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SKOB consolidates at the top of Premier

St Kevin’s proved too strong for Old Xaverians earlier today as they ran out 15-point winners at Xavier College. Gerard Gleeson gave his strongest performance in 2017 as he starred throughout the full four quarters, winning contested ball and finishing with two goals. Sam Critchley impressed for SKOB, while Jay Schulz ended up with three majors. It was the second time SKOB have defeated Xavs this year as they strengthened their position atop the ladder.

Former skipper Ben Dowd was amongst SKOB's best in game number 200.

SKOB Saints (1 & 2) reaffirmed their positions at the top with comprehensive wins on Saturday. Saints (1) defeated Old Xaverians at Xavier College by 39 points whilst the Saints (2) were big winners over Fitzroy (2) at Basil Street Reserve.  

Honours were even in the Thirds clashes with Xavs. The Gold team winning a thriller by six points and the Green team going down by 11 points. 

The Under 19 Premier side continued its recent dominance over Xavs, leading from start to finish to run out 23 point winners. The win moves SKOB into third place. St Kevin's (2) enjoyed a 83 point win over Xav's, Ben Pearce the star up forward with 6 goals. That's 25 goals in nine matches for the youngster.

This week the boys head back to school - taking on Collegians on the hallowed St Kevin's College turf for Foundation Day. We look forward to seeing SKOBBERS across all playing era's at the College on Saturday.

GO SKOB

VAFA: Shannon Grant’s St Kevin’s gets over James McDonald’s Old Xaverians

St Kevin’s consolidated top spot in Premier after a 15-point win over reigning premiers Old Xaverians at Xavier College on Saturday.

Midway through the opening quarter, SKOBs slammed on three goals in nine minutes to take a seven-point lead by the first change.

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Dowdy brings up 200 - SKOB Milestones

This week Ben Dowd, one of SKOBFC’s greatest ever players, achieves Life membership through playing his 200th game. Ben first joined SKOB back in 2004 coming straight from the college, he played both Seniors and U19’s in his first year, and it was obvious very early that we had a special player on our hands. Ben finished R/U in the Under 19 B & F Award despite playing a large number of senior games that year. It was only a few years later that Ben not only became one of the most important players at our club, but he also stamped himself as one of the best midfielders in the competition.

Ben has been a regular Big V representative throughout his career, where he always shone on the big stage, he was named best on ground in the 2009 game against the EFL and was in the best in all other appearances, he also Captained the Big V in 2010 which is a reflection of how highly respected he was within the VAFA. Ben was also named in the All Australian amateur team to tour Ireland in 2008.

It’s at Skob however where Ben has made the biggest impression, as club Captain from 2008 to 2012 he led the whole club forward, driving the place on and off field, ensuring that a strong culture was built and maintained as we moved forward into what it is today. Ben has been a Senior B&F winner and 3 time R/U at our club. He has dedicated his life to our football club over the past 14 years and no one was more deserving in 2015 to receive his premiership medallion after so many years of hard work and dedication.

With an injury sidelining him in 2016, it’s absolutely fantastic to see Ben back out dominating the park again in 2017. An incredible achievement to reach 200 games and life membership, Ben you have been nothing short of a legend in our clubs history and you thoroughly deserve everything you get. Your legacy will continue long after you have finished playing and for that the whole club is incredibly grateful.

Ben, you have had amazing support throughout your whole career from your family, in particular Mick, Jane, Paddy and Tim, as well as your beautiful wife Jill and future Skobber little Joshy. As they would be, we are all incredibly proud of you and we wish you all the very best both for this year and the future.

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SKOB on Top at half way point

St Kevin's has moved into outright ladder leader at the half way point of the William Buck Premier Season after its 62 point win over St Bedes Mentone. 

Jay Schulz had his kicking boots on again, leading all scorers with seven goals, whilst Shaun Kennedy booted four in the sides big win.

The SKOB Saints also sit atop of the ladder in the Women's Premier Division - defeating the Brunswick Renegades. 

