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Round 6 Review

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The St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club is committed to providing a friendly, constructive and inclusive environment for its members and places great value on fairness, sportsmanship, safety and socially acceptable behavior. The Code of Conduct is intended to reflect those values, as well as providing a clear set of expectations and behaviours for all Club Members.

Following on from Saturday night's match, this serves as a timely reminder of the behavioural expectations of all involved at the Football Club.

We encourage you all, whether that be as a player, parent, sponsor, Weeping Willow, past player, volunteer, coach or committee person to please respect the code and continue to enjoy the atmosphere, camaraderie and sense of the belonging that the St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club provides. 

Please take a moment to read the Club's Code of Conduct, which is attached below.

Also the committee has agreed unanimously to form an ethics subcommittee which will be independent of the committee who will deal with breaches of the code and will be handing out sanctions or mediation where required 

There will be further information to follow regarding the ethics Sub Committee in upcoming newsletters.


St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club Code of Conduct.pdf


Collegians proved too strong in the top of the table clash on Saturday night. Collegians led from start to finish, with a blistering seven goal second term giving the home side a commanding lead at the main break. SKOB showed some resistance and fight in the third term, but Collegians continued to hit the scoreboard and in end the final term it become a rout, with a six goal to one final quarter.  Collegians continue its unbeated run in 2017 with a 90 point win.

For SKOB, Henry Parkes was the sides only multiple goal kicker, with Jok, Kanakis and Cricthley named the sides best. 

There was better news across the grades, our two womens teams had tremendous wins, the Reserves defeated Collegians with Shaun Kennedy booting four, our 19's side recent dominance continued over Old Xavs and both our Premier Thirds chalked up wins. 


What just happened in William Buck Premier?

After the Round 5 blockbuster between St Kevin’s and Old Xaverians – a match several doyens of Amateur football rated as one of the greatest ever – the Collegians-SKOB clash was meant to be the worthy successor.

Both were undefeated, coming off their most important victories for the year and had star players across the board; namely, their vastly different but ever-impressive off-season recruits.

What unfolded under lights at Harry Trott was not expected, nor was it one bit reminiscent of the pre-game hype as Collegians dismantled SKOB by 90 points.

The Lions’ game plan was executed perfectly as they increased an eight-point lead at the first break to 52 by the half via seven unanswered goals. Their increased speed through the midfield and offensive intent is the key element to their early success, with the maintenance of their elite defensive structures the backbone of their game plan. Lachie Ferguson kicked six goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Kenny Ong and Viv Michie offered Alex Croft et al precision delivery throughout the entire match with a further 10 goals to four in the second half showcasing the Lions’ dominance.

Michael Sholly speaks about the mental side of football in this week’s editorial and elements of that aspect of the game certainly played out in Round 6. Coaches break seasons into blocks in a bid to maintain the arousal levels and motivation of their players. While Collegians may have set themselves to play the ‘final’ game of their most recent block against SKOB and use it as a true test of where they are currently situated, it is abundantly clear SKOB did the same thing last week against Old Xaverians (and vice-versa). As such, they failed to fire a shot and fell to their first loss of the year.

Michael Di Natale, Cal Matheson, Connor Ross, Kel Williams and Chris Gleeson each missed after playing important roles against Xavs, with their losses compounding the mental exhaustion already experienced by the playing group. In comparison, the Lions entered the match with three changes of their own (no Will Johnson and Matt Jenkinson strengthens their defensive prowess argument), but welcomed back Matt Singleton and Trent Zimbachs.

From the VAFA website - Nick Armistead

There were upsets in Premier division too, with competition heavyweights St Kevin’s and Old Xaverians going down by big margins.

St Kevin’s was fancied to beat Collegians in a blockbuster under lights at Harry Trott Oval in St Kilda on Saturday. But after a close opening quarter, the Lions won 21.14 (140) to 7.7 (49).

SKOBs coach Shannon Grant said defenders Tom Jok, Sam Critchley and Mitch Brown fought hard but his team lacked contributors in the forward line.

