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SKOB continues march

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St Kevin’s retained their spot atop the ladder with a comprehensive 69-point victory over Old Trinity at Daley Oval. SKOB led by 17 points at half time and exploded for 12 of the last 16 goals while remaining accurate at 20.13.

Final Scores: SKOB 20.13.133 def Old Trinity 9.10.64 

Goal Kickers: B. Kanakis 3, L. Sullivan 3, M. Brown 2, N. Wood 2, J. Schulz 2, J. Salopek 2, J. Strauss, A. Lynch, Z. Ginies, G. Gleeson, C. Matheson, H. Parkes

Best Players: M. Brown, L. Sullivan, G. Gleeson, B. Kanakis, A. Lynch, C. Matheson


The situation at Old Trinity is dire after they fell to their sixth consecutive loss via the top-ranked St Kevin’s. Trailing by 17 points at half time, the T’s managed just four more goals while giving up 12 at the other end, losing by 69 points and for the fifth time at the Daley this year. After winning their first two games of 2017, the T’s have lost nine of their past 10 and find themselves languishing in ninth position on the ladder.

Brendan Iezzi and Luke Pacconi were once again the best for the T’s but nothing short of a four-quarter entire team performance will get any side near SKOB at present. The T’s need to win three times from the last six rounds to ensure they avoid relegation and their trio of home games against Beaumaris, Old Xaverians and Old Melburnians would do it. They just need to reignite that relationship with the Daley.

The ladder leaders made it six wins in a row as Mitch Brown, Lachie Sullivan and Gerard Gleeson led from the front. They’re clinical, pretty to watch and share the love like few others, with 12 individual goal kickers proving their versatility up forward. Their midfielders offer far more than just disposal-gathering and innate pressure acts on the ball carrier – the latter of which I firmly believe is their most impressive asset. SKOB remain a game and a half clear of Collegians and boast four home games on the run home – the minor premiership is half way to TH King.

Nick Armistead - vafa.com.au


Old Melburnians ended a 17-year drought at the Uni Oval and climbed to fifth spot on the William Buck Premier Men’s ladder after they defeated University Blacks by 27 points. A best-on-ground performance from Viv Michie helped Collegians to a 42-point victory over Beaumaris at Harry Trott Oval. The Lions remain second and half a game behind SKOB while the Sharks continue their charge to their first win.

University Blues solidified third spot on the ladder with a 20-point win over Old Xaverians at Toorak Park. Xavs now fall to sixth after OMs jumped past following their win over Blacks.

De La Salle held off an unrelenting St Bedes/Mentone Tigers and ran out seven-point winners at Waverley Oval. De La led by seven at the last break but scores were tied midway through the fourth before the home side settled and retook the lead. 


It was an absolute corker of a clash between the SKOB's Thirds sides, with the Green team claiming victory by the narrowest of margins.  The SKOB youngsters overcame a seven point deficeit in the low scoring encounter with a four goal to two final term. The Gold Team still remains atop of the ladder despite this weekends set back, SKOB Green solidifying its spot in fourth position.

It was one win apiece for our Saints sides.  Premier Saints proved too strong for Old Trinity, whilst Hawthorn were comprehensive winners in Development League (4).

The 19's remain in third spot after its 33 point win over De La Salle.  It was an inaccurate start from the Blue, Green & Gold, booting eight straight points in the opening term. SKOB steadied in the second term slamming home four majors to take a 19 point lead into the main break.  The final margin of 33 points flattering De La Salle, with SKOB having 13 more scoring shots (28 - 15).


SKOB Saints continue march

The SKOB Saints played Trinity away on Saturday morning. Trinity averages over 45 points a game so the Saints needed a good start and that's exactly what they did.
The Saints booted 2 goals 2 points to no score in the first quarter. Once again the Skob Saints backline stood up again keeping Trinity scoreless in the first half. Brownie in the ruck was relentless with her work in tap outs and around the ground. Jephcott having one of her best games for the year provided opportunities to the Saints forwards helped by the Strafords - Eliza and Sophie. Sarah Cameron replicated her 3 goals for the Big V team the week previously and was just too hard to stop. Sam Viti puts in week in, week out and at 3/4 time the Saints were up by 23 points allowing Trinity their one and only goal.
The last term saw the Saints boot 3 unanswered goals to finish strongly against 3rd on the ladder. Full forward “Jessie Hogan” Lupson continued her tally with 3 majors.
Another solid team performance sees the Skob Saints on top of the ladder with a more than Healthy percentage of 413%. There is only two games to go before finals and the girls play this week at TH King @ 12.noon against Melb Uni.
Final Scores
Skob Saints 7-9-51 to Trinity 1-1-7

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Again our depth was tested before and during the game and although we stood firm in the second half, we weren’t able to capitalise on our chances throughout the game. We now know the benchmark if we are to go deep into the finals this season.

Our backline and midfield worked hard with Mel Crawford and Megan Pengelly putting in their best games for the season along with V and Emm V provided some run and carry in our back half but Hawthorn were taller, stronger and wanted the ball more than us.

In the first half we struggled at ball ups to stop Hawthorn getting first use of the ball and clearing it into their forward line. Our second half was better as we became more aware of their set up and were able to make it a lot harder for them.

We didn’t look after each other and were often one out in a contest with no support coming in. We struggled to link up with hands to clear the ball form pack and get it moving forward. We let Hawthorn take possession of the ball first too many times and tried to rely on our tackling to disposes them. We can’t do that for four quarters against such larger and stronger opposition. These will be areas we focus on in the coming weeks as we try and cement a spot in the finals.

