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SKOB sink Sharks
SKOB sink Sharks
47 scoring shots to six helped St Kevin’s to a monster 136-point victory over Beaumaris at TH King Oval earlier today. While 11 players shared the spoils on the scoreboard, SKOB were led by Mitch Brown (5) and Jay Schulz (4) in front of goal while Callum Matheson and Michael Di Natale did the damage around the ground. Scott Gower continued his strong form for the Sharks as their best player, but it was not nearly enough as they slumped to their largest loss of the season.
Final Scores: SKOB 23.24.162 def Beaumaris 4.2.26
Goal Kickers: M. Brown 5, J. Schulz 4, M. Di Natale 2, L. McKenzie 2, T. Jok 2, C. Matheson 2, L. Sullivan 2, S. Salopek, B. Kanakis, H. Parkes, J. Holden
Best Players: M. Brown, C. Matheson, M. Di Natale, L. Sullivan, L. McKenzie, J. Wallis
VAFA Premier: Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s scores its biggest win of the season
Phil Skeggs and Tim Habel, Stonnington Leader
Premiership favourite St Kevin’s celebrated its biggest win of the season, defeating bottom side Beaumaris by 136 points at T.H King Oval.
SKOBs belted on 10 goals to one in the first half and went on to win 23.24 (162) to 4.2 (26) with 11 goalkickers.
St Kevin’s president Paul Murphy said it was the club’s biggest winning margin in the VAFA’s top division.
“This is our 10th year we have been in A grade in our 70 years,” he said. “It was definitely one of our biggest winning margins in our history.”
Saturday’s winning margin came close to rewriting club records – in Round 15 2015 St Kevin’s defeated Mazenod by 153 points 23.22 (160) to 1.1 (7) at King Oval. St Kevin’s won 20 games straight to take the Premier B flag that year and is in similarly awesome form now.
Coach Shannon Grant said the team was keeping a lid on premiership speculation.
“We are doing a lot right but we have a lot of things to work on,” he said. “We would have liked to have kicked a few more goals – we missed some easy opportunities which was the only part of the day that could have been cleaned up. But they played pretty well for four quarters.”
Mitch Brown topscored with five goals, and was best afield, while Jay Schulz got four with Callum Matheson (two goals) also starring.
Grant said the team was close to full strength, with veteran premiership player Ben Dowd set to return for next Saturday’s big test against third-placed Uni Blues at Melbourne Uni Oval.
Around the Grounds in Premier
De La Salle came from 22 points down at the half time break and registered a crucial five-point victory over Old Trinity at Waverley Oval. Old Melburnians produced in captain Tom Paule’s 150th match for the club, defeating Old Xaverians by 27 points at Toorak Park. Led by a six-goal haul from Big V hero Al Armstrong and a BOG display from Theo Rosenthal, the OMs kicked five goals to three in the first half before maintaining their lead with a further nine goals to eight in the second half. Collegians proved too strong for University Blacks as they ran out 39-point winners at the Uni Oval. A six-goal haul from Kieran Harper led University Blues to a 31-point victory over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval. Tigers remain a game and a half above the relegation zone in seventh, four spots below the Blues.
Saints march into Grand Final
The Saints have won their way through to next week's Grand Final, defeating South Melbourne by 15 in its do or die Preliminary Final.
The Saints led from start to finish in the blustery conditions, conceding its only goal for the match in the final term.
What an amazing four quarter effort. We managed to stifle South Melbourne’s running game and converted our limited opportunities in the first half. In the second half we kept absorbing their attacks and the best defence in the division did not break. An early goal in the last quarter and locking the ball deep in our attack managed to prevent any final quarter heroics from South Melbourne.
Our backline, led by Amy, Snell and Chlo with great support from the running Zaags and the lockdown players – Ceel, AJ and Morgan meant that there wasn’t an easy possession to be found in our back half all day. It was a really tough battle between the midfields with South Melbourne having a number of stronger running players who could break our tackles and get the ball forward for them. As the game wore on Eb, Tina, Britt, Mads, Liz, Wedge, Mel and Faith kept the run going across the middle and were able to support the defence and then link up with the forwards. We were up against the best ruck in our comp and Leo held her own throughout the day with support from our ruck novice Eloise. We were able to contain South Melbourne’s mids by minimising their first use of the ball.
