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The Highs & Lows of Football

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SKOB's Saints have experienced the highs and lows that are part and parcel of this wonderful game that is football.

The Saints have gone through the pure joy of finals victories and the pain of grand final defeat in the space of two weeks.

SKOBFC is tremendously proud of both our Premier Saints sides and achievements in 2017. Despite just falling short in the deciders, it has been a wonderful season by our women, coaches and support staff.

SKOB congratulates Marcellin on its Grand Final win in the Premier Division and the VAFA for putting together a great first season on Women's Football.

Match Report

We’ve come so far….

Well this is by far the hardest match report to write for obvious reasons. After 14 round of Premier football, the Skob Saints ventured to Elsternwick and Sportscover Arena to take on Marcellin in the Grand Final. The build up to the week was very good and the girls were naturally excited and nervous as the game got closer.
In the rooms prior you could see how excited the team was and they wandered around the room getting their hands on the football and nervously chatting. The girls went out onto the ground to warm up and the signs were good. The day could not have been better weather-wise and the stage was set.
Marcellin to their credit got out of the blocks early as usually the Saints have taken that roll in previous weeks. A few fumbles early by both teams was evident but they quickly settled down to find the Marcellin 15 points up and the quarter time.
2nd quarter the Skob Saints got more of a ball flow going and dominated the quarter. 5 Scoring shots to 0. Brownie and Ali Hynes in the ruck were starting to get on top and Eliza Straford and Breezer Doyle were bursting at the seams as they put everything on the line.
The third quarter saw Skob come back with Cameron taking a nice mark and putting one through and at the final change, it was Skob Saints 1 point down. Our backs were put under pressure for most of the day and Mclinden and Issy Rap were trying their heart out.
The last quarter saw Marcellin adopt a rugby style game which led to multiple ball-ups which prevented the Saints getting the ball quickly down to Lupson and Gaffey, while Cossen, Joyce and Weinstein battled hard all day. Marcellin scored their 3rd goal in the last, and the style of play didn’t allow the Saints free running game to pull up 7 shots short. I can say the girls always knew that have to work hard for this one and I know the coaching staff had belief right up till the end. The final win of the season are really hard to get.
Thanks to Coach Di Natale, the coaching staff, Ezio and the entire Skob Saints squad. Thirty-nine players helped the Saints get to the Grand Final and the Division 4 players at training all contributed to making a fantastic Skob Saints year. Congrats once again to Sarah Cameron winning the rising star award and Georgie Lupson for winning the competition goalkicking.
To our Skipper Scarlette Dunnell and the Leadership group who guided the troops throughout the year - a massive thank you. A big shout-out to all the parents who drove to games, washed jumpers and socks and supported the Saints. Lastly to Paul Murphy and Lisa Ring who has backed the Saints, kept them up to date with VAFA rules and regulations plus their support from both near and far was incredible.
Final Scores
Skob Saints 2.8.20 to Marcellin 3.9.27
Goal Kickers: S. Cameron, S. Straford
Best Players: A. Hynes, C. Brown, E. Straford, G. Fink, B. Doyle, G. Lupson

Recap from the VAFA website is below.

Sportscover Arena played host to three sensational Wilson Women’s Grand Finals today, with the combined winning margin just 10 points from all three matches. Marcellin Sheagles backed up their Lightning Premiership from earlier this season with the William Buck Premier flag alongside St Mary’s Salesian (Development Division 1) and Mazenod (Development Division 2).

Marcellin have capped off a sensational debut season as William Buck Premier champions after they defeated SKOB Saints by seven points at Sportscover Arena. The Sheagles were unrelenting in the first term and kicked two unanswered goals to take a 15-point lead into the first break, before holding off the minor premiers as they gradually kicked closer in the dying stages. Tessa Zagontinos starred late in the game when it was there to be won, kicking two goals alongside a best-on-ground performance from Laura Robertson. Alexandra Rock saved her best of the year for the grand final for the Sheagles, while Brianne Keogh was dominant across the four quarters. Anytime Fitness Rising Star Sarah Cameron fought valiantly up forward all day despite being constantly peppered by Sheagles’ defenders, while Georgie Lupson and Scarlett Dunell impressed. SKOB were outstanding throughout the season and went undefeated throughout the Premier home and away fixture.

Best on Ground Medallion: Laura Robertson (Marcellin)

Final Scores:

Marcellin 3.9.27 def SKOB 2.8.20

SKOB Saints (D4) gallant in defeat.

Our SKOB Saints unfortunately fell just short in the Premiership decider today at Trevor Barker Oval.

The girls fought bravely, fighting their way back into the contest after the half time break.  It wasn't to be for our Saints and we congratulate the Hawks on their victory today.  

Final Scores: 

Hawthorn AFC 4.7.31 def SKOB Saints 2.2.14

Goal Kickers: N. Aldridge, M. Meehan
Best Players: S. Zago, B. Croagh, C. Lloyd-McDougall, E. Wedgwood, E. Davies, A. Chisholm

Match Report

We came into the game as the underdogs and in the first quarter we really took the game up to a bigger, stronger Hawthorn team. Our attack on the ball and our determination to not be intimidated took them by surprise early on as we locked the ball in our forward line but couldn’t quite capitalise on all of our chances. Eventually we got the major we were looking for thanks to Nic’s opportunistic kick off the ground and that gave us a lift going into quarter time.