Around the Grounds in Premier

The Round 9 clash between Collegians and Old Xaverians was abandoned 59 minutes into the fourth quarter after a lengthy delay due to a severe leg break to defender Jarryd Skene. With six minutes of playing time left on the clock, the Xavs led by seven points and Brendan Goss would have been lining up for his second goal to try and put the Xavs in front by 13 after marking inside 50. The VAFA Board will now meet to decide the distribution of premiership points. The VAFA extends its best wishes to Jarryd in his recovery.

University Blacks and Beaumaris played out one of the most exciting games of the year, with the Blacks edging past the Sharks by just three points at Uni Oval. 

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Past Players / Foundation Day

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A favourite on the SKOB calendar is when the Old Boys return to the College for Foundation Day.

Also promoted as a Past Players Day - we encourage all SKOBBERS to join us for the Liston Landers Luncheon in the College Pavilion.

The Club is celebrating 70 Years - so please join us for this historic occasion.

You'll enjoy a three-course lunch, beer, wine and soft drink and some SKOB hospitality for $100 per person

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Saints selected in inaugural Big V

The first-ever Women’s Big V squad has been released ahead of the VAFA’s July 9 clash against AFL Goldfields in North Ballarat.

In a groundbreaking event for the VAFA and its newest players, 61 women have been selected from 30 clubs. Eight clubs have three representatives and 22 of the 61 hail from the women’s Premier section – the most of any.

Old Trinity lead the way with four representatives, while Caulfield Grammarians, Fitzroy-ACU, Marcellin, Old Camberwell, Old Geelong, Old Haileybury, Old Xaverians and SKOB Saints each have three.

SKOB congratulates Bree Doyle, Sarah Cameron & Eliza Stratford on their selection

The selected women will meet on June 14 for the first time under new coach John Kanis and the final 22 will be selected prior to the July 9 clash after a number of training sessions.

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SKOB salutes in a thriller in Murph's 200th game

SKOB ensured Matt Murphy celebrated his milestone match with victory, coming from behind in the dying stages to record its seventh win for the season.

SKOB and Old Melburnian's have played out some dramatic matches over the past few seasons and today was no exception. 

A free kick in the 25th minute of the fourth term handed St Kevin’s the winning goal as they defeated Old Melburnians by six points at TH King Oval. SKOB trailed at every break throughout the day but piled on four goals to one to escape with the four points.

Sam Critchley was named best afield for the winning side and Thomas Jok (1) continued his outstanding season while Jay Schulz top-scored with three goals.

Sam Gibbons was the best for OMs alongside perennial star, Tom Paule (2), and George Hurley-Wellington.

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Murph reaches 200 Game Milestone

The St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club congratulates one its favorite sons and Premiership Player Matt Murphy on reaching the magical 200 game milestone. 

Matt finished his time at St.Kevin’s College in 2005 and joined the old boys the following year in 2006.

It didn't take long for Matt to make an impression on the club as a cheeky forward pocket, he played Senior footy in his first year and his goal celebrations quickly became a trademark of a guy who gave great energy to his teammates. 

Over the next 12 years Matt dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the club, on and off field he has done everything in his powers to drive the club forward and in 2015 he so deservedly achieved the ultimate team success winning the 2015 Premier B Grand Final. 

On field, Matt's game has evolved over his time, starting as a forward he then went back during the middle of his career and now find himself finishing his footy being played forward and even the odd midfield rotation these days. 

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SKOB Bounces Back

St Kevin's Senior side quickly put last week's disappointment behind them, SKOB dominating its contest with Uni Blacks.  Spearhead Jay Schulz had his kicking boots on this week booting six majors in the sides 80 point win. Lachlan Sullivan was names SKOB's best whilst youngster Thomas Jok continued to wow the SKOB faithful with his athleticism, with another terrific performance (pictured below against Old Xavs). Shannon Grant's men sit in second position on the Premier Ladder on percentage, with De La Salle defeating the previously undefeated Collegians. SKOB returns to the King this week against Old Melburnians. 

Final Scores: St Kevin's 18.21 (129) def University Blacks 8.1 (49)

GOAL KICKERS: J. Schulz 6, S. Kennedy 3, B. Kanakis 2, S. Salopek 1, M. Murphy 1, H. Parkes 1, L. Sullivan 1, M. Di Natale 1, B. Dowd 1, T. Cunningham 1

BEST PLAYERS: L. Sullivan, T. Jok, J. Schulz, H. Lagastes, W. Coates, B. Dowd

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Round 6 Review

CODE OF CONDUCT

The St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club is committed to providing a friendly, constructive and inclusive environment for its members and places great value on fairness, sportsmanship, safety and socially acceptable behavior. The Code of Conduct is intended to reflect those values, as well as providing a clear set of expectations and behaviours for all Club Members.