Up forward we had Nic and her amazing left foot. Whether it was a sneaky snap from the pocket or a 40m bomb from high up on the flank she was always creative and always dangerous. LM, Patto and BA also showed what a multi pronged threat we have up forward, whether it was in the air with some strong marks or on the ground with creative ball movement. We proved that when we get the ball into space we are a very dangerous team.
There are still some areas we need to focus on in stepping up a level against Hawthorn. We cannot afford to waste opportunities in front of goal. We were in a position to shut the game completely early in the last quarter but we didn’t convert. We may not get those same chances again next week. Secondly, our tackling pressure dropped off, especially in the second and third quarters. There were too many occasions where South Melbourne were able to break a tackle and get a kick away. Our strength throughout the season has been our swarming defence where we have one, two and sometimes three tackling to stop the ball movement. We will need to lift our intensity next week.
Thanks to the Premier support crew of Pat, the Vitis, Peter Mac and everyone else who allowed me and the girls to focus on what we do best – play great SKOB football.
Overall, I couldn’t have been prouder of all 24 players who played their role within the team. Every pass, every kick, every little shepherd made a difference and contributed to the end result.
Looking forward to a great week on the track and cant’ wait to take on Hawthorn in the big dance.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints 3.8.26 def South Melbourne Districts 1.5.11
Goal Kickers: N. Aldridge 2, C. Lloyd-McDougall
Best Players: S. Zago, A. Chisholm, C. Lloyd-McDougall, E. Davies, L. Contaxis, C. Hunt
SKOB Masters - Round 10 Match Report
by John “Foges” Fogarty (another masterpiece from the ex El Presidente!)
….and then finally they made it back to the KingDome. Yes, in a season that has been bookended by only two home games and the rest of the time just Traveling Wilburys (a reference that only someone playing for the SKOB fossils is likely to get), we finally got to play a home game at – well…home. The fixture for Central Supers in 2017 was rather tricky to follow. With 11 teams in the comp, everyone would play each other once plus 1 bye, except for the 2 teams that we played twice and the two teams that we played nunce (which I’m pretty sure is not even a word). Seriously the draw has had more quirks than an ex-SKOB President from the late 90’s. But enough of that…
It has been a long time coming, but hey, the weather Gods were beaming down as the KingDome was bathed in a big bath of basking goodness. “I bought the weather down with me” said SKOB’s most famous export to the Gold Coast – Matty Lucas – “although I will add that it’s 29 back there today…” It was one of those glorious days where the King was looking it’s grandest and you just sensed that something special was about to occur.
Like a Commonwealth Bank ATM – SKOB had experienced some substantial and questionable withdrawals – but like a bowl at a Swingers party there were also a few key ins. The SKOB brains trust had lingered so long over the selection table that most players didn’t see the team announcement until late Saturday afternoon (“OK, listen, I had a big Friday” – Matt Lucas again), but they were buoyed by the prospect of having 22 to pick from and like a skilled carpenter would actually have a solid bench to work with. That was until Braddles popped his calf in the warmup. Could it have been all those boxing moves that he was practicing with the young fellas in the rooms (“those 7 year old kids have fists of fury”) we are not sure, but the upshot was that we were one down before the ball was even bounced. The rest of the warmup had gone well for SKOB. Snake Makohon was blasting out the Strokes from his boombox and getting the lads fired up, and Frankie Marchesani was being his always professional self as he passed around the team sheet and those handy little plastic bags for the valuables. We’ll miss you Frank – you have been magnificent this year. Thanks for all your efforts. Now, on with the game.
