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Under 19 Reserves go Back to Back to Back, Reserves progress to GF

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From the President

A great weekend of football for the St Kevin's Old Boys with the Under 19 Premier Reserves defeating De La in the Grand Final and our Reserves side joining the Seniors and Premier Thirds Gold teams in this weeks Grand Finals.

For our Under 19 Reserve side, it's three in a row with Ian Ledder guiding the side to victory in 2015, Jon Taylor in 2016 and now Wayne Oswald. Our success in the Under 19 competitions has been outstanding, which is both reflective of the great coaching staff and programs implemented at the Club, but the grounding and tuition that the College Football Program provides them with.  It certainly is a terrific advantage for us.

A quick snapshot:

2011 - U19 South  - Finals

2012 - U19 South - Finals

2013 - Premier - Finals (first year in Premier Division)

2014 - Premier - Finals (first year 2 teams since 2000)

        - Section 4 - Premiers             

2015 - Premier - Finals

        - Premier Reserve - Premiers

2016 - Premier - Premiers

        - Premier Reserve - Premiers

2017 - Premier - Finals

        - Premier Reserve - Premiers (Three premierships in a row)

        - Premier Reserve (3) - First year three teams ever

To reach this point in season 2017, has been eight long years in the making. The SKOB family have been watching stars like Wood, Ginies, Coates, Kanakis, Gleeson, Merritt, Wallis & Di Natale (just to name a few) develop into Senior players from the Under 19 incubator. After four years of putting the tangibles in place to attract players that could help develop this young group, we find ourselves vying for three premierships, with the the core of these three teams progressing from First XVIII football, through the 19's, Reserves and now into the senior ranks.

What a way to celebrate the Club's 70th year with the Seniors, Reserves and Thirds all playing in Grand Finals.  I expect a crowd just as big as the one that saw the Chicago Cubs break its hoodoo given we are having our second only crack at a Premier Flag.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday and SKOB Hill making plenty of noise!

GO SKOB

PS: Don't forget we have the Bendigo Bank Grand Final Luncheon at Kooyong this Friday and Jack Douglas Medal Thursday week. 

Under 19's : Three-peat

Congratulations to SKOB's Under 19 Premier Reserves side, who claimed its third successive premiership on Sunday.

SKOB led at every change to recorded a 62 point win with a nine goal final quarter onslaught allowing the players and coaching staff to enjoy a stress free final term.

Dom Xaiz followed up from his runner up award in the Premier 19's Reserves Best and Fairest claiming the medal for the best player on the field.  

Ben Pearce continued his rich vein of form in front of the big sticks, kicking five goals to go with his 8 in the preliminary final last week.

Match Report

On a perfect day for football - the SKOB's U19 Reserves played perfect grand final day football. 

As expected both teams had come to play the contested ball. In the first half the crowd were treated to a head to head contest - no quarter given and none asked for. Consequentially, the scores were low and neither team had the ascendancy in the game at the half time siren.

The game was very much in balance leading into the final half of season 2017. As in any arm wrestle, eventually something had to give. 

SKOB's withheld the serious challenge by De La Salle in the middle stages of the third quarter and turn for home with a reasonable advantage on the scoreboard and an increasing wind heading their way.

Remarkably, the whole team lifted. There was a sniff that something special was coming. Within 5 minutes of the final quarter commencing the game was over.  The boys refused to sit back and soak up the win, they poured the goals on - eventually winning by 10 goals.

In typical style of this amazing team the best on ground award could have been handed to any one of 3 or 4 SKOB's players. It was won by Dominic Xaiz, which was fitting considering his efforts throughout the season and his brilliance during the oppositions do or die efforts in the all important third quarter. 

Congratulations to the team - it was their team first mentality that made a premiership thinkable and it was their team first that made it a reality. 

Final Scores: SKOB 16.18. 114 def De La Salle 7.10.52

Goal Kickers: B. Pearce 5, Bird 2, J. Langton, O. Zemdegs, L. Bown, T. Shanley, L. Sfetkidis, H. Fithall, E. Ryan, L. Campbell, T. Andriske
Best Players: H. Hopkins, J. Langton, L. Bown, T. Shanley, T. Andriske, D. Xaiz
 
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Reserves progress to the Grand Final

The Reserves have joined their senior counterparts in next weeks Grand Final after its hard fought win over Uni Blues on Sunday.  Little separated the two teams at each break, both teams able to negate the effect of the breeze. 

Kicking to the scoring end in the final term, SKOB trialed by three points.  A three goal to one final term seeing SKOB record a 15 point win.

Final Scores: SKOB 9.9. 63 def Uni Blues 7.6. 48

Goal Kickers: S. Kennedy 2, L. Nankervis 2, F. Keely, L. Mahoney, P. Karageorgiou, F. Bonacci, T. Cunningham
Best Players: T. Cunningham, J. Nash, T. Sullivan, L. Mahoney, M. Shanahan, J. Stewart

Lachie Sullivan - 2017 Rising Star Award Winner

SKOBFC congratulates hard nosed midfielder/forward Lachie Sullivan on becoming the VAFA's Rising Star Award winner for season 2017.  

Lachie Sullivan first played First XVIII football at SKC in 2013 while in Year 10. He went on to win the B & F Award in 2015.

He came to SKOB’s in 2016 as an U19 player and is still qualified to play U19s football this season but he has never played for the SKOB U19 team!! He played 10 Senior games and 4 Reserve games in 2016 and 18 Senior games in 2017. He was named in this year’s VAFA Premier Team of the Year and will be a contender for SKOB’s Jack Douglas Medal Thursday week.

Well done on a stellar 2017 season Lachie.

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