Following on from Saturday night's match, this serves as a timely reminder of the behavioural expectations of all involved at the Football Club.

We encourage you all, whether that be as a player, parent, sponsor, Weeping Willow, past player, volunteer, coach or committee person to please respect the code and continue to enjoy the atmosphere, camaraderie and sense of the belonging that the St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club provides. 

Please take a moment to read the Club's Code of Conduct, which is attached below.

Also the committee has agreed unanimously to form an ethics subcommittee which will be independent of the committee who will deal with breaches of the code and will be handing out sanctions or mediation where required 

There will be further information to follow regarding the ethics Sub Committee in upcoming newsletters.

GO SKOB

St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club Code of Conduct.pdf

COLLEGIANS POWER AWAY UNDER SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Collegians proved too strong in the top of the table clash on Saturday night. Collegians led from start to finish, with a blistering seven goal second term giving the home side a commanding lead at the main break. SKOB showed some resistance and fight in the third term, but Collegians continued to hit the scoreboard and in end the final term it become a rout, with a six goal to one final quarter.  Collegians continue its unbeated run in 2017 with a 90 point win.

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Round 5: SKOB storms home to make it 5 from 5

FROM THE PRESIDENT

We had one of the best teams I've ever seen at SKOB last week, but it was on a Thursday night - Steak Night.

Robin Bowles led superbly and was supported on the BBQ by Ben Garvey and John Gilham. Inside Louise Wood, the driving force behind the change, was assisted by Kate Di Natale and Lisa Ginies who put together the accompanying salads and baked potatoes. We cooked 105 steaks and over 100 hotdogs - there were a lot of hungry mouths to feed!

Thank you to this well-oiled machine. I’m sure this was the reason behind the seniors comeback victory.

We have a special report from Michael Kelly below on Saturday's corker, so I won’t expand on a performance I haven’t seen since the 2015 Grand Final.  Emotionally, it was a de ju and certainly not good for the heart second time round!

Saints Premier had a great win and look setup for the season while Saints Premier Reserves fell short by a point (not enough steak) but are gelling well as a team. Under 19 Premier had a solid win sitting fourth on the ladder. Both Thirds and the other two Under 19’s unfortunately played each other which on a positive guaranteed two wins, hopefully we can get a solution by 2018. SKOB White, the third Under 19 team coached by Will Doble have been up against it each week playing three grades over where they should be but improve every week, another great SKOB team that I am really proud of.

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Round 4 Review - SKOB remain unbeaten

ROUND FOUR SUMMARY

St Kevin’s leapfrogged Collegians to take top spot on the William Buck Premier ladder with a comprehensive 84-point victory over Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. SKOB held the Sharks to just two goals by the half time break, while sending through 8.12 of their own for a 48-point lead. Despite the Sharks more than tripling their score by game’s end, SKOB proved too powerful as their defensive pressure on the ball carrier was again a highlight. Henry Parkes (four) and Zach Ginies (four) combined for eight as Ginies continued his goal kicking form after bagging five last week. Connor Ross provided great run and carry for SKOB alongside standout performances from Gerard Gleeson and Nick Wood.

Our Saints teams were both victorious whilst our Masters notched up its first victory of the season with a sterling performance against Brunswick. Make sure you check out Mako's comprehensive match report below. 

 

SKOB SLAY SHARKS

SKOB won their 4th game of the 2017 season, and moved to the top of the Premier A ladder with a comprehensive victory over Beaumaris.

The game started in cold wet and blustery conditions, with Beaumaris having the advantage of a strong wind in the first quarter.

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Round 3 Review

SKOB IMPRESS AT THE KING

St Kevin’s produced their most impressive performance of the season to date, defeating Old Trinity by 39 points at TH King Oval.