The Eagles of Craigieburn – in 2nd position on the Premiership Table - were our visitors today and although regardless of the result we could not pass them on the ladder, they were going to provide some pretty stiff competition. Having won the toss and choosing to kick with a solid 3-4 goal breeze they jumped out of the blocks early and snagged the first goal before Rock and SOC had enough time to make their way to the coaches box. Fear not, as the SKOB response was quick and decisive. Enjoying first use of the ball thanks to Crackers Keating Hodgey, SKOB were getting some nice clearances from the middle and it wasn’t long before they found a reply. Tiger Tim Fleming was proving a handful on the flank and o’ Captain my Captain – Patty Mount was proving a handy target up forward – then he pinged his calf. “Bring on Bowlesy” sang the chorus of the adoring faithful who had attended the KingDome in their droves (thanks for the support…). Robin did not let them down, drifting in from the wing and slotting home a goal – then he pinged his calf too… Meanwhile, the back line was holding up as best they could given that the Eagles had the breeze. Knick-Knack Paddy Mac was solid as always, Mako was silky with his incisive left footers piercing into the gale, Ben “I’m getting married in the morning” Marchesani was handy in his unusual role filling in for Kala on the back flank whilst Joel was providing the answer to every existentialists’ query by proving that there indeed was a Godde – although I think that he had his own moment of doubt when he was mercilessly pinged for a throw right in front of goal. It was goal for goal for the rest of the quarter. Each Craigieburn major was duly responded in kind by a SKOB goal – most likely kicked by Ben Altis, who didn’t just bring his own Sherrin to the game, but a fully inked pen that he handed to the scorers to mark down all the goals he would kick.
Now any Scotsman worth his salt will happily wax on for hours about the mighty presence of Big Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest mountain). Well that’s all well and good, but no Scot could ever claim that Ben Nevis was a patch on our own colossus - Ben Altis. The Altissimo Show was well and truly on, as he put the burners on Craigieburn to the tune of TEN GOALS! But more of that later. By the quarter time siren, SKOB held a slight lead, despite kicking in to the breeze
SKOB 5.1.31 v Craigieburn 4.1.25
The second stanza saw SKOB put on an absolute clinic. It was an incredible showing given that in 20 minutes with no time on, SKOB were able to slot through 10 goals. Crackers Hodgey just kept whacking it forward from the centre bounce, for the fleet of Chichie Campagna, Morls and Marchesani Nick to run onto and pump it long and direct. Chich was so pumped he wasn’t happy unless there were at least 3 Eagles trying to take him down, but contest after contest he burst through and just left them in his wake. Up forward, Tiger Tim decided that he was best positioned to sit in the goal square and take mark after mark, whilst Hinks was being his bustling best and just clearing the acres for Altissimo. Matty Lucas gave us his best 30 seconds of football since Fawkner, swinging on to his left and delivering a lace up pass – then he did his calf. On the wings we had Stoney and Matty Borgs Borgnine pumping back every attempt by the Eagles to clear the danger only to see it belted back through the big sticks. Ray Short in the goals was the busiest man on the ground as he was waving calicos with a frequency not even he could keep up with. Meanwhile all roads kept leading to Altis. By the time the bell rang to finish the half – SKOB had well and truly applied the torch to the Eagles, Altis had 7 and this bird was cooked.
SKOB 15.3.93 v CraigieBurn 4.1.25
Given that we were playing a fellow finalist who (should we bat deep into September) we may come up against, we wanted to keep the foot on the throttle in the second half. We knew that they would come out firing again and we were not disappointed – but that just gave more opportunities for our solid defense to stand even taller. Granted, the Eagles kicked a couple with the breeze, but SKOB snagged three of their own to the other end, and with Jake “No man is an” Ireland doing his best Jason Johannisen impression off the back flank and delivering lace up specials to Ben “I’m happy to share a couple around” Altis, and not forgetting The Drake with his handballs that were so slick and so smart that they were potential candidates to join Mensa. SKOB finished the quarter having set out what it planned to do and that was to outscore the opposition into the breeze again. With no bench left as the infirmary was full of cats with calf injuries, it was a pretty special effort – but there was one quarter to go.
