FROM THE PRESIDENT:
The beer and burger lunch on Saturday was a great time to reflect on some of the great people we have around the club. Three life memberships were announced. Robin Bowles, Hartley Stone and John McArdle were all inducted as Life Members. All were players for a number of years but equally importantly all were (or are still) volunteers in a variety of functions. The heartfelt response of "Bowsley" and "Yonnie" as they accepted their awards was testament to the importance of a club that is important to a lot of people - not just the players. They each set a great example to us all: past players who repay the effort of prior generations of volunteers by doing the same. Well done.
SKOBFC Committeeman Tim Corrigan detailed the achievements of the three new inductees (see below). Tim also talked about how the 50 previous Life Members had given so much to the Club and laid the foundations for where the Club is today. Looking at the names on the Life Members Honour Board you can see how much these people have given both ON and OFF the field. Life Membership does not come easy and is a commitment over a long period of time and this was shown by the latest inductees whose link to the Club goes back from 1961 and is still here in 2018.
The lunch would not have been a success without the best burgers in Melbourne! Thanks to Brian Costar and David White for the effort on the BBQ. The dynamic duo created over 170 gourmet "Whitey Burgers". Brian and David won the "Stockland Volunteers of the Week" award for their effort.
ROUND THREE SUMMARY
SKOB Seniors made it four from four on Saturday, defeating Old Trinity at TH King by 42 points. SKOB's defence was once again the difference keeping OT's goal less across the second and third quarters. Shaun Kennedy (pictured) was a markologist across half forward and ended with four goals in a best on ground performance. The victory sees SKOB sitting in top spot, with Collegians & Old Brighton all still undefeated.
In other matches, the Reserves had a nail biting 3 point victory whilst our Premier Reserve 19's had a huge win over Beaumaris and the U19 Section 5 boys got back in the winners circle after toppling St Bedes.
SKOB Thirds had mixed results with GOLD defeating Uni Blacks and GREEN going down in a close on to Old Xavs. Both Thirds teams are at 2-2 and looking to consolidate this week before they come up against each other in a fortnight's time.
Five wins from Six this weekend, with both Saints teams, the U19 Firsts and Masters sides enjoying a bye.
Another big round of football coming up, the Seniors and Reserves meeting their old foes from across the creek (Old Scotch) at Camberwell Sports Ground on Saturday. The Masters are also back in action looking to make it back to back wins as they play Box Hill for the second time in a row.
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
University Blues bounced back from three straight losses to record their first win of 2018 with a comprehensive 53-point victory over De La Salle at Waverly Oval.
Old Melburnians and Old Scotch played out a see-saw battle on the new surface at Elsternwick Park, with OMs running out eight-point winners and claiming the Australian Rules Cup on the 160th anniversary of the first-ever game between the schools. The Cardinals remain winless after four rounds albeit by a total of just 33 points at 8.25ppg.
Old Brighton made it four wins in a row via a thrilling 14-point victory over Old Xaverians at Brighton Beach Oval, whilst 10 goals to four in the second half helped Collegians to a 32-point win over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers and their fourth victory in a row.
SKOB AWARD THREE LIFE MEMBERSHIPS
The SKOB community congratulates John ‘Perc’ McArdle, Hartley Stone and Robin Bowles upon receiving Life Membership of the St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club. SKOBFC President Michael Doble opened up the proceedings in front of a huge crowd at the “Burger & Beer Lunch” with a talk about the criteria for Life Membership and how important it is to the future of the Club .
To receive Life Membership you must satisfy the following criteria
To any player that has played 200 games with the Club
To any person who has been a Patron of the Club for 15 years
To any person who has served the Club as a player , official and/or Committee Member for 15 years
Extraordinary Service to the Club
SKOBFC Committeeman Tim Corrigan then detailed the achievements of the 3 new inductees. Tim also talked about how the 50 previous Life Members had given so much to the Club and laid the foundations for where the Club is today. Looking at the names on the Life members Board you can see how much these people have given both ON and OFF the field. Life Membership does not come easy and is a commitment over a long period of time and this was shown by the following 3 inductees whose link to the Club goes back from 1961 and is still here in 2018.
John “Perc” McArdle
130 games over 10 playing years between 1961 – 1972 (69 Senior and 61 Reserve)
Committee for 4 years 2010 to 2013
Interchange Official and Goal Umpire for more than 5 years
Had 3 sons play for SKOB and was a supporter at most of their games
Unfortunately Perc is overseas traveling and was not there to be presented with his certificate but the Club will present it to him at a later luncheon.
Hartley “Yonnie” Stone
127 games over 11 playing years between 1985-1996 (105 Senior/18 Reserve/4 U19)
Reserves Coach in 1994 and 1998.