Neither side kicked accurately in the first half but 19 scoring shots to eight gave SKOB a 36-point lead at the main break. Luther Juric and Anthony Scott led the T’s third-term comeback, with the slick left-footer nailing 3.2 and helping to bring the T’s to within 12 points at three quarter time.

However, SKOB proved too strong down the stretch and kicked five goals to one in the final term, with Gerard Gleeson (one) and Zac Ginies (five) leading the charge. Nick Wood continued his standout season and Steven Salopek returned for a successful first match back after announcing his retirement last year.

Young T’s ruckman, Harry Thompson, fought hard against Mark Jamar all day in a standout display. The T’s played a man down when Nick Meerman went off with injury in the first quarter as did SKOB.

(from the VAFA website)

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SKOB make it two in a row

St Kevin’s maintained their unbeaten streak at the top of William Buck Premier with a four-goal victory over De La Salle at Waverley Oval. Ben Dowd was the pick of the SKOB’s as Jay Schulz, Billy Kanakis, Zach Ginies and Mark Jamar kicked two goals each. Adrian Indovino (four) was damaging in front of goal for De La while Tom Humphrey and Jason Tutt led from the front, but they were unable to solidify their first win and sit ninth on the ladder.

(from vafa.com.au)

St Kevin’s showcased the utmost confidence in their pre-season recruitment policy and have since started the season with impressive victories over University Blues and De La Salle. Tall timber was the main ingredient coming into SKOB with the well-publicised enlistment of Jay Schulz, Mark Jamar and Mitch Brown but having defeated the fast-paced De La by four goals at Waverley Oval, pace seems not the slightest issue.

After kicking just one goal in the first term, the engine room of Ben Dowd and Nick Wood accelerated and helped SKOB to 12 of the next 19 goals while somewhat negating the running power of De La on home soil.

Despite their second consecutive loss, De La will certainly hit their straps in coming weeks with Adrian Indovino’s four goals to close out the match as promising as the ball-winning ability of Jason Tutt and the Williams brothers.

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Lizzie's Time to Shine, SKOB Leaders, Round 2 Preview & More

Lizzie's Time to Shine

SKOBFC congratulates Lizzie Wardlaw from the Saints, after her selection to represent the St Kilda Football Club Women's team in an exhibition curtain raiser match before St Kilda v Geelong on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

The selection recognises Lizzie's great talent whilst also identfying her as a player to watch as the AFL Women's Competition grows in the coming years.

According to team mates, Lizzie is a skillful, intelligent player and lightening quick across the ground. She is a very reserved and humble character. 

All from SKOB wish Lizzie the best of luck on Sunday.

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From the St Kilda website:

On Sunday 23 April at 12:45 pm a dedicated team of women will live out their dream of playing at the beloved Etihad Stadium, in front of an excited crowd, wearing the Saints guernsey. The newly establish St Kilda Women’s team will take to the field before the Round 5 clash against Geelong with high hopes of taking home the ANZAC Challenge Cup.

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Friday Night Lights - Saints v Fitzroy-ACU

The SKOB Saints will be in the spotlight this Friday Night as they tackle Fitzroy-ACU under lights at the hallowed Victoria Park.

The Saints hit the ground full of running in Round 1, with a comprehensive win over Ajax.  Fitzroy-ACU were also dominant in the opening round, defeating the Brunswick Renegades by seven goals. 

We encourage all SKOBBER's to get down to Vic Park and support the Saints as they look to make it two in a row.

First bounce is at 7:20pm.

GO SAINTS.

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Sully named Round 1 Grill'd Rising Star

Congratulations to Lachlan Sullivan who has been named the Round 1 Grill’d Rising Star for his three-goal haul and starring performance in St Kevin’s 42-point victory against University Blues in Round 1.

Lachlan first started playing at St Kevin’s when he was a student at the college in 2010 and played for the school’s first U18 football team from year 10 through to year 12. He commenced his career at SKOB’S in 2016 having also played with Port Melbourne in that year.

Lachlan plays a lot like Jack Ziebell with his attack on the ball and has many strengths; including, being a tough inside mid providing options up forward, skillful with the football and he is renowned for loving his leftovers at St Kevin’s.

Lachlan has a great work ethic and trains very well in every session.

Senior coach, Shannon Grant, describes Lachlan as having a good attitude for a young guy and that is one of the main reasons he has started so well.

