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SKOBBERS shine for the Big V
Congratulations to the VAFA's representative team who defeated AFL VIC Country by 82 points on the weekend.
Six SKOBBERS were selected in the team, a terrific reward for their season's thus far.
Skipper Anthony Lynch, Bill Coates, Gerrard Gleeson, Tom Jok, Sam Critchley and Mitch Brown did SKOB proud as the Big V ran out easy winners.
Plugger was named Best on Ground in the big win and Tom Jok the Spirit of the Big V Award.
Big V Seniors Salute
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The Big V senior side registered their first win over AFL Victoria Country since 2013 as they comprehensively defeated their rivals by 82 points at Frankston Oval.
With 12 players making their senior debut, the Big V went head-to-head with the Country in the first term, with Jason Tutt (De La Salle) repelling several forward thrusts from half back with skill and poise.
The VAFA trailed by eight points at quarter time but exploded in the second with nine unanswered goals.
Nick De Steiger (Old Melburnians) and best-on-ground award recipient Anthony Lynch (St Kevin’s) were instrumental in the Big V’s second term dominance, giving Tom Paule (Old Melburnians) and Viv Michie (Collegians) first use from every ruck contest. Al Armstrong (Old Melburnians) starred as he finished off the great work from the Big V midfield and he headed into the main break with five goals.
The Country regained momentum in the third term and reduced the margin to just 26 points at the final break, before the Big V finished with a bang, kicking 10 goals to one in the final term.
Jack Bull (Old Scotch), Sam Hibbins (Collegians) and Brendan Iezzi (Old Trinity) excelled across the four quarters, with Iezzi entering the centre ruck contest alongside Paule in the second term and playing a leading role in the Big V’s goal blitz.
Thomas Jok’s (St Kevin’s) second half was the best of any player on the ground and he was deservedly rewarded with the Spirit of the Big V. Armstrong finished the day with seven goals and was named the VAFA’s best player, alongside three-goal hauls from Hibbins, Sam Critchley (St Kevin’s) and Stephen Milne (Beaumaris).
Josh Freezer (Old Melburnians) and Bill Coates (St Kevin’s) led a dominant back six for the Big V, with Sam Crocker (Old Carey) and Sam Williams (De La Salle) providing outstanding run and carry alongside Tutt.
82 points is the VAFA’s largest win in the 33-year history against the Country, eclipsing our 60-point win at Elsternwick Park in 2001.
Earlier in the day, the U19’s showcased elite talent and determination as they came from 23 points down at the last break and fell agonisingly short by just four points against the Country.
A four-goal to one final term led by captain Tom Cameron (Old Melburnians) and Tate Short (SBMT) gave the U19’s their closest loss since last beating the Country in 2013.
Vice-captain Alex Mastromanno was unstoppable when the ball entered the Big V’s forward 50, backing up his sensational start to the year at Old Brighton with five of the Big V’s nine majors.
Christian Carnovale (Hampton Rovers) and Sam Michael (De La Salle) were outstanding throughout the entire game, while Short chipped in with two goals.
Best: Lynch, Freezer, Paule, Michie, Armstrong, Tutt
Goals: Armstrong 7, Milne 3, Critchley 3, Hibbins 3, Burbury 2, Cassidy 2, Jok 2, Humphrey 1, Paule 1
Spirit of the Big V: Thomas Jok
Best VAFA Player: Al Armstrong
Best on Ground: Anthony Lynch