SKOB triumph at the King
St Kevin's has started the 2017 William Buck Premier season in fine style, defeating Uni Blues by 42 points at the King on Saturday.
SKOB led from start to finish to record the seven goal win, eleven skobbers hitting the scoreboard pleasing coach Shannon Grant.
Here is a brief summary from the VAFA website. More to follow shortly on the Seniors great start.
St Kevin’s vice-captain Nick Wood led from the front as his side secured a comprehensive seven-goal victory over University Blues at TH King Oval. Wood kicked three goals for the match and racked up disposals at will as SKOB outscored their opponents in every quarter. Lachlan Sullivan bagged three for the home side while Mitch Brown registered the first goal for the day with a 55m bomb. Ross Young made a successful return to the Blues after a year in the country and Kieran Harper was hard at the contest all day.
Scores, Goal Kickers & Best Players
SKOB 15.15. 103 def Uni Blues 8.13. 61
Goal Kickers: N. Wood 3, L. Sullivan 3, M. Brown, A. Lynch, B. Kanakis, J. Schulz, J. Holden, B. Dowd, L. Andrews, S. Critchley, H. Parkes
Best Players: N. Wood, L. McKenzie, L. Sullivan, L. Andrews, A. Lynch, C. Matheson
ROUND ONE SUMMARY
The Club started its 2017 campaign with three wins and seven loses. The Seniors & SKOB Saints were most impressive, securing seven goal and nine goal wins respectively.
It wasn't an ideal start for our three Under 19 sides on Saturday (no, that is not a typo - we have three). Over 60 Under's players represented the Club on the weekend, a tremendous achievement in itself. De La recorded a hard fought three goal win in Premier Division whilst Old Xavs were too strong in the Reserves.
It was one win apiece for our Thirds sides and the Masters found the going tough against De La Salle at the King on Sunday. SKOB unable to register a goal in the 35 point loss.
No games this week and we return for Round 2 on Saturday April 22nd.sing the song!
Enjoy the SKOB Saints singing the song!
LOCAL NEWSPAPER WRAP
Jay Schulz, ex-Port Adelaide, and Mitch Brown, ex-West Coast Eagles, make winning debuts for St Kevin’s Old Boys
Phil Skeggs, Progress Leader
BUSY off-season recruiting has paid early dividends for St Kevin’s Old Boys after a 42-point win over University Blues in the opening round took it to top spot on the Premier ladder on Saturday.
SKOBs were firm favourites going into the match at T.H. King Oval in Glen Iris, having appointed former North Melbourne and Sydney Swans star Shannon Grant as coach and securing some handy former AFL-listed players.
Jay Schulz (Port Adelaide) and Mitch Brown (West Coast Eagles) debuted – Brown setting the tone with a goal from 55m at the start of the game.
SKOBs have also regained the services of Nick Wood, who spearheaded the win with three goals. Lachlan Sullivan also scored three.
They were among 11 goalkickers for the home side, underlining the depth and potency of a line-up that also boasts Lachlan McKenzie who played for the AFLNT under-18 Thunder State Academy team last year.
St Kevin’s led throughout, with a 20-point buffer at quarter-time, 31 points at the main break and 37 points at the final change before winning 15.13 (103) to 8.13 (61).
Wood was best afield along with McKenzie and Sullivan.
SKOBs president Paul Murphy said the appointment of Grant and Jess Sinclair, who was coaching St Mary’s Salesians last season, as a senior assistant coach were pivotal to retaining a talented group of under-19 premiership players from last year.
“We have terrific talent coming through in that group,” he said. “We never used to retain 23-plus – they would go to uni and join other clubs. But we have been focusing on retaining them and following up in the last three or four years.
“And Shannon Grant and (senior assistants) Tom Williams, Jess Sinclair and Guy Martin, are teaching these guys how to play senior football.”
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
Beaumaris has kick-started their return to William Buck Premier with a 10-point lightning-affected victory over Old Melburnians at Banksia Reserve. The game was abandoned 16 minutes into the final term due to lightning shortly after the Sharks kicked the only goal for the term.
