Saints go marching into the Grand Final
SKOB Saints go marching in!
SKOB Saints continued their dominant form into finals with a 39-point win against Fitzroy-ACU at Basil St Reserve. A big second quarter of three unanswered goals saw the Saints take control of the game, with Georgia Lupson making an impact and kicking two goals for the game. Jessica Joyce continued her stunning recent form with a BOG performance for the Saints, while Lauren Atkinson was a real standout for the Roy Girls. SKOB proceed straight into the grand final, while it isn’t over for Fitzroy as they hope to bounce back in next weekend’s preliminary.
A fourth quarter comeback at Basil St Reserve saw SKOB Saints (2) defeat Swinburne University AFC by 7 points. After a scoreless first quarter and trailing in the second and third, a courageous and determined Saints side outscored their opponent by one goal to take home the win. Amy Chisholm led the fourth-term charge for the Saints as they now progress to the prelims where they are set to face South Melbourne Districts.
SKOB Saints Premier go straight to the Grand Final
It’s hard not to be inspired by this awesome group of girls. Week in, week out they put out and get the job done. Their consistency is uncanny. This week we were up against Fitzroy who finished only one game behind the Saints and looked like Skobs biggest threat,
The tone was set when the girls watched the ressies get up by 7 points kicking into the wind in the last quarter. In the last 11 games the Roys averaged 43 points per game while the Saints averaged 67. This gave the Saints the confidence they needed to back themselves. It was important that the Saints get off to a great start and kicking with the wind in the first quarter proved tougher than you think. It took 10 mins to kick our first goal with Sez Cameron judging the wind perfectly.
As the game unfolded it soon became obvious that against the wind was the scoring end - Go figure. In fact six out of the seven goals kicked for the day were against the wind. The Roy girls had the Vic state team ruckman but our lethal combination of Ali Hynes and Brownie showed they were more than capable of being up to the task and won many of the tapouts.
Fitzroy scored their one and only goal against the wind in the first quarter. Eliza Straford’s roving was exceptional as she has great acceleration to clear herself of trouble and was backed up by Breezer Doyle who never gives up and you’ll often find her at the bottom of most packs.
The Saints were able to put that much pressure on the Roy girls that when Fitzroy had the wind the ball barely got passed their half forward line. So both quarters they had the wind they were scoreless. McLinden, Wedgewood and the Viti sisters all stood up in the semi final. Another great sign is that we had 5 goal kickers and 16 scoring shots to 1. A great team effort. The coaching staff praised the efforts of all 24 girls who played on the weekend and don’t lose site of the other 15 girls who also contributed during the season for the Saints.
A big shout out to Georgie “Jesse Hogan” Lupson who has kicked over 30 goals this season to win the competition goal kicking. Sarah Cameron was also was up around the 30 mark as well.
SKOB Saints now go straight into the Women's Premier League Grand Final on August 20th at Sportscover arena at 2pm. They will play either Fitzroy again or Marcellin. Either way you can guarantee that the Saints will be ready and waiting.
SKOB Saints 6.10. 46 to Fitzroy 1.0. 6
Goal Kickers: G. Lupson 2, E. Wedgwood, G. Cropley, S. Cameron, H. Gaffey
Best Players: J. Joyce, A. Hynes, E. Straford, E. Wedgwood, E. McLinden, G. Cropley
SKOB Saints (2) advance to the Prelim
Up against a team we had yet to defeat and who were coming off a 100+ win the previous week, we knew it was going to be tough. Kicking with the wind in the first quarter we just couldn’t take our opportunities as Swinburne were able to stop our run and carry and the game became a real arm wrestle as we surged forward only for Swinburne to repel our attack. In the second quarter Swinburne started to get on top and used the wind very effectively and kicked the first two goals of the game. We dug in deep and Sarah snapped a vital goal just before half time to keep us in the game.
Aims and Zaags led the way across half back and had great support from the General, Chloe Hunt, along with Morgan, AJ, Snell, Ceel and Loren all rotating through the backline. A few changes at half time saw LM and Mads move into the forward line to give us that extra bite. LM’s fantastic run down from behind tackle on a Swinburne defender and subsequent goal from 35 out on the boundary gave us that spark we needed. We were right back in the game as the midfield of Eb, Britt and V started to get on top.
Swinburne had the wind in the last quarter but were unable to make use of it as our swarming tackling and hunting for the ball wore them down. Even when we were two down on the bench as Steph (thumb) and V (knew) were done for the day, we did not give up. The ball stayed deep in our forward line for the majority of the quarter and Patto brought the icing for our semi final cake with a very nice set shot from 30 out on a slight angle. Swinburne had simply run out of steam and had no options trying to get the ball moving forward.
For our runners, it was very hard to find any space to kick long but through some great shepherding we were able to find just enough to get the ball moving. Our chase of the loose ball was fantastic and gave us first use more often as the game went on. We ran in 2’s and 3’s which meant we could stop the Swinburne run and also use quick hands to clear the ball.
I was so immensely proud of how we lived up to our standards throughout the day:
Belief – we maintained that inner belief even when Swinburne were on top and scoring looked hard
United – we hunted in packs to get possession
Disciplined – we held our structure and made it very hard for Swinburne to attack
Selfless – we all played our roles and really tried to take every opportunity that came our way
The dream is still alive as we take on South Melbourne for a ticket to the big dance.
SKOB Saints (2) 3.3.21 def Swinburne 2.2.14
Goal Kickers: 1 S Minahan, 1 C Lloyd-McDougall, 1 M Pattison
Best Players: A Chisholm, S Zago, E Davies, C Lloyd McDougall, S Minahan, B Croagh
Preliminary Final Details
Saturday August 12th
Women's D4 - Preliminary Final
South Melbourne v SKOB Saints
Blll Lawry Oval - 9:30am