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SKOB make it two in a row
St Kevin’s maintained their unbeaten streak at the top of William Buck Premier with a four-goal victory over De La Salle at Waverley Oval. Ben Dowd was the pick of the SKOB’s as Jay Schulz, Billy Kanakis, Zach Ginies and Mark Jamar kicked two goals each. Adrian Indovino (four) was damaging in front of goal for De La while Tom Humphrey and Jason Tutt led from the front, but they were unable to solidify their first win and sit ninth on the ladder.
St Kevin’s showcased the utmost confidence in their pre-season recruitment policy and have since started the season with impressive victories over University Blues and De La Salle. Tall timber was the main ingredient coming into SKOB with the well-publicised enlistment of Jay Schulz, Mark Jamar and Mitch Brown but having defeated the fast-paced De La by four goals at Waverley Oval, pace seems not the slightest issue.
After kicking just one goal in the first term, the engine room of Ben Dowd and Nick Wood accelerated and helped SKOB to 12 of the next 19 goals while somewhat negating the running power of De La on home soil.
Despite their second consecutive loss, De La will certainly hit their straps in coming weeks with Adrian Indovino’s four goals to close out the match as promising as the ball-winning ability of Jason Tutt and the Williams brothers.
(Nick Armistead - VAFA)
Final Scores - SKOB 13.15.93 def Da La Salle 9.15.69
Goal Kickers: J. Schulz 2, M. Jamar 2, B. Kanakis 2, Z. Ginies 2, A. Lynch, N. Wood, B. Dowd, H. Parkes, J. Salopek
Best Players: B. Dowd, C. Matheson, N. Wood, K. Williams, G. Gleeson, L. Andrews
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
University Blues’ stars all stood up today as they registered their first win under new senior coach James Walker with a 48-point victory over Beaumaris at Uni Oval. An 11-goal second half helped Old Trinity to their second consecutive win to start the year, defeating St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by 38 points at Daley Oval. Despite a second consecutive bag of six goals from Lochie Dornauf, University Blacks were unable to stave off a hard-running Collegians outfit as they fell to a 23-point loss at Harry Trott Oval. Old Xaverians held off a fast-finishing Old Melburnians by three points in a thriller at Sportscover Arena. Trailing by nine points at half time, Xavs kicked seven goals to three to take a 15-point lead into the final term. OMs came hard with 3.6 but the Xavs were able to hold
ROUND TWO SUMMARY
The Reserves, Under 19's Premier, 19's Reserves & Thirds Gold recorded its first victories for the season.
A five goal opening term laid the platform for the Reserves 75 point win of De La Salle. SKOB were never troubled, extending the margin at every break. Matt Murphy & Shaun Kennedy booted three apiece for the victors, Francis Keely among the goal kickers in game number 100.
The SKOB Saints braved the wintry conditions at Victoria Park on Friday night against Fitzroy. A terrific first half from Fitzroy saw them take command of the match, keeping the Saints goal less whilst booting four of their own. The second half was a dour struggle with both teams only managing one goal for the half. Fitzroy recorded a 20 point continuing their unbeaten run to the sesaon.
Fitzroy take the Points on Friday Night Football
The Skob Saints may not have known that there were 863 VFL/AFL matches were played from 1892 -1999 at Victoria Park, home for many years of the largest sporting club in Australia - The Collingwood Football Club.
A bit of drizzle didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the Saints who were all fired up for a night game at this historic ground.
Fitzroy got off to a good start, dominating the ruck and getting the ball down forward. The Saints found it hard to pick up the ball and Fitzroy through their tall full forward capitalised on a couple of goals early. Our full forward Georgie “Jesse Hogan” Lupson was getting frost bit as the ball seemed to go between CHF and CHB for most of the first half. We had a couple of unlucky shots on goal in the 2nd quarter for minor scores, but signs were positive going into the major break 24 point is arrears.
The “Cockroach” Pat Di Natale spoke positively at the halftime break and reminded the girls that 4 straight majors were nothing if the girls come out hard early in the 3rd quarter.
With one of our best runners Lizzie Wardlaw playing for St Kilda on Sunday at Etihad in the pre-game watching on the sidelines, Saints needed to lift. Ali Hynes and “Hagrid” sharing ruck duties started to get on top and self-managed their changes of 5 mins each. Eliza in the backline was adapting to wet weather footy by flattening her hands and pushing the ball forward at all costs. Chloe “Browny” Brown started to read the play well - a kick behind and VC Sam Viti fought through injury and gave us her all. Dunnell was working hard and one of the second half highlights was watching “Joycey” take no prisoners in a great display of good old fashion tackling and putting her body on the line.
