SKOB on Top at half way point
St Kevin's has moved into outright ladder leader at the half way point of the William Buck Premier Season after its 62 point win over St Bedes Mentone.
Jay Schulz had his kicking boots on again, leading all scorers with seven goals, whilst Shaun Kennedy booted four in the sides big win.
The SKOB Saints also sit atop of the ladder in the Women's Premier Division - defeating the Brunswick Renegades.
Around the Grounds in Premier
The Round 9 clash between Collegians and Old Xaverians was abandoned 59 minutes into the fourth quarter after a lengthy delay due to a severe leg break to defender Jarryd Skene. With six minutes of playing time left on the clock, the Xavs led by seven points and Brendan Goss would have been lining up for his second goal to try and put the Xavs in front by 13 after marking inside 50. The VAFA Board will now meet to decide the distribution of premiership points. The VAFA extends its best wishes to Jarryd in his recovery.
University Blacks and Beaumaris played out one of the most exciting games of the year, with the Blacks edging past the Sharks by just three points at Uni Oval.
Five goals to one in the fourth quarter allowed Old Melburnians to overrun Old Trinity by 23 points at Sportscover Arena. OMs trailed by seven points at the three-quarter time break but turned it on in the final term as Gus Borthwick and Josh Freezer led the way.
Another four goal-haul from Kieran Harper helped University Blues to a hard-fought 11-point win over De La Salle at Waverley Oval. It was the fourth time this season Harper kicked four goals as he leads the goal kicking on 27, five ahead of Schulz on 22.
Saints continue to shine
Back home at Basil St Reserve and the weather was perfect for the Skob saints to put some ascendency on the Premier women's competition. It took the Saints 14 mins to score our first goal - way too long for coach Di Natale’s liking. The Brunswick Renegades were quite defensive but more to the point they forced congested football. The Saints were desperate to get the ball moving down to Sarah “high flying” Cameron and “Jesse Hogan” Lupson.
Sam ”I get knocked down but get up again” Viti was taking a few for the team early showing the way and “The Firm” (Saints backline) were holding strong as they have been for the past 6 weeks. Once again the backs only conceded 1 point for the whole game. All behind the scenes at the Saints know how solid our backs have been and don’t go unnoticed. Issy “not on my watch” Rapson was extremely disciplined in staying back when the Brunswick forwards were pushing up the ground.
Skobs up by 29 at the break, but we felt there was a bit of spark missing.
Some solid enthusiasm was evident in the 3rd quarter kicking our only goal for the quarter in the first 2 minutes. Our ruck stocks Ali “shinguards”Hynes and Chloe “Browntown” Brown lifted and did some very heavy work all day. But it was “Superboot” Cropley who seemed to have brought her own “Sherrin”. Long kicks to the forward line, one grab marks and some good work in traffic stamped her authority as a stand out for the day. Joycey, Cosson and Shultzy were solid particularly in the 2nd half.
If we have to work on something, the Skob saints need to stay away from the deep pockets and centre the ball as part of our plan moving forward.
A 48 point win gives the Saints a healthy percentage of 379.17 with Fitzroy FC the only other club to lose just the one game which was to the Saints.
Next week an early game of 9.20am at Xavier College.
Final scores: SKOB Saints 6-13-49 to Brunswick Renegades 0-0-1
Saints (2) Cruise to Victory
This was a chance for us to take revenge on a team that we let take two points off us a couple of months ago when we eased off in the last quarter. This time we didn’t let them back into the game and ran all over them in the last. Again the game was set up on our strong and united defence and our large fleet of runners through the midfield and up forward.
Our midfield got on top early with V and Tina doing a great job setting up a kick behind play and SMD picked them out time and again. They had a lot of support with Britta, Eb, Zaags, Emm V, and the M crew (Mel, Millie and Megan) all running, supporting and linking together to get the ball into our forward line. Leo worked tirelessly in the ruck and many times got the ball out of the pack area and into space to allow us to run on to it.
When SMD did venture into their forward line we had the General – Chloe barking instructions and running a very tight ship. Amy dominated at CHB with great run and attacking play. At times she was unstoppable as she ran out of defence and launched the ball deep. She had great help from Charley, Snell, Britt and Morgs all shutting down their SMD opponents.
Up forward we had the dynamic duo of Nic & BA as great targets across half forward and both fed the ball deep into Ceel, JB, Faith and Claire who were desperate to keep the ball locked in our arc. Goal of the day went to BA with a fantastic set shot from the boundary to seal the great win.
We made a statement with this win. Hawthorn may be on top of the ladder but we are the team to beat in Div 4 this season. Next week is Fitzroy and now is not the time to take the foot of the accelerator.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints (2) 7.8.50 def Soth Melbourne 0.2.2
Goals: 1 each to E Vergano, J Barkachi, C Armitage, N Aldridge, C Tyler, C Lupson, B Augustes
Best: A Chisholm, L Contaxis, B Snell, T Lang, V Kiwa, F Gasparini, B Augustes, N Aldridge
Senior & Under 19 BIG V Squads Announced
45 players have been selected in the Big V squad ahead of the VAFA’s July 8 clash against AFL Victoria Country at Frankston City Oval.
Player availability was taken into consideration prior to selection, with all William Buck Premier clubs represented, as well as four clubs from Premier B and Old Geelong (George Burbury) from Premier C.
St Kevin’s has the highest number of representatives with seven, while Collegians, De La Salle, Old Melburnians and Old Trinity each have five.
SKOB congratulates Thomas Jok, Gerard Gleeson, James Strauss, Bill Coates, Mitch Brown, Anthony Lynch and Sam Critchley (pictured) on their selection.
Hampton Rovers boast the highest number of selected players with four, while De La Salle, Fitzroy, Monash Blues, Old Melburnians, Old Scotch, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, St Kevin’s and University Blues each have three.
2016 captain, Christian Carnovale (HR), headlines those who played against the Country in Mernda last year, alongside Alex Mastromanno (OB), Lachlan Byrne-Jones (OS), Ben Dance (SBMT) and Matt Blair (Blues).
Six 2017 Men’s Rising Star nominees are on the list; including, Nick Baltas (CG), Jonathon Aujard (OS), Kye Beveridge (SBMT), Joe Harrison (MB), Lachlan Sullivan (SKOB) and Mastromanno (OB).