SKOB 18.6.114 v Craigieburn 6.5.41
With all due respect to the visitors this game was well and truly done, and the puff was truly out of the pastry, but SKOB were determined to keep pressing forward. Altis was still 3 shy of double digits, and although the brains trust threw the magnets around for the last dance, Altissimo wasn’t going anywhere. Goal number 8 came from another great pass from No man is an Ireland, then Dave “it’s not like me, but I’m playing bruise free footy today” Sheehy dished him another, before the coup de grace that came after Snake (Foges isn’t the only swing man in this team) Mako marked strongly then dished a little delicacy on a plate and it was number 10 for Big Ben. Craigieburn to their credit kept battling on manfully in the last – none more so than the fella who was sporting one of the best Billy Ray Cyrus cuts I’ve seen in a long time. He was so convincing that I could have sworn I heard a few bars of Achy Breaky Heart as SKOB kicked towards 150 points. The backline refused to give an inch and again kept the opposition scoreless in a quarter. Marty Searle was impenetrable in the back pocket, and even the Meat Axe Strauss was able to pinch hit in the ruck and then charge forward to clear out space like a tasteless joke at an Adelaide Crows function.
When the siren finally sounded to put an end to the Home and Away season, SKOB had prevailed to the tune of 112 points. Alas, it probably won’t count a lot as we could not improve our ladder position and as such we will need to take on top team De La in the Semi Finals – but it will give great confidence to a side that needed it after dropping a game last time around.
With the dulcet tones of Toto’s Africa (yes you read that right) pumping out of the Snake Box after the game, SKOB were a pretty pleased bunch. The Eagles boys were good sports and hung around for some social vivacity and a couple of bevs at game’s end – and we thank them for that. Thanks also to DK and his crew for keeping the fans happy during the day and being a great support all year. Next stop – semi Finals – GO SKOB.
SKOB Masters 24.9.153
Goal Kickers: Ben Altis 10, Tim Fleming 5, John Fogarty 2, Mark Hinkley 2, Robin Bowles 1, Michael Hodgson 1, David Makohon 1, Nick Marchesani 1 & Matt Stonehouse 1.
Best Players: Ben Altis, Richard Campagna, Tim Fleming, Michael Hodgson, Jake Ireland, Joel Godde.
SKOB Saints Premier: The Road to the GF
After 14 games the SKOB Saints found themselves lost as they had the week off and a great chance to support the Saints in Division 4 in their preliminary final. The ressies played well and as a team especially fighting off challenges in the last quarter to rightly earn their spot in the Grand Final. After congratulating their team mates the girls got in their cars and went off to training at Basil Reserve. The girls were given a daily plan by the coaching staff, but the main message was to keep busy. When they find themselves idling at home, then they could go out for a jog, a kick of the footy or even call up a team mate.
Tuesday night after training Shannon Grant the SKOB senior coach spoke to the girls about finals week and how best to prepare for what is surely a nervous time for the girls. We have said to the girls that nothing changes. No new drills, nothing out of the ordinary - Business as usual.
2pm at Sportscover arena (Elsternwick Park) on Sunday the 20th August is the place to be. The SKOB Saints will be giving their ALL to win the inaugural VAFA Womens Premier league Premiership.
VAFA Awards: Cameron named 2017 Anytime Fitness Rising Star, Georgia Lupson wins Premier Leading Goal kicker
SKOB Saints forward, Sarah Cameron, was named the inaugural Anytime Fitness Rising Star overnight at the VAFA Wilson Women’s Awards Night.
Shortlisted alongside talented young guns Natalie MacDonald (Marcellin), Charlotte Pooley (Collegians), Meg Hermann (Old Carey) and India Tait (Old Brighton), Cameron was judged the winner on the back of a 27-goal and 15-vote season for the ladder-leading Saints.
Cameron, who kicked three goals for the Big V women’s side against AFL Goldfields in July, was named in the best on five occasions and kicked goals in 10 of her 11 games this season.
She bagged five against the Sheagles in Round 4 and has kicked two or more goals another eight times.
Well done Sarah!
Another honour for our Saints went to Georgia Lupson, who received the Leading Goal Kicker Award with 27 goals. Well done Georgia, the Saints will be looking forward to you adding another couple on the weekend!
In other VAFA Women's Awards, Fitzroy-ACU ruckman, Tash Ross-Harris, was crowned the first-ever William Buck Premier Women’s Best & Fairest winner
SKOB Saints pair, Eliza Straford and Sarah Cameron, rounded out the top six with 15 votes apiece, with one or the other polling the three votes in eight of the Saints’ 14 games. The Saints had the highest number of individual vote-getters with 16 polling at least once.