SKOB Saints had up to 75% of the play in the second half as Fitzroy employed the questionable yet effective tactic of putting up to 10 players in the backline so they were not interested in scoring goals themselves but trying to stop Saints from scoring. Nobody told Sophie Straford that as she chipped in for a mark 20 out and kicked accurately. Doyal, Cropley and Conlan all battled well in the midfield and the lesson learnt was to really go hard at the start of the game and carry that momentum through to the 2nd half.
SKOB Saints 1.7. 13 def by Fitzroy 5.3. 33
Saints (2) - Old Xavs too strong
Another week and we came up against another quality side. Old Xavs played strong disciplined football looking to move the ball quickly to each other. They were a step above Old Brighton. I think we might need to add a new Standard to our B.U.D.S. motto. R for Resilience. I couldn’t have been more proud of how our defence held up against attack after attack.
Izzy Rapson was sensational at full back and received high praise from both the umpire and the coach of Old Xavs. She had a lot of help with Steph Zago and Ebony “the tackle machine” Davies constantly thwarting Old Xavs. Snell, LM, Liz, Chlo and Emm V all worked hard from deep in defence and Leo did a mountain of ruck work getting the ball into space and at times to our rovers but throughout the day we struggled to get the ball in our forward half.
We were so much better structured this week at stoppages. We had players on the defensive side around packs as well as deep in defence near the goal line. We managed to complete many more chains of handball or kicking when bringing the ball out of defence. But our biggest improvement was our tackling. There were plenty of times we had one, two or three players tackling and not letting the ball out. We were rewarded for great tackles and it also really slowed Xavs down and they couldn’t get a run on.
It was difficult with the ball spending so much time in our back half that when we did clear it to the wing or half forward we just couldn’t get numbers to the ball to either continue going forward or nullifying Xavs defence. During the week, we are going to work on getting numbers to the contest so we aren’t one against two or three opposition. If we aim to win those little individual contests one at a time then the scores will come and eventually the wins will take of themselves.
We have South Melbourne Districts away this week. They haven’t been scoring at the extent of Old Brighton or Old Xavs but it certainly won’t be a walk in the park but if we progress our game play like we did this week then we are going to give them a real contest.
Best: Izzy Rapson, Steph Zago, Ebony Davies, Leo Contaxis, Caity LM, Liz P and Bridge Snell
SKOB MASTERS - ROUND 2 MATCH REPORT
The SKOB Masters ventured down the Monash Freeway on a picturesque day for football at Kalora Park to take on the Narre Warren Supers in their Round 2 clash.
Having lost their round 1 match in atrocious conditions a fortnight earlier, it was vital that the SKOB Masters notch their first win of the season against a team they had beaten in the corresponding round at the same venue 12 months earlier.
The tri-colours were led out by David “Shutdown” Sheehy who was nominated captain for the day and there were debuts for former Old Xavs wingman Jake Ireland and another recruit from the St Roch’s production line Peter Harrington.
The old men from T H King Oval started the game in formidable fashion with Nick “Little Mac” Marchesani finding Tommy “T-Mac” McMillan with an inch perfect and the opening goal. The backline led brilliantly by Nick ‘Trenny” Trenfield and doggedly assisted by Mark “Bradles” Brady, Patrick “Paddy” McInereney and Christian “Meat Axe” Strauss repelled many a Narre Warren forward thrust. The Masters finished the quarter brilliantly. Firstly, Matthieu “The Freak” Lucas snapped a beauty on the run, the Marchesni boys combined to see Ben slot his first major of the day then T-Mac kicked truly right on the quarter time siren to give the boys a handy quarter time lead.
SKOB Masters 4.2 to Narre Warren Supers 2.2
The SKOB Masters started the second quarter where they had left off with Ray “The Donk” Short dominating the ruck contests which gave the midfield of Luke “Begbie” Benton, Matt “Stonie” Stonehouse, Chris “Bulldog” Morley, the Marchesani brothers and Shutdown first use of the ball. However, the quarter would best be remembered for a 10 minute cameo by The Freak. It all started with a mercurial handball over the top for the simplest of goals to “Little Mac”, followed by a right foot snap, then a left snap and then a set shot goal and all of sudden the Fossils were 6 goals to the good approaching half time. The Magpies got one back late in the second quarter but it was the SKOB Masters who took a well-deserved 32 point leading into the main break.
