SKOB consolidates at the top of Premier
St Kevin’s proved too strong for Old Xaverians earlier today as they ran out 15-point winners at Xavier College. Gerard Gleeson gave his strongest performance in 2017 as he starred throughout the full four quarters, winning contested ball and finishing with two goals. Sam Critchley impressed for SKOB, while Jay Schulz ended up with three majors. It was the second time SKOB have defeated Xavs this year as they strengthened their position atop the ladder.
Former skipper Ben Dowd was amongst SKOB's best in game number 200.
SKOB Saints (1 & 2) reaffirmed their positions at the top with comprehensive wins on Saturday. Saints (1) defeated Old Xaverians at Xavier College by 39 points whilst the Saints (2) were big winners over Fitzroy (2) at Basil Street Reserve.
Honours were even in the Thirds clashes with Xavs. The Gold team winning a thriller by six points and the Green team going down by 11 points.
The Under 19 Premier side continued its recent dominance over Xavs, leading from start to finish to run out 23 point winners. The win moves SKOB into third place. St Kevin's (2) enjoyed a 83 point win over Xav's, Ben Pearce the star up forward with 6 goals. That's 25 goals in nine matches for the youngster.
This week the boys head back to school - taking on Collegians on the hallowed St Kevin's College turf for Foundation Day. We look forward to seeing SKOBBERS across all playing era's at the College on Saturday.
VAFA: Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s gets over James McDonald’s Old Xaverians
St Kevin’s consolidated top spot in Premier after a 15-point win over reigning premiers Old Xaverians at Xavier College on Saturday.
Midway through the opening quarter, SKOBs slammed on three goals in nine minutes to take a seven-point lead by the first change.
While goals came at a premium in the second term, SKOBs extended the margin to 12 points after late goals from Mitchell Brown and James Strauss.
The game opened up in the third term with both sides kicking six goals.
Tim Golds booted two to get Xavs within a point late in the quarter though the margin was back out to 15 points by three-quarter time.
St Kevin’s dictated play for 10 minutes early in the final term to blow the game open before Xavs scored late goals to cut the margin back to 15 points, 12.15 (87) to 10.12 (72).
St Kevin’s Gerard Gleeson (two goals) starred in his best game for the Saints this season while Jay Schulz top scored with three goals.
Midfielder Denis Symeopoulos was best on field for the red and blacks, and Golds finished with three majors.
SKOBs coach Shannon Grant said the win over Xavs was pleasing, but the team wasn’t talking about flag prospects.
“We are only halfway through the year and we have Collegians next week,” he said.
Grant praised spearhead Schulz: “He was a strong focal point for us all day and was certainly one of the reasons we got the result that we wanted.”
Old Xavs coach James McDonald said Murphy Ambrose was initially given the job on the 193cm Schulz before skipper Dan Noonan was switched onto him.
“(Schulz) is a very good player but we were happy to keep him to three goals, bearing in mind that he was running around for Port Adelaide last year,” he said.
Final Scores: SKOB 12.15. 87 def Old Xavs 10.12. 72
Goal Kickers: J. Schulz 3, B. Kanakis 2, G. Gleeson 2, M. Brown, H. Parkes, J. Strauss, Z. Ginies, S. Kennedy
Best Players: C. Gleeson, G. Gleeson, S. Critchley, B. Dowd, C. Ross, L. Sullivan
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
University Blacks registered their second consecutive victory, defeating Old Trinity by 17 points at Daley Oval. Scores were level 47-47 at the half time break before the Blacks opened the game up with four unanswered goals in the third term.
It took little time for De La Salle to return to the winners’ column as they defeated Beaumaris by 35 points at Banksia Reserve. Trailing by two points at three quarter time, De La piled on seven goals to one in a dominant final term.
Despite being unable to kick a goal in the second half, Collegians held on to triumph over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 10 points at Harry Trott Oval. The Lions exploded for 14 first-half goals and took a 53-point lead into the main break.
A 10-goal to two opening half gave University Blues an unassailable lead as they went on to defeat Old Melburnian's by 59 points at Uni Oval. 20 scoring shots to five indicates the Blues’ dominance as Tim Geappen equaled his season high four goals.
SAINTS PREVAIL AT XAVIER
SAINTS (2) CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS
Despite the scoreboard, this felt like a real arm wrestle. Fitzroy had a lot of players that were bigger and stronger than us but when we got the ball into space and when we hunted in packs to get the ball we were much more dominant.
This week it was our midfield that really got on top. We had Eb, Emm, Tina and V all getting clearances from the centre bounce and giving our forwards plenty of opportunities. They were well supported by a strong attacking half back line led by Zago who just had too much pace, balance and poise for Fitzroy and cleared the ball time and time again. Fitzroy struggled to stop our movement as we used quick hands to keep the ball going our way.
As well as a kick ass defence, we are fast becoming a very versatile team. We had forwards like Claire, Megan, El and JB play down back and we had defenders like Snell, Charley, Morgs and Chlo all have a run up front. It just proves what great depth this squad has.
It was fantastic to see the great one – Haz, get back out on the field and she improved each quarter with her attack on the ball and accurate kicking. It makes a big difference having a solid reliable target up forward from which the rest of the forwards can work off.
There are still some areas of the game we need to work on. Our tackling wasn’t up to its usual high standard. Fitzroy were able to break through too often – especially in the forward line. We need to be more hungry for the ball when it’s in our forward arc. When we tackle we need to lock the ball in and not given them an opportunity to find a team mate.
Because of other results this week, we find ourselves on top of the ladder by half a game and a heap of percentage. We have four games to go before finals and we can not let up this week against De La Salle.
SKOB Saints (2) 12.16.88 def Fitzroy 0.1.1
Goals: 3 H Gaffey, 2 E Davies, 1 each to T Lang, E Vergano, H Clare, N Aldridge, S Minahan, J Barkachi, and B Snell
Best: E Davies, S Zago, B Snell, T Lang, S Minahan, V Kiwa
FOUNDATION DAY / PAST PLAYERS DAY
SKOB returns to St Kevin's College this weekend for the Club's annual Past Players / Foundation Day clash. we encourage all SKOBBERS to join us for the Liston Landers Luncheon in the College Pavilion.
We have limited spots left for the luncheon - so if you're wanting to attned, please jump online now and register!
The cost is $100 and includes a three-course lunch, beer, wine and soft drink and of course, some SKOB hospitality and a great game of footy.
The Club is celebrating 70 Years - so please join us for this historic occasion.
THURSDAY NIGHT ENCORE
Players and supporters that were at the Club Thursday night for selection and dinner will be pleased to know that Whitey will be back cooking steaks and famous apple pie. We encourage all SKOBBERs to drop in for a quick beer and catch up.