the big Russian Mark Jamar (who finished with two goals for the match)

The large Beaumaris oval was beginning to take it’s toll on weary legs, and both sides were no doubt glad to hear the siren at the 28 minute mark.

Every SKOB player played a role in this well deserved win. Zach Ginies and Henry Parkes leading the way up forward with four goals apiece. 

Final Scores
SKOB 18.19. 127 def Beaumaris 6.7. 43

Goal Kickers: Z. Ginies 4, H. Parkes 4, M. Jamar 2, S. Critchley 2, N. Wood, B. Kanakis, B. Dowd, M. Murphy, G. Gleeson, S. Barnett
Best Players: C. Ross, G. Gleeson, N. Wood, J. Strauss, H. Parkes, J. Holden


Because of the gradings it turns out the Skob Saints played Fitzroy just two weeks after we played them under lights at Vic Park for a 20 point loss. The Skob Saints took a lot out of that game and the coaching staff did as well. We were determined it wasn’t going to happen again.

Led by Captain Scarlett “I don’t care if I lose my voice”Dunell, the Saints were pumped and kicked the opening goal which literally set up the game. The rain started and the Saints adapted to wet weather footy by kicking it off the ground, moving it on at all costs and running in numbers. Fitzroy playing a numbers back game and with their long kicking were always threatening the Saints. After half time coach Di Natale pleaded with the saints to go to the top side. When Griffin kicked long to our half forward line on the top side Cameron swooped in and kicked a pearler from the boundary.

The Saints were relentless with their tackling and managed to dispossess so many forward efforts from Fitzroy. So much so, that I don’t think some of our girls were rewarded for textbook tackles which forced Fitzroy to literally drop the ball. Many of our girls were getting very close attention but that didn’t stop the likes of “Breezer” Doyal, Georgia “thumping kick” Cropley and Eliza” Catch me if you can” Straford who dominated the midfield.

Once again our backline stood strong, continually repelling Fitzroys efforts to move forward. Loz “nothing gets passed me” Cosson stopped at least 5 forward thrusts from Fitzroy. A great individual effort from Sarah Cameron at half forward and the Saints have had 39 scoring shots in the last two weeks. To have control of the ball in virtually 75% of the game was amazing considering the result we had 2 weeks prior.

Congrats to both Saints teams on their wins and the next game is next Sunday against Melb Uni at 2pm.

Also, fantastic news during the week as the draw was released with the 2 Saints teams having several double headers at Basil St - Home of the Skob Saints.


Final Scores

SKOB Saints 6.10. 46 def Fitzroy 3.4. 22


What a great way to open our account in Division 4. We came out and played great team football and came away with the four points. This time we didn’t ease up at ¾ time and kept the pressure on Canterbury the whole game and keeping them goalless. It really was a great team performance and something we can use as a platform for really shaking things up this season in Division 4.

Our backline unit of Snell, Aims, Chlo, AJ and Morgs was incredibly tight and worked really well together to close down any space Centerbury had and at the same time played smart footy clearing the ball along the boundary. Our midfield brigade of Eb, Wedge and Britt along with really hard running from our wings in Loren, Claire, Charley and Millie helped get the ball out of the backline and into space in our forward line where Patto, BA, Steph and Nic were all looking dangerous. We were unlucky not to finish further in front as we hit the post and missed a few gettable shots.

I was really impressed with our attack on the ball and hard, disciplined tackling we applied to the Canterbury team. We gave them very little time to use the ball and when they did our pressure forced turnovers. There were lots of individual highlights this week including Claire’s efforts in the back pocket followed 30 seconds later by almost scoring in the forward pocket, Charley’s running bounces off the half backline and through the middle and El Wedge’s left foot crumbing goal in the second quarter.

There are still some areas we need to work on, including making sure all players are accounted for at stoppages, getting first possession from the centre clearances and stronger hands in marking contests. We will continue to work on these during the week.

Wins like this make team selection very difficult and with all players really lifting this week, it will be a challenge to get back into this team.

Go Saints!!!!!!

Final Scores:

SKOB Saints (2) 4.11. 35 def Canterbury 0.9. 9

Goals: Aldridge, Wedgewood, Steph Augustes, Ebony

Best: Wedge, Ebony, Chlo, Snell, AJ, Claire, Aims


The birds were chirping and the hipsters were circling as the SKOB Masters attempted to get their season back on track taking on Brunswick in Parkville. Frank “The Tank” Marchesani had the rooms sorted and had the orange suds ready with a party mix for half time. ROCKOCLOCK Ryan gave the chargers a boot up and the team was ready to get the driving wheels in motion with DJ Mak Attack’s Spotify playlist getting the lads ready to roll. The great one was attending the Cavill Avenue 2.30pm Zumba class with Gary Ablett so he couldn’t make the VC stream on skoblife.com but he really loves his Zumba....and who doesn’t.