SKOB Masters 8.6 to Narre Warren Supers 3.4
With the backline general Trenfield out for the rest of the game with a hamstring strain, 18 players on the ground and no bench, was 32 points going to be enough to win the game? Narre Warren peppered the sticks to the eastern end of Kalora Park early in the first half booting a couple of early third quarter goals. Then a moment of madness from the men in white changed the complexion of the match. Jack “Junior” Short queried an incorrect decision and was duly sent off which seemed bizarre given the circumstances. However, the Fossils weren’t to be out done with “Little Mac” calmly slotting a goal on the run from a tight angle to give the visitors some breathing space leading into the final change.
SKOB Masters 9.7 to Narre Warren Supers 6.8
Coach Damien Ryan came into the three-quarter time huddle a little concerned but he gave his troops plenty of words of encouragement urging his team to maintain possession, chew up as much time as possible and hit the boundary at every opportunity. Narre Warren came at the boys hard sensing the 17 men from T H King Oval were tiring. Not only did the home side have a numerical advantage they also had two incompetent officials forgetting there were two teams on the field. Unfortunately, for the gallant Saints they were overrun in the dying stages and lost the game by 7 points.
SKOB Masters 9.8.62 def by Narre Warren Supers 10.9.69
Goal Kickers: Matthieu Lucas 4, Nick Marchesani 2, Tom McMillan 2 & Ben Marchesani 1.
Best Players: Ben Marchesani, Nick Marchesani, Ray Short, Matthieu Lucas & Luke Benton.
Our next game will be played on Sunday May 7th against the undefeated Brunswick Supers at McAllister Oval in Parkville.
PREMIER THIRDS GOLD
Round 2 brought about our first away game against Uni Blues out in Royal Parade in perfect football conditions. With a strong line up in and with the team still working on playing with plenty of new faces, it was a good opportunity to play some fast pace football on a good deck with wide wings.
Our opening quarter was our best quarter of football for the season. Big Dirty opened up the goals for the day with a trademark left foot bomb to get the ball rolling. With a new look defensive line up, we shut down Blues’ avenues to goals.
This continued on with the second quarter, however fatigue coming into play the scoring wasn’t as heavy. With two injuries to key players Tom Crookes and Salty Roberts we were down rotations on the bench and suddenly what looked like a relatively good day on the park became a lot harder.
Uni Blues fought back into it in the second half, with SKOB failing to capitalise on opportunities to goal and some undisciplined play which opened up the door for the students to get themselves back into the game.
However, with our positive first half proving to be the deciding factor we had enough breathing room, kicking goals in the final stages of the game when the match was dusted to extent our lead and winning margin to 7 goals.
We now gear up for another Xavier encounter at the King which is sure to be – as it always is with Xavier – another big match.
Daniel Kerr celebrated his 100th game with SKOB in great style last Saturday, with 3 goals and a win against University Blues in Premier Thirds. Dan started at SKOB back in 2010 as an Under 19 player and quickly established himself as a goal kicker, winning the Thirds goal kicking award in 2012 and 2015. Dan was also been a member of two Thirds Premiership teams, in 2014 and again in 2015. Well done Dan
And a word from the Coach – Ben Omizzolo
Round 2 against University Blues brings about yet another milestone match for a Thirds favourite - Dan “Darty” Kerr. The beloved Thirds full forward, for multiple years, has played 100 of the best.
Dan started playing for SKOB’s back in 2010, coming straight out of the College, and has represented the hoops in three levels at the Club, namely Under 19s, Reserves and Thirds Football. In his 100 games, Dan has now scored 218 goals for SKOB’s and has celebrated them all with the closed fist half pump, along with his “C’mon”, which always gets his team mates up and about.
As well as kicking goals on field, he kicks many goals off it as well, which makes “Darty” one of SKOBs favorite players. Congratulations “Darty” of hitting 100 games.
LADIES LUNCHEON - THIS SATURDAY
Ladies of SKOB - it's your turn to enjoy the footy in style.
Saturday 29th April is the date as SKOB tackles Old Trinity. The luncheon is kicking off at 11:45am. Gentlemen are also welcome.
The price is $50 per head and includes a three-course meal.
SKOB in Business Members are complimentary.
All attendees must book online for catering purposes.