St Kevin’s OB claimed the minor premiership for the second year in a row as they defeated Old Melburnians by 83 points at TH King Oval. Six unanswered goals in the opening term commenced SKOB’s dominant performance, with Billy Kanakis cementing his goal kicking award with six for the day and taking his tally to 53. Callum Matheson was best afield as Nick Wood and Michael Di Natale both returned to the side. Josh Freezer ended his season with another standout display for OM’s, while Stuart Watson kicked two goals.
The final round victory was a double celebration for SKOBBER Gerard Gleeson, who brought up game number 100. Congratulations on the milestone Gerard.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
The final week of home and away football for the seniors was a good one for the club. The Seniors had a good win against Old Melbournians while the Reserves were defeated. In a surprise result – Collegians were beaten thereby surrendering top spot to SKOB. Finals for the Seniors start this weekend. Both Thirds teams won. Gold beat Old Xavs and Green beat St Bernard’s. Thirds Gold finished third. The U19 Reserve side beat St Bernard’s in their first final to progress them through to the Preliminary Final. Finally, the Master’s had a win that put them into the Central Supers Grand Final.
We are hoping all SKOB supporters can get out and support our teams this weekend.
The weekend of finals kicks off on Saturday at 9.20am at the recently redeveloped Elsternwick Park when SKOB Thirds Gold team take on Old Scotch. A group will be watching the game then adjourning to the Elsternwick Hotel for lunch before returning for the Seniors. Everyone welcome.
The Seniors play at 2pm on Saturday against Collegians at Elsternwick Park.
The U19 Reserve’s side play Old Scotch at 11.40am on Sunday at Box Hill City Oval. This will be a great game. The boys deserve the Clubs full support so please get along.
The following weekend (Sunday Sept 9 at 9.30am) sees the Masters play in their division Grand Final. The game is at Casey Fields. It will be well worth the drive. Put it in your diary!
Thanks to everyone who helps out around the club. Some, like Michael Kelly, help build our community by assisting communications via a regular Friday email. Others, like my wife (Trish) works quietly in the background doing the books and assisting Treasurer Brian Lynch. Others, like Life Member Brendan (“Gator”) Miller see a need and help in any way they can. Gator acts as a Club Umpire for SKOB and, post the Seniors game on Saturday at THK took the initiative to help put away boundary line padding, empty bins and clean up … not a glorious job but one that has to be done. Thank you all.
The Grand Final lunch at Kooyong on Friday Sept 14 is booking out fast. Book now to secure your seat.
The Jack Douglas Medal is on Sept 27 at The Glasshouse. Parents and partners are particularly welcome to attend. Book in now for the whole of Club event.
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
University Blues and De La Salle saved their seasons and avoided relegation with Round 18 victories against Old Scotch and St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, respectively. The fallout means Scotch will join the Tigers in Premier B next season.
The Blues were able to edge out the Cardinals in the fourth term, running out 10-point winners at Uni Oval. The Cardinals will reload in Premier B after finishing ninth with six wins.
De La entered this week’s game without having registered a win against the Tigers at Brindisi this decade. However, the game was ultimately put to bed by quarter time after De La kicked six goals to one before another two straight in the second gave them a 48-point half time lead. De La rose three spots, from ninth to sixth, following the win.
Old Trinity will enter next week’s finals brimming with confidence after they defeated Collegians by three goals at Harry Trott Oval. TThey’ll meet SKOB in next week’s second semi while the T’s face off with eh Tonners in the elimination final.
Six goals to two in the final term helped Old Brighton to a 19-point victory over Old Xaverians at Toorak Park. Xavs finish the year in seventh spot on the ladder, while the Tonners ready themselves for next week’s elimination final against the T’s.