Committee in 1991& 1994
Coaching- Senior Specialist Coach/Match Committee 2001 & 2002 ,Senior Development Coach in 2015 & 2016
Recently named SKC 1st XV111 Coach of the Century
Joins his late father Richard on the Life Members Board as the 2nd Father/Son Life Members . Paul & Matt Murphy being the 1st.
Teammates Dean DeRooden and Gerrard Mulchay talked about Yonnie and his loyalty to Club & family and his great football journey from his early days at Park Orchards to his playing & coaching days at SKOBFC.
Hartley responded and talked about the sense of Community, loyalty and opportunities that SKOBFC had provided him and to anyone that is a member of SKOBFC today. Hartley’s football journey has seen him at other VAFA Clubs but SKOBFC is his home. Hartley talked about how proud his late father Richard would have been as will be his mother Veronica, brother Charlton and wife Dee and kids Izzy & Connor.
Robin “Longy” Bowles
174 games over 16 playing years between 1994-2017 (131 Senior/14 Reserve/14 U19/8 Club 18/7 Masters).
Specialist Coach with the SKOB Saints Premier team in 2017 and 2018.
3 time SKOBFC Premiership Player
Party Animal and Social Media Legend
Teammates Ben Garvey & Marcus Dollman spoke about Longy and his journey and commitment to SKOB , how he battled serious injury and his ability to get back on the track, his loyalty to his fellow players, supporters and the Club. His popularity today was shown by the group of SKOB Saints there wanting to share the moment with their much loved Specialist Coach.
Robin then gave an emotional thank you that showed how much this award meant to him and how indebted he is to the Club for providing him so much over the last 24 years.
The day continued with much laughter, stories from the past and talk of expectations for the future. The SKOB boys provided a nail biting finish to win in the Ressie’s and a great win by the Seniors with only 17 fit players in the last quarter. Qualities that the 53 Life Members have given the Club over the last 71 years.
Under 19 Premier Reserves: CONNELL BOOTS 7 IN 19’s MASTERCLASS
Round 4 saw the U19 Premier Reserve face Beaumaris at Peterson Reserve. Beaumaris were looking for its first win of the season and the small surroundings of Peterson Reserve was quite different to the large expanses enjoyed by SKOB’s young men at TH King.
The game started well for SKOB with a fast centre break and a long kick into the forward line, which ended in a point. The boys defensive zone on the kick out caused a turn over and resulted in a goal, the old ‘7’ point play.
The boys dominated the first quarter with some fast running off the ball, quick combination of handballs and long kicks into a rampant forward line. SKOB capitalising on its dominance to lead at the first change by 5 goals.
The second quarter saw Beaumaris come out with more attacking mindset and to also tighten up its defence. A further 3 goals to SKOB seeing them seven goals up at the main break.
Beauy were out of the blocks quickly in the third with three quick goals. SKOB were able to reset and regain the ascendency. SKOB slammed home the next 5 goals and went into the final change time nine goals up.
The boys were asked to test themselves and finish the game off strongly with some fast run, which they did kicking 9 goals to 1 in the last quarter. SKOB running out 118 point winners.
Final Scores: SKOB 23. 15. 123 def Beaumaris 6. 5. 41
Goal Kickers: Connell 7, Pearce 6, Sfetkidis 3, Trnacek 2 and singles to Arazi, Arthur, Jordan, Sweeney and Willmott.
Best Players: It was an outstanding team effort with players of note Davidson, Tobin, Grace, Sweeney, Briggs, Sholl.
Under 19 (3): SKOB DOWN TIGERS TO GO 2-2
The 19 (3) side headed down to Mentone this week to play St. Bedes Mentone Tigers.
The boys started very well, with great efforts from Jackson Doyle, Lachie Russell and Angus Tighe which set up a 20 point lead at quarter time.
The second term saw SKOB go away from the football that had served them so well in the opening term. Heads dropped and the side surrendered its lead to trail at the main break by four points.
Tony Phillips (General) disappointed in the teams efforts gave one of the best motivational speeches in recent division 5 memory. The boys lifted in the third with Captain Ed Bourke leading the way down back along with fellow defender Josh Rowe. Hugh Gastin played his best game for the season, his gut running inspiring his team mates.
The boys led at the final stage by 6 points. Our boys were too good in the final term with Finn Jenkins kicking a beauty, eventually running out 25 point winners.
FINAL SCORES: SKOB 10. 13. 73 def St Bedes Mentone 6. 12. 48
Goal Kickers: L. Spinazzola 2, T. Cooper 2, B. Donald, L. Russell, J. Doyle, J. Bascombe, A. Diviny, F. Jenkins
Best Players: J. Doyle, E. Bourke, J. Rowe, L. Suhr, T. Cooper, L. O''Meara