We have Swinburne next week and they were beaten by De La Salle which means they need to beat us to stay in finals contention. It’s going to be a big game on Saturday which means it will be a big week on the track.

Final Scores: Hawthorn 6.6.42 def SKOB Saints 1.4.10

Goal Kicker: 1 M Pattison

Best Players: M Crawford, E Vergano, V Kiwa, S Minahan, M Pengelly, C Lloyd McDougall


“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” said Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and wouldn’t these words have been ringing over and over in the SKOB fossil’s heads as they filled their cars with premium distillate and headed out for another monster trip miles from the leafy burbs of the inner east to Bundoora.

The call had gone out far and wide through the week as SKOB tried valiantly to rustle up some troops to face the Power from Laurimar. At times we resembled a one-hit wonder band from the 80s as we battled to find enough numbers to make up a decent set list. By games’ start we had only cobbled together a sturdy 17 to take on a side that had at least a half dozen on the bench and had brought some solid support to this “away” fixture. Axe Head Strauss suggested that we would be known as East 17 and in the absence of Shark Attack from the backline, oh how I pined for some of his lousy one-liners to offset the material coming from the Axe. We went one short up forward and kicking into the teeth of a frosty three goal breeze that was colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss we bunkered down for what would be a ding dong battle.

With both sides evenly poised on the premiership table the stakes were 3 miles high and rising (that’s Bundoora speak for a classic 8 pointer) and although the rooms were quiet pre-match in the absence of boom box Shark attack and his pump up tunes, there was a steely resolve amongst the fossils who were welcoming back a few types who had spent their time wisely on recent holidays sporting some solid tans that showed up even more impressively against the white away strip that SKOB were wearing for their home game. But enough of that – on with the match

The Power started well and had an early shot at the sticks that went wide. SKOB got a tad generous on the ensuing kick out and suddenly the Power had converted the old 7 point play. Time for a fightback as SKOB upped the work rate into the breeze and soon enough we had matched the Power’s goal with one of our own and could easily have had a few more if not for some wayward snaps that kept one arm of the goal umpire busy but didn’t progress our score much. Power got a couple of quick ones, but SKOB held out for the rest of the quarter to go in to the first huddle only 12 points down. It was actually a massive effort given that we were kicking into the sold gale and were one short on the ground, so coach O’Connor, who was flying solo as his sidekick Rock is away working on his own tan, was pretty pleased with how we were travelling. He was also buoyed by the arrival of a few late cats who weren’t so great at reading emails and didn’t realise the early start time to the game.

SKOB Masters 1.3 to Laurimar 3.3

Lenny Mulgrew – one of the late recalcitrants – soon made up for his tardy ways by lighting the far wing up with some sublime skills and repeat 50 entries. Soon, the fully charged forward line of SKOB was getting peppered with opportunities and it was the Conquistador who made the most of these. Dining out for 3 snags in the quarter and being ably supported by T Mac who just stepped off the plane from Vegas and Tex Walker who just stepped off the sidewalk from Richmond. Big Hodgey was smashing the ball out of the ruck like Clarke Keating in the Lions threepeat of the early 2000’s, and the two Bens, Marca and Altis were gobbling up the tasty crumbs and bombing it in long, causing huge headaches for the Power. At the main break, SKOB went in 3 goals to the good after a 6 goal quarter.

SKOB Masters 7.5 to Laurimar 4.3

There was little doubt that the Power boys would give another crack after half time with the breeze, but even though it was blowing harder, it looked like SKOB were actually going with it. Chucky was owning his own wing and Morls was feasting on plenty of the pill. Meanwhile, the back line of Rubber Man O’Halloran, Ari Joyce, Kalla and the Drake were like a trampoline – bouncing each forward thrust from the Power back up the ground with interest. And on top of all this, the sight of Braddles charging through bringing the ball and any unwilling opponents with him was like 1997 all over again. The Conquistador just kept adding to his tally and the mosquito fleet of Marca and Chich were like Movember moustaches, getting up under the noses of the Power boys and creating an annoying twitch that wouldn’t go away. At orange break it was SKOB by 5.

SKOB Masters 10.5 to Laurimar 5.4

With the breeze at our back and with the Power extinguished, all that was left for SKOB was to “move it on at all costs and just enjoy it” – at least that was the instruction from Coach O’Connor who could now sense the whiff of a 100% coaching record about to be applied to his CV – but before he got on Linked In and post an update there was some more business to attend. That being the business of another 4 twins to naught in the final quarter. Benny Altis bagged a couple, Patty Canuck Mount posted his own little highlight reel from the back pocket and Foges eyes’ lit up as he side stepped two Power defenders, lined up the big sticks and was duly run down from behind – BALL! As the siren sounded, SKOB had recorded a very solid victory 14 goals to 5.

So, with the sun setting on SKOBDoora, the boys marched back to Glen Iris. The win sets them up nicely to head into the final two rounds against the top two on the table, but with 8 points and percentage break from 5th, they can look to these games with the confidence that finals are a very real thing. 

Final Scores: SKOB Masters 14.8.92 def Laurimar FC Supers 5.6.36

Goal kickers: Peter Conquest 6, Ben Altis 3, Nick Marchesani 2, Ben Marchesani 1, Nick Walker 1 & Tim Joyce 1.

Best Players: Ben Altis, Peter Conquest, Michael Hodgson, Michael Mulgrew, Ben Marchesani, Simon Filipovic

Our next game will be played on Sunday July 30th against ladder leaders De La Salle at Waverley Oval in East Malvern.

Pop it in your diaries folks as this will be a cracker! 


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