Round One is here!
Finally, after a long and arduous pre-season that's seen the appointment of a new Senior Coach, addition of a second women's team and plenty of blood, sweat & tears behind the scenes, the footy is back this weekend!
It's a significant year for the St Kevin's Old Boys as we celebrate our 70th Year. In 2017, SKOB will
- field 10 Teams
- allow 250+ players to participate each week
- become the biggest Senior Club in the Country
It takes a lot of tireless work from a great number of people, and i'd like to acknowledge the tremendous work our committee and volunteers put in prior to the commencement of the season. We still require volunteers on game day, so please put your hand up and don't leave it up to others.
I encourage you also to come down to the King on Thursday night for selection, dinner and a few beers.
That's all from me, but please remember we have our Double Header luncheons this weekend. I'd like to see the King Rooms packed on Saturday & Sunday, so please get your payments in.
New look Seniors too tackle Uni Blues
SKOB will tackle Uni Blues in Round One in the 2017 William Buck Premier Season at home first up. The Blues finished second in the 2016 home and away season but loses to Trinity and Old Xavs saw their Premiership ambitions evaporate.
It's been a long pre-season for the SKOB Senior Squad with new coach Shannon Grant looking forward to clash this weekend.
"Our practice match form has been ok and the boys have adjusted well to a new game plan and voices (Jess, Wiillow and Guy). It's been well documented that we've brought in some AFL experience into the side and welcomed back a number of VFL based players that cut their teeth at St Kevin's College. It's also fantastic that we have had players that impressed last year given the opportunity to experience football at a higher level with Richmond's VFL team (Ginies, Holden).
Our 19's making the step up to Senior footy this year have impressed on the training track and I imagine that many will feature in the 2pm game throughout the season.
The boys are focused and keen on putting their best foot forward on Saturday and start the season on a winning note. Looking at the competition from afar, Uni Blues have been a formidable side over a long period in the Premier Division, so we'll need to be at our best on Saturday.
I'm looking forward to the contest and seeing what our guys can produce".
William Buck Season Preview
VAFA's Nick Armistead has penned his William Buck Season Preview and he has tipped SKOB to sneak into fourth position, with Old Xav's to take out the Premiership.
Read his thoughts on SKOB below:
Nothing interests me more than the prospect of Jay Shulz, Mitch Brown and Mark Jamar lining up for St Kevin’s and adapting to the fast-paced nature of VAFA football. Are they the difference between eighth on the ladder and a finals berth? Quite possibly.
As previously mentioned, SKOB were the recruitment kings of the off-season as they bolstered their stocks following an eighth-place finish in 2016. Will Coates to Richmond VFL is a big loss as his ability to act as a utility at either end was a standout of SKOB’s 2016 campaign, but they regain the fulltime services of Nick Wood. While their ground speed may be down compared to fellow top four aspirants, new coach Shannon Grant will, without doubt, have the strongest spine in William Buck Premier to work with alongside a host of talented youngsters who took out both the U19 Premier and U19 Premier Reserve flags last year.
Read the full season preview here.
Round One Fixtures
Saturday April 8th
Seniors & Reserves
SKOB v Uni Blues
SKOB Gold v Old Xavs Black
TH King - 9:20am
Collegians v SKOB Green
Harry Trott Oval - 11:40am
SKOB Saints (Grading)
Saints v Old Brighton
Basil Street Reserve - 11:40am
Under 19's Premier
De La Salle v SKOB
Waverley Oval - 2pm
Under 19 Reserve
De La Salle v SKOB
Waverley Oval - 11:40am
Under 19 (3)
Old Xavs v SKOB
Stradbrole Park, Kew 9:20am
Sunday April 9th
SKOB Saints Premier
SKOB v Ajax
TH King - 11:15am
SKOB v De La Salle
TH King - 2:45pm
Round One Luncheons
There are limited spots available for our Round One luncheons on both Saturday & Sunday.
It's a massive weekend for the Club with the King hosting five matches, so we encourage all parand Weeping Willow members to get along to the luncheon and support our teams in action.
Booking your place and/or table of 10 is easy and can be completed online with a few clicks.
Weeping Willow cost is $35 and regular bookings are $50.
Saints ready to shine
Like SKOB's Senior & Under 19 teams, the Saints will look to hit the ground running after engaging in a tough pre-season period. With three practice matches under their belts, the Saints are looking forward to making an early impression in the VAFA's new women's competition.
SKOB will field two sides in 2017, the popularity and exposure of the newly formed AFL Women's league inspiring a new wave of footballers interested in represented the Blue, Gold & Green.
Numbers on the track, at the pre-season camp at Sorrento and the enthusiasm among the group has been tremendous and is just reward for the tireless work that's been put in behind the scenes by coach Pat Di Natale, Michael Doble and the Committee.
We must give a very warm welcome to Lachlan Worthy who joins the Club as our Saints (2) coach.
Lachlan joins St Kevin's with an impressive football resume, with tremendous experience in establishing and developing Women’s AFL teams. He was the inaugural coach of Sydney University, a foundation club in the Sydney Women’s AFL competition (SWAFL). Lachlan led the club to two premierships (2001 and 2007) and Grand Final in 2000 (where we lost in double extra time).
Lachlan also coached the NSW State Women’s AFL team in three National Championships finishing second to Victoria in both 2000 and 2002.
Lachlan is looking forward to the challenge of coaching the Saints in 2017.
"My first impressions of SKOB Saints was wow! I was initially blown away by the spirit and camaraderie shown by the girls on their Boot Camp a few weeks ago. The energy and determination shown from the first drill through to the last showed to me that this team meant business. That spirit transferred on to the footy field last week as the Saints took part in the VAFA Lightning Premiership and finished with a respectable 1 win 2 loss record. I can't wait for the season to start and am really looking forward to being a part of the girls footy journey.
A very timely reminder for all players to ensure they have organised their health insurance cover for the 2017 season. A couple of Saints required trips to the hospital - a broken wrist and nose in one day!
All players should have health insurance cover in place before next weekend.
We wish our injured Saints a speedy recovery.
My Active Life - School Holiday Program
Join SKOBBER's Mark Jamar & Jay Schulz these school holidays!
Registrations are now OPEN for our first school holiday program. Register by Monday 3rd April for your child to have a great time being active these school holidays!
Head to www.myactivelife.melbourne to register.
WHEN AND WHERE
Monday 10th of April – Wednesday 12th of April
TH King Oval and Pavilion in Glen Iris (High Street)
9am to 5pm
Activities will run between 9:30 and 3pm, with supervision until 5 pm for those parents who need a bit more time to leave work to pick up the kids!
Your child can arrive anytime between 8:30am and 9:15am, We will be there!
Parents are welcome to stay for the introduction and guest speaker.
Included are all types of ball games and sports including football, tee-ball, cricket, soccer, athletics, strength and conditioning.
Workshops will also be running including nutrition, social and emotional wellbeing, yoga, drug and alcohol awareness (13+) and hero inspirational videos. Plus guest speakers and question and answer time, giving them the chance to interview the stars! The final day will see a number of competitions where all students are involved in activities of their choice. Whether its longest kick, or the nutritional expert, its a fun day for all involved!