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Ladies Luncheon

Ladies of SKOB - it's your turn to enjoy the footy in style.

Saturday 29th April is the date as SKOB tackles Old Trinity

The luncheon is kicking off at 11:45am. Gentlemen are also welcome.

The price is $50 per head and includes a three-course meal.

SKOB in Business Members are complimentary. 

All attendees must book online for catering purposes.

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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

Seniors

SKOB 15.15. 103 def Uni Blues 8.13. 61

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Round One is here!

Round One is here!

Finally, after a long and arduous pre-season that's seen the appointment of a new Senior Coach, addition of a second women's team and plenty of blood, sweat & tears behind the scenes, the footy is back this weekend!

It's a significant year for the St Kevin's Old Boys as we celebrate our 70th Year.  In 2017, SKOB will

  • field 10 Teams
  • allow 250+ players to participate each week
  • become the biggest Senior Club in the Country 

It takes a lot of tireless work from a great number of people, and i'd like to acknowledge the tremendous work our committee and volunteers put in prior to the commencement of the season. We still require volunteers on game day, so please put your hand up and don't leave it up to others.

I encourage you also to come down to the King on Thursday night for selection, dinner and a few beers.

That's all from me, but please remember we have our Double Header luncheons this weekend.  I'd like to see the King Rooms packed on Saturday & Sunday, so please get your payments in.

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My Active Life - School Holiday Program

Join SKOBBER's Mark Jamar & Jay Schulz these school holidays!

Registrations are now OPEN for our first school holiday program. Register by Monday 3rd April for your child to have a great time being active these school holidays!

Head to www.myactivelife.melbourne to register.

WHEN AND WHERE

Monday 10th of April – Wednesday 12th of April
TH King Oval and Pavilion in Glen Iris (High Street)
9am to 5pm

TIME

Activities will run between 9:30 and 3pm, with supervision until 5 pm for those parents who need a bit more time to leave work to pick up the kids!

Your child can arrive anytime between 8:30am and 9:15am, We will be there!

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Round 1 Luncheons

DOUBLE HEADER LUNCHEONS TO KICK OFF ROUND 1

Our Luncheons start early in 2017, with University Blues our opponents for the Seniors and Reserves in Round One at the King.  Similarly, our Saints and Masters sides are also at home on the Sunday.

This will be the first time we have had luncheons on consecutive days, and our first luncheons for our Saints & Masters teams. It is going to be a big weekend for the Club and we'd like to see as many parents, supporters, siblings & Weeping Willows join us on Saturday or Sunday to support our teams in action.

Booking your spot or table is easy, it can be done online with a few clicks. 

Weeping Willow member cost is $35 and non-Weeping Willow cost is $50.

It's going to be a great day, so please start organizing your tables now and getting your payments in.

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Pre-Season Update

FROM THE PRESIDENT

It is not long now until the first bounce and the Club is shaping up beautifully for the 2017 season.  We've had great numbers on the training track and we are full steam ahead with our second women's team, which is fantastic.

Our Players have been through a grueling pre-season campaign, including a camp at Barwon Heads, with some of our up and coming players given the chance to impress in a hit out against the home side. 

Off the field there is a lot happening, so I do apologise for a lengthy report, but it's important we get the information out there and to start getting responses from our loyal and ever growing supporter base. 

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2017 Player Registrations & Sub Payments

2017 SKOBBERS & SAINTS,

Two very important registrations must be completed by all players wishing to play at any level of the VAFA in 2017 - VAFA Registration and Subs Payments.

Player Registrations

This must be done if you plan to play for St Kevin's in the Seniors, Reserves, Thirds, U19s, Club XVIII or Women’s.

This applies to new players as well as those who played for the Club in 2016 or in previous seasons.

Please note:  If the system does not recognize your email address, you need to contact Peter Macdonald, SKOB Registration Secretary (m) 0413 754 523 (e) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wanted - Canteen Manager

St Kevin's Old Boys Football Club is seeking the services of a Canteen Manager for the 2017 Season.

Position Details include: 

Hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on any scheduled game day            

Reports to: General Manager SKOBFC          

Start date: Saturday 1st April 2017                                          

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