In the second quarter Hawthorn flexed their muscle with a couple of quick goals through their strong overhead presence, but we were able to peg one back thanks to Mads Meehan’s tackling pressure earning her a free kick 20m out. We managed to hold strong for the remainder of the half thanks to strong defence from Chloza, Zaags, Ceel, Morgs, Snelly, AJ, LM and Aimz.

In the second half our mid field lead by Captain Courageous Brita with support from Eb, Tina, Liz, BA and Wedge managed to close down the Hawks running and the game became a real arm wrestle played mainly in the Hawthorn forward half. Like we have done countless times this finals series we absorbed the blows and while we may have bent, we did not break. We continued to hold strong. I could not have been more prouder of a group of 24 players who gave their absolute all in every contest up to the final siren.

We put into practice everything we focused on over the past few weeks – creating space through shepherding, moving quickly to become targets, applying a huge amount of tackle pressure on our opposition. In the end we just couldn’t get the ball moving as well as we would have liked and found it hard to make inroads into Hawthorn’s lead.

While we came up short on Saturday, when I look back at the journey we have been on over the past six months I am so incredibly proud how we have grown individually as players and collectively as a team. 90% of our team were playing their first season of footy, so to make a Grand Final is an incredible achievement. You only need to ask any of the old blokes around the club about how hard it is to get to a Grand Final, let alone win one.

When I looked around and saw players directing out on the field and when I listened to the messages we were delivering to each other at the breaks and during the game I was so impressed. This was not how a team of first year players acts. This was how a well seasoned, experienced team behaves. Your growth and your willingness to continue to grow and learn has helped lay the foundation for this team to become a genuinely fearsome competitor in the years to come.

We have well and truly earned some time off to reflect on all we have achieved during season 2017. Do not forget to take time to celebrate your success this year with your friends and family and also spend some time setting some goals for next year. 

Recap from the VAFA website

Hawthorn AFC capped off their minor premiership in style, defeating SKOB Saints by 17 points in the Development Division 4 decider. After an even first term and with just four points separating the two sides, the Hawks kicked away in the second with 2.2 to one goal straight and took a two-goal lead into the main break. The Saints’ defensive prowess was on show in the second half as they galvanised and lost the half by just five points. Penny Brown backed up her Development Division 4 Best & Fairest Award after she was judged best afield from the officiating umpires, kicking a sensational right-foot snap in the second term and dominating around stoppages. Eleisha Lilley and Diamantina Kloufetos impressed throughout the full four quarters for the Hawks, while Stephanie Zago and captain Brittany Croagh led from the front for the valiant Saints. Croagh was particularly impressive in the second half when the Saints locked the game down.

Best on Ground Medalist: Penny Brown (Hawthorn AFC)

Seniors get the Blues

University Blues and St Kevin’s met in what could be a finals preview, with the Blues snapping SKOB’s nine-game winning streak and running out 44-point winners at Uni Oval. Nine of the first 11 goals paved the way for the Blues’ outstanding win as Jeremy Taylor continued his outstanding form with four goals in a best-on-ground display. Both Dan Batarilo and Tom Quinn chipped in with two goals each for the Blues, while Michael Di Natale and Steven Salopek were the best for SKOB. The win solidified a finals spot for the Blues as they now move three games clear of OM’s and Xavs in fifth and sixth spot.

Final Scores: 

Uni Blues 13.16.94 def SKOB 7.8.50

Goal Kickers: S. Gilham 2, J. Schulz 2, M. Di Natale, M. Jamar, Z. Ginies
Best Players: M. Di Natale, S. Salopek, C. Matheson, S. Critchley, L. Sullivan, G. Gleeson

Around the Grounds in Premier

Old Trinity snapped a nine-game losing streak and moved a game clear of the relegation zone after they defeated Old Xaverians by 23 points at Daley Oval. The win gives the T’s a one-game buffer over University Blacks and Beaumaris in eighth spot on the ladder while the loss puts a dent in the Xavs’ finals ambitions as they must now win both remaining and rely on De La to lose theirs.

Beaumaris claimed their second win in three weeks via a thrilling six-point victory over University Blacks at Banksia Reserve. The Blacks are now on equal points with the Sharks and both sides hold down ninth and 10th on the ladder, but sit just one win behind the T’s.

Collegians came from 24 points down at half time and secured a hard-fought eight-point victory over De La Salle at Harry Trott Oval. While the Lions are already entrenched in the top four and likely top two, De La remain a game and a half clear of the chasing pack in fourth with two matches remaining.

Old Melburnians proved far too strong for St Bedes/Mentone Tigers in their Round 16 clash, defeating them by 72 points at Sportscover Arena. OM's now move within a game and a half of De La but must win both games while also relying on them to slip twice.

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