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SKOB salutes in a thriller in Murph's 200th game

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SKOB ensured Matt Murphy celebrated his milestone match with victory, coming from behind in the dying stages to record its seventh win for the season.

SKOB and Old Melburnian's have played out some dramatic matches over the past few seasons and today was no exception. 

A free kick in the 25th minute of the fourth term handed St Kevin’s the winning goal as they defeated Old Melburnians by six points at TH King Oval. SKOB trailed at every break throughout the day but piled on four goals to one to escape with the four points.

Sam Critchley was named best afield for the winning side and Thomas Jok (1) continued his outstanding season while Jay Schulz top-scored with three goals.

Sam Gibbons was the best for OMs alongside perennial star, Tom Paule (2), and George Hurley-Wellington.

The win was SKOB’s seventh for the year and they remain in second spot on the ladder, while OMs sit sixth.

Final Scores: SKOB 10.8. 68 def Old Melburnian's 9.8. 62

Goal Kickers: J. Schulz 3, T. Cunningham, L. Sullivan, H. Parkes, G. Gleeson, M. Murphy, T. Jok, J. Salopek
Best Players: S. Critchley, T. Jok, B. Kanakis, G. Gleeson, L. McKenzie, L. Merrett



Round 8 Summary

Another action packed round of football has come and gone, the Seniors celebrating Murph's 200th with a win whilst our two Saints sides continue to shine. 

The Reserves again were unable to get the job done in another tight contest, whilst De La Salle proved too strong in the Premier division of the Under 19 competition.

Top-of-the-table SKOB Saints secured their seventh win after defeating Marcellin by 60 points at Basil St Reserve. A strong first quarter and consistent four-quarter performance resulted in a final score of 76-16. SKOB’s Sarah Cameron was amongst many goal scorers with five and Chiara Moretta continued to impress for Marcellin with two.

SKOB Saints (2)recorded their fourth win and now sit third on the ladder after a 54-6 point win over St Mary’s Salesian at Basil St Reserve. SKOB’s seven goals to none proved more than enough to secure the win. Nicole Aldridge kicked two of the Saints seven while Emily Hastie kicked St Mary’s sole goal.

The Matty Lucas inspired legends of SKOB defeated Northern Saints in the Masters competition by 89 points, with the elusive forward winding back the clock bagging seven majors in a best on ground performance. Matt Stonehouse and Nick Marchesani each booted three in the victory which sees SKOB move into fourth position.

Troy McMaster led all scores in the Premier Thirds Gold victory over Collegians, whilst the Green team enjoyed a narrow win over Uni Blacks. The Gold team sits atop of the Premier Thirds ladder with the Green side (Under 23) in third.

Next week all teams will enjoy a much needed rest with one round remaining until we reach the half way mark.

SKOB in the Press

Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s snatches last gasp win over Old Melburnians in VAFA Premier

Phil Skeggs, Stonnington Leader

A LAST-GASP goal from a free kick delivered St Kevin’s Old Boys a clutch win over Old Melburnians in their Premier clash at T.H. King Oval on Saturday.

The second-placed SKOBs trailed the sixth-placed Dark Blues at every change but coach Shannon Grant said his experienced hands stood up in the final 30 minutes, in particular midfielder Thomas Jok, on-ballers Billy Kanakis and Gerry Gleeson and defender Sam Critchley.

They started it and the younger boys followed. It was pretty pleasing,” Grant said.

SKOBs kicked four goals to one, but the last goal from Jok only came after a free kick at the 25-minute mark.

There was a little bit of banter going on in the middle of the ground and the umpire paid a free kick for abusive language towards him,” Grant said. “There was a bit happening.

A 50m penalty brought Jok to the goalsquare and he cooly slotted the goal for a 10.8 (68) to 9.8 (62) win.

The win was particularly satisfying for Saints forward pocket Matt Murphy who was playing his 200th game.

Critchley was named best afield for the Saints with Jok and Kanakis, while Jay Schulz (three goals) was the leading goalscorer.


Match Reports


The SKOB Saints had their second double header at Basil St Reserve on a day that could be described as perfect for football. With the Saints 2’s having a convincing win and sitting 3rd on the ladder, it gave the Premier girls a lot of confidence going into a danger game against Marcellin who like the Saints, had only lost one game.

In the warm on minutes before the start of the game “Captain Fantastic” Dunnell rolled her ankle and made a very courageous and team orientated decision as she pulled out of the game. We grabbed Nicole from the ressies who was a very worthy replacement.

Coach Di Natale emphasised the importance of getting a good start and that's exactly what the Saints executed. The girls were switched on from the start and set up a strong theme for the entire game

Anna “lightning” Townsend, Sophie “Two halves” Straford and Ali “shin guards” Hynes got the Skob Saints forward and Sarah “Marks everything” Cameron was giving Marcellin's backs a massive headache.

Eliza “catch me if you can” Straford and “Superboot” Cropley were racking them up and delivering the ball in the Georgie “Jesse Hogan” Lupson’s direction. At Half time the Saints had 6 majors on the board to Marcellin’s 2.

In the second half our defence was amazing. Lead by Izzy the Whizz, Sullivan, Lang, Joyce, Weinstein, Brebs Griffin, and Gillette. They simply repelled everything that came their way. So much so that Marcellin, didn’t score a goal after half time. Elle “See ball get ball” McLInden was dynamite for the Saints having her best game as her run and carry was so advantageous to the Skob Saints.

The coaching staff could not be happier as the girls put in a serious four quarter effort. They followed instructions, tackled ferociously and were willing to give it off to a Saint in a better position. They now go into the break sitting on top of the Women's Premier League with an extremely healthy percentage of 331.58

Final Scores: SKOB Saints 11-10-76 def Marcellin 2-4-16



We came up against our strongest opposition so far and we gave them four quarters of pressure and tackled them into the ground. Once again the game was set up by our quick ball movement out of the middle and our kick ass defense.

After a very even first quarter we broke the game open with a couple of quick goals in the second and then ground them down with the ball mainly staying in our forward half. When St. Marys did go forward our tight defensive unit held strong and cleared the ball out into space.

Emm Vergano had a field day across the middle of the ground with plenty of run and then long kicking into the forward line. She had great support from Eb, V, Zago, Mel and Liz who provided plenty of run. Up forward we maintained the pressure on the St. Marys defence with great work from Snell, Hols, Claire, Megan, El and Nic to keep the ball in our arc and give ourselves plenty of scoring opportunities.

We are becoming a very versatile team with a number of players rotating through the backline to support Chlo, Amy and the General – LM. Britt, Liz, Loren and AJ all played their part in working as a tight cohesive unit.

We had a number of players put their bodies on the line and commit selfless acts for the team and ended up paying the price with injuries to El Wedge, Megan, Eloise and Chlo. But we stood tall and when one soldier went down another stepped up to take their place.

There are still some areas we need to work on – especially contested ball in the air. We allowed St. Marys to take too many marks across the ground. Even if we can’t mark, we need to compete in the air.

Overall, really happy with our progress over the past three weeks and we are now striking distance from top of the ladder. We have a week off to rest up next weekend before we hit the second half of the season with a rematch against Sth Melbourne districts who we drew with earlier.

Final Scores: SKOB Saints (2) 7.12.54 def St Mary's Salesian 1.0.6

Goal Kickers: 2 N Aldridge, 1 each to V Kiwa, E Davies, C Armitage, S Zago and S Minahan

Best Players: E Vergano, C Lloyd-McDougall, B Snell, E Davies, A Chisholm, V Kiwa 

Go Saints!!!!!!



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