SKOB won the toss and were kicking to the Sydney Road end. You could smell the kebabs and the team was HUNGRY. The first quarter was full of bumps and thumps and quickly SKOB asserted their dominance with Ben “Sukos” Marchesani getting plenty of the pill and being ably supported by Luke “Cement Head” Benton. SKOB was ON! The backline was waxing lyrically with Strauss Meats, Shark #21 Libba and Nick “SKOB Josh Gibson” controlling the communication and flow out of the backline. The forward line was getting great delivery from Razor Ray Short’s tap work and Grating Cheese Rig Shutdown Sheehy was pumping the footy into the forward 50 like he pumps those delicious pipes of his. The forward line was alive with Rockin’ Robin Bowles up and about just like his glory days at Inflation nightclub, his personal favourite song was Mariah Carey Fantasy and it was a SKOB Fantasy seeing Bowles running like the jet of his glory years. The margin was a 3-goal lead and Brunswick held scoreless at quarter time.
SKOB Masters 2.6 to Brunswick 0.0

The second quarter was pivotal in setting up the game. Win the quarter against the breeze and SOC “More Heart” Beast mode would give us a thumb’s up for a great result. And boy did we apply ourselves, the SKOB Masters scribe was viewing the heart and commitment by all players. Leonards House of Love Mulgrew was putting his body on the line as was his other Class of 2000 counterpart Stone Roses Estonia Stonehouse. Paul Kelly Mulgrew and Ken #27 would be very proud of their apples! The backline was rock solid led by the Braddilnator, a cyber human sent back in time to shore up the backline, the man is part human, part rig, part machine but all heart and courage. He had the run and flow next to him in Joel “Adam” Goddes, a great recruit and lovely fella providing plenty of dash. Up forward SKOB were getting a focal target in “Board Game” Conquest, who had “Aussie Puopolo” Marchesani lapping up the crumbs like he was at Nonna’s place on a Thursday night. Half time score read SKOB Masters by 17pts.
SKOB Masters 4.8 to Narre Warren Supers 2.3

At half time the SKOB Masters posse took stock with Frank The Tank’s orange cordial washed down with a party mix and the SKOB party was in Brunswick town ready to lay down some hard, uncompromising tracks in the second half. Physio Nat had the lads feeling good and we were prepared to take it to Brunswick in the second stanza. ROCK O’CLOCK Ryan implored the troops to go down the middle and make the most of the wind in the premiership quarter and the SKOB Masters listened as all men over 35 do and off we went.

The third quarter was delicious footy. Leonard and Potatoes Ireland were getting an armchair ride from Razor’s work in the ruck. The packs were balanced and Cement Head’s tackling was a highlight as was some great marking from Board Game up forward. Ben Altis the Corolla 2017 model was providing another target and Mac Attack McMillan was swallowing any high balls up forward. Young Jacob and Oliver were loving seeing their dad recreate Warwick Capper with the aerial show! Chich “Parmagiana” Campagna was in and amongst the packs and his smother, tackle then bump on the wing brought a tear to Rock’s eyes. Or it may have been the elbow to the throat of the Shark and his abuse of Bobby Booshe for a water to clear his throat. Either way SKOB were on and the 3rd quarter siren saw us 6 goals up heading into the last quarter against the breeze.
SKOB Masters 7.10 to Narre Warren Supers 2.4

The last quarter was the cream on this sponge cake of a game. That is a hard cement sponge full of awesomeness. Lenny was zipping through the flanks and JFK Kennedy was giving us the grunt through the middle. Board Game, Mac Attack and Altis were swallowing everything coming their way and Grating Cheese Rig was mopping up the backline with Braddilnator duking everything down back. It was SKOB Showtime and SKOB eyes were all smiling in Parkville. Cement Head had laid down the foundations and the team danced on the McAllister oval with pride, passion and great teamwork with fluid ball movement and LOADS OF COMMUNICATION. End result was a 70-point win to the green, gold & blue.
Thanks to all the support and the players that played. Our season is back on track and HOW GOOD WAS THAT WIN!!

Final Scores:
SKOB Masters 13.14.92 def Brunswick 3.4.22

Goal kickers: Peter Conquest 4, Ben Altis 3, Tom McMillan 2, Nick Marchesani, Ben Marchesani, Robin Bowles, Luke Benton.
Best Players: Michael Mulgrew, Peter Conquest, David Sheehy, Matt Stonehouse, Ray Short, Luke Benton.

The SKOB Masters Scribe AKA Shark!!!


Saturday brought about our first late start for the season when we took on old foes Old Melburnians out in Caulfield.

We were very keen to rebound after a disappointing round 3, and getting the advantage of the wind in the first quarter resulted in a good start for us. Killer Gambaro was on early as was Chris McPherson, slotting in 4 goals through the quarter to give us the early lead.

OMs got back into the game in the second quarter, thanks to some sloppy defensive work by SKOB. In what now became a bit of an arm wrestle we went in at the main break with only a 2 goal margin, and we were lucky it was that with OMs inaccurate kicking.

After some realistic feedback after our first half, our second half was our best to date. We hit our aim of shutting out OMs for the quarter as well as kicking 5 of our own in the third, and against the wind and now present rain, piled on another 3 to run out victors by 9 goals, a great feat considering our poor opening form. Killer Gambaro ended the match with 5 classy goals.

We now set our sights on the upcoming SKOB Showdown where we take on the youngsters of the thirds squad for bragging rights for the next few months.


A reminder that the O'Donoghues First National Luncheon this weekend for our top of the table clash with Old Xav's is sell out. 


A note to all players, officials and supporters that the 2007 Reserves side will be celebrating it's 10 Year Premiership win on Saturday September 2nd at TH King.  The Seniors will be taking on Uni Blacks. More information about the get together will be made available shortly.  Keep a look out for the event on Facebook.


We would dearly love for some scribes to pen some match reports for our Under 19 sides. If interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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