“We realise we still have a fair bit of work to do. We got jumped early and we were never really in the game,” he said. “It was a really hard night at the office.”

Phil Skeggs, Progress Leader



The St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club congratulates Katherine Viti who was named the Anytime Fitness Women’s Rising Star nominee on the back of another tremendous performance on Saturday.

Katherine started playing for SKOB in its inaugural season last year in the Victorian Women's Football League. 

According to Coach Pat, Kathrine plays a lot like Jack Silvagni of Carlton, due to her ability to play as a high forward and take a big grab even though she isn't the tallest girl in the team. Another attribute they share is their accuracy in front of goals.

Katherine is vocal out on the field and that is vitally important in a team game and with a side that is relatively inexperienced.

Off the field, she is forever smiling, and one that is not shy in coming forward with ideas on how the team can improve on and off the field (another admirable trait).

The club is lucky to have Katherine in SKOB colors and we look forward to seeing her football improve throughout the season.



The SKOB Saints were never going to take on top of the table Old Trinity lightly. With the SKOB Saints 2’s playing before the Premier girls, it was a no-brainer that the atmosphere was all pointing to a great day for the Saints.

The Saints twos were awesome and with a solid win paved the way for the 1 pm game. Trinity were tall and we soon found out that they were good at ground level. The Saints starting to dig deep. Cameron goaled from nearly the boundary line and set the Saints in motion.

The game started to get physical and when Hynes and “Breezer” Doyle copped some massive hits only to find them bounce straight back and show no pain - extremely courageous by both girls. Lizzy Wardlaw went down with a strained knee we were down to 5 on the bench. “Superboot” Cropley was racking up the clearances and Captain “Fantastic” Dunnell leading from the front. But it was inspiring runs by McLinden and skills of Kat “get out of my way” Viti that gave the Saints the momentum to go into the last quarter.


Izzy “The Whizz” off half back, Eliza “Catch me if you can” Straford through the centre and even Joycey’s Banana goal that steadied the ship and started to set up the win. Coach Di Natale was a nervous wreck in the last quarter as we were about to call for the defibrillator to get his heart rate back to normal.

It was fantastic to see a good solid crowd and support for both teams at Basil Reserve. But on the weekend the Skob Saints came of age as they learnt how to fight, hang on a preserve a lead. A fantastic team effort.

Big kudos to the back line who for weeks now have held up and got better as the game went on. Saints have another tough game in Caulfield at 9.20am next Sat at the Glenhuntly oval. #skobsaintsrock

Final Scores

SKOB Saints 7.11.53 def Trinity 4.8.32


We came out full of running from the first bounce and locked the ball in our forward line for most of the first half. Our pressure across the ground forced plenty of turnovers and our pace outside the packs proved too good for Brunswick. Disciplined defensive structures provided the forwards plenty of opportunities and we took some but not all. We will need to lift against more skilled opposition.

Issie Jep, Steph, El Wedge, Eb and V were great across the midfield and read the play well forming a wall once the ball got in our forward arc. Nic, Schultzy, BA and Patto (in the second half) were again dangerous as Brunswick tried to clog up our forward line with very defensive play. The defence weren’t called into action often but when they were challenged LM, Chlo, AJ and Snell all provided cool heads repelling their attacks and finding space for us to run into.

We did really well getting the ball out of packs and into space with quick hard handballs and having a target on the outside. Our shepherding was better as we created space for the ball carrier to get a decent kick away. We got better and getting down to pick up the ball but there is still room for improvement. We can’t allow stronger opposition to take possession of the ball and for us to hope our tackling skills will win the contest. We need to get to the ball first.

We didn’t make the most of our opportunities up forward. In the second half we missed a number of easy opportunities around goal and only kicked 2 goals 9 behinds. Again, against more skilful opposition we may not get as many chances.

Overall, a really good win which moves us to third on the ladder and boosts our percentage. Looking forward to building on this game and lifting up a level next week.

See you all out on the track on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

Final Scores: SKOB Saints 10.16.76 def Brunswick Renegades 0.00

GO Saints!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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