Collegians overturned a 27-point first-quarter deficit and ran out 19-point victors against St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval.
Four unanswered goals in the final quarter helped Old Trinity to a stunning two-point come-from-behind victory over University Blacks at Uni Oval. The T’s trailed by 41 points at half time, but showcased their maturity with an eight goal second half led by a four-goal haul from Seb Nicolosi.
Eight unanswered goals in the fourth term led Old Xaverians to a 36-point come-from-behind victory over De La Salle under lights at Toorak Park last night. Trailing by 15 points at the last break, the Xavs were relentless as Brendan Goss and Bill Gowers kicked two each in the fourth.
After what seemed like a very long, hot and arduous pre-season it was a big sigh of relief to finally wake up on a Saturday morning and be able to compete for 4 points. After bowing out in a disastrous preliminary final, we got a chance to get a slight taste of redemption against foe Old Xaverian’s Black in a blockbuster round 1 encounter.
Filling all 24 spots with quality footballers, we were optimistic about the game although we had not trained a lot together. Kicking with the wind in the opening quarter, this was evident as we failed to capitalise on the score board. Old Xav’s foot skills were admittedly superb for an opening game, managing to score vital goals against the 3 goal breeze to go into the first break with a slight lead.
It was a hot footy in the second quarter. Big hits, tackles and old school tough footy was viewed in a tight contest. SKOB slowly started to piece some nice set plays together, however Xavier used the breeze effectively to go into the main break up by 3 goals.
The third quarter we finally managed to get some fluent play together. Whilst we were incredibly accurate in the first half, our third quarter resulted in us kicking 3 goals and 11 points. That, along with some undisciplined free kicks and down fields meant we were continuously chasing the Xavier lead.
The fourth quarter we seemed to have finally snapped out of our big summer, at once stage getting to within 10 points of the opposition, however it was too little too late. Xavier kicked late goals in red time to send the margin out to around 5 goals, and were clearly the better team on the day.
We gained a lot of positives out of the loss, and we have acknowledged we can’t expect to come down to training as late as what some of us did and expect to beat clubs like Old Xaverian’s. We will be better for the loss and look forward to another hard contest against Old Xav’s Black in Round 18.
After some compulsory training Saturday night and Sunday morning, we look forward to getting out rhythm back and heading out to Royal Parade to take on Uni Blues in where we will throw everything to get our first 4 points for 2017.
SKOB SAINTS - DEV LEAGUE
It was tough introduction to the VAFA for the Saints Reserves. Old Brighton came at us hard from the start and after weathering the storm in the first quarter we really showed some resolve in repelling their attacks. Issie J, LM, Liz, Snell, Britt and Steph A all worked really hard to stop their run and start creating opportunities for us in the middle. Old Brighton had 3 or 4 stronger, bigger players that took the game on and we just weren’t able to go with them.
I couldn’t fault our endeavour and attitude even when Old Brighton got on a roll in the third quarter. Mads, Steph A, Patto and El all put their bodies on the line in trying to win the ball. Our spirit and willingness to compete lived true to our standards of Belief, United, Disciplined and Selfless. We put together a number of really good short passages of play with handball or a kick out of defence and then into our forward half. Our challenge is to string these together more consistently.
We have two weeks before we take on Old Xavs at home again. This will certainly not be easy but I am confident we are up for the challenge and ready to build on our foundation.
Final Scores: SKOB Saints 0. 1. 1 def by Old Brighton 12. 8. 80
Best Players: Issie J, LM, Emm T, Snell, Liz, Steph A
REMINDER - NO GAMES THIS WEEK
A reminder to all that there will be no games next week. The SKOB e-news will return next week with a look at the Round 2 action.
Please make note of the following Club Events (see below) and if you haven't checked out our Weeping Willow Membership options, please do so!
Saturday April 29th
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O'Donoghues First Real Estate Luncheon
Saturday May 13th
Happy Easter to all, stay safe over the break and GO SKOB!